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The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze Long Island
September 22 - November 7
Old Bethpage Restoration - Old Bethpage, NY
New York's most spectacular fall event is returning to Long Island! On select nights from Sep. 22 - Nov. 7, view over 7,000 intricately carved, illuminated  pumpkins as they light up the Old Bethpage Village Restoration.  For more information on this thrilling outdoor experience,  click here.

Apple Picking at Lewin Farms
Open from September through October!
Visit Calverton's Lewin Farms to pick from an assortment of locally grown fresh apples. The stand is open every day, except Tuesday, from 9am - 5pm. Customers can call ahead for U-Pick date availability.  For more information, click here

Food Truck Market Series @ Smith Haven Mall
Oct. 1 - Nov. 7, 12pm - 8pm
Famous Food Festival will be hosting an outdoor Food Truck Market at Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove! Featuring 8+ delicious food trucks and family activities, this  6-week weekend festival series aims to please. Event information located here

Pumpkin and Craft Brew Weekends
Oct. 2 - Oct. 31, Saturdays + Sundays 9am - 6 pm
Visit Garden of Eve Farm in Riverhead for their fun-filled October weekends! Enjoy sweet corn/squash, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and so much more. With many attractions and a line-up of live music, the whole family is bound to have endless fun.  Admission information available here .    

Seastreak Cruises
October 2 - October 31
Autumn has arrived! Seastreak is offering fall Hudson River cruises aboard their catamaran.  Choose between a selection of destinations to visit and enjoy beautiful sights of red, orange, and yellow foliage tours. Learn more.

Pumpkin Picking at Stakey's Pumpkin Farm
Open now through October 30!
Located on the North Fork, Stakey's has attractions for the whole family. Featuring pumpkin picking, hayrides, a corn maze, and much more! More information here

Campers Pike on the Forgotten Road
Oct. 7 - Oct. 31, Thurs - Sun.
Presented by Gateway's Haunted Playhouse, this 30-minute haunted drive-thru attraction will have you screaming bloody mary. More information here

Spooky Fest
October 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31
Celebrate Halloween with Spooky Fest! The Tanglewood Preserve in Rockville Centre features eerie lighting, special effects, and characters amongst the spooky wooded paths. Visit the various exhibits and festivities every weekend in October! For more information, click here

Fall Festival Weekends at The Shoppes
October 9 - October 31
Taking place every weekend (Sat - Sun) from 10am - 5pm. Featuring local craft vendors, delicious food, a grand carousel, a bounce house, a scarecrow contest, and much more! Learn more.  

Jazz Loft presents 'Young at Heart' Series
October 14, November 11, December 9
Starting Wednesday, October 6 at 1pm, Jazz Loft will kick off their ' Young at Heart' series in celebration of jazz's impact in film. Taking place in the afternoon, this one-hour program is dedicated to seniors and those living with memory loss. Note: All concerts are on Wednesdays and begin at 1pm. 

Fall Festival @ Vanderbilt Museum + Planetarium
Oct. 15 - Oct. 31
Centerport's Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium are hosting a series of festive days and haunted nights events. During the day,  children ages 2 and up can enjoy general admission to the museum, mini-golf, face painting, scavenger hunt, and more! At night, those ages 12 and up can experience the Wicked Walk: A Haunted Maze and the Wicked Haunt. Learn more

Shelter Island's Annual 5K Run/Walk
October 16 - October 24
Now through October 24, don't miss the opportunity to walk/run for Breast Cancer Awareness Month! A $30 registration fee includes both t-shirts and bibs. To register, donate, or purchase raffle tickets, click here

YMCA Family Services: Free Youth Counseling
Starting October 18
The YMCA Family Services is offering free groups and counseling for youth ages 6-21. Part of Suffolk County Youth Bureau's Diversion Project, groups will start the week of October 18, 2021. Featuring strategies for adapting to change, managing difficult emotions, increasing self esteem, and much more. 

Fall Art Walk
October 18 - November 1
Visit the Village of Port Jefferson for their Fall Art Walk! Participating businesses throughout the Village will display original artwork by local artists for public viewing. Though this is a self-guided viewing, maps will be given out with locations and artist information. More information here. port jeff fall artwalk 2021

The M.C. Escher Experience 
Saturday, October 23 @ 2pm
Visit the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics for a collaborative workshop that explores the modern, Dutch artist Maurits Cornelis (M.C.) Escher. Learn about the fascinating art of tessellations and how mathematical operations factor into it! There, curator Lorraine Walsh, will give participants a tour of the exhibition and discuss Escher's work. At 3pm, participants will return to The Studio at Gallery North to create their own tessellation art!   Click here for more information

Splashes of Hope
October 23, 10am - 2pm
Splashes of Hope is creating murals for the Town of Kings Park! Guided by professional artists, join them on October 23 for their FREE mural painting event at 21 Pulaski Road, Kings Park, NY.  View flyer below for information. 
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Annual Health & Wellness Fest (FREE)
Saturday, October 23, 9am - 1pm
The Greater Port Jefferson Chamber of Commerce invites you to visit their 11th Annual Health and Wellness Fest. In pursuit of promoting community health, this festival wants to see you " See Your Way to Better Health"! Visit for more information.  

Jazz Loft's BB&B: Blues, Beer, and BBQ!
October 23, 2 - 5pm
Visit Jazz Loft in Stony Brook for on October 23 for a selection of craft beers, a variety of BBQ selections, and a line-up of LI's best Blues legends. Sponsored by Red Kettle 'Que, the menu includes pulled pork sliders, BBQ chicken, and other traditional Southern dishes. Save the date for this event of good eats, good company, and good music! Prices and event information here

Harvest Festival
October 23
Visit Port Jefferson Village for the long-awaited Harbor Festival! Welcome the fall season with a list of activities for the whole family. More information here .

Haunted Village at the Rogers Mansion
October 24 - October 31, Saturdays 2 - 3:30pm
Visit a haunted Southampton Village inhabited with ghosts, goblins and ghouls. Those brave enough to face the unimaginable and make it to the end will be rewarded with candy and pumpkins! More information located here

Mixed Media Encaustic
October 24 & October 31, 1pm - 4pm
Visit Gallery North for this introductory workshop hosted by Tom Brydelsky. Students will learn the ancient art of encaustic painting and enjoy working with this unique medium. For course information, along with cost, click here .  

Native American Drumming Meditation: Hosted by Ric Statler
October 28, 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
Join Native American elder and experienced drummer, Ric Statler, as he leads a group drumming meditation. With a suggested donation of $10-$20, you can enjoy this unique healing practice at All Souls Rectory (5 Mill Pond Road, Stony Brook, NY).  For more information, contact Dan Kerr at All Souls (631-655-7798)
Lastest events:  August 26 (7:00-8:30 PM) + September 23 (7:00pm - 8:45pm) 

31st Annual Halloween Festival
October 29, 2pm - 5pm
Trick-or-Treat thoughout the Stony Brook Village Center! Featuring children's games, Monster Mash dancing, and a Halloween Parade -- perfect for the whole family. Learn more.

Village of Port Jeff's Sidewalk Sale
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Jazz Loft: November 2021 Events
During the month of November, visit 275 Christian Ave in Stony Brook Village to jam out with your favorite fresh talents headlining the loft. Below are some events to look forward to.
11/3 - 11/24 Wednesdays @ 7PM:  the loft hosts a weekly Jazz Loft Trio and Jam 
11/4 @ 7PM Marilyn Maye & the Jazz Loft Big Band: the 17-member band performs with praised singer, actress, director, and Grammy nominated artist Marilyn Maye
11/5 @ 7PM Marilyn Mae and Her Trio: Triple threat Marilyn Maye returns
11/18 @ 7PM Bad Little Big Band: 12 member band, led by Rich Iacona, performs music of the Great American Song Book and original compositions/arrangements. Vocalist: Madeline Kole
11/19 @ 7PM Drumming Legends: Featuring drummers Ronnie Zito, Jackie Wilson, Darrell Smith and Chris Smith. Houston Person (tenor sax), Steve Salerno (guitar), and Tom Manuel (cornet) form the rest of the band.

Gallery North presents Printmaking: Intaglio on Plexi
Friday Nov. 5, Nov. 12, Nov. 19, 5:30 pm - 8 pm
Join artist and printmaker Lorena Salcedo-Watson at Setauket's Gallery North Studio as she hosts a series of classes designed to provide basic information on intaglio printmaking techniques. For event information, click here

Gardening in the Park
November 6, 9am - 12pm
Join Common Ground in their efforts to care for the gardens in Sayville's Rotary Park.  Learn more

Gallery North's Saturday ArtVentures
Nov 6, 13, 20 Dec 4, 11, 18
Join artist and educator, Julia Jane Moore, as she hosts Saturday art classes! Ages 6-11 can enjoy this mixed media class in lessons of art, science, color, nature, and personal innovation. Tools supplied. Mask required. Learn more.

Gallery North's Introduction to Linocut
Nov. 9 & Nov. 16, 6pm - 8pm
Join Jess Mann in this workshop that invites all artists with little or no previous printmaking experience to learn the basics of designing, carving, and printing linocut relief blocks. Learn more.

Veterans Day Ceremony
November 10, 1 pm
Honor the Armed Forces during this ceremony in the Sidney Gelber Auditorium in Student Activities Center (SAC). 

Ronald McDonald House Fall Celebration
November 10, 6:30pm - 10:30pm
Visit Flowerfield in Saint James for their annual Ronald McDonald House Fall Celebration! Hosted by the RMHC New york Metro Stony Brook Advisory Board, this event helps raise funds to support Stony Brook Children's Hospital Family Rooms, Suffolk County RMHC programs, and expansion. for more information, contact Shauntelle Dixon at 516-775-5683 ext. 135, or email

Port Jefferson Farmer's Market
May - Nov. 14, 2021, every Sunday 9:00 - 2:00pm  
Until November 14, visit Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park (Port Jefferson Village) every Sunday for your source of local goods. Featuring vendors such as Westhampton Beach Brewery, Gourmet Burger, Jessy's Pastries, and so many more! Click here for more information.

Gallery North's Holiday Market
Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18, 11am - 4pm
Introducing The Holiday Market, a series of community events showcasing the works of Long Island artists, musicians, and eateries! This free, outdoor experience is complete with local cuisine, live music, and a diverse selection of original artwork. Featuring paintings, prints, ceramics, artisan created jewelry, and more much. Visit Gallery North in Setauket on select Saturdays in November and December to grab the perfect gift for your loved ones. Click here to learn more.

Santa Parade
Sunday, November 28th, 3 pm (FREE!)
Picture this: Main Street Port Jefferson, vintage cars, civic groups, floats, and Santa. To make that vision a reality, visit the annual Santa Parade this year! Click here .

The Annual Festival of Trees
December 1, 2021 - January 2, 2022 @ Port Jeff Village Center
On the second floor of the Port Jeff Village Center, a month-long extravaganza will be held to kick off the holiday shopping season. Businesses, civic associations, non-profits, professionals, and even our local residents who have a knack for holiday crafting are invited to decorate one of the many trees!

Dickens Festival (FREE)
December 4 - December 5, 2021
Port Jeff Village invites all to their Annual Dickens festival returns! This beloved PJ tradition transforms the village into a Dickensian era that features a host of  characters such as Father Christmas, Dickens Mayor, Scrooge, and many more. From the young to the young-at-heart, this event is bound to properly ring in the holiday season. More information available here .

Raptor Sketch Night! with the Birds of Prey from Sweetbriar Nature Center
Friday, December 10 6pm - 8pm
Visit Gallery North for their extra special LIVE animal drawing class! The animal experts from Sweetbriar will share their knowledge of each guest animal and mini drawing lessons will be provided for beginner students. All materials included. Learn more.

Long Beach's Weekly Arts Festival: Arts In The Plaza
Meet local artists and hear the stories behind their creations. Visit Kennedy Plaza in Long Beach every Saturday from Memorial Day weekend through Halloween from 10 am – 3 pm to enjoy handcrafted art, custom jewelry, live music, and more!

The Stony Brook University Hospital Blood Bank
The need for blood donations is still critical. This blood is being used to help save lives. For appointments: Call (631) 444-DONATE (3662). Visit online at

HeartBeet Farms Farmers Market
Every Thursday from 10:30am - 2pm @ the University Hospital’s “Convenience at the Brook”
Featuring sustainable vegetables and fruits, flowers and spices by HeartBeet Farms, breads by Side Hustle Bread, plant-based desserts by The Savory Fig, handmade soaps by Pixie Soaps & Suds, honey by BeeWitched Bee, microgreens by Long Island Microgreens & North Fork Potato Chips, and more. Click here for more information. 

Charles B. Wang Center | Lectures
Open to the public, the Wang Center hosts an array of informative events that aim to spark discussion between the established and the experimental, between the past and the present.  The center's mission is to encourage a deeper understanding of enjoyment of Asian and Asian American arts and culture. Click here to view the Fall 2021 schedule .  

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Ward Melville Heritage Organization: Stony Brook Grist Mill Tour
June - October 31, 2021,
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Stony Brook Grist Mill is open to the public for guided tours with a miller and a Country Store on Sundays from 1pm – 4:30pm, starting June 13th through October.

Stony Brook Music Department: CONCERT SEASON
All events are in-person unless stated otherwise. For more information on these performances, view their events calendar.

Saturdays at Six Concert Series
All Souls Church: 61 Main Street, Stony Brook
All Souls Church Rectory invites all to join them for their monthly, free concert series! Launched with monthly programs by the Stony Brook Chamber Ensemble, this weekly event features professional quality performers seeking exposure in an intimate, quality-acoustic venue with. Please call 631-655-7798 for more info.

Community Resource Guides

Long Island Travel Guide Explore world-renowned beaches, historical lighthouses, culinary delights, premiere golf courses,  and award-winning vineyards on Long Island. Download a copy of the Travel Guide for inspiration  to plan your perfect getaway. GET THE GUIDE

50 Reasons Why We Love Living on Long Island
Life on Long Island is great.
Though many already call it home, people from all over love to deep dive into what Long Island has to offer. With loads of museums, parks, beaches, tours, and beautiful villages, it's obvious why many choose to vacation here, shop here, and spend their weekends here. This site lists 50 reasons why people love Long Island. Check out this guide for your next day-off plans!