Montauk Seafood Festival: September 13 – 14, 2014
The second annual Montauk Seafood Festival is a culinary showcase and popular social gathering in Montauk. In the first year of the festival, an estimated 7,000 attendees visited on the first day alone to enjoy seafood delights like mouthwatering lobster burgers and tuna tartare wontons, so this year organizers say it will be expanding. Two large tents will be set up at the Montauk Marine Basin and for those who prefer not to walk between them, free ferry rides will be provided.
The festival’s director Laura Mastandrea told Dan’s Papers there will be children’s events, live music from Remember September and the 3B’s, Lynn’s Hula Hut signature tropical drinks, and of course, local seafood to enjoy. Some of the family-friendly activities include a “snapper derby” and a Q&A session with local fishing legends. Proceeds from the festival sales are used to fund local charities and events.
For more information, visit montaukseafoodfestival.com.
Hamptons International Film Festival: October 9-13, 2014.
The annual Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) has become a fall weekend fixture, attracting roughly 25,000 visitors annually at the end of Long Island, in theater venues from Montauk to Southampton.
The festival was founded to celebrate independent film – long, short, fiction and documentary – and introduce a unique and varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to audiences. Now in its 22nd year, it has become a beloved event in the community and a powerhouse in the industry. In recent years it has garnered a reputation for its slate of documentaries.
It draws international filmmakers with global perspectives while still maintaining a local, small-town feel. Local resident, Alec Baldwin, has become a high profile fixture at the event. As well as film screenings, look out for the Opening Night and Filmmaker Salute Parties, special presentations and panel discussions.
This year’s centerpiece film will be The Homesman, directed by Tommy Lee Jones, starring Meryl Streep and Hilary Swank, which is set for release on November 14, 2014. Swank will be in attendance for the East Coast premiere and will also participate in the Festival’s signature program, “A Conversation With…” The Views from Long Island section of the festival, which focuses on local films and directors with geographic ties to the Hamptons, will this year include The Affair – the upcoming Showtime series starring Joshua Jackson and set in the eastern end of Long Island.
For tickets and more information visit www.hamptonsfilmfest.org/
Wolffer Estate Vineyard Harvest Party: October 11, 2014 (Rain date: October 12, 2014)
The much-anticipated annual Harvest Party at the picturesque Wolffer Estate Vineyard is back for its 20th-year. The event sees families gather in the field adjacent to the main winery for a gourmet lunch, wine-tasting, barrel-rolling, live music, face-painting and more. Locals and visitors gather at communal tables to try the amazing local food on offer.
Wolffer Estate is a 55-acre winery which is part of a 175 acre estate with boarding stables, 30 paddocks, an indoor jumping ring, and a Grand Prix field. Both the stables and winery have a European character and these former potato fields have become the foundation for world-class wines.
This year, Wolffer Estate is offering you the chance to win a special Linus cruiser bicycle with a beautiful floral design. Enter the competition on their Facebook page and attend the Harvest Party to find out if you’re the lucky winner.
Woffer Estate Vineyard is at 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack, NY.
For more information visit www.wolffer.com/
Photo: KD Hamptons
Sag Harbor’s Annual HarborFest: September 13- September 14, 2014
The Annual HarborFest bash is held in celebration of Sag Harbor’s maritime history. Community members, tourists and locals come together for the biggest block party on the shore.
The family-fun event will feature whale boat races and clam shucking contests as well as a rock climbing wall, a bounce castle, a dunk tank and much more.
As attendees enjoy endless entertainment on the Village’s famous Long Wharf, they can also enjoy local tastes from Sag Harbor food vendors and a series of nautical-themed exhibits.
For the first time ever, the weekend-long event will be highlighted with a live concert at Havens Beach. As the sun goes down on Saturday night, performances from Gene Casey and The Lone Sharks, The Hoodoo Loungers and Hopefully Forgiven will be turning the music up. Special guest singers are also expected.
Look out for Pilates on Windmill beach, Walking Tours, and the Lobster Roll Eating Contest.
For more information, visit http://sagharborchamber.com/vendors/harborfest-2014/
The 5th Annual Dream Extreme: September 20, 2014
The biggest kiteboarding charity event on the East Coast, the Annual Dream Extreme, will kick-off in East Hampton, NY for the fifth year. Dream Extreme is a one-of-a-kind event that sees two-days of kiteboarding, world-class instruction, clinics, a beach bash, gala dinner and auction to raise money for charity.
The honorees for this year’s festival are fashion designer Nicole Miller, best-selling author Richard Doetsch, and philanthropists Bonnie Pfeifer Evans and Laura Nicklas.
Hosted by New York’s PIX-11 Reporter Kirstin Cole, Dream Extreme brings together established leaders in business, philanthropy, fashion, art, sports, and New York society.
Whether you’re learning to ride or improving your skills, Dream Extreme offers clinics with an impressive list of world champion riders and professional coaches from around the world. For non-kiting attendees, the daytime itinerary includes other activities such as stand-up paddle boarding, yoga, massage, BBQ and live music.
Over the past 4 years Dream Extreme has raised more than $500,000 to support the critical work of STEPS, a nonprofit organization focused on ending family violence and improving the lives of women, children and families since 1986. STEPS offers a wide range of services from educational and therapeutic groups; individual counseling for children, teens and adults; as well as advocacy and legal representation.
For more information, visit the Dream Extreme website at www.dreamextremenewyork.com