Long Islanders will be headed to Robert Moses State Park, among other LI beaches, now that summer has arrived.
Long Islanders will be headed to Robert Moses State Park, among other LI beaches, now that summer has arrived.

Some may have been fooled by the rain this month, but Friday marks the first day of summer. Here are our picks for 10 events for a fun way to celebrate the longest day of the year:

Coney Island and Jones Beach: Empires by the Sea, presented by The Long Island Museum
June 14 through Dec. 29
$9 per person, $7 for seniors and $4 for students ages six to 17.  Children under six and museum members are free.
200 Route 25A Stony Brook, 631-751-0066

Midsummer Weekend at the Old Westbury Gardens:
Midsummer Jazz, Friday, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
$16, $14 for members. Advance tickets required. 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, 516-333-0048 Ext. 301

Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat
Weekdays at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., Weekends at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Cruise: $18.50, children 2 and under: $5.
431 East Main St., Riverhead, 631-208-9200 ext. 106

Sunset Bootlegger Jazz Party Cruise, presented by Gatsby Fantasy Tours
Friday 7-10 p.m., $64 Per Person
Port Washington Town Dock, 347 Main St., Port Washington, 516-869-4351.

Free Juke Box Nite, presented by Four Doors Down Sports Bar
8 p.m. – midnight
9870 Main Rd., Mattituck, 631-298-8311.


For more great Long Island events, check our Event Calendar

Free Screening of Lincoln, presented by West Babylon Public Library
1-3 p.m., free. West Babylon Public Library, 211 Route 109, West Babylon, 631-669-5445.

Summer Concert Series ft. Vivian and The Merry Makers
7:30 p.m. Martha Clara Vineyards
$12.50 in advanced and $15 at the door
6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead, 631-298-0075 x101

artMOSPHERE 2 Art Exhibit with Live Music
La Notte Lounge, Free
15 New St., Huntington, 631-261-2941

Maria Regina School Family Carnival
5-10 p.m., free, Maria Regina School Parking Lot
4045 Jerusalem Ave., Seaford, 516-541-1229

Oldies Concert
Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre
7 p.m., free, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, 516-572-0200


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