Best things to do this week and weekend on Long Island

By Lynn Petry and Ann Donahue-Smukler,

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.

See art of the 1980s at Nassau art museum

Photo Credit: Tseng Kwong Chi

A multimedia exhibit at the Nassau County Museum of Art opens 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 16, and features paintings, sculpture, memorabilia and photographs by internationally renowned artists and celebrities of the 1980s. "That Eighties Show" features the work of painters Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Eric Fischl, along with the photography of Cindy Sherman and memorabilia from the New York Islanders and the New York Mets. You'll also find handwritten lyrics by '80s music icon Madonna. The exhibit is on display through July. 7
INFO 516-484-9338,
ADMISSION $12, $4 ages 4 to 12

See exhibit of authentic Hollywood costumes in Riverhead

Photo Credit: Gene London Cinema Collection

See authentic apparel worn by stars such as Jean Harlow, Marilyn Monroe, Bette Davis and Grace Kelly at the exhibit, "The Golden Age of Hollywood: Costumes from the Gene London Cinema Collection," noon to 7 p.m. daily through April 28 in Suite 1003 at the Tanger Outlets in Riverhead.
INFO 631-369-2732,

Meet author E.L. James at Book Revue in Huntington

Photo Credit: Vintage Books

Meet best-selling author of the "Fifty Shades" romance trilogy, E.L. James (Erika Leonard) at a book signing of her latest novel, "The Mister," 6 p.m. Monday, April 15, at Book Revue in Huntington. Admission includes a copy of the book, which you will receive at the signing. 
INFO 631-271-1442,
ADMISSION $16.95 includes a copy of the book, tickets must be purchased in advance  


Encourage kids to try yoga in Mount Sinai

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Kindergarten through fifth graders can start learning the benefits of yoga in the children's yoga program at the Heritage Community Center in Mount Sinai. Participants may gain greater flexibility, confidence, muscle strength, self-control and mindfulness. A one-hour class is offered at 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays through May 28.
INFO 631-275-6618,
ADMISSION $20 for drop-ins, $75 for a five-week package; $1 mat rentals available

See 'Sound of Music' at Patchogue Theatre

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As part of its Classic Film Series, Patchogue Theatre, presents "The Sound of Music," the 1965 film starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, on the big screen, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18. The Academy Award-winning film about a young woman who leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the  children of a widowed naval officer is complimented by the music of composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II.
INFO 631-207-1313,
ADMISSION $12-$15   

Watch the pink moon rise over Fire Island

Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Watch the sunset and the pink moon rise from the top of the historic Fire Island Lighthouse. Park at Robert Moses State Park, Field 5, and walk east. Meet guides from the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society at 7 p.m. Friday, April 19, for a climb (182 steps) to the top of the tower. Bring a flashlight or lantern for the walk back.
INFO 631-661-4876,
ADMISSION $20, reservations required

Get your game on for 'Price is Right Live' at Westbury

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If you're one of the lucky ones, you'll hear your name called to "come on down" for a chance to win a lineup of prizes during the "The Price is Right Live" road-show. Brush up on all the signature games featured on the daytime TV show including  Plinko  and  Cliffhanger,  and head to the NYCB Theatre at Westbury for the 8 p.m. show on Friday, April 19.
INFO 516-247-5200,
ADMISSION Tickets start at $49.50  

Join a Passover seder at Chabad Center in Merrick

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Join the Chabad Center for Jewish Life for a community seder at 7:45 p.m. Friday, April 19, and again at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Both seders feature a discussion about Passover, food, singing and the Chabad's Rabbi Simon Kramer leads the intergenerational program, 2174 Hewlett Ave., Merrick.
INFO 516-833-3057, r
ADMISSION $45, $25 ages 4 to12, reservations required  

Catch Los Lonely Boys at The Space at Westbury

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Alberto E. Rodriguez

This Mexican-American family was blessed with a guitar player, a bass player and a drummer. The close-knit Garza brothers from Texas make up Los Lonely Boys. The trio performs what it calls Texican rock and roll from their last release, "Revelation" (2014) and more at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at The Space at Westbury. The Gary Douglas Band promises to rock the house to open the show.
INFO 516-283-5566,
ADMISSION $25 and higher, add $5 day of show  

Become a Citizen Scientist at LI Science Center

Photo Credit: Cailin Kaller

Earth Day was established almost 50 years ago to draw attention to the vulnerability of the Earth and highlight actions everyone can take to help sustain it. Kids can learn ways to reduce, reuse and recycle (and become a Citizen Scientist along the way) during a program 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the Long Island Science Center in Riverhead. A workshop to make a take-home bird feeder or pinwheel is included in the one-hour program.
INFO 631-208-8000,
ADMISSION $10, plus $5 program fee

Hear singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson in Westbury

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Country Music Hall of Famer and a recent recipient of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award, Kris Kristofferson performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Listen for the chart-topping hits he penned including, "Me and Bobby McGee," "Help Me Make It Through the Night," "Sunday Morning Coming Down" and "For the Good Times," along with songs he sang alongside Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings as a member of The Highwaymen.
INFO 516-247-5200,
ADMISSION Tickets start at $39.50

Hear a tribute to Queen at Tilles Center

Photo Credit: Alissa Behn

A concert at Tilles Center, 8 p.m. Friday, April 19, recreates the winning sound of legendary rock band Queen. Gary Mullen and The Works recreate the showmanship with stage theatrics and the music of the band with a focus on the late rock star, Freddie Mercury, during their performance, "One Night of Queen."
INFO 516-299-3100,
ADMISSION $37 to $57  

See U.S. Olympic champs in 'Stars on Ice' at the Coliseum

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Jamie Squire

Two-time Olympic Bronze medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani of the United States are part of the impressive lineup of skaters at this year's "Stars on Ice" at NYCB Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. The three-time brother-and-sister team, who are World Medalists and National Champions, are joined by the reigning men's National   Champion Nathan Chen, women's Olympic Bronze medalist and National Champion Mirai Nagasu and crowd favorite Jason Brown. The stellar tour skates into town for one performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20.
INFO 516-231-4848
ADMISSION Tickets start at $29.50, $20 parking, $15 in advance

Hop to Bunny Fest at the Vanderbilt Museum

Photo Credit: Vanderbilt Museum

Find the Easter bunny during a visit to the historic Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport on April 20 during a Bunny Fest that includes planetarium shows. Head to the Rose Garden for photo opportunities with the big bunny, an egg hunt, petting zoo, bubbles in the air and plenty of edible goodies followed by planetarium shows at 9 a.m. for "One World, One Sky" with Big Bird and Elmo in the film and at 10 and 11 a.m. for "Earth, Moon and Sun."
INFO 631-854-5579, reservations required,

A free day for Ducks fans

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The three-time Atlantic League champs, the Long Island Ducks, take the field against the New Britain Bees for a spring training game at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 20. It's all part of Fan Fest that includes family-friendly activities and an appearance by Quaker Jack, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip.
INFO 631-940-3825,

Visit Old Westbury Gardens as it reopens

Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The gates at Old Westbury Gardens are officially reopening, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 20. Take a close look at early bloomers in the walled garden, including grape hyacinths and crocuses, or stroll around the sweeping lawns that surround the former Gold Coast home of John S. Phipps, his wife, Margarita Grace Phipps, and their four children while you look for signs of spring. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays to Mondays.
INFO 516-333-0048,
ADMISSION $12 house and garden, $7 ages 7 to 17

Watch the Easter vintage car parade in Garden City

Photo Credit: Newsday/Ann Silverberg

 Hundreds of classic cars will make their way down Franklin Avenue and Seventh Street in Garden City in the  annual Easter Vintage Car Parade, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, rain or shine. The Garden City Chamber of Commerce invites authentic motorcars dated 1918 through 1994 to exhibit and assemble at 10 a.m. in parking Field 9E, between Ninth and 10th streets, before the parade starts at 1 p.m. Bring seating.
INFO 516-746-7724. ext. 101,
ADMISSION Free for spectators; $20 car registration, $15 in advance  

Take a dawn tour of Fire Island Lighthouse

Photo Credit: Asia Lee

Set your alarm early and head to the barrier beach for an early morning tower tour as the sun rises over Long Island. Meet at 5:30 a.m. Sunday, April 21, at the historic Fire Island Lighthouse. Park at Robert Moses State Park, Field 5 and walk east. Bring a flashlight and lantern for the walk to the beacon. Admission includes a light breakfast. The lighthouse will be closed after the tour for the rest of the day. 
INFO Reservations required, 631-669-4876,
ADMISSION $25, reservations required

Great Easter with a dawn service at Jones Beach

Photo Credit: Ed Betz

Start of Easter with a multidenominational service at dawn at Jones Beach State Park sponsored by the Long Island Council of Churches. Meet at 6 a.m. Sunday, April 21 using parking Field 6 to find the service that will be conducted on the sand by the Rev. Moira Ahearne from the First Presbyterian Church of Freeport and the Community Presbyterian Church of Merrick. Bring a nonperishable food donation, seating and a blanket to stay warm. 
INFO 516-565-0290,

Find out what lives in a fallen tree in Bridgehampton

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The folks at the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center in Bridgehampton will be taking a look at what critters take up residence in a fallen log. This one-hour program is 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 22.
INFO 631-537-9735, 
ADMISSION $15, $10 ages 3 to 12, includes museum admission; reservations recommended.

Aim for Astronomy and Space Day at Cradle of Aviation

Photo Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile

The Cradle of Aviation Museum is sponsoring its annual Astronomy and Space Day, noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, featuring hands-on experiments, a gallery of space artifacts and live shows for children. Other highlights include local clubs and societies conducting workshops on the solar system and a production of  "Awesome Allie: First Kid Astronaut" in the Dome Theater (separate fee required). For the make-and-take attractions, you can create your own puzzles of the Lunar and Command modules or create a star wheel to help you locate constellations in the night. 
INFO 516-572-4111,
ADMISSION $13, ages 2 to 12 and 62 and older, $18 with theater; $15 adults, $20 with theater 

Meet French chef Guy Reuge at Stony Brook master class

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Meet French chef Guy Reuge and learn about his journey from Normandy to Stony Brook, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Educational and Cultural Center in Stony Brook. The executive chef at Mirabelle Restaurant and Tavern at the Three Village Inn conducts a master class, Let's Talk Life, and prepares a cooking demonstration and tasting.
INFO 631-689-5888,
ADMISSION Free, reservations encouraged

See dogs in agility contest at Nassau Coliseum

Photo Credit: American Kennel Club/Nataly Feofanova

See some of America's top dogs compete in the AKC Agility Premier Cup, which is being held in conjunction with the Longines Masters New York horse show at NYCB Live Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. The top 60 canine agility competitors and their handlers compete at the invitational for cash prizes and the chance to have their name engraved on the AKC Agility Premier Cup trophy, 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 25. 
INFO 516-231-4848,
ADMISSION $25, free 14 and younger; $15 parking in advance

Learn to fold napkins origami style at Stony Brook's Wang Center

Photo Credit: Thomas R. Crain

Add a stylish touch to your table by learning how to fold a napkin origami style. Origami artist and instructor Thomas R. Crain at the Wang Center will instruct on the one-of-a-kind art form, 1 p.m. Friday, April 26. He'll teach several techniques with fabric, including modern patterns that use tesselated patterns that form a symmetrical shape.
INFO 631-632-4400,
ADMISSION $20, $15 students and seniors, free younger than 5, reservations required

Find a sure bet for entertainment at Belmont Park

Photo Credit: Ed Betz

The spring-summer meets with more than 59 stakes races begin at Belmont Park in Elmont, Friday, April 26, and  runs through July 7. Racing events include the Man o'  War Racing Festival on May 11; and The Big Apple Showcase Day, with the splotlight on New York-bred horses, May 28. Will there be a Triple Crown contender this year?  The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival is set for June 6 to 8 with the Belmont Stakes race and the third leg of the Triple Crown on June 8. Don't forget to celebrate trackside with the Stars and Stripes Racing Festival on July 4 to 6. Closing day is July 7, and the racing action moves to Saratoga with opening day July 11.
INFO 718-641-4700,
ADMISSION $5 grandstand and clubhouse, $3 preferred parking

Focus on the stars at Sagamore Hill Astronomy Night

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Historic Sagamore Hill offers a series of Astronomy Nights with free telescope observations and activities for children of all ages, with the next one at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, Oyster Bay. Bring a folding chair, blanket and flashlight and get ready for evenings gazing into the heavens. All ages and skill levels welcome. The stargazing series continues through Sept. 21 and is in partnership with the Amateur Observers Society of New York.
INFO 516-922-4788,
ADMISSION Free, reservations recommended

Gallop to Longines horse show at Nassau Coliseum

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The world's best equestrian athletes compete at this year's Longines Masters of New York horse show Thursday to Sunday, April 25 to 28, at the NYCB Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. Highlights include the Riders Masters Cup at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, with U.S. riders taking on European riders. Look for New York natives McLain Ward, Georgina Bloomberg and Joey Wölffer of the Wölffer wine family. Top riders compete Sunday in the final event, the Longines Grand Prix of New York on Sunday. Aside from the competition, there will be equestrian fashions, vendors selling riding gear and equipment. The Meet the Breeds event Friday gets you up close with the riders and their horses. Event also includes DJ music and food vendors. Times are 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25; 3 p.m. Friday, April 26; 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, April 27; and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 28.
INFO 800-745-3000,
ADMISSION Tickets start at $25; $20 parking at the gate, $15 prepaid parking; $35 for evening session Saturday and all day Sunday; family discounts available.

Thrill to the Big Apple Circus at NYCB Theatre at Westbury

Photo Credit: Big Apple Circus

The one-ring Big Apple Circus brings grand acts to the NYCB Theatre at Westbury 2 p.m. Friday, April 26; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28. The modern-day circus brings high-wire acts, human feats, jugglers and more, specifically designed to be performed in the half-round theater.
INFO 516-247-5200,
ADMISSION Tickets start at $29.50

Bring a leash and walk pets around Old Westbury Gardens

Photo Credit: Anthony Lanzilote

Pet owners get a weekend to bring their four-legged friends to Old Westbury Gardens during Spring Dog Days. The grounds surrounding the Gold Coast mansion will be marked in designated areas for visitors and their leashed pets, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28. As an added plus, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, there will be vendors selling pet-related merchandise and rescue groups and animal welfare organizations. 
INFO 516-333-0048,
ADMISSION $12 house and garden, $7 ages 7 to 17 

Sip into a Spring Craft Beer Fest at Belmont Park

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National and local craft breweries, including Blue Point Brewery, Montauk Brewing Company and Long Ireland Beer Company, make their way to Belmont Park in Elmont for the Spring Craft Beer Fest, 1:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Here's a chance to try craft beers served in 2-ounce glasses. New this year, will be a variety of food trucks and a selection of domestic and imported wines. A VIP ticket gets  early admission at 12:30 p.m., a tasting of limited and seasonal releases and seating in a tented area.   
INFO 631-940-7290,
ADMISSION $50, $75 VIP, $12 designated driver, $3 parking fee

Catch Patty Smyth and Scandal at Suffolk Theater in Riverhead

Photo Credit: Getty Images, God's Love We Deliver/Jamie McCarthy

The rock legends Patty Smyth and Scandal make their way to the Suffolk Theater at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Doors, bar and restaurant open at 6:30 p.m. Listen for fan favorites, "The Warrior," "Goodbye to You" and "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Good Enough." 
INFO 631-727-4343,
ADMISSION $60, $65; $10 food and beverage minimum per person at tables.  

Celebrate Arbor Day at Planting Fields Arboretum

Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park celebrates the wonders of trees during its annual Arbor Day Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 27 to 28. While you're there, enjoy garden tours, watercolor painting demonstrations and live music by Peat Moss and the Fertilizers. Children can participate in supervised tree climbing. Everyone can go home with tree seedlings and participate in tree plantings. Take advantage of free admission to historic Coe Hall for a walk through a Gold Coast treasure. 
INFO 516-922-8676,
ADMISSION $20 per vehicle

Have a 'Once Upon a Time' royal brunch

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Pinkies up for a royal brunch at the Milleridge Inn in Jericho. Enter the decorated royal cottage, where you'll dine on a lavish buffet in the company of princes and princesses. Have your brunch and then head to the dance floor. Choose from two seatings: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28. 
INFO 631-931-2201,
ADMISSION $45.95 and $29.95 ages 2 to 12, reservations required

Enjoy the "Sound of Music" at Tilles Center

Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

 A stage production of "The Sound of Music" makes a tour stop, 6 p.m. Sunday, April 28, at Tilles Center. The musical features the award-winning Rodgers and Hammerstein score and tells the story of a governess, Maria, her seven charges, their widowed father,  and the family's decision to leave Nazi-dominated Austria.
INFO 516-299-3100,
ADMISSION $49 to $89

Meet Newt Gingrich at Book Revue in Huntington

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Alex Wong

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, pictured, returns to Book Revue to speak and sign his new novel, "Collusion." Meet him at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28, for an afternoon focused on his latest novel about high-stakes, international intrigue co-written with Pete Earley.
INFO 631-271-1442,
ADMISSION Free, $27.99 plus tax for the book