Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on its way!


It’s been a while since Easter celebrations have happened without COVID restrictions and cancellations. But this year promises to be packed with Easter happenings. Below is a compiled list of some of the local events this spring.

Bunny Run and Easter Egg Hunt, Patchogue Village

The 22nd annual Bunny Run and Easter Egg Hunt will take place at Father Tortora Park on Saturday, April 16. Ages 4 to 6 will commence at noon and ages 7 to 9 at 12:30 p.m. Be sure to remember your egg basket and enjoy the free outdoor event. Festivities include raffles, a jelly bean count, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and goodie bags for the first 50 children in each group. The event will be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. For more information call Patchogue Recreation at 631-475-4302.

Easter Bonnet and Crazy Hat Parade, Bellport Village

The favorite event, sponsored by the Bellport Chamber of Commerce, is back! It is scheduled for Saturday, April 16 at the Bellport Firehouse, ending at the Village Gazebo. Gather at 11:30 a.m.; parade starts promptly at noon. All ages are encouraged to join and create a colorful hat or bonnet. Awards will be given for the best crazy hat in age groups including: 0 to 5, first and second place; 6 to 10, first and second place; and 11 to adult, first and second place. Pets will also be considered!

Pancakes breakfast, Patchogue-Medford Youth and Community Services

Join the Patchogue-Medford Youth and Community Services for a pancake breakfast hosted at the Patchogue Fire House at 15 Jennings Avenue in Patchogue. The event will take place on April 16 with two seatings from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $12 per person and kids under 12 eat free. There will be food, activities, fire truck tours, and all the proceeds will support PMYCS. For tickets contact PMYCS at 631-758-4100.

Soup kitchen Easter dinner, Congregational Church of Patchogue

The soup kitchen of the Congregational Church of Patchogue is hosting a soup kitchen dinner this month, supported and paid for by a family donor. The menu, which will likely be to-go, will include corn chowder, baked ham, green beans, baked potato, and pineapple upside-down cake. Visit churchonmainstreet.org (donate button top right) to contribute to future meals or to drop off items, call the Congregational Church of Patchogue at 631-475-1235.

Easter egg hunt, Blue Point

Bodhi’s and Corey Beach will be hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 9 from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be a spring market to shop local with food by Bodhi’s, games, music, and a bounce house. Bring your own basket. There will also be photos with the Easter Bunny.

Easter egg hunt, Axis Church, Medford

The Axis Church in Medford will be hosting an Easter egg hunt at the Medford Athletic Complex on Horseblock Road. The seventh annual event will take place on Saturday, April 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public with food vendors, the Easter Bunny, games, and prizes. For more information call 631-732-7682. Rain date: Saturday, April 16.

Easter trunk-and-treat, Mastics-Shirley Chamber of Commerce

The special drive-through event will take place on Saturday, April 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. at St. Jude’s Church in Mastic Beach. Lineup starts on West Riviera Drive. The event is free for the first 300 children ages 2-10. If you would like to participate, contact April Coppola at 631-241-9804. Prize will be awarded to the best-decorated trunk.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny, Mastic Beach Fire Department

The Mastic Beach Fire Department will be hosting a breakfast with the Easter Bunny and his friends at the firehouse on Neighborhood Road. The event is $7 for adults, $4 for children and seniors, and will be held on April 10 from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be pancakes, bacon, and eggs. Bring your own camera.


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