While Sunday may be the official day to honor our fathers, why not celebrate all weekend? The Hamptons and the North Fork are always loaded with good times, good food, good culture, and even a little adventure in the summer months, so take dad along for the ride. There’s no time to bond like the present.
To find more great ideas and activities, visit our online events Calendar.
Friday, June 14
Experience the North Fork Tasting Room and Live Music
3225 Sound Avenue, Riverhead
This unique restaurant and bar adjacent to the Northside Lobster Roll is housed in the 100-years-old but restored Zdunko barn. Its rustic atmosphere will make Dad feel at home, while he enjoys a hand-picked selection of East End wines and a few choice microbrews. Sample an assortment of culinary offerings, including flatbreads, gourmet appetizers and tapas menu. Check out Walter Finley on Friday night to start the weekend on the right note. If not Friday, on Saturday and Sunday, from 3-7 p.m., Ahmad Ali and Steve Fredericks entertain, respectively. Friday Happy Hour from 4-7 p.m. and local sparkling wine specials on Sunday from 12-8 p.m. add even more cheer. Visit northforktastingroom.com.
“Strawberry Fields” – Ultimate Beatles Tribute
118 East Main Street, Riverhead
Stars from the Broadway show, “Beatlemania” perform in this tribute to the Fab Four and what dad out there doesn’t love The Beatles? Come hear your favorite tunes and start Father’s Day weekend with a nostalgic trip back to the 1960s. Tickets cost $35, $40 at door. Visit suffolktheater.com for more information.
Saturday, June 15
Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League
Mashashimuet Park, Sag Harbor (among other spots)
No one should go through life without enjoying a baseball game with their father, and now you can do it right here on the East End. The Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League (HCBL) has started its summer season and the action is heating up! Local teams with top college players, including the Center Moriches Battlecats, North Fork Ospreys, Riverhead Tomcats, Sag Harbor Whalers, Shelter Island Bucks, Southampton Breakers and Westhampton Aviators, battle it out every week on fields around the region.
The first-place Whalers are hosting the Bucks in Sag Harbor at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and again on Sunday at 2 p.m. so families can barbecue after the game. Visit hamptonsbaseball.org for a full schedule, team info, rosters, stats, standings and more.
Visit a Hamptons Farmers Market
Sample the fresh and newly-picked fruits and vegetables from the East End farms, as well as some surprising homemade and artisanal treats, and find that perfect Father’s Day girft or enhance Sunday’s meal. These delicacies will give dads an opportunity to grill, chop or test their culinary skills for the entire family. What better way to a man’s heart than through his stomach? Click here for a complete list of local farmers markets.
Brunch and Evening Music
Southampton Publick House
40 Bowden Square, Southampton
12 -3 p.m., 9:30 p.m.
All dads love beer and brunch, and Publick House has both in spades. This microbrewery and pub is serving its brunch menu all weekend so you don’t have to wait for Sunday. Taste their specialty brews to get the real flavor of the Hamptons this summer. If you can’t get there for brunch, try an evening out with music by DJ Brian Evans in the Taproom. One way or the other, Southampton Publick House is a great Father’s Day weekend destination. Visit their website at publick.com.
Live Jazz with Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra
Westhampton Beach Performing Art Center (WHBPAC)
76 Main Street, Westhampton Beach
WHBPAC is showcasing renowned German-born, flamenco and smooth jazz guitarist Ottmar Leibert, known for his Latin-influenced music, strumming with his band Luna Negra. This Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling guitarist’s nimble, articulate finger-work makes him one of the world’s most popular flamenco instrumentalists today. His haunting guitar style mixes elements of Rhumba, jazz, bossa nova and new age music, creating a soulful and exotic sound that has to be experienced live. Tickets: $35, $45, $55. Check out whbpac.org for details.
SoFo “Rocks”– 24th Annual Summer Fundraising Party
South Fork Natural History Museum
377 Bridgehampton/Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton
Attend a benefit honoring Susan Rockefeller, “Mermaid Extraordinaire” and a star in her own right as a philanthropist, author of Green Works, documentary filmmaker and jewelry designer. Supermodel Christie Brinkley, last year’s honoree, will be the honorary Mermaid this year, which should make dad happy. The evening begins with a museum tour, followed by a bang-up party in a lounge-like, 5,000-square-foot tent. Enjoy dancing to music spun by the DJ “Phresh” and catering from celebrity chef Peter Ambrose, with an open bar provided by Amagansett & Wainscott Wine & Spirits and Wolffer Estate Vineyards. Tickets begin at $ 250, with a lower ticket being offered at $ 125 for those 30 and under. Check out SoFo’s website at sofo.org to learn more about the organization. For reservations, contact Linda B. Shapiro at 631-725-2023 or [email protected].
Sunday, June 16
Charter a Fishing Boat
Montauk, Hampton Bays, Greenport
How about a day out sport fishing with dad? Whether you hit Shinnecock Inlet out of Hampton Bays, catch a boat off “The End” or ride out of Greenport on the North Fork, there’s plenty to catch in our East End waters. Local captains, on private charters and party boats, will find a wide variety of fish inshore and offshore, including tuna, marlin, bass, shark and fluke.
A trip on Montauk’s Alyssa Ann (alyssaannsportfishing.com) or the Hampton Lady (thehamptonlady.com) in Shinnecock, among many others, would be a great bonding experience with dad. Time together, fresh air and lots of seawater and fish . . . what better way to spend Father’s Day? A quick Google search on “East End fishing charters” should reveal all sorts of exciting options.
Play a Round of Golf
Hamptons, Riverhead, North Fork
Grab your clubs and head for your favorite course with dad. The East End is home to some of the finest golf in the Northeast, so enjoy nine or 18 holes with the man who raised you. If you’re lucky enough to belong to a private club—like Maidstone, The Bridge or Sebonack—by all means go there. If not, find a great public course, like the Montauk Downs (nysparks.com/golf-courses)—which is considered to be the Island’s second best course after Bethpage Black—or Indian Island (indianislandcountryclub.com) in Riverhead, depending on where you start the day. Click here for a complete list of public courses on the East End!
Toast Father’s Day at Navy Beach
16 Navy Road, Montauk
A great East End Father’s Day deserves a toast to our beloved dads. A complimentary bloody mary or Budweiser beer is offered with lunch at this popular waterfront restaurant. The relaxing and delightful views at Navy Beach can be enjoyed seven days for lunch and dinner, beginning at noon. Visit navybeach.com for more.
Lend Me a Tenor at Bay Street Theatre
1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor
End the weekend with a hilarious show in Sag Harbor. Nothing like a little humor to wind down before dad’s workweek begins. And this comedy, originally produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber on Broadway in 1989, won nine Tony Award nominations. As a Broadway revival it opened in 2010 and was nominated for Olivier Award as Comedy of the Year. Bay Street is sure to do it justice, so go have a few laughs and finish the weekend right. Visit baystreet.org for tickets.