2018 Long Island Spring Festivals Not to Miss

As warm breezes, flowers and bright colors emerge from their long winter’s nap, Long Island spring festivals leap into action. Packed with food, vendors and entertainment, a visit to one or all of these events is the perfect way to take advantage of the season.

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Spring Flower and Garden Show, Hicks Nursery

When it comes to gardening, the possibilities are endless. Learn about the latest gardening trends and the season’s most popular new plants. Then peruse creative flower displays for even more ideas. March 8-March 25, 8am-6pm Click to go

THAW Festival: The Hamptons Arts Weekend

Rejoice in the arrival of spring with three days of exhibitions, theater performances, film, music, garden tours and workshops. Out of the 19 participating organizations a few include: Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival, LongHouse Reserve, Madoo Conservancy and the Parrish Art Museum. March 23, March 24, March 25, times vary Click to go

Spring Family Freshwater Fishing Festival, Belmont Lake State Park

Get ready to fish for brown, brook and rainbow trout on top of the lake’s large yellow perch population. There will also be fishing instructions, fly casting demonstrations and a fish cleaning station. Note: The freshwater fishing license requirement will be lifted temporarily. April 7, 10am-4pm Click to go

Spring Appreciation Day Festivities, Stony Brook Village Center

Join in a celebration of warm weather with music from Walkie bear and WALK radio. There will also be a petting zoo and special sales. April 21, 12pm-5pm Click to go

Spring Fling, Parrish Art Museum

Have a spring fling with Long Island. The event features live music by NOIZ, an open bar and delicious hors d’oeuvres by Elegant Affairs. April 21, 7:30pm-11pm Click to go

Arbor Day Family Festival, Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum

Partake in a festival that brings attention to the importance of trees and the need to preserve the environment. Activities include face painting, a petting zoo and caricaturists. April 28, April 29, 11am-5pm Click to go

Spring Festival at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery

Embrace nature with environmental exhibitors, live animal encounters, kid’s fishing, food, music and a petting zoo. April 28, 10am-4:30pm Click to go

Spring Boutique at Old Westbury Gardens

Held at the beautiful Old Westbury Gardens, this market will feature individual vendors and local businesses selling unique, handmade goods. Get a head start on your Mother’s Day shopping and if you work up an appetite food is available onsite. May 5, May 6, 10am-5pm Click to go

Huntington Tulip Festival, Heckscher Park

Don’t miss more than 20,000 tulips, art exhibitions, activity booths, musical performances and refreshments. Visitors can also enter to win around $300 through the annual tulip festival photo contest. May 6, 11am-4pm Click to go

Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival, The Wang Center

Enjoy spring with the blooming of sakura (cherry blossoms), the sounds of taiko drums and a variety of Japanese cultural exhibits. There will be activities like ikebana flower arrangements, tea workshops, manga drawing, origami paper folding and kimono dress-ups. May 6, 12pm-5pm Click to go

Montauk Music Festival

For four days, more than 100 independent artists of all genres will serenade crowds around various venues in Montauk. And that includes the popular Gurney’s Montauk and Gosman’s Dock. May 17, May 18, May 19, May 20 Click to go

Bethpage Air Show, Jones Beach

Spend Memorial Day Weekend watching the US Navy Blue Angels paint the sky white. Pro Tip: Get there early since past shows have garnered more than 200,000 people. May 26, May 27, 10am-3pm Click to go