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.
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Sal Valentinetti performs at the Holiday Spectacular at Hofstra University in Hempstead on Nov. 27, 2016.
Enjoy an early indoor spring
We didn't get much in the way of snow and blustery winter weather this season and it's now time to think spring! The doors are open to the colorful Flower and Garden Show at Hicks Nurseries on Jericho Turnpike in Westbury. Mark your calendars for workshops, special events and thousands of flower and plant displays that make up the show during nursery hours beginning Thursday, March 12 through March 29. To kicks things off, register for an opening night event that benefits, The INN, the interfaith nutrition network, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, $30, $25 in advance includes admission to the show, refreshments and raffles.
INFO 516-334-0066, hicksnurseries.com
Look into the lives of bay house owners
Mark your calendars for a film festival held at both the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington and the Plaza Media and Arts Center in Patchogue from March 15 through May 3. The films focus on waterfront communities and maritime culture. The documentary film, "A World Within a World: Long Island Bay Houses," kicks the Maritime Film Festival off at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 15 at the Cinema Arts Centre and explores the history and the experiences of bay house owners in the town of Hempstead. Following the film, a Q&A and discussion with the filmmakers along with folklorist Nancy Solomon is highlighted.
INFO 631-423-7610, cinemaartscentre.org
Get up on the dance floor
You don't have to be an experienced dancer to join Swing Dance Long Island for a lineup of dance nights. Put on your dancing shoes and head to the Huntington Moose Lodge on Pulaski Road in Greenlawn for a series of events that focus on dancing techniques including East and West Coast swing (find out what the difference is), Lindy Hop, Balboa and some ballroom dancing. Get ready for the music of Roy Wilson and the Buzzards with beginner dance lessons at 7:30 p.m., followed by dancing between 8-10 p.m.Tuesday, March 17. No partner needed.
Grove to the sounds and dance movies of the '70
Check your temperature and see if you're ready to handle a night of "Saturday Night Fever." The classic '70s movie starring John Travolta as Brooklyn-nativeTony Manero and Karen Lynn Gorney as his love interest and dance partner, take over the dance floor at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 18 as part of the Classic Film Series at the Patchogue Theatre.
INFO 631-207-1313, patchoguetheatre.org
Let the Beatles hits rain down on you
Let the music of The Beatles carry you off on a nostalgic trip as "Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles" takes over at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 8 p.m. Thursday, March 19. In celebration of Abbey Road, the eleventh studio album release by the rock band in 1969, Rain performs the album in it's entirety.
INFO 516-247-5200, thetheatreatwestbury.com
ADMISSION Tickets start at $39.50
See soul guitarist Popa Chubby
Hard-hitting blues rock and soul guitarist Popa Chubby is the ring leader for a night of music at the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead. Catch the show at 8 p.m. Friday, March 20 when he takes over the stage along with award-winning band Roomful of Blues. Doors, bar and restaurant featuring a prix fixe and a la carte menu opens at 6:30 p.m.
INFO 631-727-4343, suffolktheater.com
ADMISSION $49; $10 food and beverage minimum per person at the tables
Celebrate by wearin' the green
Since St. Patrick's Day (March 17) fell on a weekday this year, most towns and villages across Long Island are celebrating the patron saint of Ireland with a parade on the following weekend. Head to Rockville Centre for one of them with Irish eyes smilin' as marchers, pipe bands and floats make their way on Maple Avenue at noon Saturday, March 21. The parade passes the reviewing stand on Quealy Place and ends on Washington Street.
Learn how to keep backyard chickens
Join up with the experts at Talmage Farm in Riverhead and learn everything you want to know about tending and keeping backyard chickens, During Chick Day, 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 21, you'll learn how to raise baby chicks with tips on poultry feeding, housing, common problems with solutions along with a chance to ask questions of a veterinarian that specializes in poultry and is the Laboratory Director of the Cornell University Duck Research Lab in Eastport.
INFO Reservations required, 631-727-3100, talmagefarm.com
Sign up and run for the pot of gold
Go for the gold as you sign up for the "Go for the Green" 5K Run with trophies and medals going to the runners in several categories. Check in at 8 a.m. for the 9:30 a.m. race on Saturday, March 21 at the Smithtown Elementary School, 51 Lawrence Ave. The first 400 registrants receive a free t-shirt and bring in your race number for one free beer at Napper Tandy's Irish Pub. You'll also find post race refreshments and a 1-mile family fun run with ribbons for all participants.
INFO 631-265-5511, elitefeets.com
ADMISSION $30, $25 in advance
It's time to get ready for spring
Autumn leaves might still be scattered on the ground, but it's what's poking through them that counts. Take a "welcome to spring stroll," 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at Connetquot State Park in Bohemia. Dress for the weather and join up with a park naturalist for leisurely walk through the preserve. This is an adult-only program.
INFO Reservations required, 631-581-1072, parks.ny.gov
Bring the kids and see a free movie
As part of the "Cinema for Kids" series at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington, "Missing Link," will be screened at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28. The film featuring the voices of Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis, takes theatre goers on an adventure of myths and monsters. Ages 12 and under are admitted free.
INFO 631-423-7610, cinemaartscentre.org
Add pieces to your train collection
Looking for that certain train, track or decorative piece to embellish your train layout? You're in luck, the Northern Spur Train and Swap Meet offers dozens of vendors selling all types of model railroad equipment, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, March 22 in the pavillion at Firemen's Memorial Park, Heiling Boulevard in Lindenhurst. You'll also find collectible Hess trucks, plastic and diecasat vehicles and an all-gauge test track available.
INFO 631-666-6855 (in advance); 631-957-7536 day of show
ADMISSION $5; free younger than 16 with one paid adult admission
Show up with your work
All aspiring writers are invited to bring their prose to the Long Island Writers Guild "read," 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at Book Revue in Huntington. Don't be shy, writers of all genres are welcome to come and read during an open mic format.
INFO 631-271-1442, bookrevue.com
Dig deep to find your survival skills
Learn how to start a fire during an "Introduction to Wilderness Survival," program, 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, March 22. Meet at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve in Lloyd Harbor, where you'll also get hands-on experience with finding food and building a shelter. This program is only open to adults and no children younger than 18 with be permitted. Dress appropriately, as there's a chance that you'll be sitting on the ground.
INFO 631-423-1770, parks.ny.gov
Attend an arts and crafts fair
Expect dozens of exhibitors displaing their hand-made jewelry, one-of-a-kind gift items, photography and more at this year's Arts and Crafts Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at the Hauppauge High School on Lincoln Boulevard. Look for hand-made jewelry, photography, one-of-a-kind wreaths, woodcrafts, felt hats and crocheted items and children's wear. You'll also find jams, jellies, soaps, pickles and olive oil for sale.
INFO 631-846-1459, depasmarketfair.com
Here the story of a Hollywood scientific genius
As part of their spring cultural program at Nassau Community College, "Hedy! The Life and Inventions of Hedy Lamarr" is featured at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 1 in the College Center Building. The one-woman show, written and performed by Heather Massie tells the true life story of the Hollywood beauty queen of the '40s who invented the Frequency Hopping and Spread Spectrum Technology used during the war. If you want to attend, visit the Public Safety Building on entering the campus and pick up a free parking pass.
Laugh the night away
A marquee of female stand-up comedians, moderated by host and comedian Carla Oakerson comes to Governor's at 'Lil Room in Levittown. Catch "Girls Gone Funny," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4 with the options of just the show or dinner and the show.
INFO 516-731-3358, govs.com
ADMISSION $15; $50 show and dinner
See the acclaimed violinist
Performing works by Beethoven, Grieg and Debussy, Itzhak Perlman takes the stage with violin in hand to delight the audience, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4 at the Tilles Center. For fans of the classics, it doesn't get any better than this. Rohan De Silva accompanies on the piano.
INFO 516-299-3100 , tillescenter.org
ADMISSION Tickets start at $75
Take time to appreciate art
Taking time away from a screened-based society, International Slow Art Day encourgages people to take the time to linger and look at art. The event offers programs, workshops and seminars along with a range of art-related activities focused on "the art of looking at art" at venues around the world. In our area, check out Slow Art Day, Saturday, April 4 at the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington and Hofstra University's Museum of Art in Hempstead during museum hours.
INFO 646-350-3638, slowartday.com
ADMISSION Regular museum admission