Thirty miles to the Suffolk Courthouse.
Thirty miles to the Suffolk Courthouse

The East End abounds with great events this weekend, from Southold Town’s Mile Marker Day to Hallockville’s Fleece & Fiber Fair to The Montauk Music Festival, to theatrical events up and down the forks. Here are some of our top picks for things to do this weekend:

Montauk Music Festival
Montauk Music Festival
Montauk Music Festival

The Sixth Annual Montauk Music Festival is designed to celebrate, support and promote the thriving Montauk music scene while showcasing and stimulating the burgeoning artistic, commercial, and pedestrian activity in Montauk. This year’s shebang is a 4-day showcase featuring more than 100 artists, who will play more than 200 shows.  All shows are free and take place at 35 different venues in Montauk, NY, including 2 days on an open air stage at the Village Green. More information is online here.

There’s also plenty of music to be heard at venues throughout the East End this weekend: Shelby Lynne is performing at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center and the Artimus Pyle Band takes to the stage at the Suffolk Theater Saturday night, and wineries and breweries on the North Fork have a full slate of music scheduled. The Beacon’s full music listings are online here.

Mile Marker Day

More than 260 years ago, Benjamin Franklin took a wagon ride down the North Fork
measuring out the post road for the colonies. On Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Southold Town invites the public to follow in his footsteps on a journey down the North Fork, answering questions in a scavenger hunt, with refreshments and events scheduled at selected mile markers along the way. Artist Alan Bull has created artwork for a special collectible postcard for the event, which will be stamped by Ben Franklin himself at the end of the ride! More information is online here.

A llama being sheared at a previous fairLong Island Fleece & Fiber Fair

Visitors will see and learn how local artisans craft wool and other animal fiber into beautiful finished pieces of clothing and art. The fair provides two fun-filled days of demonstrations and hands-on learning that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Visit both days for a variety of demonstrations, workshops and local artisans selling their handmade supplies and products in the Naugles Barn Fiber Market! More information is online here.

Shakespeare on Wine
Shakespeare on Wine
Shakespeare on Wine

Shakespeare cultivated ideas brilliantly about many subjects. HITFest’s “Shakespeare on Wine” Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Community House, harvests his language about wine, love and truth – all bottled into an effervescent sixty minutes to delight your theatrical palate. Come and celebrate the wine and words while supporting the East Hampton Historical Society. More information is online here.

Also this weekend, on the North Fork, Northeast Stage presents the French farce “Ladies Man” at Most Holy Trinity Church in Greenport and the North Fork Community Theatre presents “Camelot.”

Artists, Curators & Critics

Artists make art. Curators and critics exhibit and review it. What do they look for?

To learn how museums and art publications make critical decisions, artists Ted Victoria and Andrea Cote will they lead an audience-driven discussion with art world denizens at the Floyd Memorial Library on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Find out who gets shown and who gets critiqued from those who know: Amei Wallach, art critic and filmmaker; Joyce Beckenstein, art critic and writer; and Andrea Grover, curator, The Parrish Art Museum. They will share their experiences with established and emerging North Fork artists, collectors and the curious.

More information is online here. The Beacon’s full arts listings are online here.

Lindsay Morris book cover "You Are You"
Lindsay Morris book cover “You Are You”
“You Are You”

Photographer Lindsay Morris will be signing copies of her new book, “You Are You” which documents an annual weekend summer camp for gender-nonconforming children and their families, at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill on Sunday at 11 a.m. More about the project is online at


And more, and more, and more…..

The Beacon’s full events listings for the weekend are online here.



Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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