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Long Island Summer Concert Calendar

summer concert calendar

By Lauren Jablonski & Victoria Evola

Summer on Long Island is all about finding fun things to do, but nothing beats loud music, late nights and bright lights. Every summer, Long Island hosts multiple music festivals featuring the hottest artists from all genres. Below is a list of festivals on Long Island to make your summer filled with memorable music.

106.1 BLI Summer Jam Music Festival

Date: June 15th

Location: Northwell Heath at Jones Beach Amphitheatre

1000 Ocean Pkwy Wantagh, NY 11793

Artisits: Shawn Mendes, Meghan Trainor, Zedd, Marshmello, 5 Seconds of Summer, Backstreet Boys, Alessia Cara, Bebe Rexha, Dua Lipa, and Why Don’t We

This is a huge year for BLI Summer Jam with the largest lineup of artists ever. Shawn Mendes, Meghan Trainor and 5 Seconds of Summer just released new singles. Don’t miss the Backstreet Boys performing their popular hits I want it that Way, Quit Playing Games with My Heart as well as their newest single Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.

KTUphoria Music Festival

Date: June 16th

Location: Northwell Heath at Jones Beach Amphitheatre

1000 Ocean Pkwy Wantagh, NY 11793

Artists: Dua Lipa, Ne-Yo, Charlie Puth, Enrique Iglesias, Sting and Shaggy, and Pitbull

KTU hosts a summer music festival featuring popular artists. Charlie Puth has had a strong start to 2018, with the release of his hit singles, How Long and Attention. His set will definitely be worth it! Enjoy a good throwback when Sting and Shaggy, hit the stage for a duo performance. This is one summer night that will be popping with hits.

 

Great South Bay Music Festival

Date: July 12, 13,14 &15

Location: Shorefront Park

99 Smith Street, Patchogue NY, 11772

Artists Playing: The Dickey Betts Band, Umphreys McGee, Sublime with Rome, The Front Bottoms, Dirty Heads, Electric Hot Tuna, Papadosio, Little Feat, Thrice, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Get Up Kids, Envy on the Coast, Less Than Jake, JGB Featuring Melvin Seals, The Devon Allman Project, The Imagination Movers, Bohemians, Awaken, Half Step, Reckoning, Memphis Crawl, Miles to Dayton, Callooh Callay, Dudley Music, Ritual Talk, Dharma 2.0, Nonstop to Cairo, and Albums we Love.

For the 12th year in a row, Great South Bay Music Festival is the largest four day festival on Long Island with 60 artists. This event will also have a diverse food court, with multiple beer and wine stands. The festival also has an artisan market with diverse collections of handmade creations made by local artists. All ages are welcome and kids under the age of 10 are free and can enjoy the Kidzone. Bring your favorite lawn chair and enjoy a relaxing environment with good music.

 

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Vans Warped Tour

Date: July 28th

Location: Northwell Heath at Jones Beach Amphitheatre

1000 Ocean Pkwy Wantagh, NY 11793

Artists: 30H!3, The Amity Affliction, As It Is, Asking Alexandria, Assuming We Survive, Broadside, Capstan, Chase Atlantic, Chelsea Grin, Crown The Empire, Dayseeker, Deez Nuts, Doll Skin, Don Broco, Every Time I Die, Farewell Winters, Four Year Strong, Grayscale, Ice Nine Kills, In Hearts Wake, The Interrupters, Issues, Knuckle Puck, Kublai Khan, Lighterburns, The Maine, Makeout, Mayday Parade, Motionless in White, Movements, Mychildren Mybride, Nekrogoblikon, Palaya Royale, Real Friends, Reel Big Fish, Senses Fail, Sharptooth, Silverstein, Simple Plan, Sleep On It, State Champs, Story Untold, This Wild Life, Tonight Alive, Trash Boat, Twiztid, Unearth, Wage War, Waterparks, We The Kings, and With Confidence.

Sad to say, this year will be the last cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour. This show has been running for 24 years. Veteran acts Reel Big Fish, Simple Plan, Silverstein, and Senses Fair are taking the stage for the final tour. Stay updated with the Warped Tour app, for news and updates on the festival

Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival

Date: August 18th-19

Location:  Northwell Heath at Jones Beach Amphitheatre

1000 Ocean Pkwy Wantagh, NY 11793

Artists: DJ Snake, Future, Rae Sremmurd, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Bad Royale, Bhad Bhabie, Cheat Codes, Daya, Frank Walker, French Montana, Gnash, Jacquees, J.I.D, Justine Skye, Kehlani, Kim Petras, The Knocks, Krewella, LIIV, Lil Xan, Logan Henderson, London Richards, Loote, Machine Gun Kelly, Matoma, Matt Medved, Maty Noyes, NGHTMRE, Nothing Nowhere, Olivia O’ Brien, Phantoms, Rich the Kid, Rozes, Sabrina Carpenter, Sheppard, Shoreline Mafia, Taylor Bennett, They., Two Friends, Verite, and Yvng Svnt.

See Billboard’s hottest artists sing their top singles at the two-day Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival. This festival features a variety of acts include rappers Future and Machine Gun Kelly and singer/songwriter Daya who just recently released, Sit Still, Look Pretty.

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Outdoor Concert Survival Checklist

Heading to an outdoor concert or two this summer? Attending a music festival comes with its own unique challenges. Planning ahead can mean the difference between ending the day on a high note or feeling exhausted. Be prepared with this outdoor concert survival checklist. Put together this survival kit and get ready to rock.

A water bottle

More and more festivals have water refill stations at convenient locations. Bring a reusable water bottle or a collapsible water pouch and stay hydrated and energized all day without ever having to pay $5 or more for a small disposable plastic bottle.

Sun protection

Summer festivals can get really hot. Overexposing yourself to the sun is one of the quickest ways to get exhausted. Pack sunscreen and consider adding a hat to your outfit. Avoid getting sunburned by replying sunblock throughout the day. Also, bring a pair of sunglasses with UV protection so you can watch your favorite band without squinting.

Comfortable Footwear

If you’re going to be on your feet all day long, make sure you wear comfortable shoes. There’s nothing worse than leaving a festival at the end of the night when your feet are killing you. Wear a comfortable pair of sneakers and avoid wearing sandals, they don’t offer much support and someone might stomp on your feet in the mosh pit. Pack Band-Aids just incase your sneakers start to rub. If you have a large enough bag, bring a change of shoes so you can keep dancing all night long.

Snacks

Make sure you stay fueled to last the entire festival. Bring healthy snacks such as granola, protein bars, or fruit in your bag. If you find yourself feeling tired, have a snack. Boosting your blood sugar can help you get back in the game.

 

Hand Sanitizer/Hand Wipes

The bathroom situation at a festival or concert can be less than ideal. Make sure you bring have toilet paper, napkins or tissues on you incase the bathroom or porta potty doesn’t. Also bring hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes to clean your hands after you use the bathroom or before you eat.

Portable phone charger

Bring a small, portable phone charger incase your phone dies. You don’t want to lose your friends at the concert while you have a dead phone.

Enjoy going to outdoor concerts without any hassles with this survival checklist. Stay safe and have a great time!

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DIY Flower Crowns for Festival Season

Flower crowns are a fun and trendy accessory that can enhance any outfit. They’re the perfect addition to any festival-season outfits, and are fairly simple to make as a DIY project.

Crown Base

Use floral wire and bend it into the shape you want to make the base of the crown. Floral wire is great because it can easily bend into the perfect size. Floral tape can be used to secure the wire in the circular shape and since it’s green, it perfectly blends in with the flowers and leaves.

Crown Styles

There are a few different styles of crown that you can make. A full crown is made using a complete circle of floral wire, and these will stay on your head simply by being set there. You can also get a little creative and make a Grecian-style half crown. These can be harder to keep in place, so you can try adding earpieces to help keep it in place. This style of crown can also be kept in place by using bobby pins.

Real vs. Fake Flowers

Real flowers can have a beautiful appearance, but if you’re planning to wear the crown all day, the flowers will wilt. Silk flowers won’t wilt and you can wear your flower crown as many times you want and the flowers will still look beautiful.

Leaves and Greenery

Leaves and other greenery can be fun to mix in with the flowers. Greenery is a great way to fill in gaps between larger flowers without the crown and can mask the green floral wire and tape.

Flower Placement

Lay out your flowers ahead of time. Once you have everything arranged how you want it, attach it to the crown itself.

Assembling the Crown

Add the greenery first, once taped in place, add the flowers. Use flowers are with slightly longer stems, they are easier to tape to the crown. To make sure they stay in place, wrap the floral tape around the stem a few times. This will help keep them secure so they don’t come loose throughout the day. It’s better to have the stems too long than too short—any excess stems can be cut off.

Finishing Touches

Bring your flower crown to the next level. Fake flowers can be painted a wide array of colors. Glitter can also add the perfect amount of sparkle to a crown for a shimmering effect.

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Best Local Pop Culture, Comic & Gaming Events

comics

If you are into comics, gaming and collecting, Long Island is the place for you this summer. There are many festivals close to home that will keep any pop culture fanatic entertained. From gaming expos, to toy shows and anime conventions, you can find entertainment that interests you.

Five Points Festival

Date: June 2nd & 3rd

 Time: 2nd – 11am-6pm

3rd – 11am-5pm

Location: Brooklyn Expo Center

72 Noble Street, Brooklyn NY 11222

Cost: Saturday Single Day Pass- $35

Sunday Single Day Pass- $20

Weekend Pass- $45

Five Points Festival is a mixture of art, toys, counterculture and craft beer. You can see things such as, toys, original art, indie designers, posters, prints, apparel and more.

Borough Con

Date: June 15th -17th

Location: Brooklyn Expo Center

72 Noble Street, Brooklyn NY 11222

Cost: Friday Day Pass- $32

Saturday Day Pass- $36

Sunday Day Pass- $28

Weekend Pass- $45

This convention celebrates anime, gaming, comics, sci-fi, manga and much more. It will also include voice actors, comic book and cosplay guests and media guest Jamie Chung.

Eternal Con

Date: June 16th & 17th

Time: Saturday 10am-7pm

Sunday 10am- 5pm

Location: Nassau Coliseum

1255 Hempstead Turnpike

Uniondale, NY 11533

Cost: Saturday Single Pass- $29/adult & $15/child (6-12)

Sunday Single Pass- $25/adult & $12/child (10-12)

Eternal Con is the most popular pop culture event on Long Island. Last year, this event had over 12,000 fans in attendance. This event will feature celebrities such as, William Shatner, Margot Kidder, Jeff East and Steve Cardenas that you can meet and greet. Sunday is Kids Day; there will be fun activities for kids such as, Jedi training, and even a kid’s costume contest. This event will feature comedy shows, Jedi battles and live performances all weekend long.

Cradle Con

Date: June 23rd & 24th

Time: 23rd – 10am-7pm

24th – 10am-5pm

Location: Cradle of Aviation Museum

Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City, NY 11530

Cost: Sat/Sun Day Pass- $20

Weekend Pass- $30

This brand new event was created by fans for the fans. This convention celebrates the comic book culture. Fans can meet and greet their favorite comic book creators. Collectors can find rare books and toys they have been looking for, and cosplayers can show off their best costumes.

Long Island Toy Show

Date: July 21st

Time: 10am-4pm

Location: Hofstra University North Campus Student Center

Multipurpose Room

900 Fulton Ave, Hempstead, NY 11550

Cost: $10 at door or $7 in advance (Kids under 12 are free)

If you are into collecting toys, this convention is for you. This toy show showcases local dealers who specialize in toys and collectibles from the 1970s to now. Bring your toys and money to buy, sell and trade toys. Some old favorites include Transformers, Masters of the Universe, G.I Joe, Star Wars and LEGO.

 

Long Island Retro Gaming Expo

Date: August 11th & 12th

Time: 11th- 10am-10pm

12th- 10am-5pm

Location: Cradle of Aviation Museum

Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City, NY 11530

Cost: Saturday Single Day- $22/adult & $12/child (4-12)

Sunday Single Day- $20/adult $10/child (4-12)

Weekend Two Day Pass- $35/adult & $20/child (4-12)

Play all your retro favorites, browse gaming vendors and participate in panel discussions. Listen to music performers and enter tournaments to win prizes at the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo.

 

Terrific Con

Date: August 17th -19th

Time: 17th- 3pm-9pm

18th- 10am-7pm

19th- 10am-5pm

Location: Mohegan Sun

1 Mohegan Sun Blvd Uncasville, CT 06382

Cost: Friday Day Pass-$26.75

Sat/Sun Day Pass-$29.75

Three Day Pass-$75.00

Kids under 10 get in free.

If you are looking for a quick getaway that is only a ferry ride away, Terrific Con is an ideal weekend vacation. This convention is three days of fun and is only a short trip away to Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Terrific Con is considered the #1 Comic Convention for fans of comics, actors from super-hero films, sci-fi films and horror shows. You can purchase comic books, artwork, memorabilia and gaming goods.

INBEON CON

Date: August 25th

Time: 10am-6pm

Location: Hofstra University Students Center

East Cir Hempstead, NY 11550

Cost: $15 a ticket or $30 for VIP

INBEON CON is a Comic Con for artists. If you have a love for anime, comics, cosplay and gaming, this event is for you. You can meet local artists such as Sarah Hopkins, Mel Doodles, Kyle Horne and Eric Hutchison. Costume designers, animators and game developers will also be there. You can even learn how to become an artist at this event.

 

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How to Celebrate Earth Day on Long Island

Earth Day

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd, its day to provoke policy changes and show support for environmental protection. Giving back is a way of thanking the earth for everything it has given us such as air, water, and resources. There are many things to do on Long Island to celebrate or give back on Earth Day to help achieve a healthy sustainable environment.

Open Day Earth Day Festival

Date/Time: Saturday, April 21st – 12pm-5pm

Location: Crossroads Farm

480 Hempstead Ave

Malverne, NY 11565

Cost: Free Event (all ages are welcome)

Don’t miss the Earth Day Festival at Crossroads Farms. Enjoy activities, live music workshops and more.

Gardening 101: Gardening for Beginners

Date/ Time: Sunday, April 22nd – 1:30pm-3:30pm

Location: Patchogue Medford Library

60 East Main Street

Patchogue, NY 11772

Cost: Free event

Phone: Call and register (631) 654-4700

Learn how to garden by nurturing what grows. Gardening101 will teach you how to plant and design your own garden at home by showing you how to prepare soil, plant and transplant seeds.

Quogue Wildlife Refuge Earth Day Celebration

Date/Time: Saturday, April 28th -12pm-3pm

Location: Quogue Wildlife Refuge

3 Old Country Road

Quogue, NY 11959

Cost: Free event (held rain or shine)

Celebrate nature on the east end of Long Island at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Activities include guided nature walks, animal presentations, crafts and self-guided kayaking and canoeing.

Conservation Kids-Habitat Conservation

Date/Time: Saturday, April 21st – 2pm-4pm

Location: Center for Science Teaching and Learning

1450 Tanglewood Rd

Rockville Centre, NY 11570

Cost: $14/a child

Ages: 5-12

Teach children the importance of Earth Day so they can keep it healthy and clean for future generations. Make your own DIY craft using recycled materials to make a beautiful work of art. Kids will also learn about biodiversity and how plants and animals interact with the environment.

Sound Off! (Save the Long Island Sound)

Date/ Time: Sunday, April 22nd – 11am-3pm

Location: The Whaling Museum and Education Center

279 Main Street

Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Cost: Free event

Learn about the history and conservation of the Long Island Sound. Enjoy a hands-on experience including a live touch tank from The Waterfront Center, science experiments, water monitoring and information booths.

Seatuck’s Annual ECO-Carnival

Date/Time: Saturday April 21st – 11am-4pm

Location: Seatuck Suffolk County Environmental Center

550 South Bay Ave

Islip, NY 11751

Cost: Free event (donations are suggested)

Seatuck’s Annual ECO-Carnival is one of the biggest earth day celebrations on Long Island. There will nature stations, and nature inspired arts and crafts. All ages are welcome to enjoy the games, booths, live performances and food.

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Non-Irish things to do on St. Patrick’s Day

Not into green-dyed beer, overcrowded bars and corned beef and cabbage? Here are some non-Irish events and concerts that you can attend this St. Patrick’s Day on Long Island.

The Spring I Love Chocolate Fest at the East Wind

Date/Time: Mar 17th and Mar 18th-10am-6pm

Location: East Wind Long Island

5720 Route 25A
Wading River, NY 11792

Cost:  Adults $20/Kids and Seniors $15/Kids 3 and under are free
Website: lovechocolatefest.com

Chocolate lovers, indulge your sweet tooth at New York’s biggest chocolate event with over 50 chocolate exhibits including everything from decadent truffles, handcrafted chocolates and chocolate covered bacon and jerky. For the non-chocolate lovers, there will be 50 exhibits with delicious food, crafts, wine, beer and spirits. Enjoy live music and entertainment and a special visit from The Easter Bunny.

Judas Priest

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17th-7pm

Location: Nassau Coliseum

1255 Hempstead Turnpike

Uniondale, NY 11553

Tickets: $65 nycblive.com

The English heavy metal band, Judas Priest will be rocking the stage at Nassau Coliseum for St. Patrick’s Day. Judas Priest just released their 18th studio album Firepower, the first studio album since Ram it Down in 1988.

Werid Al

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17th-8pm

Location: The Paramount

370 New York Ave

Huntington, NY 11743

Tickets: $47.25-$99.50

Website: paramountny.com

“Weird Al” Yankovic will be taking the stage for The Paramount Comedy Series, as part of his “The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour.” Enjoy his humorous songs and parodies as he pokes fun at pop-culture.

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Long Island’s 2018 Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations

St. Patrick’s Day only comes around once a year, but there are celebrations all month long on Long Island including parades, bar crawls and other festivities where you can show your Irish pride. Here are some fun ways to get into the St. Patty’s Day spirit.

102.3 WBAB Presents Roger & JP’s 18th Annual Corned Beef & Chaos

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17th-1-5pm

Location: Stereo Garden

9 Railroad Avenue
Patchogue, NY 11772

Phone: 631-714-4486

Cost: Free Event

Join Roger & JP from WBAB as they host the 18th Annual Corned Beef and Chaos at Stereo Garden in Patchogue. Enjoy free corned beef and cabbage, limited edition t-shirts and Miller Lite for only $1.02. Rock out to the cover band 2U, play games and win fun prizes. Long Island’s own Scotty the Leprechaun will also be making an appearance.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17th-10-2pm

Location: Suffolk County Farm and Education Center

350 Yaphank Avenue
Yaphank, NY 11980

Phone: 631-852-4600

Cost: $6

Get ready to hunt for the leprechaun’s pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! Go to the Suffolk Farm and Education Center’s for the annual Pot O’ Gold Hunt. The scavenger hunt also includes a wagon ride, refreshments and you can feed the animals on the farm. This is a fun way to celebrate St. Patty’s Day with the entire family.

 

Irish Comedy Night at Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts

Date/ Time: Saturday, March 17th- 8pm

Location: Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts

2 East Main Street
Smithtown, NY 11787

Phone: 631-724-3700
Cost: $40

Website: www.smithtownpac.org/theatre-schedule/special-events/irish-comedy

If you think leprechauns are funny, get ready to chuckle during Irish Comedy Night at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts. See some of the funniest comedians on Long Island this St. Patrick’s Day.

 

7-in-Heaven Spring Fling Dinner/Dance – St Patty’s Day

Date/Time: Saturday, March 17th-6:30-10:30pm

Location: Residence Marriot Inn (Terrace Room)

9 Gerhard Rd
Plainview, NY 11803

Phone: 631-592-9804

Cost: $44 in advance/ $49 at the door (*Cash Bar)

Long Island singles, don’t miss the Spring Fling dinner and dance on St. Patrick’s Day at the Plainview, Marriot. Enjoy a three course meal and green beer for toasting. Grooveline Entertainers will be playing upbeat, feel good songs so you can dance the night away.

 

LepreCon Long Island Irish Pride Bar Crawl in Farmingdale

Date/ Time: Saturday, March 3rd-12:00pm

Cost: $20 in advance/$25 at the door (this event is 21 and over)

Website: www.uniquebarcrawls.com/leprecon-long-island.html

Get ready for the hottest St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl on Long Island, Leprecon! Purchase a wristband and enjoy food and drink specials at the best bars and eateries on Main Street in Farmingdale. Locations include Library Café, Jade Palace, Croxley’s Ale House, Vintage Wine Bar, Blue Hawaiian Bar, Lithology Brewing, Daytona’s, Dark Horse Tavern and The Nutty Irishman. Proceeds benefit the Ashley Wade Foundation, a charity that raises money for children battling chronic illnesses. Admission will also get you into the after party and costume contest at The Nutty Irishman.