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Fall and winter fairs, festivals on Long Island

Here are dozens of fairs and festivals all over the Island this fall and winter.

Joseph McGowan of Middle Island and George Overin

Joseph McGowan of Middle Island and George Overin of Bohemia dressed as chimney sweeps at the 2016 Dickens Festival in Port Jefferson. Photo Credit: Marisol Diaz

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, 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, 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,, 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, 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, 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,, 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,, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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.

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