Weekend Fun: Festivals, Colonial Celebration, Grandparents Day

Things to Do For Kids and Families on Long Island, September 9-10

Festival season is in full swing with the Brookhaven Country Fair, the Dockside Family Festival and Hallockville's Fall Festival running all weekend long. Also, relive history at Raynham Hall Museum's Colonial Day. Boogie on down to Benner's Farm for its annual Fiddle and Folk Festival, or bring your kids' favorite grownups to the South Fork Natural History Museum for a free Grandparents Day celebration.

In the meantime, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. And our September GoList offers up fun, family events for the entire month.

Don't forget to check out our 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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All Weekend

Brookhaven Country Fair — Ridge
This event will include historic re-enactments and demonstrations, food, craft vendors, children's activities, a trade show, birds of prey, house tours, and visits to the Tesla Museum. 

Dockside Family Festival — Bay Shore
Visit Captree State Park for this nautical-themed festival. Enjoy crab races, live music, food, merchandise vendors, pony rides, boat rides, a magic show, interactive pirate show, and various displays for children. FREE

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Take a trip back to the North Fork's agricultural past at the Hallockville Fall Festival. 

Hallockville Fall Festival and Craft Show — Riverhead
Celebrate the rich folk art and agricultural traditions of the Riverhead community in a true, old-fashioned country fair. Enjoy animals, crafts, kids activities, tractors, and more.


Pick a peck of apples at the Harbes Apple Festival. Photo by the author

Apple Festival — Riverhead
Celebrate the approach of fall with a day of fun at Harbes Orchard, with apple picking, a corn maze, live music, pony rides, farm-fresh food, and more.  

Mix and Make Marvelous Fall Colors — Port Jefferson
Children visiting the Maritime Explorium become young scientists and artists as they create a seasonal work with paint.

Saturday, September 9


You can find Dory under the stars in Baldwin. Photo courtesy of Diney/Pixar

Movies in Baldwin Park — Baldwin
Watch Finding Dory under the stars. Bring chairs or a blanket and some picnic snacks. FREE

Tots-on-Track Grand Reopening — Bethpage
The reopening event of this kiddie play space includes a special visit from a princess, face painting, pizza and juice, a craft, and an open house. FREE

Open Studio for Families — Water Mill
Visitors to Parrish Art Museum can explore the galleries and use their imaginations to create art in a hands-on workshop. 

Family Yoga Workshop — Smithtown​
The Smithtown Historical Society offers body-bending fun for the whole family in this outdoor yoga session.

Sunday, September 10

Long Island Live Steamers — Brookhaven
Ride a mini-steam engine through tree-lined Southaven County Park. All aboard!

Art in the Park — Farmingdale
The village's annual Art In The Park celebration returns to the Village Green. Children through grade 5 are welcome to bring an 8 1/2 x 11" piece of art to be put on display. FREE

RELATED: More fall fairs and festivals for LI families   


Enjoy Colonial games, cooking, music, and more at Raynham Hall Museum's Colonial Day.

Colonial Day — Oyster Bay
Relive history at Raynham Hall Museum with costumed Colonial adult and child re-enactors. The 18th century comes to life with music, Colonial cooking demonstrations, and even musket firings. FREE

Fiddle and Folk Festival — East Setauket
This annual event hosted by Benner's Farm features music all day long. In the Kids Corner, enjoy stories, music, and a creative vortex. There will also be contra dance with a live band and caller.

Open House for Grandparents Day — Bridgehampton
On this special day, the folks at SoFo would love to meet grandparents and have them meet the animals and people at the museum. There will also be a special children’s storytime. FREE

Top photo: The Hallockville Fall Festival is a North Fork favorite. Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the events/venues

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