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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: Randee Daddona

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.

LONG ISLAND ROAD RUNNERS CLUB EVENING SERIES 5k race begins at 7 p.m., meet at field house near Parking Field 2, 7 p.m. May 12, Eisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, $15,, 516-797-2685.

ONLINE: WHAT’S IT WORTH? ANTIQUES ROAD SHOW Author, auctioneer, appraiser, and radio show host Mike Ivankovich introduces participants to what determines value and reveal what their antiques, collectibles and personal treasures are worth today, each attendee may have one item on hand for Mike to appraise, 6:30-8:30 p.m. May 12, Longwood Library, 800 Middle Country Rd., Middle Island, free, register for a Zoom link,, 631-924-6400.

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,

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. The tax-deductible participation fee for those with their own kayaks is $20 per adult and $10 for children under 15. Special event pricing is $55 for a single-seat kayak rental and participation fee and $65 for a double-seat kayak. Proceeds from the event will be split between the two organizations in support of their outreach programs. Participants may arrive between 8- 9 a.m. to sign in and get on the water to avoid social distancing issues, to register and arrange for a kayak rental, visit:

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 on weekends.

"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.

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, 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.

SUPER SWAP SUNDAY CAR SHOW AND SWAP MEET Street rods, classics, muscle cars, antiques, imports and cars of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s on display. Judged car show, trophies awarded in 50 classes. Parts and accessories for sale, food and entertainment., 8 a.m.-4 p.m. May 23, Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater at Bald Hill, 1 Ski Run Lane, Farmingville, $10, free younger than 12, $25 judging fee for registered cars,, 631-567-5898.

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,

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.

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.


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.

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, $12, $5 younger than 12, free children 41″ and under, last tickets will be sold 30 minutes before closing,, 631-668-2544.

TOURS AT PLANTING FIELDS Guided 60-minute Coe Hall estate and exhibition tours are offered Wednesday through Sunday, $10, $5 ages 11-17, free ages 10 and younger. Private, 90-minute Coe Hall estate and exhibition tours are also offered on Monday and Tuesday for up to 10 people from the same household or party. Reservations must be made five days in advance by contacting, $25, $12 ages 10-18 free younger than 10, 1395 Planting Fields Rd., Oyster Bay, $8 parking fee weekends through May 28. The Great Bird Blind Debate exhibition open through September 2021.Guests should be aware that it is roughly 1/15 of a mile of walking over hilly and sloping terrain. Comfortable shoes and outerwear are highly encouraged. Tours are held rain or shine. For serious inclement weather, please check website or email to confirm the schedule, $10, $5 ages 7-11; free ages 10 and younger, $8 parking fee weekends April 3 through May 28.

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, 11 a.m. — 4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekends; tower closes at 3:30 p.m., Tower tour admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under and seniors,

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,

TULIP FESTIVAL Half a million tulips and spring bulbs are bursting into bloom at Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden in Manorville for the farm’s second annual Tulip Festival. The festival will open April 17, with peak blooms expected by April 23 and hoping to stay vibrant through mid-May. The farm's website will carry the most up-to-date information on the state of the blooms. Waterdrinker Family Farm & Garden, 663 Wading River Rd., Manorville,, 631-878-8653.

OLD WESTBURY GARDENS OPENS Visit Old Westbury Gardens featuring 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds, and lakes reopens to the public with required reservations which can be made in advance online. Westbury House reopens June 1, 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 the weekend, 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, 516-333-0048.

GREENPORT CHERRY BLOSSOM PETAL TOUR With hundreds of cherry blossom trees blooming in the village, several businesses come together each year to offer a special experience for visitors who come down to explore the area. More than 20 restaurants and retail shops are taking part through June.The tour is self-guided, with maps available that show which venues are participating and where particular breeds of cherry trees are located, such as kwanzan, yoshino, okame and snow goose. Check the AgroCouncil website ( for an online map.

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