9 Can’t Miss Events This Weekend on Long Island

Every Wednesday Long Island Pulse’s editors plan your weekend. From Manhattan to Montauk these are our picks of the top Long Island events and offerings. Think of it as your weekend agenda. Share your weekend using the #LIPulseWeekends.


What: Joe Satriani: From Surfing to Shockwave, Celebrating 30 Years of Mind Bending Guitar DareDevilry
Where: The Tilles Center
When: Friday, April 1, 8pm
Why Go: Rock out in Nassau County with the six-time gold and platinum achieving artist. The accomplished axman will play finger-popping licks and solos from his vast catalogue. Listen to music from his latest albums Music Without Words and Shockwave SupernovaGo.


What: Stand Up with Tom Cotter
Where: Governors’ of Levittown
When: Friday, April 1, 8pm
Why Go: This America’s Got Talent second place winner is coming to Long Island on April Fool’s Day and it’s no joke. The standup comedian has been on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Comedy Central Presents, The Howard Stern Show and more. Go.


What: New York Knicks vs. Brooklyn Nets
Where: Madison Square Garden
When: Friday, April 1, 7:30pm
Why Go: Don’t miss the match between these New York teams (aka: rivals). The Nets have won six out of seven games this 2015-2016 season against the Knicks. See if they keep up their winning ways at this Brooklyn vs. Manhattan faceoff on the Knicks’ home court. Go.


What: 7th Patchogue Folk Festival
Where: Patchogue Theatre
When: Saturday, April 2, 8pm
Why Go: The annual event will feature a live concert by the Chapin family to commemorate the inauguration of the newly-renovated theater. Tom, Steve, Jen, Abigail, Lily and Jonathan Chapin, Howard Fields and John and Clark Wallace will perform Harry Chapin’s folk classics on the historic stage. Go.

What: Guardians of Rescue Fundraising Event
Where: Emporium
When: Saturday, April 2, 5-9pm
Why Go: Slip on your cowboy boots and line dance down to raise funds for Paws of War and Guardians of Rescue, organizations that help veterans and pets. There will be a buffet, 50/50 raffle and live country music with professional line dancers. Go.

Rockville Centre

What: Word Up: Long Island LitFest
Where: Madison Theatre
When: Sunday, April 3, 1-6pm
Why Go: Calling all bookworms! Molloy College is hosting this rare event with live readings from famous authors such as Amy Ferris, Adam Resnick, Susan Shapiro, Elinor Lipman, Alan Zweibel and more. Go.

Rocky Point

What: Paumanok Pursuit 70k Trail Run & Relay
Where: Paumanok Path
When: Sunday, April 3, 7am
Why Go: Run to benefit the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference’s fund to help maintain the Suffolk County Park Trail System. Runners can enter as a relay team or go solo. The run will begin on Route 25A in Rocky Point and finish at Sears Bellows County Park in Hampton Bays. Go.


What: Big Shot, Celebrating the music of Billy Joel
Where: Mulcahy’s
When: Saturday, April 2, 9pm
Why Go: It’s not the Piano Man himself, but it’s the next best thing. Mike DelGuidice and his band Big Shot travel the Island to woo fans with his classic voice and members of Joel’s own stage and studio band. Go.


What: A Tribute To Rock ‘N’ Roll Legends Live!
Where: The Space at Westbury
When: Saturday, April 2, 7:30pm
Why Go: Three of the country’s top rock tribute bands will gather to bring legendary rock anthems to one venue. Petty Rumours will perform the music of Tom Petty and Fleetwood Mac, Beginnings will play Chicago hits and FM will jam on Steely Dan favorites. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Suffolk.  Go.