The quiet season has begun on the Twin Forks following our unofficial end of summer, but local event and activities haven’t seemed to slow. These 10 picks will take you all over our five East End towns this weekend as you take in the very best in art, culture, food, entertainment and benefits. Of course, HarborFest shines brightly as our number one choice, so make sure to visit the historic whaling village for its yearly celebration of all things Sag Harbor. It’s the 50th anniversary, after all.
If the below suggestions don’t tickle your fancy, peruse our online Events Calendar and forge your own path. There’s so much more to see and do!
Saturday, September 7
9 a.m. (all weekend)
Bay Street, Sag Harbor
Celebrate Sag Harbor at this annual festival! Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce presents the 50th Anniversary of The Sag HarborFest to be held Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8. HarborFest began as the Old Whalers’ Festival in 1963 and has grown over 50 years into a three-day festival complete with music, food tastings, contests, historic tours and, of course, the famous whaleboat races, which will take place throughout the weekend off Windmill Beach in Sag Harbor. The weekend will kick-off with a benefit party at the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum on Friday night from 6 to 9 p.m. The “HarborFest Fiesta” will feature Montaco Truck tacos, Montauk Brewing Company beer, Channing Daughters wine, ice cream from Sylvester & Co. and music by DJ Mister Lama. The Wharf will be filled both Saturday and Sunday with vendors participating in the Taste of Sag Harbor as well as a thrill ride of children’s activities. The famous Chowder Contest will take place on Sunday and the 2013 Whaleboat Champion will be crowed after two days of intense races.
Beebe Windmill Tour
10 a.m.–12 p.m.
SE corner, Ocean Road and Hildreth Avenue, Bridgehampton
Climb inside the Beebe Windmill at this free all-ages event! Listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, as well as a Southampton Town designated landmark, residents and visitors can tour this beautifully preserved structure for one last Saturday before next summer. Call the Bridgehampton Historical Museum at 631-537-1088 or visit bhmuseum.org for more information.
9th Annual Great East End Community Picnic
Red Creek Park, Hampton Bays
All are welcome to Southampton Town’s community gathering and picnic! Come to Red Creek Park in Hampton Bays for great family fun, including games, food, crafts, dancing, sports and more! And don’t miss the FREE hot dogs, beverages and ice cream! Call 631-283-6000 or visit southamptontownny.gov.
Oktoberfest at Martha Clara Vineyards
1–5 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
660 Herricks Lane Riverhead
Guten Tag! Join Martha Clara Vineyards this weekend for German food and music with beer and wine for their 10th annual Oktoberfest celebration. Food and drink will be available for purchase (cash only) at the Riverhead winery’s Chardonnay Field on Saturday and Sunday. Daily tickets are $12.50 in advance or $15 at the door. Visit marthaclaravineyards.com to purchase. On Saturday the vineyard will feature live music with JJ Jazzmataz from 2–6 p.m. under the pavilion, with free admission. On Sunday, also free, 2 Man Acoustical Jam performs from 1 to 5 p.m. This is a rain or shine event.
Geoff Gehman Reads The Kingdom of the Kid: Growing Up in the Long-Lost Hamptons
2–3 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
East Hampton Library, 159 Main Street
Join author Geoff Gehman at East Hampton Library for a reading from his memoir The Kingdom of the Kid, describing an indelible childhood on Long Island’s South Fork from 1967 to 1972, when the Hamptons was still a middle-class paradise. Registration is free. Books will be available for sale and signing. Please contact Gina Piastuck at 631-324-0222 x 4 or [email protected] for more information.