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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.

See art inspired by one of the tattoo world's greats

This is your last chance to see an
Photo Credit: Terry Canavan

This is your last chance to see an exhibit inspired by the work and words of the prominent American tattoo artist Sailor Jerry. "Stars, Stripes & Pinups," presented by the Huntington Arts Council, can be seen noon-4 p.m Friday, July 20, and Saturday, July 21, at Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St.
INFO 631-271-8423,

Stony Brook Film Festival

Films about diversity, both in their themes and
Photo Credit: Po Valley Productions

Films about diversity, both in their themes and their settings are on the marquee for this year's Stony Brook Film Festival, through July 28. The 10-day festival features full-length independent films, shorts and many world premieres, including "The Etruscan Smile" starring Brian Cox and Rosanna Arquette, telling the tale of an old Scotsman who reluctantly leaves his beloved Scottish Isle for medical treatment, 9:30 p.m. July 21, and "A Dysfunctional Cat," a quirky story about two Iranians living in Germany, their marriage and a bizarre cat, 7 p.m. July 25, Staller Center's Main Stage Theater, Stony Brook University. The festival also includes filmmaker appearances and Q&A sessions.
INFO 631-632-2787,
ADMISSION $12, $5 students; $90 multi-film pass  

Mozart in mansions

"Opera in Two Mansions: Mozart's 'A School for
Photo Credit: Sands Point Preserve Conservancy

"Opera in Two Mansions: Mozart’s 'A School for Love' ” features festivities hosted at two Gold Coast mansions located on the grounds of the Sands Point Preserve. Start the evening with cocktails, dinner and dessert in Hempstead House, 6 p.m. and then move over to Castle Gould for a performance of "Cosi Fan Tutte" presented by the North Shore Music Festival, 8 p.m. July 21, 127 Middleneck Rd.
INFO 516-304-5076,
ADMISSION $60 opera only, $120 dinner and opera

Crush the course

What kind of mudder are you? If the
Photo Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

What kind of mudder are you? If the answer is a 10-miler, 20-obstacle mudder, this one is for you. Take a run through the trails at Old Bethpage Village Restoration for the Tough Mudder Long Island, where you'll encounter 20 obstacles placed in open farm fields, deep-wood trails and areas you have to travel up and over, 11 a.m. July 21, Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage. Come with a crew, go it alone or come out as a spectator.
ADMISSION $199 plus taxes and fees

Classic toys and collectibles for sale at Hofstra show

If you're a fan
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

    If you're a fan of vintage toys, including "Star Wars," Transformers, GI Joe and Barbie, along with diecast and other collectibles, the Long Island Toy Show has something for you. More than 80 vendors will gather for the annual event  from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Hofstra University's Student Center on Hempstead Turnpike in Hempstead. Previews from 9 to 10 a.m., $15, $10 in advance.
INFO 516-313-3237,
ADMISSION $10, $7 in advance; free ages 12 and younger

Ready for a challenge? Rugged Maniac series has 25 obstacles

Ready to take on 25 obstacles in
Photo Credit: Rugged Maniac

 Ready to take on 25 obstacles in the Rugged Maniac series? Head to the Long Island Sports Park in Calverton, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 21, and start slithering, sliding and climbing. You'll also find mechanical bull-riding, stein-hoisting and pie-eating contests, bounce houses and a D.J. If you're in it to win it, start at 9 a.m. to compete for the first, second or third-place medals.
ADMISSION $89 plus tax ($15 parking, $10 in advance)


Enjoy dance, music and kids nights at Jones Beach Bandshell

The historic bandshell at Jones Beach opens for
Photo Credit: Marisol Diaz

The bandshell at Jones Beach is open for the season with a lineup of seaside entertainment that promises something for everyone. If you're at the beach, stay there after the sun goes down, or make a special trip for an 8 p.m. show. Mark your calendar for children's events, outdoor movies, Latin nights, tribute bands, line dancing with Marianne Taylor, "Kids Night" and more through Sept. 1. Parking at field 4, off Ocean Parkway in Wantagh. 
ADMISSION Free parking after 6 p.m.

Outdoor car show rolls into Merrick

Members of the Long Island and New York
Photo Credit: Steve Remich

Members of the Long Island and New York City Oldsmobile Club invite car collectors to join them at their annual car show and swap meet, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, July 22. The show, which was postponed in May, welcomes all makes and models 2004 and older to be judged and 2005 and newer models for display only at Four Towns Firemans Training Center in Merrick. You'll also find a swap meet, kids fun zone, food and judging just for Oldsmobiles.
INFO 516-641-6464,
ADMISSION $5 spectators, free children younger than 12 with adult; $20 car registration, $15 in advance

Ukulele virtuoso plays The Paramount

Ukulele expert, composer and  "YouTube" sensation Jake
Photo Credit: Coleman Saunders

Ukulele expert, composer and  "YouTube" sensation Jake Shimabukuro comes to The Paramount in Huntington for a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 26. He plays traditional Hawaiian songs along with classic and rock pieces. Listen for cuts from his recent album, "Nashville Sessions," and his latest release, "The Greatest Day." He's joined by special guest and Long Island singer, Paris Ray.
INFO 631-673-7300,
ADMISSION Tickets start at $20


Hear concerts and fireworks in Massapequa

The Music Under the Stars series at Oyster
Photo Credit: iStock

As part of the Music Under the Stars series at Oyster Bay Town parks this summer, a "Salute to America."  Festivities commence at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at John J. Burns Park on Merrick Road in Massapequa. The series continues through Aug. 11 with a closing concert by the Lords of 52nd Street.
INFO 516-797-7900,

Join the 'Alive on 25' party on Riverhead's Main Street

Things are happening along Route 25 (Main Street)
Photo Credit: Miranda Gatewood

Things are happening along Route 25 (Main Street) in downtown Riverhead. Join the festivities for the annual "Alive on 25," street festival. You'll find more than eight stages of outdoor music and entertainment, a car show, craft beer and local wine vendors and arts and crafts. The party gets continues 5-9:30 p.m. July 26, Aug. 9 and, if needed, a rain date on Aug. 23.  
INFO 631-209-4244,

Tour homes and gardens on the South Fork

Take a self-guided tour of homes and gardens
Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto/SondraP

Take a self-guided tour of homes and gardens in Westhampton, Quogue and Remsenberg during the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center’s House and Garden 2018 Tour. Pick up maps at the Performing Arts Center beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, July 27, and tour at your own pace from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (entry to the last house is at 3:30). Get maps in advance if you register online. Highlights include homes with views of the bay and the ocean, homes on Dune Road and one with a mahogany rock climbing wall. Lunch is available with advance registration.
INFO 631-288-2350, ext. 117,
ADMISSION $85 tour only; $125 includes lunch at Starr Boggs at 11:30 a.m.

Run or walk to help America's VetDogs

Bring your dog (must be leashed) for a
Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Bring your dog (must be leashed) for a 2-mile walk to benefit America's VetDogs. Registration opens at 7 a.m. for the dog walk and a 5k run for humans. The run starts at 8:15 a.m. and the dog walk at 8:25 a.m. Saturday, July 28, at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Afterward, you're invited to visit the Museum of American Armor; admission is free for participants.
INFO 631-930-9054,
ADMISSION $40; $25 veterans and active-duty service members

Create your own drip-painting masterpiece

Bring the family for a drip
Photo Credit: Joyce Raimondo

  Bring the family for a drip painting workshop geared to ages 4 and older at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in East Hampton. Inspired by the works  of Jackson Pollock, the Family Drip Painting Workshop, 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 28, lets you create your own masterpiece by dripping paint from sticks. Admission includes paints, supplies, a canvas and a tour of the house.
INFO Reservations required, 917-917-0790,

Be there for the final stop on the Vans Warped Tour

The Vans Warped Tour '18 makes its last
Photo Credit: Aaron Zebrook

The Vans Warped Tour '18 makes its last stop at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater as part of its final cross-country tour. Listen for punk, alternative rock, hip-hop, ska, electronica and more, then say goodbye. Gates open at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28.
INFO 516-221-1000,
ADMISSION $45 general admission

Bellport Day Festival features music, dancing and 'Mary Poppins'

Bellport's annual festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July
Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

Bellport's annual festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 28, fillls the village streets with live music, dance, a circus variety show, petting zoo, craft fair, trolley car rides, food vendors and sidewalk sales. South Country Road will be closed to traffic.  The festival also features a live performance of  "Mary Poppins" by Gateway Theater's junior performers and a steel drum performance by the Boys & Girls Club of Bellport.
INFO 631-438-1713,

Visit a garden aflutter with colorful butterflies

Enter the Butterfly Garden at the Sweetbriar Nature
Photo Credit: NEWSDAY/Tony Jerome

Enter the Butterfly Garden at the Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown and be surrounded by colorful butterflies and lush vegetation, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29. Children get a special treat and are invited to search for clues to the butterlies' life cycle and color a paper butterfly to take home.
INFO 631-979-6344,
ADMISSION $5, $3 children younger than 12

Questlove discusses creativity with Jerry Seinfeld at Guild Hall

Join musician, bandleader and professor Questlove as he
Photo Credit: Getty Images for Bulleit/Noam Galai

Join musician, bandleader and professor Questlove as he talks with Jerry Seinfeld in “Midsummer Night Conversations on Creativity” at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at Guild Hall, 58 Main St., East Hampton.  Questlove continues the conversation on Aug. 12 with another special guest. Check website for updates.
INFO 631-324-4050,
ADMISSION $30-$60; $85 VIP (sold out, but check for last-minute availability)

See 'mature' women compete for Ms. New York Senior America

Contestants 60 and older compete for the title
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Contestants 60 and older compete for the title of Ms. New York Senior America, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at the Madison Theater at Molloy College in Rockville Centre. The judges look for talented women who exemplify qualities of the modern dynamic senior. The winner goes on to compete in the National Pageant in Atlantic City.
INFO 516-323-4444,

Haitian band Tabou Combo plays at Creole American Night

As part of the International Night series at
Photo Credit: Mikerline Pierre

As part of the International Night series at Eisenhower Park, Creole music and dance will be in the spotlight, starting at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29, at Eisenhower Park's Harry Chapin Theater, parking lots 6 and 6A, East Meadow.  Highlights include a premiere performance by Haitian band Tabou Combo, Long Island band Djazz New York La and The Mikerline Dance Company.
INFO 516-572-0200,

See Jan Staller's photos at the Heckscher Museum of Art

A new exhibit at the Heckscher Museum of
Photo Credit: Jan Staller

An exhibit at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington features photos of pieces from construction sites and industrial objects. "Heavy Metal: Photographs by Jan Staller" includes more than 15 monumental photographs and a video on the artist's career, through July 29.
INFO 631-351-3250,
ADMISSION $8, $6 ages 62 and older, $5 students with ID, free younger than 10

Be there when Patchogue's Main Street comes alive

It's that time of year again. Patchogue closes
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

It's that time of year again. Patchogue closes Main Street to cars and opens it to pedestrians, 5-9:30 p.m. July 19, Aug. 2 and Aug. 16 -- for its annual "Alive After Five" celebration, featuring music, art, eats and beer (rain date  Aug. 23). You'll find seven stages of live music and entertainment, along with arts and crafts and an array of food. Make a note: Cosplayers are encouraged to come in costume for a contest with prizes on Aug. 2.
INFO 631-207-1000,

Head to East Hills for a Jewish Film Festival

A lineup of documentaries, shorts, narratives and more
Photo Credit: iStock

A lineup of documentaries, shorts, narratives and more make up this year's Jewish Film Festival at the Sid Jacobson JCC in East Hills, which runs through Aug. 9. Next up: a drama about corruption against the African people, "An Act of Defiance," on Aug. 8-9. Check the website for full schedule.
INFO 516-484-1545,
ADMISSION $10 individual tickets, $50 six-film festival pass

Bring your lawn chairs to the Huntington Summer Arts Festival

The Huntington Summer Arts Festival kicks off its
Photo Credit: John Dunn

The Huntington Summer Arts Festival, which runs daily (except Mondays) through Aug. 12, offers something for everyone, from family shows to cabaret, classic rock to dance. Tuesday family shows begin at 7 p.m.; all others start at 8 p.m., rain or shine, at the Chapin Rainbow Stage in Huntington's Heckscher Park.  
INFO 631-271-8423,

Watch the polo ponies play in Bethpage

The polo ponies and their riders are back.
Photo Credit: Christopher Occhicone

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,
ADMISSION $10 grandstand ($5 field-side parking)

Jazz every Thursday at Bay Burger

There's jazz in the Hamptons year-round, and it
Photo Credit: Fotolia

There’s jazz in the Hamptons year-round, and it can be heard weekly at The Jam Session, 7-9 p.m. Thursdays at Bay Burger in Sag Harbor. Jazz musicians from down the street, around the region or around the world perform weekly at this East End tradition.
INFO 631-899-3915,

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