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Best things to do this week and weekend on Long Island

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.

Encourage kids to try yoga in Mount Sinai

Kindergarten through fifth graders can start learning the
Photo Credit: iStock

Kindergarten through fifth graders can start learning the benefits of yoga in the children's yoga program at the Heritage Community Center in Mount Sinai. Participants may gain greater flexibility, confidence, muscle strength, self-control and mindfulness. A one-hour class is offered at 4:45 p.m. Tuesdays through May 28.
INFO 631-275-6618,  msheritagetrust.org
ADMISSION $20 for drop-ins, $75 for a five-week package; $1 mat rentals available

Find a sure bet for entertainment at Belmont Park

The spring-summer meets with more than 59 stakes
Photo Credit: Ed Betz

The spring-summer meets with more than 59 stakes races begin at Belmont Park in Elmont, Friday, April 26, and  runs through July 7. Racing events include the Man o'  War Racing Festival on May 11; and The Big Apple Showcase Day, with the splotlight on New York-bred horses, May 28. Will there be a Triple Crown contender this year?  The Belmont Stakes Racing Festival is set for June 6 to 8 with the Belmont Stakes race and the third leg of the Triple Crown on June 8. Don't forget to celebrate trackside with the Stars and Stripes Racing Festival on July 4 to 6. Closing day is July 7, and the racing action moves to Saratoga with opening day July 11.
INFO 718-641-4700,  nyra.com
ADMISSION $5 grandstand and clubhouse, $3 preferred parking

Visit Empire State Fair at Nassau Coliseum

Experience more than 100 rides, along with attractions
Photo Credit: Empire State Fair

Experience more than 100 rides, along with attractions that include the all-new Jurassic Kingdom, Live Shark Encounter, and Wolves of the World, at this year's Empire State Fair on the grounds of NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. Be there for the opening 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, May 3, which is also Dollar Day featuring rides and games for $2. The fair continues 6 to 11 p.m. Thursdays, 6 p.m. to midnight Fridays, 2 p.m. to midnight Saturdays and 2 to 11 p.m. Sundays through May 19. 
INFO 516-408-1500, empirestatefair.com
ADMISSION $12, $5 parking fee
 

Paint the town, or at least Main Street, in Riverhead

Artist take it to the streets for the
Photo Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

Artist take it to the streets for the annual Riverhead Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 26; rain date is 2 to 5 p.m. Monday, May 27. The celebration is fashioned after Italian street painting, a chalk art form dating to the 16th century. The family-friendly event also includes arts and crafts, live music, food trucks and dance and drumming performances. 
INFO 631-727-0900, eastendarts.org
ADMISSION Free for spectators, $20 per square includes materials  

Watch live-action mixed martial arts competition at Nassau Coliseum

Some of the best fighters in the world
Photo Credit: AP/Gregory Payan

Some of the best fighters in the world are expected for the Professional Fighters League MMA (mixed martial arts) event at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9. This time around, the PFL features its women's lightweight and men's welterweight divisions. The event continues on May 23 and June 6.
INFO 516-231-4848,  nycblive.com
ADMISSION Tickets start at $25.50;  $30 parking, $20 in advance  

Try stargazing during Astronomy Nights at Sagamore Hill

Bring a chair and blanket and get ready
Photo Credit: iStock/Steve Cole

Bring a chair and blanket and get ready for a night of stargazing outdoors at Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay. The national historic site opens it's grounds and offers a series Astronomy Night events with free telescope observations and children's activities, with latest at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 11. The series runs through Sept. 21 and is in partnership with the Amateur Observers Society of New York ( aosny).
INFO 516-922-4788, nps.gov/sahi
ADMISSION Free, reservations recommended.

Attend Montauk's spring music festival

The annual spring music festival celebrates it's 10th
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

The annual spring music festival celebrates it's 10th anniversary with a lineup and showcase of local headliners, along with internationally- and nationally-known musicians, hours vary Friday to Sunday, May 16 to 19, at various venues in the Montauk area. An outdoor concert at the lighthouse from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 18 to 19, will have more than 25 bands, $11 includes admission to the lighthouse, $5 ages 12 and younger. An opening party featuring up-and-coming acts stars things off from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Westlake Fish House, $50 includes appetizers, wine, beer and signature drinks.
INFO 631-668-5077, montaukmusicfestival.com
ADMISSION Festiva is free; fees for some activities
 

Learn pitcher Dave Cone's story at Book Revue

Former New York Yankee and Met all-star pitcher
Photo Credit: Hachette

Former New York Yankee and Met all-star pitcher David Cone shares insight into the World Series and his career in his new memoir, "Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher." Meet him and award-winning sports analyst and co-author of the book, Jack Curry, at a book signing, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Book Revue.   
INFO 631-271-1442, bookrevue.com
ADMISSION $28 includes a copy of the book, must reserve

See who wins top dog at Planting Fields competition

It's time for purebreds to put their best
Photo Credit: David L. Pokress

It's time for purebreds to put their best paws forward at the annual All-Breed Dog Shows at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay. The Ladies Kennel Association of America joins the Long Island Kennel Club for the three-day meet and family festival, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday, May 17 to 19. See an all-breed conformation show along with obedience and rally trials during the  weekend. Also, noncompeting dogs can try the AKC My Dog Can Do That! basic obstacle course on Saturday and Sunday. Meet up with purebred breeders and ask questions on a particular breed, watch junior handlers, cheer on your favorite dog in the Dock Jumping Challenge or dress your dog in a nautical costume on Sunday for prizes.
INFO 516-378-9081 ,  longislanddogshows.com
ADMISSION $20 carload includes admission to Planting Fields

Boogie with Gloria Gaynor at the Patchogue Theatre

Put on some platform shoes and pump up
Photo Credit: Albert Sanchez

Put on some platform shoes and pump up your hair. A boogie night provided by Gloria Gaynor is in your future, 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the Patchogue Theatre. "An Evening with Gloria Gaynor, The Queen of Disco" features her classic hits including "I Will Survive" and "I Am What I Am." The show is hosted by WHLI's morning man, The Wiseman and she'll be joined by special guest and disco group, That 70s Band. 
INFO 631-207-1313,  patchoguetheatre.org
ADMISSION $54 to $89  

Join the Patchogue Breakfast Crawl

Rise and shine and head to downtown Patchogue
Photo Credit: Getty Images/LauriPatterson

Rise and shine and head to downtown Patchogue for its annual Breakfast Crawl. Local eateries offer breakfast samples including bacon and eggs, pancakes and breakfast tacos, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18. Visit multiple locations, pick up your prepurchased tickets from a booth on Main Street and then start your crawl. Only a limited number of tickets will be available the day of the crawl. 
INFO 631-207-1000, patchogue.com
ADMISSION $25 to $50 depending on the number of stops you visit. Fee includes commemorative coffee mug.

Celebrate North Hempstead's Asian cultures

Celebrate the cultures and cuisines of China, Japan,
Photo Credit: Town of North Hempstead/John Meehan

Celebrate the cultures and cuisines of China, Japan, India, Pakistan, Korea and more at the Town of North Hempstead's annual Asian-American Festival, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18. The waterfront celebration includes live performances and dancing from around the world, food from local restaurants and cultural activities, along with an outdoor market featuring arts and crafts, all at North Hempstead Beach Park on West Shore Road in Port Washington.
INFO 516-869-6311,  northhempsteadny.gov
ADMISSION $10 parking, ($7 with credit or debit card)

Head to the Vanderbilt Mansion for a Cadillac car show

Members of the Cadillac Club of Long Island
Photo Credit: Newsday/Steve Pfost

Members of the Cadillac Club of Long Island add a little more class to the already stunning grounds surrounding the Vanderbilt Mansion when they bring their Cadillac and LaSalle (1927-40) show to the Great Lawn in Centerport, noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 19. (Cars arrive earlier; heavy rain cancels.) Get ready for a display of 1950s eye-catchers, along with Caddy collectible and vintage models that are 25 years or older. If you have a Caddy within that date range, and you're not a car club member, feel free to come out and join the show.   
INFO 631-854-5579, vanderbiltmuseum.org
ADMISSION $8, $5 ages 12 and younger; free 2 and younger; $25 car registration, $20 in advance.
 

Set sail for a nautical festival on the Huntington waterfront

With a salute to Safe Boating Week (May
Photo Credit: Ed Betz

With a salute to Safe Boating Week (May 18 to 24), the Greater Huntington Council of Yacht and Boating Clubs sponsors the Huntington Waterfront Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Mill Dam Park on Mill Dam Road. Highlights include more than 100 arts and craft vendors, boat dealers, nautical antiques and in case your boat needs attention, you'll also find new and used nautical equipment. Of course, like every good festival, there'll also be live music, beer, wine and food trucks.
INFO 631-470-2153, huntingtonsafeboatingweek.com
ADMISSION Free  

Take a ride on a miniature train in Southaven County Park

Catch a ride on a miniature train as
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Catch a ride on a miniature train as the Long Island Live Steamers host their first "run day" of the season, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Southaven County Park in Brookhaven. All aboard for a five- to eight-minute outdoor trip around the wooded park with group members as the engineers and conductors. Tickets available until 2:45, last train leaves at 3 p.m.
INFO 631-345-0499 , lilivesteam.org
ADMISSION Donation    

Join the Young Birders Club in Bridgehampton

Joining the Young Birders Club at the South
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Joining the Young Birders Club at the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center in Bridgehampton is not only a great way to learn about and identify Long Island's birds, but also a way to make new friends for yourself, learn about the environment and enjoy the outdoors. Anyone ages 8 to 18 is welcome to join. The group meets 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18, and each third Saturday of the month. The group is led by avid birders -- SOFO executive director Frank Quevedo,  educator Barbara Blaisdell, and staffer Miles Todaro. Bring binoculars and a field guide to birds. A limited number of both are available for loan if you don't have your own.
INFO 631-537-9735,  sofo.org
ADMISSION Free, must register  

Make a garden hat in Garden City

Spring fever? Silly hat fever? Why not! Head
Photo Credit: Long Island Children's Museum

Spring fever? Silly hat fever? Why not! Head to the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays in May to create and decorate your own buggy garden hat to wear in the house or in the yard. This craftiness is targeted to 3 and older and the fee is included in the general museum admission.
INFO 516-224-5800,  licm.org
ADMISSION $14, $13 ages 65 and older  

Find some thrills at Empire State Fair at Nassau Coliseum

Visit the Empire State Fair this weekend for
Photo Credit: Empire State Fair

Visit the Empire State Fair this weekend for its rides, games, food vendors and all-new attractions including   Jurassic Kingdom, the Live Shark Encounter and Wolves of the World at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. The final weekend's hours are 6 to midnight Friday, May 17; 2 p.m. to midnight Saturday, May 18; and 2 to 11 p.m. Sunday, May 19. 
INFO 516-408-1500, empirestatefair.com
ADMISSION $12, $5 parking fee
 

Attend the Fleece and Fiber Fair in Riverhead

Head to the farm for the annual Long
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Head to the farm for the annual Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair that focuses on fiber arts activities, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 18 and 19 in Riverhead. The weekend event features demonstrations including sheep herding, spinning, weaving, rug hooking, weaving and crocheting. While you're there, take a tour of the farm, visit the many vendors and fiber exhibits and learn about how artisans craft wool into finished pieces of art and clothing, all at the Hallockville Museum Farm on Sound Avenue. 
INFO 631-298-5292, hallockville.com
ADMISSION $6, $4 ages 4 to 12      

Be a superhero for AHRC Suffolk in Smith Point Park

Pull on a cape and show up for
Photo Credit: Annie Schlick

Pull on a cape and show up for the  Superhero Run for a Reason  5 kilometer to benefit AHRC Suffolk at Smith Point Park in Shirley. Registration from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 19. Run starts at 10 a.m. Prizes and bragging rights go to the top finishers and, of course, an award goes out to the best costume. First 100 registered runners get a free cape.
INFO 631-585-0100, ext. 269, ahrcsuffolk.org
ADMISSION $25, $20 in advance

Celebrate PortFest and creativity in Port Washington

Celebrate music and the arts, as PortFest taps
Photo Credit: PCLI/Janet Susin

Celebrate music and the arts, as PortFest taps into the creative spirit of Port Washington with outdoor events that include dance and music performances, arts and crafts, hands-on art activities, student music, theatrical presentations, and food vendors, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Seeber Field at Weber Middle School. In case of inclement weather, the fest moves to Paul D. Schreiber High School, 101 Campus Dr. As an added plus, the Berest Dance Studio runs a flash mob with some surprises in store.
INFO pwportfest.org
ADMISSION Free; some activities require a fee

Find vinyl, CDs and 45s at Music Lovers Fair in Massapequa

If you're looking to boost your vinyl collection,
Photo Credit: Getty Images iStockphoto/Vova Shevchuk

If you're looking to boost your vinyl collection, the Long Island Music Lovers' Faire, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the American Legion Hall, 66 Veterans Blvd. in Massapequa, might have something for you. You'll find rock, metal, jazz, blues and more among the scores of records, 45s and CDs that you will find. As an added plus, you'll also find memorabilia for sale including posters, concert tickets, autographs, books and music magazines.
INFO 973-209-6067, showsandexpos.com
ADMISSION $5; $15 early admission (8-10 a.m.)
 

Stroll through an outdoor car show in Freeport

For fans of the Mustang or a fast
Photo Credit: Newsday/Audrrey C. Tiernan

For fans of the Mustang or a fast Ford car, head over to Bracco's Clam Bar on Woodcleft Avenue in Freeport for the Strong Island Stangs' Mustang Car Show, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 22. Meet the owners and enjoy DJ entertainment. Free goody bags and food and drink specials to all cars registered.
INFO 516-924-2786 
ADMISSION Free for spectators, $10 car registration

Keep score at a vintage baseball game

As part of a Glen Cove Memorial Day
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

As part of a Glen Cove Memorial Day weekend celebration (Friday through Monday, May 24 to 27), the Brooklyn Atlantics take the field for an old timer's baseball game against the New York Mutuals, 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, at John Maccarone Memorial Stadium. The game will be played with 1864 rules. Wood bats, pitched balls from 45-feet away -- and no gloves. The rules include a ball caught on one bounce, counts as an out.   
INFO brooklynatlantics.org
ADMISSION Free

Visit the Brookhaven Fair, this year in new Medford location

It's time for the Brookhaven Fair with its
Photo Credit: Alessandro Vecchi

It's time for the Brookhaven Fair with its rides, games and carnival food. Opening times and dates are 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 24; and 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday through Monday, May 25 to 27; the fair runs Friday and weekends through Juhe 16. New this year is the Cowtown USA and Barnyard Petting Corral, a hypnotist show on Fridays and Saturdays and the High Flying Pages Thrill Show. You'll find the fair in Medford off Exit 64 on the LIE, Route 112; Take the South Service Road east a half mile to the fairgrounds. 
INFO 813-507-0629,  brookhavenfair.com
ADMISSION $10, ($5 two-for-one coupon on the website), free ages 2 and younger; pay for rides separately.
 

Hear Sal Valentinetti sing with a band at Suffolk Theater

Get ready for the voice that's still getting
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Get ready for the voice that's still getting everyone's attention. Crooner Sal Valentinetti, who got his start on "America's Got Talent," takes the stage at the Suffolk Theater alongside the 18-piece New Millennium Big Band, 8 p.m. Friday, May 24. Bar, restaurant and seating open at 6:30 p.m. 
INFO 631-727-4343, suffolktheater.com
ADMISSION $60, plus a $10 food and beverage minimum per person at tables
   
   

Browse a juried fine arts show in Montauk

More than 75 local and international artists show
Photo Credit: Eric Heitmann

More than 75 local and international artists show up for the Montauk Juried Fine Art Show from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26.  Find paintings, jewelry, sculpture, glass and wood works. This is a chance to meet the artists. All takes place at the Montauk Green on the south side of Route 27.   
INFO 631-668-5336, montaukartistsassociation.org
ADMISSION Free
 

Watch Navy crews demonstrate their skills at Eisenhower Park

In conjunction with Fleet Week in New York
Photo Credit: U.S. Navy/Lt. Kristina Fontenot

In conjunction with Fleet Week in New York City, a Navy Helicopter Landing zeros in on Eisenhower Park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25. Head to the ballfields near parking Field 6A to witness a combined team of Navy explosive ordinance disposal members and a helicopter sea combat squadron present a "fast" rope demonstration, used in areas that are too dangerous for a ship to navigate, while another MG-60S provides security. After the air and land demonstrations, the helicopters touch down for public tours and a meet-and-greet with the flight crews, all to the tune of the Fleet Forces Brass Band.
INFO 516-572-0201,   nassaucountyny.gov
ADMISSION Free

Catch Jennifer Holliday's show in Westhampton Beach

The two-time, Grammy Award-winning singer makes a stop
Photo Credit: Getty Images/Monica Schipper

The two-time, Grammy Award-winning singer makes a stop at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center main stage at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 25, the start of the center's summer season. Best known for her Broadway roles in "Dreamgirls," "Chicago" and "The Color Purple," she'll perform a one-woman show. Listen for the songstress to perform her hit, "And I'm Telling You."
INFO 631-288-1500, whbpac.org
ADMISSION $81 to $116  

Relive the summer of 1939 at the Vanderbilt Mansion

Living History Tours return to the Vanderbilt Mansion
Photo Credit: Vanderbilt Museum/Daniel Johnson

Living History Tours return to the Vanderbilt Mansion in Centerport, noon through 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25. Last tour starts at 3:30 p.m. The tours will have you thinking of the late 1930s, the Vanderbilt family and the countless famous guests who visited the Gold Coast estate through the years. Guests included Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan, New York City Major Fiorello LaGuardia, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Charles Lindbergh, Condé Nast and Pierre Cartier. The tours run Saturday and Sunday through Sept. 1. 
INFO 631-854-5579, vanderbiltmuseum.org
ADMISSION $18, $15 ages 12 and younger
 

Head out east and learn how wine is made

Enjoy a select tasting of five wines
Photo Credit: Jeffrey Basinger

Enjoy a select tasting of five wines  as part of the summer winery tours at Pindar Vineyards, where you'll get a behind-the-scenes view of the barrel and tank rooms as you tour the production facility in Peconic, 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26. After learning how wine is made, feel free to enjoy the outside surroundings. Summer tours run through Sept. 1.
INFO Reservations required, 631-734-6200, ext. 104,  pindar.net
ADMISSION $20  

Ooh and ahh over the Air Force Thunderbirds at Jones Beach

This year, the Air Force Thunderbirds precision jet
Photo Credit: AP/Remigiusz Sikora

This year, the Air Force Thunderbirds precision jet team are the highflying headliners at the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 25 to 26. Look to the skies to also spot legendary aerobatic aviator Sean D. Tucker, who for the first time will be joined by aviatrix Jessy Panzer. Other performances include the Red Bull aerobatic helicopter, the GEICO Skytypers and the Army Golden Knights Parachute Team. A bit of advise, get there early for this Memorial Day weekend tradition. 
INFO 631-321-3510, bethpageairshow.com
ADMISSION $10 parking fee

Volunteer to place and pick up flags at LI National Cemetery

With the help from volunteers, every gravesite
Photo Credit: Newsday/Karen Wiles Stabile

With the help from volunteers, every gravesite  at Long Island National Cemetery will be marked with an American flag in honor of Memorial Day. There'll be flags available for more than 320,000 sites paying tribute to the servicemen and women who have served in the cemetery on Wellwood Avenue in Farmingdale. Gates open at 6 a.m. Saturday, May 25. You don't have to sign up, just show up. Flag pickup is 8 a.m. Saturday, June 1. At Calverton National Cemetery, volunteers are also needed, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25, flag pickup is at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1. 
INFO 631-454-4949, cem.va.gov
ADMISSION Free

Sign up to march in Hempstead Village parade

Get ready for a Memorial Day parade in
Photo Credit: Jeff Bachner

Get ready for a Memorial Day parade in Hempstead honoring those who have died while serving in the Armed Forces. Parade steps off at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26, rain or shine, at Legion Square, corner of Greenwich Street and Marvin Avenue. Preceding the parade at 12:30 p.m., a ceremony at the Civil War Monument in Greenfield Cemetery salutes all fallen heroes. If you're a group interested in marching, contact the Village of Hempstead to secure your spot. Individuals can just show up and join the parade at designated spots.
INFO 516-478-6286,  villageofhempstead.org
ADMISSION Free  

Honor D-Day at the American Airpower Museum

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion
Photo Credit: American Airpower Museum/Frederick Miller

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion and Memorial Day, the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale presents a  Legends of Airpower  weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday, May 24 to 27. See a C-47 transport plane (with it's invasion stripes) that played a major role during the Normandy invasion and a B-17 bomber, D-Day re-enactors and enjoy a USO-inspired stage show.
INFO 631-293-6398,  americanairpowermuseum.com
ADMISSION $20, $10 ages 5 to 12

Try a scavenger hunt at Old Westbury Gardens

Work as a team or go it alone.
Photo Credit: Old Westbury Gardens

Work as a team or go it alone. Your goal is to solve a mystery on a kids' self-guided scavenger hunt for age 8 and older, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Monday, May 25 to 27 at Old Westbury Gardens. Travel around the historic gardens during itw spring peak, and see what's in bloom while looking to uncover clues and solve riddles during fact-finding runs. 
INFO 516-333-0048, oldwestburygardens.org
ADMISSION Free with museum admission: $12 adults, $7 ages 7-17; free ages 6 and younger

Great ready for a surge of superstars at Jones Beach

Mark your calendars and get ready for this
Photo Credit: Bruce Gilbert

Mark your calendars and get ready for this year's concert series coming to Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater. Among the acts coming this summer are Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band, along with Grand Funk Railroad, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 30. Other headliners include Adam Sandler, June 20; Third Eye Blind, July 11; Dave Matthews Band, July 17; Nelly, TLC and FLo Rida, Aug. 1; Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band on his  Son of a Sailor Tour, Aug. 8. Jason Aldean closes things out Sept. 6 with his Ride All Night Tour 
INFO 516-221-1000, livenation.com
ADMISSION Varies, check website

Get the vibes of old Havana at The Jazz Loft

Get the feel of old Havana with a
Photo Credit: Peter Coco

Get the feel of old Havana with a night of Cuban music at The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 31. Hear Manuel Tomas and His Cuban Troubadours, and take to the dance floor. You'll also find cigars -- rolled on-site, Cuban cocktails and Cuban food on the menu. Head to the Count Basie Garden, where you'll find all the festivities.
INFO 631-751-1895,  thejazzloft.org
ADMISSION $100, reservations recommended
 

Watch diving dogs compete for charity in Greenport

Watch as local dogs jump off a dock
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

Watch as local dogs jump off a dock and into the pool for prizes and bragging rights at the North Fork Dog Dock Diving Festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 1 and 2, at the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company in Peconic. Last year's winner, a golden retriever who jumped 21 feet, will be returning to defend his title. The festival also features, pet lifestyle vendors, live music by Carie and the Cats and food and drink specials. The two-day event benefits America's VetDogs
INFO 631-477-1100 , thegivingtank.org
ADMISSION $10, free younger than 12; registration fee for dogs

Wander through the LI Orchid Festival at Planting Fields

The Phragmipedium and Paphiopedilum are in bloom, to
Photo Credit: Maria Mucaria Stankowski

The Phragmipedium and Paphiopedilum are in bloom, to name a few, and this is your chance to see them. Orchid growers from around the world will assemble at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park's Conference Center in Oyster Bay, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, May 31 to June 2, for the Long Island Orchid Festival. Learn how to grow them yourself from seedlings to blooming size with demonstrations and lectures. You'll also find plants for sale, as well as plant supplies.
INFO longislandorchidsociety.org
ADMISSION $8 per car  

Stop by Cradle Con at the Cradle of Aviation Museum

Fans of comic books, superhero characters and cosplay,
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

Fans of comic books, superhero characters and cosplay, it's time to head to Cradle Con at the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Exhibit will be two days -- 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 1, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 2. Find local artists, vendors, cosplayers and collectible toys. Highlights include an appearances by comic book artists Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, John Snyder III, Pat Shand and Jay Stuart, who will sign autographs. While you're there, learn how to be a Jedi and visit the Retro Video Game Lounge. 
INFO 516-572-4066 for reservations, cradlecon.com
ADMISSION $25, $12 ages 2 to 12; $20, $10 ages 2 to 12 in advance; $30 weekend pass

Take Splashes of Hope Cruise on the Great South Bay

Take a trip across the Great South Bay
Photo Credit: Splashes of Hope/Heather J. Buggee

Take a trip across the Great South Bay to Fire Island fun on the 10th annual Splashes of Hope Bay Cruise. First stop is Sailor's Haven on Fire Island for a clambake and scavenger hunt. Stop 2 is Cherry Grove for a poolside show at the Ice Palace and cocktails. If you want to skip the show and head to the beach, it's up to you. Registration starts at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 1, rain or shine, at the Sayville ferry dock. Boat departs at noon. Also, at the Ice Palace you'll have a chance to participate in Painting for a Purpose to help create a hospital wall mural. The charity raises funds to add art to hospitals, health-care centers and social service facilities.
INFO 631-424-8230, splashesofhope.org
ADMISSION $100 includes ferry ticket and clambake

Experience Kevin James at The Paramount

The Paramount Comedy Series is in full laugh
Photo Credit: AP/Michael Sohn

The Paramount Comedy Series is in full laugh mode with a performance by stand-up comedian Kevin James, 7 p.m. Sunday, June 2, in Huntington. "The King of Queens" and "Kevin Can Wait" star with be joined by special guest and James' older brother, Gary Valentine.
INFO 631-673-7300, paramountny.com
ADMISSION $49.50 to $99.50
 

Take a cruise on Manhasset Bay during Harborfest

A celebration that focuses on the nautical history
Photo Credit: Vivian Moy

A celebration that focuses on the nautical history and protection of the Manhasset Bay waterfront, Harborfest Dock Day and Craft Festival takes place, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 2, rain or shine, on the Town Dock and Lower Main Street in Port Washington. Highlights include more than 90 craft vendors, cruises aboard the schooner SoundWaters, fireboat demonstrations, environmental exhibits, live entertainment and a children's  park with games, crafts and science fun. A food court features local restaurants and food trucks.
INFO 516-883-6566, pwcoc.org
ADMISSION Free; $25, $15 ages 5 to 12 for cruise on SoundWaters; free parking and trolley and shuttle buses from the PW LIRR station and Manorhaven Park  

Go out for the lively Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade

The family-friendly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade features
Photo Credit: Daniel Brennan

 The family-friendly Puerto Rican/Hispanic Day Parade features floats, marching bands, dancers and community groups celebrating a diverse group of Latino culture, noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, June 2, rain or shine, on Fifth Avenue in Brentwood. This year's theme is Puerto Rico's Resurrection. Everyone is invited to march in the parade. If you're interested, find information on the website. This massive parade includes more than 90 marching bands and decorated floats with live bands. 
INFO 631-231-7460, teatroyerbabruja.org
ADMISSION Free

Watch Polo at the Park in Farmingdale

Be there for the opening day of Polo
Photo Credit: Newsday/Audrey C. Tiernan

Be there for the opening day of Polo at the Park at Bethpage Stage Park in Farmingdale, 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 9, the start of the New York Polo series. The fields will be alive professional polo players and their ponies. Gates open at 2 p.m., summer chic attire is encouraged. The series continues Sundays through Oct. 14.
INFO 516-500-7656, bethpagepolo.com
ADMISSION $15 adult, $5 active military, students with ID and 65 and older; $50 per carload of three or more; free parking

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