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LongIsland.com's 2015 March Family Fun Guide: Celebrate Saint Pat’ & Welcome Spring with a Lion’s Share of Fun!

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There’s tons of great fun this March, from Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations, to Outdoor Family Fun, and of course tons of great ways to Welcome Spring!

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January and February went by in a flash, and March has made its way in like a lion, just as the old saying goes. This month is packed with non-stop fun - from concerts and nightlife, to family fun events, great ways to enjoy the outdoors, and everything in between, March has it all. From Saint Patrick’s Day Parades & Celebrations, to Live Music Events, Festivals, and Fairs, this month there is a ton to do here on Long Island, and we’ve rounded up the best of the best!

March also marks the beginning of Spring and with Spring comes even more fun things to do! Enjoy outdoor entertainment from hiking, to seal watching, to simply taking a stroll in the park. This warmer weather will haves moods lifting, clothing layers shedding, and bodies moving much more than they have been in the Winter season.

Also, this year with Easter falling in early April, don’t be surprised if you see Easter egg hunts and celebrations well before the holiday itself! The added jubilee just makes the month of March that much more festive and fun-filled, perfect for transitioning right into April!

March’s Best Bets for Music & Concerts
Don’t miss out on hearing your favorite bands and musicians play live on Long Island! This March is jam-packed with musical performances to see and hear! Get a few friends together to go out and dance with as you listen, make it a date night and go out on the town with your significant other or bring the kids out for a concert of their choice!

Nancy Atlas and Her Band of Journeymen at Bay Street Theatre
1 Bay St., Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Every Friday in March at 8 PM
631-725-9500
$20

Head out to Sag Harbor this March to hear Nancy Atlas and Her Band of Journeymen live!

Diana Krall at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, NY 11548
Sunday, March 1st at 7 PM
516-299-3100
$50 - $250

Don't miss hearing Jazz pianist-vocalist Diana Krall perform during her "Wallflower" World Tour.


Westbury Market Fair Grand Opening Weekend
NYCB Theatre Parking Lot, 960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury NY, 11590
516-669-7541
Free Event

Enjoy a new unique shopping experience with something for everyone! Event will feature food trucks and over 150 vendors of all kinds.

 

Dropkick Murphys at The Paramount
370 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
Tuesday, March 3rd at 8 PM
631-673-7300
$30 - $50

What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day early that by catching The Dropkick Murphys on their "Celtic Punk Invasion Tour."

Digital Nature & Dionic at Amityville Music Hall
198 Broadway, Amityville, NY 11701
Thursday, March 5th from 9:30 PM - 1 AM
$10

If you love electronic dance music then you won't want to miss out on this multi-genre party presented by Sage Empire Productions.

Us And Floyd Tribute Band at 89 North Music Venue
89 North Ocean Ave., Patchogue, 11775
Saturday, March 7th from 8 PM - 12 AM
516-535-9255
$10

Listen to the tunes of Pink Floyd as performed by the tribute band Us And Floyd. Show starts at 8 sharp!

Buckwheat Zydeco at Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
71 E. Main St., Patchogue, NY 11772
Saturday, March 14th at 8 PM
631-207-1313
$38 - $56

Come out to listen to an enjoy some Creole music from Louisiana!

Headbang for Hope at The Hub
4060 Austin Blvd., Island Park, NY 11558
Saturday, March 14th from 12 PM - 11 PM
$10 in advance, $12 at the door

Enjoy live music for a great cause at St. Baldrick's Concert Fundraiser for Children's Cancer Research. The first half of the concert will feature soft rock acts and the last half hard rock and metal acts.

Ariel Quartet at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, NY 11548
Sunday, March 15th at 3 PM
516-299-3100
$43

Join pianist-host Caroline Stoessinger for this all Beethoven musical performance.

Marshall Tucker Band at The Paramount
370 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
Saturday, March 21st from 8 PM - 11 PM
631-673-7300
$25 - $60

Don’t miss out on hearing this 1970s Southern rock, country band perform in Huntington, NY!

Barry Manilow at Nassau Coliseum
1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553
Friday, March 27th at 7:30 PM
516-794-9300
$30 - $300

Barry Manilow “Can’t Smile Without You” at his concert this March at Nassau Coliseum!

Saint Patrick’s Day Fun: Parades, Parties, & More!
Make time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this month by attending at least one of the plethora of parties, and parades happening on Long Island this March! You’ll have the opportunity to spend time with family, friends, and others in the community all coming together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

Saint Patty’s Day Parades
What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with a big blow-out bash in the streets with music, marching and merriment! Many, many towns on Long Island host St. Patrick’s Day parades but even if your hometown isn’t hosting one this year there are still plenty nearby to attend for a good time in a sea of green!

Celebrate Saint Pat’s at Local Pubs & Restaurants
It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without some tasty corned beef and cabbage, and a cool brew to wash it down with! Check out these restaurants, bars and pubs around Long Island hosting St. Patrick’s Day specials and fun!

March of The Leprechauns
East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
Saturday, March 7th at 1 PM
631-727-4343
$10

Dress in “all things Irish” for this pub crawl and receive a bracelet at any of the participating shops as well as online or through the Suffolk Theater’s box office. Net proceeds from the bracelets will go to the East End Emerald Society.

17th Annual Hofstra Irish Festival
David S. Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, North Campus, Hempstead NY, 11549
Sunday, March 15th at 11 AM
516-463-6582
$6, $5 for senior citizens, children under 12 free

The Irish Festival celebrates the Irish gifts of music, food and culture to America. There will be a number of music and dance performances throughout the day, as well activities for children, craft vendors and authentic Irish food.

Irish Dinner Party at Duffy’s Ale House
95 East Hoffman Ave., Lindenhurst, NY 11757
Tuesday, March 17th from 6:30 PM - 10 PM
631-592-9804
$44

If you’d like to try and meet someone new this St. Patrick’s Day, come out to Duffy’s Ale House for introductions followed by a 4-course dinner!

Saint Patrick’s Day Fun for the Whole Family
Celebrate St.Patrick’s Day this year by attending a St. Paddy’s Day event that is fit for the whole family! St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just about adult fun, it’s about educating children on the traditions and culture of the Irish and sharing this holiday with them in a safe, family-friendly manner!

Irish Family Day at the Walt Whitman Birthplace Historic Site
246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY, 11746
Sunday, March 1st at 1 PM
631-427-5240
$9 per child ages 3 - 13, free for chaperones

Family Day will feature the award-winning dancers and teachers from the Mulvihill-Lynch Studio of Irish Dance, a lesson about the history of the costumes and dances, a dance lesson and a tour of the Walt Whitman birthplace.

Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner at the United Methodist Church of Saint James
532 Moriches Road, St. James, NY, 11780
Saturday, March 7th at 6 PM
631-584-5340
$15, $6 for children, children under age 3 free

Enjoy the church’s annual corned beef and cabbage dinner! Reserve ahead of time. Admission: $15, $6 children & children under 3 are free.

St. Patrick's Day Walk at Mashashimuet Park - FREE!
373 Main St., Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Sunday, March 15th at 10 AM
631-725-3942
Free

Participate in a St. Patrick’s Day walk with a blessing and a poem hosted by Southampton Trails Preservation Society.

Outdoor Fun Around the Island
With March 20th marking the beginning of Spring, the weather will finally be warming up a bit so Long Islanders can spend some quality time outside! Enjoy the great outdoors this month by participating in an outdoor event on the Island!

Town of North Hempstead Polar Plunge at North Hempstead Beach Park
West Shore Road off Roslyn Road, Port Washington, NY 11050
Saturday, March 7th from 8 AM - 2 PM
631-254-1465
Call for inquiries about price

Volunteers are needed to take this year’s plunge on March 7th!


Town of Oyster Bay Polar Plunge at Tobay Beach
Ocean Parkway, Massapequa, NY 11795
Saturday, March 21st at 11:30 AM
631-254-1465
Donations greatly appreciated

Registration starts at 10 AM and proceeds will go to benefit the athletes of the Special Olympics.

Bay Shore Polar Plunge at Bay Shore Marina
South Clinton Avenue, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Saturday, March 7th at 8:30 AM
631-585-0100
$20 for adult, $10 for student, and free under 12

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and all proceeds benefit AHRC Suffolk programs for children and adults with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Seal Hike at Montauk Point State Park
2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
Saturday, March 7th at 1 PM
631-668-5000
$4 for adults and $3 for children

Go for a great outdoor hike and view wild seals in Montauk this month by reserving your spot for the Montauk Point Seal Hike.

UCPN Polar Plunge at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Beach
Larrabee Avenue, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Sunday, March 8th at 1 PM
516-378-2000
Donations greatly appreciated

Registration starts at 1 PM and the plunge starts at 2 PM. The plunge will benefit the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County.

Tiny Tots: Lucky Rainbows at Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Sunrise Highway, Oakdale, NY 11769
Wednesday, March 11th 10 AM - 11 AM & 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
631-581-1072
$4 for adults, $3 for children, free for ages under 3, $8 parking fee

Reserve by February 25th for this ages 3 - 5 exploration of the natural world through short walks, activities and crafts.

Family Forest Walk at Hither Hills State Park
164 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
Saturday, March 14th at 10 AM
631-537-9735
$7, $5 for children 3 - 12, free for infants 2 and under

Register to observe the unusual growth after the fires in the 1980s on the Ram Level Loop Trail, see where the fire did and did not affect the forest and potentially observe some wintering birds.

The Trail Less Travelled at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
Route 25 (Jericho Turnpike), Smithtown, NY 11787
Saturday, March 21st from 10AM - 11:30 AM
631-265-1054
$4 for adults, $3 for children

Take a hike along the Red Trail to the Northeastern part of the Caleb Smith State Park Preserve.

Quogue Wildlife Refuge Romp - FREE!
3 Old Country Road, Quogue, NY 11942
Sunday, March 22nd at 10 AM
516-320-0761
Free

Participate in this moderately-paced, 4 mile hike with Southampton Trails Preservation Society to explore diverse habitats including forests and ponds.

Nature on the Move at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Lloyd Neck, NY 11743
Saturday, March 28th from 12:30 PM - 2:45 PM
631-423-1770
$4 for adults, $3 for children, $8 parking fee

Enjoy this slow to moderately paced hike where you’ll observe and discuss the fields and woods of Caumsett.

Easter Egg Hunts
Although Easter isn’t until Sunday, April 5th, tons of Easter Eggs hunts are taking place towards the end of this month and beginning of April! If you and the kids love attending an annual Easter egg hunt on Long Island then this year should be no different! Get your baskets ready and check out these happening Easter egg hunts!

Easter Egg Hunt at Veterans Park - FREE!
Rockville Centre, NY, 11570
Saturday, March 28th at 9:30 AM
516-678-9238
Free

Don't miss out on an Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter bunny, prizes will be awarded for those who find the prize eggs! For preschoolers through grade 4.

Spring Eggstravaganza at Phelps Lane Park - FREE!
151 Phelps Lane, North Babylon NY, 11703
Saturday, March 28th at 12:00 PM
631-957-3000
Free

Event will feature treat filled eggs hidden around the park for children ages 10 and under to discover, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, and the spring bunny will be on available for pictures, bring a camera!

Easter Egg Hunt at the Lake Ronkonkoma Fire District Building
177 Portion Rd. Ronkonkoma NY, 11779
Saturday, March 28th at 10:30 AM
631-896-9540
$8

Join in for an Easter egg hunt with games prizes music food and more. Have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny!

Easter Egg Hunt at Benner’s Farm
56 Gnarled Hollow Road, Setauket NY, 11733
Saturday, April 4th & Sunday, April 5th at 1:00 PM
631-689-8172
Free with admission

Don't miss out on this Easter egg hunt for children, Easter bunny will be available for photos, live musical entertainment, and snacks and refreshments for sale, parents bring a camera and your own basket.

Easter Parade and Egg Hunt at the Port Jefferson Village CenterFREE!
Main Street, Port Jefferson NY, 11777
Sunday, April 5th at 12:00 PM
631-473-1414
Free

Enjoy an old-fashion Easter bonnet walking parade! All walkers welcome to wear Easter best. Starts in front of Theatre Three and will finish at the Port Jefferson Village Center down at the Harbor.

Easter Egg Hunt at Northport Village Park - FREE!
Main Street, Northport, NY, 11731
April 5th at 1:00 PM
631-261-7502
Free

Come on down and take part in our Easter egg hunt, for children. Rain date is April 12th.

Easter Bunny Breakfast & Egg Hunt at the Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
180 Little Neck Rd. Centerport NY, 11721
Saturday, April 4th at 9:00 AM
631-854-5579
$30, $18 for children

Enjoy a breakfast with the Easter bunny, includes egg hunt, bonnet and basket parade, and a planetarium show!

22nd Annual Spring Egg Hunt at Belmont Lake State Park - FREE!
Southern State Pkwy, exit 38, West Babylon NY, 11703
Saturday, March 28th at 12:00 PM
631-667-5055
Free

Event will feature a visit with the Easter Bunny, pony rides, environmental crafts and a petting zoo. Egg hunts will begin every 15 minutes, starting at 12:15PM.

Family Fun You Won’t Want to Miss
There are all sorts of fun family events and activities scheduled for this month here on Long island! From theatre performances, to movie showings, to DIY crafts, there’s never a dull moment! Get the entire family together and get ready for some March merriment!

WWE Live: Road to Wrestlemania at Nassau Coliseum
1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY, 11553
Sunday, March 1st at 7:30 PM
$40 - $150

Don't miss out on WWE Live: Road to Wrestlemania at Nassau Coliseum. The fun begins at 7:30 PM. Tickets on sale now!

Boy Scouts of America Host Mall Show at Sun-Vet Mall - FREE!
5801 West Sunrise Highway, Holbrook NY, 11741
Saturday, March 7th at 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM
631-472-9005
Free

The Trailblazer Mall Show will begin promptly at 10:00 am with an opening parade showcasing each units flags and banners.  Planned activities include a district-wide Pinewood Derby runoff, booths by the district’s units with awards for creativity of the activity, adherence to the theme, and proper identification of the unit, chartered organization, and hometown.

Night at the Races at the Moose Family Fraternity
507 Long Island Avenue Medford NY, 11763
631-399-2969
Saturday, March 28th 6:00-10:00 pm
$20
Enjoy a cash bar, Chinese auction and 50/50 raffles all while benefiting the Mastic Beach Hebrew Center and local community. 21 and over please. Admission includes a buffet dinner. 

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Circus Xtreme
Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale NY, 11553
Wednesday, March 4th - Sunday, March 8th
$30 - $175

Head to Nassau Coliseum to enjoy the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: Circus Xtreme! Times vary depending on day, check website for details and ticket information.

Movie Night at Fun Craft of Jericho
497 N. Broadway, Jericho NY, 11753
Friday, March 6th at 6:00 PM
516-933-1785
$24.95

Enjoy a movie screening, popcorn, pizza and unlimited soda! Children dropped off, must be of 5 years of age and over. Registration is required.

Children's Cinema: Charlotte's Web at the Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Avenue, Huntington NY, 11743
Sunday, March 8th at 12:00 PM
631-423-7611
$11

Enjoy a screening of "Charlotte's Web." Admission is $11, children under age 13 are free.

New York Islanders vs. the New York Rangers at Nassau Coliseum
Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale NY, 11553
Tuesday, March 10th at 7:00 PM
$40+

Don't miss out as the New York Islanders take on the New York Rangers at Nassau Coliseum! Game starts at 7 PM.

Tiny Tots: Lucky Rainbows at the Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Sunrise Highway, Oakdale NY, 11769
Wednesday, March 11th at 10-11 AM & 1:30-2:30 PM
631-581-1072
$4 Adult, $3 children, free for ages under 3, $8 parking fee

Explore the natural world through shorts walks, activities and crafts, for ages 3-5. Reserve by Feb. 25th.

The Adventures of Peter Rabbit at Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson NY, 11777
Saturday, March 14th, Sunday, March 15th, Saturday, March 21st & Saturday, March 28th
631-928-9100
$10

Enjoy the children's production adapted from characters created by Beatrix Potter, including Peter, Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-Tail, Benjamin Bunny, and the McGregors. Tickets on sale now.

Magnificent Ways To Spend A March Day
Whether you’re looking for something fun to do on your own, or with family and friends, there are tons of things to do right here on Long Island, no matter the weather outside! If the weather is agreeable, go participate in a charitable polar plunge or spend the day exploring the hiking trails on the Island! If the weather isn’t so agreeable, spend the afternoon browsing your local bookstore for new reading material or bowling a strike during cosmic bowling hours at your nearest bowling alley!

Cosmic Bowling on Long Island
Put a twist on traditional bowling by trying your hand at cosmic bowling, AKA glow-in-the-dark bowling! Many bowling alleys offer specific cosmic bowling hours for both kids & adults to enjoy!

Fun Classes for Adults to Take on Long Island
It can be tough to find new ways to meet people as you get older, but its never too late to start diversifying yourself by starting a new hobby or joining a new class! You'll even have the opportunity to meet new people!

Independent Bookstores on Long Island to Visit
Whether you’re looking to spend a quiet day scanning the shelves, looking for something to keep the kids occupied for an afternoon, these local Long Island bookstores are a great option for all!

Open Play Places on Long Island for Kids to Let Loose
Keep the kids active and having a blast by bringing them to an open play place on Long Island! Open play places provide a great outlet for kids to just be kids and meet others their own age!

What are you and your family looking forward to doing most this Spring? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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