August is the eighth month of the year, one of 7 months with 31 days. August is on average the warmest month in the northern hemisphere.

The August birthstone is the Peridot. The birth flowers are the Poppy and Gladiolus. The zodiac signs for the month of August are Leo and Virgo (after the 23rd).

The new moon will be on August 2 and the full moon on August 18, 2016:

August observances:

Tisha B’Av 14
Assumption of Mary 16
St Bartholomew 24

National Immunization Awareness Month

 7 National Sister Day
19  National Aviation Day
26 Women’s Equality Day
31 National Dog Day

1Celebrate National Sister Day 8/7

Spend the day with your sister and let her know how special she is! If you’re all grown up, go out and enjoy a dinner and some drinks al fresco while the weather is just right! Just don’t let that sibling rivalry get the best of you!

International Music Nights on Fridays and Saturdays 516-572-0200
Eisenhower Park-Merrick Avenue and Park Boulevard, East Meadow, NY 11554

The Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF) will celebrate its 5th anniversary with an action-packed line up of independent and studio films from around the globe. Scheduled to take place from August 3 – 5 on Long Island, the Festival will screen an international slate of over 40 films, including feature-length narrative, documentary, short and animated that will compete for a series of Jury, Festival Honors and Audience Awards. OVERHEAD SHOT OF TASTE ON THE BEACH & SHORTS ON THE BEACH IN 2015

TASTE ON THE BEACH, gets underway with ticket holders arriving at  6PM and walking into the unique atmosphere of enjoying a wide variety of Food, Wine and Craft Beer on one of the most pristine and beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean. Live musical performances provide the soundtrack throughout the evening. Taste On The Beach ends at 9PM as everyone will be invited* into a custom built movie theatre on the beach, Beach Theatre, for the SHORTS ON THE BEACH Film Series. SHORTS ON THE BEACH exhibits short films from around the world, featuring the best from both the studio and independent level.

Heckscher State Park
50+ Brewers/100+ Beers
Summer is in full swing and what better way to cool off than sampling cold, delicious, beer! The Long Island Craft Classic (formerly the North Fork Craft Beer Festival) will make its debut at Heckscher State Park and will feature over 50 brewers and 100 styles of beer for attendees to sample!  From local favorites like Blue Point Brewing Company, Long Ireland Beer Company and Great South Bay Brewery to national favorites like Sam Adams, there will be something for every beer drinker to enjoy.  Also keep an eye out for new up and coming breweries from the area. Is beer not your libation of choice?  Not to worry, in addition, a handful of cidermakers and local wineries will also be on site to offer samples as well. Click here for ticket info.

Vaccines protect you all year round, but August is a great time to get vaccinated.

In August, as summer winds down, it’s a good time for you and your family to make plans to get the flu vaccine. The vaccine usually becomes available in mid- to late-August. Getting the vaccine early can help prevent you and your family members from getting the flu throughout all of flu season. You can learn more about the flu and flu vaccine at Flu.gov.

Click here for a list Fairs and Festivals in Long Island in August.

***RAIN OR SHINE***
THERE WILL BE LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.

The Great Food Truck Derby is back! Bring the whole family for a bonanza of ethnic and mobile eats rarely seen on the East End, when a caravan of New York City and Long Island food trucks park amidst potato fields at the Hayground School, alongside New York wine and beer and non-alcoholic drink offerings. Ticket price includes one serving at every food truck (at least 15 trucks will be in attendance) and three drinks for adults, and four truck tastes and one drink for children. The food truck coming together will coincide with the Hayground School Community farmers market and programming for kids and families. And the event will benefit the Hayground schoolyard projects in the region, which provide culinary arts training for local kids.

This year, VIP tickets available! Get 1/2 hour early access to trucks, limited to 100 tickets, to get to your favorite trucks first!

What an excellent excuse to visit the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City!
Cradle of Aviation Museum  Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530
General 516-572-4111    Reservations 516-572-4066

Join us for the sweetest festival in town! Come cool off from the dog days of summer with a big slice of fresh picked watermelon.

  • Live music
  • Wine tasting
  • Local vendors
  • Children’s activities
  • Singing hayrides
  • Pony rides

Additionally, we will have a host of FREE activities for children and families!

    • WATERMELON EATING CONTEST. Who can finish their slice the quickest without using any hands!
    • SEED SPITTING CONTEST! Who can spit a watermelon seed the furthest?
    • WATERMELON ROLLING! who can roll their watermelon across the finish line first!?

Visit a Long Island farm for some fresh, organically grown food before the season comes to an end! Click here for a list of LI Organic Farms.

Click here for some ways to celebrate this fantastic day!

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Maria Greco is a writer for LI Finds. She is a native Long Islander who lives on the south shore with her family. Maria loves to read, write, take pictures, and manage LIFinds.com. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” ― Albert Einstein

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