Spring on Long Island means more pleasant weather, of course. But there are also an array of festivals in the region to celebrate this most colorful season.
So head outdoors to enjoy crafts, activities, science, and more family fun. With Easter being celebrated on April 16, also check out one of the many Easter Bunny breakfasts and brunches in the area. Later in the season, enjoy a trio of strawberry festivals and, as always, check out our Long Island Events Calendar for more kid-friendly fun.
Spring Festival at Sweetbriar Nature Center — Smithtown
Saturday, April 15
The nature center celebrates spring with a fun-filled day of face painting, egg hunts, games, stories, wildlife programs, animal presentations, and even a guest appearance from the Easter Bunny. Children of all ages are welcome to the center, which is rich in flora and wildlife.
Spring Fever Music and Arts Festival — Calverton
Saturday, April 22
Adults and children of all ages are welcome at this free music and arts event at Long Island Sports Park in Calverton, where at least seven bands perform and craft vendors and artists are on hand to exhibit and sell their works. Spend the day dancing, singing, and appreciating art in the (hopefully) spring sunshine.
Spring Appreciation Day — Stony Brook
Saturday, April 22
The celebration includes a petting zoo, magician, live musical performances, balloon art, dance performances, a free art show, and even kids crafts. Expect an entire afternoon dedicated to spring fun that is perfect for children of all ages.
Spring Festival at The Common Ground — Sayville
Saturday, April 29
Join in the fun at Gillette Park, which includes a bounce house, face painting, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, and tasty food, including lobster rolls, hamburgers, shakes, ice cream, and apple puffs.
Arbor Day festivities at Planting Fields Arboretum include tree plantings with Smokey Bear.
Arbor Day Festival — Oyster Bay
Saturday, April 29-Sunday, April 30
This Planting Fields Arboretum celebration features live music, a kids' tree climb, petting zoo, face painting, circus performances and workshops, tree plantings, and other children's activities. The festival is a collaboration between the Planting Fields Foundation and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.
All Kids Festival — Melville
Sunday, April 30
The Long Island Hilton / Huntington hosts the seventh annual All Kids Festival, celebrating the diversity of childhood on Long Island. The celebration features a bounce house, petting zoo, face painting, cooking demos, and a special performance by 14-year-old singer Chloe Winger, who appeared on the Spanish-language version of The Voice Kids 2016. Children 2 and younger are admitted FREE; activities are geared toward children from toddler age through high school.
May Day Festival — East Setauket
Sunday, May 7
Children and adults are invited to dance around the 30-foot traditional maypole at Benner's Farm. Return to a simpler time while enjoying an afternoon of storytelling by Chief Running Water, who offers local Native American traditions of springtime, crafts demonstrations, live old-time music, good food and more.
Tulip Festival — Huntington
Sunday, May 7
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 at the sight of 20,000 tulips in full blooms. Rain or shine.
Feather Fest — Oyster Bay
Saturday, May 13
Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day at Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center with a festival honoring the return of our feathered friends. The afternoon includes migration games, crafts, a plant sale, bird and plant walks, history tours, including Sagamore Hill, refreshments and more.
Nassau County Strawberry Festival — North Bellmore
Thursday, June 1-Sunday, June 4
The four-day celebration features games, rides, live entertainment and, of course, a diet rich in strawberries. Proceeds benefit the Bellmore Lions Club and the KIwanis Club of Bellmore.
Benner's Farm Strawberry Festival — East Setauket
Saturday, June 10-Sunday, June 11
Enjoy old-time music and baseball, ice cream treats, and, of course, strawberry delicacies as the farm stand celebrates the harvest. On Saturday, June 10, enjoy a celebration of the Strawberry Moon, a Native American indicator of harvest readiness.
Mattituck Strawberry Festival — Mattituck
Thursday, June 15-Sunday, June 18
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: Huntington Town's Tulip Festival features 20,000 buds in colorful bloom.
This post was originally published in 2014 and updated in March 2017.