On October 10, we celebrate 524 years since Christopher Columbus first discovered the New World. Most folks relish the holiday as a day off from work or school. Luckily, we’re compiled a list of events and activities happening this Columbus Day weekend on Long Island.
Your Guide to Columbus Day Weekend on Long Island
Mike Stud at The Emporium
On Sunday, October 9, check out one of the best up-and-coming hip-hop artists, Mike Stud, at The Emporium in Patchogue. Starting at 6 p.m., the rapper (and former college baseball player) will be performing his popular hits like “These Days” and “Swish.” Click here to purchase your tickets in advance!
Gordon Werner Arts & Crafts Show
On October 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., The Greater Westhampton Chamber of Commerce will be hosting their annual Gordon Werner Arts & Crafts Show at the Village Green and Gazebo in Westhampton Beach. This free event is open to the general public who can come down to peruse or purchase one of the many homemade, hand-crafted products from local artisans. There will be items like stained glass, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, paintings, wood furniture and much more.
Mounted Cowboy Shooting
Experience a piece of vintage America and the Old West with Mounted Cowboy Shooting at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. The Island Long Riders, New York’s classic mounted shooting club, will be on-hand in their antique Western garb, riding their trained, expert horses. They’ll be recreating historical shooting events that were typically seen at Wild West Shows in the 1800s. They event will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 9.
Riverhead County Fair
The 41st Annual Riverhead County Fair will take place down Main Street in Riverhead on Sunday, October 9, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. This free event is held in commemoration of the rich agricultural history of the area. Because it’s one of our state’s largest fairs, they welcome festival-goers and vendors from all over the country. Throughout the 100,000-square-foot fair grounds, you can enjoy rides, food, vendors, competitions, pony rides, demonstrations, exhibitions and more!
NYC Columbus Day Parade
On October 10, New York’s Annual Columbus Day Parade will make its way down Fifth Avenue. This event is one of the world’s biggest celebrations of Italian culture outside of Italy. If you’re looking for the authentic Columbus Day experience, this would be it.
What are some of your favorite things to do on Columbus Day weekend?