Rain showers now smell like wet pavement, and the breeze coming through the windows smells like salty air; June, we are happy to have you. Here are the top events going on around the island to make sure you get the most out of the start of summer.

1. Head off to the races at the Belmont Stakes Racing Festival in Elmont

2. Peruse luxury, muscle and classic cars at the Long Island Auto Classic at The Mansion in Glen Cove

3. Join the Countdown to Apollo at 50 at the Cradle of Aviation in Hempstead

4. Toss a wreath at the Annual Blessing of the Fleet in Montauk

5. Run (or walk) your best time at the Bubble Palooza untimed, relaxed “race” in Calverton

6. Celebrate the 120th Birthday of the Southampton History Museum with a free concert

7. Wave your flag at the Pride on the Beach festival in Long Beach


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8. Gander at the sensory garden with an exclusive event for individuals with specials needs at the Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium

9. Party on the beach at the Runway for a Cause that supports the Babylon Breast Cancer Coalition

10. Tour Fire Island’s barrier island ecology at the Sunken Forest