The smell of funnel cake is in the air as fairs and festivals kick off the summer season on Long Island. Summers are perfect for spending time outside with the family and getting to know your neighbors and community.
From old-fashioned street fairs to ethnic celebrations such as Native American powwows and the Highland Games, these family-friendly events are sure to leave everyone smiling. Festivals take place in Nassau and Suffolk counties and all the way to the East End. For more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide.
Community Fair – Patchogue
Friday, July 7
Want to get involved in your community, but not sure how? Come to Main Street in Patchogue for this family-friendly event that helps people connect with community organizations. Kids’ activities include inflatables, balloons, and face painting. Admission is FREE.
Old Fashioned Street Fair – Mattituck
Saturday, July 8
Take part in a Mattituck tradition. Enjoy food, live music, arts and crafts, and of course, Little Miss Mattituck and Little Mister Mattituck. Admission is FREE.
Levittown’s Lazy Days of Summer – Levittown
Saturday, July 8
Enjoy the summer and meet your neighbors at this old-fashioned get-together. Pack a picnic lunch and take in the entertainment, games, and FREE family activities.
Grand Children’s Carnival – East Hampton
Sunday, July 9
Celebrate the newly installed Bryan’s Playground with fun activities for kids, including face painting, pony rides, carnival games, and moon bounce. There will also be treats and raffles. Admission is FREE.
Alive on 25 – Riverhead
Thursdays, July 13, Juy 27, August 10, and August 24
Main Street closes to traffic for classic cars, live music, street vendors, and plenty of family-friendly activities. Adults can enjoy craft brews and wine while kids take part in art activities, touch a truck, and life-sized games of tic-tac-toe, Connect 4, and bowling. Admission is FREE.
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It's more than just a music fair: Kidzone at the Great South Bay Music Festival offers fun and educational activities for the entire family. Photo courtesy of the Great South Bay Music Festival
Great South Bay Music Festival – Patchogue
This four-day music festival feature more than 60 performers on four stages, including a Kidzone with educational activities. Known for its family-friendly vibe, this festival offers music, entertainment, shopping, and food for all ages. Tickets start at $35 per person for one day.
Huntington Manor Firemen’s Fair – Huntington
Support the fire department and have fun. Enjoy five days of amusement rides, concerts, parades, and fireworks. Admission is FREE and ride bracelets can be purchased for $30.
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Kids can enjoy boating activities and maybe even catch a fish at Port of Egypt's annual Family Fun Day. Photo courtesy of Port of Egypt Marina
Family Fun Day at Port of Egypt Marine – Southold
Saturday, July 22
Families can spend the day dockside and enjoy boat rides, kids’ activities, live music, and local vendors. Food will be available for purchase and admission is FREE.
Annual Summer Art and Craft Festival at Deepwells – St. James
Shop at more than 100 local artisan vendors in a beautiful country setting at Deepwells Farm. Enjoy craft demonstrations, music, kids’ activities, and plenty of food. Admission is FREE.
Family Fun Day – Stony Brook
Sunday, July 23
The Long Island Museum of American Art opens its doors for a day of family activities. View the museum's exhibits, do a nature-themed craft, enjoy refreshments, and visit with a special guest from the Guide Dog Foundation. Admission is FREE.
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Build your own classic sand castle at Hither Hills State Park. Photo by Doc Searls/CC BY 2.0
Sand Castle Contest – Montauk
Thursdays from July 29 to August 31
This weekly sand castle-building contest at Hither Hills State Park encourages families to use sand, water, and natural elements found at the beach for their creations. Prizes are awarded in several categories. It is FREE to enter the contest; parking is $8.
Garvies Point Day features nature walks, insect studies, bird watching, and more. Photo courtesy of Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
Garvies Point Day – Glen Cove
Saturday, August 5
Garvies Point Museum and Preserve celebrates nature with walks, insect study, butterfly and bird garden tours, bird watching, and more. View the museum's exhibits, and nurture appreciation for nature and local history. Admission is $5.
37th Annual Paumanauke Pow Wow – Lindenhurst
Learn about Native American culture from Native peoples. Enjoy food, dance, and drums. Audience participation is encouraged. Admission is $12 for adults; 11 or younger are FREE.
Experience Native American culture at the Paumanauke Pow Wow in Lindenhurst. Photo courtesy of Paumanauke Native American Festival
Long Island Sound and Art Festival – Northport
Sunday, August 20
Watch as art is created, and take part in art-making activities. Enjoy bands and musicians who play throughout the day to get the creative juices flowing. Admission is FREE.
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Enjoy bagpipe music and more at the 57th annual Long Island Scottish Festival and Games. Photo courtesy of Scottish Festival and Games
Long Island Scottish Festival and Games – Old Westbury
Saturday, August 26
The Highland Games celebrate Scottish culture on Long Island. Watch the caber toss, the putting of the stone, and the tossing of the sheaf. Enjoy bagpipe music, Highland dancing, and a shortbread baking competition. Admission is $20 for adults, and $8 for children; kids 6 and younger are FREE.
Shinnecock Indian Powwow — Southampton
Friday, September 2-Monday, September 5
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.
This article originally published in 2016. It was updated in June 2017.
Top photo: It's tug of war and more at Long Island's annual celebration of Scottish culture. Photo courtesy of Scottish Festival and Games