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Here it comes - the holiday season. Tanger (Credit: AP / Evan Agostini)

Here it comes - the holiday season. Tanger Outlets in Deer Park starts the festivities with oodles of free entertainment. Santa arrives at 3 p.m., followed by photo ops with the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" Rockettes and a free 5 p.m. concert by pop singer Jesse McCartney. The outdoor center's 50-foot Christmas tree will be lit at 6 p.m. and the first skaters can take the ice surrounding it at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting.

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.

Dave Atell

Why: The Paramount Comedy Series presents Dave Atell's
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Why: The Paramount Comedy Series presents Dave Atell's Comedy Underground.

When: Fri. 11/21, 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington

How much: $45-$65

Harvest gospel concert

Why: Gospel concert focusing on the music of
(Credit: John Holderer)

Why: Gospel concert focusing on the music of the soul sung by a choir of more than 70 voices.

When: Fri. 11/21, 8 p.m.

Where: United Methodist Church of Southampton, 160 Main St., Southampton

How much: Free

Donny Most

Why: Music of the swing era and the
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Why: Music of the swing era and the 1950s, plus songs by Sinatra, Darin and Martin with "Happy Days" actor Donny Most.

When: Fri. 11/21, 8 p.m.

Where: Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington

How much: $45

Holiday Lights Spectacular Jones Beach

Why: 2.5-mile light show with 150 displays featuring
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Why: 2.5-mile light show with 150 displays featuring whimsical characters and displays created by local schools. There is also a heated holiday village, where children can take pictures with Santa through Dec. 23. Warm up with refreshments and snacks and listen to Christmas carols.

When: Fri. 11/21, 5-11 p.m.; Sat. 11/22, 5-11 p.m.; Sun. 11/23, 5-11 p.m., more dates through 12/31

Where: Jones Beach State Park, 2400 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh

How much: $20 per car Mon.-Thur., $25 Fri.-Sun.

Old-fashioned Thanksgiving

Why: Take a trip back in time for
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Why: Take a trip back in time for a sense of what the holiday was like in the 1800s during an old-fashioned Thanksgiving. Watch costumed re-enactors demonstrate how Colonials might have prepared the meal using wood-burning stoves, beehive ovens and open hearths.

When: Sat. 11/22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Old Bethpage Village Restoration, Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage

How much: $10, $7 ages 5-12

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Holiday Kickoff

Why: Here it comes - the holiday season.
(Credit: AP / Evan Agostini)

Why: Here it comes - the holiday season. Tanger Outlets in Deer Park starts the festivities with oodles of free entertainment. Santa arrives at 3 p.m., followed by photo ops with the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" Rockettes and a free 5 p.m. concert by pop singer Jesse McCartney. The outdoor center's 50-foot Christmas tree will be lit at 6 p.m. and the first skaters can take the ice surrounding it at 6:30 p.m., weather permitting.

When: Sat. 11/22, 3 p.m.

Where: 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park

How much: Free

Antique dolls exhibit

Why: Features over 100 vintage dolls from the
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Why: Features over 100 vintage dolls from the private collection of Betty Ann Richardson and the Suffolk County Historical Society.

When: Sat. 11/22, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Where: Suffolk County Historical Society, 300 W. Main St., Riverhead

How much: Free

Brian Stokes Mitchell

Why: Enjoy classic Broadway show tunes from "Man
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Why: Enjoy classic Broadway show tunes from "Man of La Mancha," "Camelot," "South Pacific" and more, as the Tony Award-winning actor brings his new show, "Simply Broadway" to the Main Stage at Staller Center.

When: Sat. 11/22, 8 p.m.

Where: Stony Brook University, Nicolls Road, Stony Brook

How much: $48

Pumpkin Drop

Why: Drop your pumpkins from the 3rd floor
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Why: Drop your pumpkins from the 3rd floor balcony. Bring your own or use one from the museum pumpkin patch if available.

When: Sat. 11/22, noon-3 p.m.

Where: Cradle of Aviation, Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City,

How much: Free with museum admission ($14, $12 for children and seniors)

The Blind Boys of Alabama

Why: Multiple Grammy Award winners The Blind Boys

Why: Multiple Grammy Award winners The Blind Boys of Alabama will perform live.

When: Sat. 11/22 8 p.m.

Where: Landmark on Main Street 232 Main St., Port Washington

How much: $47-$52

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Trio Solisti

Why: Trio Solisti--violinist Maria Bachmann, pianist Adam Neiman
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Why: Trio Solisti--violinist Maria Bachmann, pianist Adam Neiman and cellist Alexis Pia-Gerlach-- will perform in concert at Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, Garden City.

When: Sat. 11/22 8 p.m.

Where: Adelphi University Performing Arts Center 1 South Ave., Garden City

How much: $35

Basket show

Why: The Long Island Basketmakers Guild puts its
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Why: The Long Island Basketmakers Guild puts its talents on display with a show featuring hundreds of hand-made creations in a range of colors, shapes and sizes. See a basket-weaving demonstration and learn about the art - of course, there will be plenty of baskets for sale.

When: Sat. 11/22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Where: 152 The Arches Circle, Deer Park

How much: Free

String and Pine Cone Bird Feeders

Why: Learn about birds and watch them feed
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Why: Learn about birds and watch them feed on homemade bird feeders. Make your own string and pine cone bird feeders from natural materials.

When: Sat. 11/22, 10-11:30 a.m.

Where: Downs Farm Preserve, 23800 County Rte. 25, Cutchogue

How much: Free, donations accepted

Steve Miller Band

Why: The Steve Miller Band will perform live.
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Why: The Steve Miller Band will perform live.

When: Sat. 11/22, at 8 p.m.

Where: The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington

How much: $55-$155

Polar Plunge

Why: Frigid temperatures are part of the fun
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Why: Frigid temperatures are part of the fun - so say the 1,000-plus plungers who brave the icy waters and waves at the annual polar plunge in Mount Sinai to benefit the Special Olympics.

When: Sat. 11/22, noon

Where: Cedar Beach, Harbor Beach Road, Mt. Sinai

How much: Free

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Jekyll & Hyde

Why: Musical by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse
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Why: Musical by Frank Wildhorn and Leslie Bricusse based on “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,” a novella by Robert Louis Stevenson exploring the epic battle between good and evil.

When: Sat. 11/22, 8 p.m.; Sun. 11/23, 2 p.m.

Where: Star Playhouse at Suffolk Y JCC, 74 Hauppauge Rd., Commack

How much: $24, $19 seniors and students

Seal Walk

Why: Join the Coastal Research and Education Society
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Why: Join the Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island team of researchers and volunteers on walks to learn about, observe and photograph seals in the wild.

When: Sat. 11/22, 10:30 a.m.; Sun. 11/23, 11 a.m.

Where: Cupsogue Beach County Park, Dune Road, Westhampton

How much: $5 adults, $3 children under 18

Santa Paws

Why: Come by and visit with Santa from
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Why: Come by and visit with Santa from noon to 2 p.m. Bring your camera and a pet. Call to register for a photo opportunity between 2-4 p.m.

When: Sun. 11/23, noon-4 p.m.

Where: Westhampton Free Library, 7 Library Ave., Westhampton Beach

How much: Free

Garland Jeffreys

Why: Vocalist Garland Jeffreys sings rock, reggae, blues
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Why: Vocalist Garland Jeffreys sings rock, reggae, blues and soul.

When: Sun. 11/23, 2 p.m.

Where: University Cafe, Stony Brook University

How much: $27 ($22 advance, through Nov. 21)

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