They call them the dog days of August, when it might seem impossible to enjoy yourself in the hot and sticky outdoors of a Long Island summer.
Nonsense, we say. In fact, we here at Mommy Poppins think there’s plenty to bark about in the final full month of summer.
This month, we’re highlighting street fairs and summer festivals, theater, cultural celebrations, and more. Discover nature at Garvies Point in Glen Cove, cast a line in Point Lookout, or perhaps return to a time when games were played minus the iPad.
Whatever you choose, cherish this month, because kids know what’s coming in September—back to school. This just might be your final chance to take advantage of our 50 FREE things to do with LI kids this summer.
In the meantime, check out our guide to FREE summer outdoor movies and concerts. And remember, our Long Island Events Calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month.
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Newsies tells the story of a raggedy group of newsboys who dream of better things. Photo courtesy of the production
Disney's Newsies at the Engeman Theater — Port Jefferson
All month, through September 2; no shows on Mondays and Tuesdays
Set in New York City at the turn of the 20th century, Newsies is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, a charismatic newsboy and leader of a ragged band of teenaged "newsies," who dream of a better life far from the hardship of the streets.
Summer Movie Express —Regal Theaters Islandwide
Tuesdays and Wednesdays all month, beginning Wednesday, August 1
Enjoy some of your favorite family films for just $1. Most films start at 10am. Participating theaters are located in Deer Park, Garden City, Hampton Bays, Huntington, Port Washington, and more.
Fishing Fun — Point Lookout
Wednesdays, August 1, 8, 15, 22
Casting about for a good time? On Wednesdays, head to Scotty's on the Bay, where kids can drop a line for FREE. Rod and reel rental is $5.
Feast of St. Rocco — Glen Cove
Wednesday, August 1-Sunday, August 5
Celebrate Italian culture at one of Long Island's largest heritage festivals. Enjoy food, music, vendors, carnival rides, and more.
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Discover more about nature at Garvies Point Day. Photo courtesy of Garvies Point
Garvies Point Day — Glen Cove
Saturday, August 4
Enjoy nature walks, garden tours, insect studies, nature crafts, and more at Glen Cove’s research facility and preserve.
Paumanauke Pow Wow – Lindenhurst
Saturday, August 4-Sunday, August 5
Celebrate and learn about Native American culture through traditional food, dance competitions and demonstrations, and music at this family-friendly powwow where kids younger than 12 are FREE.
Pinkalicious The Musical — Smithtown
Saturdays, August 4, 11; Sundays, August 5, 12, 19
See what happens at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts when lovely, little Pinkalicious can't stop eating cupcakes.
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Bouncy slides and bubbles make for a good time at Alive on 25. Photo courtesy of the event
Alive on 25 — Riverhead
Thursday, August 9
The community’s Main Street closes for a street fair featuring music, vendors, food, entertainment, and more. FREE admission
Enjoy the carnival atmosphere at Sayville Summerfest. Photo courtesy of Sayville Chamber of Commerce
Summerfest — Sayville
Friday, August 10-Sunday, August 12
It’s carnival time in Sayville with thrill rides, kiddie rides, food, entertainment, and more. FREE admission, but you pay for rides. Pay-one-price bracelets are available on Friday night and a classic car show headlines Sunday.
Long Island Retro Gaming Expo — Garden City
Saturday, August 11-Sunday, August 12
Play your favorite tabletop board games, enjoy tournaments, vendors, and costume play at this fourth annual event at the Cradle of Aviation Museum.
Snapper and Crab Fishing Derby — Captree State Park
Saturday, August 11-Sunday, August 12
Kids can bring their own equipment or rent on site at Captree State Park. Prizes are awarded in age categories 7 and younger; 8-12; and 13-16. FREE
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Experience the thrill of a miniature train ride with Long Island Live Steamers. Photo by Stuart Greenberg for the Long Island Live Steamers
Long Island Live Steamers — Brookhaven
Sundays, August 12 and August 26
These dedicated train enthusiasts demonstrate their miniature steam engines at Southaven County Park. All aboard! Suggested donation
Beachfest — Port Washington
Enjoy fun, food, and music on the waterfront in North Hempstead Beach Park. FREE
58th Annual Scottish Festival and Games – Old Westbury
Saturday, August 25
The Highland games celebrate Scottish culture on Long Island. Watch the caber toss, putting of the stone, and the tossing of the sheaf. Enjoy bagpipe music, Highland dancing, and a shortbread baking competition.
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Wear your best finery to the children's Victorian tea party at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site. Photo courtesy of the site
Children’s Victorian Tea Party — Melville
Wednesday, August 29
Kids can step back in time in a role-playing activity at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site designed to teach social skills and self-esteem. Come in period costume if you like, but you must register in advance.
Shinnecock Indian Powwow — Southampton
Friday, August 31-Monday, September 3
Join the 1,300-member tribe in one of the country's largest celebrations of Native American culture, held every year on Labor Day weekend. Marvel at the pageantry of the grand entry every day then enjoy native food, dance, crafts, and more.