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.
Remembering the 1938 hurricane that hit LI
To mark the 80th anniversary of the 1938 hurricane that hit Long Island on Sept. 29,1938, the Suffolk County Historical Society Museum has mounted a show exploring the disaster, which killed nearly 700 people. Historic photographs, media reports, personal accounts and artifacts from the wreckage of the category 3 storm that damaged an estimated 60,000 homes are on display through Nov. 3.
INFO 631-727-2881, suffolkcountyhistoricalsociety.org
ADMISSION $5 a person; $10 for families
Focus on Marilyn Monroe in Port Washington
More than a half-century after her death, actress Marilyn Monroe is still an American icon. She'll be the subject of Landmark on Main Street's "Afternoon T.E.A.," 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26. "Marilyn Monroe: The Girl, the Woman and the Legend" features a visual presentation that conveys Monroe's story in her own words, her movies and through some of the recollections of those who knew her.
INFO 516-767-6444, landmarkonmainstreet.org
Enjoy a farm-to-table event in Amityville
Long Island chef Tom Schaudel takes on the role as culinary master at "Cocktails in the Cloister," 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in Rosary Hall in Amityville. The farm-to-table event celebrates the growing season at Homecoming Farm and features cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a tour of the cloister gardens and live music in the chapel, 555 Albany Ave., Amityville.
INFO 631-608-9307, homecomingearth.org
ADMISSION $200 per person
Hear a 'Seinfeld' alum mix music and comedy in Westbury
A long way from his role as George Costanza on "Seinfeld," Jason Alexander goes it alone this time and relies on a combination of comedy peppered with music. The stand-up comedian brings his talents to the NYCB Theatre at Westbury for his "Music! Comedy! Musical Comedy! Show," 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27.
INFO 516-247-5200, livenation.com
ADMISSION Tickets start at $40
Head out to the Sag Harbor American Music Festival
You'll find all genres of American music, including jazz, blues, roots, folk, pop and rock, at the Sag Harbor American Music Festival, Thursday-Sunday, Sept. 27-30, hosted by local galleries, restaurants and other venues. Kicking things off is "A Celebration of Sly and the Family Stone," 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, $30 at Bay Street Theater. Grammy-winning country crooner Dan Tyminski, pictured, headlines at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, $30 at the historic Old Whalers Church. Free music abounds, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, concluding with music at 5 p.m. courtesy of The Nancy Atlas Project.
ADMISSION Free (mostly)
Let's talk food with Lidia Bastianich
The Emmy-winning host of public television’s "Lidia's Kitchen" and author of numerous cookbooks, celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich comes out of the kitchen and onto the stage at the Cinema Arts Centre, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. Get to know her during a conversation between her and Newsday food writer Erica Marcus. The evening is presented by Word Up, Long Island LitFest and includes an audience Q&A and book signing of Bastianich's memoir, "My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family and Food." This event is sold out.
INFO 631-423-7611, cinemaartscentre.org
ADMISSION $35 includes copy of the book
Exercise your options at the NY Fit Fest in Long Beach
Take advantage of more than 40 classes, lectures and seminars at an oceanfront fitness festival conducted by health-fitness experts and world-class athletes, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 (rain date: Sunday, Sept. 30). You'll find everything in the way of fitness, beauty, wellness and lifestyle at NY Fit Fest, situated between Edward and National boulevards in Long Beach. Look for a dance class conducted by famed choreographer Stephanie Klemons, a speed-dating session featuring a couples' workout for singles and a surf lecture by professional surfer Will Skudin. You’ll also find boot-camp sessions, kickboxing, martial art classes, beach meditation and yoga. Spin cycle classes on the rooftop at the Allegria Hotel is also on the list.
Get rolling to Brookhaven Safety Town
There are lots of moving parts -- mostly wheels turning -- at Brookhaven Highway’s Safety Day, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 (rain date is Sunday Sept. 30). Happenings include car seat installation inspections (8 a.m.-noon), a bicycle safety rodeo (noon-3 p.m.), and highway safety demonstrations and interactive displays from law enforcement and emergency services agencies (11 a.m.-3 p.m.). It all happens at Safety Town (249 Buckley Rd.) in Holtsville. Bring your own bikes and helmets.
INFO 631-363-3770; brookhavenny.gov
Step back in time for Riverhead's Tractor Pull and Harvest Show
Based on the farming history of Long Island, a two-day event is set aside for tractor and antique engine displays, along with a tractor pull, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30. The Long Island Antique Power Association sponsors the Tractor Pull and Harvest Show, which also features an operating saw mill and blacksmith shop, 5951 Sound Ave., Riverhead (next to Hallockville Museum Farm).
INFO 631-882-7378, liapa.com
ADMISSION $10; free 12 and younger and veterans and active-duty military
Feast on Italian specialties in Hampton Bays
The annual feast that pays homage to the patron saint of Naples gets underway, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and continues 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, on Good Ground Road in Hampton Bays. The San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons focuses on Italian food, culture and history. This year, the event also features a car show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday ($20 car registration, $15 in advance), along with a Fiat car raffle. Arrive hungry because the event features pizza-, meatball-, cannoli- and zeppole-eating contests, along with dozens of food vendors. Enjoy live music, rides and games. On Saturday look up! Fireworks by Grucci are planned for 8:30 p.m.
ADMISSION Free, charge for rides and food
Motor on over to the Tobay Beach Marina boat show
Is life really better with a boat? Find out at the Tobay Beach Marina In-Water Boat Show, where visitors can board and check out dozens of new and used boats by top manufacturers, along with the latest in boating equipment. The show takes place noon-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28; and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30. Take note: The first 100 children on Saturday and Sunday receive free life vests. New this year is a free boating-safety course at 10:30 a.m. Saturday; must preregister online at nymta.com.
INFO 631-691-7050, nymta.com
ADMISSION $15, $5 ages 6-15, free 5 and younger
Welcome autumn at the LI Apple Festival in East Setauket
The Long Island Apple Festival, centered around the fall fruit, will have you thinking about apple picking, apple pie, apple relay races and much more. The annual festival, hosted by the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, also features Colonial cooking demonstrations, pony rides, music, free house tours and an apple pie contest and pie auction, Sherwood-Jayne Farm, 55 Old Post Rd., East Setauket.
INFO 631-692-4664. preservationlongisland.org
ADMISSION $7, $5 ages 2-12
Take a stroll on the Sound in Jamesport
Pack up the family on Sunday, Sept. 30, and head to A Stroll on the Sound, an exploration of Hallock State Park Preserve in Jamesport. This 90-minute program starts at 10:30 a.m. and will take families on a nature walk through fields, woodlands and rocky shores to look for wildlife, learn about indigenous plants, and comb the beach for shells.
INFO Call 631-765-6450, ext. 205, for the required reservation; groupfortheeastend.org
ADMISSION There is a suggested donation of $5 per family.
Get ready for the Hamptons International Film Festival
The Hamptons International Film Festival is in town. The marquees will be chockful of feature-length films, documentaries, shorts, student films and more, Thursday-Monday, Oct. 4-8, in East Hampton, along with some screenings in Southampton and Sag Harbor. Highlights include a screening of "First Man," starring Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong, actor Alan Alda receiving the Dick Cavett Artistic Champion Award and the kickoff film, "The Kindergarten Teacher" starring Maggie Gyllenhaal (pictured, with Parker Sevak). Gyllenhaal, actor and director Emilio Esteves and director Damien Chazelle will be participating in a "Conversation With," a signature program of the festival; check website for times, days and pricing.
INFO 631-825-0050, hamptonsfilmfest.org
ADMISSION $15-$35; $150 opening-night package includes award ceremony, pre- and post receptions
Laugh with George Lopez in Westbury
Catch George Lopez in the "full round" at NYCB at Westbury, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. Politically correct -- or not -- the stand-up comedian and TV-sitcom star comes out swinging on hot topics with an aim to make us laugh.
INFO 516- 247-5200, thetheatreatwestbury.com
ADMISSION Tickets start at $49.50
Celebrate fall with a 4-day festival in Huntington
The Long Island Fall Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary in Huntington with rides, a farmers market, children's activities, live entertainment, two international food courts and a beer and wine tent. Hours for the carnival and food court run 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and then the festival goes "full on" with music, craft vendors, food and rides, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 6-7. The carnival part of the event returns on Columbus Day (Oct. 8), with rides, food court and vendors only, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Heckscher Park, 2 Prime Ave. at Route 25A.
INFO 631-423-6100, lifallfestival.com
ADMISSION Free, fee for rides and food
Pictured: Brandon Lopardo and his mother, Michelle, ride the carousel at the 2016 festival.
Marvel at 5,000 glowing pumpkins at Old Westbury Gardens
Pumpkin sculptors from around the country have arrived for a fall tradition at Old Westbury Gardens. "Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns" features more than 5,000 hand-carved, illuminated pumpkins places along a path at the historic gardens. New this year is the "Harry Potter" section and barnyard animals. Don't forget to look in at the carving demonstrations and check out the merchants selling holiday items. The Rise runs weekdays and weekends Oct. 5-29. Note: Times will change as it gets darker earlier.
INFO Must reserve, therise.org
ADMISSION $26, $22 ages 3-17, free 2 and younger
Be afraid at Crypts of the Coliseum
Halloween will catch you by the throat at Blood Manor's Crypts of the Coliseum. Let's see if you can make your way around the 5,000-square-foot haunted-house maze in an exhibition hall chock-full of ghouls, goblins and vampires. Crypts' opens at NYCB Live at Nassau Coliseum Friday, Oct. 5, and stays haunted until Nov. 3. Not recommended for younger than 14.
INFO 516-231-4848, nycblive.com
ADMISSION $30; $50 RIP Express gets you to the front of the line with no-wait access; $35, $55 Oct. 26-31; $5 parking
Hear the legendary Diana Ross at Tilles Center
Lady sings it all! Diana Ross, the original lead singer of The Supremes, the groundbreaking '60s Motown singing trio, is still wowing audiences. The recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 will perform a lineup of her chart-busting hits, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Tilles Center.
INFO 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org
ADMISSION Tickets start at $252
Meet some exotic birds at the Parrot Expo in Freeport
This is a chance to meet with bird enthusiasts and get up close with live parrots, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Parrot Expo at the Freeport Recreation Center on Merrick Road. The tropical bird extravaganza features vendors offering "parrotphernalia," along with a "Meet the Vet" section and, of course, you can shop for cages, bird food, parrot-themed gifts and more. Avian enrichment specialist Robin Shewokis will conduct workshops on improving your bird's life. The event is sponsored by the Long Island Parrot Society and there will be some exotic pet birds for sale and the "adoption team" will be on board with information about adoptable parrots.
INFO 631-957-1100, liparrots.org
ADMISSION $8, $2 younger than 12, free younger than 2
Dress in green for a parade and Irish festival in Long Beach
Listen for the bagpipes at the St. Brendan the Navigator Irish Day parade and festival. The marchers kicks things off at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, from Washington Boulevard and Beech Street in Long Beach. There'll be plenty of vendors selling Irish goods, along with food, rides and music at the festival that follows, noon-5 p.m., along West Beech Street, from New York to Illinois avenues.
INFO Sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 17; rain or shine
Root for your fave flower at a Great River Dahlia competition
The dahlias are at their peak, and the colors will be deep and bright at the Long Island Dahlia Society's Competition and Show, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River. You'll find hundreds of dahlias on display, from very small to dinner-plate size, all vying for the top prizes of "King of Show" and "Best Show Flower." As an added plus, check out the dahlia photo exhibit in the Upper Carriage House. All show flowers will be available for sale after 4 p.m. Sunday.
INFO 631-581-1002, longislanddahlia.org
ADMISSION Free, $8 parking fee
Run like a diva at Eisenhower Park
When you hit the sea of pink, you have arrived. With a theme of “girl power,” the Divas Half Marathon and 5k walk or run takes over Eisenhower Park. The 5k starts with a 7:45 a.m. wave, and the half-marathon begins the same way at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. When you pick up your registration packet, you’ll get a pink tutu, a participation shirt, drawstring bag and race bib. Toward the end of the run, you’ll be given a tiara and a boa for your photo at the finish line. Participants must sign up online before Thursday, Oct. 4.
ADMISSION $110, $65 for 5k
Head to a Greek festival on the harbor in Port Washington
The folks at Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church will take you to the Greek Isles courtesy of their outdoor Greek Festival on the Harbor. You'll find plenty of Greek bouzouki music and dancing, along with Greek food in the "Taverna on the Bay" and from food vendors, 4-11 Friday, Sept. 28, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and noon-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Rd. in Port Washington. Fireworks will light up the harbor on Saturday, and items will be for sale in the "Fabulous Finds" tent throughout the weekend.
INFO 516-944-3180, archangelmichaelchurch.org
ADMISSION Free, pay-one-price ride tickets available
Run through a wave of bubbles at Jones Beach
This is not your typical 5k run. The Bubble Run has you running through foam bogs that cover you head to toe in colored bubbles along the way. Waves start every 3 to 5 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, off Ocean Drive, Wantagh.
ADMISSION $50, parking fee applies
Try to get the best time at this East End road rally
A classic and sports car road rally will have you traveling around the South Fork with a ferry ride over to Shelter Island and then back for a lunch at Stonewalls Restaurant at the Woods Golf Course in Riverhead. Meet at Alternatives for Children, 168 Hill St., Southampton, for the timed event, where winning drivers receive awards. Registration starts at 9 a.m., first car off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29; rain or shine.
INFO 631-331-6400, alternatives4children.org
ADMISSION $165 includes breakfast, lunch and T-shirt
Meet up with a naturalist for a foraging tour
Let “Wildman” Steve Brill help you find edibles in the forest during a foraging tour around the Hempstead Harbor trail. Meet noon Sunday, Sept. 30, at 145 Bay Rd. in Port Washington. According to the naturalist-author, the three-hour walking tour will have you looking for “weedy” greens from spinach-flavored lamb’s quarters to sour sheep and wood sorrel. You’ll also be on the lookout for artichoke-flavored quickweed and shoots of field garlic.
INFO Must reserve, 914-835-2153, wildmanstevebrill.com
ADMISSION $20 donation, $10 younger than 12
Check out the Over 50 Fair at Huntington Hilton
Need to check some items off your bucket list? Head to the Over 50 Fair, where you'll find more than 80 exhibitors displaying info on health and fitness, travel, home improvements and more. You'll also find 30 classes on hot topics including stress reduction, reiki, photography, reconnecting relationships and more, along with a singles lounge, live music and raffles, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, Hilton Long Island, Huntington.
INFO 516-621-1446, over50fair.com
ADMISSION $8, $6 in advance free for veterans with ID
Watch polo at Bethpage State Park
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)
Be at Belmont Park for a championship meet
Racing returns to Belmont Park with the start of its 36-day fall championship meet, which includes seven Breeders' Cup qualifying races. The meet extends through Sunday, Oct. 28. Look for stakes racing days on Saturday, Sept. 29, Saturday, Oct. 6, and closing weekend, Oct. 27-28. Another highlight is Empire Showcase Day on Oct. 20, 2150 Hempstead Tpke., Elmont.
INFO 516-488-6000, nyra.com
ADMISSION $5 grandstand and clubhouse, $3 preferred parking