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.
Give to the needy
Donate frozen turkeys, nonperishable food items, supermarket gift cards or cash to Island Harvest in the spirit of holiday gift giving at the annual turkey drive. Everything collected benefits Long Island food pantries and community agencies that supply Thanksgiving meals to the needy.
WHEN | WHERE 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, Bethpage Federal Credit Union's main branch parking lot, 899 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Bethpage
INFO 631-873-4775, bethpagefcu.com
Learn about a popular dish
Was there actually a General Tso? Or is it just a name given to an iconic culinary dish. Get some perspective during a documentary film that aims to find out who General Tso was, and how the chicken dish named after him and enjoyed by so many became symbolic of an entire national cuisine. Reservations required.
WHEN | WHERE 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, Charles B. Wang Center, SUNY Stony Brook, 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook
INFO 631-632-4400, thewangcenter.org
Have wine with your fish
Enjoy some local wine, hors d'oeuvres and live music while strolling past the "Lost City of Atlantis" or coral reef exhibits, to name a few. It's all part of the "Fish and Sips" harvest celebration at theLong Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, featuring tastings from more than 20 local wineries and craft beverage makers.
WHEN | WHERE 7-10:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, Long Island Aquarium, 431 E. Main St., Riverhead. Reservations required
INFO 631-208-9200, ext. 426, longislandaquarium.com
ADMISSION $49.95 (21 and older)
What are you seeing?
A new exhibit, "Fool the Eye," opens at the Nassau County Museum of Art. It will have you wondering -- is it real or faux? Photography or a painting? Draw your own conclusions, depending on where you stand and what you see (or don't see).
WHEN|WHERE Opens 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, continues Tuesdays-Sundays through March 4, 2018, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor
INFO 516-484-9338, nassaumuseum.org
ADMISSION $12 ($4 ages 4-12)
Head to See Dr. Seuss I say!
Grab your hat and head to Northport's LaMantia Gallery to enjoy the opening reception of "The Art of Dr. Seuss Rare Editions," 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, and noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. Call to reserve spots at the receptions. Jeff Schuffman, a representative from Dr. Seuss' estate, will share stories and answer questions about the artist. The exhibit, which runs through Dec. 24, features a minimum of 50 pieces of rare works from three collections - "Secret Art," "Unorthodox Taxidermy Sculpture" and "Illustrative Art."
INFO 631-754-8414, lamantiagallery.com
Go back in time
Leave modern conveniences behind and step back in time to see costumed docents prepare a holiday meal the way they would have in the late-19th century. The 1863 Thanksgiving celebration invites you to visit a kitchen in one of the historic homes at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, where you'll find a beehive oven or an open fire doing the cooking and baking. Traditional fiddle music and historic stories add to the experience.
WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18 and 19, and also Nov. 25-26, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage
INFO 516-572-8401, obvrnassau.com
ADMISSION $12 ($8 ages 5-12)
Get on the right track
It will take time to appreciate the miniature goings-on and details of the layouts at the Central Operating Lines Model Railroad Club open house 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 18-19, at 50A Carlough Rd. in Bohemia. The O-gauge layout features four main lines, an elevated transit line, a logging line and a below-ground subway. That's in addition to two cities, the re-creation of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, rural and industrial areas and the sound-and-light show of a thunderstorm.
ADMISSION Free (toy drive)
INFO 631-563-0173, coltrains.com
Hit the trail
Fall colors will be waning during the Wertheim Wanderings hike at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18. This 5-mile walk (hikers can drop out at a 3-mile point) is organized by the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference and takes hikers near the bay, a tidal river, freshwater streams, ponds, a salt marsh and more. Meet at the
Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge (360 Smith Rd.) in Shirley.
INFO 631-682-5133, ligreenbelt.org
Spot seals on a guided tour
Passengers learn about the bays and marshes and the indigenous wildlife that live there during two-hour seal watching tours out of Freeport. Look for harbor seals that take up temporary residence for the winter. Tours are available at10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday this month.
ADMISSION $25 ($15 ages 6-10)
INFO 516-874-4082, freeportwatertaxi.com
Browse an arts and crafts fair
One of the two annual antiques and collectibles shows at the Temple Emanu-El of East Meadow (123 Merrick Ave.) is scheduled for 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19. Browse the antiques, collectibles, dolls and more from the 30 vendors displaying their goods.
INFO 516-794-8911, templeemanueleastmeadow.com
Rock the holidays
Brian Setzer Orchestra It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas, thanks to Brian Setzer and his orchestra. The Grammy Award-winning singer and guitarist rocks the holidays on his annual tour stop at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury. His swing revival orchestra backs him up.
WHEN|WHERE 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 22, 960 Brush Hollow Rd.
INFO 516-247-5200 venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com
ADMISSION Tickets start at $39.50
Gobble down the street
Everyone 9 and older is invited to participate in the annual Port Washington Thanksgiving Day 5-mile run. Awards will be given to the top three finishers, male and female, and the winners in different age categories, plus a wheelchair division. All finishers receive a medal. After it's over, enjoy apples and water in the Manor Haven Beach parking lot with enough time to go home and enjoy your Thanksgiving feast.
WHEN | WHERE 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 23, Manor Haven Beach parking lot, corner of Edgewood Road and Manor Haven Boulevard, Port Washington
INFO 516-767-2121, register in advance at portchest.org
ADMISSION $60 ($50 in advance); $35 for ages 9-21 ($25 in advance)
Have an ice time
It's time to sharpen the skates and pull out the woolies The ice skating rink at the Port Jefferson Village Center opens Friday, Nov. 24, for its 12th skating season. The facility offers public skating, lessons and birthday parties. It runs through March 11, 2018.
ADMISSION See website for skate times and rental prices.
INFO 631-403-4357, therinx.com
Take a tour
The East Hampton Historical Society presents its annual self-guided tour of oceanfront properties, homes in the village and behind "the hedgerows." The showcase spotlights modern and historic architecture. A cocktail party, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, at the Maidstone Club, 50 Old Beach Lane, East Hampton, kicks things off.
WHEN | WHERE 1-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, pick up the house tour brochure that serves as your map at Clinton Academy, 151 Main St., East Hampton; pick up tickets 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.
INFO 631-324-6850, easthamptonhistory.org
ADMISSION $75, $65 in advance; $200 cocktail party (includes one tour ticket)
Browse the cool and quirky
Some may remember this event at Huntington's Cinema Arts Centre as Cult-a-Rama. It was always popular and drew crowds of hundreds. It happens again Friday, Nov. 24, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. under the new and wholly appropriate name, Great All-Nighter: A Bizarre Bazaar. Browse the goods from local boutiques and artists selling records, antiques, art and cool and quirky items. Also includes DJ sets and $5 craft beer.
INFO 631-423-7611, cinemaartscentre.org
Be a part of the magic
The 2004 Academy-nominated, animated, fantasy film "Howl's Moving Castle" comes to the big screen at theaters in Stony Brook, Holtsville, Farmingdale, Hampton Bays and Westbury for three showings: 12:55 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26; 7 p.m. Monday, Nov 27; and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29. This 2-hour, 10-minute film promotes anti-war themes, highlights nature and takes a dim view of modern society and technology and puts aging in a positive light. The dubbed version, by names you may recognize, runs Sunday and Wednesday, and the subtitled version screens Monday. See website for theater locations.
INFO 855-473-4612, fathomevents.com
Catch one of the last three performances
The seven-show run of "Annie Get Your Gun" at the James Street Playhouse is wrapping up with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 24 and 25, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26. The fun-filled, family musical will be presented at the Babylon United Method Church in Babylon (21 James St.). This show includes a cast of 30 and a 16-piece orchestra. The James Street Players are wrapping up their 50th year of performances.
INFO 631-649-4140, jamesstreetplayers.org
Stroll through a country Christmas
Get in the holiday spirit while browsing the handiwork of folk artists and craftspeople at the Country Parlor Holiday Folk Art and Craft Show at the Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead this weekend. Look for baskets, tree trimmings and holiday decorations, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday Nov. 24 and 25, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26. Craft demonstrations Saturday and Sunday.
INFO 631-298-5292, hallockville.com
Play with the greats
Interested in board games? This one's for you. The Friday after Thanksgiving Day of Gaming (FaTDoG) has you taking on the role of people in history (George Washington, Abraham Lincoln or Alexander the Great, to name a few) and playing out the challenges they faced during their lifetimes. Who wins? Follow the rules and you'll see. Recommended for ages 12 and older.
WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m.-11p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, Radisson Hotel, Motor Parkway, Hauppauge
ADMISSION $25, ($20 in advance, includes food and snack vouchers)
Buy a Tree
Looking for a holiday tree? How about something decorated a little differently? You're in luck. Choose from more than 40 decorated trees at the annual Long Island Festival of Trees, where you can shop and bid on themed trees that range from patriotic to sports to whimsical. You'll also find a gingerbread village, vendor market, live entertainment and, of course, Santa makes an appearance. Be there for "Star Wars Saturday," when members of the Empire Garrison descend on the museum from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Nov. 25; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 26, Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City
INFO 516-378-2000, ext. 651, cpnassau.org
ADMISSION $15, $10 ages 2-12, includes museum admission
Make your way around a mansion
Local designers and garden clubs take charge at the historic Vanderbilt Mansion and fill every room with greenery, lights, garland and wrapped holiday gifts. You'll find a Christmas tree in every bedroom, and all the halls will be decked for the occasion.
WHEN | WHERE 12:30, 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24 through next Sunday; after that, tours run Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday through Jan. 3 (closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1), Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport.
INFO 631-854-5579, vanderbiltmuseum.org
ADMISSION Tour is $6, plus regular admission of $7, $6 seniors and students with ID, $3 ages 3-12, free 2 and younger,
Watch the lighthouse light up
After a one-year hiatus, the Montauk Point Lighthouse is ready to be lit for the holidays. The lighting takes place 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, and is a rain-or-shine event. "Christmas at the Lighthouse" is the Sunday, Nov. 26, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and families can look forward to a visit from Santa, pony rides and snacks. The tower climb will be closed during the festivities
INFO 631-668-2544, montauklighthouse.com
Shop for the holidays
The annual Christkindl Markt at Plattduetsche Park Restaurant features hand-made items, imported foods and German-themed gift items. It's all in the tradition of holiday markets held around Europe this time of year. Hungry? There will be plenty of brats to go around, along with oversized pretzels and a chance to sample some gluhwein and German beer.
WHEN | WHERE 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 25-26, Plattduetsche Park Restaurant, 1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square
INFO 516-354-3131, parkrestaurant.com
Things Are Looking Up
Wait until dark, that's when the telescopes come out for winter stargazing. The experts at the Custer Institute provide guided tours of the night sky through the new Zerochromat dome scope. Bring your own equipment or there's a ground-based observatory with a binocular scope as well. "The viewing is best during the cold season, because there's less moisture in the air," an institute spokesperson said.
WHEN | WHERE Dusk to midnight Saturday, Nov. 25, 1115 Main Bayview Rd., Southold
INFO 631-765-2626 custerobservatory.org
ADMISSION $5 suggested donaton, free younger than 5
Just like the old days
Five voice actors take the mic in "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play," giving a new interpretation to the holiday classic. The performance is a simulated1940s radio broadcast with a nostalgic look back to when radio was America's favorite pastime.
WHEN | WHERE 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, Patchogue Theatre, 71 E. Main St.
INFO 631-207-1313, patchoguetheatre.org
Take the plunge
Face the water off Crescent Beach, start running and take the plunge into the Peconic River. It's that time of year again, when energized folks throw themselves into the chilly waters of Long Island for a good cause or two. Hosted by the Friends of the Shelter Island Library, the Shelter Island Turkey Plunge gives you a chance to partake; costumes optional.
WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25, Shore Road off West Neck Road, Shelter Island
INFO 631-749-0042, shelterislandpubliclibrary.org
ADMISSION $30, ($25 in advance) to plunge; free for spectators
Get in the spirit
You may thinking Currier and Ives as you stroll Sayville's Main Street during the Holiday Parade and Miracle on Main Street Saturday, Nov. 25. The 10 a.m. parade kicks off the activities. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., local businesses offer holiday cheer and special sales. Enjoy trolley rides and a skating rink, as well as costumed Dickens-era characters strolling the streets. Miracle on Main runs 5 to 9 p.m. and features live reindeer, a hand-bell choir, gingerbread house contest, outdoor movies and a candlelight tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Expect special appearances by the chubby guy dressed in red, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m.
INFO 631-662-2660, greatersayvillechamber.com
Take a hike
Hit the hills of Montauk Saturday, Nov. 25, and join the folks from the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society as they lead a 6- to 7-mile hike on the Paumanok Path and the very hilly Serpent Back Trail. Bring snacks and plenty of liquids. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at the Hither Hills Overlook, east of the Route 27 and Old Montauk Highway split, where a shuttle will take hikers to Napeague Harbor Road to start the three-hour hike. Reservations not required; heavy rain cancels.
INFO 631-267-6747, ehtps.org
Santa, meet Fido
The folks at STAR Foundation and Agway on Route 25a Mount Sinai have lined up an understanding photographer and a patient Santa to create a holiday photo with your pet posed with Santa 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. All pets (leashed or contained) are welcome as well as horses, goats or llamas. Family members without pets are welcome, too. All proceeds go to the STAR Foundation's wildlife rescue programs. Please call in advance to make arrangements for the bigger pets.
ADMISSION $10 for a 4x6 photo ($5 for additional copies)
INFO 631-736-8207, savetheanimalsrescue.org