The East End is never short of exciting events and activities, even with our changing seasons. Celebrate fall this weekend in the Hamptons with the grand opening of Hank’s Pumpkintown, the Hallockville Crafts Fair and great local art and music. Our cultural calendar is always full on the Twin Forks, so check out the below selections and get the most from your days off.
If our picks miss the mark, visit the Dan’s Papers online Events Calendar and create your own weekend experience. And if you’re looking for other “picking” picks, try our guide to East End Apple and Pumpkin Picking.
Friday, September 13
10th Annual OLA Film Festival
5 p.m. (Films playing all weekend!)
Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill
Presented by the Organización Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island, the 10th Annual OLA Film Festival will take place all weekend, September 13–15, at the Parrish Art Museum. The festival opens Friday, September 13, at 5 p.m., with the Oscar-winning, 40-minute documentary Inocente. The screening will be followed at 6 p.m. by two hours of live music on the Mildred C. Brinn Terrace by Mambo Loco. Tanta Agua, a narrative film from Uruguay, will screen at 3 p.m. Saturday. The festival concludes Sunday at 3 pm with the Chilean documentary Salvador Allende. Tickets for each film are $10, free for Parrish members, students and children. The Mambo Loco performance is free with museum admission. Call 631-283-2118 or visit parrishart.org.
Saturday, September 14
Pumpkin Picking at Hanks’ Pumpkintown
9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (7 days through Halloween)
240 Montauk Highway, Water Mill
East End attraction Hank’s Pumpkintown opens for the season on Saturday with a brand new barn and activities, including pumpkin picking (of course), fantastic playground, corn mazes, hayrides, wooden play structures, giant slides, pedal cart races, educational stations, apple orchard, face painting, pony rides and much more. Along with getting great photos of the kids, adults can enjoy cider, doughnuts, candy apples, roasted corn and other treats and produce at Hank’s farmstand. This is the Hamptons’ premiere family attraction for fall, so make sure to drop by with the kids for opening weekend. Tickets prices vary for different activities. Call 631-726-4667 or visit hankspumpkintown.com.
Eric Freeman New Paintings Opening
6 – 8 p.m.
Tripoli Gallery, 30A Jobs Lane, Southampton
Running from Saturday, September 14 to Monday, October 14, Sagaponack painter Eric Freeman’s solo show New Paintings provides a fully realized view of the artist’s nuanced and challenging work. Fascinated with the qualities that make up a color, Freeman has recently started exploring with iridescent pigments, raising the depth of each color at hand and adding just the right amounts of various oils, before applying the new blend to the canvas in confident and graceful brushstrokes. The work has an ever-evolving quality to their surface—the paintings themselves react optically to the colors and light around them. Stripped of narrative and void of external references, what remains is pure and intense color. This is a show worth seeing by one of America’s hottest young painters and the Hamptons most talked about galleries. Call 631-377-3715 or visit tripoligallery.com.
Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks Celebrate 25th Anniversary
Bay Street Theatre, 1 Bay Street, Sag Harbor
Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks will perform in celebration of their 25th anniversary. Founding member and front man Gene Casey welcomes past and present members of the group—and some special guests—to help celebrate. There will be seating as well as a dance area on the stage. Drinks served in the lobby bar at this all-ages show and party. Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 on the day of the event. Call Bay Street Theatre at 631-725-9500 or visit baystreet.org.
Sunday, September 15
33rd Hallockville Arts & Crafts Fair
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Avenue, Riverhead
Hallockville’s annual fundraiser continues for its 33rd year, and it’s fun for the whole family! Featuring artisan vendors, food, music, children’s games, animals and demonstrations of traditional crafts—including basket weaving, quilting, rug hooking and woodcarving. A quilt show will be on display from East End Long Island Quilting Guild, and visitors can tour historic homes and outbuildings dating from 1765 to 1937. Other activities include hayrides, Long Island Antique Power Association tractor pull, pony rides (additional fee) and more. A local food and beverage area features Maple Tree BBQ, Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. and Coffee Pot Cellars wines. All proceeds go to support Hallockville Museum Farm. Call 631-298-5292 or visit hallockville.com.
The Ambrosia Trio at Suffolk Theater
118 East Main Street, Riverhead
Called a “piano trio with personality,” the Ambrosia Trio conveys both style and structure in its sensitively rendered, emotional music. Now in its third decade, this group focuses primarily on standard Classical and Romantic piano trio repertoire. The artists are based in New York City and perform regularly across the U.S. Founding members include Beulah Cox on violin, Martin Fett on cello and Frank Daykin on piano. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Call 631-727-4343 or visit suffolktheater.com.