As 2015 rolls in, you should be dancing your way to an even better year. Kick-start the New Year on the right foot with great music and dance entertainment this weekend. The end of the week features entertainment like performances from Weird Science, That 70s Band, Elvis Lives! featuring Elvis tribute artists and others. If you’re ready for some dancing, head over to a black tie swing dance event and a traditional New England barn dance. This is also the last weekend to enjoy the Holiday Lights Spectacular at Jones Beach State Park. Find the events to stay entertained all weekend long right here with Hot Spots: Weekend Watch!
FRIDAY – JANUARY 2, 2015
Who: Weird Science At The Emporium
Info: Come enjoy Weird Science perform live on stage. The night also features live performances from LI’s best bands.
Cost: Free from 6PM to 8PM, $10 After 8PM
Time & Place: 6PM Doors Open, 8PM Performance at The Emporium, 9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue – (631) 275-6200
Who: That 70s Band At Revolution Bar And Music Hall
Info: Enjoy a live performance with That 70s Band!
Time & Place: 7PM Doors Open, 8PM Performance at Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Road, Amityville – (631) 264-7712
Who: Elvis Lives! At Patchogue Theatre For The Performing Arts
Info: Take a multi-media musical journey across Elvis’ life! The performance features champions and finalists from Elvis Presley Enterprises’ worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest. The performance continues through January 4, 2015.
Cost: $29 to $89
Time & Place: 8PM at Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main Street, Patchogue – (631) 286-1133
SATURDAY – JANUARY 3, 2015
Who: Spontaneous Fantasia – Live on Planetarium Dome At Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium
Info: Enjoy a virtual-reality performance that combines animation, dance, music and theater at the planetarium dome.
Cost: $15, $12 For Seniors, Students and Children
Time & Place: 5:30PM, 8:30PM at Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport – (631) 854-5579
Who: Black Tie Swing Dance At Smithtown Historical Society’s Frank Brush Barn
Info: This annual black tie dance is hosted by Swing Dance Long Island. Beginner lessons are available from 7:30 – 8 p.m. Event includes snacks, refreshments and door prizes.
Time & Place: 7:15PM to 11PM at Smithtown Historical Society’s Frank Brush Barn, 211 Middle Country Road, Smithtown – (631) 476-3707
Who: Traditional New England Barn Dance At Water Mill Community House
Info: Come enjoy a Contra dance with a live caller and band. This aerobic, community-oriented dance form is open to beginners, singles, families and advanced dancers.
Time & Place: 8PM to 11PM at Water Mill Community House, 743 Montauk Highway, Water Mill – (631) 725-3103
SUNDAY – JANUARY 4, 2015
Who: Winter Seasonal Stroll At Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve
Info: Discover the beauty of nature during winter. Reserve your spot in advance.
Cost: $4, $3 For Children, Free For Ages 3 And Under, $8 Parking
Time & Place: 12:30PM to 2PM at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve, 25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Lloyd Neck – (631) 423-1770
Who: Office Hours At BroadHollow’s BayWay Arts Center In East Islip
Info: This comedy by Norm Foster is set on a Friday afternoon in the big city looking into six different offices where six different yet intertwined stories are simultaneously unfolded.
Cost: $14 to $25
Time & Place: 2:30PM at BroadHollow’s BayWay Arts Center, 265 E. Main Street, East Islip – (631) 581-2700
Who: Holiday Lights Spectacular At Jones Beach State Park
Info: It’s the last chance to catch the holiday lights spectacular! Drive-through Long Island’s holiday tradition featuring a 2.5 mile drive of more than 150 animated and synchronized light displays for a colorful and marvelous holiday experience.
Cost: $25 Per Vehicle
Time & Place: Dusk Until 11PM at Jones Beach State Park, 2400 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh
To check out all of the Nightlife Events happening on Long Island, check out the LongIsland.com Events Calendar, or, head over to our Nightlife Section for Happy Hour Happenings all week long! If you're looking for some local insight on the best things to do on LI, or want to share your favorite Nightlife Hot Spots, check out the Nightlife Forum, and see what the locals have to say!
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