Take a ride with Long Islander Dee Snider, (Credit: Jim Lennon)

Take a ride with Long Islander Dee Snider, lead singer of Twisted Sister, event will focus on fighting hunger on Long Island to benefit Long Island Cares, Inc., the regional food bank and hunger assistance organization founded.

Best bets this weekend on Long Island

Looking for something fun to do this weekend on Long Island? We've rounded up the best concerts, fairs and festivals, parties and cultural events going on around Nassau and Suffolk this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

We've got you covered: Be sure to check back every Monday afternoon for an early jump on planning your next weekend.

Belmont Opening

Why: Opening day at Belmont Park Race
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Why: Opening day at Belmont Park Race Track.

When: Fri. 9/5 1:05 p.m.

Where: Belmont Park Race Track, 2150 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont

How much: $5, $3 parking

Evening of Wine Under the Stars

Why: A wine tasting celebration with sampling
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Why: A wine tasting celebration with sampling of fine wines, small plate gourmet food, live music, raffles and more.

When: Fri. 9/5 7-10 p.m.

Where: Daniel W. Kissam House Museum 434 Park Ave., Huntington

How much: $85 in advance, $100 at the gate

Vanilla Fudge Farewell Tour

Why: Concert by this rock band best
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Why: Concert by this rock band best known for their psychedelic renditions of popular songs.

When: Sat. 9/6 7:30 p.m.

Where: Dix Hills Performing Arts Center, 305 N. Service Rd., Dix Hills

How much: $40-$60

Grande Festa Italiana

Why: Rides, games, food, live entertainment, a
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Why: Rides, games, food, live entertainment, a casino and fireworks Sunday night 9:30 p.m.

When: Fri. 9/5 thru Sun. 9/7 12:30-11 p.m.

Where: North Hempstead Beach Park, West Shore Road, Port Washington

How much: Free, POP rides

Village Cup Regatta

Why: Over 26 sail boats race in
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Why: Over 26 sail boats race in Port Jeff Harbor and LI Sound to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer pitting Port Jefferson against Mather Hospital.

When: Sat. 9/6 10 a.m.

Where: Port Jefferson Village Center, 101A E. Broadway, Port Jefferson

How much: Free parade of boats, $75 boat ride, $50 party only

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North Fork Foodie Tour

Why: Chart your own course for a
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Why: Chart your own course for a self guided foodie tour of the North Fork with more than 25 locations, sponsored by the North Fork Reform Synagogue.

When: Sun. 9/7 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Charnews Farm, Peconic Land Trust, 3005 Youngs Avenue Southold

How much: $25, free under 12

All Ford Stampede

Why: All Ford Stampede hosted by the
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Why: All Ford Stampede hosted by the Mustang and Shelby Club of Long Island, open to all Ford powered makes and models, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies. Rain date Sept. 14.

When: Sun. 9/7 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Lucas Ford Lincoln, Inc., 3245 Hortons Lane Southold

How much: Free spectator, $20 show car

Ride to Fight Hunger

Why: Take a ride with Long Islander
(Credit: Jim Lennon)

Why: Take a ride with Long Islander Dee Snider, lead singer of Twisted Sister, event will focus on fighting hunger on Long Island to benefit Long Island Cares, Inc., the regional food bank and hunger assistance organization founded.

When: Sun. 9/7 11 a.m.

Where: Lido Beach , New York

How much: $10-$30

Robert Motherwell: The East Hampton Years

Why:Some 16 important works exploring the artist's
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Why:Some 16 important works exploring the artist's contributions to the Abstract Expressionist movement.

When: Fri. thru Sun. thru 10/13

Where: The Museum at Guild Hall, 158 Main St. East Hampton

How much: $7

William Glackens

Why: Some 75 works tracing the artist?s
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Why: Some 75 works tracing the artist’s career from the mid-1890s to the 1930s, including his achievements as a member of the radical American painters group known as The Eight, and his thorough embrace of Modernism.

When: Weekly Fri. thru Sun. thru 10/13

Where: The Museum at Guild Hall, 158 Main St. East Hampton

How much: $10, $8 seniors and students; under age 18 admitted free

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'Impressions'

Why: Exhibition highlights the art of printmaking
(Credit: Jeff Foster)

Why: Exhibition highlights the art of printmaking and features work by Ann Aspinwall, Jeffrey K. Fisher and Martin Levine.

When: Weekly thru Fri. 8/22, various dates and times.

Where: Gallery North, 90 N. Country Rd., Setauket

How much: Free

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