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East End Planner: Hamptons Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years

Also this weekend, a harvest and music celebration on Shelter Island, one festival makes a debut in Westhampton, and more.

East End Planner: Hamptons Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years

With October's first weekend, farmers markets are starting to come to an end –though there are still plenty left – various groups around the East End continue to celebrate the harvest, and others continue to ring in fall celebrations as the mercury keeps dropping bit by bit.

But this weekend's headlining event is the South Fork's Hamptons International Film Festival. Going on its 20th year, dozens of screenings and events will be taking place from East Hampton to Westhampton Beach over the next few days. Be sure to keep checking in for film previews, coverage and more. And if you're attending any of the screenings yourself, consider sharing your thoughts about what you saw with Patch and your fellow readers.

Click on the links for more information on each event below, and to see what else is going on this weekend, click on the full calendars at  North Fork PatchRiverhead PatchWesthampton-Hampton Bays PatchSouthampton Patch, and  East Hampton Patch.

Shelter Island

PLANT & SING: The Fifth Annual Plant and Sing Festival will feature a variety of musicians, writers, artists and food events. With proceeds going to benefit the Sylvestor Manor Farm and its educational programs, day-of tickets to the two-day festival cost $30. Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn will headline on Saturday evening.


HARVEST FEST: There's something for everyone at St. Peter Lutheran Church's fall festival: an enormous yard sale, food, homemade goods, and more. This will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

LIGHTHOUSE CRUISE: The East End Seaport Museum's six-hour cruise tours 6 to 8 lighthouses. Boar’s Head deli box lunch, snack and a complimentary glass of wine or bottle of water is included in the price. Pre-registration is required. Meet at the museum at 8:30 a.m. for boarding passes, tickets and cruise pamphlets. Cost is $85 for members, $95 for non-members and $60 for children.


LIVE MUSIC: Montauk's Nancy Atlas Project will be coming to the Old Mill Inn on Friday. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $35 a piece. Atlas will also be at the Montauk Fell Fest. See below for details.

BBQ BENEFIT FOR BABY PARKER: Four Doors Down in Mattituck and the East End Riders biker club are co-sponsoring a pig roast, barbecue and poker run on Saturday to help raise money for Baby Parker, a local child who sustained a life-threatening head injury requiring emergency brain surgery in May at the age of 2 months. The funds raised will help pay for Parker's ongoing care Bike or car registration begins at 10 a.m. and the last vehicle out at 11:30 a.m. The barbecue begins at 3 p.m. and music from The Locals begins at 5 p.m.


SHERIFF'S OPEN HOUSE: Take a step into the Suffolk County Correctional Facility at the Sheriff's annual open house on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is free to members of the public.


Country Fair: The 37th annual Riverhead Country Fair a Columbus Day weekend tradition, continues on Sunday, beginning at noon, as downtown Riverhead comes alive with agricultural, homemaking and needlecraft competitions, vegetable decorating contests, folk music and crafts, original artwork, authors, entertainers, local mercants, foods, amusements, pony rides, business expositions and displays, farm animals and traffic pulls, and over 450 vendors.

Dog Costume Parade: Strut your pup at the dog park, as Riverhead Move the Animal Shelter  hosts a dog costume parade at the Isaac Dog Park at Enterprise Park at Calverton to benefit a second dog park at Stotzky Park. Noon to 3 p.m.


OYSTER FESTIVAL: The first Oyster Fest, sponsored by the Westhampton Kiwanis Club, will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. In addition to oysters, over a dozen vendors will feature all other kinds of local foods, with rides and events highlighting the local maritime culture. Read a preview about the festival here.

WESTHAMPTON BEACH PAC: Performing this weekend at the WHBPAC are a couple of classics. Friday night, Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer Gregg Allman takes the stage starting at 8 p.m. On Sunday, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe and Mark Twain Prize for American Humor Award-winner Bill Cosby will be performing stand-up comedy starting at 7 p.m. 

Hampton Bays

SAN GENNARO FESTIVAL: The Second Annual San Gennaro Feast in Hampton Bays will kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, continuing through 10 p.m. Attractions include a parade, carnival rides, craft vendors, food, live music and more.


CHARITY CHOIR CONCERT: On Saturday from 5:30 to 7 p.m., Howard University's Howard Gospel Choir will perform at the United Methodist Church. The choir, which has travelled internationally and performed commercial recordings as well, will be singing to raise funds for the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door.

LECTURE SERIES: Christine Santora, project coordinator for the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program, is giving a lecture on Friday at Stony Brook Southampton. Titled 'Little Fish, Big Impact,' the lecture will delve into the impact of removing small schooling fish – such as sardines, menhaden – in large numbers from ocean life.


ROAD RALLY: This 70-mile loop is open to antique cars built prior to 1959 (later years by approval). Entry fees of $75 will go to benefit the Bridgehampton Historical Society. There are four chances to win prizes, with a judged show in the morning, the poker element, best time, and a historic trivia contest.

East Hampton

FILM FESTIVAL: The 20th annual Hamptons International Film Festival opens, informally, with "In Another Country" being shown at the East Hampton Theater at 12:30 p.m. "Frankenweenie" premieres at 4 p.m. The "Opening Night Film" is "Love, Marilyn," showing at Guild Hall at 7 p.m. An encore presentation is shown at East Hampton Theater at 7:30 p.m. Several films in between.

On the second day of the HIFF, the day begins with the first of the "Rowdy Talks" series at Rowdy Hall. A panel will convene to discuss the film "Atomic States of America" and cancer rates on Long Island at 10 a.m. Check the schedule for other films and panels throughout the day.

Another "Rowdy Talks" series kicks off the third day of the Hamptons film festival. A panel will discuss "Kick Starter" at 10 a.m. Variety's 10 Actors to Watch panel follows at noon, also at Rowdy Hall. "Venus & Serena" will be shown at East Hampton Theater at 12:45 p.m. A Tribute to Ann Roth follows will be held at Guild at 3 p.m., following by a Conversation with Richard Gere, moderated by Alec Baldwin, at 7 p.m.

Highlights of the film festival on Sunday include a Conversation with Stevie Nicks at Bay Street Theatre at noon, followed by a screening of her documentary, "In Your Dreams: Stevie Nicks" at Sag Harbor Cinema at 3 p.m.

ARF's 19th annual Stroll to the Sea Dog Walk starts at Mulford Farm, then heads to Main Beach, at 9 a.m. Free microchipping, contests and treats.


AMAGANSETT AUDIOVISION FESTIVAL: Neoteric Fine Art presents a 3-day event featuring visual art, live music, screenings, performance art, installations and projections, starting Friday at 4 p.m. with DJ's performing in tandem with a lightshow and laser mapping.

PADDLE RACE:  Main Beach Surf + Sport in cooperation with  Paddlers for Humanity will host the last Stand Up Paddle Race of the season on Saturday. The race begins at the Lazy Point Launch Ramp at the end of Lazy Point Road in Amagansett and ends at Eddie Ecker Park at Navy Road in Montauk. Sign in starts at 8 a.m. and the race takes off promptly at 9:30 a.m. Cost to participate is $50, and will benefit East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad.


MONTAUK FALL FESTIVAL: The Montauk Chamber of Commerce hosts the 31st annual Fall Festival Saturday and Sunday on the village green, starting at 11 a.m. The best New England and Manhattan chowders will be crowned and there's plenty of activities for the kids, like a carousel, inflatable rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, crab races and more. Nancy Atlas and the Uncle Susie Band will perform from 2 to 5 p.m. The Fall Festival continues on Sunday, starting at 11 a.m. The 3 B’s will perform until 3 p.m. The Cash Catch, in which a minimum of $15,000 in cash prize will be awarded, will be announced as the day draws to a close.

As part of the Fall Festival, the Atlantic Terrace Resort Hotel will sponsor a fireworks show on Umbrella Beach Saturday at 7 p.m.

Check out what local artists and students from the East End schools create. Montauk Youth has organized the activity during the Fall Festival on Sunday. Painting begins at 10 a.m., with Main Street being closed for the festivities. Participants have to commit by Monday (visit montaukyouth.org for contact information).

Star Island Yacht Club will host its third annual Striped Bass Tournament Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Prizes will be given to the heaviest striped bass and bluefish, with $10,000 in cash prizes being offered.

Recurring Events


  • Taking place each Sunday through Oct. 7, each Sunday the Southampton Chamber of Commerce will host a farmers market on Jobs Lane.
  • One in Greenport will run through Oct. 13 at the Methodist Church from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. 
  • In Sag Harbor, a farmers market is running through Oct. 27 in front of the Breakwater Yacht Club on the same days, at the same time.
  • Flanders Fresh Farm Food Market runs on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the David Crohan Community Center through Oct. 13.
  • The Westhampton Beach Farmers Market runs through Nov. 17 at the Village Municipal Parking Lot, each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

COUNTRY FUN: Harbes Farm in Mattituck comes alive in the fall with Country Fun Days beginning at 10 a.m. each weekend day. This truly North Fork experience features live music, farm animals, barnyard bounce, ponyrides, tricycle track, goat mountain, singing hayride and educational tour, pig races, lunch and dinner country fresh food, wine tasting, local fruits and vegetables and more. Read more about Harbes and take a photo tour of all three North Fork locations here.

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