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LongIsland.com’s 2015 January Family Fun Guide: Ring in the New Year with Tons of Activities, Events & Winter Fun!

Written by Kelly Tenny  |  31. December 2014

Hello 2015! Welcome to a new year and a new month here on Long Island! Despite the cold weather, shorter hours of sunlight, and anticipation of snow, there is still tons of fun to look forward to throughout the month of January! Go out and see one of your favorite bands play live at a local Long Island venue, spend some time on the ice at a nearby ice skating rink, pick up some fresh produce at a seasonal Winter farmer’s market, the options are endless!

Even on those days when you don’t want to leave the warmth of the house there is still plenty to do! Get nostalgic watching classic Winter movies! Or plan a fun adult night in complete with boards games and signature drinks! You can also spend the afternoon doing crafts with the family!

No matter what you decide to do, have some fun! Be sure to make the most out of your January, and you can start by checking out these great events and activities happening this month on Long Island!

Concerts, Festivals & Expos
Jam out to your favorite bands and musicians this Winter by going to see them live at a Long Island venue! You can bring a group of friends and just spend the whole night having a great time singing and dancing along to your favorite tunes.

Ani DiFranco at The Suffolk Theater
118 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-727-4343
Saturday, January 24th at 8 PM

Come out to listen to this unique voiced poet, songwriter, guitarist and multi-instrument performer at the Suffolk Theater this January!

Fleetwood Mac at Nassau Coliseum
1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale NY, 11553
516-794-9300
Sunday, January 25th at 8 PM

On With the Show tour featuring a live musical performance by Fleetwood Mac.

Ladies Night Out at Ramada Plaza
1730 North Ocean Avenue, Holtsville, NY 11742
631-667-3967
Thursday, January 29th from 6 PM to 9:30 PM

Enjoy a day of pampering with your girlfriends at the Ladies Night Out Expo! Exhibitors include clothing, handbags, jewelry, beauty products, psychic readings and more! Enjoy live entertainment and a runway fashion show with women sporting the latest trends! Food and cocktails will also be served at the event. Admission costs $10.

Nancy Atlas and Her Band of Journeymen at Bay Street Theater
Main St, Bay Street, Sag Harbor NY, 11963
631-725-9500
January 2, 9,16, 23, 24 & 30th at 8 PM

Enjoy a live performance by Nancy Atlas and Her Band of Journeymen.

Friday Night Lites at Revolution Bar and Music Hall
140 Merrick Rd., Amityville NY, 11701
631-264-7712
Saturday, January 3rd at 4:30 PM

Enjoy a live performance by Friday Night Lites! Doors open at 4 PM, must be 16 and older.


Badfish: Tribute to Sublime at The Emporium
9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue NY, 11772
631-627-8787
January 4th at 6 PM

Enjoy live music by Badfish, open to ages 18 and older.

Ridotto Concert: New Year's Concert at the Huntington Jewish Center
510 Park Ave, Huntington NY, 11743
631-385-0373
January 4th at 4 PM

Ridotto's New Year's concert features a violin piano duo of two, extraordinary stars of the international stage.

Johnny Zarrow at the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
71 E. Main Street, Patchogue NY, 11772
631-207-1313
Thursday, January 8th at 7:30 PM

Enjoy a live performance by this musical group (R&B, pop, rock, soul, blues, folk) fronted by Deborah Morgenstern, with special guest Kira Velella.

From Classical to Modern Harmonica Concert at the Elmont Memorial Library
700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont NY, 11003
516-354-5280
Friday, January 9th at 12:30 PM

Enjoy a live performance and the talents of Jia Yi on harmonica accompanied by his quartet of talented musicians performing many types of great music.


YMCA Boulton Center Presents James Maddock
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore NY, 11706
631-969-1101
January 9th at 8 PM

British singer-songwriter and performing musician (folk, rock, Americana), with special guest Seth Glier.

"Just Sixties" Arts Benefit Concert at North Shore High School Theater
450 Glen Cove Avenue, Glen Head NY, 11545
516-945-9910
January 10th at 7:30 PM

Looking for a fun night out suitable for all the family?  Come see "Just Sixties" in a special benefit concert for Arts Angels at North Shore HS in Glen Head.  Buy your tickets now and save!   

Elvis 80: A Tribute to the King at Bay Street Theater
1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor NY, 11963
631-725-9500
Saturday, January 10th at 8 PM

Elvis' 80th birthday celebration with live music by Gene Casey & the Lone Sharks, The Vendettas, and special guests.

YMCA Boulton Center Presents Rockapella
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore NY, 11706
631-969-1101
Saturday, January 10th at 8 PM

A cappella musical group formed in 1986 in New York City (rock and a cappella) live in concert.

Dave Mason's Traffic Jam at Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts
71 E. Main Street, Patchogue NY, 11772
631-207-1313
Saturday, January 10th at 8 PM

Enjoy this English rock band live in concert!

Music at the Mansion: Konkoction at Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum
1395 Planting Field Rd., Oyster Bay NY, 11771
516-922-8668
Friday, January 16th at 6:30 PM

Enjoy this Brooklyn-based jazz band in concert.

Back to The Eighties Show with Jessie’s Girl at The Paramount
370 New York Avenue, Huntington NY, 11743
631-673-7300
Friday, January 16th at 8 PM

See The World's Hottest '80s Tribute Band live in concert.

Fabulous Folk: Josh Ritter at Landmark on Main Street
232 Main Street, Port Washington NY, 11050
516-767-6444
Saturday, January 17th at 8 PM

Enjoy this musician-songwriter in concert (folk, alternative country, rock music, on guitar, piano, lute or violin)

Garden City Chamber Music Society: Pianist Benjamin Hochman at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau
223 Stewart Ave. Garden City NY, 11530
212-787-7088
Sunday, January 18th at 3 PM

Enjoy the sounds of Beethoven, Janacek and Schumann, with pianist Benjamin Hochman.

Umphrey's McGee at The Paramount
370 New York Avenue, Huntington NY, 11743
631-673-7300
Sunday, January 18th at 8 PM

Enjoy a live performance by Umphrey’s McGee with special guest Joshua Redman. Doors open at 7 PM.

The Pedrito Martinez Group at Landmark on Main Street
232 Main Street, Port Washington NY, 11050
516-767-6444
Friday, January 23rd at 8 PM

Enjoy some Afro-Cuban music featuring pianist-vocalist Ariacne Trujillo.

Badlands Tribute to Bruce Springsteen at Dix Hills Performing Arts Center
305 North Service Road, Dix Hills NY, 11756
631-656-2148
Saturday, January 24th at 7:30 PM

Enjoy a live performance by the Bruce Springsteen tribute band, Badlands!

Felix & The Cats: Tribute to Benny Goodman at the Dix Hills PAC
305 North Service Road, Dix Hills NY, 11756
631-656-2148
Sunday, January 25th at 2 PM

Celebrating the jazz clarinetist-bandleader known as "The King of Swing."

Marilyn Manson at The Paramount
370 New York Avenue, Huntington NY, 11743 (map)
631-673-7300
Tuesday, January 27th at 8 PM

Enjoy a live performance by Marilyn Manson! Doors open at 7 PM.

Dim the Lights Series: Jonathan Groff at Landmark on Main Street
232 Main Street, Port Washington NY, 11050
516-767-6444
Friday, January 30th at 8 PM

Enjoy this actor-vocalist live in concert.

Taking Back Sunday with The Menzingers & Letlive at the Paramount
370 New York Avenue, Huntington NY, 11743
631-673-7300
Friday, January 30th at 7 PM

Enjoy a live performance by Taking Back Sunday with special guests, The Menzingers & letlive.

Captain Jack Tribute to Billy Joel with Chris Macchio at Dix Hills PAC
305 North Service Road, Dix Hills NY, 11756
631-656-2148
Friday, January 30th at 7:30 PM

Billy Joel tribute by Captain Jack live on stage.

Goldrush: Tribute to Neil Young at Dix Hills PAC
305 North Service Road, Dix Hills NY, 11746
631-656-2148
Saturday, January 31st at 7:30 PM

Goldrush tribute band live on stage!

Hammer of the Gods: The Led Zeppelin Experience at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore NY, 11706
631-969-1101
Saturday, January 31st at 8 PM

Enjoy this tribute band in concert (music of Led Zeppelin, at your request)

Winter Wedding Expos & Bridal Showcases
Did you get engaged this holiday season? Congratulations! We've got even more good news for Long Island's new Brides-To-Be - there are tons of amazing Wedding Expos & Bridal Showcases coming up this January where you can meet local vendors, check out some of LI's hottest venues, and get all the info you need to plan your big day.

The Great Bridal Extravaganza
Ramada Plaza, 1730 N. Ocean Avenue, Hotlsville
631-667-3976
January 19th from 6:30 PM until 9 PM
$5

Newly engaged couples won't want to miss the Great Bridal Extravaganza this January! This event will be filled with tons of fun, including food tastings, music, vendor meet & greets, the hottest bridal fashions and tons of great contests and giveaways. Best of all, Brides to Be will receive a complimentary Goodie Bag filled with magazines, coupons, and other great goodies!

Suffolk Theater Wedding Showcase - FREE!*
118 E. Main Street, Riverhead NY, 11901
631-727-4343
Sunday, January 25th from 12 PM until 4 PM
*Free Admission with Pre-Registry, $10 at the door

Attend a wedding showcase and enjoy a tour of the historical Suffolk Theater that creates a vintage setting. View everything from the grand entrance to the balcony Deco Lounge Bar, all which could be set up ideally for your big day!

Royal Palm Wedding Expo - FREE!
2143 Boundary Avenue, Farmingdale, NY 11735
516-845-1151
Sunday, January 25th from 12 PM until 3 PM
Free

Don't miss out on the Royal Wedding Showcase, part of the grand relaunch of "Royal Palm", formally know as Stuart Thomas Banquet! The event will feature 15-20 vendors, ceremony and reception set-ups, and more! Call beforehand to register!

Bridal Showcase at Chateau Briand
440 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514
Wednesday, January 7th from 6:30 PM until 9 PM
$20

Get some ideas for your big day by checking out the various hotel accommodations, wedding jewelry, specialty cakes, wedding invitations, wedding attire, and more, at this wedding-centered event! Couples getting married at Chateau Briand & Fox Hollow receive two complimentary tickets to this event!


Windows on the Lake's Wedding Showcase - FREE!
235 Lake Shore Road, Lake Ronkonkoma
January 8th from 7 PM until 10 PM
Free

Join Windows on the Lake this January for their Winter Wedding Showcase, where you will have the opportunity to meet tons of local Wedding Vendors, and tour their facility. You'll also be able to stroll through their beautiful property, and check out their breathtaking views!

East Wind Bridal Showcase at The Cottage
5720 Route 25A, Wading River, NY 11792
Saturday, January 10th beginning at 12 PM
$20

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet the top wedding professionals in the field at East Wind Bridal Showcase! From photography to fashion, food to entertainment, this event has it all! Please reserve your spot ahead of time.

Smithtown Landing Country Club Winter Bridal Showcase
495 Landing Road, Smithtown, NY 11787
Sunday, January 11th from 12 PM until 3 PM
Please call for price

Get the details on the complete wedding package at the Smithtown Landing Country Club Winter Bridal Showcase! Sample the decadent food and meet with various vendors to go over your wedding plans!

Brentwood Country Club Winter Bridal Showcase
100 Pennsylvania Avenue, Brentwood, NY 11717
Tuesday, January 20th from 6 PM until 9 PM
Please call for price

Sample delicious cuisine and have a blast at the Brentwood Country Club while you meet with the venue’s preferred wedding vendors!

Timber Point Mansion Winter Bridal Show
398 Great River Road, Great River, NY 11739
Sunday, January 25th from 2 PM until 5 PM
Please call for price

Come out and visit this mansion that has an amazing view of the Great South Bay, and meet with wedding professionals ready to discuss the plans for your big day! You can also sample delectable cuisine! Please register in advance.

Bridal Showcase at Watermill
711 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown, NY 11787
Tuesday, January 27th from 6:30 PM until 9 PM
$20

Don’t miss out on this great bridal event at the newly renovated Watermill Caterers! There will be plenty of DJ’s, florists, bands, photographers, wedding planners, limo services, and more, to consider for your big day! Enjoy food, cocktails, a live DJ performance, raffles and prizes!

Stonebridge Country Club Winter Bridal Showcase
2000 Raynors Way, Smithtown, NY 11787
Wednesday, January 28th from 6 PM until 9 PM
Please call for price

Come and take a tour of the newly renovated Stonebridge Country Club while you browse all of the great vendors at their Winter Bridal Showcase to prepare for your big day!

Outdoor Winter Fun
Despite it being cold in January, there are still plenty of things to do outside in the fresh, crisp air. If you enjoy spending time in the great outdoors then you don’t want to miss out on all of these great Winter nature activities, like seal watching and bird walks, here on the Island.

Preschool Nature Explorers at the Suffolk County Environmental Center
550 South Bay Avenue, Islip NY, 11751
631-581-6908
Thursday, January 1st & January 15th at 1 PM

Enjoy a day of hiking, finding treasures, making nature crafts, planting seeds & more! Please register.

CRESLI Seal Walk at Cupsogue Beach
950 Dune Road, Westhampton Beach, NY, 11978
631-244-3352
Saturday, January 3rd

Join CRESLI on walks to learn about, observe, and photograph Long Island's seals in their natural habitat. Walks are approximately 1.3 miles.

Seal Walk at Jones Beach State Park
1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh NY, 11793
516-780-3295
January 1st, 4th, 10th, 18th, 21st & 24th

Enjoy a leisurely beach walk to observe seals and winter birds, dress appropriately and wear footwear for hiking, binoculars recommended, please register.

Wildlife Oddities at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve
oute 25 (Jericho Turnpike) Smithtown NY, 11787
631-265-1054
Saturday, January 3rd at 10 AM

explore wildlife oddities and learn how they manage to survive. Please reserve.

Nature Walks at the Hoffman Center
6000 Northern Boulevard, Muttontown NY, 11732
516-922-3290
Saturday, January 3rd at 1 PM

Enjoy a guided nature walk on the Nature Preserve and Wildlife Sanctuary trails, meet at the site entrance at 12:50 PM. No pets, no children ages 10 and under, weather permitting, please call the day before to confirm.

Winter Seasonal Stroll at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Lloyd Neck NY, 11743
631-423-1770
Sunday, January 4th at 12:30 PM

Discover the beauty in nature during winter. Please reserve.

Nature Club at the Suffolk County Environmental Center
550 South Bay Avenue, Islip NY, 11751
631-581-6908
Sunday, January 4th & January 18th at 1 PM

Enjoy this program that is geared around the current season, including topics such as seasonal birds, trees, and signs of the season. Please register.

Nature Tales at Seatuck Environmental Association
550 South Bay Ave., Islip NY, 11751
631-581-6908
Friday, January 9th & 23rd at 2 PM

Enjoy an exploration of the natural world through books, for children ages 18 months to 5 years accompanied by a caregiver. Please register.

Capri Lake and Captree SP Bird Walk
Montauk Highway and Barberry Road, West Islip NY, 11795
631-885-1881
Sunday, January 11th at 9 AM

Join Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society as they look for an assortment of winter waterfowl and maybe even some Monk Parakeets at this little known hot spot in West Islip. Later, a short drive to Captree to see what winter visitors await in the State Park.

Quest for Knowledge at Seatuck Environmental Association
550 South Bay Ave., Islip NY, 11751
631-581-6908
Sunday, January 11th at 10 AM

Enjoy a Nature Walk at the center, looking for resident and migratory birds, insects, plants. Please register.

Northwest Woods Paumanok Path Trek
East Hampton NY, 11937
516-456-1337
Sunday, January 11th at 10 AM

Enjoy a fast-paced 4 miler with leader, Irwin Levy, through the amazing pine forest in Northwest Woods.

Seal Hike at Montauk Point State Park
2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk NY, 11954
631-668-5000 ext. 201
Saturday, January 17th at 10 AM

Hikers meet at the Montauk Concession building.  Please try to arrive a few minutes before the start time.  Wear clothing appropriate for the weather and comfortable shoes for hiking.  Hike will take  2-3 hours (3 miles)

Birding and Breakfast at the Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Sunrise Highway, Oakdale NY, 11769
631-581-1072
Saturday, January 17th at 8 AM

Enjoy a breakfast where attendees will learn about birds, followed by a walk through the park trails accompanied by volunteer nature guides. Please register.

Deer Detectives at the Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Sunrise Highway, Oakdale NY, 11769
631-581-1072
Sunday, January 18th at 2 PM

Become deer detectives and put your knowledge to the test outdoors! This program is for ages 5 and up, please reserve by January 4th.

A Winter Walk Through the Woods at Downs Farm Preserve
23800 County Route 25, Cutchogue NY, 11935
631-765-6450 ext. 205
Sunday, January 25th at 10:30 AM

Take a nature walk and explore the forest ecosystem during the winter season. Identify common plants and search for animals. Please reserve.

Winter Farmers’ Markets
Winter may be in full swing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still get some great fresh produce! Across Long Island, special Winter Farmers Markets are being held now through March - a great way to get some local produce this season!

Jack Abrams School Winter Farmers' Market
155 Lowndes Avenue, Huntington Station NY, 11743
Every Sunday through April 26th at 9 AM

Market will feature high quality prepared foods, meat, dairy, breads, cheese, wine, pies, honey, maple syrup, crafts etc. Entertainment for families & children will take place as well.

Long Beach Winter Farmers Market at Kennedy Plaza & The Lobby of City Hall
1 West Chester Street, Long Beach NY, 11561
Every Saturday through February 28th at 9 AM

Market will include certified organic vegetables and greens, Long Island corn, heirloom tomatoes, potatoes, squash and onions, fresh fruits and juices, cheese, milk, wine, pasta and more!

Riverhead Farmers Market
221 East Main St. Riverhead NY, 11901
631-208-8159
Every Saturday & Sunday year round

Market will feature chickens, eggs, cheese, oysters, mushrooms, lettuce, flowers, produce and more from local farms on the Island!

Fun On a Winter’s Day
After you’ve had your fill of concerts and farmer’s markets, it’s time to start moving on to other wonderful Winter activities! Check out these terrific things to do on a January day for ideas!

Conquer that Sledding Hill You’ve Been Eyeing all Winter
Get ready for some snowy day fun as you ride down the slopes of of Long Island with your trusty sled! Be sure to call ahead and make sure the facilities are open, available and ask what their specific rules are for sledders.

Let Loose at an Indoor Play Place
Just because it’s Winter doesn’t mean you can’t still get moving! Let your kids run free, and safely, at an indoor play place on Long Island. They’ll not only get some good exercise but meet new friends too!

Dive Into a Good Book at Your Local Library
When the weather outside is frightful it’s nice to just sit back and relax with a good book. Head over to your local library for some new reading material and a take break from the cold.

Start Crossing Things Off of Your Winter Bucket List
Now is the time to do whatever it is that you’ve been wanting to accomplish this Winter! Whether it’s something as simple as making your way over to the ice rink or something like going to see all of the big blockbuster Winter movie hits in theaters, don’t let this valuable time go to waste!

What January events & activities do you and your family plan on going to? Let us know in the comments and don't forget to send in your fun Winter photos to info@LongIsland.com to have them added to our Winter Photo Gallery!

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