Pumpkin picking might be synonymous with October on the North Fork, but there is so much more to do here during the fall.
From festivals and mid-week dinner deals to haunted houses, here are 31 events to check out — one for each day of the month. As always, visit northforker.com/events for even more listings.
Saturday, Oct. 1
‘POUR THE CORE’ HARD CIDER FESTIVAL
The 21-and-over cider festival runs from noon to 4:30 p.m. General admission tickets are $45 and designated driver tickets are $12 when purchased in advance. Buy your tickets here. Prices do not include tax and fees.
Long Island Sports Park, 149 Edwards Ave., Calverton
Sunday, Oct. 2
LONG ISLAND POTATO FESTIVAL
The family-friendly Long Island Potato Festival kicks off at 11 a.m. Expect exhibitors, food trucks, live music, activities, seminars, an amateur potato salad competition, a mashed potato sculpting contest, a potato-peeling race and more.
Advance registration for the competitions is strongly recommended.
Tickets can be purchased on the event’s website for $20, plus tax and fees. Children 12 and under are free.
Long Island Sports Park, 149 Edwards Ave., Calverton
Monday, Oct. 3
ROSH HASHANAH SERVICES
Attend a High Holy Days service at North Fork Reform Synagogue, which operates out of Cutchogue Presbyterian Church. There is a 1o a.m. Rosh Hashanah service that is specifically geared toward children and is open to all.
Cutchogue Presbyterian Church, 27245 Route 25, Cutchogue
Tuesday, Oct. 4
DINNER AT TOUCH OF VENICE
Touch of Venice’s prix fixe menu is offered Tuesday and Wednesday nights. For $29.95, diners get a three-course meal that includes an appetizer, entree and dessert (or glass of wine.)
Touch of Venice, 28350 Main Road, Cutchogue
Wednesday, Oct. 5
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SHUCKERS CLUB
Are you an oyster fan? Then the Wednesday Night Shuckers Club at Little Creek Oysters is for you. This event is held every Wednesday night from 5 to 8 p.m. with $5 Greenport Harbor beer, U-shuck specials and shucked oyster specials.
Little Creek Oyster Farm and Market, 37 Front Street, Greenport, (631) 477-6992
Thursday, Oct. 6
EASTERN LONG ISLAND HOSPITAL ITALIAN NITE DINNER
Enjoy some chicken parmesan or spaghetti with meatballs for a good cause. The $20 meals are dine in or take out and tickets are available at the door or through members of the East End Auxiliary. Available from noon to 8 p.m., proceeds benefit Eastern Long Island Hospital.
Soundview Restaurant, 58775 Route 48, Greenport
Friday, Oct. 7
MUSIC AT LIEB CELLARS
Lieb Cellars stays open late for its Friday Night Music series. Robin Sidor & The Second Hands will perform from 6 to 9 p.m.
Lieb Cellars, 13050 Oregon Road, Cutchogue
Saturday, Oct. 8
EMERGING ARTISAN FAIR
The annual fair is an opportunity for local artisans to display and sell their creations. It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mattituck Presbyterian Church, 12605 Main Road, Mattituck
Sunday, Oct. 9
PORT OF EGYPT BOAT SHOW
Check out the deals on some of the most popular models during the In-Water Boat Show and Demo Weekend at Port of Egypt Marina. Sea trials will be available. RSVP to (631) 765-2445 or [email protected].
Port of Egypt Marina, 62300 Main Road, Southold
Monday, Oct. 10
NORTH FORK COASTAL CLEANUP
Join Group For The East End at Dam Pond Preserve in East Marion for a coastal cleanup. Collected trash will be repurposed into sculptures of wildlife impacted by marine debris. Wear closed-toed shoes and work gloves. The events runs from 10 a.m. until noon. Email Jessica Kennelly at [email protected] if you will be attending.
Dam Pond Preserve, 11855 Main Road, East Marion
Tuesday, Oct. 11
North Fork Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual golf outing. There will be a chance to win $15,000 and a 50/50 knockout pool. The event includes lunch, a 12:30 p.m. tee time, cocktails at 5 p.m. and dinner. $175 per golfer. Call (631) 765-3161 or email [email protected] for more info.
Island’s End Golf Course, 5025 Route 25, Greenport
Wednesday, Oct. 12
Take a stroll through the woods at Sound View Dunes Park, one of our favorite public spaces on the North Fork.
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.
Sound View Dunes is located on Soundview Ave. in Southold, just west of Peconic Dunes Camp.
Thursday, Oct. 13
HARVEST DINNER PARTY
Enjoy an evening at Jamesport Vineyards with dinner prepared by Chef Dan Edgett in the winery’s wood-fired oven. Each course paired will be paired with Jamesport Wines. Tickets are $90 per person. Call (631) 722-5256 for more information or to reserve your seat.
Jamesport Vineyards, 1216 Main Road, Jamesport
Friday, Oct. 14
“FIRST DATE” AT NORTH FORK COMMUNITY THEATRE
Aaron, who is new to blind dating, shares a date with serial romancer Casey, complete with characters from their past and possible future in this stage play. There will be an art show with photographs by Bridget Elkin available for purchase. A portion of those proceeds will benefit NFCT’s renovation campaign. Tickets are $25. For more info, visit nfct.com.
North Fork Community Theatre, 12700 Old Sound Avenue, Mattituck
Saturday, Oct. 15
SHELTER ISLAND 2016 5K RUN/WALK
This 3.1 mile run/walk benefits North Fork Breast Health Coalition and Coalition for Women’s Cancers at Southampton Hospital. Register at shelterislandrun.com. The race begins at 11 a.m.
Crescent Beach, Shelter Island
Sunday, Oct. 16
BARREL TASTING AT DILIBERTO
Join winemaker and owner Sal Diliberto for a tour and barrel tasting at Diliberto Winery in Jamesport. A tasting flight with three wines is offered in the tasting room following the tour, which begins at 11 a.m. The event is $50 per person. dilibertowinery.com.
Diliberto Winery, 250 Manor Lane, Jamesport
Monday, Oct. 17
DINNER AT BISTRO 72
Bistro 72 offers meal and drink specials every day of the week. Beat the Monday blahs with half-priced martinis and $6 glasses of wine from 4 to 6 p.m. There is also a $29 prix fixe dinner.
1830 West Main Street, Riverhead (631) 369-3325
Tuesday, Oct. 18
Get a weeknight boost by taking a drop-in class at JABS in Cutchogue. JABS offers two classes for the price of one ($25) for new members. Visit their website for a class schedule. jabsny.com.
JABS, 32845 Main Road, Cutchogue
Wednesday, Oct. 19
PRIME RIB AT PHIL’S
Phil’s Waterfron Bar and Grill in Aquebogue offers good food and views of Meetinghouse Creek. Enjoy an 18-ounce cut of prime rib and a side salad for $18.95 (all day) or a 12-ounce cut for $14.95 for lunch (noon to 4 p.m.) Also look for German food and beer specials in celebration of Oktoberfest.
17 Meetinghouse Creek Road, Aquebogue
Thursday, Oct. 20
LEARN ABOUT THE PLANTS AND ANIMALS OF PLUM ISLAND
New York Natural Heritage Program biologists have completed their field work and written findings on the first ever four-season biological inventory of the plants and animals on Plum Island.
Join Southold town Supervisor Scott Russell, Randy Parsons, Land Conservation Specialist with The Nature Conservancy on Long Island as Peconic Landing welcomes Matthew D. Schlesinger, Ph.D., Chief Zoologist from the New York Natural Heritage Program and lead scientist on the Plum Island inventory work.
The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Peconic Landing auditorium and is free.
Peconic Landing, 1500 Brecknock Road, Greenport
Friday, Oct. 21
FRANKI VALLI TUNES AT THE SUFFOLK THEATER
“Who Loves You: The Music of Franki Valli” comes to the Suffolk Theater. A quarter of young Broadway veterans will perform Franki Valli hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Candy Girl” and “Ronnie.” Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for dinner and drinks and the show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased on the Suffolk Theater’s website, suffolktheater.com.
Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main Street, Riverhead
Saturday, Oct. 22
GABRIELSEN’S FALL FESTIVAL
The fall festival at Gabrielsen’s Country Plant farm features hay rides, train rides, bounce houses, farm animals, pumpkin picking, roasted corn and their greenhouse-grown shrubs, annuals and perennials.
Admission to Gabrielsen’s Country Farm Fall Festival is $5 for adults and $7.95 for children on both weekends and weekdays. Live music and hayrides are only available on weekends. The farm is open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. every day and the festival runs through Oct. 31.
Note that Gabrielsen’s has moved from its longtime Main Road location.
Pick up a copy of the The Suffolk Times for coupons.
Gabrielsen’s Country Plant Farm, 200 Herricks Lane, Jamesport
Sunday, Oct. 23
Get your fall gourds at a number of North Fork farms. If you can brave the crowds, this is THE weekend for pumpkin picking. Click here for a list of U-pick options.
Monday, Oct. 24
DINNER AT AMANO
aMano in Mattituck offers a prix fixe dinner on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays for $29.95. Happy hour with half-priced house wines, beer and well drinks runs from 4 to 7 p.m.
aMano, 1350 Main Road, Mattituck
Tuesday, Oct. 25
The weather could still be quite nice for an evening paddle board tour. Call One Love Beach surf shop at (631) 333-2064 to get on the email list for the weekly community paddle boarding meet-up. The shop offer rentals if you don’t have your own board.
Wednesday, Oct. 26
DRINKS AT BRIX AND RYE
Grab a drink at Brix and Rye in Greenport. They have creative cocktails and noshes to end the workday.
Brix and Rye, 308 Main Street, Greenport
Thursday, Oct. 27
RAW BAR AND HAPPY HOUR
The Soundview Restaurant hosts a raw bar and happy hour every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy $1 oysters, a raw bar, drink specials and live music from Nick Kerzner.
Soundview Restaurant, 58775 Route 48, Greenport
Friday, Oct. 28
DINNER AT NORTH FORK TABLE & INN
Treat yourself to a fabulous meal at North Fork Table & Inn, which is perennially rated number one on Long Island by Zagat. The restaurant recently began offering an a la carte menu and now welcomes walk-ins, but reservations can be made by calling or visiting their website.
North Fork Table & Inn, 57225 Main Road, Southold
Saturday, Oct. 29
HALLOWEEN AT THE AQUARIUM
Celebrate Halloween with the Long Island Aquarium at its “Bats, Barnacles & Broomsticks” party. All “buoys” and “ghouls” in costume will get 50 percent off admission with a paying adult. There will be a costume parade, haunted house, safe trick-or-treating and more. Admission to the party is included in your daily aquarium admission. It runs from 10 a.m. to l 4 p.m. longislandaquarium.com.
The aquarium will also host a masquerade ball from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Long Island Aquarium, 431 East Main Street, Riverhead
Sunday, Oct. 30
MUSIC AND WINE AT RAPHAEL
Enjoy live music and wine at Raphael Winery in Peconic. Admission is free, but reservations are required for groups of eight or more. Raphaelwine.com.
Raphael, 39390 Main Road, Peconic
Monday, Oct. 31
A HALLOWEEN HAUNTED HOUSE VISIT
One of the most popular haunted attractions in the country — according to BuzzFeed, anyway — is located right in our backyard. Darkside Haunted House is open from 7 to 11 p.m. on Halloween. Admission is $25. darksideproductions.com.
Darkside Haunted House, 5184 Route 25A, Wading River