Here are dozens of fairs and festivals all over the Island to explore this fall and winter.
FEBRUARY Chowder contest and craft beer festival
LONG ISLAND CHOWDER CONTEST. Snapper Inn, 500 Shore Dr., Oakdale, 631-589-0248, thesnapperinn.com. Sample chowders from local restaurants, three categories will be judged. Contest starts at noon, winners announced at 2 p.m. Fee $10 suggested donation. Date Noon Feb. 1.
SOUPER BOWL LIV. Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, 100 Fairway Dr., Port Washington, 516-883-6566, pwcoc.org. Taste soups donated by Port Washington restaurants, vote for your favorite; bring a nonperishable food item. Fee $10, $3 ages 11 and younger. Date Noon-3 p.m. Feb. 1.
VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER AT THE MANSION. Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport, 631-854-5579, vanderbiltmuseum.org. Hors d'oeuvres in the Memorial Wing, dinner in the Northport porch and dessert in the Lancaster Room; reserve. Date 6 p.m., 8 p.m. Feb. 8.
HOPS AND PROPS CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL. NYCB Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, 516-572-4111, cradleofaviation.org. Sample a wide range of craft beers amid the planes; must be 21 and older to attend. Date 7-10 p.m. Feb. 8.
CHOCOVINO - A VALENTINE WINE AND CHOCOLATE PAIRING DINNER. Long Island Aquarium, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead, 631-208-9200 ext. 426, longislandaquarium.com. Five-course meal accompanied by Raphael wines and chocolate; must be 21 and older. Fee $199 per couple. Date 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14.
MARCH Exhibits and demonstrations
THE LONG ISLAND PEN SHOW. Hofstra University Student Center, Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead, 631-235-4690, lipenshow.com. Collectors and dealers of vintage and modern writing instruments exhibiting pens of all kinds, desk sets, inkwells, paper and writing supplies, demonstrations, repairs, appraisals and more. Fee $10 daily admission. Date 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8.
APRIL Gaming expo and Easter brunch
PENGUIN EGG HUNT. Long Island Aquarium, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead, 631-208-9200, LongIslandAquarium.com. Children can "hunt" for up to 5 eggs filled with candy or fun aquarium prizes. Fee $33 ages 13-61, $27 seniors 62 and older, $24 ages 3-12. Date 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 11-12.
PENGUIN EASTER BRUNCH. Long Island Aquarium, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead, 631-208-9200, LongIslandAquarium.com. Includes brunch, admission to the aquarium and a penguin egg hunt; reserve. Fee $54.95, $26.95 ages 3-12. Date 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. April 12.
LONG ISLAND TABLETOP GAMING EXPO 2020. NYCB Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, 516-572-4111, cradleofaviation.org. Events catering to new and experienced players of all games, an opportunity to learn everything from Dungeons and Dragons to Warmachine to Magic: The Gathering, and various board games. Fee $20, $10 ages 2-12 (in advance). Date 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Apr. 18.