Painting in the street is encouraged — at least, for the day — in Riverhead. The East End Arts Council’s annual community festival has made a Memorial Day weekend tradition of helping people unleash their own creativity. It’s a colorful affair, with kids doodling on the pavement alongside established artists working on their next great — if not fleeting — masterpiece.
You can reserve a sponsored square in advance or get your own the day of the festival for $20, which includes plenty of chalk for sketching. The day includes arts and crafts vendors, live music and dance performances, plus food trucks for sustenance.
Mosaic Street Painting Festival
WHEN | WHERE Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, May 28 (rain date 2-5 p.m. Monday, May 29), downtown Riverhead along Main Street and the Peconic River.
INFO 631-727-0900, nwsdy.li/riverheadpaint
MORE CREATIVE ARTS PROGRAMS
Open Studio for Families
WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 27 at Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill
INFO 631-283-2118, parrishart.org
ADMISSION $12 includes museum (free younger than 18)
Thirty-minute sessions include a brief guided tour of the museum’s “John Graham: Maverick Modernist” exhibit followed by hands-on studio time using materials such as textured paper, doilies and pipe cleaners to create collages.
WHEN | WHERE 1-4 p.m. Sundays through July 9, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor
INFO 516-484-9338, nassaumuseum.org
ADMISSION $12 includes museum ($4 ages 4-12)
A family-friendly tour of the museum’s “Halston Style” fashion exhibit is followed by time for kids and adults to sketch, draw and create their own works.
WHEN | WHERE 3:30-5 p.m. Saturdays at the Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City
INFO 516-224-5800, licm.org
ADMISSION $13 includes museum (free younger than 1)
Kids ages 18 months to 4 years can don a smock and dig into slime and “clean” mud. Somebody else cleans up the mess.