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.
Eat, drink, bid -- and laugh along with Trevor Noah
The host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," Trevor Noah, is central to the "Eat. Bid. Laugh!" event sponsored by the Sid Jacobson JCC. The event features a silent auction, cuisine tastings and a performance by Noah; 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, Fresh Meadow Country Club, Lake Success.
INFO 516-484-1545, sjjcc.org
ADMISSION Tickets start at $250
Inflatable planetarium stars at Castle Gould's Celestial Weekend
Stargaze in an inflatable Starlab Planetarium at Castle Gould's annual Celestial Weekend, with viewing slots at 6, 6:45, 7:30 and 8:15 p.m. Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, at 127 Middle Neck Rd. in Sands Point. The 30-minute exploration may feature comets, asteroids and meteor showers.
INFO 516-571-7901, sandspointpreserveconservancy.org
ADMISSION $15, $5 younger than 17
'A Nightmare on Elm Street' double feature
Reignite the fear of Freddy Krueger by viewing "A Nightmare on Elm Street" sequels III and IV, 10 p.m., Friday, March 23, at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington.
INFO 631-423-7611, cinemaartscentre.org
Learn about nature at Brookhaven National Lab
Want to know about the spotted turtle or the red fox on Fire Island? A conference aimed at Long Island natural history research and conservation includes workshops that train citizen scientists how to get involved with research projects, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, Brookhaven National Laboratory, William Floyd Parkway.
INFO 631-267-5228, register online in advance, longislandnature.org; day-of registration also available
ADMISSION $40 (covers both days)
Doris Kearns Goodwin discusses the presidency
Meet Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin as she gives her insight and analysis of the U.S. presidency, 8 p.m. Friday, March 23, Tilles Center in Brookville.
INFO 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org
Hunt for eggs at Belmont Lake State Park
Egg hunts take over the grounds at Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon, noon-2 p.m. Saturday, March 24. The hunts are divided into three age categories: 4 and younger, ages 5-6 and 7-9. You'll also find food vendors and a petting zoo. And you can take a photo with the Spring Bunny. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag or basket.
INFO 631-321-3510, 631-669-1000, parks.ny.gov
Celebrate World Water Day at Explorium in Port Jeff
United Nations World Water Day (March 22) focuses attention on the importance of water globally. The folks at the Long Island Explorium in Port Jefferson will be celebrating H2O on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25, by helping kids design a water-filtration system and also by welcoming teams from the First Lego League Teams and their 2018 Aqua Adventure Challenge projects. This drop-in event is 1-5 p.m.
ADMISSION $5 per person (free younger than 1).
INFO 631-331-3277, longislandexplorium.org
Bordeaux wine class at Martha Clara Vineyards
Enjoy a wine tasting with a focus on Bordeaux from 1-3 p.m., Saturday, March 24, at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead. The tasting will include information on how the wine was made and on artisanal pairings, including meats, cheeses and chocolates.
INFO 631-298-0075, marthaclaravineyards.com
ADMISSION $50 per person, reservations required
See a new exhibit on the Roaring '20s
A new exhibit, "Anything Goes: The Jazz Age" at the Nassau County Museum of Art celebrates the art, music, fashion, literature, history and sports identified with the Roaring '20s (pictured is a 1929 pastel by Anna Walinska that is part of the show). Opens 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Saturday, March 24, and runs Tuesday-Sunday through July 8, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor.
INFO 516-484-9338, nassaumuseum.org
ADMISSION $12, $4 ages 4-12
Tilles Center hosts Cuba's National Symphony Orchestra
Under the direction of Maestro Enrique Pérez Mesa, the musical program includes Cuban and Latin American music, along with works by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. Listen for South Korean Yekwon Sunwoo, 2017 gold medalist of the prestigious Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, who joins the orchestra, 8 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Tilles Center. There’s also an Arts Insider program at 6:45 p.m. with Pérez Mesa and Paul Kim, professor of Music History and Piano Studies at LIU Post.
INFO 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org
ADMISSION $40-$80; $5 for Arts Insider
Meet the artist at Guild Hall
A site-specific installation by local artist Alice Hope is on exhibit through Sunday, March 25, in the Woodhouse Gallery at Guild Hall in East Hampton. Meet the artist at a gallery at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Hope uses minimalist materials, including found objects.
INFO 631-324-0806, guildhall.org
Family yoga at Sands Point Preserve
No age is too young or too old to start practicing yoga. Families and individuals are welcome to the Sands Point Preserve’s Spring Family Yoga at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 25, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. The 45-minute program teaches kids (and adults) to stretch, bend, reach and balance to imitate trees, turtles and more. Bring a mat and wear comfy clothes. Registration by phone or email encouraged.
ADMISSION $15 per car, includes admission to the preserve.
INFO 516-571-7901, firstname.lastname@example.org, thesandspointpreserve.org
'You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown' at LI theater
The songs and story of "You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown" come to life at Mattituck’s North Fork Community Theatre. Upcoming performances of the musical comedy based on the characters in Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip “Peanuts” are set for March 22, 23, 24, 25.
INFO 631-298-6328, nfct.com
Visit the South Fork for a 3-day THAW Fest
Come in from the cold for THAW (The Hamptons Arts Weekend) Fest, which makes its debut courtesy of the new Hamptons Arts Network. It focuses on dozens of arts and cultural venues across the South Fork (pictured, Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack). The festival includes art exhibitions, films, theatrical performances, concerts, comedy, garden tours and workshops, Friday through Sunday, March 23-25, from Westhampton to Amagansett.
INFO 631-725-0818, hamptonsartsnetwork.org
ADMISSION Free and ticketed activities
See bawdy Broadway at Broadhollow
The musical comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way the Forum" is getting laughs at Elmont’s BroadHollow Theatre Company. The show, set in ancient Rome, tells the bawdy story of a slave who attempts to win his freedom by helping his young master win over the girl next door. See website for show schedule through April 8.
INFO 516-775-4420, broadhollow.org
Get a jump on spring gardening at Holtsville show
This indoor show enables you to walk through garden and landscape displays for home and garden improvements ideas. You’ll also get a chance to talk to gardening and home industry experts and take part in workshops throughout the weekend event, March 24 and 25 at the Holtsville Park, Ecology Site and Wildlife Center. The animal reserve will be open during the show and entry is included with admission.
INFO 631-758-9664, ext. 18, brookhavenny.gov
ADMISSION $6, free 16 and younger, free parking
Find out how potatoes inspire art
A new exhibit opens at the Wang Center with multidisciplinary works highlighting the potato as its main inspiration. The opening reception, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, is at the Skylight Gallery at SUNY Stony Brook. There, you can meet some of the artists and enjoy potato-themed refreshments. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The exhibit, which features more than a dozen artists, runs through June 15.
INFO 631-632-4400, stonybrook.edu/wang
Superheroes battle in 'Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes'
It's the superheroes against the villains in a race to recover the "Wand of Watoomb" before Loki gains control. See how it all turns out during the live-action stunt show, "Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes," 7 p.m. Thursday, March 22; 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, March 23; 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 24; noon and 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25; runs through April 1. Check website for full schedule.
INFO 516-231-4848, nycblive.com
ADMISSION Tickets start at $17; $15 parking fee
Take an interactive visual journey with ARTrageous
The ARTrageous troupe of artists, singers, musicians and dancers pay tribute to a number of art forms, musical genres and pop icons. Performance includes the creation of large-scale art installations, audience participation and a live rock band. The finished product? You get to enjoy a gallery of finished paintings, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25, Landmark on Main Street, Port Washington.
INFO 516-767-6444, landmarkonmainstreet.org
Tiptoe through the tulips at the Spring Flower Show
Discover the latest garden trends, products and ideas while walking through hundreds of plants, blooming flowers and garden displays at this year’s Spring Flower Show, which also features dozens of gardening seminars and children’s events, through Sunday, March 25, Hicks Nurseries in Hicksville.
INFO 516-334-0066, hicksnurseries.com
Slurp soup to benefit Friends of Erin
Bring your St. Patrick's spirit to the 56th Annual Soup Sale, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (or as long as the soup lasts) Sunday, March 25, at the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, 742 Montauk Hwy. Each mug purchase includes a serving of one of the eight-plus soups available. Benefits the Montauk Friends of Erin, which runs the Montauk St. Patrick's Day parade and assists with charitable activities and organizations throughout Montauk.
INFO 631-668-2428, montaukchamber.com
ADMISSION $8 per mug
Enjoy Sundays with Grandma dinners at Diliberto Winery
Sundays with Grandma dinners at Diliberto Winery in Jamesport run through March 25. The two-hour feast starts at 1 p.m. with a demonstration on making homemade pasta, followed by a four-course Italian dinner that wraps up with sweet ricotta pie, a cannoli and coffee. Diliberto wines accompany each course. Live music ranges from Italian to Broadway. Call or visit website for reservations.
INFO 631-722-3416, dilibertowinery.com
ADMISSION $85 a person, plus tax and gratuity
Joe Biden talks about global concerns
A conversation with former vice president Joe Biden is presented by the Global Institute of LIU at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, at Tilles Center. After his speech, Biden will be joined by U.S. Rep. Steve Israel for a Q&A on global issues.
INFO 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org
ADMISSION Tickets start at $69
Get your head shaved (or green extensions) for a good cause
Barbering and cosmetology students from Eastern Suffolk BOCES/LI Academy offer select salon, barbering and beauty services such as green hair extensions, glitter shamrock tattoos, manicures and, of course, head shaves to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation which works to combat cancer in children, 8:30-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, Gary Bixhorn Technical Center, 350 Martha Ave., Bellport.
INFO 631-286-6740 for an appointment
ADMISSION Starting at $5
Party with a dynamic duo: Wine and chocolate
Love chocolate? Love wine? How about pairing them up? Long Island Uncorked presents a Wine and Chocolate Party that offers just that with wine-infused chocolates, fine wines and live jazz, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, in the Glen Cove Mansion's Grand Ballroom, 200 Dosoris Lane.
Women's Herstory Month screening of 'Henrietta Lacks'
"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" starring Oprah Winfrey, right, will screen as part of the Women's Herstory Month celebration, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 29, at Cinema Arts Centre. The film is an adaptation of a book about an African-American woman who became an unwitting pioneer for countless medical breakthroughs. The event also features an appearance by Alfred Lacks-Carter, grandson of Henrietta Lacks, who shares stories and participates in a Q&A.
INFO 631-423-7611, cinemaartscentre.org
ADMISSION Free, check website to reserve your seat.
Michael Bolton performs at The Paramount
The Grammy Award-winning singer comes to The Paramount in Huntington ahead of schedule, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 29, honoring all tickets from the performance originally scheduled April 13. If ticketholders are unable to attend the new date, refunds are available at their point of purchase.
NFO 631-673-7300, paramountny.com
ADMISSION Tickets start at $81.50
A musical about a 'Kid Astronaut' at the Cradle of Aviation
Live musical theater debuts at the Cradle of Aviation Museum with "Awesome Allie: First Kid Astronaut." The Plaza Theatrical Production has Allie heading into outer space to save planet Earth. The giant, screen dome projectors help audience members feel like they're floating through space, 11 a.m. Friday, March 30, and Saturday March 31, runs through April 8 (no show Easter, April 1), additional showing at 2 p.m. April 4, Dome Theater, Garden City.
INFO 516-572-4066, cradleofaviation.org
ADMISSION $15, $13 ages 2-12; show and museum: $20, $18 ages 2-12
You're invited to a Passover seder at Melville Chabad Center
The doors are open and everyone is invited to take part in the Royal Passover Community Seder hosted by the Melville Chabad Center. There will be traditional food, including handmade "shmurah" matzo, along with song and Passover insight with Rabbi Asher and Miriam Vaisfiche, 7 p.m. Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31, 498 Sweet Hollow Rd., Melville.
INFO Reservations required, 631-385-2424, melvillechabad.com
ADMISSION $54 ($25 younger than 13)
Old Westbury Gardens reopens
Looking for some signs of spring? You're sure to find them at Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Rd., as it opens its wrought iron gates to the public for the 2018 season, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Old Westbury offers 200 acres of formal gardens, ponds, lakes and landscaped grounds to meander through. The family-themed "Open the Door and Explore" program, noon-1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, features craft making and children's activities, and is included with admission.
INFO 516-333-0048, oldwestburygardens.org
ADMISSION $12, $7 ages 7-17; free younger than 6
Take an Easter sunrise tour of Fire Island Lighthouse
Bring a flashlight for the walk to the lighthouse for an early morning tower tour and climb, 6 a.m. (arrive no later than 5:45 a.m.) Sunday, April 1. Park at Robert Moses State Park, field 5, on Fire Island. A member of the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society will talk about the history of the 1858 lighthouse. Sunrise will be at 6:38 a.m.
INFO Reservations required at 631-661-4876, fireislandlighthouse.com
ADMISSION $25 includes a light breakfast
Enjoy an Easter parade of classic cars
Dress in your spring finest and head to Main Street in Garden City to watch the Easter Vintage Car Parade pass you by beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 1. Hundreds of models will drive by, and all you have to do is grab a lawn chair and enjoy from the sidelines. Before the parade, cars assemble at 10 a.m. in parking field 9E between Ninth and 10th streets and remain on view until the start of the parade.
INFO 516-746-7724, gardencitychamber.org
ADMISSION Free for spectators, $20 car registration ($15 in advance)
Clean up LI's barrier beaches
This is a call for volunteers for the "Pick It Up!" coastal cleanup on Fire Island. Join the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation and the Fire Island National Seashore for the initiative to clean up debris from New York's beaches, 10 a.m.-noon April 7 and May 5, Smith Point County Park. To register: email@example.com.
Watch the spring film series at Staller Center
The 2018 Spring Film Series at Stony Brook University’s Staller Center started in February. Two films will be screened Friday evenings through April 6 (excluding March 30).
INFO 631-632-2787, stallercenter.com
ADMISSION $10 each movie, $30 full pass
Jane Peterson exhibit at the Long Island Museum
The Long Island Museum opened its 2018 season with "Jane Peterson: At Home and Abroad," featuring a retrospective of artist Jane Peterson focusing on her travels in Europe in the early 1900s. You'll find portraits of women, gardens and exotic places, 1200 Rte. 25A, Stony Brook. The exhibit runs Thursdays-Sundays through April 22 and is accompanied by gallery tours, workshops and programs.
INFO 631-751-0066, longislandmuseum.org
ADMISSION $10, ($5 ages 6-17)
Run smarter with LI running club's 14-week program
A 14-week RunSmart training program, by the Greater Long Island Running Club and the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums, focuses on people who have some running experience and want to train for a long-distance race. Runs are held on Saturday mornings, and locations rotate among Old Bethpage, Eisenhower Park and Cedar Creek Park in Wantagh. The program runs through April 28, a week before the Long Island Marathon and Half Marathon on May 6.
INFO 516-349-7646, glirc.org
ADMISSION $35 for the series
Learn about dinosaurs at the LI Children's Museum
Did you know that Long Island once was home to woolly mammoths and iceberg lakes? Visit the newest traveling exhibit at Long Island Children's Museum: "Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice," and learn how Long Island was a dinosaur swampland. The exhibit takes visitors back to the Cretaceous Period. This immersive exhibit runs through May 13 in Garden City.
INFO 516-224-5800, licm.org
ADMISSION $13 (free ages 11 months and younger)
Jazz every Thursday at Bay Burger
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, thejamsession.org