Life on Long Island


Long Island this weekend: Sarah Jessica Parker, Simon Cowell and Great South Bay fest

Matthew Broderick and wife Sarah Jessica Parker attend

Matthew Broderick and wife Sarah Jessica Parker attend "Clever Little Lies," starring Marlo Thomas and others, at Guild Hall in East Hampton on Saturday, July 19, 2014. (Credit: John Roca)

More Long Islanders turned up for the 2014 Great South Bay Music Festival this weekend than ever before in the event's 8-year history. Some 16,000 people attended the three-day concert event at Shorefront Park in Patchogue, and organizers attribute the increase in attendance -- of approximately 6,000 people -- to efforts to make the fest more family friendly as well as attracting bigger-name acts to the stage.

Children's performer Laurie Berkner lured parents with small children, while B.B. King and Taking Back Sunday surely helped ticket sales across other demographics.

Farther east, Phil Donahue, Alec Baldwin, Barbara Walters, and Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick were in the house at Guild Hall in East Hampton for Marlo Thomas' performace in "Clever Little Lies" (you can catch it through Aug. 3).

And Simon Cowell was spotted at Red Stixs restaurant in Water Mill.

See what's going on next weekend around Long Island here:

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