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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.

Watch master sculptors at work at the vineyards

Watch as international master sculptors bring their expertise
Photo Credit: Germana Pucci

Watch as international master sculptors bring their expertise to Long Island for the cultural series "Sculpture in the Vines" at various wineries through Tuesday, Aug. 21. Jamesport Vineyards hosts Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 14-15, and Aug. 17, followed by Diliberto Vineyards and Winery Sunday-Tuesday, Aug. 19-21. Pictured: Sculptor Jill Burkee.
INFO 631-722-2220, liwines.com
ADMISSION Free

Flutter by this butterfly house in Smithtown

Kids can get up close and personal with
Photo Credit: Veronica Sayers

Kids can get up close and personal with the beautiful winged wonders in the butterfly garden at the Sweetbriar Nature Center in Smithtown. The garden is home to 10 to 15 varieties of butterflies and is open 10 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through mid-September, depending on the weather.
INFO 631-979-6344 or sweetbriarnc.org
ADMISSION $5; $3 for seniors and kids under age 12

Head to the Vanderbilt for an astronomy workshop

It's not too late for kids in grades
Photo Credit: Getty Images / iStockphoto/EvgeniiAnd

It's not too late for kids in grades three-12 to take part in a summer science workshop at the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium in Centerport. Tuesday astronomy classes for those in grades three-seven include safe daytime observations with a solar telescope, plus a craft session. Workshops for those in grades eight-12 run on Thursdays. The 10 a.m.-1 p.m. "Astronomy in the Sun" series is led by Vanderbilt astronomy educator Roger Ledgister through the end of August. 
INFO 631-854-5539, vanderbiltmuseum.org
ADMISSION $25

See a play inspired by Mo Willems' children's books

Elephant and Piggie's "We're in a Play!" at
Photo Credit: Long Island Children’s Museum

Elephant and Piggie’s "We’re in a Play!" at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City is inspired by Mo Willems’ children’s books. This charming musical adventure follows Elephant and Piggie and the show’s nutty backup singers The Squirrelles. There are shows daily, except Sundays, until Friday, Aug. 31. See website for times and tickets.
INFO 516-224-5800, licm.org
ADMISSION $9 plus museum admission of $14, or $12 for theater tickets only

Explore color with other preteens at Art League of LI

"Radial Watercolor: Exploring Color" at the Art League
Photo Credit: Esther Marie Caponigro

"Radial Watercolor: Exploring Color" at the Art League of Long Island in Dix Hills will encourage young students to create colorful wheels inspired by nature’s gems, flowers, plants and insects. Intended for ages 8-11, this program will expand watercolor paint skills and explore symmetry and color blending. The two-hour program starts at noon Tuesday, Aug. 21.
INFO 631-462-5400, artleagueli.org
FEE $60

See Smokey Robinson in Westbury

Motown music legend and Rock and Roll Hall
Photo Credit: Getty Images for Celebrity Fight/Emma McIntyre

Motown music legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Smokey Robinson performs in the half-round at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. Listen as he sings his iconic songs, powered by his signature smoldering voice.  
INFO 516-247-5211, thetheatreatwestbury.com
ADMISSION Tickets start at $59.50 

Little Italy comes to Suffolk Community College campus

Craving some home-style Italian food, carnival rides and
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Craving some home-style Italian food, carnival rides and a zeppoli-eating contest? We thought so. You'll find it all at this year's Feast of Mother Cabrini in Brentwood. Pass through the Italian arches and begin cruising a quarter-mile-long food court of pastas, pizza and more. Visit the midway for rides and games, 6-11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24; 4-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25; 4-10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, at Suffolk Community College's Brentwood-Grant Campus, 1001 Crooked Hill Rd., Brentwood. Festival continues Aug. 29-Sept. 3; check website for schedule and coupons. Fireworks at dusk Saturday, Aug. 25, and Sunday, Sept. 2.
INFO 631-499-6824, mothercabrinifeast.org
ADMISSION Free, pay-one-price ride tickets available

Take a photo cruise through Stony Brook's salt marsh

You'll get tips from the experts on taking
Photo Credit: Camera Concepts & Telescope Solutions

You'll get tips from the experts on taking stunning shots of the wildlife and scenery in Stony Brook Harbor's salt marsh before this cruise aboard the pontoon boat "Discovery," Saturday, Aug. 25. Lesson starts at 10:45 a.m., cruise departs at 11:15 a.m., 51 Shore Rd., Stony Brook. After the cruise, you'll get a chance to see your photos on a high-resolution display at the Stony Brook Marine Services Gazebo.
INFO Reservations recommended, 631-751-2244; wmho.org/discovery
ADMISSION $50

Share in a bit of Scotland at Old Westbury Gardens

Join the members of the Long Island Scottish
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Join the members of the Long Island Scottish clan Macduff as they co-host the annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Old Westbury Gardens. Be there for the grand opening ceremony at 12:30 p.m. when bagpipers march down the North Lawn to open the festivities. Highlights include finding the strongest "chieftains" in the caber toss (pictured, Luke Pelton of East Meadow competing in the stone toss in 2016), Scottish food, vendors selling imported Scottish items, crafts and live music.
INFO 516-333-0048, oldwestburygardens.org
ADMISSION $20, $10 ages 7-17, free 6 and younger

Hear Italian opera and sip some wine at Diliberto Winery

A dynamic pairing is featured during Opera Under
Photo Credit: Hannah Keiffert

A dynamic pairing is featured during Opera Under the Stars, 7-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Diliberto Winery, 260 Manor Lane, Jamesport. Enjoy wine as you listen to opera sung by international and local performers, including vineyard winemaker Salvatore Diliberto. A glass of wine is included with the price of admission.
INFO Advanced tickets required, 631-722-3416, dilibertowinery.com
ADMISSION $59

Tango at the Vanderbilt mansion

Get caught up in the romantic ambience of
Photo Credit: Vanderbilt Museum

Get caught up in the romantic ambience of the Vanderbilt mansion for this year's "Tango in the Courtyard," 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25. Instructors will be on hand from 7 to 7:30 p.m. to offer lessons in tango, Latin ballroom and swing. Guests are invited to bring a picnic. Wear attire that is fun and elegant. Make note: cobblestone-friendly shoes might help your dance moves.
INFO 631-854-5579, vanderbiltmuseum.org
ADMISSION $30, $25 in advance

See 'Swan Lake' at Tanner Park in Copiague

Enjoy an abbreviated presentation of the world classic
Photo Credit: Ben Gancsos

Enjoy an abbreviated presentation of the world classic "Swan Lake" and other works performed by Lumiere Ballet's award-winning students. Look for Pennsylvania Ballet's principal ballerina, Oksana Maslova, in the lead, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26, at Tanner Park in Copiague.
INFO 631-586-2921, lumiereballet.com
ADMISSION Free

Get your fill of seafood in West Sayville

Get your fill of fresh seafood at Long
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Get your fill of fresh seafood at Long Island Maritime Museum's annual Seafood Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, and Sunday, Aug. 26, at 88 West Ave. in West Sayville. Check out the menu, it's all there: oysters, clams, lobster rolls and, of course, freshly steamed whole lobsters. For landlubbers, there are burgers and other gourmet foods to choose from. You'll also find live music beachside, more than 100 vendors selling arts and crafts and more, along with some food trucks.
INFO 631-854-4974, limmseafoodfestival.org
ADMISSION $10, free younger than 12; fee for food

Tap your feet at Old Bethpage Village Restoration jamboree

Visit the living history museum that's Old Bethpage
Photo Credit: Dreamstime

Take in some traditional music at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26. You'll find a banjo player, an old-time guitarist, a fiddle and dulcimer duo, contra dancing and a performance by the Old Bethpage Village Brass Band. The music will be here and there around the village, which consists of dozens of houses, barns and buildings dating from 1660 to 1875.
INFO 516-572-8401, obvrnassau.com
ADMISSION $13, $8 ages 5-12

Make tracks for the Railroad Festival in Riverhead

Take a nostalgic ride on the restored 1964-65
Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

Take a nostalgic ride on the restored 1964-65 LIRR World’s Fair park train during the Riverhead Railroad Museum's Railroad Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 25-26, at 416 Griffing Avenue in Riverhead. Children will be mesmerized by the operating toy train layouts in “G,” “O,” “HO,” “N” and “Z” scale, as well as by the full-size locomotives on display. Live music fills the air (pictured: Warren McKnight at last year's fest) and barbecue is available for purchase. You can also hop on the LIRR "Greenport Scoot'' at 10:15 a.m. for a ride to Greenport and back; tickets can be purchased from the conductor. The exhibits and working machine demonstrations are courtesy of the Long Island Power Association.
INFO 631-727-7920, rmli.us
ADMISSION $10, $5 ages 5-13, free younger than 5

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 offers a lineup of seaside entertainment that has 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. 
INFO jonesbeachbandshell.com/free-events/
ADMISSION Free parking after 6 p.m.

See 'Hamlet' in Centerport

The courtyard at the historic Vanderbilt Mansion is
Photo Credit: Allen Agostino

The courtyard at the historic Vanderbilt Mansion is the setting for "Hamlet,''  through Sept. 2. Presented by the Carriage House Players, it's part of the 30th annual Shakespeare Festival at the mansion in Centerport. Performances (weather permitting) are on Wednesdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 7 p.m.
INFO 631-854-5579, vanderbiltmuseum.org
ADMISSION $15

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

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