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Enjoy both the end of summer and the start of fall with this jam-packed list of events going on across the North Fork and Shelter Island.
Friday, September 1
Enjoy the best of Mattituck on the first Friday night of the month through October with First Fridays. 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, September 2
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, September 3
Try Sunday brunch at Pure North Fork Craft Bar & Bistro, a hidden gem of an East End restaurant located off Sound Avenue in Wading River. A la carte items include Montauk lobster deviled eggs, breakfast flatbreads and organic chicken hash. Mimosa flights are pretty cool, too. Sunday brunch runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each week.
Monday, September 4
What better way to celebrate a day off from work than local craft beer and music at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. The Peconic tasting room is featuring live musice from Free Grass Union between 2 and 5 p.m.
2155 Main Road, Peconic, (631) 477-1100, greenportharborbrewing.com
Tuesday, September 5
45470 Main Road, Southold, (631) 764-4168, bedellcellars.com
Wednesday, September 6
Join the Shuckers Club at Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market for drink and oyster specials from 5 to 8 p.m. every Wednesday.
37 Front Street in Greenport, (631) 477-6992, littlecreekoysters.com
Thursday, September 7
The North Fork TV Festival kicks off for its second year with a bigger and better lineup incorporating businesses across the North Fork. The local focus on opening night includes the world premiere of the film “Greenport,” screening at 7 p.m. at the Village Cinemas on Front Street. An after party will follow at Noah’s. The festival continues with screenings and panels through Saturday.
For details, visit northfork.tv
Friday, September 8
Start your weekend off right with a cocktail at Brix & Rye, everyone’s favorite North Fork basement bar. Order one of their dozen or so unique drinks and a pizza to ensure a satisfying weekend.
308A Main Street, Greenport, (631) 477-6985, brixandrye.com
Saturday, September 9
The Great Peconic Race is an adventure paddle race circumnavigating Shelter Island. It starts and finishes at Wades Beach and is designed as an elite race for seasoned recreational, advanced, elite and experienced paddlers. The event includes demos, clinics, children’s activities and races, short races, live music and a party on the beach. Open to the public. It’s a fundraiser for the Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program.
For details, visit greatpeconicrace.com
Sunday, September 10
Chart your own course for a day filled with an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the North Fork food industry with the North Fork Foodie Tour. Learn about artisanal foods, wines and sustainable agriculture. Tickets are $25 for adults and free for children under 12. Tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day of the event at the headquarters located at Peconic Land Trust’s Agricultural Learning Center at Charnews Farm in Southold. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
3005 Youngs Avenue, Southold, 631-722-5712, northforkreformsynagogue.org
Monday, September 11
The Dory on Shelter Island is running a three-course lobster dinner special every night for $26.95. Hop on the North Ferry from Greenport (it’s close enough to even walk or bike) and stick around for a nightcap. The bar stays open all night.
185 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island Heights, (631) 749-4300, thedoryrestaurant.com
Tuesday, September 12
One Love Beach hosts 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, September 13
Who said you can’t have fun on Wednesdays after Labor Day? Bridge Lane can make this happen with its new canned rosé. Yes, your favorite Long Island variety now comes in the same packaging as that Natty Ice you used to love back in college. Trust us, it still tastes great.
35 Cox Neck Road, Mattituck, 631-298-1942, bridgelanewine.com
Thursday, September 14
Head to the bowling alley at The All Star in Riverhead. But first, sate your appetite for local ingredients and craft beer at Smitty’s All American Grill Happy Hour on Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m. Also features live entertainment.
96 Main Road, Riverhead, (631) 998-3565, allstar.com
Friday, September 15
Experience the newly reopened Hallock State Park Preserve by taking a hike on one of its two trails. The soundfront park is open daily for a variety of healthy and family friendly activities. Also be sure to check out the visitor’s center there for some local history.
6062 Sound Avenue, Jamesport, (631) 315-5475, parks.ny.gov
Saturday, September 16
Long Island’s only Garlic Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market in Riverhead. Featuring a wide variety of garlic-inspired foods, crafts, music and just plain garlic to eat and plant. Admission is just $5 per person; children under 6 are free. The event continues on Sunday. Find out more at gardenofevefarm.com.
4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, (631) 722-8777, gardenofevefarm.com
Sunday, September 17
Held annually during the height of oyster season, Sparkling Pointe partners with local oyster farms and restaurants to showcase the oyster in both its raw and cooked form. Pre-Sale package Cost: $40 ($35 Wine Club Members) and includes 12 oysters (your choice raw and/or cooked variations) and a glass of Sparkling Pointe Brut. Additional Sparkling Wine and Oysters sold separately. Walk-ins will be accepted on a first come first serve basis as space permits
39750 County Rd. 48, Southold, (631) 765-0200, sparklingpointe.com
Monday, September 18
Book a reservation at Halyard, the restaurant with the best views in Greenport. The current dinner menu includes options like the bouillabaisse, a smoked bluefish salad or a classic steamed lobster.
58775 Sound Ave., Greenport, (631) 477-0666, thehalyardgreenport.com
Tuesday, September 19
The sun is setting a little earlier, which makes it easier to watch with the littler ones, so catch a sunset at Bailie Beach. Head to this Mattituck beach and enjoy the show.
2205 Bailie Beach Road, Mattituck, (631) 298-9103
Wednesday, September 20
Grab a date and head to the Village Cheese Shop on Mattituck’s Love Lane for some ooey gooey goodness. Fondue servings for two are $39 and include a choice of Swiss, Italian, French, Spanish, blue and Mexican blends. Served with fresh apples and bread.
105 Love Lane, (631) 298-8556, thevillagecheeseshop.com
Thursday, September 21
Take a Winemaker’s Walk and Tour at Castello di Borghese, An educational guided tour of the winery and production facility. After the tour, guests will have a personal wine tasting at Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery. The tour costs $30 and reservations should be made at least 24 hours in advance. It starts at 1 p.m.
17150 County Rd. 48, Cutchogue, (631) 734-5111, castellodiborghese.com
Friday, September 22
Kick off the East End Maritime Festival with the Land and Sea Gala. Enjoy local food and wine, a live auction and dancing all the benefit the East End Seaport Museum. The party will be held at Greenport Yacht and Shipbuilding Co. on Carpenter Street in Greenport. Tickets are $75 for museum members and $85 for non-members. Vip access begins at 5 p.m. and is an additional $50 per person.
201 Carpenter Street, Greenport, (631) 477-2277, eastendmaritimefestival.org
Saturday, September 23
The Greenport Maritime Festival is happening in Greenport Village this weekend. This event highlights and showcase Greenport’s maritime culture and history. Saturday morning starts off with a parade through the village’s downtown. Classic wooden boats, kayak races, demonstrations of high tech water sports, wood carving, model ship building, music, food, artisanal vendors, children’s activities and more will follow. The festival continues on Sunday.
Front and Main Street, Greenport, eastendmaritimefestival.org
Sunday, September 24
Head to Woodside Orchards in Aquebogue for a season appropriate hard cider tasting. Take home a growler after your tasting. The farm also offers U-pick apples and tasty baked goods.
729 Main Rd., Aquebogue, (631) 722-5770, woodsideorchards.com
Monday, September 25
Drop in for a yoga class at The Giving Room. Programs are available for all levels. Check the schedule on their website at givingroom.net.
56215 Main Road, Southold, (631) 765-6670, givingroom.net
Tuesday, September 26
It’s Tuesday so grab a taco at Lucharitos, a North Fork favorite. Perhaps their second Aquebogue location will be open by this day as well. Fingers crossed!
119 Main St., Greenport, (631) 477-6666, lucharitos.com
Wednesday, September 27
Get over hump day with a stroll through the woods at Sound View Dunes Park. The unique park offers the best of two spectacular worlds — lovely vistas of Long Island Sound as well as peeks of interdunal swales, which are freshwater wetlands located between dunes. The park is open to the public year round from dawn until dusk.
Soundview Ave., Southold, just west of Peconic Dunes Camp
Thursday, September 28
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, September 29
Sannino Bella Vineyard and chef Christopher Kar will offer a four-course meal paired with wines. Sit in the vines, relax and dine, welcome the harvest season. The event is $100 per person plus tax, $90 for Wine Club Members. Reservations required.
1375 Peconic Lane, Peconic, (631) 734-8282, sanninovineyard.com/events
Saturday, September 30
OK, we know you don’t want to think about this one yet, but the pumpkin picking season will have arrived. Join in on the fun at Krupski Farms in Peconic for u-pick fun and all the entertainment that goes along with picking. Happy Halloween!
38030 Route 25, Peconic, (631) 734-7841