Family Festival by the Sea

The Town of Hempstead’s 38th annual Family Festival by the Sea will introduce a carnival to this year’s festivities, September 21 to 23 at Lido Beach Town Park in Lido Beach, NY.

The Long Island event will feature Dreamland Amusements midway rides for all ages, live music, craft vendors, children’s shows including the National Circus Project, a sand sculpting competition on Sunday, a petting zoo, pony rides, carnival games and favorite fair food.

Live music highlights:

  • Friday – Generations (5 pm), Any Way You Want It (Journey tribute, 8 pm)
  • Saturday – 45 RPM (noon and 2 pm), Decadia (6:30 pm), Beyond Fab (Beatles tribute, 8 pm)
  • Sunday – Billboard Live (noon), That 70’s Band (3 pm), Jerome City Smith (5:15 pm)

There is no charge for festival admission and parking.

Unlimited ride wristbands (for riders 36 inches and taller) are $15. Ride tickets are $1.50 each, $25 for 20 tickets, or $50 for 50 tickets plus 1 free ride. (Rides take 2 or more tickets each.)

Festival hours are 4-10 pm Friday, 11 am – 10 pm Saturday, and 11 am – 6 pm Sunday at 630 Lido Blvd. Look for signs on Lido Boulevard for free shuttle bus service to and from the festival site, available one hour before and after festival times.

For more information, call Dreamland Amusements at 866-666-3247 or visit

For craft vendor inquiries, call the Town of Hempstead Parks & Recreation Dept. at 516-292-9000, ext. 7480.