31 days, 31 things to do on the North Fork in August

Cutchogue Fire Department BBQ

The Cutchogue Fire Department Chicken Barbecue returns Aug. 26. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

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Enjoy the last full month of summer with this jam-packed list of events going on across the North Fork and Shelter Island.

Tuesday, August 1

Enjoy wine, tacos and live music during Tap Room at Corey Creek’s Twilight Series. Live Music from Jeff LeBlanc and Taco Tuesday by Noah’s on the Road Food Truck. The event repeats on  Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer with different musical acts and food trucks.

45470 Main Road, Southold, (631) 764-4168, bedellcellars.com

Wednesday, August 2

The Shoppes at East Wind is hosting a family friendly ‘Live at the Shoppes’ event each Wednesday from 6:30-8 p.m. this month. This week it’s the Jungle Jam Puppet Show, a high-energy musical puppet production of Jungle Jam. The event features audience participation and dance, with animals from around the world and even dinosaurs.

5768 Route 25A, Wading River, (631) 929-3500, eastwindlongisland.com

Thursday, August 3

Moustache Brewing Co. is hosting Nature Talks this summer with northforker’s own nature columnist Chris Paparo. This week Steve Heck will be leading a discussion on “Hurricane Sandy’s Silver Lining,” sharing how a breach on Fire Island has affected the Great South Bay ecosystem. The 8 p.m. outdoor chat features Maple Tree BBQ and Moustache beer.

400 Hallett Avenue, Riverhead,   (631-591-3250), moustachebrewing.com

Friday, August 4

Enjoy the best of Mattituck on the first Friday night of the month through October. Love Lane will be closed to traffic with vendors set up in the street.

Participating local businesses will offer special discounts, demonstrations or giveaways in their stores all day. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

Love Lane, Mattituck, facebook.com/lovelanefirstfridays 

Saturday, August 5

Hold out your glass for another pour of local wine as the Long Island Wine Council’s annual Harvest East End event is held at Martha Clara. Dubbed “Back to Our Roots,” the event features more than 30 Long Island wine producers and is the Wine Council’s biggest event of the year.

Lombardi’s Love Lane Market will be providing the food this year.

This year, the celebration will pay homage to Long Island Wine Country founders who have died, including but not limited to, Robert Palmer of Palmer Vineyards, Robert Entenmann of Martha Clara and Christian Wölffer of Wölffer Estate Vineyard.

General admission tickets are $75 and VIP tickets, which include the “winemaker experience” featuring specialty wines and winemaker meet-and-greets, are $125.

6025 Sound Ave, Riverhead, (631) 298-0075, eventbrite.com

Sunday, August 6

It’s time to collect that cardboard and duct tape for the ninth annual Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race along the Peconic Riverfront.

Registration and inspection begin at 9 a.m., with a Hula Hoop contest at 11:30 and heats starting at noon. There is no registration fee for this Riverhead Business Improvement District event.

Boat builders must use cardboard, duct tape, water-based glue and latex paint (props and decorations are permitted). No other materials may be used for their boats.

Peconic Riverfront Park, 40 Peconic Ave, Riverhead, riverheadbid.com

Monday, August 7

Grab an old-fashioned ice cream cone at Snowflake in Riverhead. The shop features inventive flavors, including a rotating flavor of the week, all made in house.

1148 W Main St, Riverhead, (631) 727-4394, snowflakeicecream.com

Tuesday, August 8

Tuesdays at Townsend is happening every week this summer. Enjoy beverages from the cash bar, pizza from the Pizzarita Food Truck and live music from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Townsend Manor Inn in Greenport.

714 Main Street, Greenport, (631) 477-2000, townsendinn.com

Wednesday, August 9

Shelter Island Craft Brewery is hosting a regular industry night on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. this summer. The event features beer pong, corn hole and darts. $20 pitchers and $6 beers.

55 N. Ferry Rd, Shelter Island, (631) 749-5977, shelterislandcraftbrewery.com

Thursday, August 10

Port of Egypt Marine is hosting a free Throwback Thursday outdoor movie night on Thursdays in August. Food, snacks, beer and wine are all available for purchase at the event. Toy Story will be screened on this evening. Bring your own lawn chairs. Grounds open at 6 p.m. with showtime at dusk.

61600 Main Road, Southold, (631) 765-2445, poemarine.com

Friday, August 11

Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center is hosting a sleepover celebration of pirates.

You’ll take a ride down the Peconic River on the Atlantis Explorer Tour Boat, hunt for hidden treasure throughout the Aquarium, enjoy a movie presentation and then find a spot amongst the tanks, to sprawl for the night.

The event includes dinner and a continental breakfast. Tickets are $64.95 plus tax ($58.45 for aquarium members) and children 2 and under are free.

431 E. Main Street, Riverhead, (631) 208-9200, longislandaquarium.com

Saturday, August 12

Start your month and weekend off the healthy way with a visit to the Greenport Farmers Market. Located at 170 South Street, the market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Sept. 16.

Vendors in 2017 include Catapano Farms, NoFo Crunch, Greenport Jerkey, Alice’s Fish Market, Surrey Lane Vineyard and Orchard and more.

170 South St., Greenport, greenportfarmersmarket.com

Sunday, August 13

Did you like what you saw in our recent video of Sunny’s Riverhead Diner & Grill in downtown Riverhead? Well stop by this classic diner for breakfast one morning this month. We’ll recommend the kielbasa breakfast with home fries.

 87 E. Main St., Riverhead, 631) 381-0831, sunnysouteast.com

Monday, August 14

Experience a Monday Night Pig Roast at First & South in Greenport. The dinner also includes various local food purveyors and craft beer sponsors each week.

100 South Street, Greenport, (631) 333-2200, firstandsouth.com

Tuesday, August 15

First and South also partners with One Love Beach for Tuesday Paddleboard meet-ups. Every Tuesday, the Greenport surf shop hosts paddling demos at 5 p.m. in rotating locations depending on wind, weather, and tide conditions. You can bring your own board or rent one for $35.

211 Main St., Greenport, (631) 333-2064, facebook.com/onelovebeachinc

Wednesday, August 16

Each Wednesday through Labor Day weekend, the Pridwin fires up a delicious all-you-can-eat cookout menu on its expansive front lawn as the sun sets over the Peconic Bay.  This year’s menu will once again include steamed clams and mussels, grilled tuna and chicken,  spare ribs and Kobe beef ribs, plus hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob and a variety of salads and desserts. Lemonade, draught beer, iced tea and coffee are also included.

Tickets for adults are $42 this year, children ages 3 to 13 eat for $18 and children under 3 are free. The cookout runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with live music on the deck near the bar from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Reservations can be made in advance by calling (631) 749-0476. A limited amount of dock space is available.

81 Shore Road, Shelter Island, (631) 749-0476, pridwin.com

Thursday, August 17

Palm on the Patio features Belgian craft brewer, Palm, and live outdoor music at Hotel Indigo East End in Riverhead.

Call to reserve a table. There is no fee to get in and a la carte dining will be available all night. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

1830 W. Main St., Riverhead, (631) 369-3325, indigoeastend.com

Friday, August 18

Enjoy 20 percent off glasses and bottles of wine during “Locals’ Night at Lieb” Cellars. Noah’s on the Road food truck will also offer food for an additional fee (weather dependent.) The event runs from 4 to 7 p.m.

13050 Oregon Road, Cutchogue, (631) 734-1100, Liebcellars.com

Saturday, August 19

Compete in the first-ever Greenport rubber duckie race. The children’s community event will be held at the small beach near the North Ferry terminal (located at the end of Third Street). It is sponsored by the Greenport Village Business Improvement District.

The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. For more information visit Greenportvillage.com/RC

Sunday, August 20

The Polish Town Street Fair & Polka Festival includes over 250 booths with arts, crafts, ethnic foods, exhibits, Polish imports and more. Live music, dance performances and polka dancing. The street fair is free; admission fee for Polka Festival, 5 to 11 p.m.

The event takes place both Saturday, August 19 and Sunday, August 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Pulaski and Lincoln streets, Polish Town, Riverhead

Monday, August 21

View the partial solar eclipse at Floyd Memorial Library 1-4 p.m. Bring a beach chair or a blanket and the library will provide the safety viewing glasses.

539 First Street, Greenport, (631) 477-0660, floydmemoriallibrary.org

Tuesday, August 22

Enjoy “Tunes & Tastings” at the Ram’s Head Inn. There will be live music and a complimentary tasting from Pellegrini Vineyards from 5:30 until 7 p.m.

108 Ram’s Head Drive, Shelter Island Heights, (631) 749-0811, the ramsheadinn.com

Wednesday, August 23

Join the Shuckers Club at Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market for drink and oyster specials from 5 to 8 p.m.

37 Front Street in Greenport, (631) 477-6992, littlecreekoysters.com

Thursday, August 24

Stop in to Grace & Grit headquarters on Thursdays from noon to 10 p.m. for their weekly burger pop-up. The Southold-based catering company offers a choice of beef or vegan patty with a range of toppings.

55750 Main Road, Southold, (631) 876-5221, graceandgritevents.com

Friday, August 25

Partake in a marine woodworking and restoration lecture at East End Seaport Museum. Learn how Anders Langendal & Sons repairs and restores wooden and fiberglass boats. The class runs from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m.

The event is free for members and $5 for non-members. It will be held at Anders Lagendal & Sons, located 201 Carpenter Street, Greenport.

Eastendseaport.org

Cutchogue Fire Department BBQ

Saturday, August 26

There are plenty of barbecue fundraisers to choose from on the East End, but perhaps none is more popular than the one held by the Cutchogue Fire Department in late August. 3,000 tickets for the Cutchogue Fire Department Chicken Barbecue are sold on a first come, first serve basis. They are $25 each.

Tickets do sell out so call for availability.

260 New Suffolk Rd., Cutchogue, (631) 734-6907, cutchoguefiredept.org

Sunday, August 27

The 19th annual Jamesport Fire Department Sound to Bay 10K and 5K races kick off at 9 a.m.

Signup for the 10K race from the Long Island Sound to the Peconic Bay or the 5K from Main Road at the firehouse to the bay. Pre-registration is $25 and race day registration is $30.

All proceeds benefit the Jamesport Fire Department Scholarship fund as well as other local charities.  The first 400 to signup will receive the new designed running shirts.

25 Manor Lane, Jamesport, (631) 722-3817, Jamesportfd.org

Monday, August 28

Shake your groove thing at Dances in the Park in Greenport. Every Monday night through the end of the month there’s live music playing and people dancing from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at this free event.

Mitchell Park, Front Street, Greenport

Tuesday, August 29

It’s Tuesday so grab a taco at Lucharitos, a North Fork favorite.

119 Main St., Greenport, (631) 477-6666, lucharitos.com

(Credit: Madison Fender)

Wednesday, August 30

Martha Clara Vineyards is hosting a Wine Down Wednesdays event every week to help you get past hump day. Enjoy wine, music and a food truck from 6 to 9 p.m.

Martha Clara Vineyards, 6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead, (631) 298-0075, marthaclaravineyards.com

Thursday, August 31

Don’t miss the final Alive on 25 of the year. Riverhead’s Main Street will close to cars to create a walk-through, pop-up festival with live music, food trucks and outdoor seating at local restaurants, and family friendly activities.  The festival starts at 5 and ends around 9:30 pm.

Visit aliveon25.com for more details