Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer when many Long Islanders head out east to enjoy the area's beautiful beaches, and various kid-friendly events and activities. This weekend, families can learn about oyster farming, help transform the Childen's Museum of the East End's garden, sample some of the region's finest cuisine or watch a parade honoring our nation's veterans.
Whether you're planning to spend most of the summer on the East End or just a weekend here and there, be sure to check out our Hamptons & North Fork Guide for the best things to do and see in the area. And for what's happening on the rest of LI, take a look at our Event Calendar.
May 23 & May 24
BUG Lighthouse Tours - Greenport. At East End Seaport Museum. The East End Seaport Museum will be hosting 2-1/2 hour tours of Greenport's BUG lighthouse.
Saturday, May 23
Oyster Farming Breakfast - Westhampton Beach. At Moriches Bay Project. Visitors will help to build an oyster cage and establish an oyster farm.
Family Drip Painting - East Hampton. At Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center. Discover how famous artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner invented new ways of painting in this inspiring activity led by children's book artist and writer Joyce Raimondo.
Fish Migration Day - Riverhead. At Long Island Science Center. Adults and children can learn about local ecology by studying the migration of the alewife fish, which lives in the nearby Peconic River.
Get the Garden Started - Bridgehampton. At Children's Museum of the East End. Children will help transform the garden into an interactive, sensory experience that will be enjoyed by everyone who visits the museum.
Silent Clown - Montauk. At Montauk Library. Parents and children are welcome at this riveting show that blends mime, clowning, juggling, magic, puppetry, and music.
Storytime at Hampton Library - Bridgehampton. Enjoy great stories and art activities. Free
GROW Spring Fundraiser - Riverhead. At Hallockville Museum Farm. Peconic Community School's fourth annual GROW: Spring Fundraiser & Community Picnic will feature music by Grammy-winning children's musician Brady Rymer, ice cream from Joe & Liza's in Sag Harbor, face painting, crafts, drumming and more.
Sunday, May 24
Community Mosaic Street Painting - Riverhead. A Memorial Day Weekend tradition where families and friends can enjoy the creative spirit together. Free
Montauk Memorial Weekend Parade - Montauk. Montauk's annual tribute to its fallen military members begins at Second House Road near Kirk Park Trail and continues down Main Street, ending at the village green for a solemn, commemorative service.
Blessing of the Boards - Montauk. At St. Therese of Liseaux Catholic Church. Surfboards, skateboards, boogie boards and more will receive their annual blessing after the 8:30am and 10:30am masses.
Taste the East End - Riverhead. At Long Island Aquarium. Enjoy fare from the best local restaurants, wine and craft beverage tastings, purchasing opportunities, live music and the beauty of the aquarium.
Monday, May 25
East Hampton Historic Hike - East Hampton. Join the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society in a seven-mile walk through East Hampton's historic Northwest Woods area.