Guide to Summer Fun in the Hamptons

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Guide to Summer Fun in the Hamptons

Summer has officially arrived and that means a day trip to the Hamptons is in order. Of course, there are more than a few events and happenings worth making the drive to the South Fork. From the ever-popular Hamptons Classic to the thrilling Shinnecock Pow-Wow and benefits galore, you will surely have plenty of choices on where to go and what to do.

The Classic

The Hamptons Classic is one of the biggest sporting events happening this summer in the Hamptons, running from August 23 through August 30. The popular equestrian show will features multiple competitions, exhibits and food. If you have children, you will want to be sure to visit the show on August 29 when Optimum will host a Kids’ Day that includes free pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting and a circus act. Tickets to the classic are $10 per person or $20 per carload daily. Seniors are free Tuesday through Thursday. Reserved seating for the Grand Prix Sunday are available for $25 per person for bench seating or $35 per person for premium center-section seating.


If you enjoy carnival rides, food and games, then you will want to explore the Kiwanis Club of Southampton’s Annual Carnival, which will take place July 16 through July 25 in Bridgehampton at the corner of Montauk Highway and Route 27, right next to Carvel. The carnival is open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. each night.

Hamptons Culture

If you are into cultural events, there are two big events not to miss this summer. The first is the Southampton Polish Festival, which will take place on August 1 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane in Southampton. The event will feature food, music, games, exhibits and a concert. The best part: It’s free.

Then, of course there is the 69th annual Shinnecock Indian Pow-Wow, which will round out the summer with a bang. The four-day event, features ethnic food, dance and vendors. This summer, it will kick off on September 4 and run through September 7.

Exercise for a Cause

This summer there are a few events where you can get healthy while also raising money for a cause. One of those events is the annual Ellen’s Run, which will take place on August 16, starting at 9 a.m. The events features a 5K run/walk to benefit breast cancer support services. You can also choose to participate in the annual Hamptons Paddle and Party for Pink event, which will take place on August 1, starting at 8 a.m. at Havens Beach in Sag Harbor.


Nothing is better than enjoying the fresh evening air of the Hamptons while watching a display of fireworks. On July 3, the Southampton Fresh Air Home will kick off the fireworks season with a display at 1030 Meadow Lane in Southampton. There will be also be two fireworks displays on July 4, one in Westhampton Beach where you can watch the sky light up from the Great Lawn and also one in Montauk, where there is prime viewing from Umbrella Beach.


If you know the Hamptons, then you know there are a slew of benefits any given weekend in the summer. Here is a quick rundown:

July 11: 4th Annual Gimme Shelter Animal Rescue Summer Benefit, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Home of Ellen and Chuck Scarborough. Tickets: $200 per person in advance

July 11: Rock the Dock at Bay Street, 5:30 p.m., the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor. Tickets start at $425 and run to $20,000.

July 11: SoFo’s 26th Annual Summer Gala, 6 p.m. Local available upon ticket purchase. Tickets run $375-$2,500.

July 11: Midsummer Party Gala, 6:30 p.m., Parrish Art Museum. Tickets run from $1,500 to $50,000.

July 18: Sixth Unconditional Love Dinner Dance, 6:30 p.m., Gin Lane, Southampton. Tickets start at $135 and run to $50,000.

July 18: Longhouse Benefit Gala, 6 p.m., Longhouse Reserve, 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton. Tickets start at $500 and run to $50,000

August 1: The Playhouse Gala, 7 p.m., the Montauk Play House Community Center. Tickets start at $350 and run to $50,000.

August 7: Guild Hall’s Annual Summer Gala, 5 p.m. Guild Hall, 159 Main Street in East Hampton. Tickets run from $50 to $25,000.

August 7: Be Our Guest Gala, 6 p.m. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $175 each.

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