Celebrate a bit of multicultural Long Island this weekend. From Scotland to Peru, Greece, and even the ancient kingdom of Persia, entertain your kids with a host of ethnic festivals.
Sample the haggis while enjoying a Highland fling; maybe even toss the caber at the Scottish Festival and Highland Games in Old Westbury. Treat your kids to ceviche and more at the SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival in Garden City, or souvlaki and traditional dancing at Greekfest 2017 in Port Jefferson. In Port Washington, enjoy Persian pop with singer Sepideh.
Long Island's melting pot continues next weekend with the annual Shinnecock Powwow in Southampton. In the meantime, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. And our August GoList offers up more fun, family events for the final weekend of the month.
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Greekfest 2017 — Port Jefferson
From Thursday through Sunday, celebrate Hellenic culture in downtown Port Jeff. Enjoy dancing, guided church tours, carnival rides, games, Greek food, and fireworks at 9:30pm on Friday and Saturday.
Railroad Festival — Riverhead
It's the Railroad Museum of Long Island's annual celebration, with model trains, replica train cars, traditional railroad music and food. Ride the LIRR "Scoot" train at 11:20 am to the museum's Greenport facility, returning by 2 pm.
SUMAQ Peruvian Food Festival —Garden City
Join more than 20 vendors in a celebration of Peruvian cuisine and culture at the Cradle of Aviation.
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It's the final weekend to watch Freckleface in Northport. Photo courtesy of the theater.
Freckleface Strawberry — Northport
Freckleface will do whatever she can to lose her freckles. Will she succeed? It's the final weekend to find out at the John W. Engeman Theater.
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Saturday, August 26
Amazing Louie Magic Show — East Farmingdale
Join Louie and special guest magician and escape artist Thomas Solomon for an afternoon of tricks and more.
Back to School Bash — Lake Grove
It’s nearly that time again: Enjoy kids activities, face painting, and a chance to meet Long Island Ducks mascot Quacker Jack before the classroom beckons. FREE
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You're never too young to learn the ancient game of chess. Photo courtesy of the Children's Museum of the East End
ChessFest — Bridgehampton
Join the Children's Museum of the East End in its inaugural celebration of the ancient game. Enjoy games for players of all abilities; a group of kids will even take on a grand master.
Long Island Scottish Festival and Highland Games — Old Westbury
Join Clan MacDuff in its annual celebration of Scottish culture. Enjoy haggis, traditional dance and games, and, of course, bagpipes.
Nature Quest — Smithtown
Caleb Smith State Park Preserve has a scavenger hunt planned. Just what might you come up with?
Wet & Wild — Oakdale
It only sounds like a water park. It’s actually a tour of the marine ecosystem at Connetquot River State Park. Dress for wading, and bring sunscreen, a towel, and water shoes.
See all Saturday events.
Sunday, August 27
Children’s Discovery Trail — Bethpage
Explore the redesigned, self-guided trail at Bethpage State Park, featuring exciting new stops and a host of activities just for kids. FREE
Imagination Station — Old Westbury
This drop-in play space at Old Westbury Gardens gives children the opportunity to challenge their imaginations.
Long Island Live Steamers — Brookhaven
All aboard at Southaven County Park as the steam train enthusiasts have another public run.
Enjoy the sounds of Sepideh in Port Washington. Photo courtesy of the Town of North Hempstead
Sunday at the Beach — Port Washington
Singer Sepideh brings her Persian pop to North Hempstead Beach Park at 5:30 pm.
See all Sunday events.
Top photo: Enjoy an old-fashioned tug of war at the Scottish festival in Old Westbury. Photo courtesy of Scottish Festival and Games