30 days, 30 things to do on the North Fork this June

The Tall Ship America will dock in Greenport June 9-10. (Courtesy: East End Seaport Museum)

The Tall Ship America will dock in Greenport June 9-10. (Courtesy: East End Seaport Museum)

Think of it as a bucket list you have a month to complete. Only we promise, you’ll still be alive at the end of it.

Or maybe you’d prefer to view it as a 30-day scavenger hunt with no one keeping score.

However you want to approach it, we figured that as we enter our fourth year as a guide to the North Fork we’d try something new this month, recommending an activity for each day of June.  

Some of these suggestions are one-time events. Some repeat each week. Others can be done on any day or at any time. A few even require hopping on a ferry to Shelter Island.

We hope to see you around.

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Wednesday, June 1

Welcome in June with $3 drinks during Happy Hour at the Old Mill Inn. Enjoy local craft beer and wine, along with a cocktail of the week. Special runs daily through the summer.

5775 West Mill road in Mattituck, (631) 298-8080.

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Thursday, June 2

Have a picnic at Indian Island County Park. You can bring your goodies ready-to-serve or use one of their charcoal grills for your meal. Take a hike through the wooded trails, stroll the beach, play volleyball, fly a kite or use the multiple playgrounds available for the kids. Oh yeah, there’s even a golf course.

Cross River Drive (Route 105) in Riverhead, (631) 852-3232.

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Friday, June 3

First Fridays returns to Love Lane in Mattituck from 6 to 9 p.m. Shop and enjoy tastes from Love Lane Kitchen, Lombardi’s, Roanoke Vineyards and more. Repeats all summer.

Love Lane, Mattituck

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Saturday, June 4

Moustache Brewing Company will host a barrel release of its new blueberry ginger tripel. It retails for $18 per bottle, up to 6 bottles per person.

400 Hallet Avenue in Riverhead, (631) 591-3250

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Strawberry Garden of Eve

Sunday, June 5

Garden of Eve Organic Farm is hosting a Strawberry Farm Brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy a buffet that includes locally grown strawberries as well as other traditional brunch items. It’s $25 for adults and $15 for kids.

4558 Sound Avenue in Riverhead, (631) 722-8777

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Monday, June 6

Watch the sunset at 67 Steps Beach. Enjoy a snack or a carry-out dinner, while you enjoy the picturesque view from this spot.

67 Beach Road, Greenport

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Tuesday, June 7

Bike Narrow River Road in Orient, one of the most beautiful stretches on the North Fork.

Narrow River Road, Orient

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Wednesday, June 8

Stroll New Suffolk waterfront and grab a cocktail at Legends.

831 First Street, New Suffolk, (631) 734-5123.

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America Sailing

 

Thursday, June 9 

The 139-foot replica ship ‘America’ will be docked in Greenport June 9 and 10 and will provide educational opportunities and tours of the boat for local children.

East Dock adjacent to Mitchell Park, 111 Main St in Greenport.

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Friday, June 10

The Farm Beyond is hosting a pop-up farm stand from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Fridays this summer.

3005 Youngs Avenue in Southold

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Bridge Lane Rose

Saturday, June 11

Take part in the first North Fork Rosé Crawl from 10 a.m. to  7 p.m. Sample North Fork’s roses at four participating locations: Bridge Lane Wines, 35 Cox Neck Road, Mattituck, (631) 298-1942; The Lenz Winery, 38355 Main Road, Peconic; (631) 734-6010; Castello di Borghese, 7150 Route 48, Cutchogue, (631) 734-5111; and Roanoke Vineyards on Love Lane, 165 Love Lane, Mattituck, (631) 298-7677.

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North Fork Tasting Room

Sunday, June 12

Visit at North Fork Tasting Room in Baiting Hollow to customize your wine or craft beer flight and choose from a variety of local producers all on one menu. Then, walk across the deck to enjoy a famous seafood meal at Lobster Roll Northside.

3225 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, (631) 369-3039.

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Monday, June 13

Tour Catapano Dairy Farm. Pick up farm fresh goat cheese and skin care products.

33705 County Road 48, Peconic, (631) 765-8042.

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Tuesday, June 14

See Greenport before 8 a.m. Stroll the docks, surrounded by quiet and the peaceful sounds of sails in the wind with a cup of coffee from Aldo’s in hand.

Mitchell Park/Front Street, Greenport

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Wednesday, June 15

Join the Shuckers Club at Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market for drink and oyster specials from 5 to 8 p.m.

37 Front Street in Greenport, (631) 477-6992.

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Thursday, June 16

The Mattituck Lions Strawberry Festival Hulling night is a great community event and it runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Hull strawberries for the upcoming festival with the Mattituck community.

Strawberry Fields Fairgrounds, Route 48 in Mattituck

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Friday, June 17

The Mattituck Lions Strawberry Festival kicks off. The fruit-filled fun continues through Sunday, June 19.

Strawberry Fields Fairgrounds, Route 48 in Mattituck

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Saturday, June 18

The 37th annual Shelter Island 10K run will be held in the center of town at 5:30 p.m. The event includes the Shelter Island Plus 5K race/walk and community fun walk for kids. There will also be a post-race barbecue and live music. The event benefits the Island 10k Community Fund. For complete list of events and details, shelterislandrun.com.

631-774-9499 or info@shelterislandrun.com

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Sunday, June 19

Celebrate Dad at Sparkling Pointe Winery from 2 to 5 p.m. The winery will feature sparkling wine specials, sliders and beer from Port Jefferson Brewing Company that afternoon. Tickets are $30 per person ($25 for Signature Wine Club Members) and include 3 sliders and a glass of sparkling wine. Tickets are available at sparklingpointe.com.

39750 County Road 48 in Southold, (631) 765-0200.

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Monday, June 20

Welcome in the first night of summer with a full-moon hike at Downs Farm Preserve from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

23800 Main Road in Cutchogue, (631) 765-6450 ex. 215

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Tuesday, June 21

Now that it’s officially summer take the family to Splish Splash water park in Riverhead. Northforker readers can use code northforker16 at splishsplash.com to save $4 per ticket on up to six tickets at any time this summer.

2549 Splish Splash Drive in Calverton, (631) 727-3600

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Photo courtesy of the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center | The aquarium hosts sleepover with the sharks as well as other aquatic-themed events.

Wednesday, June 22

Visit the Long Island Aquarium. The experience at this Riverhead attraction is very different mid-week, compared to a weekend or holiday.

431 East Main Street, Riverhead, (631) 208-9200.

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Smitty's All American Grill

 

Thursday, June 23

Take advantage of the food and drink specials during Happy Hour from 4 to 7 p.m. at Smitty’s All-American Grill in Riverhead. Stick around for all you can bowl for $15 on Mondays and Thursdays.

96 Main Road in Riverhead, (631) 998-3565

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Friday, June 24

Visit Chef Hayden’s Farmers Market outside the North Fork Table & Inn. Shop local and enjoy 15 local farms and food producers as well as the North Fork Food Truck. It returns every Friday through Labor Day from 9 a.m. to noon.

57225 Main Rd. in Southold

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Saturday, June 25

Farm to Table dinner at Sylvester Manor. In-season produce from the North Fork cooked over an open pit. Also live music from a Grammy-nominated band.

80 North Ferry Road, Shelter Island, (631) 749-0626.

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Sunday, June 26

Treat yourself to lunch or dinner by the waterside at Portobello Restaurant. Some of the best views in Greenport.

1410 Manhasset Avenue, Greenport, (631) 477-1515.

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Monday, June 27

Enjoy the beautiful weather by renting a kayak from Eagle’s Neck Paddling company at Orient Beach State Park. Hourly kayak rentals range from $35 to $50. Open seven days per week on the Peconic Bay from June 26 to Sept. 5. Open on weekends before then.

4400 Main Road in Orient, (631) 765-3502

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Tuesday, June 28

Tuesday Night Tastings at Ram’s Head Inn, Shelter Island. From 6 to 8 pm on Tuesdays this summer, Ram’s Head will feature wine tasting with a local winery, live music and specials for dinner.

108 S Ram Island Drive, Shelter Island Heights, (631) 749-0811.

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Wednesday, June 29

Wine Down Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. at Martha Clara Vineyards. Enjoy wine, music and food trucks.

6025 Sound Avenue in Riverhead, (631) 298-0075

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Thursday, June 30

Country Night at the Suffolk Theater. Hear bands like Stagecoach, Yankee Rebel, Bluegrass/Jug Band with Miss Rosie perform for $25. Plus line dancing with DJ Deuce. The dance floor will be open for dancing from 8 to 10 p.m.

118 East Main Street in Riverhead, (631) 727-4343.