The Best Fairs and Festivals for Long Island Families in June

The Best Fairs and Festivals in Long Island, New York, June 2018
Enjoy thrill rides and more at the  Mattituck Strawberry Festival, June 14-17. Photo by David Benthal for the Mattituck Lions Club

June on Long Island is the unofficial kickoff of summer street fairs, festivals, and fun for the entire family. From food-focused events to arts and crafts, and nautical-themed festivals, there is plenty of fun to be found on the streets and in the parks of Nassau and Suffolk counties and on the East End in June. And, the best part: Admission to many of these events is FREE.

So check out our picks for the top June street fairs and festivals and be sure to mark them on your calendar. Click through the listings for locations, times, specific costs, potential weather postponements, and other information. As always, you’ll find more family-friendly things to do this summer in our June GoListSummer Fun Guide and our Long Island Events Calendar.

Nassau

Nassau County Strawberry Festival — North Bellmore
Thursday, May 31-Sunday, June 3
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.


Plenty of fun awaits at HarborFest, a celebration of Port Washington's maritime heritage. Photo courtesy of the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce

HarborFest Dock Day and Craft Festival — Port Washington
June 3
Celebrate Port Washington's nautical heritage on the waterfront of Manhasset Bay. Enjoy a craft show, cruises on the bay, live entertainment, a family fun stage, nautical exhibits, local vendors, a food court, and much more. FREE

Belmont Stakes Festival — Garden City
Friday, June 8
Get into the Triple Crown spirit with pony rides, face painting, music, and more entertainment as Garden City preps for the Belmont Stakes on June 9. FREE

Long Island Pride Weekend — Long Beach
Friday, June 8-Sunday, June 10
Celebrate the cultural diversity of Long Island along the boardwalk at Long Beach with music, a carnival, a family fun run on Saturday, and a parade on Sunday at noon. FREE

Massapequa Strawberry Festival — Massapequa
Saturday, June 16
The Historical Society of the Massapequas sponsors this seasonal celebration, featuring raffles, music, face painting, and, of course, strawberries.

South Shore Blueway Festival — East Rockaway
Saturday, June 16
The Town of Hempstead hosts its first-ever South Shore Blueway Festival at Hewlett Point Park. Focused on celebrating the beauty of South Shore waterways, the FREE event includes group paddles, eco-tours, races, beach cleanup activities, and more.

Suffolk

Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Fair – Huntington
Saturday, June 2-Sunday, June 3
There are plenty of activities to get creative juices flowing at this artist- and family-friendly event in Heckscher Park. Artists and artisans lead hands-on activities for children and adults. Enjoy art demos, live entertainment, crafts for sale, and vendor booths. FREE

Smithtown Festival Day — Smithtown
Sunday, June 3
There's plenty to see, taste, and do for the entire family at this annual event, including crafts, art, food vendors, live performances, DJs, a kiddie play area, magicians, and face painters. FREE

Summer Main Street Festival — Islip
Sunday, June 3
Hosted by the Islip Chamber of Commerce, more than 200 vendors are expected to be on hand. There's plenty to do for the entire family, including food, music, rides, and other kid-friendly games and activities. FREE

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Thrill to Volt, a 3½-foot tall, 180-pound robot, and meet his his young creator, Ray, at the Eastern Long Island  Mini Maker Faire. Photo courtesy of the fair

The Eastern Long Island Mini Maker Faire— Port Jefferson
Saturday, June 9
Hosted by the Long Island Explorium and adjacent to Harborfront Park, this event offers a host of exhibits, workshops, hands-on making and exploring for all ages, including interactive sculpture building, yarn bombing, robotics, quilting, and 3D printing. Kids can meet the makers and scientists who are working on cutting-edge tech projects.

Benner's Farm Strawberry Festival — East Setauket
Saturday, June 9-Sunday, June 10
Enjoy old-time music and games, ice cream treats, and, of course, strawberry delicacies as the farm stand celebrates the harvest. Visitors are invited to join in old-fashioned baseball, sack and wheelbarrow races, a bubble gum blowing contest, and more.

Farmingville Street Fair — Farmingville
Sunday, June 10
The annual event features bounce houses for kids, a beer garden for adults, two entertainment stages, classic cars, and more than 100 vendors specializing in crafts, toys, jewelry, clothing, and accessories. FREE

Long Island FunFest — Brentwood
Thursday, June 14-Sunday, June 24
Kick off summer with this family event that includes live entertainment and performances, a petting zoo, a butterfly encounter, food, games, rides, and fireworks at Suffolk County Community College. 

Kings Park Day Town Fair — Kings Park
Saturday, June 16
This popular one-day event includes dance performances, karate demonstrations, local school bands, arts and crafts, food vendors, and more. FREE

Port Jeff Green Fest — Port Jefferson
Saturday, June 16
This festival’s mission is to “educate, inform, entertain, and enlighten people on how to make choices for a greener world.” Enjoy demonstrations, live entertainment, a mini farmers' market, and plenty of activities for the kids. Eco-friendly vendors showcase their products and services. FREE

East End

Maggie Burbank Arts & Crafts Show — Westhampton Beach
Saturday, June 2-Sunday, June 3
This year’s event is held on the Great Lawn across from St. Mark’s Church on the western end of Main Street. It features work from more than 50 artisans, including paintings, photography, sculpture, wood and paper crafts, jewelry, and more. This year features a kid-friendly event hosted by Pawcasso Art Studio and Pet Boutique in which "Painter Ron" guides students on an artistic journey to create a masterpiece of their own. Food trucks are on hand. FREE

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Who will be crowned Strawberry Queen? Find out at the Mattituck Strawberry Festival. Photo David Benthal for the Mattituck Lions Club

Lions Club of Mattituck Strawberry Festival — Mattituck
Thursday, June 14-Sunday, June 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. Dads are admitted FREE on Father's Day, Sunday, June 17, when accompanied by a paying child. 

Summer Arts & Crafts Fair at Marine Park — Sag Harbor
Saturday, June 16-Sunday, June 17
Enjoy a family-friendly arts and crafts fair in Sag Harbor’s picturesque waterfront park. In addition to many vendors, sidewalk sales occur on Main Street all weekend long. FREE

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