Festival By The Sea | 09/24 & 09/25/16

11:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Lido Beach Town Park, 630 Lido Blvd., Lido Beach

Ride a "wave" of fun and excitement to the  36th Annual Family Festival By The Sea, featuring live concerts, great food, craft and novelty vendors, sand sculptures, and more! The festival’s youthful flavor is highlighted by puppet shows, circus performers, animal acts, pony rides, cool science and a petting zoo. Guests can also stroll the boardwalk to water’s edge to “dig” the sand castle contest, or cheer on the athletes in Sunday’s Biathlon. Free admission and free parking.  


If you have an “appetite” for competition and you savor a hearty plate of Long Island clams or New York’s “best” wings, than the Town of Hempstead has an eating contest for you.  The table is set for the Family Festival’s clam and wing eating competitions on Saturday, September 24, beginning at 1 p.m. in Lido Beach Town Park.

Supervisor Anthony J. Santino is hosting the food competitions and entries are currently being accepted through the town’s Office of Communications at (516) 812-3307.  Participants must be at least 18 years of age and each contestant is asked to make a $10 donation to the town’s ANCHOR Program for physically challenged youngsters.

Along with the traditional clam eating contest, the Family Festival is serving up a new wings competition this year, featuring “New York’s Best Wings” from Swingbellys in Long Beach.  The restaurant captured the coveted top prize at the “New York Best Wing’s Festival.”  Pop’s Seafood Shack & Grill of Island Park will once again sponsor the clam contest. There are championship trophies, gift certificates and Broadway show tickets for the clam and wing winners, plus prizes for the 2nd and 3rd place finishers as well.


The Town of Hempstead is inviting Long Island’s food, craft, novelty and memorabilia vendors to join the fun on Family Festival Weekend this September 24th and 25th at lovely Lido Beach Town Park. Vendor applications are currently being accepted by the Department of Parks and Recreation. Interested vendors are asked to call (516) 292-9000, ext. 7480 for all Family Festival information.

Attracting over 30,000 weekend visitors, the Town of Hempstead Family Festival by the Sea is one of Long Island’s most popular outdoor celebrations. Set along the beautiful Atlantic shore line in Lido Beach, the 2016 Family Festival is scheduled for Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25 from 11 am to 6:30 pm.”

The festival features great food, live concerts, clam and wing eating contests, sand castle and biathlon competitions, exciting children’s shows, pony rides, petting zoo, tennis clinics and talented circus performers.