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Alive on 25 in Downtown Riverhead is back this summer.

Summer fun is back on the North Fork with plenty of events and things to do scheduled this month. 

Pile in the car for a drive-in movie 

CAST’s drive-in movie nights are the perfect family fun night. On the first Thursday of each month through September, cruise to Peconic Bay Vineyards for family movie night under the stars. On Thursday, July 1, watch the flick “Hairspray” and show off your best ‘do for a hairstyle contest. The cost is $50 per carload and tickets can be purchased in advance at

Feast on lobster 

The always anticipated LobsterFest, benefitting the Southold and Greenport Rotary Clubs, will be back for its 30th year on Saturday, July 31. As in 2020, due to COVID consid­erations, this year’s event will be a takeaway version, with pick-up at Greenport High School. Reserve a time, collect your meal, and enjoy a lobster or steak dinner with all the fixings for a great cause. Be sure to get your tickets in advance.

Photo by David Benthal

Watch fireworks over Orient Harbor

Boom: The Orient Harbor fire­works have returned for 2021. The Independence Day display starts at 9:15 p.m. Saturday, July 3, and should be visible from the Orient Causeway and along the shores surrounding Hallocks Bay. For details, visit orientfire­

Have a picnic at a local North Fork winery

Peconic Bay Vineyards is now offering picnic reservations where visitors will enjoy a picnic set up in a secluded vineyard row for up to two hours. The reservation includes a wine flight for two people as well as a charcuterie board and a bottle of wine of your choice. Reservations can be made for up to 6 guests and are priced at $50 per person.

The back patio at Peconic Bay Vineyards (credit: Peconic Bay Vineyards.)

Line-dance the night away 

On July 31 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., put on your dancing boots and head to Hallockville Museum Farm in Riverhead for their annual barn dance fundraiser. The night will be filled with traditional, live line dancing music and attendees can learn the dance steps from a pro. All ages are welcome at this summer tradition. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Attend a street festival

Alive on 25 in Riverhead is back! This free summer street festival in Downtown Riverhead features craft beer and wine, live music across 6 different stages, artists, street vendors, food trucks and restaurant specials, kids’ activities, and more. The street festival is scheduled for Thursdays July 1, 15, and 29 (as well as August 12) from 5 – 9:30 p.m.

Alive on 25 in Downtown Riverhead

Make a Hawaiian Haku style flower crown 

Learn the art of flower crown making in the Hawaiian Haku style at Sang Lee Farms. The class costs $60 per person and is being offered four times throughout July: Friday, July 16 from 5 – 7 p.m., Saturday, July 17 from 9 – 11 a.m., Friday, July 30 from 5 – 7 p.m., and Saturday, July 31 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. During the session, you’ll walk around the farm’s fields foraging for greenery and flowers from the cutting field then you’ll be guided through the process of creating your own unique flower crown. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Purchase tickets here.

Listen to a story and collect eggs at Browder’s Birds 

Head to Browder’s Birds farm in Mattituck for Farm Tales on Saturday, July 17 at 1 p.m. where children will enjoy storytime in the field with local librarians and then collect a basket of eggs to take home. $10 fee per child. 

Browders Birds in Mattituck. (Credit: David Benthal)

Enjoy live music and laidback hangs at Townsend Tuesdays

Every Tuesday throughout the summer starting on July 6th head to Townsend Manor in Greenport from 6 – 9 p.m. for a casual evening of local tunes, food truck eats, and cold drinks. Bring your lawn chair or picnic blanket and hang out on the lawn with friends and neighbors. 

Eat burgers and drink wine at McCall Wines

On Thursday and Friday nights throughout the summer McCall Wines will be open for burger nights. Serving home-grown beef burgers, French fries, their own wine, and more these summer nights are not to be missed. Reservations are required and can be made here.

Photo by Randee Dadonna