That’s right, there are still a few more weeks of summer! That means you still have time before you have to start worrying about “back to school” and the hustle and bustle that Fall brings. Enjoy the present and make the most of these balmy summer days while you can. In fact, New York and Long Island are the most beautiful from late August until late October and there are many things to do that will help you get in some more memorable times with your family and friends. Read on for ways to keep you occupied and having fun:
Jones Beach Music-
Various Days Until September 4th
The bandshell is always a good time, as you listen to music while the sun sets in the background. Tonight brings the “King of the Parrotheads,” as Jimmy Buffet takes the stage at 7pm. Tomorrow night Ke$ha will perform, and Sunday brings the “Identity” festival with a full day of music. See the line-up for events for the rest of the summer.
The 20th Annual Seafood Festival- Long Island Maritime Museum
August 27th & 28th
A premier summer event on Long Island! Loads of fresh seafood, awesome bands, and hundreds of exciting vendors! Highlights include performances from Big Shot (a Billy Joel cover band), and Hotel California (An Eagles cover band). Click here for parking information. There are also free shuttles from various locations in Sayville, including the Sayville LIRR Train Station.
The Quiksilver Pro- New York– New York City and Long Beach, NY
The Quik Pro is the first major professional surfing tournament to be held on the East Coast of the United States, with the largest prize purse ever of $1,000,000. There are two different parts of the event, the actual surf site and then the festival, located between Edwards and Long Beach Blvd. The festival site will include live music, food, fashion and BMX and skate demos. Many visitors are expected to this event, so you are better off taking the Long Island Railroad to the Long Beach Station and taking the 6 minute walk to the beach, or taking the bus. See more details at the official Long Beach,NY website. See the event map here.
The Feast of San Gennaro- Little Italy, NYC
As if the streets of Little Italy were not enough, with their delicious restaurants and great atmosphere, The Feast of San Gennaro offers even more delicious food, musical entertainment and a cannoli eating contest.
Hofstra University’s Annual Italian Festival- Hofstra University, South Campus
This festival draws thousands of people from the tri-state area. It features food, vendors, handmade crafts, exhibits by cultural organizations, music, dance, poetry and much more for the entire family to enjoy! The Italian Experience has grown to be a popular Long Island tradition, celebrating Italy’s gifts of culture, education and commerce to America. Oh, and they will also have wine tasting.. Italian wine? Fuhgeddaboudit, I’m there.
Oyster Festival – Oyster Bay, Long Island
October 15th & 16th
Dubbed, “East Coast’s largest waterfront festival,” you really can’t beat a weekend in downtown Oyster Bay. This festival draws around 200,000 people per year who enjoy the live bands, arts and crafts booths, pirate shows, thrilling rides, and the iconic oyster eating and shucking contest. Volunteer chefs and culinary pros work together, cooking and serving dozens of unique oyster, clam and other seafood concoctions along with traditional festival foods. Did I mention that oysters are an aphrodisiac?
NYC Free Music Venues- Various locations and dates
There are many places to see free music in New York City. Visit this website to learn more.
These are just a few of the Feasts and Festivals that are here on Long Island and in New York City. Tired of the beach and barbecues? Try visiting one of the great festivals we’ve listed! And don’t forget, if you have any insurance questions, your friends at Mackoul are here to help! Enjoy the fun and feel free to leave us a comment if you enjoyed one of the festivals or if we’ve left some out.