The best of the Hamptons 2019: Parties, restaurant trends, events, more

By Ian J. Stark

Star-studded parties, trendy restaurants, haute shopping — summer in the Hamptons brings all that and more. Whether you’re daytripping to the South Fork or staying for a long weekend, here’s a rundown of things to do....

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Star-studded parties, trendy restaurants, haute shopping — summer in the Hamptons brings all that and more. Whether you’re daytripping to the South Fork or staying for a long weekend, here’s a rundown of things to do.

Back to the Barn in Hampton Bays

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Boardy Barn has been serving the Hamptons party faithful since Richard Nixon was POTUS. 

Where’s Waldo? at Beach Bar Hamptons

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Beach Bar (58 Foster Ave., Hampton Bays) is doing a brand-new theme party 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16 called the Where's Waldo. Customers can find and take selfies with Waldos around the venue (once they located the Waldos of course), while staffers (including resident DJ Doug) will be dressing like the celebrated-yet-elusive cartoon character. $10 to $20 at the door; 631-723-3100,

The Artists and Writers charity softball game

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Back for an incredible 71st year, this scrimmage at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, has been taking place yearly since 1948 in the Hamptons, pitting a team of  artists -- this year's squad includes anchor  Chris Wragge and musician GE Smith -- against a roster of journalists and authors, featuring reporter Ann Liguori and iconic hockey player Ron Duguay, in photo. The game benefits The Retreat, Phoenix House Academy, the Eleanor Whitmore Early Childhood Center, Phoenix House Academy and East End Hospice. Admission is a suggested donation of $10. This year's event features singer Caroline Doctorow performing "This Land Is Your Land." Herrick Park, East Hampton.


Joshua Radin at The Talkhouse

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Singer-songwriter Joshua Radin has a sound you might recognize, as he's contributed to dozens of film and TV soundtracks. Just before he heads west to tour the Left Coast, he'll be rocking The Stephen Talkhouse stage (161 Main St., Amagansett) 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Tickets are $60; 631-267-3117,

ARF's Bow Wow Meow Ball

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Honoring fashion celebrity Isaac Mizrahi with its Champion of Animals Award, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons (ARF) is holding its yearly Bow Wow Meow Ball starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17 in a gala fundraiser taking place at its adoption center, 124 Daniels Hole Rd., East Hampton. The night also includes cocktails, dinner, auctions, music by the Peter Duchin Orchestra and dancing. Tickets start at $750; 631-537-0400,

Montauk Art Show returns

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Back for a 25th go-around, this annual show fills The Green in the center of Montauk's village with artists presenting pieces to see and purchase in a variety of media. Runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 16 to 18; free admission, 631-668-5336;

The first-ever ‘S.H.E.’

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The Hamptons summer calendar is loaded with fabulous annual affairs, but this party at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, is the first-ever   Summer Hamptons Evening  (SHE), a fundraiser for the Katz Institute for Women's Health. Featuring cocktails, dinner and dancing, the event is to be hosted by TV personality Rosanna Scotto and singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel (in photo). Taking place at a private home in Water Mill, tickets start at $350; 646-766-7134,

Two-day fest at Montauk Lighthouse

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The Montauk Lighthouse will be the center of fun this weekend, Aug. 17 and 18, during a family-friendly festival around the property. Various live demonstrations including live militia re-enactments and Kings of the Coast interactive pirate adventure show (shows at noon and 3 p.m.); lighthouse admission is $12, $5 for kids 12 and under (minimum height requirement to climb tower is 41-inches), parking is $8 (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.). 631-668-2544,

Summer family party at Parrish Art Museum

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The whole household is invited to take part in this late weekend three-hour gathering 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at which guests can work alongside artists as they craft, or take part in a scavenger hunt, play on the lawn and build a LEGO mosaic -- then munch on a barbecue dinner. $100 to $125; 631-283-2118,

Party Mondays at Memory

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Believe it or not, one of the longest running parties in the Hamptons actually takes place on Mondays -- namely the industry night that now occurs at Memory Motel. It started about 19 years ago at the long-gone Star Room in Wainscott, then moved to the now-defunct Georgica before settling at Memory. DJ Matty Nice will be on the wheels at this shindig where East End DJs, bartenders and other hospitality workers hang; party starts after 10:30 p.m., no cover. 692 Montauk Hwy., Montauk; 631-668-2702, @thememorymotel

Amazing view (and monster lobster rolls, too) at George's

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The ownership of George's Lighthouse Cafe in Montauk has a secret -- a lobster roll with more than a pound of meat. You won't find it on the menu; you must ask for it and fork over $100 for one. The spot is doing live music Fridays through Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m. George's also has a daily happy hour from 5 to 6 p.m. which offers $5 Montauk Hard Label Blueberry Lemonades, and features a terrace that overlooks the ocean. When you combine its views of the Atlantic, the hamlet's iconic lighthouse and breathtaking sunsets, it's hard to find another venue on the Island with so much to stare at, all at once. 1999 Montauk Point State Pkwy., Montauk; 631-668-2076; closes daily at sunset.

Brunch on Sundays at Nick & Toni's

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Nick & Toni's is open all year but come the summer, you can expect the celebrity customer count to jump up. Its food is an annual hit with famous faces, but an easy way to sample its wares is to check out Sunday brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., featuring items like bread pudding French toast, an oven-roasted hanger steak with poached eggs, or Penne alla Vecchia Bettola, not to mention the wood-fired pizza. 136 North Main St., East Hampton; 631-324-3550,

goop MRKT arrives in Sag Harbor

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The goop beauty, fashion and wellness brand from Gwyenth Paltrow is back in the Hamptons, and it's got more than just its signature collections of homewares, products for the body, jewelry and clothing to offer. The pop-up store (open until Sept. 15; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily) has a cozy courtyard where it will host events -- both public and private. Check for what's happening. A family-friendly bonus: The store has a kids corner with crayons and coloring books so your young ones can stay entertained while you peruse the goods. 4 Bay St. Sag Harbor.

Pingpong plus DJs at The 324 in East Hampton

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The 324, at 44 Three Mile Harbor Rd., East Hampton, is open and launching perhaps the most unique weekly bash in the Hamptons this season -- pingpong parties.  Friday, May 24, and every Friday through the summer, workspace center The Spur and 324 will host Spur SPIN Hamptons,  which is connected to the SPIN national table tennis club chain. The weekly event will include DJs and live entertainment; $20 at the door. 631-324-3329;

Hampton Bays' Beach Bar back for Season 27

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Unlike many Hamptons spots, Beach Bar, at 58 Foster Ave., Hampton Bays, already held its season opener, but that doesn't mean Memorial Day weekend won't be wild. Resident DJ Doug and special guest, DJ  Unique, will be on the knobs after 9 p.m. Friday, May 24, while the long-lived Drift Inn shindig is on Saturdays through the season, but doing holiday double-duty Saturday and Sunday, May 25 on 26. General cover charge is $10 to $20; 631-723-3100,