Where on Long Island to dance outdoors

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Before summer sunsets and humid nights give way to autumn chill and shorter days, some Long Island stops for fun take their parties into the open air, giving guests a way to shake a leg without having to groove under a ceiling. Here are some of the places where you can dance outside:

Hump Day Hoedown at Dublin Deck

WHERE 325 River Ave., Patchogue INFO 631-207-0370, dublindeck.com
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WHERE 325 River Ave., Patchogue INFO 631-207-0370, dublindeck.com THE MOVE Bopping outdoors at this spot where the structures have thatched tops and palm trees sway in the breeze is easy, as it hosts several bands and DJs throughout the summer -- but Wednesday evenings offer live country music and music by a DJ who specializes in boot-scooting beats and free line dancing lessons. Guests can then stick around and strut their stuff until late.

Lawn parties at Mitchell Park

WHERE Mitchell Park, Front St., Greenport INFO 631-477-0627,
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WHERE Mitchell Park, Front St., Greenport INFO 631-477-0627, greenportvillage.com THE MOVE Held on the park lawn Mondays, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. (until Aug. 28), these gatherings feature live music and are open to all ages. No cover.

Latin Night at the Jones Beach Bandshell

WHERE Field 4, Wantagh INFO 516-785-1600, jonesbeachbandshell.com THE
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WHERE Field 4, Wantagh INFO 516-785-1600, jonesbeachbandshell.com THE MOVES Held every Sunday at 7 p.m. (until Aug. 27), guests can expect big crowds to fill the bandshell area and groove as DJs and musicians entertain with all sorts of Latin sounds.

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Off Key Tikki

WHERE 31 Baker Place, Patchogue INFO 631-475-1723, offkeytikki.com
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WHERE 31 Baker Place, Patchogue INFO 631-475-1723, offkeytikki.com THE MOVE A sandy, palm tree-filled courtyard along the Patchogue River, it's a restaurant and a live music venue. Many simply come to sit around the fire pit and chill, but whenever a band or DJ gets to work (which happens often, some weeks daily), all are welcome to dance in the sand. Some events will require a cover charge; call ahead for prices.

Waterside a draw at The Surf Lodge

WHERE 183 Edgemere St., Montauk INFO 631-483-5037, thesurflodge.com
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WHERE 183 Edgemere St., Montauk INFO 631-483-5037, thesurflodge.com THE MOVE A top choice for celebrities and city scene-sters, its large waterside deck and event calendar featuring buzz-worthy bands on weekends often leads to big dance bashes breaking out; keep in mind that while admission is free, entrance is at doorman's discretion, so make dinner reservations to secure entry.

Pop's Seafood Shack and Grill

WHERE 15 Railroad Place, Island Park INFO 516-432-7677,
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WHERE 15 Railroad Place, Island Park INFO 516-432-7677, popsseafoodshack.com THE MOVES Well-known local DJs such as Chris Kenny (Friday nights) and Summer John (Sunday afternoons) are among the selectors scheduled to spin at this restaurant and tavern. The courtyard is sand-filled and flip flop-friendly, but once the DJs get to work most move to the outdoor dance floor to dance at Pop's.

Mid Week Mambo Night at Meschutt Beach Hut

WHERE 1 Canal Rd., Hampton Bays INFO 631-728-2988,
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WHERE 1 Canal Rd., Hampton Bays INFO 631-728-2988, thebeachhuts.com THE MOVE It's not uncommon for dancing to break out at any of the beachside bashes thrown at the Beach Hut events that take place throughout the summer around Suffolk County (at Tanner Park, Smith Point County Park, Venetian Shores, Cedar Beach, Cupsogue County Park), but the Mid Week Mambo Night at Meschutt Beach Hut (Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. until Sept. 13) are especially dance-friendly with an people of all ages coming by to groove to the live Latin music played by the scheduled bands. No cover.

Tropix On The Mile

WHERE 395 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport INFO 516-623-8767, tropixonthemile.com
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WHERE 395 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport INFO 516-623-8767, tropixonthemile.com THE MOVES Country line dancing goes down Tuesdays after 6 p.m.; watch for live music during the week and celebrity DJs on weekends. Expect a cover charge for some events; call ahead for prices.

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Mid-Summer Night Dances at Vanderbilt Mansion

WHERE 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport INFO 631-854-5579,
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WHERE 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport INFO 631-854-5579, vanderbiltmuseum.org THE MOVE Taking place Thursdays at 6 p.m. (through Aug. 31), this soiree takes place only footsteps from the preserved Vanderbilt museum under a tent, and offers dancing instruction, occasional performances and the opportunity for couples to dance in several styles. $22 online advance purchase, $30 at the door.

Bracco's Nautical Mile

WHERE 319 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport INFO 378-6589 THE
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WHERE 319 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport INFO 378-6589 THE MOVES DJs spin here at various times during the weekend; expect a cover charge for some parties. Call ahead for prices.

Claudio's, a party venue for generations

WHERE 111 Main St., Greenport INFO 631-477-0627, claudios.com
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WHERE 111 Main St., Greenport INFO 631-477-0627, claudios.com THE MOVE Generations of party people have flocked here in the summer (Claudio's has been in operation since 1870), and with a long deck/dock that extends out into Greenport Harbor--featuring a large bar and stage area--it's not uncommon to find crowds dancing on Friday and Saturday nights (and Sunday afternoons) when DJs and bands play; expect a cover on weekend evenings.

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