Summer Fun 2011: Concerts & Street Festivals

Summer is here and the time is right for concerts on Long Island. Whether it’s concerts by the ocean at Jones Beach, or on the East End at Stephen Talkhouse or the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, great music in a cool location is what makes summer concert-going on Long Island so special.

Summer Concerts
by Steve Matteo

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
(516) 221-1000

July 17, Furthur featuring Bob Weir and Phil Lesh
July 24, Goo Goo Dolls (Something For The Rest of Us)/Michelle Branch/Parachute
July 28, Aretha Franklin
July 29, Flaming Lips/Weezer/Yeasayer
Aug 10, Kings of Leon (Come Around Sundown)/Band of Horses (Infinite Arms)
Aug 12, Maroon 5 (Hands All Over)/Train (Save Me San Francisco)/Gavin DeGraw
Aug 18, Doobie Brothers (World Gone Crazy)/Lynyrd Skynyrd
Aug 19, Jimmy Buffett
Aug 27, Rib Rock Festival featuring B.B. King/Buddy Guy (Living Proof)/J. Geils Band. The Kerry Kearney Band and Joe Rock and the All-Stars, featuring Mark Mendoza from Twisted Sister on the Festival Stage, barbecue by Long Island’s best pitmasters and Long Island Music Hall of Fame exhibit.

NYCB Theatre at Westbury
(516) 334-0800

June 7, Go-Go’s
June 17, The Monkees
June 18, Kenny Loggins
July 8, The Happy Together Tour 2011: The Turtles, featuring Flo & Eddie/The Association/ The Grass Roots/The Buckinghams/Mark Lindsay
July 22, Boz Scaggs/Michael McDonald (Soul Speak)
Aug 5, Ali Campbell’s UB40, Maxi Priest, Junior Marvin
Aug 13, Steve Miller (Let Your Hair Down)

Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale
(516) 794-9300

June 21, Sade (Soldier of Love)/John Legend (Wake Up!)

Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
(631) 288-1500

June 3, Josh Ritter (So Runs The World Away)
June 18, Indigo Girls (Staring Down the Brilliant Dream)
June 19, Daniel Lanois and Black Dub (Black Dub)
July 1, Kenny Loggins
July 24, Elvis Costello & the Imposters (National Ransom)

The Stephen Talkhouse
(631) 267-3117

June 3, Tom Tom Club
June 4, Michelle Shocked
June 30, Buckwheat Zydeco
July 1-2, Citizen Cope
July 8, The Raul Malo Band (Sinners and Saints)
July 15, Loudon Wainwright III
Aug 19, Jorma Kaukonen (Steady As She Goes as part of Hot Tuna)
Aug 20, Judy Collins

2011 Summer Street Festivals
By Niko Krommydas

Port Washington HarborFest and Craft Fair 2011
Sunday, June 5
Town Dock, Port Washington
(516) 944-5387

Will feature cruises on Manhasset Bay, stagecoach rides, nautical/environmental education exhibits, and 100+ craft vendors with unique handmade clothing, aluminum can art and other assorted items.

Our Lady of Grace Church Medieval Faire
Saturday and Sunday, June 11-12
Parish Grounds, 666 Albin Ave., West Babylon
(631) 587-5185

A Medieval-themed fair and fashion show presented by Medieval Scenarios and Recreations, Inc. Proceeds to benefit Our Lady of Grace Church.

57th Annual Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival
Friday to Sunday, June 17-19
Strawberry Fields, CR 48, Mattituck
(631) 298-2222

An all-strawberry fundraiser presented by the Mattituck Lions Club, an organization committed to raise awareness for the blind. Carnival rides, arts and crafts, live music and the selection of the 2011 Strawberry Queen.

Kings Park Day
Sunday, June 18
Kings Park High School, 200 E. Main St., Kings Park
(631) 269-7678

A Celebration of the Kings Park community, with food, arts and crafts and a kick-off bike rally.

32nd Annual Sayville Summerfest
Friday to Sunday, August 5-7
Gillette Park, Gillette Ave., Sayville
(631) 567-5257

Three-day outdoor celebration of summer in Sayville, with carnival rides ($30 ride bracelet) and games, an international food court, classic car show, arts and crafts vendors and the opportunity to explore the local business community.

31st Annual Paumanauke Pow-Wow and Native American Living Arts Festival
Saturday and Sunday, August 13-14
Babylon Town Hall, 200 E. Sunrise Highway Lindenhurst
(631) 587-3696

Promotes the preservation of LI Native American cultural heritage through dance, art, craft, food, and other “First Americans” traditions. Visitors: Check website for proper etiquette.

20th Annual Seafood Festival & Craft Fair
Saturday and Sunday, August 27-28
Maritime Museum, West Ave, West Sayville
(631) 447-8679

Two-day fundraiser highlighting LI’s maritime history and heritage. Activities include an oyster shucking contest, nautical crafts market, live music, children-themed pirate entertainment and sustainable South Shore exhibits.