June is here and there’s a lot to do. Whether it’s practicing yoga in the garden, slurping oysters al fresco or eating all the strawberry shortcake at the annual Strawberry Festival – here are our top picks of things to do on the North Fork this June.
Watch dogs do the long jump
Join Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. for their 7th Annual Dock Diving Weekend. Starting on Saturday, June 3 at 9 a.m. head to the brewery’s Peconic location for this family fun event. Dogs of all kinds – professional and amateur – will compete in various diving events, including a high jump, long jump and diving with a running start. A variety of beer, wine and food will be for sale along with numerous vendors. Tickets are $20 plus tax and fees in advance and $25 at the door, kids 12 and under are free. Find more information and purchase your tickets at eventbrite.com.
Experience Art After Dark
After the sun dips below the horizon head to Grangebel Park for Reflextions, Art in The Park for an outdoor, immersive art exhibition celebrating the elements of light. The first of the four exhibitions for the year will take place on Saturday, June 17 after sundown. That evening, musical guests will also perform beginning at 6 p.m. with the Riverhead High School Jazz Band, followed by a set by Jay Shepard. Visit reflextionsriverhead.com for the full schedule.
Practice Yoga in the Garden
Hard to picture a more peaceful setting to practice yoga than Landcraft Gardens in Mattituck. Every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. until the end of October, grab your mat and head to the magical gardens of Landcraft for an hour of yoga, meditation and breathwork with Jess Cross. The cost is $25 for non-members and $22.50 for members. There are no reservations, simply show up with your mat and pay at the door. Details at landcraftgardenfoundation.org.
On Saturday, June 24 beginning at noon head to downtown Greenport for the first-ever North Fork Pride celebration produced by the LGBT Network. Kick off the festivities at noon with a parade through downtown Greenport followed by a festival in Mitchell Park from 1 to 4 p.m. A tea dance will follow at 5 p.m.For details on sponsoring, volunteering, or supporting, visit northforkpride.org.
Say “Yes Way” to Rosé
Celebrate National Rosé Day on Saturday, June 14 from noon until 4 p.m. at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue with live music by DJ Willy G, roséspecials, a popsicle stand by Dos Ositos Paletas, and rosé treats by NOFO Baker. Find more info at bedellcellars.com.
Spend the Day at the Strawberry Festival
Take your family to the 68th annual Strawberry Festival this Father’s Day Weekend. There, dig into strawberry shortcake, chocolate-covered strawberries, and more sweet treats, listen to live music, and check out the talent show. Hosted by the Mattituck Lions Club and Peconic Bay Medical Center, this annual event will take place Wednesday, June 14 through Sunday, June 18, at Strawberry Fields located at 1175 Route 48 in Mattituck. Admission for children and adults ranges from $5 to $10 depending on the day you attend. Additionally, ride tickets can be purchased for $30 – $35. All information can be found at mattituckstrawberryfestival.com
Take your kids to the farm fun for some fun
Spend Saturday, June 10 letting your little ones learn about the fun of home-grown fruits, veggies and flowers during Sang Lee Farm’s June Bug event. From 9 to 11 a.m., kids will wander the fields and explore plants and foods grown right on the farm. This farm fun is for children 3 through 10, and children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets are $60. To purchase tickets and to find a full list of what to pack for your child head to sangleefarms.com.
Catch the buzz about bees
In collaboration with Fish Guy Photos, übergeek Brewing Company hosts “Geek Talks” – a lecture series filled with great beer, delicious food and interesting facts shared by local naturalists, educators and researchers. Starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, learn all about the bees in your garden with Chris Kelly of Promise Land Apiaries. This is a free event, find more information at facebook.com/ubergeekbrewingcompany.
Treat yourself to happy hour
Every Wednesday, Memorial Day through Labor Day from 5 to 8 p.m., treat yourself to oysters and other local seafood specialties like bang bang shrimp, caviar and clam dip from women-owned businesses: Little Ram Oysters and the Clamity Janes. This weekly event, hosted at The Shoals, is kid and dog friendly. Visit littleramoysters.com for more details.
Dance all summer long
Head to Veteran’s Beach in Mattituck every Saturday in June to listen to live music as you enjoy local food and beer. Starting Saturday, June 3 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with reggae group Winston Irie and Selective Security, spend your evening dancing with friends as you watch spectacular North Fork beach sunsets. This event is open to the public including non-residents. Find more information at mattituckparkdistrict.org.