Summer is wrapping up, the weather is starting to cool down, and, let’s face it, most kids are dreading the start of school. So why not make the transition to fall a bit easier by scheduling some fun, family events?
September weekends are the perfect time to take advantage of the many happenings around Long Island. Join in the celebrations of Native American culture and traditions and our famed maritime history; spend a day on the East End visiting the many farms; explore a museum; attend a fall festival; or discover the island’s natural beauty.
Whatever you choose, your family is bound to have fun, learn something different, and make new memories. Here is our list of some of the best ways to keep your family happily entertained this month.
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Watch as Native American culture comes alive at the Shinnecock Indian Powwow. Photo courtesy of the tribe
Shinnecock Indian Powwow — Southampton
Friday, August 31-Monday, September 3
Help your children discover the rich history of the Shinnecock Nation at its annual powwow, one of the largest Native American gatherings on the East Coast. Enjoy competitive and ceremonial dances, prayers, music, arts and crafts, food, and much more.
Fishing at the Fish Hatchery — Cold Spring Harbor
All month long, check for times
Go fishing for trout at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery. Fish caught must be taken home (fee for caught fish). Bring your own equipment or you can rent.
Flutterby Butterfly — Oakdale
Saturday, September 1
There is a bevy of beautiful butterflies to see and learn about at Connetquot River State Park Preserve.
Concerts at Coe Hall — Oyster Bay
Saturdays, September 1, 8
Pack a picnic, bring your chairs, and head to Planting Fields Arboretum to listen to music under the stars. Food and drinks can be purchased at the park.
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Learn about the artist, then take part in a drip painting workshop at the Jackson Pollock House. Photo courtesy of the event
Jackson Pollock Painting Workshop — East Hampton
Saturdays, September 1, 8, 15
Learn all about artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner as you take a guided tour of their former studio and home. Kids can participate in a drip painting workshop and take home a finished work of art.
Snapper Derby — Hampton Bays
Sunday, September 2
Free bait, tackle, and poles for kids who participate in the Molnar’s Landing annual snapper derby. Afterward, families can join in the pot-luck barbecue.
Old Time Base Ball — Old Bethpage
Sundays, September 2, 9, 16, 23; Saturdays, September 15, 22, 29
Cheer on the boys as they play "base ball" just as it was played in the 19th century, complete with vintage uniforms.
Polo at the Park — Bethpage
Sundays, September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Watch a professional polo match at Bethpage State Park. Spectators can enjoy from the VIP tent or tailgate and picnic on the grandstand side.
Harbes Orchard Apple Festival — Riverhead
Saturday, September 8-Sunday, September 9
Pick your own apples plus much more, including family-friendly competitions, a corn maze, archery, and sword fighting, and costumed characters.
Long Island Live Steamers — Brookhaven
Sundays, September 9 & 30
Hop on one of Long Island Live Steamers’ steam, diesel, or electric trains and take a ride along the eight acres of scale tracks. There is a snack and souvenir shop on site.
Colonial Day at Raynham Hall Museum — Oyster Bay
Sunday September 9
Discover how Long Islanders lived in the 18th century as adults and children dress in Colonial garb, re-enacting how life was back then. Complete with period music, cooking, and military demonstrations.
Annual Dragon Boat Race Festival — Port Jefferson
Saturday, September 15
Watch as the dragon boat race teams compete. The festival includes a celebration of Asian culture through performing arts, educational events, and food. FREE
Astronomy Nights at Sagamore Hill — Oyster Bay
Saturday, September 15
Gaze through a telescope at the stars and the skies as you listen to a presentation by representatives from the Amateur Observers Society of New York. Bring flashlights, refreshments, chairs, and blankets. FREE
Culper Spy Day — Setauket-East Setauket
Saturday, September 15
Learn about the spies of the Revolutionary War at the fourth annual Culper Spy Day. The event features period demonstrations, activities, tours, and other spy-themed events.
Long Island Garlic Festival — Riverhead
Saturday, September 15-Sunday, September 16
If your family loves all things garlic, this festival at the Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market is for you. If you’re feeling brave, enter the Garlic Eating Contest or Junior Garlic Iron Chef competition.
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Beware of the "pirates" in Greenport during the Maritime Festival. Photo courtesy of the village of Greenport
Greenport Maritime Festival — Greenport
Friday, September 21-Sunday, September 23
A parade down Main Street kicks of this weekend-long event that features boat displays, water sports, model ship building, fishing, food, crafts, and more. There are plenty of kid-friendly events, including the children’s breakfast on Sunday morning, where you just might spot some mermaids and pirates.
Egyptian Festival — Woodbury
Friday, September 21-Sunday, September 23; Friday, September 28-Sunday, September 30
This festival, at St. Mark's Coptic Church, celebrates Egyptian food, culture, traditions, and more.
SeaFaire at The Whaling Museum — Cold Spring Harbor
Saturday, September 29
Discover Long Island’s maritime history with the help of visiting artisans, who will demonstration such things as candle-dipping, weaving, boat building, and scrimshaw.
Amazing Monarchs at Jones Beach — Wantagh
Sunday, September 30
Enjoy this great opportunity to learn about monarch butterflies and the amazing story of their annual migration.