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LongIsland.com’s February 2018 Family Fun Guide: Festivals & Fairs, Black History Month, Valentine's Day, Super Bowl Parties & More!

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Make the most out of the year's shortest month by participating in the dozens of events scheduled across Nassau and Suffolk!

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Sledding is easily one of the winter's most enjoyable activities for all ages!

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As Long Island heads straight into the center of winter, one might think that chilly temperatures and snow would decrease the number of local events.  On the contrary, February is shaping up to be a month packed to the brim with fantastic family events and seasonal entertainment!  A variety of Fairs, Festivals, and Fun Events cover everything from town-organized gatherings to small fairs, providing Long Islanders with plenty of reasons to leave home and embrace the season.  Plus, staying warm will be as easy as heading to one of many Concerts and Performances happening this month and cheering on your favorite act.

Though it is the shortest month of the year, February has a surprising number of holidays and special events packed into just 28 days, including a variety of family events throughout the month to celebrate Black History Month.  In terms of single-day holidays, the fun begins on February 2nd with Groundhog Day, and Long Islanders will be gathering at local parks to get predictions from local favorites like Holtsville Hal and Malverne Mel! The Super Bowl kicks off on February 4th, and though the New York Giants and New York Jets won't be participating, there are still some great celebrations planned at local bars and restaurants!  Love will absolutely be in the air on February 14th for Valentine's Day, and venues across the island will be providing the settings for romantic evenings for local couples.

With all of these holidays and events to enjoy in just four short weeks, there is no time to delay!  Check out our guide below for a look at what's in store for Nassau and Suffolk in February!

Fairs, Festivals, and Fun Events
It may be one of the chilliest months of the year, but February has plenty of Fairs and Festivals to keep everyone active! Here are some events, both indoors and outdoors, that Long Islanders can look forward to attending.

Westbury Market Fair & Flea Market at NYCB Theatre - FREE!
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-669-7541
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Free Event

Head to NYCB Theatre's parking lot for the highest quality merchandise, original crafts, and vendors selling a variety of wares perfect for all ages and interests! Whether you're searching for a watch or a painting, the Westbury Market Fair has the one-of-a-kind items that you have been searching far and wide for!

Harborfrost at Sag Harbor Village - FREE!
Sag Harbor Village, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Saturday, February 24th, 1 PM - 6 PM
Free Event

A beloved winter tradition in Sag Harbor, Harborfest boasts a full day of family entertainment. From the plunge at Windmill Beach to benefit the Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps, to ice carving demonstations, the day will be packed with activities until Grucci's fireworks finale over the harbor.


Valentine’s Day Celebration at Walt Whitman Shops - FREE!
160 Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746
631-271-1746
Saturday, February 10th, 11 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

Walt Whitman Shops' retailers will be in the mall's center court for an afternoon of family activities and to help shoppers with Valentine's Day purchases.

Valentines Craft & Gift Show at Broadway Commons - FREE!
358 North Broadway Commons, Hicksville, NY 11801
516-317-7729
Saturday, February 10th, through Tuesday, February 14th, 10 AM - 9:30 PM
Free Event

Held in the center court of Broadway Commons, this Valentine's show will gather a number of local vendors for a show of handcrafted and unique gifts.

Hops & Props Craft Beer Festival at Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, NY 11530
315-471-9597
Saturday, February 10th, 7 PM - 10 PM
$20 - $85 Per Person

Over 100 delicious beers will be available for tasting at Hops & Props, an event that is beloved by beer enthusiasts across Long Island!

The Lynbrook Valentine's Gift & Craft Show at New York Elks Lodge #1 - FREE!
57 Hempstead Avenue, Lynbrook, NY 11563
516-644-5615
Sunday, February 11th, 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Free Event

Dozens of vendors and artisans will be at The Lynbrook Valentine's Gift & Craft Show to provide shoppers with a wide array of handcrafted merchandise and one-of-a-kind gifts.

Gourmet Food & Handmade Market at Simplay - FREE!
180 Commerce Drive, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-335-0653
Sunday, February 11th, 11 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

Whether you're looking for tasty treats, fresh vegetables, or unique design pieces for the home, the Gourmet Food & Handmade Market at Simplay is the place to shop at this February.

Gourmet Food & Handmade Market at Bethpage Village Restoration - FREE!
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804
631-335-0653
Saturday, February 24th, 11 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

Local vendors will be at Bethpage Village Restoration to offer a plentiful selection of pickles, gluten free products, spices, jewelry, crafts, and countless other goods.

2018 Lunar New Year Celebration at Tilles Center
720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548
516-299-3100
Sunday, February 25th, 12 PM - 6 PM
$18 - $88 Per Person

Chinese cuisine tasting, live dance and folk music performances, and crafting activities will all be featured at this special Lunar New Year event at Tilles Center.

Antiques, Collectibles & Everything Vintage Appraisal Day at Remember Yesteryears- FREE!
901 Montauk Highway, Oakdale, NY 11769
631-654-3052
Sunday, February 25th, 1 PM - 4 PM
Free Event

Those looking to have antiques and unique items appraised are invited to Remember Yesteryears special appraisal event in Oakdale.

AllPro Fishing Expo & Seminar at Hilton Hotel
598 Broad Hollow Road, Melville, NY 11747
844-462-5577
Sunday, February 25th, 9 AM - 5 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

121 miles from end-to-end ensures that there is plenty of fishing to be enjoyed on Long Island, and local fishing enthusiasts will be able to learn about new equipment at the AllPro Fishing Expo on February 25th.

Super Bowl Parties
The Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots may not be New York teams, but there are still some great times to be had this Super Bowl Sunday whether at a bar or family-oriented event!

Super Bowl Sunday at Library Cafe
274 Main Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735
516-752-7678
Sunday, February 4th at 6 PM
$40 Per Person

With an all-inclusive package that includes unlimited draft beer and wine, as well as a half time buffet, Farmingdale's Library Cafe is the place to be to watch the Philadelphia Eagles face off against the New England Patriots.

Kids' Super Bowl "Saturday" at Emma Clark Library - FREE!
120 Main Street, Setauket, NY 11733
631-941-4080
Saturday, February 3rd, 2 PM - 4 PM
Free Event

Emma Clark Library's Children's Department will come alive with bean bag toss games and paper flick football to get everyone in the football spirit.

Super Bowl Party at The Winner's Circle
39 Post Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590
516-997-4050
Sunday, February 4th, 3 PM - 7 PM
$10 Per Person

Combining a hustle and salsa dance party with a super bowl party, The Winner's Circle will be the place for music and football this Super Bowl Sunday.

7-in-Heaven Super Bowl Mingle at Hurricane Grill & Wings
127 East Montauk Highway, Lindenhurst, NY 11757
631-592-9804
Sunday, February 4th, 5 PM - 9 PM
$20 Per Person

Open to all ages, this singles gathering is an excellent way to spend Super Bowl Sunday with some new friends.

Super Bowl Party at Brumidi Lodge
2075 Deer Park Avenue, Deer Park, NY 11729
631-539-9113
Sunday, February 4th at 5:45 PM
$25 Per Person

Big screen TVs and plenty of snacks will provide the basis for a memorable Super Bowl party in Deer Park.

Super Bowl Sunday at Southside Bar and Restaurant
5 3rd Avenue, Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-665-9596
Sunday, February 4th at 6 PM
$40 Per Person

A half time buffet and unlimited draft beer and wine are two of the primary reasons to spend Super Bowl Sunday at Southside Bar & Restaurant.

Groundhog Day Events
Will spring be coming early this year or is winter here to stay?  Thankfully, with a number of local groundhogs, we will all know soon enough! There are also some great events that will allow children to learn about groundhogs and create crafts that will be treasured!

Groundhog Day with Holtsville Hal at Holtsville Ecology Site - FREE!
249 Buckley Road, Holtsville, NY 11742
Friday, February 2nd at 7 AM
Free Event

Holtsville Hal will be making his highly-anticipated appearance at the Holtsville Ecology Center on Groundhog Day! Find out if winter has just begun or if spring will be coming early!


23rd Annual Groundhog Celebration with Malverne Mel at Gazebo Park - FREE!
Hempstead Avenue and Utterby Road, Malverne, NY 11565
516-599-1200
Friday, February 2nd, 7 AM - 7:30 AM
Free Event

Sponsored by the Village of Malverne and the Malverne Civic Assosciation, this yearly celebration is centered around everyone's favorite groundhog, Malverne Mel.


It’s a Great Day To Be a Groundhog at Half Hollow Hills Community Library
55 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills, NY 11746
631-421-4530
Thursday, February 1st, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Head to Half Hollow Hills Community Library for a celebration of groundhogs that is open to children ages 3-5.

Groundhog Day at Smithtown-Kings Park Library
1 Church Street, Kings Park, NY 11754
631-360-2480 ext. 496
Thursday, February 1st, 4:15 PM - 4:45 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Children ages 5-8 are invited to mke a pop-up craft and enjoy a special story in celebration of Groundhog Day.

Groundhog Day at Staten Island Zoo
614 Broadway - West Brighton, Staten Island, NY 10310
718-442-3100
Friday, February 2nd at 7 AM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Chuck the Groundhog has a success rate of over 80% with his predictions, so he'll be a key groundhog to look out for this year!

Groundhog Gala at Sachem Public Library
150 Holbrook Road, Holbrook, NY 11741
631-588-5024
Saturday, February 3rd, 10 AM - 11:45 AM
See Event Listing For Pricing

There will be two sessions, ones for grades K-2 and 3-6, that will allow children to celebrate Groundhog Day with wonderful crafts.

Groundhog Day Fun at Longwood Public Library - FREE!
800 Middle Country Road, Middle Island, NY 11953
631-924-6400
Friday, February 2nd, 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Free Event

Children will learn about groundhogs in this interactive blend of art and story at Longwood Public Library.

Valentine's Day
Featuring both options for elegant evenings and casual dinners, Long Island venues will be hosting Valentine's Day events perfect for every couple! It certainly won't be difficult to notice the love in the air while enjoying some mouthwatering specialties!

Valentine's Day Specials at VIEW
3 Consuelo Place, Oakdale, NY 11769
631-589-2694
Wednesday, February 14th at 4 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Grilled Scottish salmon, root beer braised short ribs, and black peper crusted filet mignon are just some of the moutwatering entrees that VIEW will be serving up for couples on Valentine's Day.

ChocoVino at Long Island Aquarium
431 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-208-9200, ext. 426
Wednesday, February 14th at 8 PM
$195 Per Couple

The Long Island Aquarium knows that there probably isn't a netter way to spend Valentine's Day than with wine and chocolate, so they have combined the two and featured them in a delectable five-course dinner.


Celebrate Valentine's Day at Sandbar
55 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
631-498-6188
Wednesday, February 14th at 4 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Celebrate Valentine's Day with your special someone by indulging in an extensive menu of appetizers, entrees, and desserts at Sandbar in Cold Spring Harbor.

Valentine's Day Dinner at Desmond's
5720 Route 25A, Wading River, NY 11792
631-846-2335
Wednesday, February 14th, 4 PM - 9 PM
$39.95 Per Person

A three-course romantic dinner will be waiting to be enjoyed by couples this Valentine's Day at Desmond's. Choose from entrees like veal chops, herb roasted chicken breast, and double cut pork chops.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Jonathan’s Ristorante
15 Wall Street, Huntington, NY 11743
631-549-0055
Wednesday, February 14th at 5 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Featuring delicious dishes like Chilean sea bass and organic seared sea scallops, Jonathan’s Ristorante's special Valentine's Day menu is perfect for a special evening in Huntington.

7-in-Heaven Valentines Day Bar Crawl at Croxley's Ale House
190 Main Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735
631-592-9804
Wednesday, February 14th, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
$15 Per Person

Those who haven't found their special someone yet can have a great Valentine's Day at Croxley's Ale House thanks to an organized gathering by 7-in-Heaven.

Sapphire Princess Valentine's Day Cruise
11 Richmond Street, Freeport, NY 11520
516-623-5823
Wednesday, February 14th, 7 PM - 10 PM
$70 Per Person

Sapphire Yacht Charters will be taking Long Islanders on a relaxing evening cruise complete with unlimited champagne, dancing, desserts, DJ entertainment, and plenty of other things to look forward to.

Be My Valentine Dinner Dance at East Wind Long Island
5720 Route 25A, Wading River, NY 11792
631-929-6585
Friday, February 16th, 7 PM - 11 PM
$69.95 Per Person

A four-hour premium bar and music by Long Island Sound Entertainment will ensure that attendees to East Wind Long Island's Valentine's Day dinner dance will be entertained throughout the night.

A Valentine Stroll Partner Painting at Watami Restaurant
714 Montauk Highway, Moriches, NY 11955
Wednesday, February 14th at 7 PM
$45 Per Person

Enjoy delicious cocktails while you are guided through the steps of creating a work of art by a true professional.

Valentine's Day at Mirabelle Restaurant and Tavern
150 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-584-5999
Wednesday, February 14th
$69 Per Person

Mirabelle Restaurant and Mirabelle Tavern at the Three Village Inn will be offering a special prix fixe menu for Valentine's Day complete with dishes like grilled aged strip steak, maple glazed duck breast, and lobster ravioli.

Black History Month
Throughout the month of February, Long Islanders celebrate the contributions that African Americans have made to our society.  A selection of educational events and musical performances will allow participants to reflect on the influential figures in our history and understand the essential impact of their work and sacrificies.

27th Annual Black History Month Celebration at Brookhaven Town Hall - FREE!
1 Independence Hill, Farmingville, NY 11738
631-451-6174
Friday, February 2nd, 6 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

Each year, The Town of Brookhaven Black History Month Commission presents a special celebration for the public in honor of Black History Month at Brookhaven Town Hall.

The Don Hanson Quartet - Black History Month Concert at Hempstead Public Library - FREE!
115 Nichols Court, Hempstead, NY 11550
516-481-6990
Saturday, February 10th, 2 PM - 3:30 PM
Free Event

The Don Hanson Quartet will be performing their unique take on jazz music at Hempstead Public Library during this Black History Month event.

Black History Month Celebration at Half Hollow Hills Community Library - FREE!
55 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills, NY 11746
631-421-4530
Sunday, February 18th at 2 PM
Free Event

The Mothers Club of Wheatley Heights, Concerned Fathers Association and Half Hollow Hills Community LibraryMothers Club of Wheatley Heights, Concerned Fathers Association, and Half Hollow Hills Community Library will join together to present this special program featuring music and poetry.

Black History Month Documentary Screening: Hip Hop Evolution at Hempstead Public Library - FREE!
115 Nichols Court, Hempstead, NY 11550
516-481-6990
Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Free Event

The first two episodes of Hip Hop Evolution will be screened, providing audiences with a fascinating look at the history of the music genre.

KG Group Entertainment Honors Black History Month at Hempstead Public Library - FREE!
115 Nichols Court, Hempstead, NY 11550
516-481-6990 x5
Saturday, February 24th, 3 PM - 4 PM
Free Event

Uniondale High School alumni will celebrate Black History Month with a special program of songs, tributes, poetry, and dance.


Music, Art, & Concerts
Moving to the beat of the music is an excellent way to stay warm on those chilly February nights. Thankfully, a number of great local and national acts will be performing at local venues throughout the month!

Good Heart at Butterfields Restaurant
611 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-851-1507
Wednesday, February 28th, 6 PM - 9 PM
No Cover Charge

Enjoy a night of acoustic covers by Good Heart, including everything from Led Zeppelin and The Beatles, to Neil Young and Billy Joel.


SingStrong International A Cappella Music Festival at AUPAC
1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530
516-877-4000
Friday, February 9th through Sunday, February 11th
See Event Listing For Pricing

Back for a third year, the SingStrong International A Cappella Music Festival will feature five concerts, two days of classes, and a silent auction for charity.


The Mystic at Parlay Gastropub
210 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
516-282-9909
Thursdays, February 1st through February 22nd, 7 PM - 10 PM
No Cover Charge

Sam and Dennis of the Mystic will be performing unplugged at Parlay Gastropub every Thursday in February.

The Piano Man: Lee Alverson and Band at Bay Street Theater
1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
631-725-9500
Friday, February 2nd at 8 PM
$30 Per Person

Bay Street Theater and Sag Harbor Center for the Arts will be the place for an unforgettable night of Billy Joel and Jerry Lewis classics performed by Lee Alverson and Band.

Vito Genna at Mesita
212b Merrick Road, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
516-282-9909
Friday, February 2nd, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
No Cover Charge

Vito Genna will be performing at Mesita while diners enjoy 1/2 priced beer and wine, appetizer specials, and $5 margaritas.

Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot at Mulcahy's
3232 Railroad Avenue, Wantagh, NY 1179
516-783-7500
Saturday, February 3rd at 9:30 PM
$17 - $20 Per Person

Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot will be performing their unbelievably faithful renditions of Billy Joel tunes at Mulcahy's in Wantagh.

Even The Losers - A Tribute To Tom Petty at The Paramount
370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-673-7300
Thursday, February 8th at 8 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Celebrate the music and life of Tom Petty at The Paramount during this special evening with Even The Losers.

Popparazzi at Butterfields Restaurant
611 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-851-1507
Friday, February 9th at 9:30 PM
No Cover Charge

Five lead vocalists will perform the music of Sinatra, Joan Jett, Prince, Bon Jovi, Journey, and plenty of others.

Mortified Doomed Valentine’s Day Show at YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-969-1101
Friday, February 16th at 8 PM
$15 - $20 Per Person

A celebration of awkwardness and Valentine's Days gone wrong, the Mortified Doomed Valentine's Day Show promises to be a fascinating night of storytelling.

One and Doobie Others at The Space at Westbury
250 Post Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590
516-283-5566
Friday, February 16th at 8 PM
$25+ Per Person

Enjoy a night of Three Dog Night and Doobie Brothers music at The Space At Westbury during this tribute show.

Music At The Mansion - La Vie En Rose at Planting Fields
1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
516-922-8600
Friday, February 16th at 7 PM
$20 - $30 Per Person

Mixing French Chanson and Golden Age swing, La Vie En Rose Band will provide an evening of irresistible dance music at Planting Fields.

BonJourney and The Steel Silk Band at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
931 Montauk Highway, Oakdale, NY 11769
631-218-2810
Saturday, February 17th, 7 PM - 10 PM
$20 Per Person

Whether your jam is Livin' On A Prayer or Don't Stop Believin', there will be plenty of foot-tapping songs played during this special night of rock music.

Cinderella at YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-969-1101
Tuesday, February 20th at 11 AM
$12 Per Person

The beloved story of Cinderella will be brought to life at this family-friendly live show at YMCA Boulton Center in Bay Shore.

The Musical Box: Celebrating 50 Years of Genesis at NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-247-5200
Saturday, February 24th at 8 PM
$29.50+ Per Person

The Musical Box, a renowned tribute to Genesis, will be playing classic tunes from throughout the iconic band's catalogue.

Other February Fun Not To Miss
A plethora of holiday events may provide enough entertainment for the shortest month of the year, but there are plenty of other seasonal activities that are waiting to be enjoyed.  Here is just a sampling of what Long Islanders can look forward to!

Seals On The Shore? Go On A Seal Tour!
During their epic seasonal journey, seals tend to enjoy taking a breather and relaxing on Long Island's beaches.  As a result, there are a number of local cruises and walking tours that will guide locals to the majestic animals.

Stock Up On Fresh Food At A Winter Farmers Market
The freshest fruits and vegetables can be found throughout the year thanks to local producers gathering at winter farmers markets.  Whether looking for healthy ingredients or a sugary treat, all Long Islanders can treat their taste buds!

Prepare For The "I Do" At A Bridal Expo
The winter provides Long Island's numerous wedding venues with the opportunity to open their doors for informative wedding expos and bridal showcases.  A wide variety of wedding professionals will be on-hand at the events to ensure that couples have all the information needed to plan the wedding of their dreams.

 

What Events Are You Most Looking Forward To This February?
Let Us Know In The Comments Below!

 

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