Spring Festivals for Families on Long Island, 2018

Spring Celebrations and Festivals for Kids in Long Island, New York, 2018

Spring on Long Island means more pleasant weather, presumably. And that begins a series  of festivals to celebrate the arrival of this most colorful season.

So head outdoors to enjoy crafts, activities, science, and more family fun. Begin in late March and early April with Easter Bunny breakfasts and brunches. Later in the spring, enjoy nature festivals, and even the beginning of strawberry season. As always, check out our Spring Fun Guide and Long Island Events Calendar for more kid-friendly entertainment.

Spring Festival at Sweetbriar Nature Center – Smithtown
Saturday, March 31
Enjoy the natural surroundings and activities for the whole family. Kids can take part in relay races, face painting, stories, an egg hunt, and visit with the Easter Bunny. 

Spring Family Freshwater Fishing – West Babylon
Saturday, April 7
Come out to Belmont Lake State Park and learn how to fish. Rain or shine, this event for the whole family includes fly fishing demonstrations, lessons in cleaning your catch, environmental exhibits, face painting, inflatables, and more. Don’t worry if you don’t have your own fishing rod. Borrow a rod and enjoy the great outdoors at this FREE event. 

Fling into Spring Carnival – Mount Sinai
April 20-22
Get ready for carnival season at Heritage Park’s annual spring event. Enjoy rides, games, and of course, tasty treats over three exciting days. Purchase pre-sale tickets online at a discount. 

Spring Appreciation Day – Stony Brook
Saturday, April 21
Welcome spring at this FREE event. Stony Brook's school district will have art on display, and kids can visit with animals at the petting zoo. Music will be provided by WALK-97.5, and more activities for the family are planned.

Spring Fair at Riverhead Raceway – Riverhead
Sunday, April 22
Racing fans will enjoy seeing some of the cars up close at this family event. Enjoy a family fun area with inflatables, a slide for kids to play on, and plenty of vendors for shopping.

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Enjoy tree plantings with Smokey the Bear at Planting Fields Arboretum's Arbor Day festivities. Photo courtesy of Planting Fields

Arbor Day Family Festival – Oyster Bay
Saturday, April 28
Join Smokey the Bear at Planting Fields Arboretum for a fun-filled day of face painting, live music, tree seedling giveaways, a petting zoo, and a caricaturist. The event is presented by the Planting Fields Foundation and New York State's Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. 

Sayville Spring Festival – Sayville
Sunday, April 29
This year's festival will be held at Gillette Park in downtown Sayville. Families can look forward to local arts and crafts vendors, inflatables, a juggler and stilt walker, petting zoo, face painting, a magician, and lots more. FREE.

All Kids Fair – Melville
Sunday, April 29
The Hilton Long Island hosts the seventh annual All Kids Festival, celebrating the diversity of childhood on Long Island. The celebration features a bounce house, petting zoo, live butterflies, robot demos, face painting, and visits from Quacker Jack and Miss Long Island Teen 2018. Children 2 and younger are admitted FREE; enjoy activities for children from toddler age through high school. 

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Dance around the maypole at Benner's Farm's Mayday Celebration. Photo courtesy of Benner's Farm

Mayday Celebration – East Setauket
Sunday, May 6
All are invited to dance around the 30-foot traditional maypole at Benner's Farm. Return to a simpler time while enjoying an afternoon of crafts, vendors, baby animals, lold-time music, good food, and more. 

Tulip Festival – Huntington
Sunday, May 6
The FREE festival at Heckscher Park features children’s activity booths, an art exhibit, and live performances on the Chapin Rainbow stage. Expect to be amazed by the sight of 20,000 tulips in full bloom. Rain or shine. 

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Celebrate Japanese cultural traditions at the annual Sakura Matsuri (cherry blossom) Festival in Stony Brook. Photo by Frank Fumelli for the Charles B. Wang Center

Cherry Blossom Festival – Stony Brook
Sunday, May 6
The Japan Center of Stony Brook and Charles B. Wang Center host this celebration of Japanese culture and, of course, cherry blossoms. Learn about Japanese flower arranging, tea workshops, origami paper folding, manga drawing, taiko drumming, and more.

Spring Celebration – Sands Point
Sunday, May 6
Take notice of the colorful changes that emerge each May at Sands Point Preserve near Port Washington. Enjoy plantings, trees, shrubs, and perennials.

Mother's Day Festival – Mattituck
Sunday, May 13 
Moms enjoy FREE admission to Harbes Barnyard Adventure. Enjoy food, wine, live music, and more, including attractions for preschoolers such as a trike track, goat bridge, slide and more. Older kids will enjoy the sports zone, featuring baseball, football, and basketball tossing games. 

Spring Festival – Melville
Sunday, May 20
Meet and ride the horses at the Thomas School of Horsemanship’s spring celebration. Kids can enjoy crafts, STEM projects, a petting zoo, face painting, games, and inflatables. The Melville Fire Department will be on hand as well as vendors and food trucks. Some activities require a small fee.

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Challenge yourself to name as many flags as you can in Mount Sinai's parade of American flags. Photo courtesy of the Heritage Center

Parade of American Flags – Mount Sinai
Memorial Day, Monday, May 28
Recognize American patriotism with a parade at Heritage Park, featuring flags from all 50 states, the Colonial period, the armed forces, and more. FREE

Benner’s Farm Strawberry Fair – East Setauket
June 10-11
Enjoy old-time music and baseball, ice cream treats, and, of course, strawberry delicacies as the farm stand celebrates the harvest. Play old-fashioned games, visit with the farm’s animals, enjoy live music, and have some wholesome fun with the family.

Mattituck Strawberry Festival – Mattituck
June 14-17
The crown jewel of North Fork spring festivals celebrates the annual strawberry harvest. In addition to locally made strawberry shortcake, kids enjoy carnival rides, face painting, arts and crafts, fireworks shows, and more. Proceeds benefit the Mattituck Lions Club.

Top photo: The Town of Huntington's Tulip Festival features 20,000 buds in colorful bloom.

This post is updated annually.