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.
Bryan Adams at PCF gala
The Prostate Cancer Foundation hosts a gala benefit starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Parrish Art Museum (279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill; 631-283-2118, parrishart.org) and is scheduled to feature a live show from Grammy-winning musician Bryan Adams; the event also features cocktails and dinner. Guests are asked to dress in "summer chic" attire; call 310-570-4720 for ticket prices and purchase.
Lewis Black joins ‘Celebrity Autobiography’
" Celebrity Autobiography" is an annual event in the Hamptons--a show during which celebrities read and give voice to autobiographies written by their peers. However, this year's show may have an additional laugh factor as fiery political comedian Lewis Black joins Long Islanders Susan Lucci and show creator Eugene Pack, among others for two performances ( 7 and 9:30 p.m.) Friday, Aug. 23 at Guild Hall (158 Main St., East Hampton; 631-324-4050, guildhall.org); tickets are $40-$75.
Find tropical fish off Southampton
Come late summer, several tropical fish make their way to the waters off Long Island, and the Group for the East End environmental advocacy group offers a two-hour opportunity to look at what's swimming at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Participants will wade into Shinnecock Bay with dip nets and scoop up creatures (like the striped burrfish pictured) rarely seen in these parts; all catches will be released. Fee is $10; $25 per family. Reservations are required; call 631-765-6450 ext. 205 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP. (Water shoes strongly suggested.)
DJ Jonathan Toubin at Sole East MTK
If you're not familiar with DJ, producer, musician and entertainer Jonathan Toubin, you might want to take this opportunity to see what he does -- usually based in New York City, he specializes in parties where he spins 45 rpm records focused on rare rock and soul sounds; his "Shakin' All Over Under Sideways Down" and "Soul Clap & Dance Off" are critically acclaimed -- and a lot of fun. He makes a rare appearance in the Hamptons at Sole East (90 Second House Rd., Montauk) for a free show 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, no RSVP required. Space is limited, guaranteed entry with VIP table reservations; 631-668-2105, soleeast.com
John McEnroe Pro-Am (plus after-party)
Hall of Fame tennis icon John McEnroe leads Johnny Mac Tennis Project's " JMTP Pro Am," a round-robin tournament featuring 64 tennis pro and 64 more amateurs -- followed by an after-party at which actor Alan Cummings is slated to DJ while guests take on an open bar plus food and other live entertainment. Both events are to take place at SPORTIME Amagansett (320 Abrahams Path, East Hampton; 631-267-3460, sportimeny.com); tickets to the post-bash begin at $500, Pro Am entry starts at $2,000 to play, but anyone looking to spectate on Sunday can pay $150 to sit in the grandstand. Combination party-and-play tickets are also available; visit jmtpny.org or call 212-427-6150.
Brian Cox in ‘Hearts Aflame’
Brian Cox leads a cast of notable actors (including Emily Bergl, Sarah Clarke and Xander Berkeley, among others) in " Hearts Aflame: Love Letters & Torch Songs," a staged tribute to love letters and songs crafted in eras ranging from medieval times to the present day. The show takes place 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25 at Guild Hall (158 Main St., East Hampton; 631-324-4050, guildhall.org); tickets are $40-$65.
‘The Bash at Mash’ music festival
A long-running local favorite on the Hamptons scene, the New Orleans-inspired Hoodoo Loungers perform as part of "The Bash at Mash" music festival 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. at Mashashimuet Park (395 Main St., Sag Harbor; 631-725-7275, mashashimuetpark.org). A celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival, the day also includes music by Jim Turner, The Roses Grove Band, The Montauk Project and Rum Hill Band plus food vendors; $15 at the gate.
Hamptons Classic: Year 44
Back for its 44th year, the Hamptons Classic--one of the largest annual equestrian events held in the county--takes place around 65-acre showgrounds in Bridgehampton (240 Snake Hollow Road), Aug. 25-Sept 1. Guests will see competitors taking part in a variety of jumping, riding and skill contests--and as in years past, attendees can shop at luxury boutiques located on the grounds; general admission is $10 per person or $20 per carload (kids younger than 6 are free); parking is free (reserved grandstand seats for the Hampton Classic Grand Prix are $45). For more information and a breakdown of all the scheduled competitions, call 631-537-3177 or visit hamptonclassic.com.
Emma White at Southampton Social Club
Country music in the Hamptons? Indeed--country pop artist Emma White ("Ten Year Town," "If You're In It") performs at Southampton Social Club (256 Elm St., Southampton; 631-287-1400; southamptonsocialclub.com) 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Make dinner reservations to secure entry; there could be a to-be-announced cover charge otherwise.
Party Mondays at Memory
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
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
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, nickandtonis.com
goop MRKT arrives in Sag Harbor
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 goop.com 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
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; the324events.com
Hampton Bays' Beach Bar back for Season 27
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, beachbarhamptons.com.