Some annual fairs and festivals on Long Island as of 2015 include the Pickle Festival, the Franklin Square Fall Festival, the Long Island Apple Festival, the Long Island Fair, the Long Beach International Film Festival and the African-American Heritage Parade and Festival. The latter of these was established in 2013, and it features Motown music, international cuisine and a parade between Freeport and Hempstead, where the festival is held.
The Long Island Fair is held in the fall, and it showcases local agriculture, horticulture, crafts and foods. It bills itself as one of the oldest fairs in the country. Aside from the harvest-oriented attractions, the fair also features performances from jugglers, puppeteers, singers and dancers, hot air balloon rides, competitions and camel or pony rides.
The Pickle Festival is another long-standing favorite on Long Island, with its inauguration in 1979. Attractions include specialty pickles and pickle-themed merchandise, jams and baked goods, along with a corn maze and Lollipop Farm train for families.
The Long Beach International Film Festival began in 2012. Held in late September, the 4-day festival puts on more than 50 film screenings, including feature films, documentaries, shorts and animations. There are also special events such as premieres, live music and question-and-answer sessions with filmmakers.