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Long Island things to do: From the Hamptons to the East End to Fire Island and more local spots 

Take a tour of the iconic Fire Island

Take a tour of the iconic Fire Island Lighthouse and more fun things to do this weekend on Long Island.  Credit: Danielle Silverman

If you're looking for things to do on Long Island at venues such as Jones Beach, The Planting Fields, Vanderbilt Museum, Old Westbury Gardens and more, here are spots to explore and events to attend this season.

DRIVE-IN MOVIES Showing of "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," 8 p.m. May 14, "Moana," 8 p.m. May 15; "Hidden Figures," 8 p.m. May 16, Gateway Playhouse, 215 South Country Rd., Bellport, $15 plus $25 donation — $40 total,, 631-286-2346.

CUTCHOGUE FIRE DEPARTMENT DRIVE-IN MOVIE Showing of "The Croods, A New Age, 8 p.m. May 14, gates open at 7 p.m., rain date: May 15, $45 per carload, Peconic Bay Winery, 31320 Main Rd., Cutchogue,

PEDAL FOR PROGRESS BIKE AND SEWING COLLECTION Bring your unwanted bikes and sewing machines to help those in need, these bikes provide reliable transportation for commuting to school, work, transporting product to market and accessing health care and other services, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 15, rain or shine, United Church of Christ, 271 Middle Country Rd., Middle Island, enter parking lot on Church Lane,, 516-606-1400.

ASTRONOMY DAY Astronomy educators perform free earth science and astronomy demonstrations for adults and children. Toolkits for the demonstrations are developed and distributed nationwide by the National Informal STEM Education Network, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. May 15, Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport,, $10, $7 younger than 12, 631-854-5579.

KAYAK CONSERVATION CRUISE Friends of the Bay and The WaterFront Center are partnering for a Kayak Conservation Cruise, 9-11 a.m. May 15, rain date: May 16. The event will be held on Cold Spring Harbor, launching from the Village of Laurel Hollow Beach. Parking will be available there. Participants will depart at 9 a.m. for a two-hour guided tour from The WaterFront Center and Bill Bleyer, author, historian and president of Friends of the Bay,

DRIVE-IN MUSIC CONCERT SERIES Concert series features live performances: 7 p.m. May 15: BonJourney, BonJovi and Journey tribute band; 7 p.m. June 26: Penny Lane, the Beatles tribute band, Sid Jacobson JCC, 300 Forest Drive, East Hills. Attendees are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food donation to the concerts to benefit SJJCC’s Community Needs Bank, $36 per show, $80 for all three events, to purchase tickets, visit

FOREST THERAPY WALK Experience the benefits of early spring and fresh air at Planting Fields. Certified guide Linda Lombardo leads a walk throughout the grounds that promotes mindfulness and connectivity with your natural surroundings, 10 a.m.-noon May 15, $40,,1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay, $8 parking fee.

"BATTLE OF THE BULLSEYE." Axe throwing tournament, throwers compete for a championship belt and cash prizes, 3 p.m. May 15, Westfield Mall, food court area, Bay Shore, register in advance on, check in at 12:30 p.m., $75 per person, $150 for teams of two, free for spectators,, must be 21 or older to participate, 516-206-0999.

ART & BEAUTY OF CARS AND MOTORCYCLES ON CANVAS AND ON THE PAVEMENT The exhibit, "Shifting Gears" includes artworks of various modes of transportation, as well as two 1928 BMW motorcycles on loan from the Nettesheim Museum in Huntington. In addition, weather permitting, the center's parking lot will feature exotic car collections, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: May 16 (Italian), May 30 (German) and June 13 (British). "Shifting Gears" runs through July 18, 2021. The center is open 11a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday except during the car displays when it will open at 10 a.m., The Reboli Center for Art & History, 64 Main St., Stony Brook, free,, 631-751-7707.

LONG ISLAND MUSIC LOVERS FAIR Records, compact discs, DVDs and memorabilia for sale., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 16, American Legion Hall — Massapequa Post 1066, 66 Veterans Blvd., Massapequa, $5,, 973-209-6067.

CAR SHOW Antique and collectible cars on display hosted by the Metro New York Porsche Club of America, noon-4 p.m. May 16, Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport, general admission includes the car show: $10, $7 ages 12 and younger,, 631-854-5579.

LINE DANCE CLASS Learn line dance moves like the shuffle and kickball change among others, beginners class starts at 7 p.m., intermediate class starts at 8 p.m., led by Marianne Taylor, email for more information, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. May 18, American Legion Post 144, 730 Willis Ave., Williston Park, $15,, 516-557-3384.

LONG ISLAND ROAD RUNNERS CLUB EVENING SERIES 5k race begins at 7 p.m. May 19, meet at field house near Parking Field 2, Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, $15,, 516-797-2685.

DRIVE-IN MOVIES "Jaws," 8:30 p.m. May 21; "The Goonies," 8:30 p.m. May 22; "Independence Day," 8:30 p.m. May 23, Gateway Playhouse, 215 South Country Rd., Bellport, $40,, 631-286-2346.

OYSTER BAY HISTORICAL WALKING TOURS Walking tour of the hamlet, featuring the historical sites along East and West Main Street, Audrey Avenue and South Street, as well as places frequented by Theodore Roosevelt, stopping at Raynhan Hall, the Oyster Bay Masonic Lodge, the former Octagon Hotel site as well as passing the various historic churches in the area, meet in the garden behind the historic house, register, 2 p.m. May 22, Oyster Bay Historical Society, 20 Summit St., Oyster Bay, $20, $5 ages 12-17,, 516-922-5032.

RUN TO THE PORT JEFF BREWING COMPANY Challenging 15k/10k run starts and ends at the brewery, post-race refreshments will be served, scoring and time will be kept by a computerized chip timing system, must be 21 or older, 8:30 a.m. May 23, Port Jeff Brewing Company, 22 Mill Creek Road, Port Jefferson, $60 in advance, $65 day of race,, 516-349-7646.

DRIVE-IN CONCERT See MYXD Order, a classic rock and dance band. Cars are admitted starting one hour prior to the show for the drive-in concerts. Advanced registration is not required. Attendees must remain in their vehicles. For town residents. Bring non-perishable/canned foods to the concert as part of North Hempstead’s food donation drive, 6 p.m. May 23, North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Road, Port Washington, free,, for town residents, 516-869-6311.

DRIVE-IN CONCERT FILM Featuring a new prerecorded Bon Jovi concert, 8:30 p.m. May 22, Westfield South Shore Mall, 1701 Sunrise Highway, Bay Shore, rain or shine, presale $68 per car go on sale April 28, $89 per car go on sale to the general public the following day,

BALLET LONG ISLAND Presents "Cinderella," the classic fairy tale that follows a young woman’s journey from servant to princess, 1 p.m. May 22, $18, $9 children, group rates available, 1863 Pond Rd., Ronkonkoma,, 631-737-1964.

CELEBRATE WORLD TURTLE DAY Meet a variety of live turtles and tortoises during Quogue Wildlife Refuge's annual World Turtle Day Celebration. Learn about Long Island’s turtles through a short presentation; then meet some turtles while you learn about ways that you can help local species. This is a program for adults and families, bring a blanket to sit on; reservations required as there is limited space, 11 a.m.-noon, May 22, $5 per person, 3 Old Country Rd., Quogue, 631-653-4771.

WALKING TOURS Travel back in time to the whaling era as you stroll down Cold Spring Harbor’s historic Main Street in this educator-led walking tour. Explore the lives and admire the homes of local whaling families and learn about the businesses that helped support a 19th-Century coastal village, 2 p.m. May 23, $12, $8 children, limited space,; Real Housewives of Cold Spring Harbor, discover little-known stories of Cold Spring Harbor’s female residents. Learn about whaling wives who helped keep the town afloat while their husbands were out at sea, then delve into local stories of Rosalie Gardiner Jones and other suffragists to discover some of the fascinating moments that helped change history, 4 p.m. May 23, $12, $8 children, space is limited; must register in advance,

NEWSDAY LIVE MUSIC SERIES: MOBY Newsday Live Music Series presents a special evening of music and conversation with American techno icon and vegan activist Moby, as he discusses his upcoming documentary "Moby Doc" and his new album, "Reprise." Hosted by Rafer Guzman, Newsday Entertainment Writer, 8 p.m. May 25,, free, registration is required,,

OUTDOOR CAR CRUISE NIGHTS Car enthusiast from across Long Island display their classic and coveted automobiles in The Shoppes parking lot., 5 -9 p.m. May 26 and every Wednesday through October, The Shoppes at East Wind, 5768 NY-25A, Wading River, free, 631-929-3500. Custom car cruise in, 3-8 p.m. May 26 and every Wednesday through October, The Milleridge Inn, 585 N. Broadway, Jericho, free,, 516-931-2201.

ONLINE: BOLLYWOOD DANCE WORKOUT Learn some Bollywood/Bhangra dance moves. Visit for information on how to participate in this online program, 6 p.m. May 26, free, Comsewogue Library, 170 Terryville Rd., Port Jefferson Station, free,, 631-928-1212.

FULL MOON NIGHT HIKE Take an evening hike through the forest up to North Pond and look and listen for nocturnal creatures while enjoying some night vision activities under the light of the moon. Reservations required 24 hours prior, as space is limited. A program for adults and families with children over 9, 8-9:30 p.m. May 27, $20, 3 Old Country Rd., Quogue,, 631-653-4771.

SUMMER SWAP Collaborative celebration of music, art, history theater and activities in Stony Brook Village, 6-8 p.m. May 27, June 3, 10,17, 24 and July 1. Four stages will be set up throughout Stony Brook Village area, entry is free. Stage areas will include: front lawn of the Jazz Loft where musicians will perform atop the Jazz Loft's own mobile jazz stage dubbed the "Jazz Dispatch," Sand Street Beach, Stony Brook Village Inner Court and the Brookhaven Town Lot by the kayak launch. Patrons can also take advantage of the numerous local restaurants in the area, with menus accessible online. Order your food, pick it up to go and head to the stages of your choice, 631-751-1895.

AMERICAN AIRPOWER MUSEUM Continuing in its tradition of participation in the Jones Beach Air show, the museum will have its "Arsenal of Democracy" warbirds including a B-25, a Douglas C-47, a Grumman Avenger, the T-6 Texan and AT-28 flying in the air show on May 29-30. They'll lift off from Republic Airport to take part in the air show from Hangar 3, 1230 New Highway, Farmingdale. In addition, three visiting F-18s will be on display on the museum’s tarmac from May 27-30. Museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 27-May 30, $15 adults, $10 seniors and veterans, $8 ages 5-12,, 631-293-6398.

CONCERTS BY CANDLELIGHT Performance by Harper’s Ferry (Irish folk), residents are admitted on a first come, first serve basis and capacity is limited in compliance with social distancing guidelines. To aid with social distancing guidelines, residents are also asked to stay within their designated seating circle which will all be six feet apart. Attendees are asked to bring non-perishable/canned foods to each concert as part of North Hempstead’s donation drive, 7:30 p.m. May 27, Clark Botanic Garden, 193 I.U. Willets Rd., Albertson, free, or, 516-869-6311.

LONG ISLAND DUCKS HOME OPENER Long Island Ducks season home opener against the Lexington Legends, 6:35 p.m. May 28, Fairfield Properties Ballpark, 3 Court House Dr., Central Islip, $11-$15,, 631-940-8499.

FLAG PLACEMENT AT NATIONAL CEMETERY Pay tribute to servicemen and women by placing flags at the grave sites at national cemetery. Sign up and you'll be assigned a section and several flags; 8 a.m. May 29, Long Island National Cemetery, 2040 Wellwood Ave.,, Farmingdale; 7 a.m. May 29, Calverton National Cemetery, 210 Princeton Blvd., Wading River,, 631-727-5410. Everyone is required to wear a mask and socially distance.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND AT THE MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ARMOR An outdoor display of historic, "Friend and Foe" armor including a replica German Tiger tank and sturmgeschütz assault tank will confront an American Hellcat tank destroyer and the legendary Sherman tank along with other vehicles that include allied halftracks, armored cars and artillery, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 29-30, Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, COVID protocols are observed inside the museum where donations are requested: $15, $8 for ages 5-12, seniors (60+) and veterans,

SPRING VILLAGE ART AND CRAFT FAIR Artists and artisans featuring one-of-a-kind creations and designs; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 29, rain date May 30, Smithtown Historical Society, 239 Middle Country Rd., free,, 631-265-6768.

LIVE FROM THE LANDMARK LOT Bring your lawn chairs for an outdoor concert by Gathering Time. A limited number of reserved pods will be available for an additional charge. All other seating pods will be on a first come, first served basis. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be moved indoors to the Jeanne Rimsky Theater, 7 p.m. May 29, Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington, reserved pods: $30 per ticket; general admission pods: $25 per ticket,, 516-767-1384.

DRIVE-IN MEMORIAL DAY FIREWORKS Fireworks, 9 p.m. May 29, gates to North Hempstead Beach Park, 175 West Shore Rd., Port Washington open at 5:30 p.m., fireworks will be synced to music broadcast through the car radio, social distancing guidelines enforced, free with a $10 parking fee (cash only), open to North Hempstead residents only, attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable/canned foods to the events as part of North Hempstead's food drive. Vehicles will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis, call 311 or 516-869-6311,

SPLISH SPLASH OPENING Park reopens after remaining closed last season; 2549 Splish Splash Dr., Calverton. Opens Memorial Day weekend, May 29;, 631-727-3600.

LONG BEACH MEMORIAL DAY CITY MANAGER 10-MILE RACE TO REMEMBER 10-mile/5k race on the boardwalk dedicated to the memory of race founder Ralph Kaplan; 8 a.m., May 30, Long Beach Recreation Center, Magnolia Boulevard, at West Bay Drive, Long Beach,, 516-431-3890.

MIGHTY NORTH FORK SPRINT TRIATHLON 500-meter swim, 7-mile bike, 3.5-mile run, race starts at Cedar Beach County Park in Southold, 6:50 a.m. May 30, $150 adult individual, $205 relay; $105 ages 14-18 individual, $135 relay,

BETHPAGE AIR SHOW Performances by the Thunderbirds F-16 Fighting Falcons team, Fairchild Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support attack aircraft, the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team, the U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 29-30, Jones Beach State Park, advance parking ticket required, capacity will be limited to 50%, $10 parking fee,, 516-490-2400.

PATCHOGUE OUTDOOR MARKET Outdoor vendors at the Patchogue LIRR station, held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays through May 31. The is an outdoor event with 30 plus vendors participating, Patchogue, free,, 631-848-0066.


CRUISE NIGHTS Car enthusiasts can display their classic, collectible and vintage autos, 5-9 p.m. Wednesdays through Oct. 27, The Shoppes at East Wind, free, 5768 Route 25A, Wading River,, 631-929-3500.

OLD BURYING GROUND CEMETERY TOUR Take a guided walking tour of Huntington’s earliest public burying ground, established soon after the town’s 1653 founding, you'll see folk art and epitaphs while listening to stories of Huntington’s residents' history, 4 p.m. May 15, June 12, July 10, Aug. 7, Sept. 18 and 3 p.m. Oct. 30 and Nov. 13, $15, $5 children, meet at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Building, 228 Main St., Huntington,, 631-427-7045.

MONTAUK LIGHTHOUSE OPENS Grounds and museum are open: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily through May 23, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily after May 23 through the Labor Day weekend, 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays after May 23 through the Labor Day weekend, $12, $5 younger than 12, free children 41″ and under, last tickets will be sold 30 minutes before closing,, 631-668-2544.

TOUR AT PLANTING FIELDS Tour the exhibit: Everett Shinn: Operatics on view May 12-Nov. 14, encounter the decorative and dramatic work of Everett Shinn in four "acts" beginning with the second-floor gallery in Coe Hall, followed by Mai Coe's Dressing Room, the Reception Room and culminating in the 1915 Tea House in the Italian Garden, tours are 75 minutes.T ours are held rain or shine 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. For serious inclement weather, please check website or email to confirm the schedule, $10, $5 ages 11-17; free ages 10 and younger, $8 parking fee through Labor Day.

FIRE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE TOURS Take a tour of the historic Fire Island Lighthouse this season. The museum in the keeper's quarters is open to the public for no fee year-round during normal operating hours, masks required, social distancing enforced, 10 a.m. — 5 p.m. daily, tower closes at 4:30 p.m., Tower tour admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under and seniors, Park at Robert Moses Field 5 and walk east, $8 parking fee.

SANDS POINT PRESERVE HIKE Guided nature walk where hikers get a trail map and find their own way. Dinosaur lovers enjoy the Dino Trail, a short walk through the woods complete with dinosaur footprints, Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Port Washington, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, last entry at 4:30 p.m. daily, $15 per car, and a contactless pay station is available at the gatehouse. walk-in visitors pay $4 per person. Leashed dogs are welcome,, 516-571-7901.

LONG ISLAND MUSEUM OPENS WITH TWO EXHIBITS "Twin Peeks: Scenes Seen Twice," paintings and photographs through Aug. 1, presents side-by-side views of nearly 60 paintings, from the 1830s to the present, placed beside photographs of the same or similar locations and buildings. Also, the exhibition "Artists Abroad," through Aug. 1, offers visitors the chance to explore a small but compelling collection of works by artists who traveled abroad between the 1860s and 1960s, noon-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 1200 Route 25A in Stony Brook, $10, $7 seniors, $5 ages 6-17, free younger than 6,

OLD WESTBURY GARDENS Visit Old Westbury Gardens featuring 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds, and lakes reopened to the public with required reservations which can be made in advance online, General admission to Old Westbury Gardens is $14; senior admission is $12; full-time students with valid ID $12; children's admission for ages 7-17 is $8; children 6 and under and Old Westbury Gardens members are free. Visitor hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday (closed Tuesday) and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, 516-333-0048.

CELL PHONE TOURS Take a self-guided cell phone tour of Nassau County including stops in Freeport, Lido and Jones Beach, also Babylon and Patchogue towns and the East End in Hampton Bays with stops in Amagansett, Greenport and RIverhead, free, available at all times, Includes stories curated by Long Island Traditions and features people who give behind-the scenes look at the maritime culture on Long Island. All stops are free and open to the public.

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