LongIsland.com’s May 2017 Family Fun Guide: Car Shows, Spring Festivals, Memorial Day Weekend & More!


As all of Long Island is currently enjoying a case of spring fever, this May will be packed with 31 days of unmissable family fun!

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Children at Saints Philip and James School celebrate Memorial Day with a beautiful bouquet!

Photo by: LongIsland.com Reader Mary Fitzmaurice

The beautiful springtime colors have arrived on Long Island thanks to the beginning of May!  With temperatures growing warmer and flowers blooming, we can officially leave the April Showers behind us and focus on a month of terrific outdoor activities.  The highlight of the month is perhaps the countless number of Fairs and Festivals, which provide Long Islanders with a plentiful amount of family fun, shopping opportunities, and cultural festivities.

This year, Mother's Day falls on Sunday, May 14th, meaning that local mothers won't have to wait long for their dedicated day.  In addition to some family-friendly activities scheduled throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties, mothers, grandmothers, and motherly figures have delicious brunches to look forward to.  Nothing says “Thanks, Mom,” quite like tasty breakfast items and unlimited mimosas!

Toward the end of the month, the United States will be commemorating the sacrifices that brave men and women have made, and continue to make, in defense of our freedoms.  Towns across Long Island will be celebrating Memorial Day with an entire extended weekend of parades and ceremonies, in addition to beloved family barbecues.

For those looking for a bit more high-octane fun, May is filled with Car and Motorcycle Shows that are essential for auto enthusiasts.  Thanks to a diverse selection of shows that focus on all eras of automobiles, there is more than a little something for everyone.  All of the entertainment packed into this month will likely leave Long Islanders with a serious appetite, which won't be a problem with the numerous Farmers Markets. From fresh vegetables to savory desserts, local growers and producers will be offering the highest quality items for all to enjoy.

Obviously, with the amount of activities on May's schedule, there isn't a moment to spare! Check out the events below to see what springtime fun you can look forward to here on Long Island!

Spring Fairs, Festivals, Upcoming Expos & Other Fun
Fun for the entire family can be had at one of this month's spring fairs and festivals! Plus, with a variety of 5Ks and unique expos, finding the time to enjoy all of the best upcoming events might be quite the challenge!

Westbury Market Fair & Flea Market at NYCB Theatre - FREE!
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
Saturdays and Sundays, May 6th through May 28th, 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!

2017 Long Island Business Expo & Conference at Nassau Coliseum
1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553
Wednesday, May 3rd
See Event Listing For Tickets/Reservations

The immensely popular Long Island Business Expo & Conference will be making its grand Nassau Coliseum debut for a packed day of networking opportunities. The show floor will feature 175 booths (be sure to stop by LongIsland.com's booth!), showcasing the most exciting businesses and products.

HIA-LI's 29th Annual Trade Show & Conference at SCCC - FREE!
1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood, NY 11717
Thursday, May 25th, 9 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

More than 4,000 attendees and 375 exhibitors are expected to be filling Suffolk County Community College's Sports & Exhibition Center for a day of networking, deal-making, and educational events.

Valley Stream Presbyterian Church Carnival at Arthur J. Hendrickson Park - FREE!
123 W. Merrick Road, Valley Stream, NY 11580
Thursday, May 4th, through Sunday, May 7th
Free Admission

Perfect for all ages, this exciting carnival will be packed with a great selection of rides, savory fair foods, and assorted seasonal fun.

Jack's Run for Autism Awareness at North Hempstead Beach Park
175 West Shore Road, Port Washington, NY 11050
Saturday, May 6th at 9 AM
$20 Advance / $25 Race Day

The eleventh iteration of this popular ever will be held at North Hempstead Beach Park in an effort to raise as much money as possible for Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism.

Long Island Beltaine Festival at UUFH - FREE!
109 Browns Road, Huntington, NY 11714
Saturday, May 6th, 10 AM - 6 PM
Free Event

Vendors and performers will gather for the 25th Annual Beltaine Festival for a fantastic day of spring fun in Huntington.

Craft & Gift Fair at Hauppauge High School - FREE!
500 Lincoln Boulevard, Hauppauge, NY 11788
Saturday, May 6th, 10 AM - 4 PM
Free Event

Hauppauge High School will be hosting a fair packed with 100 artisans and gift vendors to benefit the Hauppauge Education Foundation.

Levittown Fire Dept Eng 7's Annual Craft Fair - FREE!
Behind 3041 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, NY 11756
Saturday, May 6th, through Sunday, May 7th, 10 AM - 5 PM
Free Event

Returning for its seventh year, this popular craft fair is operated by the volunteer firemen of Levittown Fire Department's Engine Company 7. Be sure to stop by to peruse thousands of unique items of all kinds.

Bethpage Street Fair 2017 - FREE!
Broadway at Powell Avenue, Bethpage, NY 11714
Sunday, May 7th, 10 AM - 6 PM
Free Event

A wide variety of artisans and craft/gift vendors will be packed into the Bethpage Street Fair, providing Long Islanders with a selection of the highest quality items.

Israelfest at North Hempstead Beach Park - FREE!
175 West Shore Road, Port Washington, NY 11050
Sunday, May 7th, 12 PM - 4 PM
Free Event

Sid Jacobson JCC will bring its annual Israelfest Community Celebration to North Hempstead Beach Park for an afternoon of live music, rides, and tasty foods.

Nesconset Craft & Gift Show at Charles P. Toner Park - FREE!
148 Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset, NY 11767
Sunday, May 7th, 10 AM - 4 PM
Free Event

Head to Charles P. Toner Park for more than seventy vendors presented by Long Island Craft Shows and the Nesconset Chamber Of Commerce.

17th Annual Huntington Tulip Festival at Heckscher Park - FREE!
2 Prime Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
Sunday, May 7th, 11 AM - 4 PM
Free Event

The beloved Huntington tradition returns for a seventeenth year as Heckscher celebrates the spring season with more than 20,000 tulips, family activities, and live performances on the Chapin Rainbow Stage.

Craft Fair at Northport High School - FREE!
154 Laurel Hill Road, Northport, NY 11768
Saturday, May 13th, 10 AM - 4 PM
Free Event

More than 100 exhibitors will be at Northport High School for the annual spring craft fair sponsored by the school's DECA Club.

9th Annual Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration at SUNY Stony Brook - FREE!
100 Nicolls Road, Stony Brook, NY 11794
Saturday, May 13th, 12 PM - 4 PM
Free Event

The opening ceremonies for Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month will feature a diverse set of cultural booths, musical performances, and workshops.

Long Beach Boardwalk Art, Craft & Gift Fair - FREE!
1 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach, NY 11561
Saturday, May 13th, through Sunday, May 14th, 10 AM - 6 PM
Free Event

One of Long Island's largest craft fairs returns to the Long Beach Boardwalk this May for two full days of the best crafts, gifts, and artwork.

Locust Valley Spring Craft & Gift Fair - FREE!
10 Elm Street, Locust Valley, NY 11560
Saturday, May 13th, through Sunday, May 14th, 10:30 AM - 5 PM
Free Event
Quality vendo
rs will be offering hand-picked items that will appeal to all fans of arts and crafts. For children, there will also be face painting activities and inflatable rides.

8th Annual Montauk Music Festival at Montauk Village Green
742 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954
Thursday, May 18th, through Sunday, May 21st
See Event Listing For Pricing

This four-day celebration of music ranging from rock to hip-hop will showcase some of Long Island's most promising independent artists.

Walk to Cure Arthritis at Bethpage State Park - FREE!
625 Belmont Avenue, Babylon, NY 11703
Saturday, May 20th, 9 AM - 12 PM
Free Event

With activities for children as well as adults, this premiere event for the Arthritis Foundation brings community members together to raise funds for ending arthritis.

Walk MS at Jones Beach - FREE!
Jones Beach, Wantagh, NY 11793
Saturday, May 20th at 10 AM
Free Event

Join together with Long Islanders at Jones Beach to raise funds and awareness for the fight against multiple sclerosis.

East Hampton Chamber of Commerce's 1st Annual Spring Celebration Street Fair - FREE!
Newton Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937
Saturday, May 20th, 11 AM - 6 PM
Free Event

The Village of East Hampton is excited to host its first-ever street fair, featuring a plethora of local artists, shopkeepers, and more than 30 nonprofit organizations.

2017 Home Show at Kennedy Plaza - FREE!
1 West Chester Street, Long Beach, NY 11561
Saturday, May 20th, through Sunday, May 21st, 10 AM - 5 PM
Free Event

Professional home and decorating experts will be at Kennedy Plaza for this special two-day home show sponsored by the Long Beach Chamber.

6th Annual Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation Bike/Walk Tour
Port Washington Train Station, Port Washington, NY 11050
Sunday, May 21st, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
$25 Advance / $15 Kids / $50 Event Day

With options ranging from a 3.3 mile ride to a 21 mile ride, the 6th Annual Lauri Strauss Leukemia Foundation Ride for Research Bike Tour is perfect for all interested in fighting leukemia and allied cancers.

Spring Festival at Thomas School of Horsemanship - FREE!
250 Round Swamp Road, Melville, NY 11747
Sunday, May 21st, 11 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

Families are invited to head to Melville for an afternoon of springtime fun that will include everything from a petting zoo to giant inflatable rides.

Great Neck Street Fair 2017 - FREE!
Middle Neck Road at Fairview Avenue, Great Neck, NY 11023
Sunday, May 21st, 10 AM - 6 PM
Free Event

This family-friendly shopping event in Great Neck will be an assembly of the best local artisans and craft vendors for a high-quality shopping experience.

Ronkonkoma's "Honoring Our Heroes" Street Fair - FREE!
Hawkins Avenue, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Sunday, May 28th, 11 AM - 6 PM
Free Event

The Ronkonkoma Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a street fair to help raise funds for local veterans' organizations.

21st Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival in Downtown Riverhead - FREE!
Roanoke Avenue and East Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901
Sunday, May 28th, 12 PM - 5 PM
Free Event

A gigantic street painting festival that has become a beloved tradition in Riverhead, this event will be filled with painting activities, a sprawling fine arts and crafts fair, live music, and family fun for all.

Car & Motorcycle Shows
Rev up your engines, for May is ready to kick into high gear with some great auto shows!  From Corvettes to Buicks, car lovers of all ages and cherished eras will be thrilled with the hundreds of cars that are set to be on display.

Spring 2017 Corvette Show at Atlantic Chevrolet - FREE!
1350 Sunrise Highway, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Sunday, May 7th, 8 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

The Long Island Corvette Owners Association will be in Bay Shore for a judged show of all years of Corvettes. The day will also feature DJ music, raffles, and assorted family fun.

Long Island Cars' May Car Show at Pennysaver Amphitheater
55 S. Bicycle Path, Farmingville, NY 11784
Sunday, May 7th, 8 AM - 5 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Hundreds of custom and collectible cars will be on display at Long Island Cars' highly-anticipated spring show at the Pennysaver Amphitheater.

5th Annual Road Rally & Dinner Fundraiser at Levittown Hall
201 Levittown Parkway, Hicksville, NY 11801
Saturday, May 6th, 1 PM - 10 PM
$40 Per Person

Featuring a road rally in which participants will navigate along a predetermined route, as well as a buffet dinner and raffles, this annual event is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

22nd Annual Eagle Truck Company Custom Car & Cycle Show at Centerport Beach
End of Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY 11721
Sunday, May 7th, 11 AM - 3 PM
$5 Adults / $2 Kids

Auto enthusiasts of all ages will be gathering at Centerport Beach to enjoy a diverse selection of hot rods, antique cars, custom bikes, and fire trucks.

Praetorians Motor Cycle Club's 1st Annual Fundraiser at Elks Club
57 Hempstead Avenue, Lynbrook, NY 11563
Sunday, May 7th, 1 PM - 6 PM
$20 Per Driver / $10 Per Passenger

This special fundraiser - featuring food, a cash bar, live music, and door prizes - is being held to raise money for the Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and Juvenile Autism & Anxiety and Depression Association.

LI & NYC Oldsmobile's 41st Annual Spring Dust-Off Car Show and Swap Meet
1650 Merrick Road, Merrick, NY 11566
Sunday, May 7th, 9 AM - 5 PM
$5 Per Person

This judged car show is being presented by the North Bellmore Volunteer Fire Department and will be packed with a full day of entertainment.

L.I. Buick Club's Monthly Meeting at Marjorie Post Park - FREE!
Merrick Road & Unqua Road, Massapequa, NY 11758
Thursday, May 11th, 8 PM - 10 PM
Free Event

The Long Island Chapter of The Buick Club of America wll be meeting to enjoy all models of Buicks and to discuss the organization's local activities.

38th Annual L.I. Buick Club-All Buick Car Show at Wantagh Train Station - FREE!
3333 Sunrise Highway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Sunday, May 28th, 9 AM - 4 PM
Free Event

Presented by the Long Island Buick Club in Association, this special car show will feature dozens of Buicks and a full auto-themed flea market.

Mother’s Day Celebrations
Celebrate the loving dedication and hard work of the Mother figures in your life by spending Mother's Day with them!  Whether you're looking for entertainment or a delectable brunch, venues across Long Island have events perfect for every occasion.

Ocean Restaurant & The Crescent Beach Club Celebrate Mom
333 Bayville Avenue, Bayville, NY 11709
Sunday, May 14th at 11 AM
$20 - $59.95 Per Person

Whether you're looking to enjoy a delicious buffet brunch in The Crescent Beach Club's Grand Ballroom or a special dinner at Ocean Restaurant, Bayville is where you're going to want to spend Mother's Day with the family!

Sapphire Princess' 2017 Mother's Day Cruise
11 Richmond Street, Freeport, NY 11520
Sunday, May 14th, 10 AM - 9 PM
$45 - $70 Per Person

Hop aboard the Sapphire Yacht, a luxury Long Island party boat, for a unique and elegant Mother's Day experience. Three cruise options, at 10 AM, 2 PM, and 6 PM, will be offered for families to enjoy the beautiful waters surrounding Long Island.

Mother's Day Paper-Making at Garvies Point
50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove, NY 11542
Saturday, May 6th, 11 AM - 3 PM
$4 Adults / $2 Children

Children will be able to make creative cards for their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, or any other loved mother figures in their lives.

Mother's Day Expo Benefitting the Mental Health Association of Nassau County - FREE!
215 Sunnyside Blvd, Plainview, NY 11803
Saturday, May 13th, 10 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

The Holiday Inn in Plainview will be hosting a special Mother's Day Expo with more than 50 vendors and entertainment for all ages. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Mental Health Association of Nassau County.

Mother's Day Brunch at Long Island Aquarium
431 E. Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-208-9200, ext. 426
Sunday, May 14th, 10 AM - 4 PM
$22.95 - $49.95 Per Person

The Sea Star Ballroom will be opened for delicious brunch and dinner spreads, after which families are encouraged to stroll around the aquarium.

Mother's Day at Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium
1660 Rte 25A, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
Sunday, May 14th, 10 AM - 5 PM
$6 Adults / $4 Kids (3-12) & Seniors / Free for Members & Under 3

Visit the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery for a day of family fun, featuring picnic tables for lunch and free admission for mothers.

Mother's Day Grand Buffet At Three Village Inn
150 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790
Sunday, May 14th, 11 AM - 6 PM
$52 Adults / $26 Children 10 & Under

Enjoy a wide buffet spread complete with a carving station, cold display, brunch station, and desserts at Mirabelle Restaurant and Mirabelle Tavern at the Three Village Inn.

Mother's Day Brunch at The Meadow Club
1147 Route 112, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
Sunday, May 14th, 11:30 AM - 4:30 PM
$50 Adults / $25 Kids 6-12 / Free for 5 & Under

Head to The Meadow Club on Mother's Day for a delicious brunch including unlimited mimosas, Bloody Marys, and Bellinis.

Celebrate Mother's Day At VIEW
3 Consuelo Place, Oakdale, NY 11769
Sunday, May 14th
See Event Listing For Pricing

VIEW will be offering a terrific assortment of specialties for Mother's Day, including Thai calamari, peking duck tacos, pan seared sea scallops, 48-hour braised short rib, cedar roasted Atlantic salmon, and plenty more.

Memorial Day Weekend Fun
Long Islanders will have a three-day weekend to reflect on the incredible efforts of our nation's servicewomen and men.  Between the Jones Beach Air Show and the numerous town parades, there will be no shortage of exciting activities to attend throughout the extended weekend.

2017 Jones Beach Air Show - Featuring U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds
Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY 11793
Saturday, May 27th, through Sunday, May 28th, 12 PM - 5 PM
Free Admission ($10 Parking Per Car)

The 2017 New York Air Show at Jones Beach is aiming to be the biggest and best yet thanks to a stellar roster of participants including the GEICO Skytypers, Breitling Jet Team, Golden Knights, and plenty more.

New Hyde Park's 2017 Memorial Day Observance Parade & Ceremony - FREE!
Lincoln Avenue, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Saturday, May 27th at 10 AM
Free Event

New Hyde Park will be celebrating Memorial Day with a parade along Jericho Turnpike that will lead spectators towards New Hyde Park Memorial Park for a special ceremony.

Decoration Day 2017 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804
Saturday, May 27th, through Sunday, May 28th, 10 AM - 4 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Remember the sacrifices of those that have fought for our freedoms through this Decoration Day event complete with a ceremony, parade, and live demonstrations.

Hempstead's 132nd Annual Memorial Day Parade - FREE!
Greenwich Street, Hempstead, NY 11550
Sunday, May 28th, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Free Event

Officially the oldest parade on Long Island, this local favorite honors those that have served, and those that are currently serving, with a parade that leads to Greenfield Cemetery for a wreath-placing at the Civil War Monument.

Barbara Bartell Memorial 5K Runday
950 South Oyster Bay Road, Hicksville, NY 11801
Saturday, May 27th, 8 AM - 10:30 AM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Runners will take to the streets of Hicksville and Bethpage for a fast and flat 5K event organized by CN Guidance and Counseling Services.

Valley Stream's 2017 Memorial Day Parade - FREE!
Rockaway Parkway, Valley Stream, NY 11580
Monday, May 29th. 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Free Event

Beginning on Rockaway Parkway, north of Wheeler Avenue, the parade will continue through the streets of Valley Stream before ending in the library parking lot.

Bay Shore's 2017 Memorial Day Parade - FREE!
Lanier Lane & Main Street, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Monday, May 29th at 10 AM
Free Event

Bay Shore's 2017 Memorial Day Parade will start at 10 AM at Lanier Lane and Main Street and will head through Bay Shore.

Memorial Day Parade & Open House at Raynham Hall Museum - FREE!
20 West Main Street, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
Monday, May 29th, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Free Event

Raynham Hall Museum in Oyster Bay will be celebrating the holiday with free ice cream, lemonade, popcorn, and old-fashioned music that will be enjoyed by every member of the family.

Farmers’ Markets
Ensure that everyone in your family is enjoying the best possible food items this May by shopping at a farmers market.  Producers and vendors will be selling the highest-quality items from local farms, ensuring that the tastiest items can always be purchased right here on Long Island!

Farmers' Market at LI Welcome Center - FREE!
Rest Area Between Exits 51 & 52, Dix Hills, NY 11746
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, May 5th through May 28th
Free Event

Certified organic vegetables and produce, in addition to fresh fish and other tasty items will be available at Long Island Welcome Center's weekly farmers market.

Long Beach Farmers' Market at Kennedy Plaza - FREE!
1 West Chester Street, Long Beach, NY 11561
Saturdays, May 6th through May 31st, 9 AM - 2 PM
Free Event

Stop by the Long Beach Farmers Market for a terrific selection or organic vegetables, fresh fruits, baked goods, regional fish, dairy products, and plenty more.

Farmingdale Plant Sale at Farmingdale State College Greenhouses - FREE!
2350 Broadhollow Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735
Tuesday, May 9th, through Thursday, May 11th, 9 AM - 5 PM
Free Event

Long Islanders interested in beautifying their homes with expertly-grown plants will want to stop by Farmingdale State College's sale for flats, pots, baskets, and house plants.

Gourmet Food and Handmade Market at Old Bethpage Village Restoration - FREE!
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804
Sunday, May 21st, 11 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

Local vendors will be at Old Bethpage Village Restoration to sell a variety of handmade items, packaged foods, and everything in between.

Farmers' Market at Havens House Museum - FREE!
16 South Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964
Saturday, May 27th, 9 AM - 12:30 PM
Free Event

Support local farmers and craftspeople by heading to Havens House Museum for a market stocked with local produce, flowers, and baked goods.

Enjoy The Great Outdoors This May
In between enjoying the fantastic events that are scheduled throughout the month, be sure to take some time for some more leisure-based outdoor activities! Whether you're looking to relax on the beach or lace up the running sneakers, Long Island has activities and locations for all!

Take In Some Rays At A Local Beach
After you put on your sunscreen and grab your favorite pair of shades, be sure to head to one of the dozens of beaches that line Long Island's coasts!

Enjoy A Scenic Trail Hike
Hundreds of miles of trails throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties ensures that there is always a new path to explore and a fresh adventure to embark on!

Stroll Along A Beloved Boardwalk
With beautiful views of the ocean and a variety of seasonal entertainment, local boardwalks are some of the best destinations for admiring the natural beauty of our home.

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