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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.

Get out to celebrate 80th anniversary of 'Wizard of Oz

As part of the Big Screen Classic Movie series presented by Turner Classic Movies, "The Wizard of Oz" is screened in honor of it's 80th anniversary. The 1939 classic, has us traveling down the yellow brick road with the unforgettable foursome played by Judy Garland, Bert Lahr, Jack Haley and Ray Bolger. And yes, Toto too. Screening Jan. 27, 29 and 30 at theaters including the Westbury 12, Regal Deer Park and AMC Stony Brook 17.

Hear the Whiffenpoofs find their way at Landmark on Main street

Continuing an Ivy League tradition, talented seniors selected to be part of the Yale University's Whiffenpoofs, the world's oldest collegiate a-cappella singing group, make a stop at Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington. Founded in 1909 as a senior quartet, it originally met for weekly concerts. Catch The Whiffs at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, as they celebrate their 110th anniversary.  
INFO 516-767-6444,
ADMISSION $20 to $25, $20 ages 18 and younger

Mark National Spouse Day at the Whaling Museum

You don't have to bring your marriage license, just show up with your significant other and mention National Spouse Day, an unofficial holiday on Jan. 26,  and you're entitled to 2-for-1 general admission with your special one. While you're there, take in the 19th century whaleboat and scrimshaw exhibit and learn about the impact of trailblazing whaling wives illustrated in "Heroines at the Helm," 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum & Education Center on Main Street.
 INFO 631-367-3418,
ADMISSION $6, $5 ages 4 to 18; free 3 and younger  


Catch Nancy Atlas and the Nancy Atlas Project in Sag Harbor

This is your last chance to catch Nancy Atlas and the Nancy Atlas Project during Bay Street Theater's annual winter Fireside Session series. For the last performance, "Choir Night"  has Atlas joined by singers Danny Keane, Jonny Rosch and the Fireside Choir, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, in Sag Harbor.
INFO 516-725-9500,

Run in your favorite team's colors

The New York State Winter Run Series concludes with a fond farewell at Jones Beach State Park. Register online for the 5-kilometer run that starts at 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. For the series finale, runners are invited to show support for their favorite sports team by wearing clothing with team colors or a team logo.
INFO 631-321-3510,
ADMISSION $15, day-of-race sign-up available

Witness a fierce battle on wheels at Nassau Coliseum

The Monster Jam Triple Threat series at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum promises a fierce battle on wheels for the championship between competitive drivers, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26; and 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. Look for Grave Digger, EarthShaker, El Toro Loco and other trucks, along with ATVs and speedsters. Meet the drivers and see their trucks up close during pit parties, 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 26 and 27.
INFO 516-231-4848,
ADMISSION Tickets start at $20; $15 for Pit Party; $15 parking fee

Laugh it up with Rachel Feinstein at The Brokerage in Bellmore

See Rachel Feinstein, actress, stand-up comedian and finalist of Season 7 of the reality show "Last Comic Standing" in the spotlight for a weekend of shows at The Brokerage on Merrick Road. Catch her at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, and 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in Bellmore.
INFO 516-781-5233,

Catch 'One of Us' singer at the Suffolk Theater

Bluesy-folk rocker Joan Osborne is back at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead, 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 (door, restaurant and bar open at 6:30 p.m.). The singer-singwriter, who is known for her hit, "One of Us," gives it an acoustic go this time around with keyboardist Keith Cotton. 
INFO 631-727-4343 ,
ADMISSION $50-$65  

See Scott McCreery on his Seasons Change tour in Westbury

Still going strong after winning Season 10 of "American Idol," country crooner Scotty McCreery brings his Seasons Change  tour to the half-round at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. Joining him at  8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. With him are special guests Jimmie Allen and Heather Morgan. 
INFO 516-247-5200,
ADMISSION Starting at $39.50 (plus fees)

Catch documentary on Gilda Radner at Cinema Arts Centre

Join executive producer and former "Saturday Night Live" writer, Alan Zweibel at the Cinema Arts Centre for a screening of "Love Gilda" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24. The 2018 film documents the career of comedian Gilda Radner, one of the original "Saturday Night Live" cast and features a collection of her recordings, videotapes, interviews and home movies. An audience Q&A with the producer follows.
INFO 631-423-7611,

Get a dose of '60s nostalgia

Feeling groovy? Head over to the Patchogue Theatre for a night of nostalgia. "The Sixties Show" lights up at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 (doors open at 7 p.m.), featuring music by The Smithereens, along with performances by former members of the Bob Dylan, James Brown and Dave Davies bands as well as musicians from NBC's "Saturday Night Live." The show includes dramatic narration and 1960s archival audio and newsreel footage.
INFO 631-207-1313,
ADMISSION $25 to $55

Participate in Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Hempstead

Honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. during a parade to celebrate the life and dreams of the late peace advocate and civil rights leader. All are invited to march in the parade, stepping off at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 21 from the Kennedy Memorial Park in Hempstead and proceeding to the Miracle Christian Center at 334 Fulton Ave. A ceremony follows with a keynote speaker, music, dancing and a poetry reading until 11:30 a.m.
INFO 516-478-6286,

Travel some scenic roads on Long Island's East End

The Metro New York Region Porsche Club of America presents the Ted Ohland Snowflake Rally on Sunday, Jan. 27 -- rain, shine or snow. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Hauppauge Palace Dinner, first car drives off at 10 a.m. The time, speed and distance rally starts in Hauppauge and ends in Riverhead. This year, enter either in the Expert Class, which is scored more strictly, or the more relaxed Touring class. Winners get trophies and bragging rights. An optional brunch is served at Birchwood of Polish Town, 512 Pulaski St. in Riverhead. You don't need to own or drive a Porsche, this rally is open to all makes and models.
INFO 631-513-0089,
ADMISSION Rally only  $50 ($40 in advance); rally and brunch for two people $80 ($70 in advance)   

Take a selfie under a palm at Planting Fields

Get a dose of the tropics during the Paradise Garden Festival, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park. The event is in the Winter Garden with its tropical trees and plants. Find steel drum music and children's crafts in the main greenhouse. While you're there, visit historic Coe Hall, which is also offering free admission.
INFO 516-922-8678,

Get a taste of some eateries on the East End

Local restaurants present  signature dishes for an annual tasting event, 7 to 10:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26. The event, Love Bites, will feature more than 20 eateries at The Muses in Southampton. Look for Scotto's, The Mill House, Almond Restaurant, Clarkson Avenue Crumb Cakes and others, along with the Montauk Brewing Company. You'll also find music and dancing, a silent auction and raffles to benefit Katy's Courage, an organization dedicated to supporting education, children's bereavement, and pediatric cancer research. Snow date is Feb. 9. 
 INFO 631-353-3492,
 ADMISSION $100, $150 for two    

Honor civil rights leader at Children's Museum

In a nod to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and his passion for peace, kids are invited to create a color collage of a peace dove at the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City on  Monday, Jan. 21. Intended for 5 and older, the program is free with museum admission. The three sessions are 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m.  There will be concerts at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. the same day. Admission is $9 plus museum admission or $12 for just the concert.
INFO 516-224-5800,
ADMISSION Free with $14 admission ($13 ages 65 and older); concert: $9 plus museum admission, $12 concert only  

Take a walk at Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue

Join a naturalist at the Downs Farm Preserve in Cutchogue for a free Winter Walk Through the Woods at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. While walking along the trails, the group will explore the winter forest ecosystem and identify plants and examine evidence of any animals. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars.
INFO 631-765-6450, ext. 205,,
ADMISSION Free, reservations required

Root for the home team at Nassau Coliseum

The New Jersey Devils cross the Hudson and come to NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum to take on the New York Islanders at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17.
|NFO 516-231-4848,
ADMISSION $27 and higher; $20 parking

Hear Crystal Gayle at Suffolk Theater in Riverhead

Crystal Gayle, who was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry Hall of Fame in 2017 by her recording-artist sister Loretta Lynn, makes a tour stop at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. Doors, bar and restaurant open at 6:30 p.m. Hear Gayle sing country favorites and some of her beloved signature hits including  "You've Been Talking in Your Sleep," and "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue." 
INFO 631-727-4343,
ADMISSION $60 to $75

Hear Chazz Palminteri tell 'A Bronx Tale' at The Paramount

Born and reared in the Belmont section of the Bronx, actor Chazz Palminteri takes the stage for his autobiographical, one-man show, "A Bronx Tale." Who knows the tale better? Nobody. Catch the show at 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at The Paramount in Huntington. 
INFO 631-673-7300,
ADMISSION $49.50  

Learn the best ways to observe a lunar eclipse

First you'll see it -- then you won't. In honor of the total eclipse of the moon, a lecture about the geometry of an eclipse starts a night of moon-watching at 8 p.m. Sunday at Hallock State Park Preserve, 6062 Sound Ave. in Riverhead. A photographer from the Custer Institute in Southold keeps the countdown going and gives tips on how to observe and photograph an eclipse, with an opportunity to take a picture through a telescope. Hot beverages will be served to warm things up. INFO 631-315-5475, ADMISSION Free

Indulge at the Fine Wine and Food Fest at the Coliseum

More than 100 vendors are gathering food-truck style for the annual Fine Wine and Food Fest at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum. Go hungry and pick between two sessions or do them both -- 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19. Some edible selections include grilled cheese, Philly cheese steaks, wontons, varieties of pretzels and Greek food. Pair it all up with unlimited wine, beer and spirits. Buy a VIP ticket for $125, and you're invited to a meet and greet with former New York Met greats Doc Gooden and Mookie Wilson, as well as food samples and a meeting and tasting with a wine sommelier. Must be 21 or older to attend. Fee for food. Some vendors offer free samples.
INFO 516-231-4848,
ADMISSION $65 at the gate only includes wine, beer and spirits, $49 in advance; $20 designated-driver tickets sold only on the day of the event, $5 parking fee

Music in the Mansion brings jazz to Coe Hall at Planting Fields

Get cozy inside the historic Coe Mansion at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, as the Music in the Mansion series continues. The jazz music of the World Trad Orchestra is featured at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, playing a mix of Brazilian, Cuban, American and French music from the 1920s and '30s. The monthly series continues with the Street Beat Brass Band on Feb. 15 and concludes March 15 with world fusion music performed by the flamenco guitar duo of Alan & Hugo.
INFO 516-922-9200,

Take the plunge to help East End Disability Associates

The temperature might not be favorable, but that won't stop dozens of brave souls from plunging into the chilly waters off Rogers Beach in Westhampton Beach. Take part in the debut of the Westhampton Polar Plunge at noon Saturday, Jan. 19, to benefit the East End Disability Associates. There will be free hot chocolate and coffee for warming up. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. (snow or shine).
INFO 631-369-7345, ext. 243,  ADMISSION $10  

Catch 'The Buddy Holly Story' in Northport

A musical play opening at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, tells the story of rock and roller Buddy Holly and how quickly he rose to fame. "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story," runs through March 3 (check website for schedule) and highlights Holly's achievements during his short career and shows how his legacy lives on. The actors in the production are also the musicians playing Holly's music, along with the music of his contemporaries -- Jiles Perry "The Big Bopper" Richardson Jr. and Ritchie Valens, both of whom  perished with Holly in a 1959 plane crash.
INFO 631-261-2900,
ADMISSION $73 to $78

View Manes collection at Nassau County Museum of Art

 A new exhibit opens 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Manes Center in the Nassau County Museum of Art. The private collection of philanthropist and author Dr. Harvey Manes will be on view Tuesday to Sundays through May 12 and features some of the art masters from the Renaissance age through cutting-edge contemporary artists. Mark your calendar for a reception and book launch with Manes at 5 p.m. Jan. 25 at the museum.  
INFO 516-484-9338,
ADMISSION Free reception (regular admission: $12, $8 for 62 and older, $4 for ages 4 to 12, free younger than 4

Hear '60s folk-pop with Peter and Jeremy at My Father's Place

Folk-pop singers Peter Asher, left, (formerly of Peter and Gordon) and Jeremy Clyde (of Chad & Jeremy) will present a musical memoir of the 1960s. Hear their works, as well as songs written by Paul McCartney during a storytelling show that features, music, video clips and musical memories, 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at My Father's Place in Roslyn.
INFO 516-413-3535,
ADMISSION $40, $25 food-and-beverage minimum per person

Social skills boot camp at North Shore Youth Council

Who couldn't use a little help with social skills?  The North Shore Youth Council in Rocky Point will be conducting 8-week sessions starting Monday, Jan. 14, to help kids engage with their peers, build confidence and learn skills that can help them for a lifetime. The program is open to all Long Islanders. Children will be assigned by age -- age 6 to 8, 9 to 11, and preteens and adolescents. The fee is $160 plus a $25 intake fee. Call 631-744-0207 ext. 104 for the required reservation or go to to see a schedule. The program is held in the portable offices of NSYC on the grounds of the Joseph A. Edgar Intermediate School in Rocky Point.

See the Mary Poppins musical in Bellmore

Mary Poppins, the classic children's story that's more popular than ever, is presented in a live theater production by Plaza Theatricals, the resident production company of The Showplace at Bellmore Movies. Shows begin Saturday, Jan. 12, and conclude Sunday, Jan. 27.  Tickets are $12. Go to or call 516-599-6870 for the full schedule and to purchase tickets.

Try a winter run at Robert Moses State Park

The New York State Winter Run Series keeps on truckin' Sunday, Jan. 13, at Robert Moses State Park, where all Super Hero costumes are welcomed. The 5-kilometer run starts at 11 a.m.  The series continues Jan. 20 at Sunken Meadow  and concludes Jan. 27 at Jones Beach State Park. Register online in advance.
INFO 631-321-3510,
ADMISSION $15 per race

Visit a tiny town in holiday mode at Longwood Estate in Ridge

A tiny fictional town with a model train wending through it is on display at the Longwood Estate in Ridge (Smith and Longwood roads). Look for a carnival, a waterfall, a pancake house and a nativity scene for starters.  Doors are open to visitors 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday (except Christmas Day) until the end of January. More information on this free event call 631-924-1820.