LongIsland.com’s April 2018 Family Fun Guide: Spring Festivals, Car Shows, Earth Day Events & More!


Whether you're looking for a family festival, to participate in a 5K race, or celebrate Earth Day, the first full month of spring promises fun for all ages!

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Long Islanders enjoying seasonal entertainment in Centereach!

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As Long Island begins to thaw from a winter that was often quite chilly, the energy of the first full month of spring is sure to accelerate the melting of any leftover ice! April may be known for its rain showers, but with a packed events schedule to look forward to and warm days ahead, this month should be one of the most memorable throughout local towns.

The best way to welcome spring is with some great events, and thanks to a wide selection of Festivals and Fairs, there is quite a bit to look forward to for children and adults alike. For those that feel a need for speed, April’s Car and Motorcycle Shows will be bringing hundreds of incredible automobiles to local venues. Continuing with the speed theme, runners will find quite a bit to love this month as there are numerous Fun Runs and 5K events to participate in, with many of them raising money for important organizations and charities.

Easter Sunday falls early this year, thus there will be an overwhelming number of delicious Easter Brunches to choose from on April 1st! Last, but certainly not least, Earth Day is on April 22nd, and museums and nature centers on Long Island will be celebrating the occasion with some great nature events.

Clearly, there is no time to waste! Check out the events below to begin to plan a month packed with activities!

Spring Festivals, Fairs & Other Fun
Celebrate the arrival of spring with a diverse selection of festivals and other great events. From the Westbury Market Fair to beer and wine expos, there are sure to be a few that are calling your name!

Westbury Market Fair & Flea Market at NYCB Theatre - FREE!
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
Saturdays & Sundays, April 1st through April 29th, 8 AM - 4 PM
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!

Spring Craft Fair to Benefit Relay For Life at West Sayville Fire Department - FREE!
80 Main Street, West Sayville, NY 11796
Saturday, April 21st, 10 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

West Sayville Fire Department's Spring Craft Fair will have plenty of original items, with the event being held to benefit Relay For Life of Connetquot.

Arbor Day Family Festival at Planting Fields
1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Saturday, April 28th, and Sunday, April 29th, 11 AM - 4 PM
$20 Per Vehicle

Live performances, face painting, and a petting zoo are just some of the things to look forward to at the Arbor Day Family Festival, co-hosted by Planting Fields Foundation and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.

Port Jefferson's Easter Parade & Egg Hunt - FREE!
101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Sunday, April 1st, 12 PM - 1:30 PM
Free Event

Port Jefferson Village will be the site of a family-friendly Easter parade and egg hunt on Easter Sunday. All Long Islanders are invited to participate in the fun.

Spring Family Freshwater Fishing Festival at Belmont Lake State Park
625 Belmont Avenue, North Babylon, NY 11703
Saturday, April 7th, 10 AM - 4 PM
Free Admission / $8 Parking Fee

Held by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, this special event will teach Long Islanders techniques and tips for freshwater fishing.

International Art Craft & Gift Market at Eisenhower Park - FREE!
1899 Hemstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554
Saturday, April 7th, and Sunday, April 8th, 10 AM - 5 PM
Free Event

Eisenhower Park will be the site of two days of shopping that will provide a wide selection of craft and gift vendors.

Freeport Gem and Mineral Show at Freeport Recreation Center
130 East Merrick Road, Merrick, NY 11520 (Map)
Saturday, April 14th, and Sunday, April 15th, 10 AM - 5 PM
$5.50 Per Person

Regardless of whether you're looking for minerals, gems, beads, jewelry, or prehistoric fossils, the Freeport Gem and Mineral Show is where you'll likely find the treasure you covet.

International Art Craft & Gift Market at Morley Park - FREE!
500 Searingtown Road, Roslyn, NY 11576
Saturday, April 14th, and Sunday, April 15th, 10 AM - 6 PM
Free Event

Artisans and gift vendors will gather at Morley Park in Roslyn for two full days of shopping. Attendees will be able to browse endless quantities of unique and handcrafted items.

Selden Craft & Gift Fair at Newfield High School - FREE!
145 Marshall Drive, Selden, NY 11784
Sunday, April 15th
Free Event

Adults and children alike are invited to attend the Selden Craft and Gift Fair and find unique items for the home and for gift giving.

Spring Fair at Riverhead Raceway - FREE!
1797 Old Country Road, Riverhead, NY 11901
Sunday, April 22nd, 10 AM - 4 PM
Free Event

Whether you're looking for the perfect gift or want to keep the kids entertained for the afternoon, Riverhead Raceway's first spring fair will have something for everyone.

2nd Annual Hauppauge Craft & Gift Fair at Hauppauge High School - FREE!
500 Lincoln Boulevard, Hauppauge, NY 11788
Saturday, April 28th
Free Event

Hauppauge High School will host a craft and gift fair perfect for acquiring unique gifts and finding one-of-a-kind crafts.

Antiques & Garden Weekend at the Port Jefferson Village Center
101A East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Saturday, April 28th, and Sunday, April 29th, 10 AM - 5 PM
$6 Per Person

Those looking for antiques, rare books, collectibles, and everything in-between will want to visit the Port Jefferson Village Center during this special showcase weekend.

Springtime Boutique at Deepwells Farm County Park
516 Moriches Road, St. James, NY 11780
Saturday, April 28th, and Sunday, April 29th, 10 AM - 5 PM
$5 Per Person

30 artisans will be at Deepwells Farm County Park to sell a variety of art, jewelry, pottery, and fashion items. Proceeds from the event will help support Deepwells Farm Historical Society.

Merrick Spring Festival at Broadcast Plaza - FREE!
Intersection of Merrick Avenue and Sunrise Highway, Merrick, NY 11566
Saturday, April 28th, and Sunday, April 29th, 10 AM - 6 PM
Free Event

Head over to Merrick for a weekend-long spring festival featuring renowned artisans and gift vendors.

Spring Farm Festival at Smithtown Historical Society
239 Middle Country Road, Smithtown, NY 11787
Saturday, April 28th, 12 PM - 4 PM
$5 Adults / $3 Kids

The Smithtown Historical Society will host an afternoon of family fun including cheese making, games, and pony rides.

9th Annual Health & Wellness Fest at Earl L. Vandermeulen High School - FREE!
350 Old Post Road, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Saturday, April 28th, 9 AM - 1 PM
Free Event

Dozens of health and wellness professionals will be on-hand to provide free health screenings and educate through entertaining activities and booths.

Sayville Springfest at Gillette Park - FREE!
Between Gillette and Candy Avenues, Sayville, NY 11782
Sunday, April 29th, 11 AM - 4 PM
Free Event

Presented by the Greater Sayville Chamber of Commerce, Inc., Springfest is a time for the community to gather for a day of family activities and local shopping.

Word Up: Long Island LitFest at Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
Sunday, April 29th
$45 - $50 Per Person

Alyson Richman, Alan Zweibel, Annabelle Gurwitch, and David Denby are just a few of the authors that will participate in this day of readings, signings, and workshops.

April’s Car & Motorcycle Shows
Rev up those engines, for the pedal will be down to the metal all month with a terrific selection of car and motorcycle shows! American classics, eye-catching customs, and cars straight out of the future will all be on display for auto enthusiasts to enjoy.

New York International Auto Show at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 W. 34th Street, New York, NY 10001
Friday, March 30th, through Sunday, April 8th
$17 Adults / $7 Children

The New York International Auto Show will be returning to the Jacob Javits Convention Center for 10 days of non-stop excitement. With four full floors devoted to the world's top automakers and nearly 1,000 vehicles, it's no wonder that the show has consistently held the highest attendance of any car show in North America for its entire 117-year history.

13th Annual St. Patrick's School Car Show at St. Patrick's RC School
284 E Main Street, Smithtown, NY 11787
Sunday, April 29th at 9 AM
$5 Admission / All Kids Free

St. Patrick's RC School will be hosting a special car show to support the school's education programs and to give the public an opportunity to see dozens of incredible vehicles. Attendees will also be able to enjoy vendors, raffles, food, and music.

Spring Car Show at Pennysaver Amphitheater
1 Ski Run Lane, Farmingville, NY 11738
Sunday, April 8th, 8 AM - 5 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Cars of all years and makes will be on display at Pennysaver Amphitheater's upcoming car show on Sunday, April 8th.

L.I. Buick Club's Monthly Meeting at Marjorie Post Park - FREE!
590 Unqua Road, Massapequa, NY 11758
Thursday, April 12th, 8 PM - 10 PM
Free Event

The Long Island Buick Club, an organization that focuses on all aspects of maintaining and enjoying Buicks, will be meeting at Marjorie Post Park.

Cars & Guitars at Miller's Ale House
88 Veterans Highway, Commack, NY 11725
Saturday, April 14th, 11 AM - 4 PM
$15 Per Car

Cars & Guitars will be held at Miller's Ale House in Commack for a day in support of our warriors. 100% of all donations at the event will benefit Hope For The Warriors.

Spring Car Show at Belmont Racetrack
2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003
Sunday, April 15th, 8 AM - 5 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Head down to Belmont Racetrack for a day devoted to automobiles of all kinds during Long Island Cars' special show.

VetDogs Cruise at Airport Plaza
Route 110, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Sunday, April 15th at 8 AM
See Event Listing For Pricing

The VetDogs Cruise is Long Island's longest car cruise, taking participants from Farmingdale to Orient Point. All proceeds from the event will support America's VetDogs: The Veteran's K-9 Corps.

New York AutoFest Spring is Sprung Car Show at Syosset VFW
20 Queens Street, Syosset, NY 11791
Sunday, April 15th, 9 AM - 4 PM
$5 Adults / Free For Under 12

Benefiting the Oxygen Fur Life Project, which provides LI fire houses with pet oxygen kits, the New York AutoFest Spring is Sprung Car Show promises fun for all ages.

Back In Time Cruisers' 16th Annual Sock Hop at American Legion
22 Grove Place, Babylon, NY 11702
Saturday, April 21st, 7 PM - 11 PM
$28 Per Person

With plenty of fantastic cars, food, cash bar, and DJ entertainment, Back In Time Cruisers' 16th Annual Sock Hop is shaping up to be an exciting event.

LI Street Rod Association Annual Spring Car Show at SCCC
Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, NY 11717
Sunday, April 22nd, 8 AM - 4 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

American cars from all eras will be showcased at the Long Island Street Rod Association's annual show at Suffolk County Community College's Brentwood campus.

Spring Car Show at Flowerfield Fairground
North Country Road & Shep Lane, St. James, NY 11780
Sunday, April 29th, 8 AM - 5 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Flowerfield Fairground will be the setting for Long Island Cars' last car show of April. Whether you have your own car to showcase or simply want to enjoy the ones on display, the car show is ideal for all.

Fun Runs & Spring 5k Around LI
Whether you're looking to have a great experience with friends, raise money for local charities, or get in some last minute training before Long Island Marathon Weekend (May 4th through 6th), there are some great running and walking events for everyone happening this April!

Katy's Courage 5K at Walter Street
Walter Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Saturday, April 21st at 8:30 AM
$25 - $30 Per Person

Fast and flat with only minor inclines, the Katy's Courage 5K is a great event both for runners and those looking to directly support local scholarships and the Children's Museum of the East End. The partnership between Katy's Courage and CMEE has led to Katy's Kids, a center for grieving children and their families on the East End.

12th Annual Jigsaw 4 Mile Run/Walk
333 Bayview Avenue, East Islip, NY 11730
Sunday, April 22nd at 9:30 AM
See Event Listing For Pricing

The EJ Autism Foundation will be hosting its 12th Annual Jigsaw 4 Mile Run/Walk in loving memory of Pat Petersen. The race helps raise awareness for autism as well as critical funds for local programs.

LIRRC Easter Bunny 5k at Eisenhower Park
Eisenhower Park, Parking Lot 2, East Meadow, NY 11554
Sunday, April 1st, 9 AM - 11 AM
$12 Per Person

Celebrate Easter Sunday with a USATF sanctioned run through East Meadow's gorgeous Eisenhower Park while enjoying the spring weather.

Paumanok Pursuit 70K Run & Relay
181 NY Route 25A, Rocky Point, NY 11778
Sunday, April 8th at 7 AM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Between the Paumanok Path Trailhead in Rocky Point and Sears Bellow County Park in Hampton Bays, individual runners and teams will be treated to over 40 miles of scenic trails in the quest for glory.

Run for a Cause: YMCA 5K Series at ShoreFront Park
255 West Main Street, Patchogue, NY 11772
Sunday, April 8th at 9 AM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Presented by the YMCA of Long Island, the ShoreFront Park run will benefit the YMCA's Diabetes Prevention Program in honor of Brendan Barrett of the Sayville Running Company.

JFK Runway Run - 5k Run/Walk at JFK Airport
Building 14, JFK International Airport, Jamaica, NY 11430
Sunday, April 15th, 7 AM - 12 PM
$20 - $30 Per Person

This unique fundraiser allows walkers and runners to literally run on a runway. Proceeds from the event will help support the JFK Rotary Club's favorite charities.

GC for a Cure 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run at Garden City High School
70 Rockaway Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530
Saturday, April 21st at 9:15 AM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Between the 5K and 1 mile runs, raffles, face painting stations, and family entertainment, Garden City will be the place for a morning of outdoor fun.

Run for a Cause: YMCA 5K Series at Huntington YMCA
60 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
Sunday, April 22nd at 8:30 AM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Runners are encouraged to head to Huntington for a 5K that will support child abuse awareness, protection, and recovery programs, and services for children in need.

Run With The Rams 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
740 Edgewood Drive, Westbury, NY 11590
Saturday, April 28th at 8:30 AM
$10 - $25 Per Person

Run With The Rams is a family-friendly race that will take participants on a spring tour through Westbury. A portion of the race's proceeds will benefit a Clarke community member in need and Clarke Athletics.

Earth Day 2018 Celebrations
There is nothing quite as important as protecting the planet that we call home. Thanks to some educational and interactive Earth Day events, children and adults will be able to learn about the need for environmental conservation, recycling, and other important measures.

Sound-Off! (Save Long Island Sound) at The Whaling Museum and Education Center - FREE!
279 Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
Sunday, April 22nd, 11 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

Head to The Whaling Museum and Education Center for an afternoon of hands-on activities and informative experiments that will provide a better understanding of the Long Island Sound's importance.

Earth Day Everyday at Sweetbriar Nature Center
62 Eckernkamp Drive, Smithtown, NY 11787
Sunday, April 22nd at 1 PM
$10 Adults / $5 Children

Sweetbriar Nature Center invites families to celebrate Earth Day with a number of exciting activities. The event will feature a scavenger hunt, crafts, and the opportunity to meet the resident animals.

Earth Day at Suffolk County Farm & Education Center
350 Yaphank Avenue, Yaphank, NY 11980
Monday, April 16th, through Saturday, April 21st, 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
$10 Per Child

The Suffolk County Farm & Education Center will be opened for hands-on activities, interactive games, and a wagon ride.

12th Annual Earth Day Cleanup at Levittown's Veterans Memorial Park - FREE!
Shelter Lane and Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, NY, 11756
Saturday, April 21st, 1 PM - 4 PM
Free Event

The Levittown Community Council and Town of Hempstead will join together for a community clean-up and planting event to help beautify Veterans Memorial Park.

Celebrate Earth Day at Maritime Explorium
101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Saturday, April 21st, and Sunday, April 22nd, 1 PM - 5 PM
$5 Per Person / Free for Members

Children will be able to create their own terrariums and biomes that will allow them to observe water cycles.

Earth Day Beach to Breach Hike at Wilderness Visitor Center - FREE!
1 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley, NY 11967
Sunday, April 22nd, 10 AM - 1 PM
Free Event

A 3-mile trip along Fire Island's beautiful shoreline is the perfect way to celebrate Earth Day with the entire family.

Fantastic Easter Brunches
Enjoying an Easter brunch is a fantastic way to celebrate the holiday with family and friends. Thanks to lcoal restaurants across Nassau County and Suffolk County, finding a delicious brunch to attend is certainly not a challenge!

Chateau La Mer's Easter Buffet
845 S. Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst, NY 11757
Sunday, April 1st, 12 PM - 3:30 PM
$39.95 / Half-Price For Kids Under 10

Chateau La Mer will be celebrating Easter Sunday with a delectable buffet for the entire family to enjoy. There will be seatings between 12 PM and 3:30 PM, so be sure to call to make your reservations.

Windows on the Lake's Easter Sunday Brunch & Dinner
235 Lake Shore Road, Lake Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Sunday, April 1st at 10:30 AM
Adults $54.95 / Children $24.95 / Free for Under 2

Easter Sunday at Windows on the Lake will feature both brunch and dinner options for families. From the made-to-order omelette station to hot Italian favorites, there will be delicious dishes for all to enjoy.

Easter Brunch at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas
1002 Old Country Road, Garden City, NY 11530
Sunday, April 1st, 11:30 AM - 3 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Bring the entire family to Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in Garden City for a delicious brunch on Easter Sunday. The restaurant will also be offering its Taste of Tuscany menu, which is a true culinary journey through all that Tuscany has to offer.

Easter Brunch Cruise & Egg Hunt at Sapphire Yacht Charters
11 Richmond Street, Freeport, NY 11520
Sunday, April 1st, 10 AM - 5 PM
$45 - $70 Per Person

Hop aboard Sapphire Yacht Charters' Sapphire Princess for a morning of family entertainment. There will be an egg hunt for the kids, a delectable brunch, and beautiful views of the South Shore.

Easter Sunday Brunch at The Meadow Club
1147 Route 112, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
Sunday, April 1st, 11 AM - 4 PM
$50 Per Person

Fresh roast salmon, eggplant rollentini, Belgian waffles, and beef teriyaki are among the delicious dishes that can be enjoyed at The Meadow Club's Easter Sunday Brunch, as well as unlimited mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Easter Brunch at The Library Café
274 Main Street, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Sunday, April 1st, 10 AM - 3 PM
$25 Adults / $10.95 Kids

Fresh fruit, scrambled eggds, Texas-Style French toast, home fries, and crispy bacon will all be served at The Library Cafe in Farmingdale this Easter Sunday. The brunch also includes unlimited champagne, mimosas, soda, coffee, and juice.

Easter Sunday with a VIEW
3 Consuelo Place, Oakdale, NY 11769
Sunday, April 1st, 11 AM - 9 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Combining a scrumptious brunch with stunning views of the Great South Bay, VIEW in Oakdale is a prime destination for a family holiday outing. Available dishes include filet mignon, herb-roasted chicken breast, peking duck tacos, Long Island stuffed clams, and crispy Thai calimari.

Easter Sunday at The Watermill
711 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown, NY 11787
Sunday, April 1st, 10:45 AM - 7 PM
$35 - $65 Per Person

The Watermill's expert culinary team will be serving up an enormous buffet that will have tasty items for children and adults alike.

Easter Sunday Grand Buffet at Mirabelle Restaurant
150 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790
Sunday, April 1st, 11 AM - 6 PM
$52 Adults / $26 Children

Mirabelle Restaurant at Three Village Inn's grand buffet will feature both a brunch station from 11 AM to 2 PM, and delicious dishes for lunch and early dinner. The Easter Bunny will also be making an appearance during the brunch portion, so be sure to take some family photos.

Easter Sunday Brunch at East Wind Long Island
5720 Route 25A, Wading River, NY 11792
Sunday, April 1st, 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

East Wind's Grand Ballroom will provide a memorable atmosphere for the venue's Easter brunch. In addition to a full buffet and complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary, there will be a kids station perfect for the little ones.

Easter Sunday at the Fox Hollow
7725 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797
Sunday, April 1st, 11 AM - 6 PM
$34.95 - $64.95 Per Person

Fox Hollow will be offering options for both a buffet or à la carte dinner on Easter Sunday. Mouthwatering dishes include steamed whole salmon, spiral cut candied ham, roast prime NY strip steak, and chicken rollatini.

Besito Easter Sunday Brunch & Dinner
402 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743 (Huntington Location)
399 Montauk Highway, West Islip, NY (West Islip Location)
1516 Old Northern Boulevard, Roslyn, NY 11576 (Roslyn Location)
Sunday, April 1st, 11:30 AM - 10 PM
See Event Listings For Pricing

Whether you're looking to enjoy brunch or dinner, Besito's Long Island locations are ready to accommodate this Easter. The chef's special will be Enchiladas de Borrego, which are braised lamb enchiladas served zarape style.

Easter Egg Hunt & Breakfast at The Southampton Inn
91 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968
Sunday, April 1st, 7 AM - 1 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Easter Sunday will begin at 7 AM at The Southampton Inn with a delicious breakfast served from 7 AM - 1 PM. A family-friendly egg hunt will take place at 10 AM and give children a chance to find those elusive eggs that the Easter Bunny hid.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors this April
A seemingly-neverending selection of events may have your weekdays and weekends packed throughout April, but there are plenty of other great activities to enjoy for those laid-back days. Here are some of the ways that you can celebrate the arrival of spring!

Embark on a Leisurely Hike
Long Island is known for its hundreds of miles of trails that allow hikers and walkers to enjoy the natural beauty of our home. Grab your hiking boots or sneakers and find a trail to explore this spring!

Breathe in the Beach Air on a Boardwalk
Dozens of fantastic boardwalks at local beaches allow for a great beach experience even before the hot days of summer roll in!

Plan a Day Trip to Long island Wine Country
Numerous wineries and vineyards on Long Island's East End makes it an essential destination for wine enthusiasts. Plan a date with your special someone or gather your friends for an exciting trip!

What Events And Spring Fun Are You Most Looking Forward To This April?
Let Us Know In The Comments Below!