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Jimmy Grant and Tim Kliphuis. (Photo courtesy of Shelter Island Friends of Music)

Happy Leap Year, North Forkers! Grab that extra day with gusto with a multitude of fun things to do on the East End this weekend.

In addition to a fun Leap Year wine sipping session, there’s plenty to taste, see and do on the North Fork in the upcoming days, from a mind-reading, hypnotizing comedian to a disco dance party and multiple walks through our beautiful region — even if the weather is increasingly unpredictable. Here’s to a fabulous weekend! 


Clovis Point. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

It’s chili for charity at Clovis Point | 1935 Main Road, Jamesport

Admission to this chili cook-off on March 3 at 1 p.m., featuring home cooks, includes a taste of each chili and a glass of wine, and benefits Kait’s Angels. $35/$25 wine club members. For tickets, call 631-722-4222 or email [email protected].

Enjoy comedy and a show at Riverhead Moose Lodge | 51 Madison St., Riverhead

On Saturday, March 2 at 7 p.m., the Moose Lodge will host comedian hypnotist and mentalist (yes, you read that correctly) Terry Parrett. There’s an optional dinner ticket available at $45 for both the show and meal; $27 if you just want to laugh. Buy tickets here


Take a leap (year) at Rose Hill Vineyards | 2000 Oregon Road, Mattituck

Bedell Cellars
A small group enjoys glasses of wine at Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue. (Photo courtesy of Bedell Cellars)

This special tasting on March 3 at 11 a.m. includes a selection of wines produced each leap year at Rose Hill and the former Shinn Estate from 2004-2020. $65, buy tickets here.

Check out some chowder at Bedell Cellars | 36225 Main Road, Cutchogue

Grace & Grit will host a special chowder pop-up, finding just the right wine to pair up with the local shellfish-centric soup on March 2 from noon–4 p.m. More info here.


Go birding with North Fork Audubon Society | Cranberry Bog Nature Preserve, 3675-2815 Lake Ave., Riverhead

Explore the bog and look for local birds with guide John Turner on March 1 from 3:30–5 p.m. More info here.

Photo courtesy of North Fork Audubon Society

Take a walk with the Peconic Baykeeper’s 2nd Annual Winter Watershed Walk Series | Wolf Preserve, 12455 Main Bayview Road, Southold

On March 1 at 11 a.m., dress comfortably and tour this 1.5-mile walk around the Peconic Estuary. Wheelchair and stroller accessible. Parking is limited, carpooling encouraged. More info here.


Dance under the disco ball at The Suffolk | 118 East Main St., Riverhead

This DJ dance party on March 1 at 8 p.m. will feature hits from ABBA, the Bee Gees, Donna Summer, Cher and other ’70s stalwarts. Tickets $35-$45, doors open at 7 p.m. Buy tickets here.

Jimmy Grant and Tim Kliphuis. (Photo courtesy of Shelter Island Friends of Music)

Listen to guitarist and violinist Tim Kliphuis and Jimmy Grant recreate gypsy jazz classics | Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, 32 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island

Shelter Island Friends of Music presents this concert, which features Kliphuis and Grant recreating the music of Stéphane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. Free, donations appreciated. More info here.