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LongIsland.com’s January 2018 Family Fun Guide: Winter Festivals, Concerts, Wedding Expos & More!

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Stay warm this January by participating in one of the dozens of exciting events taking places across Nassau and Suffolk!

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Sledding is one of the prime activities to enjoy during a LI winter!

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Though January includes some of the most bone-chilling days of the entire year, it won’t be easy to stay warm thanks to Long Island’s packed events calendar! From Amagansett to Westbury, there are events scheduled across the Island all month long to ensure that Long Islanders stay on their feet and ward off the winter blues! The fun starts off with Fairs and Festivals, featuring a diverse line-up of special events for individuals of all ages. From there, a massive selection of Concerts & Live Performances will keep hands clapping and heads bopping to the beat as both local favorites and international stars bring their beloved shows to local venues.

For those that are in need of a bit of fresh air this month, there are plenty of Outdoor Events to enjoy, including leisurely hikes and educational tours in town and state parks. Warming up indoors won’t be difficult either, thanks to January being a prime month for wedding planning. Throughout the month, Winter Wedding Expos and Bridal Showcases will be held at local venues to give engaged couples an inside look at the available facilities. With all of these activities, you’re going to need to get your energy from the freshest foods available, so thankfully, there are Winter Farmers Markets all month long to provide delicious produce, local meats, and hand-made treats.

With only 31 days to enjoy everything Long Island has to offer, you’re going to want to start planning your month as soon as possible! Check out LongIsland.com’s 2018 January Family Fun Guide below for this month’s must-attend events!


Fairs and Festivals
There won't be any sleeping this January thanks to a great roster of unique festivals and family fairs to be enjoyed! Whether you're looking for a family-friendly event or a unique winter date idea, there is plenty of fun to be had for all!

Westbury Market Fair & Flea Market at NYCB Theatre - FREE!
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-669-7541
Re-Opening Soon For An Exciting 2018 Season!
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!

Paradise Garden Festival at Planting Fields - FREE!
1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
516-922-9200
Sunday, January 28th, 12 PM - 4 PM
Free Admission & Parking ($5 Admission for Coe Hall)

Planting Fields' Paradise Garden Festival will feature activities for the entire family, including live music with Acoustically Correct and Steeldrumania, and gorgeous plant displays throughout the property.


15th Annual New Year's Day Cold Finger Run at Cradle of Aviation Museum
Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, NY 11530
Sunday, January 7th at 10 AM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Rescheduled to Sunday, January 7th, all benefits from this annual riding event benefit Camp Adventure, a free sleep-away summer camp on Shelter Island for children with cancer and their siblings.

2018 January Job Fair at Radisson Hotel Hauppague - FREE!
110 Vanderbilt Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY 11788
Wednesday, January 17th, 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Free Event

Hosted by Long Island Job Finder, this job fair will provide Long Islanders seeking employment with opportunities to meet with representatives from a diverse selection of local companies.

Fine Wine & Food Festival at Nassau Veteran's Memorial Coliseum (NYCB LIVE)
1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553
Saturday, January 20th, 12 PM - 8 PM
$49 Per Person

More than 150 wines from New York and New Jersey will be featured along with delectable gourmet foods at the Fine Wine and Food Festival at the all-new Nassau Veteran's Memorial Coliseum.

Winter Psychic Fair at Elks Lodge - FREE!
57 Hempstead Avenue, Lynbrook, NY 11756
516-465-3565
Sunday, January 21st, 11 AM - 4 PM
Free Event

Attendees will be able to browse vendor items and enjoy private psychic readings during this unique fair at Elks Lodge.

Collectibles Show at Medford VFW - FREE!
507 Long Island Avenue, Medford, NY 11763
516-485-1424
Sunday, January 28th, 10 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

Shop for everything from crafts and jewelry, to vintage toys and vinyl records, during this special show designed exclusively for local collectors and hobbyists.

Music & Concerts
Keep your foot tapping all month long with live shows in every music genre as well as a variety of stunning theatrical performances! From international sensations to the best-kept local secrets, there is bound to be a memorable performance for all of those looking for a night out!


Anthony Romano Live at Butterfields
661 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-851-1507
Wednesday, January 24th, 6 PM - 9 PM
No Cover Charge

Anthony Romano, a professional guitar player for over two decades, will be playing songs from The Beatles, Bon Jovi, Eagles, and countless other bands.


Live Music by Vito Genna at Mesita
212B Merrick Road, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
516-282-9900
Friday, January 5th, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Vito Genna will be providing the music while customers enjoy $5 margaritas, half-priced beer, and appetizer specials. Spend some time out of the cold with friends and family at Mesita in Rockville Centre.


Addison at Revolution Bar & Music Hall
140 Merrick Road, Amityville, NY 11701
Thursday, January 4th at 6:30 PM
$10 - $12 Per Person

Addison will be taking to the stage at Revolution Bar & Music Hall in Amityville for a memorable night of music.

Live Music with Rafi Caballero at Sangria 71
1095 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725
631-670-7606
Thursdays, January 4th through January 25th, 6:30 PM - 10 PM
No Cover Charge

Rafi Caballero performs his unique take on international music each Thursday evening for diners at Sangria 71 in Commack.

Sam & Dennis of The Mystic at Parlay Gastropub
210 Merrick Road, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
516-282-9909
Thursdays, January 4th through January 25th, 7 PM - 10 PM
No Cover Charge

Sam and Dennis of The Mystic will be performing for audiences at Parlay Gastropub on Thursday nights. Gametime specials will also be offered, including 50 cent wings and $5 Parlay drafts.

Tradewind Live at Butterfields
661 Old Willets Path, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-851-1507
Saturday, January 6th at 9:30 PM
No Cover Charge

Enjoy a night of music with Tradewind, delicious food, and mouthwatering cocktails at Butterfields in Hauppauge.

Tennessee Walt's The Other Great American Songbook at Brentwood Public Library - FREE!
34 Second Avenue, Brentwood, NY 11717
631-273-7883
Sunday, January 7th, 2 PM - 4 PM
Free Event
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lt will be performing the best cuts that Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, Johnny Cash, the Carter Family, and Willie Nelson ever recorded during this special show at Brentwood Public Library.

80s vs 90s Night with Decadia & The 90's Band at Mulcahy's
3232 Railroad Avenue, Wantagh, NY 11793
516-783-7500
Friday, January 12th at 8 PM
$10 Per Person

Decadia and The 90's Band will be providing the audience at Mulcahy's with an excellent blend of 80's and 90's tunes to dance the night away.

LHT at The Stephen Talkhouse
161 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930
631-267-3117
Saturday, January 13th at 10 PM
$10 Per Person

The Stephen Talkhouse is the place to be for an exciting performance by LHT this January.

Max Weinberg's Jukebox at Landmark on Main Street
232 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050
516-767-6444
Saturday, January 13th at 8 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Max Weinberg, drummer for Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band, will be allowing members of the audience to choose from more than 200 songs that he and his band will perform.

JayCee Sings the Music of the Divas at Connetquot Public Library - FREE!
760 Ocean Avenue, Bohemia, NY 11716
631-567-5079
Sunday, January 14th, 2 PM - 3:30 PM
Free Event

JayCee Driesen will be performing famous music from Barbra Streisand, Shirley Bassey, Alicia Keys, Billie Holliday, Eydie Gorme, and plenty more.

Henry Rollins - Travel Slideshow at The Space at Westbury
250 Post Avenue, Westbury, NY 11590
516-283-5566
Tuesday, January 16th at 8 PM
$30+ Per Person

Legendary performer Henry Rollins will be at The Space at Westbury to share music and experiences from his travels in the Middle East, Antarctica, South America, Africa, and Central Asia.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548
516-299-3100
Friday, January 19th at 8 PM
$50+ Per Person

Selections from Beethoven, Mozart, and Elgar will be performed during this performance by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Pinchas Zuckerman.

Music At The Mansion - Joelle & The Pinehurst Trio at Planting Fields
1395 Planting Fields Road, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
516-922-8600
Friday, January 19th at 7 PM
$20 Members / $30 Non-Members

Sponsored by AARP Long Island, this concert will feature Joelle Lurie on vocals, who will perform unique takes on jazz and pop favorites.

The Rock Pack at NYCB Theatre at Westbury
960 Brush Hollow Road, Westbury, NY 11590
516-247-5200
Saturday, January 20th at 8 PM
$49.50+ Per Person

Iconic rock singers Lou Gramm, Steve Augeri, John Payne, Bobby Kimball and Fee Waybill will treat audiences to a night of beloved classics.

Pianists Elizabeth and Sonya Schumann at Huntington Jewish Center
510 Park Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743
631-385-0373
Sunday, January 21st, 4 PM - 6 PM
$30 Admission / $25 Seniors / $12 Students

Elizabeth and Sonya Schumann will be performing Poulenc Sonata, Enoch Arden, and Quintet Op. 44 during this appearance at Huntington Jewish Center.

Snow White at Ballet Long Island
1863 Pond Road, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
631-737-1964
Saturday, January 27th, and Wednesday, January 31st, at 1 PM
$18 Adults / $9 Seniors/Children / $6 Groups

The timeless story of Snow White will be brought to the stage at Ballet Long Island for two special performances.

Yamato – The Drummers of Japan at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts
720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548
516-299-3100
Sunday, January 28th at 7 PM
$35 Per Person

Combining expertly-performed music with a stunning theatrical show, Yamato - The Drumers of Japan is an experience not to be missed.

Outdoor Events
Grab your coat and gloves and prepare for an outdoor adventure this month! With plenty of hikes and local adventures to participate in, Long Islanders certainly won't be stuck inside this winter!


Searching for Seals & Winter Walk at Westhampton Beach
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
631-537-9735
Sunday, January 14th at 10:30 AM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Since seals make their way to the South Shore of Long Island during the winter season, don't miss this opportunity to see them enjoying the shoreline.


Bunces North Family Program at Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Sunrise Highway, Bohemia, NY 11716
631-581-1072
Sunday, January 14th, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
$4 Per Person / $8 Parking Fee

Starting at the Fish Hatchery, participants will visit Bunces Bridge and Shanty Line, learning all about the landmakrs that make Long Island unique.


First Day Hike at Sunken Meadow State Park
Sunken Meadow State Parkway, Kings Park, NY 11754
631-269-4333
Monday, January 1st at 1 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Celebrate the arrival of 2018 with a 2-3 mile hike through the beautiful Sunken Meadow State Park.

Birdy, Birdy Children's Program at Connetquot River State Park Preserve
Sunrise Highway, Bohemia, NY 11716
631-581-1072
Saturday, January 6th, 10 AM - 11:30 AM
$4 Per Child / $8 Parking Fee

Children will be able to enjoy National Bird Day by learning about local birds during this hike at Connetquot River State Park Preserve.

Winter Run Series at Heckscher State Park
Heckscher Parkway, East Islip, NY 11730
631-321-3510
Sunday, January 7th at 11 AM
See Event Listing For Pricing

The kick-off to an exciting winter run series at parks across Long Island, the first 5K race will take place on January 7th at Heckscher State Park.

Uncovering Elusive Owls at South Fork Natural History Museum
377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
631-537-9735
Saturday, January 13th at 10:30 AM
See Event Listing For Pricing

Participants will learn about all the traits that make owls special creatures and then create an owl eyesight craft.


Astronomy Night at the Museum at South Fork Natural History Museum - FREE!
377 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
631-537-9735
Friday, January 19th at 6 PM
Free Event

Sponsored by the South Fork Natural History Museum and the Montauk Observatory, this nighttime hike will be perfect for nature lovers and stargzers alike.


Wildwood Wanderings at Wildwood State Park
Hulse Landing Road, Wading River, NY 11792
631-929-6590
Wednesday, January 24th at 1 PM
See Event Listing For Pricing

A three-mile hike through the gorgegous Wildwood State Park will offer stunning sights of the natural land along the Long Island Sound.

Winter Hike Family Event at Center for Science Teaching & Learning
1450 Tanglewood Road, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
516-764-0045
Saturday, January 27th, 2 PM - 3:30 PM
$7 Per Person

The trails at the Center for Science Teaching & Learning will be explored as participants learn about the animals that call the area home.

Narrow Lane Cleanup - FREE!
Narrow Lane & Norris Lane, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
631-745-0689
Sunday, January 28th, 8 AM - 9 AM
Free Event

The Southampton Trails Preservation Society will gather at Narrow Lane to clean up litter and beautify the treasured Bridgehampton spot.

Winter Farmers Markets
Temperatures may be rather chilly this month, but that doesn’t mean that access to the freshest produce and meats has to wait until spring! With weekly farmers markets across Long Island, there are a variety of locations to pick up delicious locally grown and produced foods.

Riverhead Farmers Market at Sweezy's Building - FREE!
117 East Main Street, Riverhead, NY 11901
631-208-8159
Saturdays, January 6th through January 27th, 10 AM - 2 PM
Free Event

Browse an enormous selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, and a variety of other items. The Riverhead Farmers Market is held on Saturdays from 10 AM - 2 PM through March 31st, 2018.


Huntington Winter Farmers Market at Jefferson Primary School - FREE!
253 Oakwood Road, Huntington, NY 11743
Sundays, January 7th through January 28th, 9 AM - 1 PM
Free Event

A winter farmers market that provides Long Islanders with access to the most delicious foods and unique items, the Huntington Winter Farmers Market is an essential Sunday stop.

Gourmet Food & Handmade Market at Simplay - FREE!
180 Commerce Drive, Hauppauge, NY 11788
631-335-0653
Sunday, January 14th, 11 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

Whether you're looking for tasty treats, fresh vegetables, or unique design pieces for the home, the Gourmet Food & Handmade Market at Simplay is the place to shop at this January.

Gourmet Food & Handmade Market at Bethpage Village Restoration - FREE!
1303 Round Swamp Road, Old Bethpage, NY 11804
631-335-0653
Saturday, January 27th, 11 AM - 3 PM
Free Event

Local vendors will be at Bethpage Village Restoration to offer a plentiful selection of pickles, gluten free products, spices, jewelry, crafts, and countless other goods.

Winter Wedding Expos & Bridal Showcases
When it comes to tying the knot, there is a seemingly-endless list of planning tasks that need to be completed. With events that will allow you to tour local venues, meet with wedding professionals, and browse the latest gowns, get a jumpstart on the process this month!

Long Island Bridal Expo at Huntington Hilton - FREE!
598 Broad Hollow Road, Melville, NY 11747
631-563-6280
Wednesday, January 17th, 6:30 PM - 9 PM
Free Event

Bringing together top professionals specializing in everything from photography to wedding gowns, the Long Island Bridal Expo in Melville is an essential event for those looking to tie the knot here on Long Island.


Wedding Showcase at East Wind Long Island
5720 Route 25A, Wading River, NY 11792
631-846-2370
Sunday, January 14th, 12 PM - 3 PM
$20 Per Person

Head to East Wind Long Island in Wading River to tour the venue's grounds, taste delicious samples from East Wind's Executive Chef, and meet with esteemed professionals.


New York Bridal & Wedding Expo att Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum (NYCB LIVE)
1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, NY 11553
Saturday, January 6th through Sunday, January 7th
Free Admission ($5 Parking Fee)

Wedding professionals will gather at NYCB LIVE for an enormous expo that will assist couples in planning their dream wedding here on Long Island.

Winter Wedding Showcase at The Vineyards at Aquebogue - FREE!
978 Main Road, Route 25, Aquebogue, NY 11931
631-722-3200
Sunday, January 14th, 12 PM - 3 PM
Free Event

The Vineyards at Aquebogue will be on display during this exclusive wedding showcase, and the venue's vendors will be present to answer questions and provide important information.

Long Island Bridal Expo at Long Island Marriott - FREE!
101 James Doolittle Boulevbard, Uniondale, NY 11553
631-563-6280
Tuesday, January 16th, 6:30 PM - 9 PM
Free Event

A staple of Long Island wedding planning for almost three decades, the Long Island Bridal Expo returns to Uniondale with dozens of wedding experts and a live DJ showcase.

Long Island Bridal Expo at Clarion Hotel
3845 Veterans Memorial Highway, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
631-563-6280
Thursday, January 18th, 6:30 PM - 9 PM
Free Event

Brides and grooms will be able to meet with top wedding professionals at the Long Island Bridal Expo in Ronknokoma, ensuring that they have access to the resources necessary for a truly memorable wedding day.

Southampton Wedding Workshop Weekend at Southampton Inn
91 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968
631-606-0198
Saturday, January 27th through Sunday, January 28th
See Event Listing For Pricing

The Southampton Inn will be opening its doors for an exclusive wedding-themed weekend. Attendees will receive insider advice from professionals, enjoy food tastings, meet with vendors, and enjoy a romantic dinner.

Wedding Showcase at Watermill Caterers
711 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown, NY 11787
631-724-3242
Tuesday, January 30th at 6:30 PM
$20 Per Person

Couples will be able to tour the stunning Watermill grounds, enjoy live music performances, and sample exquisite cuisine during this special wedding showcase.

Additional Winter Fun For January
There may be enough events to keep Long Islanders entertained from New Year's to the last day of January, but there are plenty of other activities waiting to be enjoyed as well. From ice skating to sledding, here are some examples of winter fun that the month would not be complete without!

Skate Around A Local Rink
Indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks on Long Island ensure that there is a spot for every skating excursion. You don't have to be a professional to participate, so grab some skates and have a great time with friends and family!

Check Some Things Off Your Winter Bucket List
A mere three months of winter makes it challenging to remember all of the activities that you're planning to enjoy. Take a look at our favorite seasonal activities on our Winter Bucket List and maybe you'll find a few that you missed on yours!

Stay Warm At A Local Museum
More than a hundred museums across Nassau and Suffolk guarantees that there is always a new destination to head to on a bone-chilling January day. Whether you're interested in firefighting or maritime history, there is sure to be a museum for you!

Feel The Adrenaline On A Sledding Hill
Long Island's hilly geography perhaps never provides more entertainment than right after a snowstorm! Bundle up with a warm coat, hat, and gloves, and prepare for a thrilling ride down one of the area's epic hills!

 

What Events Are You Most Looking Forward To This January?
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