Weekend Fun: Maritime Fest, Museum Day, Bull Riding

Professional bull riders buck into Long Island this weekend, providing extreme sport and fun for attendees. Otherwise, set sail for the Maritime Festival in Greenport. Or hit up a host og  Long Island museums for FREE admission during the Smithsonian Museum's Day Live.

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.

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Experience marine life in the touch tank at the Greenport Maritime Festival.

Greenport Maritime Festival — Greenport
Avast ye land-lubbers! Starting on Friday evening, visitors can expect a display of classic wooden boats, kayak races, water sport demos, wood carving, and more. A parade marches through downtown Greenport on Saturday morning. 

Festival by the Sea — Long Beach
The festival’s youthful flavor is highlighted by puppet shows, circus performers, animal acts, pony rides, cool sciencem and a petting zoo. Guests can stroll the boardwalk to water’s edge to “dig” the sand castle contest. FREE

Nassau Hook & Ladder Carnival — Valley Stream
Visit Hendrickson Park for a weekend of carnival games, rides, fair food, and more. FREE

The Science of Harvest — Port Jefferson
Visit the Maritime Explorium, where children can explore nature’s bounty in New York—apples.

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Thrill to the best bucking bovines when bull riding headlines Nassau Coliseum. Photo courtesy of PBR

Professional Bull Riding — Uniondale
Nassau Coliseum wil host the world’s top bull riders and bovine athletes in this special extreme sports weekend run.

LI Kids Consignment Sale — Garden City
Shop bottom-line prices on all kids items, including blankets, games, toys, strollers, and more.

Fall Festival at Hicks Nurseries — Westbury
Family fun returns to Hicks Nurseries with hayrides, roasted corn, live animals, pumpkins, and more. View the all-animated, walk-through story Otto’s Halloween. Through October 29. FREE

Cinderella KIDS — Northport
Poor Cinderella is endlessly mistreated by her wicked stepmother and stepsisters, and denied a chance to go to the royal ball. With a little help from her mice friends—and a lot of help from her fairy godmother—Cinderella's dreams come true. Performed on stage by local teens. Through October 29.

Beauty & The Beast Jr. — Smithtown
Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr., a story of transformation and tolerance, hits the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts through Oct. 9.

Saturday, September 23

Smithsonian Museum Day Live — Nassau and Suffolk counties
Visit a host of Long Island museums, including the Walt Whitman Birthplace, Sagtikos Manor, Gregory Museum, Hecksher Museum of Art, Coe Hall, and more as part of this nationwide event. FREE

Wildwood Fall Festival — Wading River
Vendors, rides, and games fill the air at this Wildwood State Park fall festival. Enjoy a magic show, crafts and even a children's doughnut eating contest. FREE

RELATED: Our guide to autumn adventures on Long Island


The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival delights at Planting Fields.

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival — Oyster Bay
Chinese arts and crafts booths, cultural exhibits, children’s activities, pony rides, a petting zoo and more nonstop entertainment are on tap for this celestial celebration at Planting Fields Arboretum.

Scrimshaw Carving Workshop — Cold Spring Harbor
Visit The Whaling Museum & Education Center to see how whalers carved scrimshaw as a leisure activity during their global voyages. Kids can create a personalized scrimshaw-style keepsake.

Rock Painting & Hunting Event — Port Washington
Rock out at Port Washington's first rock painting party and help create more than 1,000 new rocks to share and hide throughout the neighborhood and surrounding areas.

Family Paint Night — Sayville
Mini Monet hosts a guided paint night event for families. Create a one-of-a-kind artwork in a relaxed setting. 

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Sunday, September 24

DRAW OUT! — Huntington
This community event celebrates artistic creativity for visitors of all ages. Expect an array of drawing and collage activities at Heckscher Museum, on the terrace, and in Heckscher Park. FREE

RELATED: The best corn mazes for LI kids to explore


Play Colonial-era games at the Caleb Smith Fall Festival.

Caleb Smith Fall Festival — Smithtown
Learn about nature and the historic past of Caleb Smith State Park and Preserve. Kids can even fish with FREE bait and tackle. Pumpkins are FREE for kids 12 and younger. Naturalists will give tours, and there also will be live music, face painting and Colonial crafts and games.

Story Time & Craft — Port Washington
Author Billy Bloom reads aloud his book Walter and the Wallet. Stay at the Dolphin Bookshop afterward for a craft. FREE

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Top photo: Greenport's Maritime Festival features a colorful parade on Saturday morning. Unless noted, photos courtesy of the festivals/venues.

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