From street fairs to the famous Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival, there are many East End early summer traditions that you don’t want to miss.
Here are 10 North Fork and Shelter Island events to check out this summer. And as always, visit northforker.com/events for more NoFo happenings.
Wednesday, May 24, 6-9 p.m.
Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead
Rotary Club of Riverhead’s uncorked is an event that raises money for local charities. The party offers many great things: tastes from local restaurants, bakeries, farm stands, specialty stores, wine, beer, cider, music and more.
For details, (631) 727-2188 or riverheadrotary.org
CHEF HAYDEN’S FARMERS MARKET
Fridays, Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 through Labor Day Weekend, September 1, from 9 a.m. to Noon
57225 Main Rd., Southold
Shop local and enjoy 15+ local farms and food producers as well as the North Fork Food Truck.
21ST ANNUAL COMMUNITY MOSAIC STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL
Sunday, May 28, noon – 5 p.m.
Downtown Riverhead on East Main St. between Roanoke Ave. and East Ave. and on the grounds of East End Arts (133 E. Main St.)
The festival is a daylong event that offers fun for the entire family.
Arts and crafts fair, street painting, live music, food trucks, drumming, dancing, theatre, children’s activities and more.
Free. Rain date, May 29
For details, eastendarts.org
TASTE THE EAST END
Friday, June 9, 7-10 p.m.
Long Island Aquarium, Riverhead
Annual Taste the East End event with local restaurants pairing their signature dishes with local craft beer, wine and cider.
$64.95/person. (631) 208-9200 ext. 426 or longislandaquarium.com
63RD ANNUAL MATTITUCK LIONS CLUB STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL & HULLING NIGHT
Thursday, June 15 is Hulling Night from 5-9 p.m.
Carnival rides, 6:30-11 p.m. Strawberry Fields Fairgrounds, Route 48, Mattituck
The community comes together to hull the strawberries that will become shortcakes, Daquiris and more. Pay-one-price bracelet for rides: $20; single ride tickets available.
Friday, June 16, Saturday, 17 & Sunday, 18 is the Strawberry Festival
Strawberry Fields Fairgrounds, Route 48, Mattituck
Arts and crafts, live music, food vendors, carnival, games of chance, crowning of Strawberry Festival Queen, fireworks, strawberries, strawberry shortcake and much more. Event schedule and admission fees: mattitucklionsclub.org
38TH ANNUAL SHELTER ISLAND 10K RUN/5K WALK
Saturday, June 17, 5:30 p.m.
Shelter Island Plus 5K race/walk and community fun walk for kids. Post-race with a barbecue and live music. Benefits the Island 10k Community Fund.
For complete list of events and details, shelterislandrun.com
(631) 774-9499, [email protected]
FARM-TO-TABLE DINNER AT SYLVESTER MANOR
Saturday, June 24, 6 to 11 p.m.
Dinner features in-season produce from the farm, as well as other East End edibles and wines. Open pit cooking by Fire Roasted Catering and dancing to Grammy nominated band, the Revelers.
For details, call (631)749-0626, sylvestermanor.org, or [email protected]
FIREWORKS AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY
Saturday, July 1
Route 58, Riverhead
67th year celebration with Demolition Derby, 66-lap NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models, Figure Eights, Super Pro Trucks, Grand Enduro. For complete schedule, riverheadraceway.com
DANCES IN THE PARK
Mondays, July 3 to August 28, 7:30 p.m.
Mitchell Park, Greenport
Enjoy live Long Island bands for a free concert in the park. Bring a blanket or chair. Dance under the stars!
For details, (631) 477-2200 or Greenportvillage.com
LOVE LANE STREET FAIR
Saturday, July 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Love Lane, Mattituck
40th old fashioned street fair sponsored by Mattituck Chamber of Commerce. There will be food, entertainment, and arts and crafts. Additionally, Love Lane hosts a street fair on the first Friday of the month. More details on that event here.
Rain or shine. For details, mattituckchamber.org