Best things to do this week and weekend on Long Island

Looking for things to do on Long Island? We've rounded up the best concerts, fairs, festivals, parties and cultural events going on in Nassau and Suffolk....

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Looking for things to do on Long Island? We've rounded up the best concerts, fairs, festivals, parties and cultural events going on in Nassau and Suffolk.

Take in the Gold Coast Film Festival in Great Neck

Let the silver screen take you to places you've never been before. Films are rolling at the Gold Coast Film Festival in Great Neck from Friday, Nov. 2, through Tuesday, Nov. 13. See a lineup of that includes independent, foreign, noir, family-friendly and comedy. Opening night includes the premiere of "Deconstructing the Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour," with a discussion session following. Another premiere is "Diane," starring Mary Kay Place. Other films with programs include the Young Filmmakers Program, "Making Memories with Music and Art," Family Shorts and Family Film Day ($15, free for adults) on Monday, Nov. 12.
INFO 516-829-2570,

Hear a 5,000-voice choir at the Coliseum

Take a musical journey and try to find a day of peace through music and the spoken word. Highlights of the Peace Starts With Me concert includes an appearance by two Grammy Award winners, pastor and gospel choir leader Hezekiah Walker and singer Yolanda Adams, and a performance by the 5,000-voice choir, 3 p.m. Nov. 12, NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum.
INFO 973-643-6262,
ADMISSION $33.50, $30 parking ($20 in advance)

Take a Cinema Arts Centre class on James Dean

Film historian Greg Andreiev presents a one-night class on the films and acting style of movie icon James Dean, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12. The lecture, James Dean, Rebel With Many Causes, tries to answer the questions on whether Dean helped change Hollywood and what his future held before his untimely death. You'll see archival footage, some rarely seen, paired with an examination of James Dean’s acting style, history and the impact he made on popular culture and the film industry
INFO 631-423-7611,


Make a craft to honor vets in Cold Spring Harbor

Head to the Whaling Museum and Education Center in Cold Spring Harbor Saturday, Sunday or Monday, Nov. 10 through 12 for an opportunity for kids of all ages to create crafts to honor a veteran in their life or to just display at home. Admission is $6 and $5 for ages 3 to 18, but veterans are admitted free all weekend.

INFO  Call 631-367-3418 or go to for more information on this drop-in event.

Challenge the kids with Extreme Rec Day in Southampton

Extreme Rec Day returns to the Southampton Town Recreation Center 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12.  Kids from kindergarten through sixth grade can enjoy a fun-filled day bouncing around with inflatables, playing Giant Jenga, doing arts and crafts, playing board games or shooting hoops or playing kickball.  Space is limited. Everyone must register, and walk-ins won’t be admitted. Admission is $15 for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and $25 for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

INFO Ask about transportation from the Flanders Community Center. Call 631-702-2425 to register.  More information is available for this rain-or-shine event at

IN PHOTO Kidsday reporter Kiana Smith of Hempstead, reviewed Giant Jenga, one of the games included in Extreme Rec Day.

Puzzle an Agatha Christie whodunnit at Sands Point

One of Agatha Christie's murder mysteries is featured during a three-night theatrical production of "Towards Zero," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-17 in historic Hempstead House on the Sands Point Preserve. The mystery surrounds the murder of an aristocratic woman who was confined to her bed and had invited guests to her seaside house. See if you can figure out who killed her as the clock ticks toward zero.
INFO 516-304-5076,


Visit a judged miniature show in Freeport

Artisans, modelers and collectors come together for the judged Long Island Miniature Model Show, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Highlights include dioramas, painted miniature figures, tanks, fantasy figures, autos, ships and various plastic and resin models. You'll also find dozens of vendors selling hobby-related items, books, paints and more at the Freeport Recreation Center. The event is sponsored by the Long Island Miniature Collectors Society.
INFO 516-799-8396,
ADMISSION $10, free younger than 12 accompanied by a paying adult; $15 for exhibitors


Watch Mickey and pals perform on ice at the Coliseum

See the prime residents of the Magic Kingdom as Disney on Ice presents "Mickey's Search Party" at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum. This time, Mickey Mouse and his pals follow Captain Hook's treasure map for clues to finding Tinker Bell, running Nov. 15-25. Along the way, you'll encounter other Disney greats.
INFO 516-231-4848,
ADMISSION Tickets start at $35, $15 parking fee


A sci-fi fantasy convention comes to Long Island

For sci-fi and fantasy fans, there is a chance to explore what's new at the Long Island Geek Convention 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, Nov. 17, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the Hyatt Regency Long Island in Hauppauge.  In addition to  photo sessions with the stars, cosplay and gaming, there will be guest appearances by actor Bruce Boxleitner, pictured, from "Tron" and "Babylon 5;" voice actor Gregg Berger; and British actor Hattie Hayridge from "Red Dwarf."  At this event, you'll also find Dr. Who programming.
INFO 631-213-7946,
ADMISSION $25, $10 ages 3 to 12; $99 early admission includes dinner with the stars 


See Steve Martin and Martin Short at Tilles Center

You get two comics for the price of one when Steve Martin and Martin Short take the stage at Tilles Center, 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18 for "An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life." The performance  inlcudes musical sketches and conversations based on their careers.
INFO 516-299-3100,
ADMISSION $160, limited tickets available


Enjoy a Native American feast in Glen Cove

It has all the ingredients for a family-friendly day. Attend the Native American Feast, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17-18, at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve in Glen Cove, where options include sampling native foods, viewing a native food display and watching open-fire cooking. While you're there, help make a 12-foot-long dugout canoe and see Native American films and exhibits.
INFO 516-571-8010,
ADMISSION $8, $5 ages 5 to 12

Enjoy video game music at Molloy College theater

This one is for gamers and nongamers alike. "Video Games Live" will play in Madison Theatre at Molloy College. The concert will feature some of the most popular video game music. The evening centers around synchronized video footage, a live orchestra and special lighting, 8 p.m. Nov. 17, and 3 p.m. Nov. 18. Before the show, guests can participating in a cosplay contest with prizes.
INFO 516-323-4444,
ADMISSION $45 to $160

Hone outdoor conservation skills in Shirley

Scouts and non-Scouts, boys and girls -- all are invited to Leave No Trace, a program on outdoor ethics, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Fire Island National Seashore Wilderness Visitor Center (next to Smith Point County Park) in Shirley. Learn important best practices for conservation. Dress for the weather for this rain-or-shine event targeted to ages 8 to 14.
INFO 631-281-3010,
ADMISSION Free, reservations recommended

Attend the Prince and Princesses Royal Brunch in Baldwin

Girls and boys will be treated royally at the Prince and Princesses Royal Brunch on Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Coral House in Baldwin. Targeted to ages 3 to 12, the two-hour event includes dancing, a DJ and a buffet, along with a photo opportunity for your prince or princess dressed in their finery. Two sessions are offered: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
INFO 516-223-6500
ADMISSION $37.95 adults, $26.95 kids, reservations required

Take a dip into some chilly water off Mount Sinai

Take the plunge into the chilly waters off Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai at noon Saturday, Nov. 17, to help raise money for New York Special Olympics athletes. Grab your bathing suit and gear and register between 9-11:30 a.m. Every brave soul who raises at least $150 receives an official Plunge sweatshirt. Before the plunge, visit the vendors and the merchandise tents.
INFO 631-458-4078,

Watch LI Roller Rebels for a good cause at Old Bethpage

Members of the Long Island Roller Rebels take on each other during the annual intrasquad charity bout, Pink vs. Black, at Skate Safe America in Old Bethpage. Get there by 7 p.m. and bring your own chair if you want to sit trackside (18 and older). Whistle blows at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Cheer for Tropikill Storm, Indiana Bones and ZodiacThriller as they battle it out.
INFO 182 Bethpage-Sweet Hollow Rd., Old Bethpage,
ADMISSION $15, $10 in advance

Boats are decorated in Christmas decorations and form a nautical parade on the river.

Visit a colored glass and pottery show in Albertson

You'll find an array of colorful glassware to browse and buy at this year's Big Apple Depression Era Glass and Pottery Show, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, at the VFW Post 18 in Albertson. Look for pieces made by top manufacturers including Cambridge, Fire-King, Fenton, Pyrex, Fiesta and Fostoria. Collectible Depression glassware refers to machine-produced glass products made in the United States between 1925 and 1940.
INFO 516-476-0155,


Get an inside view Northport's history from the outside

Meet at the Northport Historical Society, 215 Main St., and join a guided walking tour, focused on the buildings along Main Street,1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. The walk, Parading Down Main Street, has an expert giving an inside look into Northport's historic business district, highlighted by stories and historic photos. Tickets are available in the society's museum shop.
INFO 631-757-9859,

Find holiday lights aglow at Jones Beach State Park

The outdoor holiday tradition continues when visitors to the Magic Lights display at Jones Beach State Park experience more than a mile of festive lights beginning Friday, Nov. 16, and running through Dec. 30. Line up for the drive thru in the comfort of your car, and at the end of the festive journey, visit with Santa and walk through the Jolly Holiday Festival Village. 
ADMISSION $25, $20 in advance

Take time for a Turkey Trot in Garden City

Before you gobble, gobble, join this Turkey Trot before the big holiday meal. Choose between 5 miles at 10 a.m. or a fun run" at 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 22. Special-needs athletes begin at 8:30 a.m. with free registration. The Garden City Turkey Trot starts at St. Paul's School on Stewart Avenue and, just like the dinner, you'll need a bib for this one, too. 
INFO 516-515-1598,
ADMISSION $15 to $35

A wee hours craft show at Cinema Arts Centre

The Great All-Nighter (Black Friday edition) indoor bazaar at the Cinema Arts Centre features jewelry, arts and crafts, vintage clothes, rare vinyl, collectibles and oddities handmade by local artisans on display and for sale, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, to 2 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. You’ll find all of this in the Sky Room Café, where snacks, wine and beer also will be for sale.
INFO 631-423-7610,

Hear Art Garfunkle at Suffolk Theater

Art Garfunkel brings his elegant styling to the Suffolk Theater, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, during his In Close-Up tour. 
INFO 631-727-4343,
ADMISSION $65 to $95

Take a candlelight tour of history in Southold

Nothing says it’s holiday season better than a room lit by candles. The Southold Historical Society opens its doors and presents its annual candlelight tour courtesy of the society’s festive Victorian decorators. Visit the Ann Currie-Bell House and don’t miss the Thomas Moore House decorated in Colonial style, 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at the museum complex on Main Road. Throughout the complex, you’ll find craft demonstrations, games and refreshments.
INFO 631-765-5500,

Take on history in board games in Hauppauge

For people who like to play board games -- and in particular games that depict events including World War II, the Civil and Revolutionary wars, and the Roman Empire -- the FaTDog (Friday After Thanksgiving Day of Gaming) Historical Gaming Convention has something for you, 9 a.m. to midnight Friday, Nov. 23, Radisson Hotel, 110 Motor Pkwy., Hauppauge. Some games are provided and some can be brought. Just be sure to sign up ahead for table time. You'll also find game vendors selling board and adventure games.
ADMISSION $30 includes lunch, dinner and gift bag

Be there when the lights go on in Montauk

It's the beginning of the holiday season at the end of Long Island when the historic Montauk Lighthouse is lighted courtesy of the Montauk Historical Society. Be there when the switch is flipped. Festivities start at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. You can't help but get into the spirit as holiday music, caroling and a visit by Santa make it official.
INFO 631-668-2544,

Watch at 19th century Thanksgiving at Old Bethpage Village

Let the holiday celebrations begin. Start by witnessing a Thanksgiving feast prepared at Old Bethpage Village Restoration the way it would have been done in 1863. You'll find traditional cooking demonstrations using a beehive oven and roasting over an open fire, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25. While you're there, get funky with some fiddle music and hear some historic legends. Of course, the historic homes scattered around the restoration are open for visitors.
INFO 516-572-8400,
ADMISSION $12, $8 ages 5-12


Take a self-guided tour of Hamptons homes

The theme of this year’s self-guided tour reflects what it’s like to live in the Hamptons. This year’s East Hampton House and Garden Tour features five houses that are all different in style and fit into the theme, Explore Our Historic Past Through a Kalidescope of Distinctive Houses, by Sea, by Bay and South of the Highway, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Pick up tickets and a brochure for the house tour at Clinton Academy, 151 Main St., East Hampton. An opening-night cocktail party runs, 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, at the Maidstone Club, $200 which includes entry to the house tour
INFO 631-324-6850,
ADMISSION $75, $65 in advance

See Sinbad in stand-up in Westbury

Actor and comedian Sinbad sails into the NYCB Theater at Westbury, 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, with his signature storytelling brand of stand-up, performed in the half round. Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the "100 Greatest Standups of All Times," this night, you'll be the judge.
ADMISSION Tickets start at $25

Shop for imported gifts from Germany in Franklin Square

Shop for unique holiday gifts at the Christkindle Markt in the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square. The two-day festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25 is reminiscent of the holiday markets found in Europe. Here you'll find traditional Christmas centerpieces made of wood, arts and crafts, handmade wreaths and greenery and lots of imported food specialties.
INFO 516-354-3131,

Experience The Clairvoyants at NYCB Theatre

The Clairvoyants, Amelie Tass and Tommy Ten, both at left, runners-up on Season 11 of “America’s Got Talent,” bring their mentalism act to NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Their holiday show, "A Clairvoyant Christmas” features audience participation with random readings.
INFO 516-247-5200,
ADMISSION Tickets start at $35: $99 VIP ticket (includes post-show meet and greet)

Try family-oriented arts at Guild Hall in East Hampton

A cultural diversity celebration, artXchange,  at Guild Hall features art-inspired activities centered on the current gallery exhibitions. The family friendly lineup, 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, includes art workshops, a bilingual gallery tour, a scavenger hunt, a lobby project hosted by the Teen Arts Council, live theatrical performances and a free empanada truck.    
INFO 631-324-0806,

Step back in time for holiday festivities at Old Westbury Gardens

Historic Westbury House on the grounds of Old Westbury Gardens is showing how early 20th century holidays were hosted. Rooms once occupied by the Phipps Family are now open to the public and decorated with Christmas wreaths, topiaries, plants and holiday arrangements, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25. For the children, a drop-in workshop instructs on a holiday-themed craft to take home, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. both days. A holiday market at The Barn at Orchard Hill and Orchard House features one-of-a-kind crafts and an artisanal boutique, along with local food delicacies for sale.
INFO 516-333-0048,
ADMISSION $12, $7 ages 7 to 17

Full steam ahead to model train show in Farmingdale

Visit an open house hosted by the TMB Model Railroad Club, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24 and 25, at 120 Schmitt Blvd. in Farmingdale. Find 10 operating layouts on multiple tracks that equal 19 scale miles. Running around the tracks will be Lionel, Atlas, MTH and other O-gauge trains. Look for some new scenery including a logging line on a 14-foot mountain and street scenes. There's some operating buttons to be pushed.
INFO ​631-873-7688,

Start the holidays with Sayville's Miracle on Main

Sayville ushers in the holidays with a full day of activities, culminating with Miracle on Main on Saturday, Nov. 24; rain date, Sunday, Nov. 25. A holiday parade steps off at 10 a.m., followed by a Winter Wonderland from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that include trolley rides, ice skating, a visit by Santa, crafts and a carousel. The Miracle on Main festivities run 5 to 9 p.m. with roaming carolers, ice sculptors, music and festive shopping with special deals for the holidays. A tree-lighting ceremony is at 6:30 p.m.
INFO 631-567-5257,

Sign up a young actor for a class in Ronkonkoma

Is there a child in your family longing for a microphone? Ballet Long Island in Ronkonkoma is offering weekly Acting Scene Study and Monologue classes for kids. All classes are on Wednesdays. The 4:30 class is tailored to those aged 11 and older. The 5:30 p.m. class is for ages 5-10. This is a drop-in program.
INFO 631-737-1964,
ADMISSION $20 per class, $58 per calendar month for a series of classes