Weekend Fun: Beach Feast, Art Fest, Pirates, Wii Contest

Shine bright at Lighthouse Weekend in Montauk this weekend, but beware of pirate visitors. At Garden of Eve farm in Riverhead, celebrate all things tomato while visiting resident farm animals, climbing a spider web rope, and much more. 

Check out our August GoList for the best family events throughout the rest of the month. For more seasonal activities, pop over to our Summer Fun Guide or our day trips guide. Check out our guides to Long Island playgrounds or amusement parks and water parks for more family adventures.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Don't forget to check out our new local DEALS page, where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for LI kids. Check back often as we're constantly adding more.

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Celebrate Montauk Point Lighthouse this weekend. Photo by Lucas Klappas/CC BY 2.0

Lighthouse Weekend — Montauk
Visit Montauk Point Lighthouse for Colonial games, leather making and traditional pottery. Watch for a visit from some rowdy pirates and the 1776 militia. FREE

Tomato Fest — Riverhead
Taste 20 or more kinds and colors of tomatoes and judge which ones you like best at Garden of Eve. Watch salsa making, enjoy hayrides and more. FREE

Elephant & Piggie's: We Are in a Play — Smithtown
This musical experience, taken from the pages of Mo Willems' beloved children's books, will leave audiences doing the "Flippy Floppy Floory" dance all night long.

Freckleface Strawberry — Northport
Freckleface Strawberry will do anything to get rid of her freckles—from scrubbing them with soap to caking on makeup. Watch her antics at the John W. Engeman Theater.

See all events happening this weekend.

Saturday, August 19


The bees will keep you busy at Nissequogue River State Park. Photo via Unsplash

Busy Bees — Kings Park
Head to Nissequogue River State Park and discover the buzz on bees and the important role they play in our environment. 

BeachFeast — Port Washington
Enjoy a seaside festival of music, food, and more at North Hempstead Beach Park.

Observing Endangered Piping Plovers — Sagaponack
Join nature educators from the South Fork Natural History Museum as they explain the life of a piping plover. After a short talk, visitors head out and (hopefully) observe some chicks. At the end of the program, children receive piping plover games and activities to take home.

Lil' Yogis — Bridgehampton
This parent-child combo yoga class uses playful and creative ways for children to exercise and explore their minds, bodies, and spirits. The use of animated poses and stretches promotes strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance.

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Sunday, August 20

Long Island Sound and Art Festival — Northport
Wander around Northport Village Park and take in the sights and sounds of the artists around you. FREE

Nature Sundays for Children — Oyster Bay
Flutter around Planting Fields Arboretum and learn about the butterflies that flit among us. FREE

Imagination Station — Old Westbury
This drop-in play space at Old Westbury Gardens gives children the opportunity to use their imaginations. Interactive toy materials are provided, allowing children to make their own fun. 

Spectacular Sand — Cold Spring Harbor
Explore the word of sand and create a sand-art masterpiece at The Whaling Museum & Education Center.

Art With a Partner — Dix Hills
Special-needs children can join with a loved one in creating something beautiful at The Art League of Long Island. Using multiple mediums, each young person goes home with a completed craft.

Super Smash Bros is bound to be, well, a smash. Photo courtesy of Nintendo

Super Smash Bros 4 Wii Tournament — Garden City
Test your skills against others at Long Island's premiere Smash Bros 4 tournament at the Cradle of Aviation. This is your time to shine.

Polo at the Park — Bethpage
Enjoy the sport of kings on the sprawling grounds of Bethpage State Park. Make a day of it with the family; bring a tailgate or picnic.

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Top photo: It's Lighthouse Weekend in Montauk Point. Photo courtesy of the Montauk Lighthouse

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