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LongIsland.com’s February 2019 Family Fun Guide: Festivals, Valentine's Day, Black History Month, Super Bowl Celebrations & More!

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There may be only 28 days in February, but there are dozens of fantastic events across LI that families are not going to want to miss!

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There is plenty of fun to be had on Long Island after a snowfall!

Photo by: Victoria Borodinova via Pixabay

Frigid temperatures and frequent snow accumulation can usually place February at the center of a Long Island winter.  In other parts of the country, this might be an occasion to batten down the hatches and bundle up until the spring.  Not on Long Island, though!  An events calendar overflowing with fantastic activities for all ages ensures that there is always something to enjoy, regardless of whether you want to be indoors or outdoors.  Kicking things off is an excellent selection of Fairs and Festivals, which give locals an opportunity to engage with the community and create lasting family memories.  As dancing can certainly help one stay warm and fend off the winter blues, there are plenty of exciting Concerts to check out throughout the month as well.

Though February is the shortest month of the year, a number of holidays are packed into a rather short amount of time!  The fun begins on February 2nd, where local heroes like Malverne Mel and Holtsville Hal will be emerging from their burrows to make their Groundhog Day predictions.  The following day, the New England Patriots will be facing off against the Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl LII, so be sure to head to a local bar to catch the game with some tasty buffalo wings.  Valentine's Day falls soon after that, and local restaurants and bars will be offering some great specials to help lovebirds celebrate the romantic holiday.  February is also Black History Month, with numerous events giving Long Islanders a chance to commemorate the incredible African Americans that influenced our collective history.

28 days doesn't offer too much time to fit in all of these exciting activities, so be sure to plan out a schedule now for attending as many of the following upcoming events as possible!


Fairs, Festivals, and Fun Events
Whether you're looking to shop for unique crafts, take in a live performance, or participate in a terrific seasonal celebration, there are some great festivals and fairs happening throughout Nassau and Suffolk this month!

Westbury Market Fair & Flea Market at NYCB Theatre - FREE!
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-669-7541
Re-Opening on March 3rd For An Exciting 2019 Season!
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!

Sag Harbor's HarborFrost - FREE!
1 Long Wharf, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Saturday, February 23rd, 1 PM - 6 PM
Free Event

Featuring an afternoon overflowing with ice carving demonstrations, live music, and fire jugglers, HarborFrost gives Long Islanders an irresistible reason to brave the winter cold and enjoy the company of friends and family.


2019 Chinese New Year at WHMO's Educational and Cultural Center
97 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-689-5888
Saturday, February 2nd, 1 PM - 4 PM
$12 Adults / $10 Kids & Seniors (Advanced Registration Required)

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with the Ward Melville Heritage Organization. Dances, kung-fu demonstrations, drumming, and crafts will be enjoyed by participants.

Glen Cove High School Craft and Gift Fair at Glen Cove High School - FREE!
150 Desoris Lane, Glen Cove, 11542 NY
516-987-3615
Saturday, February 2nd, 9 AM - 4 PM
Free Event

Glen Cove High School will be hosting a special craft fair to support the school's music and performing arts programs.

Gourmet Food Market at Old Bethpage Village Restoration - FREE!
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804
631-335-0653
Saturday, February 9th, 11 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

Local food vendors will gather at Old Bethpage Village Restoration to sell baked goods, pickles, and even clothing and jewelry.

Valentine's Bazaar at Yaphank Presbyterian Church Community Center - FREE!
65 Main Street, Yaphank, NY 11980
631-375-5116
Saturday, February 9th, 10 AM - 4 PM
Free Event

Regardless of the person being shopped for, the Valentine's Bazaar in Yaphank will have unique gifts for all ages and tastes.

Hops & Props Craft Beer Festival at Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, NY 11530
315-471-9597
Saturday, February 9th, 7 PM - 10 PM
$20 - $85 Per Person

Dozens of craft breweries will be at the Cradle of Aviation for an evening of beer samplings and tasty foods. Beer lovers will revel in the ability to choose from more than 100 different beers.

19th Annual Winter Festival at Levittown Hall - FREE!
201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville, NY 11801
516-735-5901
Saturday, February 16th, 11:30 AM - 4 PM
Free Event

This seasonal celebration has been a staple of the Levittown community for nearly two decades thanks to entertainment for both the young and young at heart.

Camellia Festival at Planting Fields Arboretum
1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
516-922-8600
Sunday, February 17th, 11 AM - 4 PM
Free Activities at Camellia House / $10 Entrance Fee for Coe Hall Activities

Planting Fields Arboretum's Camellia Festival will feature plenty of activities for children and adults alike. Live steel drum music, magic show, watercolor workshop, and more.

Marine Mammals Festival at Jones Beach State Park
Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
516-780-3295
Saturday, February 23rd, 10 AM - 4 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Children and adults will learn all about marine animals through interactive activities and a walk along Jones Beach to spot some wintering seals.

Super Bowl Parties
Sure, there might not be any New York teams facing off in Super Bowl LII, but the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams should put on quite the spectacle! A number of local bars and restaurants will be offering food and drink specials throughout the big game, as well as some family-friendly events for all.

Super Bowl Sunday at Library Café
274 Main Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Sunday, February 3rd, 5 PM - 10 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

From mini burger sliders and slow smoked BBQ rib tips, to exttreme Southwestern nachos and buffalo wings, Library Cafe is where you'll find tasty snacks to enjoy during the Super Bowl.

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

Event the littlest football fans will be able to enjoy games and win raffle prizes during this family-friendly event at Emma Clark Library.

Super Bowl Sunday at Post Office Cafe
130 West Main Street, Babylon, NY 11702
631-669-9224
Sunday, February 3rd, 5 PM - 10 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Watch the New England Patriots take on the Los Angeles Rams while enjoying wings and beer at Babylon's Post Office Cafe.

7-in-Heaven Super Bowl Party for Singles at Hurricane Grill & Wings
127 East Montauk Highway, Lindenhurst, NY 11757
631-592-9804
Sunday, February 3rd, 5 PM - 9 PM
$20 Per Person

Those looking to enjoy the big game in the company of other singles will not want to miss this event at Hurricane Grill & Wings, which will feature prizes, Super Bowl boxes, appetizers, and more.

Super Bowl Sunday at Finnegan’s
5 Wall Street, Huntington, NY 11743
631-423-9696
Sunday, February 3rd, 3 PM - 10 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Trays of buffalo and boneless wings will be served up during Finnegan's Super Bowl Sunday "Wings To Go" special.

Super Bowl Sunday at Simplay
180 Commerce Drive, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-617-6363
Sunday, February 3rd, 5 PM - 10 PM
See Event Listing For P
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Not only will all of the TVs in Simplay will be showing the big game, but the facility will also have private rooms available for watching the action on 190-inch projection screens.

Super Bowl Party at Brumidi Lodge
2075 Deer Park Avenue, Deer Park, NY 11729
631-539-9113
Sunday, February 3rd at 5:45 PM
$25 Per Person (Free for Children)

Head to Brumidi Lodge in Deer Park for a Super Bowl party that features snacks, appetizers, beer, and soda.

Groundhog Day Events
Are Long Islanders going to be graced with some early spring weather, or is winter here to stay?  Local groundhogs will be making their predictions on February 2nd!

24th Annual Groundhog Celebration with Malverne Mel - FREE!
480 Hempstead Avenue, Malverne, NY 11565
Saturday, February 2nd, 7 AM - 8:30 AM
Free Event

Malverne Mel will be making his annual appearance to predict whether or not spring will be coming early. Live entertainment by Banjo Rascals, refreshments, prizes, and more.


Groundhog Day Celebration with Holtsville Hal at Holtsville Ecology Site - FREE!
249 Buckley Road, Holtsville, NY 11742
631-451-9276
Saturday, February 2nd, 7 AM - 11 AM
Free Event

Is winter here to stay or will spring be coming early this year? Only Holtsville Hal has the answer, so be sure to head to the Holtsville Ecology Site to find out.

Groundhog Day Puppets at Half Hollow Hills Community Library Melville Branch - FREE!
510 Sweet Hollow Road, Melville, NY 11747
631-421-4535
Friday, February 1st, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Free Event (Registration Required)

Celebrate Groundhog Day by creating a puppet and listening to stories about the furry friends.

Groundhog Fun at Amityville Public Library - FREE!
19 John Street, Amityville, NY 11701
631-264-0567
Friday, February 1st, 4 PM - 5 PM
Free Event (Registration Required)

Children (pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade) will learn about what makes groundhogs special and enjoy stories and crafts.

Groundhog Day at Quogue Library - FREE!
90 Quogue Street, Quogue, NY 11959
631-653-4224
Saturday, February 2nd, 8:30 AM - 10 AM
Free Event (Registration Required)

Celebrate Groundhog Day with a special community event at Quogue Library on Saturday, February 2nd.

Groundhog Day Party at Huntington Public Library - FREE!
338 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
Saturday, February 2nd at 9:30 AM
Free Event (Registration Required)

Kids will be able to celebrate Groundhog Day at Huntington Public Library with treats, stories, and crafts.

Groundhog Day - Cult Cafe at Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-423-7611
Saturday, February 2nd at 10 PM
Members $5 | Public $7

Enjoy a special screening of Groundhog Day, the 90s classic starring Bill Murray, at the Cinema Arts Centre in Huntington.

Searching for Sweetbriar Sam at Sweetbriar Nature Center
62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown, NY 11787
631-979-6344
Sunday, February 3rd at 1 PM
$10 Children / $5 for Adults ($2 Scout Discount)

Sweetbriar Sam will be making a special appearance for his Groundhog Day prediction. Children will be able to participate in a scavenger hunt and make a groundhog craft.

Valentine's Day
Show the special someone in your life how much you love them by making reservations at one of Long Island's renowned restaurants.  With a la carte specials and prix fixe menus, a delectable meal is waiting to be savored at a restaurant near you.

Valentine’s Day Specials at VIEW
3 Consuelo Place, Oakdale, NY 11769
Thursday, February 14th, 4 PM - 9 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

An a la carte menu overflowing with delicious items like pan seared scallops, ultimate seafood cioppino, filet mignon, and Maine lobster pasta ensures that lovers will have a memorable evening at VIEW in Oakdale.

Sweetheart Specials at Library Café
274 Main Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735
516-752-7678
Thursday, February 14th, 12 PM - 10 PM
$65 Per Couple

With mouthwatering appetizers, entrees, and desserts, couples will find much to love at Library Cafe during this special celebration.

Sweetheart Specials at Post Office Café
130 West Main Street, Babylon, NY 11702
631-669-9224
Thursday, February 14th, 12 PM - 10 PM
$65 Per Couple

The "Sweetheart Special" features a choice of appetizers, the "Love Birds Ultimate Surf N Turf" as an entree, and the "Sweetheart Brownie" as dessert.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Maxwell’s
501 Main Street, Islip, NY 11751
631-210-0011
Thursday, February 14th, 12 PM - 10 PM
$65 Per Couple

Lovebirds are encouraged to head down to Maxwell's in Islip for a special Valentine's Day meal in a relaxing and classy setting.

Valentine’s Day at the Three Village Inn
150 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-751-0555
Thursday, February 14th, 5 PM - 10 PM
$69 Per Person

Stony Brook's Three Village Inn will be offering a three-course, prix fixe menu for couples to savor this Valentine's Day.

Valentine’s Day Specials at Southside Bar and Restaurant
5 Third Avenue, Bay Shore, NY 11706
631-665-9596
Thursday, February 14th, 5 PM - 10 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Diners will enjoy delectable dishes as part of a menu Valentine's Day a la carte specials, including grilled shrimp with rotini pasta, peppercorn flat iron steak, and seafood stuffed flounder.

Black History Month

African Americans are responsible for some of the most important contributions to Long Island and our nation as a whole.  This February, communities across the island will gather for musical performances, engaging speeches, and more.

Town of Babylon's 31st Annual Black History Month Program - FREE!
250 Merrick Road, Amityville, NY 11701
631-464-4340
Monday, February 11th, 6 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

A staple of the Babylon community for more than three decades, the annual Black History Month event features musical performances and a ceremony to honor those that have gone above and beyond in their communities.


African-American Read In! at Hempstead Public Library - FREE!
115 Nichols Court, Hempstead, NY 11550
516-481-6990
Saturday, February 9th at 2 PM
Free Event

Members of the community will celebrate Black History Month by reading renowned works by African-American authors.

Black History Month Celebration at Chestnut Hill School - FREE!
600 South Service Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746
631-421-4530
Sunday, February 10th, 2 PM - 4 PM
Free Event

The Mothers Club of Wheatley Heights, Concerned Fathers Association, and Half Hollow Hills Community Library will gather for an afternoon of artistic expression in honor of Black History Month.

Screening of The Hate U Give - African American Heritage Month
25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968
631-283-0967
Friday, February 15th at 6 PM
$12 ($10 for Friends of SAC)

The Southampton Arts Center will be presenting a special screening of The Hate U Give in honor of African American Heritage Month.

2nd Annual Black History Month Celebration at Winthrop Hall of the Church of the Advent - FREE!
555 Advent Street, Westbury, NY 11590
516-860-7120
Saturday, February 16th, 3 PM - 6 PM
Free Event

With performances by the Shiloh Baptist Church Liturgical Dancers and the Uniondale High School Show Choir, as well as storytelling by Joysetta Pearse, this public event is sure to be a memorable celebration.

The Cuban Giants and Civil Rights at Babylon Public Library - FREE!
24 South Carll Avenue, Babylon, NY 11702
631-669-1624
Wednesday, February 20th, 7 PM - 8 PM
Free Event

Attendees will enjoy a presentation about The Cuban Giants, the first Nego League Team from Babylon.

Celebrate African American History Month at Babylon Public Library - FREE!
24 South Carll Avenue, Babylon, NY 11702
631-669-1624
Thursday, February 21st, 3:30 PM - 5 PM
Free Event

Children will learn about influential African Americans and celebrate their contributions to society in honor of African American History Month.

Music, Art, & Concerts
African Americans are responsible for some of the most important contributions to Long Island and our nation as a whole.  This February, communities across the island will gather for musical performances, engaging speeches, and more.

Chazz Palminteri’s “A Bronx Tale” at The Paramount
370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-673-7300
Sunday, February 24th at 7:30 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Know for A Bronx Tale and having dozens of films on his resume, Chazz Palminteri has been an in-demand and beloved actor for more than 40 years.


Trio Solisti at Adelphi University Performing Arts Center
1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530
516-877-4000
Saturday, February 2nd at 2 PM
$35 Per Person

Consisting of violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach, and pianist Fabio Bidini, Trio Solisti is an exciting group that regularly astounds audiences with their live performances.

Zebra at NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-247-5200
Saturday, February 2nd at 8 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

The Theatre at Westbury will be presenting a special performance by Zebra, a beloved rock trio that has a long history with Long Island.

America – 50th Anniversary at The Paramount
370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-673-7300
Friday, February 8th at 8 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

With a number of gold and platinum records in their catalogue, it's not surprising that America has become a staple of classic rock music during their five decade career.

Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, The Drifters & The Platters at Tilles Center
720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548
516-299-3100
Friday, February 8th at 8 PM
$42+ Per Person

Enjoy a night of live entertainment when Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, The Drifters and The Platters take the stage at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post.

Music from Jane Austen’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ at Port Jefferson Free Library - FREE!
100 Thompson Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Saturday, February 9th, 3 PM - 4 PM
Free Event

The Three Village Chamber Players will be performing the music that is mentioned within Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.

Emerson Quartet at Staller Center for the Arts
100 Nicholls Road, Stony Brook, NY 11794
631-632-ARTS
Wednesday, February 13th at 7 PM
$48 Per Person

Classical music lovers will not want to miss the Emerson Quartet performing selections from Shostakovich and Schubert.

The Cast of Beatlemania - Beatles Love Songs at Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts
2 East Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787
631-724-3700
Thursday, February 14th at 8 PM
$50 Per Person

The Beatles wrote some of the most iconic love songs of the 20th century, and The Cast of Beatlemania will be spending Valentine's Day performing them for Long Islanders.

Music At The Mansion - Street Beat Brass at Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arborertum
1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Friday, February 15th, 7 PM - 9 PM
$25 - $40 Per Person

Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum will be filled with the delightful sounds of Street Beat Brass' unique musical styles.

Mamma Mia! at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
931 Montauk Highway, Oakdale, NY 11769
631-218-2810
Select Dates Beginning February 16th
See Event Listing For Pricing

The CM Performing Arts Center will present performances of the beloved musical Mamma Mia! at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre in Oakdale.

An Evening with The Neal Morse Band at The Space at Westbury
250 Post Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590
516-283-5566
Sunday, February 17th at 8 PM
$35 - $55 Per Person

Featuring Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, and other acclaimed musicians, The Neal Morse Band will keep The Space at Westbury audience mesmerized.

The London African Gospel Choir Performs Paul Simon's "Graceland" at NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-247-5200
Friday, February 22nd at 8 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

The Theatre at Westbury will be presenting a special performance by The London African Gospel Choir as they adapt Paul Simon's "Graceland" to their own musical styles.

Marc Anthony - Legacy Tour at NYCB LIVE
1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553
1-800-745-3000
Saturday, February 23rd at 9 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Marc Anthony's "Legacy Tour" will be making a stop at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, February 23rd.

Sunday Street Concert - Joe Crookston at Long Island Museum
1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-751-0066
Sunday, February 24th, 3 PM - 5 PM
$25 Advance / $30 Door

Joe Crookston will be performing at the Long Island Museum as part of the Sunday Street Concert series.

Interplay Jazz Orchestra at The Jazz Loft
275 Christian Avenue, Stony Brook, NY 11790
631-751-1895
Thursday, February 28th, 7 PM - 9:15 PM
$25 Adults / $20 Seniors / $15 Students

A 17-piece big band, the Interplay Jazz Orchestra will be bringing its incredible original music to The Jazz Loft in Stony Brook for this unique performance.

The High Kings at Landmark on Main Street
232 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050
516-767-1384
Thursday, February 28th at 7:30 PM
$24 - $38 Per Person

Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington will be presenting a special performance by The High Kings. Enjoy a night of live entertainment at the Long Island venue.

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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