30 days, 30 things to do on the North Fork in September

The Greenport Maritime Festival headlines a busy September on the North Fork.

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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.

141 Fairway Drive, Wading River, (631) 886-2777, purenorthfork.com


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

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, 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


dory shelter island

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


canned rosé

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


Woodside Orchards hard cider

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