Enjoy the East End Al Fresco. 
From Riverhead to Orient to Montauk

The Eastern End of Long Island, New York City’s backyard beach getaway, offers a variety of fun activities for all ages and interests. From Riverhead to Greenport to Montauk, there are the Hamptons, North Fork farms and vineyards, breweries, scenic beaches, and stunning views. From tall ship festivals to music festivals to drag racing events, to the Long Island Aquarium, Splish Splash, and the Parrish Art Museum, there’s something for everyone.

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2023 Top East End Summer Events

Highlighting the best of the Hamptons and North Fork summer season encompasses dozens of  festivals, outdoor recreational activities, live music and more for couples and families of all ages. The majority of these events take place during the day or on the weekends, with several that span the course of a half or full week. 

Below are a few summer events on the East End to help make the most of your getaway.

Reflextions Riverhead
Grangebel Park (Milton L. Burns Park), Riverhead
June 17th  |  July 14th  |  August 19th  |  5p – 10p

Reflextions is a free, interactive, walkable public art space that takes place in the summer June-August with an OKTOBERFEST event in September. The events feature assorted elements of light based on artist interpretations and designs including LED, fire, Dayglow, and photoluminescent displays. Each illumination event will include various live performing arts. 

Rites of Spring
The Rites of Spring Music Festival is an annual event that takes place across the North Fork and the East End of Long Island on various dates throughout the summer. The music festival has quickly become the premier classical and contemporary music festival on the North Fork. In addition to great music, locals and visitors can enjoy a great local food and wine paired with an historic setting and inspiring artist talks. 
2023 Summer Calendar:
Saturday June 24th  |  5p
Landcraft Garden Foundation in Mattituck
The Rite of Spring: ​the sound of the earth 
Vassily Primakov, piano, Natalia Lavrova, piano
Music by Igor Stravinsky, Mussorgsky and Saint Saens

Thursday June 29th  |  6p
Poquatuck Hall in Orient
Viennese Atmosphere – Mahler, Weill, Korngold
Gil Goldstein, accordion, Tom Manuel, trumpet, Laura Metcalf, cello, Paolo Bartolani, piano

Thursday July 13th  |  5:30-8:30p
Village Green in Cutchogue -Cutchogue – New Suffolk Historical Council
Music at the Village Green 
Stephen Gorgone, violin, Dan Martinez, viola, Craig Mehler, cello
Music by Franz Schubert and Joseph Haydn 

Saturday, July 22nd  |  5p
Castello di Borghese Vineyard, Cutchogue
Summer Concert & Dine – Ulysses String Quartet
Music by L. van Beethoven, Molina, Richter, traditional folk songs

Sunday August 27th  |  6:30p
McCall Vineyard, Cutchogue
Rustic Mid-Summer Concert – Arnaud Sussmann, violin, Paul Neubauer, viola
Music by Halvorsen, Rolla, Martinu, Mozart, Sibelius

Alive on 25
Main Street, Riverhead
June 30th  |  July 14th  |  July 28th  |  August 11th  |  August 18th (rain date)     
5p – 9:30p

Alive on 25 is a popular, free annual event in downtown Riverhead taking place on select Fridays throughout the months of July and August. The event offers local craft beverages and wine, live music on multiple stages, a car show, artists, street vendors, and activities the whole family can enjoy. The walkable, pop-up festival on main street also features restaurant offerings and specials, artist exhibitions, and much more. 

Jamesport Firemen’s Association Annual Bazaar and Parade
George Young Community Center, Main Road, Jamesport
2023 Schedule:
Tuesday, July 18th  |  6p – 10p
Wednesday, July 19th  |  6p – 11p
Thursday, July 20th  |  6p – 10p  PARADE 7p
Friday, July 21st  |  6p – 11p
Saturday, July 22nd  |  5p – 11p  FIREWORKS  10:30p

A summertime favorite on the North Fork, the Jamesport Firemen’s Association hosts their annual carnival full of exhilarating rides, captivating games and mouth watering bites to eat.  On Wednesday night, the community gathers to pay tribute to local heroes in the Jamesport Parade, and the spectacular fireworks show by the Jamesport Fire Department ends the week’s festivities on Saturday night!

Sweet Corn Harvest
Harbes Family Farm, Mattituck
Saturday, July 22nd  &  Sunday, July 23rd   |   10a – 7p

The annual Sweet Corn Harvest Festival is hosted and takes place at Harbes Family Farm in July each season. The event hosts live music in their courtyard/picnic area both days, as well as a corn eating contest, plus the opportunity to explore Harbes Barnyard Adventure that offers plenty of fun for the whole family. Admission includes a Musical Hayride tour of their 100-acre farm, famous Pig Races, adorable farm animals, and much more.

The Farm also hosts a Watermelon Harvest, Tomato Harvest, Peach Harvest and more. Harbes Orchard and Farm also host a variety of fall events including apple picking, and pumpkin and autumn festivals.

Paddle Battle
Peconic Riverfront, Riverhead
Saturday, July 29th   |   9:15a

Paddle Battle is an annual event that benefits the NY Marine Rescue Center is a rescue and rehabilitation organization that promotes marine conservation. There are two separate races. One is a 2 1/2 mile recreational race, the second is a competitive 5 mile race. There are different categories per race. For instance, categories include recreational kayak, stand up paddle boards and more, depending upon the race. Estimated race start times will be given at check-in. CLICK HERE for more race details and to register.

Cardboard Boat Races
Peconic Riverfront, Riverhead
Saturday, August 5th   |  9a Registration  &  11a Races

Grab your cardboard and duct tape and get crafty! One of Riverhead‘s most exciting summer events is The Annual Cardboard Boat Races. Participants have the opportunity to race in various categories including the Youth Regatta, Grand National Regatta and more. Prizes are given out for the best spirit, best captain, best constructed, most creative, and more. Online pre-registration is required.

The Hampton Classic
Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton
August 27th – Sept 3rd

The Hampton Classic Horse Show is a longtime annual Hamptons event that traditionally takes place over the last week of August until right before Labor Day. Well into its fourth decade, it is one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the United States and is widely popular for everyone of all ages. At this week-long show, top equestrians from around the world compete for more than $800,000 in prize money. National champion hunter competitors, Olympic medalists, and scores of children and adult amateurs make up the field throughout the event.

In addition to watching world class equestrian sport, event goers enjoy onsite boutique shops, International food stations and food trucks, daily activities in the kids’ play area and more. Day and weekly passes are available for purchase as are individual and carload tickets.

East End Seaport Museum’s Annual Maritime Festival
Greenport Village
Saturday, September 23rd  &  Sunday, September 24th   |   10a – 5p

Hosted by the East End Seaport Museum, the Annual Maritime Festival celebrates all things nautical and marks the end of the summer season on the East End. With over 100 artisan craft and food vendors to explore, weekend highlights include the Merfolk Parade (Sat. 11a), kayak and cardboard boat races, sea shanty performances, live music, children’s activities and Mermaids!

The Land & Sea Gala will kick off the weekend on Friday, September 22nd from 6:30p – 9:30p at Crabby Jerry’s with a VIP admission at 5:30p. For tickets, visit eastendseaport.org/landandsea

Summer Camps in The Hamptons

Future Stars Summer Camp

With two East End locations, Future Stars Summer Camp offers campers the ability to choose their own summer adventure! Whether they want to improve their skills at a specialty sports camp, play a range of sports & games at Multi-Sports camp, experiment & create at STEAM camp, or spend their summer doing a little bit of everything, Future Stars is the camp for them. With individual weekly sessions, campers can mix and match our programs to their liking, and can fill their summer with many unique weeks of fun!

Future Stars Westhampton-Riverhead  |  631-287-6707
Summer 2023  |  June 26th – August 18th
Two Locations:
Suffolk County Community College Eastern Campus
121 Speonk Riverhead Road, Riverhead, NY 11901
Campers have access to recreational indoor and outdoor spaces, a soccer field, outdoor and indoor basketball courts, outdoor volleyball courts, and a 25-yard indoor pool.
Aspatuck Tennis Club
25 Howell Lane, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Westhampton satellite location is located just minutes away at Aspatuck Tennis Club, which includes 9 state-of-the-art har-tru tennis courts, a clubhouse, pro shop, and locker rooms.

Future Stars Southampton  |  631-287-6707
1370A Majors Path, Southampton, NY 11968
Summer 2023  |  June 5th – September 1st (13 weekly sessions)
Campers can choose from a catalog of 14+ programs, ranging from Early Childhood programs for ages 2-5 to Sports and Specialty programs for children up to 15.  Campers have access to FS Tennis Club’s 8 outdoor tennis courts, along with Southampton Youth Services (SYS) Recreation Center, including 2 outdoor soccer fields, a turf baseball field, 2 indoor basketball courts, an indoor soccer rink, air conditioned classroom spaces, and much more!

Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY 11976

The Parrish Art Museum offers an eight week summer camp program for children ages 4 -13 beginning the first week of July and running through the end of August. Camp at the Parrish Art Museum allows children the opportunity to play and create through visual expression. Campers can also experience the culture of the East End with trips and special guest artists. Weekly camps and programs include Visual Arts Camp, Mini Makers Camp (ages 4-5), and Stop Motion Animation Camp.

2023 Summer Camp
Monday, July 3rd – Friday, August 25th  |  10a – 3p with a Mini Makers Camp 9:30a – 12p
Week 1 (4-Days): $560 Member | $610 Non Member
Weeks 2 – 8: $700 Member | $750 Non Member

Mini Makers Camp
Week 1 (4-Days): $260 Member | $285 Non Member
Weeks 3-7: $325 Member | $355 Non Member

Week 1: July 3 to 7 (4-Days, No camp on July 4)
Visual Art Camp | Ages 6 -11  and  Mini Makers Camp | Ages 4- 5

Week 2: July 10 to 14
Visual Art Camp | Ages 6 -11

Week 3: July 17 to 21
Visual Art Camp | Ages 6 -11  and  Mini Makers Camp | Ages 4- 5

Week 4: July 24 to 28
Visual Art Camp | Ages 6 -11  and  Mini Makers Camp | Ages 4- 5

Week 5: July 31 to August 4
Visual Art Camp | Ages 6 -11  and  Mini Makers Camp | Ages 4- 5

Week 6: August 7 to 11
Visual Art Camp | Ages 6 -11  and  Mini Makers Camp | Ages 4- 5

Week 7: August 14 to 18
Visual Art Camp | Ages 6 -11  and  Mini Makers Camp | Ages 4- 5

Week 8: August 21 to 25
Visual Art Camp | Ages 6 -11  and  Stop Motion Animation Camp | Ages 8-13

Pathfinder Country Day Camp
2nd House Road, Montauk, NY 11954

Pathfinder Country Day Camp is a traditional summer day camp that offers a wide range of activities for children aged 4 to 15. The camp offers a variety of activities, including sports, arts, and adventure. In the sports program, children can participate in soccer, baseball, swimming, and archery activities. The arts program includes activities such as painting, drawing, and music. The adventure program includes rock climbing, zip-lining, and hiking. Pathfinder Country Day Camp also offers special interest programs such as cooking, magic, and robotics.Pathfinder Country Day Camp also offers an optional transportation service to and from camp.Pathfinder Country Day Camp is an excellent choice for parents looking for a traditional summer day camp experience for their children in the Hamptons/North Fork area.

Enrollment for summer 2024 will begin in September 2023
Full Camp Season: 8 weeks
2 weeks camp  $2450  |  3 weeks camp  $3575  |  4 weeks camp  $4600
5 weeks camp  $5625  |  6 weeks camp  $6600  |  7 weeks camp  $7350
8 weeks camp  $7920

Ross School
18 Goodfriend Drive, East Hampton, NY 11937

Ross School Summer Camp offers a wide range of summer programs for children aged 2 to 18. The camp, run by the Ross School, a private K-12 school, focuses on providing children with an enriching and fun summer experience.The camp offers academic, arts, and athletics programs for children of all ages plus a variety of other activities, such as field trips, outdoor adventures, and special interest programs. Experienced teachers and coaches and many Ross School faculty members staff the camp.

Early Childhood
Ross Lower School campus at 739 Butter Lane, Bridgehampton
AGES 2–6 | JUNE 26–AUGUST 18
Early Childhood campers are introduced to open-ended, developmentally appropriate experiences that facilitate social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth.

Music and Movement – $150/week
Age: 2 and under  |  Tuesdays and Thursdays  |  11 am–12 p
Creative Explorations
Age 2  |  Half Day  |  9a – 12:30p
Cost per week: 8 weeks: $1,000/wk | 7 weeks: $1,000/wk | 6 weeks: $1,100/wk
5 weeks: $1,100/wk | 4 weeks: $1,200/wk | 3 weeks: $1,200/wk | 2 weeks: $1,300/wk
1 week: $1,300/wk

Creative Explorations
Ages 3 – 6  |  Full Day  |  9a – 3p
Campers will be grouped by age. Children 3 and up must be fully potty-trained (no diapers or pull-ups) and able to use the bathroom on their own.
Cost per week: 8 weeks: $1,200/wk | 7 weeks: $1,200/wk | 6 weeks: $1,300/wk
5 weeks: $1,300/wk | 4 weeks: $1,400/wk | 3 weeks: $1,400/wk | 2 weeks: $1,500/wk
1 week: $1,500/wk

Ross Lower School campus at 739 Butter Lane, Bridgehampton
AGES 7–12  |  JUNE 26–AUGUST 18
Campers can choose from a variety of immersive, week-long programs in which they develop skills, explore the world around them, and express themselves through activities and projects. Options include: Art, Performance, Naturalist Explorers, Filmmaking/Stop-Motion Animation, Inventors Workshop, Culinary Arts or Fashion Design
8 weeks: $1,200/wk | 7 weeks: $1,200/wk | 6 weeks: $1,300/wk | 5 weeks: $1,300/wk
4 weeks: $1,400/wk | 3 weeks: $1,400/wk | 2 weeks: $1,500/wk | 1 week: $1,500/wk

Ross Upper School Campus
AGES 5–16 | JUNE 26–AUGUST 18
Young athletes with a passion for sports spend their summer training under expert coaches and sports professionals.  Options are Tennis, Knicks Basketball, Soccer or Multi-Sport
8 weeks: $1,200/wk | 7 weeks: $1,200/wk | 6 weeks: $1,300/wk | 5 weeks: $1,300/wk
4 weeks: $1,400/wk | 3 weeks: $1,400/wk | 2 weeks: $1,500/wk | 1 week: $1,500/wk

Ross Summer Term
AGES 14–18 | JUNE 26–JULY 28
Art, ESOL, STEAM and Tennis
Session 1: June 26–30, ESOL; Tennis; Art; STEAM (Ceramics, Pottery, and Wheel Throwing)
Session 2: July 3–7 ESOL; Tennis; Art: STEAM (Coding)
Session 3: July 10–14 ESOL; Tennis; Art; STEAM (Coding)
Session 4: July 17–21 ESOL; Tennis; Art; STEAM (Ceramics, Pottery, and Wheel Throwing; Digital Arts)
Session 5: July 24–28 ESOL; Tennis; Art; STEAM (Robotics Foundations & Fabrication)

Day Students: 5 weeks: $1300 | 4 weeks: $1400 | 3 weeks: $1400 | 2 weeks: $1500
1 week: $1500
Boarding Students: 5 weeks: $2300 | 4 weeks: $2400 | 3 weeks: $2400
2 weeks: $2500 | 1 week: $2500

320 Abrahams Path, East Hampton, NY 11937

Sportime is a summer camp for children between the ages of 3 and 13 and includes an exciting program of sports, games, art and music. They are committed to creating a happy and safe environment for all campers; a place where every kid can have fun, feel confident, make friends and create lifelong memories. The camp is staffed by experienced coaches and instructors dedicated to ensuring every camper has a safe and enjoyable experience.

2023 Season:  June 19th – September 1st
Preschool  |  Ages 3 – 5
Full Day: 9a – 3p | Half Day:  9a – 1:30p
*Currently full for 2023

Multi-Sport Camp | Ages 6 – 13
Full Day:  9a – 3p
Specializing in children’s sports and fitness activities
2 – 4 Weeks  |  $1495
5 – 7 Weeks  |  $1380
8 – 11 Weeks  |  $1270

This camp is designed specifically for the tween who loves to create. Students will collaborate together to develop their own version of a fairytale. WHBPAC masterful Teaching Artists will direct campers using direct camper input adding music, movement, costumes and props to help make their twisted fairytale musicals come to life on stage.

YMCA East Hampton RECenter Summer Day Camp
2 Gingerbread Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937

The YMCA East Hampton RECenter Summer Day Camp is a traditional summer day camp that offers a wide range of activities for children aged 3 to 13 including sports, art, adventure and special interest programs. The camp’s mission is to provide a safe and fun environment for children to learn new skills, make new friends, and create lasting memories.

Session 1  |  June 26 – July 7  *No camp July 4
Session 2  |  July 10- July 21
Session 3  |  July 24 – August 4
Session 4  |  August 7 – August 18
Summer Bonus Week *  |  August 21 – August 25
*not available in East Hampton

Operating Hours: 9a – 4p
Extended Hours:  AM Care: 7a – 9a   PM Care: 4p – 6p

Kiddie Camp
Ages 3-5  |  Session 1 – $765  |  Sessions 2-4 – $850
Kiddie Campers are placed in age-appropriate groups. This unique camp program is designed to provide both physical growth and socialization through fun-filled early childhood activities. *Child must be potty-trained. Please follow up with the camp for further discussion

Youth Camp
Entering Grades 1-4  |  Session 1 – $765  |  Sessions 2-4 – $850
Youth Campers are encouraged to have fun and make lifelong friendships while participating in group activities, special events, and camp traditions which develop creativity, independence and teamwork. Camper days are filled with a balance of activities, including swim, sports, creative arts and camp spirit such as theme days, field days, and so much more.

Pre-Teen Camp
Entering Grades 5-7  |  Session 1 – $830  |  Sessions 2-4 – $925
Teen Camp
Entering Grades 8-9  |  Session 1 – $875  |  Sessions 2-4 – $975
Our Pre-Teen and Teen Campers take pride in having their own identity within camp. The Y provides the perfect environment for campers to make new friends, explore the world around them, and develop decision-making and character-building. Campers enjoy trips*, special events throughout the summer and participate in traditional day camp fun such as sports, crafts, swimming and team exercises.

Sports Camp
Entering Grades 1-5
Groups organized by grade level. Sports Camp is perfect for the “athletically enthusiastic” child. Our experienced Specialists gear instruction to all levels and abilities. The program focuses on keeping campers active, honing their skills, as well as playing a variety of sports and games in a fun and safe environment.

Top Camping Sites and Activities Across the East End

Top Camping Sites Across the East End

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The campgrounds across the East End of Long Island include some of the most breathtaking ocean views, hiking trails and unique wildlife habits. The scenic surroundings capture the beauty and bounty of the region, making it the ideal year-round camping destination.

We have put together a list of some of the campgrounds across the North and South Forks that will make you feel like a kid again. These include state and town parks, and privately owned camping sites.

North Fork


Cliff and Ed’s Campground

395 Schoolhouse Road, Cutchogue

(631) 298-4091

Cliff and Ed’s Campground is a full hookup park for RVs and is ideal for short-term and long-term camping stays. Water, sewage, and electric hookups are available on all sites. Picnic tables are also available for outdoor dining and food prep.


Eastern Long Island Kampground

690 Queen Street, Greenport

April 28th – November 30th

Eastern Long Island Kampground is Long Island’s largest private campground. The campsite offers a variety of onsite activities for everyone of all ages including archery, an outdoor swimming pool, a newly renovated recreation center featuring a foosball table, a pool table, and much more. Glamping tents, RV camping sites, and cabins are available for booking. Reservations well in advance are encouraged.


Indian Island County Park

Cross River Drive (Route 105), Riverhead

In Season: April 1 – November 11

Off Season: November 12 – March 31

The 275-acre Indian Island County Park is located at the estuarine mouth of the Peconic River and connected to the mainland by a causeway composed entirely of white sands. This North Fork campground is open to the public year-round. Activities include hiking, fishing, picnicking, bird watching, and an activity field. The Park offers trailer and tent campsites for organized groups, individuals, and camping clubs. Restrooms and shower facilities are available onsite. 

Water is turned off during Off Season and all camping units must be self-contained during off season.


McCann Campground

2600 Moore’s Lane Greenport

Located about one mile from the waterfront village of Greenport, McCann Campground is most ideal for RVs and trailers, with tenting campgrounds allocated  as well.  Water, sewer, and electricity are available onsite. Occupancy is limited to four persons per site. There is a $5 fee per guest per night. Pets must be registered upon entering the campground. 

Peconic River Campground

312 South River Road, Calverton

Visitors to the rustic Peconic River Campground can enjoy nature walks, canoeing, hiking, and fishing, among other outdoor recreational activities. This pitching tent-only campground also includes picnic tables, campfires, and diverse natural areas for walking and exploring. There is a $40 minimum per night up to a family of four. Each additional child is $10. 


Wildwood State Park

790 Hulse Landing Road, Wading River

Wildwood State Park has trailer and tent sites available for campers. With over 600 acres of undeveloped forest, its boundaries edge up to the high bluff overlooking the Long Island Sound.

Campers can swim in the sound, picnic around the park and children can enjoy playground facilities.  Fishing, hiking and cross-country ski trails are other recreational activities year round.

New to the campground are cottages offering 3-season accommodations for 2-6 people nestled among the trees and just a short walk to the beach.




South Fork/Hamptons


Cedar Point County Park

5 Cedar Point Road, East Hampton

In Season: April 1 – November 11

Off Season: Closed to camping

Located in East Hampton’s Northwest Woods, this 600+ acre peninsula campsite boasts views of Gardiners Bay and Shelter Island off in the distance. Cedar Point County Park offers a freshwater lake with playgrounds, walking trails, and canoe rentals. Popular activities include fishing, rowboating, hiking, and hunting. Perhaps this may be the spot where you try some scuba diving. 

There is a general store on site that offers a snack bar as well as free Saturday night family movies, recreational equipment, and more. This is also a beautiful campsite for hosting private dinners and small events. 

Hither Hills Campground

164 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk

April – November

Hither Hills features a stunning two-mile sandy ocean beachfront, and a 40-acre freshwater lake, scenic picnic areas with fireplaces, sport fishing, a playground, and a 190-site campground on the ocean. The campground includes showers, restrooms, and a general store.

The park has a beach open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The camp also features an organized recreation program in the summer. The program includes family movies, folk and line dancing, children’s summer theater, magic shows, and various environmental interpretation programs. Additional activities throughout the year that can be organized include horseback riding, biking, boating, hunting, and wintertime cross-country skiing.

Montauk County Park

527 E Lake Drive, Montauk

In Season: April 1 – November 11

Off Season: Closed to camping

Montauk County Park offers outer beach access and camping for self-contained trailers with a permit. The park also offers salt and freshwater fishing, hiking, horseback riding with Deep Hollow Ranch, kayaking, canoeing, and more. 

Sears Bellows County Park

63 Bellows Pond Road, Hampton Bays

In Season: April 1 – November 11

Off Season: Closed to camping

Sears Bellows County Park is a 979-acre park that offers tent and trailer camping. The camping site has on-site showers and activities that include fishing, hiking, and horseback riding with a permit. The park also features row boat rentals that are offered on Bellows Pond. The park also has a playground, several picnic tables, and barbecue grills.

Shinnecock East County Park

Meadow Lane,Southampton

In Season: April 1 – November 11

Off Season: Closed to camping

Shinnecock East County Park is an inlet beach park that offers 100 self-contained camping sites on the outer beach (no tents) and recreation areas. Activities include fishing, swimming, and bird watching. The campsites are available to self-contained campers with a valid Suffolk County Parks Green Key Card.