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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.

Hear Grammy-winner Sarah McLachlan in concert

Sarah McLachlan comes to Long Island for an intimate evening of music at The Paramount in Huntington, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. She's sure to please the crowd singing some of her signature hits, such as "I Will Remember You," "Adia," "Sweet Surrender" and tunes from her latest release, "Wonderland."
INFO 631-673-7300, paramountny.com
ADMISSION $60.50-$150.50

See the 'Million Dollar Quartet' rock NYCB Theatre

The musical based on a once-in-a-lifetime recording session that found Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins all in the same room at the Sun Record Studios in Memphis, "Million Dollar Quartet" comes to the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. You'll be challenged to stay in your seats as rock hits ring out, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" and "Great Balls of Fire."
INFO 516-247-5200, thetheatreatwestbury.com
ADMISSION Tickets from $49.50 and up

Try to hook the biggest fish In Montauk

The two-day Montauk Classic Surf Fishing Tournament has casters vying to catch the biggest bluefish and striped bass. Join in and fish the local waters, noon Friday, Sept. 21, to noon Sunday, Sept. 23, from the western tip of Napeague State Park east. Register at State Park Headquarters or Paulie's Tackle of Montauk. Cash and prizes for the biggest catches will be awarded  at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Montauk Point State Park.
INFO 631-668-3781, parks.ny.gov
ADMISSION $15 to participate

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Watch 'The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales' in Huntington

Nearly every review of "The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales" is a rave and mentions either warm, witty or wonderful. This 2017 French film (English dubbed) is an animated children's comedy that depicts animals putting on a show and ends up being three stories told in one. The single screening is 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington.
INFO 631-423-3456, cinemaartscentre.org
ADMISSION $12, free younger than 12

Revisit the 1938 hurricane

An exhibit remembering the 1938 hurricane that hit Long Island on Sept. 29,1938, opens with a wine and cheese reception, 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Suffolk County Historical Society Museum. The 80th anniversary exhibit features historic photographs, media reports, personal accounts and artifacts from the wreckage of the category 3 storm that killed nearly 700 people and destroyed or damaged an estimated 60,000 homes. The exhibit runs through Nov. 3.
 INFO 631-727-2881, suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org
 ADMISSION Free for reception; afterwards, $5 a person; $10 for families

Hear André Rieu and his orchestra at Nassau Coliseum

The Dutch violinist and conductor André Rieu comes to NYCB's Nassau Coliseum, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, accompanied by the 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra that he founded. They'll present an evening of waltz music surrounded by their signature extravagant staging sets. Feeling the music? Feel free to dance in the aisles.
INFO 516-231-4848, nycblive.com
ADMISSION $53.50 and up; parking $30 ($20 prepaid)

Raise a glass at the beer fest

Head out to the North Fork wine region, but this time make a turn at the LI Hops Jamesport Farm Brewery, 5873 Sound Ave. in Riverhead. The Long Island Fresh Hop Festival, 12:30-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, offers a sampling of locally brewed beers made with locally grown and harvested hops. Try the crafted pumpkin beers and seasonal brews. You'll also find food for sale, live music and a chance to chuck some pumpkins.
INFO 631-940-7290, lifreshhopfestival.com
ADMISSION $55, $45 in advance, $12 designated driver; fee for pumpkin chucking ($5 for two chucks)

Join Paws on Parade at the Rogers Museum in Southampton

The good witch, the bad witch, monsters and goblin -- they're all invited to take part in the annual Paws on Parade dog walk and festival. Gates open at 10 a.m., walk begins at 11, Saturday, Sept. 22, rain or shine, Rogers Mansion at the Southampton History Museum, 17 Meeting House Lane. Following the walk, you'll find plenty of family-friendly activities including an agility course, an auction, face painting, and also a chance to meet the cast of Bay Street's "Frankenstein Follies." The event benefits the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation.
INFO 631-728-7387, southamptonanimalshelter.com
ADMISSION $25, $20 in advance

Help clean up Patchogue River

Meet up with the National Park Service at Watch Hill Ferry Terminal in Patchogue for the Patchogue River cleanup, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 22. Gloves, garbage bags and trash pickers will be provided. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes. Water, snacks and T-shirts are provided to all volunteers. The program is part of National Public Lands Day, devoted to volunteer conservation of public lands.
INFO 631-687-4770, nps.gov/fiis
ADMISSION Free

Celebrate the Great South Bay at Seafest

The Great South Bay Seafest takes over the Bay Shore Marina from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22. Highlights include live music by the Dirty Vice band, food trucks and a food court featuring specialties from local eateries. The historic oyster sloop Priscilla will be on display, along with the Bay Shore fireboat. A flyboarding exhibition —a combination of wakeboarding and Jet Skiing — and a free fishing clinic round things out.
INFO 631-224-5310, islipny.gov
ADMISSION Free

Head to Greenport's Maritime Festival

Be on the lookout for pirates, mermaids and sailors as they make their way around Greenport during the annual East End Maritime Festival, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23. Things get underway at the Land and Sea Gala, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, with food, dancing and a live auction, Greenport Yacht and Shipbuilding Co., 201 Carpenter St., $125. The festival continues with a parade, wooden boat display, fresh seafood and crafts vendors. 
INFO 631-477-2100, eastendseaport.org
ADMISSION Free

 

Enjoy a country fair at Old Bethpage Village Restoration

This is the last weekend to take in Long Island's agricultural fair, which features judging and blue ribbons awarded in categories that include gardening skills, crafts, vegetables, culinary delights and more, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22-23. You'll also find crosscut sawing, old-time "base ball" games, corn-husking contests, puppet shows, singers, animals, dancing, pig racing, a one-man Wild West show, camel rides, a petting zoo and more on the grounds of the Old Bethpage Village Restoration.
INFO 516-572-8400, lifair.org
ADMISSION $15, $13 ages 5-12, free younger than 5
Pictured: Alyson Salvador at an Old Bethpage Village Restoration fair in 2015. 

Try your hand at drawing

Enjoy a selection of art-related activities for all ages as part of the annual "Draw Out" at Heckscher Museum of Art, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at 2 Prime Ave. in Huntington; rain date: Sept. 30. Materials will be on provided or bring your own, and let the museum’s exhibits and surroundings inspire you. You’ll also have a chance to watch demonstrations by Long Island Biennial exhibiting artists, sketch a live model or take a docent-led tour.
 INFO 631-351-3250, heckscher.org
ADMISSION Free

'Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose' straws at Explorium in Port Jefferson

Since the start of the recent war on straws, the folks at the Long Island Explorium in Port Jefferson have been busy coming up with clever ways to recycle the slender plastic cylinders. Get involved with "Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose," a drop-in event, 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23.
INFO 631-331-3277, longislandexplorium.org
ADMISSION $5

Meet local artists during the Northport ArtWalk

Art lovers take note, the Northport ArtWalk tour along Main street takes you inside the galleries and stores around the village. You'll get a chance to meet with the artists, take in their exhibits and learn about their inspirations, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23. Stop by the welcome tent at the Copenhagen Bakery, 75 Woodbine Ave., and pick up your map to guide you along.
INFO 631-807-5168, northportarts.org
ADMISSION Free

Immerse yourself in India Fest in Port Washington

A cultural celebration at North Hempstead Park in Port Washington, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, features classical and Bollywood dancers, Indian music, Indian cuisine, henna tattoos, Indian clothing, jewelry and youth activities. At India Fest you'll also learn how to wear and wrap a sari and, for men, how to wear a turban. You'll also find yoga on the beach, kite flying and arts and crafts. The event at the park, on West Shore Road, is sponsored by the India Association of Long Island. 
INFO 718-490-0736, ialinewyork.org
ADMISSION Free, charge for food, shopping

Join a relay race from the Atlantic to the Sound

Join the Greater Long Island Running Club's Ocean to Sound 50-Mile Relay. During the the race, teams of eight run a scenic course from the Atlantic Ocean to the Sound, with each participant running 5 to 7 miles. The first runners step off at 8 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Jones Beach State Park, and the last runners cross the finish line at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay.  After the race, there's a party with music, food and dancing in the park.
INFO 516-349-7646, glirc.org
ADMISSION $440 for each team (individuals can email info@glirc.org for available team spots)

Focus on Marilyn Monroe in Port Washington

More than a half-century after her death, actress Marilyn Monroe is still an American icon. She'll be the subject of Landmark on Main Street's "Afternoon T.E.A.," 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26. "Marilyn Monroe: The Girl, the Woman and the Legend" features a visual presentation that conveys Monroe's story in her own words, her movies and through some of the recollections of those who knew her.
INFO 516-767-6444, landmarkonmainstreet.org
ADMISSION Free

Enjoy a farm-to-table event in Amityville

Long Island chef Tom Schaudel takes on the role as culinary master at "Cocktails in the Cloister," 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in Rosary Hall in Amityville. The farm-to-table event celebrates the growing season at Homecoming Farm and features cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a tour of the cloister gardens and live music in the chapel, 555 Albany Ave., Amityville. 
INFO 631-608-9307, homecomingearth.org
ADMISSION $200 per person

Hear a 'Seinfeld' alum mix music and comedy in Westbury

A long way from his role as George Costanza on "Seinfeld," Jason Alexander goes it alone this time and relies on a combination of comedy peppered with music. The stand-up comedian brings his talents to the NYCB Theatre at Westbury for his "Music! Comedy! Musical Comedy! Show," 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.
INFO 516-247-5200, livenation.com
ADMISSION Tickets start at $40

Head out to the Sag Harbor American Music Festival

You'll find all genres of American music, including jazz, blues, roots, folk, pop and rock, at the Sag Harbor American Music Festival, Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 27-30, hosted by local galleries, restaurants and other venues. Kicking things off is "A Celebration of Sly and the Family Stone," 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, $30 at Bay Street Theater. Grammy-winning country crooner Dan Tyminski, pictured, headlines at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, $30 at the historic Old Whalers Church. Free music abounds, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, concluding with music at 5 p.m. courtesy of The Nancy Atlas Project.
INFO sagharbormusic.org
ADMISSION Free (mostly)

Let's talk food with Lidia Bastianich

The Emmy-winning host of public television’s "Lidia's Kitchen" and author of numerous cookbooks, celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich comes out of the kitchen and onto the stage at the Cinema Arts Centre, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. Get to know her during a conversation between her and Newsday food writer Erica Marcus. The evening is presented by Word Up, Long Island LitFest and includes an audience Q&A and book signing of Bastianich's memoir, "My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family and Food." This event is sold out.
INFO 631-423-7611, cinemaartscentre.org
ADMISSION $35 includes copy of the book

Get rolling to Brookhaven Safety Town

There are lots of moving parts -- mostly wheels turning -- at Brookhaven Highway’s Safety Day, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 (rain date is Sunday Sept. 30). Happenings include car seat installation inspections (8 a.m.-noon), a bicycle safety rodeo (noon-3 p.m.), and highway safety demonstrations and interactive displays from law enforcement and emergency services agencies (11 a.m.-3 p.m.). It all happens at Safety Town (249 Buckley Rd.) in Holtsville.  Bring your own bikes and helmets. 
INFO 631-363-3770; brookhavenny.gov
ADMISSION Free

Step back in time for Riverhead's Tractor Pull and Harvest Show

Based on the farming history of Long Island, a two-day event is set aside for tractor and antique engine displays, along with a tractor pull, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30. The Long Island Antique Power Association sponsors the Tractor Pull and Harvest Show, which also features an operating saw mill and blacksmith shop, 5951 Sound Ave., Riverhead (next to Hallockville Museum Farm).
INFO 631-882-7378, liapa.com
ADMISSION $10; free 12 and younger and veterans and active-duty military

Feast on Italian specialties in Hampton Bays

The annual feast that pays homage to the patron saint of Naples gets underway, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and continues 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, on Good Ground Road in Hampton Bays. The San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons focuses on Italian food, culture and history. This year, the event also features a car show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday ($20 car registration, $15 in advance), along with a Fiat car raffle. Arrive hungry because the event features pizza-, meatball-, cannoli- and zeppole-eating contests, along with dozens of food vendors. Enjoy live music, rides and games. On Saturday look up! Fireworks by Grucci are planned for 8:30 p.m.
INFO sangennarofeastofthehamptons.com
ADMISSION Free, charge for rides and food

Motor on over to the Tobay Beach Marina boat show

Is life really better with a boat? Find out at the Tobay Beach Marina In-Water Boat Show, where visitors can board and check out dozens of new and used boats by top manufacturers, along with the latest in boating equipment. The show takes place noon-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30. Take note: The first 100 children on Saturday and Sunday receive free life vests. New this year is a free boating-safety course at 10:30 a.m. Saturday; must preregister online at nymta.com.
INFO 631-691-7050, nymta.com
ADMISSION $15, $5 ages 6-15, free 5 and younger

Welcome autumn at the LI Apple Festival in East Setauket

The Long Island Apple Festival, centered around the fall fruit, will have you thinking about apple picking, apple pie, apple relay races and much more. The annual festival, hosted by the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, also features Colonial cooking demonstrations, pony rides, music, free house tours and an apple pie contest and pie auction, Sherwood-Jayne Farm, 55 Old Post Rd., East Setauket.
INFO 631-692-4664. preservationlongisland.org
ADMISSION $7, $5 ages 2-12

Take a stroll on the Sound in Jamesport

Pack up the family on Sunday, Sept. 30, and head to A Stroll on the Sound, an exploration of Hallock State Park Preserve in Jamesport. This 90-minute program starts at 10:30 a.m. and will take families on a nature walk through fields, woodlands and rocky shores to look for wildlife, learn about indigenous plants, and comb the beach for shells.  
INFO Call 631-765-6450, ext. 205, for the required reservation; groupfortheeastend.org
ADMISSION There is a suggested donation of $5 per family.

Exercise your options at the NY Fit Fest in Long Beach

Take advantage of more than 40 classes, lectures and seminars at an oceanfront fitness festival conducted by health-fitness experts and world-class athletes, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 (rain date: Sunday, Sept. 30). You'll find everything in the way of fitness, beauty, wellness and lifestyle at NY Fit Fest, situated between Edward and National boulevards in Long Beach. Look for a dance class conducted by famed choreographer Stephanie Klemons, a speed-dating session featuring a couples' workout for singles and a surf lecture by professional surfer Will Skudin. You’ll also find boot-camp sessions, kickboxing, martial art classes, beach meditation and yoga. Spin cycle classes on the rooftop at the Allegria Hotel is also on the list.
INFO nyfitfest.com
ADMISSION $75

Watch polo at Bethpage State Park

Bethpage Polo at the Park's outdoor season features cup matches hosted by the Meadowbrook Polo Club Sundays through Oct. 14. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch, although there is a concession stand.  
INFO 516-500-7656, bethpagepolo.com
ADMISSION $10 grandstand ($5 field-side parking)

Be at Belmont Park for the fall championship meet

Racing returns to Belmont Park with the start of its 36-day fall championship meet, which includes seven Breeders' Cup qualifying races. The meet begins on Friday, Sept. 7, and extends through Sunday, Oct. 28. Look for stakes racing days on Sept. 29, Oct. 6 and closing weekend Oct. 27-28. Another highlight is Empire Showcase Day on Oct. 20. First race at 12:55 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2150 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont.
INFO 516-488-6000, nyra.com
ADMISSION $5 grandstand and clubhouse, $3 preferred parking