Long Island Vacation

5 SUMMER ACTIVITIES TO ENJOY ON LONG ISLAND

YOUR BEST LONG ISLAND SUMMER EVER

Summer is nearly here, and many of us are planning our summer itineraries. Even if they don’t include an elaborate vacation somewhere remote, we still want to have fun with our families and friends, making memories, enjoying great food and hopefully unwinding a little from the chaos of everyday life.

Long Island is a great place to be this summer, for all manner of great activities. From community playhouse productions to festivals and more, your summer itinerary for Long Island can come together in record time.

Here’s a short list of our favorite activities for summertime on Long Island.

ONE ROCKIN’ SUMMER AT THE CULTURAL ARTS PLAYHOUSE

June 12-August 16, 2015

Tickets: Starting at $50 for all three shows

One Rockin’ Summer at the Cultural Arts Playhouse on Long Island is the best way to see three incredible productions during the dog days of summer.

Three separate productions, All Shook Up, Footloose, and American Idiot, will be showing in succession through June, July and August. For the special price of $50, you can get tickets to all three.

The CAP is the premiere destination for live theatrical productions on Long Island; they have three locations, host summer camps and productions throughout the year, and bring Broadway favorites to the visitors and residents of LI and its surrounding areas.

THE 3RD ANNUAL FREEPORT BLUES AND JAZZ FESTIVAL

Seabreeze Park, Freeport, NY

June 6, 2015, 12 pm-6 pm

Free

For the third year in a row, you can head to Seabreeze Park in Freeport for a free afternoon of jazz, blues, food stands, and gorgeous views of the Bay from the edge of the Park. Located at the end of Nautical Mile, the Festival is sponsored by Atlantic Pizzeria and Restaurant and is supported by the Long Island Blues Relief Fund and Mayor Kennedy. Bring a chair, buy some pizza and enjoy the great music from some notable local musicians.

41ST ANNUAL LONG ISLAND BAVARIAN FESTIVAL

June 13-14, 2015

Plattduetsche Restaurant, Franklin Square, NY

Tickets: $9

Now in its 41st year, the Bavarian Festival celebrates Long Island’s strong German heritage with musical performances, specialty German food, vendors selling German import goods, authentic German brass bands, and Oktoberfest-themed atmosphere, and of course, imported German craft beer. Enjoy bratwurst, schnitzel, and spaetzli, and let the kids enjoy the obstacle course, bounce castle and variety of games and arts and crafts. There will traditional Bavarian folk dances, darts and games and a strong-man competition, too.

BEERFIELDS CRAFT BEER AND MUSIC FESTIVAL

Pennysaver Amphitheatre

June 27, 2015, 3 pm-8pm

Tickets: Start at $50 for pre-sale; $75 at door; $99 for VIP

The annual Beerfields Festival of Long Island is the beer lover’s summer paradise, with 100 breweries, over 250 beers and three stages of live music to keep things rolling all afternoon long. Admission to the event will include access to all of the breweries, select beer samples, access to food carts and vendors, access to all music, and a 5 oz. tasting glass. VIP tickets will give you unlimited beer in the VIP section, private bathrooms, and a free food ticket.

Don’t wait to buy your tickets at the door, as there likely won’t be any. Pre-purchase today for a discount and a guaranteed spot at the Festival.

GREAT SOUTH BAY MUSIC FESTIVAL

July 16-19, 2015

Shorefront Park, Patchogue, NY

Considered the largest family event on Long Island, the Great South Bay Music Festival will feature over 55 bands on four stages, presenting music in genres from rock n’ roll, funk and pop to jazz, Americana, folk and country. Some of the artists on the lineup this year include Christina Perri, Colbie Caillat, 311, Jefferson Starship, Lotus and more.

In addition to the great musical lineup, you can enjoy local vendors, food trucks, kids activities, and great beer.

Tickets: Start at $39.95 for one day

Of course, many of these events offer alcoholic beverages or tents, and you should be able to enjoy yourself fully during your outing. Without reliable transportation on hand to take you home, however, the fun can take a turn for the worst.

Executive Ground Transportation wants all of your summer events to be safe and enjoyable; make sure you have access to reliable transportation before you head out to your summer festival or event on Long Island.

Photo Credit: Matt Baume