20+ things to do this Memorial Day weekend on Long Island

As the weather warms, Long Islanders prepare to celebrate Memorial Day weekend. But what is there to do? This unofficial start to summer offers a ton of outdoor entertainment from the Bethpage Air Show in Jones Beach to a new Paddle Pub in Huntington, plus a host of live entertainment at venues across Nassau and Suffolk.

Here are some suggestions to start the season:


Paddle Pub Long Island, Patchogue, is a paddle boat for the ultimate party on the water. Photo
Credit: Paddle Pub Long Island

Sign up for a paddle pub visit Huntington or Patchogue where you can help fuel the boat via hawker stations while partying on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday at various times. ($45-$65, 631-778-1433, paddlepub.com)

Grab a rod and reel for lucky fishing on one of Captain Lou’s charter boats or go on a whale watching cruise, both launched from Freeport’s Nautical Mile on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. (lucky shot) or Monday at 10 a.m. (whale watching). ($55 per person for whip fishing, $75 per person for whale watching, 516-623-5823, captloufleet.com)

Embark for two hours sunset cruise in Montauk waters with MTK Cruises on Sunday or Monday at 6:30 p.m. or book a Montauk swimming excursion, which includes a two-hour boat rental and a 20-foot water trampoline. ($300 for two people, 631-668-8079, cruisemontauk.com)


Farmer Fred races pigs at the Barnyard Adventure in Harbes...

Farmer Fred races pigs on the Barnyard Adventure at the Harbes family farm in Mattituck.
Credit: Jeffrey Basinger

Take the kids to Herbes Farm to Mattituck for the Barnyard adventure with goat mountain slides, super silo obstacle course, gnome hedge maze, duck racing games and more all weekend long. ($23.95 per person, Harbes Family Farm, 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck, 631-482-7641, harbesfamilyfarm.com)

Relax at the picnic tables Apulian vineyards in Cutchogue enjoying wine while listening to April Rain on Sundays or Brian Dwyer on Mondays from 1-5pm and feeding the fish in the property’s pond. (Free admission, 34515 Main Road, Cutchogue, 631-734-4057, pugliesevineyards.com)

Lunch at Jamesport Vineyards where the bar serves wine by the glass accompanied by more than 10 personal gourmet pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven and served outdoors in the Little Oak wood-fired kitchen. (Free admission, 1216 Main Road in Jamesport, 631-722-5256, jamesportwines.com)

Relax in an Adirondack chair on the lawn of Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. in Peconic while enjoying cold craft beers while watching bands like the Second Hands Band on Fridays from 4-7 p.m., the Noiz Band on Saturdays from 5-8 p.m. or the Real East End Brass Band on Sundays from 3-6 p.m. (42155 Main Road to Peconic, 631-477-1100, greenportharborbrewing.com)

Take a wine tour at Pindar vineyards at Peconic Saturday and Sunday at noon and 2:30 p.m. ($35 per person, 37645 Main Road in Peconic, 631-734-6200, pindar.net)


See comedian Jim Breuer perform at Paramount in Huntington.

See comedian Jim Breuer perform at Paramount in Huntington.
Credit: Yvonne Albinowski

Laughing Comedian Comedy Styles Jim Breuer at Paramount at Huntington Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. ($29.50-$120, 370 New York Ave., Huntington, 631-673-7300, paramountny.com)

Discover psychedelic blues with a guitarist Kerry Kerney via Eppy Presents Live at the Metropolitan in Glen Cove on Fridays at 8 p.m. ($20-$30, 3 Pratt Blvd. Glen Cove, 516-671-4444, eppypresents.com)

Taste the countryside with the triple bill of Chris Young, Mitchell Tenpenny and Ernest at the Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater at Bald Hill in Farmingville on Saturdays at 5 p.m. ($35 to $70, 1 ski run in Farmingville, 631-676-7500, licommunityhospitalamp.com)

Enjoy the stand-up of Paula Poundstone at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor on Saturdays at 8 p.m. ($89-$129, 1 Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, 631-725-9500, baystreet.org)

Go wild with the BoDeans at the Suffolk Theater at Riverhead on Saturdays at 7 p.m. ($45-$55, 118 East Main St., Riverhead, 631-727-4343, suffolktheater.com)

Honor active-duty U.S. service members, veterans, and their families at “Side By Side: A Celebration of Service” concert featuring the singer/songwriter John Legend at UBS Arena at Belmont Park in Elmont on Sundays at 7:30 p.m. with special guest Jason Derulo. ($55-$210, 2400 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, 516-460-8950, ubsarena.com)


WildPlay Zipline and Adventure Park at Jones Beach State Park.

WildPlay Zipline and Adventure Park at Jones Beach State Park.
Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Look up into the sky and be amazed by the Bethpage Air Show featuring the United States Navy Blue Angels at Jones Beach State Park Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ($10 parking fee, 631-321-3510, bethpageairshow.com)

Get active on the adventure course, bungee jumping and zipline at Wild game at Jones Beach State Park at Wantagh. ($14.99-$39.99, 2600 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, 1-800-668-7771, wildplay.com)

Attend a morning yoga class with Cyndy Sotomayer at Field 2 on Robert Moses State Park Beach in Babylon Saturday and Sunday at 7 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. ($20, 631-359-6054, myyogawithcyndy.com)

Take part in sportsYou Summer Swing Beach Volleyball Tournament at Laurelton Boulevard Beach in Long Beach Saturday and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. ($70 per team in advance, $80 after 6 p.m. Friday, 631-355-1293, volleyballamerica.com)

Dine al fresco actually on The Boat Yard beach overlooking TOBAY Beach in Massapequa or Katch in Lindenhurst on the Great South Bay. (The Boat Yard, 1 Ocean Parkway in Massapequa, 516-324-8474, theboatyardny.com, Katch, 850 Venetian Blvd. at Lindenhurst, katchli.com)


Bryan Landsberg originally from Riverhead and now in Astoria, Queens...

Bryan Landsberg, originally from Riverhead and now in Astoria, Queens, creates an original chalk drawing at the 18th Annual Community Mosaic Festival in Riverhead.
Credit: Randee Daddona

Visit the East End Art Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival at Riverhead to enjoy food, live entertainment, artisan vendors, kids’ area, or purchase an artist spot ($20 in advance, $25 the day of the event while supplies last) inventory) Sunday 12-5 p.m. (East Main St., Riverhead, 631-727-0900, eastendarts.org)

Encourage him Long Island Ducks baseball team as they take on the Gastonia Honey Hunters Friday at 6:35 p.m., Saturday at 6:35 p.m. (with postgame fireworks), Sunday at 1:35 p.m. and Monday at 1:35 p.m. at Fairfield Properties Ballpark in Central I’m Sliding. ($15-$17, 3 Court House Drive, Central Islip, 631-940-3825, liducks.com)

Watch the School Bus Number 8 Race at Riverhead Tour Saturdays at 6 p.m. ($40 adults, $10 children 6-12, 1797 Old Country Road in Riverhead, 631-842-7223, riverheadraceway.com)

Hit it Ronkonkoma Street Fair with live entertainment, kiddie rides, arts and crafts and more than 200 vendors on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Hawkins Avenue in Ronkonkoma, 631-963-2796, ronkonkomachamber.com)

Join the Memorable 10 mile runwhich goes down to West Park Avenue and Magnolia Boulevard in Long Beach on Sunday at 8 a.m. ($30 in advance before 4 p.m. Friday, $40 on race day, 516-431-1000, longbeachny.gov/races)

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