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May Let The East End Summer Begin

The Memorial Day weekend holiday is upon us and there are many events on Long Island’s East End to help you kick-off the unofficial start of the summer. From art, poetry, a Broadway star, chowder, live music, and of course wine.

Friday, May 26th

Get poetic at the Blue Duck Bakery Cafe. They will be hosting Poetry Street, an East End Arts “jumpstART” initiative which is on-going on the fourth Sunday of every month. Poets, comedians and storytellers are invited to sign up. There is a $5 donation and the first 15 poets/writers to sign up will have the opportunity to perform three minutes of original material. 309 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901 | Phone: (631) 591-2710

Wolffer Estate Vineyard Candlelight Fridays
May 26th from 4pm-7pm
Enjoy live music, mulled wine, and plates of cheese and charcuterie from 5-8pm. No cover charge. Weekly Specials.  631-537-5106

Saturday, May 27th


A New Suffolk tradition, The 9th Annual Chowderfest returns. Fun for the whole family, the festival will have a variety of locally prepared chowders, classic American BBQ lunch and activities for the entire family. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here. Kids under 12 are free. Parking – Wickham’s Fruit Farm, 28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue (Shuttle to Chowderfest)

Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard: Vine to Wine Tour
Be a part of a wonderful wine tour. Mini viticulture, winemaking techniques, barrel cellar tour; wine tasting, cheese plate, special discounts. Led by owner and winemaker, Anthony Sannino. Tickets & Details. Cutchogue, NY, 11935 | (631) 734-8282 Ext-4

East Hampton


Pollock Family Drip Painting
Directed by popular author/artist, Joyce Raimondo, families can explore the home and studio of famous artists, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner. Afterwards, children and adults will drip paint their own Pollock inspired art outdoors on the spectacular grounds overlooking Accabonic Harbor. 10am-1130am. Supplies included and pre-registration is recommended at If you can’t make it this Saturday, this event repeats every Saturday through October. Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center  830 Springs Fireplace Road East Hampton, NY


The North Fork Audubon Society presents the Second Annual Native Plant Sale at the red house. They will provide plenty of useful information as well as plants ready for your garden — grown by Glover Perennials. May 27 and 28, 9am – 2pm
Address: 65275 County Rd 48, Greenport, NY 11944 | Phone: (631) 477-6456


East End Seaport Museum
Experience the rare opportunity to visit an offshore lighthouse with a 2-hour family-friendly excursion that includes: round-trip cruise from East End Seaport Museum to the iconic Long Beach Bar “Bug” Lighthouse, narrated tour from an expert guide, and time to explore a beloved North Fork landmark. Tickets – $39/Adult,$29/Members, Seniors (55+), Military $19/Children 3-15,Groups of 10+, please contact for reservations.



Osprey’s Dominion Vineyard
Enjoy an afternoon of New Orleans inspired music by Hoodoo Loungers, a nine-piece band at the vineyard. Address: 44075 Main Rd, Peconic, NY 11958 | Phone: (631) 765-6188


Live music and exquisite food at Bistro 72. The Dinny Keg Band takes the stage and they play a variety of covers ranging from U2, Cold Play, Rolling Stones and Train among other favorites. Originally from Ireland, this band brings an authentic Irish vibe to any song they perform.
Bistro 72 – 7pm-10pm.

Take in local art as the the Montauk Artists’ Association hosts its 9th Annual Memorial Day Weekend Show on the Green. From May 26-28, 2017, you’ll be able to spend the day or weekend exploring art. The Village Green transforms into an outdoor gallery of original and handmade art brought to Montauk by artists from across America. Browse this extraordinary outdoor gallery that includes creations in painting, sculpture, jewelry, glass, ceramics, photography, woodworking, fiber art and more. Be open to what you will learn about yourself as you discover art! Hours are Friday noon–6 and both Saturday and Sunday 10-6. Free admission.

See a broadway star without having to leave the East End. On Saturday, May 27th from 7pm-10pm, Audra McDonald, winner of the most Tony awards ever will appear at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. She has six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards and an Emmy to her name. Registration is required for this event. To purchase tickets call the box office at (631) 288-1500 or visit Price: $106-$181

Sunday, May 28th
East End Arts present the 21st annual community mosaic street painting festival. Fun for the entire family, the fair will have street painting, crafts, food trucks, live music, drumming, dance and more.


Monday, May 29th

Spend Memorial Day at the carnival. The Greenport Fire Department Star Hose Company No. 3 presents its annual carnival at the Polo Grounds on Moores Lane. Fun for the entire family including games, food and rides.

Whatever you decide to do this weekend, we are sure you will have a wonderful time on Long Island’s East End. To make Holiday Inn Express your launching point for you weekend activities, call of us for room and pricing details at (631) 548-1000.