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.
Gobble down the street
Everyone 9 and older is invited to participate in the annual Port Washington Thanksgiving Day 5-mile run. Awards will be given to the top three finishers, male and female, and the winners in different age categories, plus a wheelchair division. All finishers receive a medal. After it's over, enjoy apples and water in the Manor Haven Beach parking lot with enough time to go home and enjoy your Thanksgiving feast.
WHEN | WHERE 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, Manor Haven Beach parking lot, corner of Edgewood Road and Manor Haven Boulevard, Port Washington
INFO 516-767-2121, register in advance at portchest.org
ADMISSION $60 ($50 in advance); $35 for ages 9-21 ($25 in advance)
Historic house tour
The historic buildings on the grounds of the Southold Historical Society, including the print shop, the firehouse, the barn and more, will be lit by the inviting glow of candlelight. Why not take a tour? Everyone is invited to walk around at their own pace during the annual Candlelight Holiday Tour. You'll also find craft demonstrations, vendors and a visit by Santa, 3-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, in Southold. Lighting of the community tree at 5 p.m.
Operate the trains
Don't just watch. The West Island Model Railroad Club invites visitors to actually operate the HO-scale trains that meander around select scenes based on railroad lines in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, 7-9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24 and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 25-26, 485 S. Broadway, Hicksville, unit 22A. More open houses Dec. 1-3 and 8-10, check website for times.
ADMISSION Free (suggested donation: $5, $12 per family)
Have an ice time
It's time to sharpen the skates and pull out the woolies The ice skating rink at the Port Jefferson Village Center opens Friday, Nov. 24, for its 12th skating season. The facility offers public skating, lessons and birthday parties. It runs through March 11, 2018.
ADMISSION See website for skate times and rental prices.
INFO 631-403-4357, therinx.com
Take a tour
The East Hampton Historical Society presents its annual self-guided tour of oceanfront properties, homes in the village and behind "the hedgerows." The showcase spotlights modern and historic architecture. A cocktail party, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at the Maidstone Club, 50 Old Beach Lane, East Hampton, kicks things off.
WHEN | WHERE 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, pick up the house tour brochure that serves as your map at Clinton Academy, 151 Main St., East Hampton; pick up tickets 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
INFO 631-324-6850, easthamptonhistory.org
ADMISSION $75, $65 in advance; $200 cocktail party (includes one tour ticket)
Browse the cool and quirky
Some may remember this event at Huntington's Cinema Arts Centre as Cult-a-Rama. It was always popular and drew crowds of hundreds. It happens again Friday, Nov. 24, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. under the new and wholly appropriate name, Great All-Nighter: A Bizarre Bazaar. Browse the goods from local boutiques and artists selling records, antiques, art and cool and quirky items. Also includes DJ sets and $5 craft beer.
INFO 631-423-7611, cinemaartscentre.org
Be a part of the magic
The 2004 Academy-nominated, animated, fantasy film "Howl's Moving Castle" comes to the big screen at theaters in Stony Brook, Holtsville, Farmingdale, Hampton Bays and Westbury for three showings: 12:55 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26; 7 p.m. Monday, Nov 27; and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29. This 2-hour, 10-minute film promotes anti-war themes, highlights nature and takes a dim view of modern society and technology and puts aging in a positive light. The dubbed version, by names you may recognize, runs Sunday and Wednesday, and the subtitled version screens Monday. See website for theater locations.
INFO 855-473-4612, fathomevents.com
Catch one of the last three performances
The seven-show run of "Annie Get Your Gun" at the James Street Playhouse is wrapping up with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26. The fun-filled, family musical will be presented at the Babylon United Method Church in Babylon (21 James St.). This show includes a cast of 30 and a 16-piece orchestra. The James Street Players are wrapping up their 50th year of performances.
INFO 631-649-4140, jamesstreetplayers.org
Stroll through a country Christmas
Get in the holiday spirit while browsing the handiwork of folk artists and craftspeople at the Country Parlor Holiday Folk Art and Craft Show at the Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead this weekend. Look for baskets, tree trimmings and holiday decorations, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday Nov. 24 and 25, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26. Craft demonstrations Saturday and Sunday.
INFO 631-298-5292, hallockville.com
Play with the greats
Interested in board games? This one's for you. The Friday after Thanksgiving Day of Gaming (FaTDoG) has you taking on the role of people in history (George Washington, Abraham Lincoln or Alexander the Great, to name a few) and playing out the challenges they faced during their lifetimes. Who wins? Follow the rules and you'll see. Recommended for ages 12 and older.
WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m.-11p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, Radisson Hotel, Motor Parkway, Hauppauge
ADMISSION $25, ($20 in advance, includes food and snack vouchers)
Buy a Tree
Looking for a holiday tree? How about something decorated a little differently? You're in luck. Choose from more than 40 decorated trees at the annual Long Island Festival of Trees, where you can shop and bid on themed trees that range from patriotic to sports to whimsical. You'll also find a gingerbread village, vendor market, live entertainment and, of course, Santa makes an appearance. Be there for "Star Wars Saturday," when members of the Empire Garrison descend on the museum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City
INFO 516-378-2000, ext. 651, cpnassau.org
ADMISSION $15, $10 ages 2-12, includes museum admission
Make your way around a mansion
Local designers and garden clubs take charge at the historic Vanderbilt Mansion and fill every room with greenery, lights, garland and wrapped holiday gifts. You'll find a Christmas tree in every bedroom, and all the halls will be decked for the occasion.
WHEN | WHERE 12:30, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24 through next Sunday; after that, tours run Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 3 (closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1), Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport.
INFO 631-854-5579, vanderbiltmuseum.org
ADMISSION Tour is $6, plus regular admission of $7, $6 seniors and students with ID, $3 ages 3-12, free 2 and younger,
Watch the lighthouse light up
After a one-year hiatus, the Montauk Point Lighthouse is ready to be lit for the holidays. The lighting takes place 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, and is a rain-or-shine event. "Christmas at the Lighthouse" is the Sunday, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and families can look forward to a visit from Santa, pony rides and snacks. The tower climb will be closed during the festivities
INFO 631-668-2544, montauklighthouse.com
Shop for the holidays
The annual Christkindl Markt at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant features hand-made items, imported foods and German-themed gift items. It's all in the tradition of holiday markets held around Europe this time of year. Hungry? There will be plenty of brats to go around, along with oversized pretzels and a chance to sample some gluhwein and German beer.
WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 25-26, Plattduetsche Park Restaurant, 1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square
INFO 516-354-3131, parkrestaurant.com
Things Are Looking Up
Wait until dark, that's when the telescopes come out for winter stargazing. The experts at the Custer Institute provide guided tours of the night sky through the new Zerochromat dome scope. Bring your own equipment or there's a ground-based observatory with a binocular scope as well. "The viewing is best during the cold season, because there's less moisture in the air," an institute spokesperson said.
WHEN | WHERE Dusk to midnight Saturday, Nov. 25, 1115 Main Bayview Rd., Southold
INFO 631-765-2626 custerobservatory.org
ADMISSION $5 suggested donaton, free younger than 5
Just like the old days
Five voice actors take the mic in "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," giving a new interpretation to the holiday classic. The performance is a simulated1940s radio broadcast with a nostalgic look back to when radio was America's favorite pastime.
WHEN | WHERE 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, Patchogue Theatre, 71 E. Main St.
INFO 631-207-1313, patchoguetheatre.org
Take the plunge
Face the water off Crescent Beach, start running and take the plunge into the Peconic River. It's that time of year again, when energized folks throw themselves into the chilly waters of Long Island for a good cause or two. Hosted by the Friends of the Shelter Island Library, the Shelter Island Turkey Plunge gives you a chance to partake; costumes optional.
WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, Shore Road off West Neck Road, Shelter Island
INFO 631-749-0042, shelterislandpubliclibrary.org
ADMISSION $30, ($25 in advance) to plunge; free for spectators
Get in the spirit
You may thinking Currier and Ives as you stroll Sayville's Main Street during the Holiday Parade and Miracle on Main Street Saturday, Nov. 25. The 10 a.m. parade kicks off the activities. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., local businesses offer holiday cheer and special sales. Enjoy trolley rides and a skating rink, as well as costumed Dickens-era characters strolling the streets. Miracle on Main runs 5 to 9 p.m. and features live reindeer, a hand-bell choir, gingerbread house contest, outdoor movies and a candlelight tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Expect special appearances by the chubby guy dressed in red, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.
INFO 631-662-2660, greatersayvillechamber.com
Take a hike
Hit the hills of Montauk Saturday, Nov. 25, and join the folks from the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society as they lead a 6- to 7-mile hike on the Paumanok Path and the very hilly Serpent Back Trail. Bring snacks and plenty of liquids. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Hither Hills Overlook, east of the Route 27 and Old Montauk Highway split, where a shuttle will take hikers to Napeague Harbor Road to start the three-hour hike. Reservations not required; heavy rain cancels.
INFO 631-267-6747, ehtps.org
Celebrate with songs
All four members of the quartet -- Nick Lachey, Drew Lachey, Justin Jeffre and Jeff Timmons -- have enjoyed other careers outside of music. This is a chance to catch 98 Degrees together, performing holiday songs from their latest album, "Let It Snow," 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, NYCB Theatre at Westbury.
ADMISSION Tickets start at $49.50
The gang's all here
Based on the animated classic, a staged rendition features the Peanuts characters coming together for a live performance of "A Charlie Brown Christmas." Parents take note: this is an abbreviated version prepared especially for school-age children, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, Patchogue Theatre, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue
Hear the Vice President
Former Vice President Joe Biden continues his "American Promise Tour," featuring a series of conversations that go beyond the news cycle and focus on topics and subjects he believes are important. Tickets include a copy of Biden's new memoir, "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose." He's joined by NBC News "Today" weather anchor, Al Roker.
WHEN | WHERE 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 27, NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd.
INFO 516-247-5200, venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com ADMISSION $69.50-$149.50
Listen to the thunder
The Irish singing group Celtic Thunder brings its 2017 Symphony tour to the full-round stage at NYCB Theatre at Westbury at 7:30 p.m Tuesday, Nov. 28. The five-man group and a full symphony orchestra will perform holiday classics, fan favorites and new material from their latest CD.
INFO 516-247-5200 venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com/
Knot your own jewelry
Maedeup is the art of Korean knot-making. The braids and ornamental shapes are used to decorate dresses and accessories. Master artist Karen Ahn will teach this unique art in two two-hour classes, the first of which is Friday, Dec. 1 (the second is the following Friday) at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University. Guests have a choice of an 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. class. Register by calling or going to the website. Guests will leave with a bracelet and necklace of their own making.
ADMISSION $30, $15 students/seniors (includes all materials)
INFO 631-632-4400, stonybrook.edu/wang
Santa, meet Fido
The folks at STAR Foundation and Agway on Route 25a in Mount Sinai have lined up an understanding photographer and a patient Santa to create a holiday photo with your pet, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. All pets (leashed or contained) are welcome, as well as horses, goats or llamas. Family members without pets are welcome, too. All proceeds go to the STAR Foundation's wildlife rescue programs. Please call in advance to make arrangements for the bigger pets.
ADMISSION $10 for a 4-by-6-inch photo ($5 for additional copies)
INFO 631-736-8207, savetheanimalsrescue.org
Work that art
Studio Saturdays at the Nassau County Museum of Art's Manes Center is a hands-on art program intended for anyone interested in creating art after exploring a range of materials, techniques and themes inspired by the museum's current exhibit, "Master Class: Joseph Alberts and His Students." This drop-in program, led by a museum educator, is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday (except days of special events) and is open to all ages and abilities.
ADMISSION Free with museum admission of $12, $4 students and ages 4-12
INFO 516-484-9338, nassaumuseum.org
Step into TR's home
Christmas with the Roosevelts, an annual event at Cove Neck's Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, returns Saturday Dec. 2, with a full lineup of activities. Visitors can expect live holiday music, an arts and crafts program for children as well as cookie-decorating sessions, complimentary hot cocoa and cider and, of course, house tours. The programs runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the website to register for the cookie-decorating program.
ADMISSION Free ($10 fee for tour)
INFO 516-922-4788, nps.gov/sahi
See Aztec Two-Step perform
Rex Fowler and Neal Shulman have been producing music together for nearly 50 years as Aztec Two-Step. They return to Bay Shore's Boulton Center Saturday, Dec. 2, for an 8 p.m. show to perform some holiday favorites as well as songs from their latest CD, the first since 2004
INFO 866-811-4111, boultoncenter.org
Holiday shop at Old Westbury Gardens
The Barn at Orchard Hill on the stately grounds of Old Westbury Gardens will be the site of a holiday market 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and Sunday Dec. 3. Shoppers can browse jewelry, clothing, home décor, food and more, and possibly knock some items off their holiday shopping list.
ADMISSION Free with general admission of $12 (which includes admission to the holiday decorated mansion and refreshments)
INFO 516-333-0048, oldwestburygardens.org
Climb to the top
Take an off-season trek to the barrier beach for a guided evening tower tour of the Fire Island Lighthouse. Be prepared to climb 182 steps to the top. It's all worth it when you take in the panoramic view, standing under the beacon. You'll also get answers to questions about the historic lighthouse: How many bricks? When was it built? Why the black-and-white day markings? Bring a flashlight or lantern for the walk back to the parking field. WHEN | WHERE 4-5:30 p.m. next Sunday, Dec. 3; park at Robert Moses State Park, Field 5, and walk east INFO Reservations required, 631-661-4876, fireislandlighthouse.com ADMISSION $20
Watch the woodworkers
The Wooden Wonderland Carvers Holiday and Show 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, at the Suffolk County Historical Society is packed with a wide variety of gift-giving possibilities. In addition to browsing the artful carvings of local woodworkers, look over soft gift items like soaps, candles, hats and scarves, and holiday décor. Live woodworking and woodcarving demonstrations, both indoors and out, will be held all day.
INFO 631-727-2881, suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org