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.
Loudon Wainwright III strums at Guild Hall
The " Portraits" series at Guild Hall (158 Main St., East Hampton; 631-324-0806; guildhall.org) is a stripped-down, cozy conversation-filled experience featuring live music. Presented by G.E. Smith, Grammy Award-winning folk singer Loudon Wainwright III (pictured) and novelist Wesley Stace (also known as singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding) will be in the Hall at 8 p.m. Friday, June 28. $55-$150; purchase tickets online or at the box office, 631-324-4050.
HuDost plays at One Ocean Yoga
The folksy world rock sound of HuDost -- a two-person band with Moksha Sommer and Jemal Wade Hines -- is a sensitive-yet-strong experience that exudes both power and peace. The duo will perform a kirtan, or musical form of narration, at 8 p.m. Friday, June 28, at One Ocean Yoga (at Channing Daughters Winery, 1927 Scuttle Hole Rd., Bridgehampton; 631-537-5522). Tickets are $35-$45; buy online at oneoceanyoga.com.
Watch old-time ‘base ball’ in East Hampton
Inspired by "base ball" as it was played before guys like Babe Ruth were even born, the New York Mutuals play the game in 19th century fashion--and that includes cumbersome replica uniforms and no mitts or batting helmets. The blokes will take on the Brooklyn Atlantics in an exhibition game at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Herrick Park (67 Newtown Lane, East Hampton), presented by the East Hampton Historical Farm Museum (631-324-3892, ehhistoricalfarmmu.wixsite.com). Donations are appreciated.
Polo and cocktails with Christie Brinkley in Bridgehampton
Call it Hamptonite-meets-Hamptons sport: Iconic supermodel and personality Christie Brinkley hosts a polo match and cocktail party in Bridgehampton (900 Lumber Lane) at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Ticket holders score access to an open bar and hors d'oeuvres, rain or shine. $175-$360; tickets available at polohamptons.com.
Warby Parker Eyewear debuts in East Hampton
The alt prescription eyewear company Warby Parker is opening a store at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at 50 Newton Lane in East Hampton. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, guests can peruse its beach-reading-friendly paperback library and munch blue-sprinkled ice cream sandwiches from Joe & Liza's in Sag Harbor (1742 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke.; 631-808-3111, joeandlizas.com) while browsing the store's selection of optical and sunwear; limited-edition tote bags will be available with purchase while supplies last. 631-865-5043, warbyparker.com/retail/50-newton-ln
Meet rescued wildlife at ‘Get Wild’ in Southampton
The nonprofit Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Center holds its annual benefit and garden party 5-7 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the private Southampton home of Joan and Bernard Carl. Veteran journalist Chuck Scarborough and his wife, Ellen, above, are among the chairpersons. Tickets start at $175; attendees can meet some of the animals saved by the center. Purchase tickets online at wildliferescuecenter.org or call 631-728-9453.
‘Dan’s Chefs of the Hamptons’
Benefiting Guild Hall, " Dan's Chefs of the Hamptons" brings together several of the hottest and highly respected chefs in the Hamptons, including Honest Restaurants' executive chef Joe Realmuto, above, 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Topping Rose House (1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Tpke., Bridgehampton; 631-537-0870, toppingrosehouse.com). The night of fine dining features paired and curated touches of all their handiwork combined -- plus cocktails, of course. $500; visit danstasteofsummer.com to buy tickets.
Watch the dig at Sylvester Manor
History has a deep hold on the land under Sylvester Manor (80 North Ferry Rd., Shelter Island); it was settled by Europeans in 1652 but nourished American Indians for untold years as a hunting and fishing site before it became a slave plantation. An archaeological team will dig around the grounds -- now an educational farm -- 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 17-28, with hopes of uncovering artifacts from years past. The public is invited to watch the dig as it unfolds. Free. 631-749-0626; sylvestermanor.org
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. Saturday, May 25, will feature stage dancers, with DJs Leo, Jean and K-Alert playing everything from happy classic house to Latin pop and all sorts of old school hip-hop; $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.