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Mosaic Street Painting Festival, more on Long Island

Jim Karanik, a Denver artist, left, works on

Jim Karanik, a Denver artist, left, works on a chalk piece at last year's Mosaic Street Painting Festival in Riverhead. Credit: Daniel Goodrich

Painting in the street is encouraged — at least, for the day — in Riverhead. The East End Arts Council’s annual community festival has made a Memorial Day weekend tradition of helping people unleash their own creativity. It’s a colorful affair, with kids doodling on the pavement alongside established artists working on their next great — if not fleeting — masterpiece.

You can reserve a sponsored square in advance or get your own the day of the festival for $20, which includes plenty of chalk for sketching. The day includes arts and crafts vendors, live music and dance performances, plus food trucks for sustenance.

Mosaic Street Painting Festival

WHEN | WHERE Noon-5 p.m. Sunday, May 28 (rain date 2-5 p.m. Monday, May 29), downtown Riverhead along Main Street and the Peconic River.

INFO 631-727-0900,



Open Studio for Families

WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 27 at Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill

INFO 631-283-2118,

ADMISSION $12 includes museum (free younger than 18)

Thirty-minute sessions include a brief guided tour of the museum’s “John Graham: Maverick Modernist” exhibit followed by hands-on studio time using materials such as textured paper, doilies and pipe cleaners to create collages.

Family Sundays

WHEN | WHERE 1-4 p.m. Sundays through July 9, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor

INFO 516-484-9338,

ADMISSION $12 includes museum ($4 ages 4-12)

A family-friendly tour of the museum’s “Halston Style” fashion exhibit is followed by time for kids and adults to sketch, draw and create their own works.

Messy Afternoons

WHEN | WHERE 3:30-5 p.m. Saturdays at the Long Island Children’s Museum, Garden City

INFO 516-224-5800,

ADMISSION $13 includes museum (free younger than 1)

Kids ages 18 months to 4 years can don a smock and dig into slime and “clean” mud. Somebody else cleans up the mess.

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