Long Island FunFest Starts Today
The Largest Fair on the Island Combines Petting Zoo, Kids Activities and Oddity Shows with Live Bands, Thrill Rides, Fireworks, and More
Starting today, The Long Island FunFest returns to Suffolk County Community College’s Brentwood Campus for another summer kickoff of fun. From June 15 to 25, Long Islanders will be treated to an exciting 11 days of family fun, featuring Fireworks by Grucci, World of Wonders Oddity Show, Kidbuck$ Game $how, Records and Burpee Petting Zoo, as well as live concerts featuring performances by country music artists Presley & Taylor, Caroline Kole, Long Island’s tribute band Just Sixties and more! There will also be games and rides for all ages, from whimsical kiddie rides to state-of-the-art thrill rides, along the magical midway.
Each day, guests will be treated to free live concerts on the Long Island McDonald’s Stage, which includes headlining acts from 231 (June 15), Presley & Taylor (June 16), Penny Lane (June 17), La Elegancia de la Salsa (June 18), NoteWorthy Band (June 19), Klassic Rewind (June 20), Bugsy Jones (June 21), Just Sixties (June 22), Frankie Justin Lamprey (June 23), Caroline Kole (June 24), Mariachi Sol Mixteco (June 25) and more.
Opening weekend is sure to be an exceptional thrill, with an appearance by Ronald McDonald, on behalf of Long Island McDonald’s, at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 17 and Fireworks by Grucci the same day at 9:30 p.m. On Sunday, June 18 (Father’s Day), all dads, grandpas, uncles or other father figures will be treated to free admission with the purchase of a child’s admission. Fireworks by Grucci returns on Saturday, June 24, for another exciting show at 9:30 p.m.
New for this year is the Kidbuck$ Game $how, a high-energy, interactive game show where randomly-selected members of the audience participate in a variety of wacky games for a chance to enter the Kidbuck$ Chamber and grab as many “kidbucks” as possible. Daily entertainment includes the World of Wonders Oddity Show, with performances throughout each day, and the Records and Burpee Petting Zoo, starring more than 50 exotic and unusual animals under the big top, open throughout the day.
There will also be two dozen exciting carnival rides, including some of the most popular thrillers: Dream Wheel, Dream Catcher, Zipper and Delusion – the only ride of its kind east of the Mississippi River. For the faint of heart, they can visit the Firehouse, Orange Whip and Merry-Go-Round.
In addition to providing entertainment to members of the local communities, Long Island FunFest will donate a portion of its proceeds to NephCure Kidney International. NephCure is committed exclusively to supporting research on the potentially debilitating kidney disease Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and Nephrotic Syndrome, improving treatment and finding a cure.
The carnival will be open from 5 to 11 p.m. on weekdays (Monday to Friday) and from noon to 11 p.m. on weekends (Saturday and Sunday). General admission is $2 per person Monday through Wednesday and $5 per person Friday through Sunday. Unlimited ride wristbands are available for $25 Monday to Wednesday and $30 Friday to Sunday. Walk-ins are $20 per person on Thursdays, which includes admission and unlimited rides, and $40 per carload for all legally seated passengers in any school bus, SUV, van, or car. Coupons are available online or at any Long Island McDonald’s locations.
The Suffolk County Community College – Brentwood Campus is located at 1001 Crooked Hill Road in Brentwood (Exit 53S off the Long Island Expressway).
For a complete schedule of acts as well as admission information and coupons, visit www.LongIslandFunFest.com.