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Some of the trees on display at CAST’s Festival of Trees in 2020. (Credit: CAST)

It is hard to believe that we’re already welcoming the second to last month of the year. As we begin to gear up for the holiday season, here are 10 events on the North Fork that we are looking forward to this November. 

Support a good cause in style

The Center for Advocacy, Support & Transformation’s fourth annual North Fork Festival of Trees returns on Friday, Nov. 17, through Sunday, Nov. 19. Head to Treiber Farms in Peconic and view trees decorated by local businesses and designers supporting CAST’s mission to “promote self-sufficiency and provide a safety net for Southold Town residents in need.” This event is open to all, with music, refreshments, and photo ops with the trees, making for a fun, family-friendly holiday outing. Find more information here.

Sea life and sips

Spend an evening sampling wines amongst sea creatures at Long Island Aquarium’s annual Fish & Sips event. Taste a selection of over 20 different beverages from wineries and craft breweries as the community celebrates the bountiful harvest of 2023. This year’s event will be held after hours at the Riverhead Aquarium on Friday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. and will include live music and light fare. Tickets are $90 per person and can be purchased here.

Taste the difference between the North Fork and Finger Lakes

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between the wines from New York’s top viticulture regions? On Sunday, Nov. 12, wonder no more as Suhru Wines in Cutchogue presents a side-by-side wine tasting with Finger Lakes-based sommelier Laura Winter Falk and Suhru general manager Shelby Hearn Ulrich. Compare the tastes of a selection of wines from Long Island and the Finger Lakes as you learn how each region’s climate, soils, and winemaking style change the flavor of pinot grigio, rosé, and cabernet franc. This educational tasting event will begin at noon and is $75 per person. Purchase your ticket here.

Celebrate the beginning of the holiday season

Southold Historical Museum’s Annual Candlelight Tour returns Friday, Nov. 24, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the museum’s Maple Lane Complex. Spend a magical afternoon and early evening viewing plenty of holiday decorations, touring historic buildings, playing games, visiting with Santa himself, watching the lighting of the tree, listening to live music, and much more. The beloved community is free, however, donations are accepted. Find more information here.

Friday night flights

Head to Corey Creek Tap Room for a Friday evening filled with friends and wine. Starting, Nov. 3, from 1 to 5 p.m. finish your work week at the Southold tasting room sipping flights of wine and listening to live music. The first show will feature The Como Brothers & Main Road Biscuit Co. Reservations are not required. Find more information here

Enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday away from home

Claudio’s Tavern and Grill kicks off the holiday season with their second annual bountiful Thanksgiving buffet on Thursday, Nov. 23 from noon to 6 p.m. or go on over to Skip cooking for the whole family and enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast in their historic venue on the water. Whether you are celebrating the holiday with the whole family or an intimate dinner, Claudio’s has options for all party sizes. The cost is $75 for adults, $35 for children 4 to 12 years old, and free for children under three. There will also be $5 drafts from Eastern Front Brewery. Reservations are recommended and can be made by visiting their website. Also, North Fork Table & Inn in Southold will host its own Thanksgiving feast on Thanksgiving day, Nov. 27 from 1 to 7 p.m. Chef John Fraser will serve a three-course price fixed menu of harvest favorites including items like parmesan risotto with white truffles and dry-aged short ribs for $105 per person. See the full menu and make your reservations here.

Celebrate TV

The North Fork TV Festival is a celebration of the future of scripted television. This event will provide a platform for emerging creators through its annual Independent TV Pilot and Script Competition. Head to Borghese Vineyard on Saturday, Nov. 18 to honor Emmy Award-winning actress Carrie Preston with the 2023 Canopy Award featuring special guests Michael Emerson and Jenn Lyon. Festival events include a special screening of the new Paramount series FRASIER and a conversation with Emmy-nominated producer Tom Russo at the Sound View Hotel. For more information and to purchase tickets head to their website

Warm up with some chowder

Chronicle Wines is bringing back its pop-up wine and food pairings with its newest series: Chowder Night. Every other Monday in November and December beginning November 6 from 4 to 6 p.m., enjoy a bowl of chowder made by Grace & Grit and freshly baked sourdough bread by 1610 Sourdough. Explore all tasting menu wines, 50% off by the glass a la carte. Plus, pre-order whole-country sourdough loaves and take them home. Chowder recipes will vary on each pop-up date and will be announced in advance. Tickets are $30 per person and reservations are required. Purchase your tickets here

Lighting up the Big Duck

Head to this iconic landmark in Flanders to witness The Big Duck light up with holiday cheer on Wednesday, Nov. 29. This beloved annual event kicks off at 7 p.m. and is guaranteed to harbor holiday fun for the whole family. Look for updates here