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.
Try stargazing during Astronomy Nights at Sagamore Hill
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 (
INFO 516-922-4788, nps.gov/sahi
ADMISSION Free, reservations recommended.
Great ready for a surge of superstars at Jones Beach
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
Cheer the team, stay for the fireworks at Ducks Stadium
A home game with the Long Island Ducks taking on the Lancaster Barnstormers, 6:35 p.m. Saturday, June 22, in Central Islip, offers an added plus. A fireworks will fill the skies over the field as part of the Duck's 20th anniversary season celebration that presents a record number of fireworks shows after games. The pyrotechniques continue on a number of choice nights through Sept. 21, with extended shows July 3 and 4.
INFO 631-940-3825, liducks.com
ADMISSION $13 to $15
Find fun at the Jones Beach Bandshell
The historic Jones Beach Bandshell is open for the season. The outdoor landmark is the backdrop for the NEFCU series of concerts that are predominantly tribute bands, line dancing, movie nights at sundown and children's events. A Bob Marley Tribute concert featuring Roots Foundation kicks things off Saturday, June 22. If you plan it right, there's something for everyone at the famed bandshell on the Boardwalk at Field 4 at Jones Beach. The series boasts 32 nights of performances weeknights and weekends through Aug. 31.
ADMISSION No parking fee after 6 p.m.
Snuggle up for Cinema on the Bay in Port Washington
"Black Panther" starring Chadwick Boseman will lead the lineup of the Cinema on the Bay outdoor film series overlooking Manhasset Bay in Port Washington. There'll be plenty of popcorn for sale as the series rolls at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, with a screening of the Marvel Studios film. Mark calendars for "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" on July 13, "Ghostbusters" on Aug. 3 and Disney's "Mary Poppins Returns" on Aug. 24. Moviegoers are urged to bring a picnic and lawn chairs.
INFO 516-767-9151, pwguide.com
Take in a summer lineup of Jewish films in East Hills
The annual Jewish Film Festival at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center in East Hills features a lineup of documentaries and dramas. "Shoelaces," pictured, a film about a complicated relationship between a father and son, directed by Jacob Goldwasser, opens the festival, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, and 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27. The ongoing film festival runs through Aug. 8.
INFO 516-484-1545, sjjcc.org
ADMISSION $10, $50 film pass for six movies
Get Alive at Five on Main Street Patchogue
There'll be seven stages offering live entertainment and music at this year's Alive at Five street festival in Patchogue. The event with good eats, arts and crafts, closes Main Street to all but pedestrian traffic for four specific nights. Starting is Celebrating Pride Month and the LGBTQ Community on Thursday on June 27. The theme nights continue with Celebrating Our Armed Forces on July 11; Celebrating Women in the Arts on July 25; and Celebrating our Cultural Diversity on Aug. 8. Rain date is Aug. 22.
INFO 631-207-1000, aliveafterfive.com
Learn history of Southold in 'On the Waterfront' exhibit
An exhibit that brings to life the history of Southold's coastline through stories, workers, artists, industries, neighborhoods and ecosystems opens Saturday, June 29, at The Southold Historical Society's Ann Currie-Bell house. The "On the Waterfront" exhibit traces a personal, local history with artifacts and paintings, while exploring the coastline's global signficance. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and Wednesdays by appointment only through Sept. 22.
INFO 631-765-5500, southoldhistoricalsociety.org
ADMISSION Suggested: $5, $10 per family
See Shakespeare at the Vanderbilt Mansion
Set on the outdoor stage of the historic Vanderbilt Mansion courtyard and surrounded by the charm of Spanish-Mediterranean architecture, the Carriage House Players present the annual summer Shakespeare Festival. First up is "The Tempest," 8 p.m. Friday, June 28. Performances follow at 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 7 p.m. Sundays through July 28. "Julius Caesar" is featured from Aug. 2 to Sept. 1.
INFO 631-854-5579 , vanderbiltmuseum.org
ADMISSION $20, $15 ages 12 and younger
Explore Vanderbilt Mansion gardens
Local landscapers have donated their time and talents to decorate the grounds surrounding the historic Vanderbilt Mansion in Centerport. Find gardens filled with new perennials, annuals, shrubs and trees as part of this year's Gardeners Showcase. Start at the front gate and work your way around Eagle's Nest, William K. Vanderbilt II's mansion and estate, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday, July 1 to 6; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 7. The showcase runs through September.
INFO 631-854-5579, vanderbiltmuseum.org
ADMISSION $8, $5 ages 12 and younger, free ages 2 and under; fee for mansion tours and planetarium show
Visit Riverhead for Alive on 25 festival starts up
Get ready for four nights of fun and entertainment as Main Street in Riverhead closes to car traffic and opens up to live music, food, craft vendors and children's activities. You'll find art exhibits and a classic car show. Mark your calendars for the annual Alive on 25 street festival from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, also July 18, Aug. 1 and Aug. 15, with a rain date, if needed, on Aug. 22. Also, look to the skies for fireworks at dark on opening night, July 3.
INFO 631-209-4244, aliveon25.com
Time for some toe tapping at the beach
Go it alone, bring a partner or let the entire family join in, line dancing is for everyone. The NEFCU Jones Beach Bandshell hosts a night of line dancing for beginners or those more experienced with Marianne Taylor in the lead, 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 3. It's all part of the free live music series that runs through Aug. 31 with a lineup of family nights, live music and dance events.
INFO 516-781-0509, jonesbeachbandshell.com
ADMISSION No parking fee after 6 p.m.
Check out the car show in Bellmore
Come out to see the lineup of classic, vintage and muscle cars at the LIRR station parking lot on Sunrise Highway in Bellmore. The show is 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 5, weather permitting. The show is on Friday nights through Oct. 4.
INFO 516-679-1875, bellmorechamber.com
ADMISSION Free for spectators; $5 fee for show cars
Enjoy the Picnic Pops at Old Westbury Gardens
The Picnic Pops series at Old Westbury Gardens celebrates the 50th anniversary of Woodstock and invites guests to bring a picnic and seating for outdoor performances. Milagro, a Santana tribute band, kicks off the series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 10. The concerts continue on Wednesday evenings through July 31, touching on music featured at the 1969 Woodstock festival. Guests are encouraged to stroll the gardens before the show; gates open at 6 p.m.
INFO 516-333-0048, oldwestburygardens.org
ADMISSION $12, $7 for ages 7-17; free ages 6 and younger
Learn about vegetable gardens and fruit trees
As part of the "Garden Talks" horticulture program at Sands Point Preserve, experts will teach you how to maintain vegetable gardens and fruit trees. Part I is at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 14, followed by Part II at 1 p.m. Aug. 11. Topics include planting, harvesting, pruning, and weed and pest control.
INFO 516-571-7901, sandspointconservancy.org
ADMISSION $20, $5 ages 10-17
Join a Paddle Battle on Peconic River to save sea turtles
The New York Marine Rescue Center hosts this year's Paddle Battle, a race to save local sea turtles. Bring your canoe, stand-up paddle boards and kayaks and sign up for the 2.5- or 5-mile race on the Peconic River. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, July 27 (rain date: Sunday, July 28), behind the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead. As part of the festivities, tours of the rescue center are included with the registration fee. Don't want to race, but still want to support the center, a "casual paddle" around the course is available.
INFO 631-208-9200, ext. 260, paddlebattleli.com
ADMISSION $75, $60 in advance; $30 for kayak and canoe rentals
Celebrate Polish dance and music at Eisenhower Park
As part of the International Nights at Eisenhower Park, Polish-American Night, 7 p.m. Monday, July 22, celebrates 100 years of Polish music. Featured at the Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre will be the Nos Te Domine Youth Choir under the direction of Bogdan Czerwonka and the Two Roberts Orchestra. Bring a blanket or chair, park in Field 6/6A. The international series continues through Aug. 25.
INFO 516-572-0200, nassaucountyny.gov/parks
Celebrate pop music at The Paramount
The POP 2000 Tour, hosted by Lance Bass of NSYNC fame, comes to The Paramount in Huntington, 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. Fans of pop can look forward to the music of multiplatinum boy band O-Town, along with pop sensation, Aaron Carter, singer Ryan Cabrera and WB's "One Tree Hill" alumni, Tyler Hilton.
INFO 631-673-7300, paramountny.com
ADMISSION Tickets start at $39.50
Hear Billy Joel tribute band in Massapequa park
As part of the Town of Oyster Bay's outdoor concert series, Michael DelGuidice and his band Big Shot, the Billy Joel tribute band, perform a lineup of Joel's greatest hits, 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 24, John J. Burns Park, Massapequa. Get there early (no seating before 4 p.m.) and bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food trucks will be on-site.
INFO 516-797-7900, oysterbay.com
Hear Beach Boy Al Jardine at My Father's Place
The guitarist, vocalist and songwriter, Al Jardine, best know for being one of the founding members of The Beach Boys, will perform with his son Matt Jardine at My Father's Place Friday, July 26, at the Roslyn Hotel. The program will include songs and stories from Al's early days to his most recent solo album.
INFO 516-413-3535, myfathersplace.com
ADMISSION $85 plus $25 food and beverage minimum
See JoJo Siwa, and her bows, at Nassau Coliseum
This is a shout out to every single Siwanatorz out there. Your leader, JoJo Siwa (and her bows, of course) will bring D.R.E.A.M. The Tour to NYCB Live Nassau Coliseum at 7 p.m. Friday, July 26.
INFO 516-231-4848 , nycblive.com
ADMISSION Tickets start at $38; $30, $20 in advance
Walk or run for service dogs in Seaford
Help American heroes by participating in the annual Long Island Run & Dog Walk to benefit America's vet dogs. Register at 7 a.m. Saturday, July 27, Cedar Creek Park, off Merrick Road in Seaford. Be there for a welcome hello from Sully, the service dog for the late President George H.W. Bush, at 8 a.m. The walk and run follows at 8:15 a.m.
INFO 631-930-9054, register before noon Wednesday, July 24, at lirun.vetdogs.org or be a walk-up registrant
ADMISSION $40, $35 veterans; $35, $30 veterans in advance; free for dogs and spectators; donations accepted in advance and day of event.
See dress designs of Philip Hulitar at LI Museum
A retrospective at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook explores the work and influence of mid-20th century desiger Philip Hulitar (1905-1992). The exhibit, "Gracefully Chic: The Fashions of Philip Hulitar," opens from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 27, and highlights the designer's distinctively tailored and elegantly decorated cocktail dresses and evening gowns. The exhibit will be open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 20.
INFO 631-751-0066, longislandmuseum.org
ADMISSION $10, $7 ages 6 to 17 and college students with ID, free younger than 6
Claim a spot for the beach movie in Long Beach
Grab a lawn chair or blanket and head to the city by the sea for an outdoor movie on the sand. As part of Long Beach Movie Nights, "The Greatest Showman" starring Hugh Jackman will be featured, 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Riverside Boulevard Beach. Admission to the beach is free after 6 p.m. Don't forget the popcorn!
INFO 516-431-1000, longbeachny.gov
Experience a powwow at Queens County Farm Museum
The 41st annual Thunderbird American Indian Pow Wow dances for three nights at the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park, 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 26; noon to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 27; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 28. The powwow is an intertribal dance competition featuring more than 40 tribes. Be there for a bonfire at dusk on Friday and Saturday nights. You'll also find food vendors and handmade art, crafts and jewelry.
INFO 718-347-3276, queensfarm.org
ADMISSION $15, $8 ages 12 and younger; $10, $5 ages 12 and younger in advance
See and buy the treasures of Earth in Mattituck
More than 30 dealers gather for a gem, mineral and fossil show, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28, at Mattituck Junior and Senior High School at 15125 Main Rd. Find fine gemstones, minerals, meteorites, jewelry and more for sale, presented by the Long Island Mineral and Geology Society. Also included is fine jewelry repair, a scavenger hunt and a geology exhibit.
ADMISSION $6, free 12 and younger with an accompanying paid adult
Celebrate 50 years of Woodstock in Oyster Bay
As part of the Oyster Bay Town's "Music Under the Stars" series, the theme a 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27, will be Woodstock's 50th anniversary. The concert in E.W. Allen Town Park on Motor Avenue in Farmingdale features tributes to Santana, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker, Grace Slick, Neil Young and other musicians who performed at the outdoor music festival in 1969. Bring chairs and blankets (no seating before 4 p.m.).
INFO 516-797-7900, oysterbaytown.com
Browse crafts an antiques at Southold fair
The Southold Historical Society joins the Old Town Arts and Craft Guild for an outdoor antiques, arts and crafts show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28. Head to 54325 Main Rd. in Southold, to browse handmade crafts, pottery, jewelry and fine art, along with vintage treasures. As an added plus, enjoy live music and refreshments. Admission includes an art raffle ticket for door prizes.
INFO 631-765-5500, southoldhistoricalsociety.org
ADMISSION $5, free younger than 14; fee for refreshments
Hear Chris Isaak at The Paramount
Catch singer Chris Isaak's show at The Paramount in Huntington, 8 p.m. Sunday, July 28. The "Wicked Game" singer will perform songs from his career, alongside the Silvertone band.
INFO 631-673-7300 , paramountny.com
ADMISSION Tickets start at $39.50
Swarm to the honey and bee festival in Riverhead
See what all the buzz is about at this year's Honey and Bee Festival, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 28, at the Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market in Riverhead. Admission includes a workshop on how beekeepers tend the hives and harvest honey. Learn about your friends the honeybees and take home some organic honey.
INFO 631-722-8777 , gardenofevefarm.com
Find some drive-in movie fun in Southampton
Head to Coopers Beach on Meadow Lane in Southampton for a Nostalgic Drive-in Movie night. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 29, "The Greatest Showman" starring Hugh Jackman starts at dark. Save the dates, if you miss the first night, "Shazam" screens on Aug. 5 and "Aquaman" will be featured Aug. 12.
INFO 631-283-0402, southamptonchamber.com
ADMISSION $50 per carload; $40 in advance
Run or walk for Marcum Workplace Challenge at Jones Beach
Time sign up for the Marcum Workplace Challenge, a 3.5-mile run or walk along Bay Drive at Jones Beach State Park's Field 5. Registration runs 2 to 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, race steps off at 7 p.m. Enjoy live music after the race with light refreshments for all the runners and teams.
INFO 516-349-7649, marcumworkplacechallenge.com
ADMISSION $35 per team member (no pets, strollers or individual walkers and runners)
Eat Italian at St. Rocco's Feast in Glen Cove
It's nearly time for the annual St. Rocco's Feast at the Church of Saint Rocco in Glen Cove. Starting Wednesday, July 31, dine on homemade pasta, chicken and veal parmigiana, short ribs with pasta, meatballs, sausage and peppers, and other Italian specialties prepared by the parish "nonnas." Hours are 6 to 11 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, July 31 to Aug. 2; 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3; and 3 to 10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4. Highlights include the St. Rocco statue procession following the 10:15 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Aug. 4, raffles that include cash prizes, thrill and kiddie rides and live nightly entertainment. This year, you'll also have the option to dine "al fresco" in a newly constructed outdoor Italian cafe. So leave the diet and take the cannoli.
INFO 516-676-2482, stroccoglencove.com
ADMISSION Free, pay-one-price ride tickets available
Dance to Nelly, TLC and Flo Rida at Jones Beach
Music icons join forces for a summer amphitheater concert at Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater. Billboard chart-topping hitmakers, from left, Flo Rida, TLC and Nelly promise a hit-after-hit, nonstop party, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, at the beach.
INFO 516-221-1000, livenation.com
ADMISSION Tickets start at $35
Laugh with Jay Pharoah at The Paramount
Need some laughs? You won't know exactly who's supplying them when comedian and SNL alum Jay Pharoah gets into his impressions of President Barack Obama, Jay Z, Denzel, Kanye West and others during his stand-up show stop at The Paramount, 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, in Huntington.
INFO 631-673-7300, paramountny.com
ADMISSION Tickets start at $24.50
Meet some 'Real Housewives' at Patchogue Theatre
Spend an evening with some of Bravo TV's celebrity housewives, from left, Teresa Giudice and Margaret Josephs of "Real Housewives of New Jersey," and Sonja Morgan of "Real Housewives of New York City," at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at The Patchogue Theatre. Get a backstage VIP ticket for $100 (additional to ticket purchase), to meet the reality stars; and for super fans, the Ultimate VIP Experience, $300, includes the meeting with a Champagne toast, autographs and photos.
INFO 631-207-1313, patchoguetheatre.org
ADMISSION $39 to $69
Visit a premiere summer art show in Westhampton Beach
The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce presents, the 47th annual Mary O. Fritchie Outdoor Juried Fine Art Show, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4. This year, more than 50 artists are featured, exhibiting oil and acrylic paintings, pastel and watercolor, mixed media, sculpture and photography on the great lawn on the corner of Potunk Lane and Main Street. There will also be craft vendors.
INFO 631-288-3337, westhamptonchamber.org
Celebrate tomatoes, summer's red gold, in Mattituck
Celebrate this year's tomato harvest, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3 and 4, at Harbes Family Farm's Tomato Festival in Mattituck. Activities include tomato-eating contests at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. both days, along with a tomato tug-of-war, games, and tomato rolling . Shop for heirloom, beefsteak, cherry, grape and other varieties. You'll also find live music in the courtyard, and if you want to experience the Harbes Barnyard Adventure that includes a singing hayride, pig races and a trike track, that will be $19.95 per person (free younger than 2).
INFO 631-298-0800, harbesfamilyfarm.com
Catch opera under the stars at winery in Jamesport
International soprano Jodi Keogan will perform with baritone Rod Gomez as part of Opera Under the Stars, 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, at Diliberto Winery on Manor Lane in Jamesport. The performers will be accompanied by pianist Seth Weinstein, along with a guest performance by Sal Diliberto. Come early at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy homemade Neapolitan pizza and wine tastings, fees apply.
INFO 631-722-3416 , advanced reservations required dilibertowinery.com
Pick your spot for Long Beach film festival
The four-day Long Beach International Film Festival features film screenings, documentaries, animated shorts, feature films and debuts, along with live music, and food events in the Long Beach community and local movie theaters, Wednesday through Saturday, July 31 to Aug. 3. Mark your calendar for Shorts on the Beach, 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, on the Allegria Hotel beachfront, free; Chefs and Shorts, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1 features tastings and short films paired with a dish, Allegria Hotel Ballroom, tickets start at $99.99. A Taste on the Plaza starts things at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at the Long Beach Kennedy Plaza and features local restaurants serving up their specialties accompanied by live musical performance, tickets start at $50. Full schedule of films and events can be found on the website.
ADMISSION Free to $200