Come fall, enter festival season — and there’s only one thing you need to know: Go hungry. Long Island’s best festivals are family-friendly affairs, with a day’s worth of entertainment, shopping and — yes — eating.
Here are dozens of fairs and festivals all over the Island this winter:
WINTER MODEL TRAIN SHOW AND EXHIBITION Freeport Recreation Center, 130 E. Merrick Rd., Freeport, 516-378-9594, freeportny.gov. Operating model train layouts in all major scales on display. Test track available. Fee $5, free 11 and younger. Date 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 7.
LONG ISLAND DIVERS ASSOCIATION FILM FESTIVAL Hofstra University Student Center, Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead, 631-848-8885, lidaonline.com. Photographers and cinematographers present a glimpse into the underwater world. Fee $40. Date 8 p.m.-midnight Jan. 20.
NORTH EASTERN ARMS COLLECTORS ANTIQUE AND MODERN ARMS SHOW American Legion Post 94, 22 Grove Place, Babylon, nwsdy.li/nearms, 631-278-9113. Show and sale with items from pre-Civil War to modern times, muskets, swords, bayonets, medals and insignia. Fee $6. Date 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 28.
LONG ISLAND CHOWDER CONTEST Snapper Inn, 500 Shore Dr., Oakdale, 631-589-0248, thesnapperinn.com. Sample chowders from local restaurants, three categories will be judged. Fee $10. Date Noon Feb. 3.
SUPER BOWL LII Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, 100 Fairway Dr., Port Washington, 516-883-6566, pwcoc.org. Taste soups donated by Port Washington restaurants, vote for your favorite; bring a nonperishable food item. Fee $7, $3 younger than 12. Date Noon-3 p.m. Feb. 3.
VALENTINE’S DAY DINNER AT THE MANSION Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport, vanderbiltmuseum.org, 631-854-5579. Hors d’oeuvres in the Memorial Wing, dinner in the Northport dining room and dessert in the Lancaster Room. Fee Call; reserve, two seatings. Date 6 and 8 p.m. Feb. 10.
HOPS AND PROPS CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, cradleofaviation.org, 516-572-4111. Sample a range of craft beers served amid the planes. Must be 21 or older. Fee $65, $20 designated driver. Date 7-10 p.m. Feb. 10.
CHOCOVINO — A VALENTINE WINE AND CHOCOLATE PAIRING DINNER Long Island Aquarium, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead, 631-208-9200, ext. 426, LongIslandAquarium.com. Five-course meal accompanied by Raphael wines. Fee Check website. Date 8 p.m. Feb. 14.
ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES SHOW AND SALE Temple Emanu-El of East Meadow, 123 Merrick Ave., 516-794-8911, templeemanueleastmeadow.com. Antiques, collectibles and dolls. Fee $5. Date 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 18.
ANTIQUE HISTORICAL ARMS SHOW Freeport Recreation Center, 130 E. Merrick Rd., Freeport, 631-722-3248, liahas.org. Revolutionary and Civil War collectibles, muskets, bayonets, swords, military rifles and sporting guns. Fee $6, free younger than 11 with paying adult. Dates 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Feb. 24, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 25.
SPRING CRAFT FAIR Holy Trinity Diocesan High School, 98 Cherry Lane, Hicksville, 516-433-2900, holytrinityhs.org. Crafts, sports memorabilia, new merchandise, raffles, 50/50, bake sale. Fee Free. Date 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 24.
PENGUIN EASTER BRUNCH Long Island Aquarium, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead, 631-208-9200, LongIslandAquarium.com. Includes brunch, admission to the aquarium and a penguin egg hunt. Reserve. Fee Call. Date 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. April 1.
THE LONG ISLAND PEN SHOW. Hofstra University Student Center, Hempstead, 631-235-4690,
lipenshow.com. Collectors and dealers of writing instruments exhibiting pens of all kinds, desk sets, inkwells, paper and writing supplies, demonstrations, repairs, appraisals and more. Fee $10. Dates 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 21-22.