The return of SummerDocs and Alec Baldwin, bike rides to wineries, fine arts festivals and, of course, more fireworks make for another great holiday weekend on the East End.
Amagansett Fine Arts Festival
Friday, July 6–Sunday, July 8, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., American Legion Amagansett, 15 Montauk Highway, Amagansett
This three-day festival of some of the finest artists from across the United States and Canada brings together a range of visions and styles unique to even such a seasoned art community as the Hamptons. “The Amagansett Fine Arts Festival shall represent the rare instance of a fine art festival where there will be no functional crafts,” is the festival’s official take. “Without the inclusion of useful widgets or shiny trinkets, these artists shall set their aim on thrilling the eye and inspiring the imagination. The mediums of painting, sculpture, printmaking, drawing and mixed media will include labeled reproductions and original works, with an eye for excellence in quality and presentation. This is the criterion that will create the distinction of the Amagansett Fine Arts Festival above and beyond many other similar festivals.”
The Friends of the John Jermain Memorial Library Annual House Tour
Friday, July 6, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., various locations
Five interesting and different homes—two in North Haven, two in Sag Harbor and one in Noyac—will be open to the public during this annual exploration of unique East End dwellings. New this year, due to parking restrictions, a shuttle bus will transport participants to the homes located in North Haven and later return them to Sag Harbor, where they will be able to continue the tour on their own. Tickets are $45 in advance at the Wharf Shop, Main Street, Sag Harbor, or at John Jermain’s temporary location at 34 W. Water Street (across from the Sag Harbor Post Office). Tickets the day of the event are available for $50 at the library only.Call the library at 631-725-0049 for more information.
The 4th Annual SummerDoc Series Begins
Friday, July 6, 7–10 p.m., Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton
The Hamptons International Film Festival and Guild Hall present the kick-off of the 4th annual SummerDocs series hosted by Alec Baldwin with Searching for Sugar Man, a film about hope, inspiration and the resonating power of music. Talkback to follow with Alec Baldwin and director Malik Bendjelloul.
Southampton Historical Museum Halsey House Gala
Saturday, July 7, 6–8 p.m., 249 South Main Street, Southampton
Well-known among locals and visitors as “the most fun you will have all summer,” the Halsey House Gala is a celebration of the American Revolution, held on the grounds of the 1648 Thomas Halsey Homestead, an historic house museum open during the summer season. Gala guests will enjoy music, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit the Museum’s education programs. Read more here.
Montauk Observatory Free “Star Party”
Saturday, July 7, 8:30 p.m. Senior Thesis Hall, Ross School 18 Goodfriend Drive, East Hampton
We see stars all the time here in the Hamptons, but few, if any, will amaze you like those you’ll see when you and your family join astronomer Tom Madigan at the Montauk Observatory to explore the night sky. The Montauk Observatory’s telescopes will be available, and personal telescopes are also welcome.
Wharf to Winery Bike Tour
Saturday, July 7 9–11:30 a.m., Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Meet at the windmill on Long Wharf and then prepare for a leisurely 10 mile bike ride to the Wolffer Estate. Helmets mandatory, water suggested, wine optional (although once you get to Wolffer, is it truly an option you can ignore?) Rain cancels. Must be able to keep a moderate pace.
Cookies for Kids Cancer Hosts 4th Annual Hamptons Bake Sale
Saturday, July 7, 3–6 p.m., Amagansett Square, Amagansett,
Visitors can expect to find cookies, brownies, pies and cakes, and even healthy fruit and nut bars from freshly pressed juice company, BluePrint, as well as Pop Chips and other treats—even face-painting for the kids. Proceeds from the sale benefit Pediatric Cancer research and treatment. This year, for the first time, some of New York’s top chefs and pastry chefs will be donating baked goods to the sale, including Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar; Karen DeMasco, Locanda Verde; Dan Kluger, ABC Kitchen; Tate’s; Butter Lane Bakery; and more.
Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Art Fair and Auction
Saturday, July 7, 6 p.m., Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, 2350 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton
The Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Bridgehampton will host its 25th Annual Art Fair and Auction on Saturday July 7, at 6 p.m, with auction bidding opens at 7:30 p.m. on the grounds of the church in Bridgehampton. Wine, hors d’ouevres and more, all under a festive tent. The fair and auction will showcase the work of over 30 well known local artists, and this year’s featured artist Carol Saxe. Proceeds go toward the support of the church’s numerous community outreach activities.
25th Annual American Picnic
Saturday, July 7, 7 p.m. 1030 Meadow Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Fresh Air Home hosts the 25th annual American Picnic, including a delicious American picnic as well as food carts with popcorn, ice cream, hot dogs, and other delights, and a fireworks display by Grucci, displayed to patriotic music and will be viewable over Shinnecock Bay. General admission is sold out, but for more information about benefactor level tickets, call 631-283-5847.
Steve Tyrell at WHBPAC
Saturday, July 7, 8:30 pm, Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, Westhampton Beach
The talented and charming Grammy Award-winning Steve Tyrell is back in Westhampton Beach. His performance will include new songs from his latest album, I’ll Take Romance, some Bacharach tunes from the Back to Bacharach album, and other music from his previous CDs. Tyrell reinterprets classic American standards with a voice full of warmth and character, emphasizing the Great American Songbook, which he called “the greatest music America has ever made.” Plan for an unforgettable night of romance as Tyrell serenades you with unforgettable hits and love songs. Tickets are $100, $75, $50. Call 631-288-1500 for more information.
Peconic Landing Opening Reception for Outdoor Living Gallery
Sunday, July 8, 3 p.m., Peconic Landing, Greenport
Come view a selection of breathtaking sculptures from world renowned artists such as Rob Lorenson, Nova and Arden Scott. This is the area’s first permanent sculpture exhibition showcasing high quality works that best complement and enhance this unique building and surrounding landscape.
Find more great events in the Hamptons this weekend, and every day, in our Calendar.