Go West For 10 Can’t Miss Events

Every week Long Island Pulse editors help you plan your weekend. From the Gold Coast and the South Shore to Manhattan, these are the events you can’t miss. Think of it as your weekend agenda. Share your weekend using #LIPulseWeekends.

Long Beach

What: Long Beach Street Fair
Where: Long Beach Boardwalk
When: Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26
Why Go: Stroll down the boardwalk while shopping with over 200 vendors of clothing, crafts, food, jewelry and other hidden treasures. Go.

Long Island City

What: Cheesemongers Invitational
Where: Larken Cold Storage
When: Friday, June 24 to Sunday, June 26
Why Go: Witness renowned cheese artisans from all over the world compete for the title of Cheesemonger Champion while sampling more types of cheese than you ever knew existed. Go.

Manhattan

What: Del Close Marathon
Where: Various Venues
When: Friday, June 24 to Sunday, June 26
Why Go: Hosted by Upright Citizens Brigade comedy group, the annual weekend-long improv festival features the best comedians from all five boroughs. Go.

What: Games For Change Festival
Where: Parsons School of Design at The New School
When: Thursday, June 23 to Friday, June 24
Why Go: In our increasingly digital world, we are interacting with computer technology and games more than ever before. With keynote speakers, panels and workshops the 13th annual festival will explore how gaming impacts learning, health and social issues. Go.

What: Summer Fancy Food Show
Where: Jacob Javits Center
When: Sunday, June 26 to Tuesday, June 28
Why Go: Don’t miss North America’s largest specialty food and beverage event. Whether you’re looking to network with food professionals and local start-ups or stuff your face with samples, this expo has it all. Go.

What: Swedish Midsummer Festival
Where: Robert F. Wagner Park and Pier A Plaza
When: Friday, June 24, 5pm-8pm
Why Go: Midsummer is a prominent family holiday celebrated by Scandinavian countries. This weekend wear your flower wreath crown and celebrate like a Swede by dancing to authentic fiddle music and picnicking in the park. Go.

Merrick

What: Cupcake Decorating and Wine Tasting
Where: The Vine Wine Bar
When: Sunday, June 26
Why Go: Expand your dessert wine-pairing knowledge while learning how wine is infused into frosting and decorating techniques. Go.

Old Westbury

What: Midsummer Weekend
Where: Old Westbury Gardens
When: Friday, June 24, 7:30pm-9:30pm and Saturday, June 25, 6:30pm
Why Go: See the gardens come to life at sunset with live jazz music and dance performances. The grounds will be embellished with lanterns, candles and other decorations inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s DreamGo.

Queens

What: New York Best Wings Festival
Where: Sunday, June 26, 1pm-6:30pm
When: Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
Why Go: The festival that finds the best wings in Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens is back. Sample the competition yourself and see if your favorite contenders make it to the championship round. Go.

Westbury

What: 60 Years 60 Beers
Where: NYCB Theatre at Westbury
When: Saturday, June 25 at noon
Why Go: Join the theater in celebrating its 60 year heritage on Long Island with a craft beer festival. The summer bash will feature a series of local bands, comedians and food trucks. Go.