14 Things to Do This April

Spring is in the air. After countless cold nights and short days, the Island is reborn with the sound of glasses clinking and music serenading. It’s officially time to turn that cabin fever into spring fever, explore everything the region has to offer and have THE BEST WEEK!

Monday

“American Gothic” is one of the most famous pieces of art our nation has produced. To discover its creator’s other works take a trip to the Whitney. Curator Barbara Haskell gives us a sneak peek. Get home in time to attend The Safe Center’s Taste That Jazz. The primer on the Center’s inspiring work is in Safe at Home.

Tuesday

Dine at Oyster Bay’s 2 Spring to savor a meal from a James Beard-nominated chef. Hint: he’s known for turning PB&J into an experience. Skip the port wine and head home to enjoy a glass of pinot noir from California’s Anderson’s Conn Valley winery. Learn how the wine region is recovering from devastating fires—and how you can help.

Wednesday

Spring is alive with the sound of music. It starts with the Harlem Renaissance born jazzy art of Romare Bearden on view at Hofstra’s Emily Lowe Gallery. If you’re more of the curl up on the couch type, do so while watching Showtime’s documentary Dare to be Different about the legendary WLIR radio station. Meet the legends behind the film.

Thursday

The celebration of nature’s greatest accomplishment—the human body—starts with 7 Living Virtues played out in photographic—and instructive—glory.  These virtues come to life in the Indomitable Form of Ashley Graham. Find out how the model is living her best life and inspiring others to do the same.

Friday

Cowboy Junkies hit the stage at Westhampton Performing Arts Center. Songwriter Michael Timmins tells you what to expect. To make sure you’re fully satiated for the raucous show check out the LI Dining Guide. May we suggest The View in Oakdale? It’s on the way. Order the root beer glazed short ribs. We hear good things.

Saturday

Parrish Art Museum’s Spring Fling features live music, open bar, delicious hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Learn how to score tickets. This isn’t the only party in town. Get a rundown of all the spring festivals happening from Manhattan to Montauk. It is the time of year when long drives, even in traffic, are a pleasure.

Sunday

Take a load off and enjoy one of the springtime brews from LI’s foremost breweries. See our guide to a few key offerings. What to pair them with? A bucket of oysters might be one. Sticky short ribs may be another. Long Island Restaurant Week’s lineup is known to feature the venues where local suds and eats are blazing trails. Find the deets.