Located in Queens County on the north shore of Long Island, New York, Little Neck shares a suburban atmosphere with its neighboring communities of Nassau and Suffolk County. Graced with luscious parks and diverse cultures, the fall festivals in Little Neck and the rest of Long Island offer much to do for friends and family alike.
National Estuaries Day - Little Neck Bay Festival
Celebrated in Alley Pond Park, the National Estuaries Day in Little Neck Bay offers a rain or shine festival with educational programs and exhibits that explore local nature trails and estuarine ecosystems. The event traditionally is scheduled at the end of September with local community groups hosting games, crafts and more. The event is free with live music, fishing lessons, kayak demos and canoe rides. Residents also have an opportunity to meet neighborhood historians and members of various civic associations.
The Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay, Long Island
The Oyster Festival began as a parade to honor Theodore Roosevelt and has become the largest outdoor festival on Long Island. The event boasts live music, tall ships, exhibits from high-quality artisans, a pirate show, carnival rides and a famous oyster shucking and eating contest. The two-day event is traditionally scheduled for a Saturday and Sunday in mid-October each year, manned with volunteer and gourmet chefs who cook and serve the unique seafood menus of noteworthy local restaurants.
Long Island Art & Wine Festival
Hosted in the midst of 930 acres of natural beauty in Eisenhower Park, located in Nassau County, the Long Island Art & Wine Festival celebrates a year of fine arts and crafts complete with wine tasting from local, national and international wineries. Gourmet foods also are offered to complement the wine tasting to make it an event to remember. The Art & Wine Festival is a two-day event typically held in the latter part of September each year.
The Annual Long Island Fall Festival
From Friday until Monday of each Columbus Day weekend, 25 acres of Heckscher Park, in Huntington Village, Long Island, transform into a festival to delight thousands of visitors with food courts, carnival rides, continuous live entertainment on multiple stages and more than 200 vendors displaying arts, crafts and workshops for kids of all ages. A bar with beer and wine tent provides libations for the adults; the Columbus Day Parade culminates in the festival's famous Meatball Eating Contest.
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