31 days, 31 things to do on the North Fork in July

Glory Going Green

Captain David Berson aboard the Glory Going Green. The solar-powered boat offers tours of Greenport Harbor all summer long. (Credit: Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media)

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Not only is it the first full month of summer but there’s an extra day in July, which means plenty of events and activities are planned across the North Fork.

Here are 31 things to do for the 31 days in July.  

And as always, visit northforker.com/events for more NoFo happenings.

Saturday, July 1

Start your month and weekend off the healthy way with a visit to the Greenport Farmers Market. Located at 170 South Street, the market runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday through Sept. 16.

Vendors in 2017 include Catapano Farms, NoFo Crunch, Greenport Jerkey, Alice’s Fish Market, Surrey Lane Vineyard and Orchard and more.

Greenport Farmers Market, 170 South St., Greenport, greenportfarmersmarket.com

Sunday, July 2

This three-hour narrated excursion from East End Seaport Museum visits four lighthouses for up-close viewing and passes by five islands. A  seal search is also included in the tour, which departs Greenport at 4 p.m. Tickets are $49 with select discounts for members, veterans, youth and seniors.

Visit the museum website to purchase tickets for this and other cruises throughout the month.

Monday, July 3  

The popular Dances in the Park series returns for a new year in time for the extended holiday weekend. No Request Band will play rock hits on the opening night beginning at 7:30 p.m. The series returns every Monday through Aug. 28 with a different musical act each week.

Click here for the roster of bands.

Tuesday, July 4

The Phenix Hook and Ladder company of the Greenport Fire Department is hosting its annual Fourth of July parade and fireworks show at the Polo Grounds on Moore’s Lane. The carnival starts at 6 p.m. with fireworks after dark.

Wednesday, July 5

Each Wednesday up to Labor Day weekend, the Pridwin fires up a delicious all-you-can-eat cookout menu on its expansive front lawn as the sun sets over the Peconic Bay.  This year’s menu will once again include steamed clams and mussels, grilled tuna and chicken,  spare ribs and Kobe beef ribs, plus hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob and a variety of salads and desserts. Lemonade, draught beer, iced tea and coffee are also included.

Tickets for adults are $42 this year, children ages 3 to 13 eat for $18 and children under 3 are free. The cookout runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m., with live music on the deck near the bar from 8 to 11:30 p.m. Reservations can be made in advance by calling (631) 749-0476. A limited amount of dock space is available.

The Pridwin, 81 Shore Road, Shelter Island, pridwin.com

Thursday, July 6

Programa Suenos will host its Fourth Annual Summer Fundraiser at Bedell Cellars at 6 p.m. Food will be provided by Bay Breeze Inn, First and South, Lombardi’s Love Lane Market, Love Lane Kitchen, Lucharitos, North Fork Table and Inn, Stirling Sake and more.

Bedell Cellars, located at 36225 main Road in Cutchogue, will offer a cash bar and music will be provided by Points East. Tickets are $50 per person.

Friday, July 7

Enjoy the best of Mattituck on the first Friday night of the month through October. Love Lane will be closed to traffic with vendors set up in the street.

Participating local businesses will offer special discounts, demonstrations or giveaways in their stores all day. The event runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

Visit facebook.com/lovelanefirstfridays for more info.

Shelter Island Fireworks

Fireworks over Shelter Island. (Credit: Eleanor P. Labrozzi)

Saturday, July 8

The 60th annual Shelter Island Fireworks show will be held at Crescent Beach at 9 p.m. The annual event on the northern shore of the island is a treat to watch from both sides of Greenport Harbor.

Visit gofundme.com/sifireworks to make a donation to this donor-supported show.

The English lavender at Lavender by the Bay in East Marion. (Credit: Kendall Stark photo)

Sunday, July 9

Catch the lavender bloom at Lavender by the Bay before it goes away. The short-lived season is already under way and the farm is open seven days per week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lavender by the Bay, 540 Main Road, East Marion, (631) 477-1019, lavenderbythebay.com

Glory Going Green

Monday, July 10

Captain Dave Berson of Glory Going Green offers harbor tours six days per week in the summer. The only cruise boat in New York producing zero emissions, Glory cruises last 45 minutes. It departs from Preston’s Dock at the southern end of Main Street in Greenport at noon and 1:30 p.m. on weekdays with a 3 p.m. cruise on the weekends. It’s $20 for adults with discounts for seniors and children.

Visit greenportlaunch.com to book a cruise.

Tuesday, July 11

Enjoy wine, tacos and live music during Tap Room at Corey Creek’s Twilight Series. Live Music from Points East and Taco Tuesday by Noah’s on the Road Food Truck. The event repeats on  Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer with different musical acts and food trucks.

45470 Main Road, Southold, (631) 764-4168, bedellcellars.com

Wednesday, July 12  

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, littlecreekoysters.com

Thursday, July 13

Don’t miss the first Alive on 25 of the year. Main Street will close to cars to create a walk-through, pop-up festival with live music, food trucks and outdoor seating at local restaurants, and family friendly activities.  The festival starts at 5 and ends around 9:30 pm.

Visit aliveon25.com for more details.

Friday, July 14

Kick-off the weekend this and every Friday this summer with music, wine and pizza while relaxing and watching the sunset over the vines during  Welcome to the Weekend at Palmer Vineyards. Nightly specials include $8 per glass for the Wine-of-the-Week, $5 beers and special food options.

Palmer Vineyards, 5120 Sound Ave., Riverhead, (631) 722-9463, palmervineyards.com

Saturday, July 15

The Red Door Chamber Players will perform a “Salute to America,” a stars and stripes inspired concert at The Custer Observatory at 7 p.m. Concert tickets are $15 for non-members with discounts for members and children. Stick around afterward to see the stars.

The observatory is open every Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Custer Institute and Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Rd., Southold, (631) 765-2626, custerobservatory.net

Sunday, July 16

New York City Chef Jennie Werts is hosting a pop-up restaurant at Drosso’s in Greenport each weekend. Jennie’s at Drossos features a rotating menu every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visit her website for more information.

Drosso’s Motel, 69125 Main Rd., Greenport, (631) 477-1334, drossosmotel.com

Monday, July 17

Experience a Monday Night Pig Roast at First & South in Greenport. The dinner also includes various local food purveyors and craft beer sponsors each week.

100 South Street, Greenport, (631) 333-2200, firstandsouth.com

Tuesday, July 18

Brady Rymer & the Little Band that Could is playing its annual Concert by the Carousel at Mitchell Park in Greenport. The event is sponsored by the North Fork libraries. The local Grammy-nominated children’s band will play two sets beginning at 6 p.m.

Learn more about the band at bradyrymer.com

Wednesday, July 19

Martha Clara Vineyards is hosting a Wine Down Wednesdays event every week to help you get past hump day. Enjoy wine, music and a food truck from 6 to 9 p.m.

Martha Clara Vineyards, 6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead, (631) 298-0075, marthaclaravineyards.com

Long Island wine

Thursday, July 20

Hotel Indigo in Riverhead is hosting a Rosé Garden Party from 6 to 9 p.m.  Listen to live music while enjoying this popular local variety and a custom menu designed to complement rosé.

The Hotel Indigo staff will be pouring on the patio — a hidden gem of a North Fork event space — to the sounds of Vanessa Trouble, a vintage jazz and swing artist who is regularly seen in Manhattan and the Hamptons.

Visit Indigoeastend.com for more info.

Friday, July 21

When the world becomes too much for you, Shelter Island — the pearl in the prongs of the North and South forks — has thousands of acres of wooded trails, quiet country roads and deserted beaches where you can treat your short fuse with a long walk.

And with its well-developed system of trails and miles of pristine woods and creeks, Mashomack Preserve is the closest thing to wilderness on Shelter Island.

Mashomack Preserve, 79 S. Ferry Rd., Shelter Island

Saturday, July 22

Rio de Janeiro meets the North Fork during Sparkling Pointe‘s annual Carnaval celebration.

Wine Country’s all-sparkling wine vineyard will celebrate the release of its Cuvée Carnaval Rouge on Saturday, July 22 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Live music will be provided by Bossa Nova Band and there will be Brazillian drummers, dancers and “samba queens.” Tickets are $20 and include a glass of sparkling wine and a keepsake flute. Additional wine and food are sold separately.

Sparkling Pointe, 39750 Main Road in Southold, (631) 765-0200, sparklingpointe.com

Sunday, July 23

A family-owned business in Greenport for more than four decades, Bruce & Son recently revamped itself as an all-day brunch spot.

Some of the menu’s highlights include scones made in house, duck hash and lemon ricotta pancakes.

208 Main St., Greenport

Pumpkin ice cream from Magic Fountain in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Monday, July 24

Grab an old-fashioned ice cream cone at Magic Fountain in Mattituck. The shop features inventive flavors like lavender as well as fig and honey, all made in house.

9825 Main Road, Mattituck, (631)298-4908, magicfountainicecream.net

Tuesday, July 25

Tuesday is ladies night at Porto Bello in Greenport. Enjoy a complimentary 10-minute massage from the “Mobile Beauty Unit.”

The restaurant serves dinner daily and lunch on weekends with live music by East End folk band Points East on Saturdays.

Porto Bello, 1410 Manhanset Ave., Greenport, (631) 477-1515, portobellonorthfork.com

Wednesday, July 26

The Jolly Tars will recreate the music of the golden age of sail with their performance at the East End Seaport Museum. Their presentation features chanteys, ballads and lively clawhammer banjo. The program will also feature anecdotes of the life and times of 19th century sailors and their ships.

The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It is free for museum members and $5 for the general public. Light refreshments will be served.

East End Seaport Museum, 103 3rd St., Greenport, (631) 477-2100, eastendseaport.org

Thursday, July 27

Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center is hosting a sleepover celebration of penguins.

During the night aquarium-goers will enjoy a presentation on the Arctic birds and a penguin-themed craft. Participants are invited to lay down their sleeping bags next to the aquarium’s shark tank, best buddies tank or near the giant Pacific octopus.

The event includes dinner and a continental breakfast. Tickets are $64.95 plus tax ($58.45 for aquarium members) and children 2 and under are free.

Long Island Aquarium, 431 E. Main Street in Riverhead, (631) 208-9200, longislandaquarium.com

Friday, July 28

Perlman Music Program’s annual summer benefit “Taste Shelter Island” runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy beautiful music, local food and wine, and good company at Perlman Music Program’s Shelter Island campus. Tickets for cocktails and the concert are $350. Tickets for dinner are $1,000 or $500 for patrons under 45. For more information call (212) 877-5045 or email at specialevents@perlmanmusicprogram.org.

73 Shore Rd., Shelter Island, (212) 877-5045, perlmanmusicprogram.org

Saturday, July 29

The 5th annual Paddle Battle Long Island hits the Peconic River in downtown Riverhead. The SUP and kayak event, which features a 2.5 recreational race, a 5 mile competitive race, a 10-mile elite race and sprints, raises money for the United Way of Long Island’s VetsBuild Program and the East End Tourism Alliance

Visit paddlebattleli.com for registration and more info.

Sunday, July 30

Experience the fun and flavor of the Big Easy right in Riverhead. The New Orleans Jazz Brunch will feature professional musicians and a cajun style menu for a one-time celebration at the Dark Horse. Tickets are $35.

For more information visit eastendfringefest.com.

Monday, July 31

Hit the links and play a round of golf at Island’s End Golf Course in Greenport. The hole that gets everyone talking at this course is the 16th (see above), which runs directly alongside a bluff overlooking Long Island Sound.

Island’s End Golf Course, 5025 Route 25, Greenport, (631) 477-0777, islandsendgolf.com