Getting ready for the fireworks at last year's HarborFrost
Getting ready for the fireworks at HarborFrost

Sag Harbor’s annual celebration of its harborfront in winter returns again this weekend for the sixth year in a row, with live music, fireworks, fire dancing, ice sculptures, a Culinary Stroll and a Frosty Plunge to raise money for the Sag Harbor Ambulance Corps.

The weekend kicks off Friday night, Feb. 26 with The Ultimate Classic Rock Experience at Bay Street Theatre, organized by drummer Corky Laing of Mountain and Kofi Baker, son of legendary drummer Ginger Baker. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

Saturday begins nice and chilly with the Frosty Plunge at Windmill Beach behind the windmill on Long Wharf. Registration begins at noon, and the fee to join in is $20, to benefit the Sag Harbor Ambulance Corps. The Plunge begins at 1 p.m.

Also beginning at noon is the Culinary Stroll, sponsored by the Sag Harbor Hysterical Society, which kicks off at Baron’s Cove at 31 West Water Street and visits The American Hotel, LT Burger and Muse in the Harbor. The $45 entry fee includes food at all the stops along the way. The stroll ends at 5:30 p.m.

From 2 to 5 p.m., ice sculptor Richard Daly of Ice Melodies will be hard at work creating his award-winning sculptures on Long Wharf. His other ice carvings will be on display throughout the village throughout the day.

Long Wharf will also be filled with vendors from 2 to 6 p.m., providing information about local community groups and businesses, along with a bake sale to benefit Pierson High School’s robotics team.

Also kicking off at 2 p.m. is the Ice Breaker Regatta hosted by the Breakwater Yacht Club. The skippers’ meeting will be held at 1 p.m. at the Breakwater Yacht Club at 51 Bay Street. There is a $15 registration fee. For more information, contact Marty Knab at or Sean Elliot at

The Breakwater Yacht Club will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. after the regatta.

Sag Harbor’s Old Whalers Church at 44 Union Street will be serving a variety of hot soups, to eat in or take out, from 5 to 7 p.m. for $2 per serving.

Live music throughout the village begins at 2 p.m. with the Dave Kellan Trio performing at Baron’s Cove from 2 to 5 p.m. Ludmilla Brasil will perform bossa nova tunes at the Grenning Gallery from 3 to 4 p.m., singer-songwriter Heather Unplugged will perform at the Romany Kramoris Gallery at 3 p.m., singer-songwriter Leroy Klavis will perform at The Corner Bar at 3:30 p.m., blues player and songwriter Jake Lear will perform at Buddha Berry at 4 p.m. and singer-songwriter Robert Bruey will perform at Harbor Books from 5 to 6 p.m.

It wouldn’t be HarborFrost without a little fire thrown in the mix, and this year the excitement kicks off with Amazing Fire Juggling by Keith Leaf on Long Wharf at 3 p.m. and again at 4 p.m., followed by a show by the Fiery Sensations Fire Dancers on Long Wharf at 5:45 p.m. Grucci fireworks, best viewed from the waterfront, begin at 6:15 p.m.

Saturday evening concludes with Gene Casey & the Lone Sharks on stage for a night of dancing at the Bay Street Theater beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the concert.

On Sunday morning, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m., the Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt will host their annual Hike for HarborFrost through the greenbelt, beginning at Mashashimuet Park. The hike travels along the old railroad spur used to transport ice from the ponds in the greenbelt to ships in Sag Harbor bound for other ports.


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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