March is a great time to get together with your friends and family and attend great events throughout Long Island. Now that the weather is slowly getting warmer, you can take a walk in Long Island's natural landscapes, or attend concerts or plays. St. Patrick's Day will bring lots of festive events. Here's a sampling of things to do and places to visit. Also check out my separate listing on St. Patrick's Day events.
NOTE: This page is updated annually. Here are the events for 2014.
Now through Sunday, March 23, 2014Long Island Winterfest: Jazz on the Vine continues every Saturday and Sunday afternoon through Sunday, March 23, 2014. Participating vineyards will feature live jazz music in their tasting rooms and other venues across the East End. Hotels, restaurants, cultural venues and attractions will feature special offers and events to brighten up your winter.
More info: Long Island Winterfest or call (631) 951-3900 and ask about getaway packages and more.
Now Through Sunday, March 16, 2014Rabble-Rousers: Art, Dissent, and Social Commentary at the Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Avenue, Huntington, NY, (631) 351-3250. Exhibition drawn from the museum's permanent collection, featuring artists who challenged traditional ethics, politic and social norms. Also Off the Wall: Sculpture from the Permanent Collection. $6/adults, $4 seniors 62 and over, $4/students, free for children under 10, free for museum members.(Note: if you are a Town of Huntington resident, you may enter for free on Wednesdays after 2 p.m. and Saturdays before 1 p.m. Proof of residency required.)
Now through Sunday, April 27, 2014
CRESLI Seal Walks at Cupsogue Beach. See their website for fees that support CRESLI's ongoing seal research programs. For schedule and times, please visit CRESLI or phone (631) 244-3352.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Tilles Center presents Metropolitan opera star Renee Fleming aka "The People's Diva. (She was the first classical singer to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl.) The evening's program includes works by Mozart, Handel, Rachmaninoff, Weill and Rodgers & Hammerstein.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Opera et Al presents Voices of Spring, live opera and contemporary music. At 2 p.m. at the Smithtown United Methodist Church, 230 Middle Country Road, Smithtown (Village of the Branch), NY, (631) 265-6945. Donation: $10 per person at the door (to benefit the Children's Education Fund.)
Sunday, March 2, 2014
Empower Yourself To Control Your Stress - interactive workshop presented by Dr. Gill Heart, Israel Defense Force, Special operations. At 7:30 p.m. at the Setauket Neighborhood House, 95 Main Street, East Setauket, NY. $20 per person at the door.
More info: www.chabadsb.com/gillheart or call (631) 585-0521 x 101.
Thursday, March 6 through Sunday, March 16, 2014Hofstra University’s Annual Shakespeare Festival began in 1950. Each year a different play is performed on the main stage. This year, the 65th Annual Hofstra Shakespeare Festival presents The Comedy of Errors.
Show times: Thursday, March 6 at 8 p.m., Fridays, March 7 and 14 at 8 p.m., Saturdays, March 8 and 15 at 8 p.m. and Sundays, March 9 and 16, 2014 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12/general admission and $10 for senior citizens (over 65) or matriculated non-Hofstra students with ID. Two free tickets with current faculty/staff/student HofstraCard.
More info: Hofstra or call (516) 463-6644.
Friday, March 7 Through Sunday, March 23, 2014
FREE. The 24th annual Flower & Garden Show at Hicks Nurseries, Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, NY, (516) 334-0066. Schedule of events at Hicks Nurseries.
Sunday, March 9, 2014Chamber Players International Musical Cuisine at Coindre Chateau in Huntington, New York. Brunch at 11:30 a.m. Concert at 12:30 p.m.: Chopin's Piano Concerto in F minor. Single tickets: $60, Table for 10 at one event: $500. All sales are final. No refunds. Purchase online.
Tickets and more info: http://chamberplayersinternational.org/musical-cuisine.'s
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Suffolk County's largest theater, the Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main Street, Patchogue, NY, presents Queens of Pure Country, starring Josie Waverly at 8 p.m. Tickets: $18-38. TO BUY TICKETS: Call or visit the PTPA Box Office, located at 71 East Main Street, Patchogue, New York, 631-207-1313, or buy online at Patchogue Theatre.