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.


What: Animation Block Party
Where: Various Locations
When: Friday, July 28 to Sunday, July 31
Why Go: Animated film fans won’t want to miss this international festival with over 100 animated shorts. Go.

What: The Great Brooklyn Lobster Boil
Where: The Landing at Industry City
When: Sunday, July 31, 11am-4pm
Why Go: Feast on lobster, corn on the cob and red bliss potatoes while listening to live music and playing horseshoes at this outdoor venue. Go.

What: The Lit Exhibit
Where: The Living Gallery
When: Friday, July 29, 7pm-12am
Why Go: Calling all writers, readers, poetry enthusiasts and art lovers. Visit the world’s first gallery of writing, featuring work by Lana C. Marilyn, alongside interactive games like mad libs, magnet poetry and impromptu haikus. Go.

Garden City

What: Laced Up: The Long Island Sneaker Convention & Fashion Show
Where: Cradle of Aviation
When: Saturday, July 30, 5-11pm
Why Go: Welcome to sneakerhead heaven, where enthusiasts can buy, sell and trade their sneakers with collectors and vendors. Attendees can also enter raffles to win exclusive kicks and compete in different sneaker competitions. Go.

Governors Island

What: The New York City Poetry Festival
Where: Colonels Row
When: Saturday, July 30 and Sunday, July 31, 11am-5pm
Why Go: Bringing talented poets from all five boroughs to one showcase, this festival aims to invigorate the city’s literary community. Go.

What: Vintage Baseball
Where: Parade Ground
When: Saturday, July 30, 12-4pm
Why Go: Watch Gotham Base Ball Club play the all-American-sport like it’s 1864, when batters were called “strikers” and bare hands doubled as gloves. Dress in your Sunday best for this unique sporting experience. Go.


What: Water Fight NYC
Where: Central Park
When: Saturday, July 30, 2-5pm
Why Go: Bring your kids or just bring out the child in you by participating in a giant water fight with thousands of other NYC dwellers. Go.

Old Bethpage

What: Long Island Run & Dog Walk for American VetDogs
Where: Old Bethpage Village Restoration
When: Saturday, July 30, 7-9:30am
Why Go: Run or walk the 5K course with your four-legged best friend to raise money for America’s VetDogs, an organization that trains special assistance dogs and pairs them with wounded veterans. Go.


What: A Feast For the Eyes
Where: Nassau County Museum of Art
When: Saturday, July 30, 11am-4:30pm
Why Go: Don’t miss the opening of this exhibit, highlighting how food and dining culture have inspired art throughout history. Styles will range from early 1900 still-life portraits to Pop Art from the 70s. Go.

Sands Point

What: Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly
Where: Sands Point Preserve Conservatory
When: Saturday, July 30, 6-10pm
Why Go: Presented by the North Shore Music Festival, see the opera’s tragic love story unfold while enjoying the preserve’s mansions for cocktails, hor d’oeuvres and dessert prior to the performance. Go.