Ahoy, mateys! Surf’s up and it’s time to ride a wave of fun and excitement into beautiful Lido Beach Town Park for the Annual Family Festival by the Sea on Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30 from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Supervisor Kate Murray encourages mariners and landlubbers alike to enjoy the concert bands, delicious food, craft and novelty vendors, sand sculptures, eating contests and an exciting line-up of children’s shows.
A special Family Festival invitation is extended to Long Island’s food and craft vendors. With large crowds expected to visit Lido Beach on both Saturday and Sunday, it makes “sense” for vendors to share in the action. Interested vendors are asked to call the Cultural Arts Section of the town Parks Department at (516) 292-9000, ext. 255.
You can also satisfy your “appetite” for excitement by sampling a “taste” of the Clam and Rib Eating Contests on Saturday, September 29 at 1 p.m. The festival’s youthful flavor is highlighted by puppet shows, circus performers, animal acts, pony rides, a petting zoo and Cool Science exhibits. This year’s festival will also unveil some of the biggest and bounciest inflatables ever frolicked upon.
Guests can also stroll the boardwalk to water’s edge to “dig” the sand castle contest or “race” in Sunday’s Biathlon. KJOY’s popular morning team “Steve & Leeana” will be on hand Saturday to meet their fans and spin the station’s wheel of prizes.
“With our beautiful Lido Beach Park as a picture perfect setting, the Family Festival celebrates our township’s storied nautical heritage,” stated Supervisor Kate Murray. “Considered one of Long Island’s signature late summer attractions, the festival offers an entire weekend of action-packed family fun.”
Family Festival sponsors include Swingbellys Beachside BBQ of Long Beach and Lynbrook as well as the Landshark Tiki Bar and Grille in Freeport. Additional support has been provided by Atlantic Nursery of Freeport.
Anyone interested in entering the Clam Eating or Rib Eating contests can call (516) 812-3307. The Family Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on both Saturday, September 29 and Sunday, September 30. Lido Beach Town Park is located at 630 Lido Boulevard in Lido Beach. Admission and parking are FREE.
Up-to-the-minute festival information is available by calling (516) 292-9000, ext. 382 or by visiting the town’s web site at TOH.LI.