Fourth of July weekend is arguably the busiest time of year here on the East End. Since the holiday falls on a Tuesday this year, tons of locales are taking advantage of what could potentially be a four-day weekend for some. We’ve got you covered for where and when all the July Fourth festivities will be this weekend across the South Fork, but there’s also a slew of cool art exhibits, performances, and conversations to keep your cultural needs fulfilled. Need a laugh? Check out performances at Sticks and Stones Comedy Club in Southampton tomorrow and Saturday. Need a margarita? Indulge at a day-long happy hour at Crash Cantina in Hampton Bays all weekend long.
Happy Birthday America! However you choose to celebrate, stay safe and keep it classy, South Forkers. Our beloved little East End deserves to stay special.
Party at Beach Bar all weekend
Beach Bar in Hampton Bays (58 Foster Ave.) hosts a three-day party in honor of our nation’s birthday. Tomorrow, June 30, the holiday weekend kicks off with a “Happy Birthday America” tribute featuring DJ Doug O’Mara and DJ Unique. On Saturday, DJ Fresh & Friends leads the best dance party on the East End and on Monday be sure to hit Beach Bar’s deck to see fireworks at nightfall. Doors open tomorrow and Monday at 8 p.m. and at 9 p.m. on Saturday. Call 631-723-3100 for more information.
Hail the “king of pop art” in Bridgehampton
The White Room Gallery in Bridgehampton hosts “Wake Me For Champagne,” a solo exhibition by contemporary pop artist Nelson De La Nuez. The opening reception is this Saturday, July 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. and the show will run until July 16. Known as “the king of pop art,” De La Nuez’s works are like if the art from Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Bansky had a baby, with lots of color, lots of fun, and just the right amount of sass.
Sip and celebrate at Crash Cantina in Hampton Bays
Crash Cantina in Hampton Bays will host a movie night on the lawn at their location (32 Lighthouse Road) tonight at sunset. Tomorrow, June 30, through Tuesday, July 4, there’ll be live music as well as a DJ from 2 to 11 p.m. each day. $10 margaritas will be served all day long. Grab one to toast the sunset on the water and welcome July Fourth weekend in style. Be sure to check out their equally delectable sister operations throughout the Hamptons: Enchanté Bistro in Southampton plus East Hampton eateries Sí Sí and Sunset Harbor.
Come to a comedy show in Southampton
Sticks and Stones Comedy Club, operating out of the Southampton Cultural Center (25 Pond Road), hosts a couple of comedy shows tomorrow, June 30, and Saturday, July 1, hosted by Sag Harbor native Joe Winchell. Guests can hear the comedic musings of Carmen Lynch, along with John Reynolds and Andy Pitz tomorrow night. On Saturday, Jordan Rock is the main act, with appearances from Jeffrey Gurian and Ben DeMarco. Performances are at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and tickets start at $35. Doors open at 6 p.m. and there’ll be light farm-to-table bites from Hen of the Woods and drinks from The Club House.
Look at Montauk photos through a local’s lens
Local Montauk photographer and artist James Katsipis will be the celebrated at The Lucore Art (87 S. Euclid Ave.) this Saturday, July 1, with an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m.. Up through July 25, his exhibition, “Graintauk,” showcases the true essence of The End, highlighting its coastal charm, beautiful natural landscapes, and some hidden gems scattered throughout the hamlet.
See an adapted classic at Bay Street
Dial M for Murder is the new mainstage production at Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor. This contemporary re-vamp of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film starts Erich Bergen, Rosa Gillmore, Max Gordon Moore, Reg Rogers, and Mamie Gummer (Meryl Streep’s daughter!). Directed by Walter Bobbie and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, the show starts at 7 p.m. tonight. Performances will continue through the weekend, with showtime at 8 p.m. tomorrow, 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, and at 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased here or by calling the box office at 631-725-9500.
Take in tunes all weekend long at The Club House
Gene Casey and The Lonesharks perform out on the lawn of the The Club House (174 Daniels Hole Road) in East Hampton from 6 to 9 p.m.. Tomorrow’s “Friday Jams” will include Jettykoon, performing at the same time in the same place. Also tomorrow, Jr Inventor is on the 1’s and 2’s from 9 p.m. to midnight. Tangiers Blue Band will play on Saturday beginning at 6 p.m. with DJ Biggie taking over for the late night tunes beginning at 9 p.m.. On Sunday, it’s Winston Irie at 6 p.m.
Explore the history of the Parrish
The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill hosts a discussion form former curator Donna De Salvo and her landmark 1992 exhibition “A Museum Looks at Itself” at 6 p.m. tomorrow, June 30. Originally shown at the Parrish’s former location on Jobs Lane in Southampton Village, De Salvo will discuss the politics of the museum’s founder Samuel Longstreth Parrish as well as the museum’s rich and storied history. Admission is $16 for adults, $12 for seniors, $5 for members, and free for students and children.
Peruse an art fair and a farmers market
An outdoor art festival is on the lawn of the William Corwith House (2368 Montauk Highway), part of the Bridgehampton Museum, this Saturday, July 1, and Sunday, July 2. Beginning at 10 a.m. both days, “Bridgehampton Art Affair” is presented by Howard Alan Events and will benefit the museum. The museum also hosts a weekly farmers market from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, so check it out this afternoon.
Belly up for a beer and some beats at Kidd Squid
Kidd Squid Brewing Co. in Sag Harbor hosts live music all weekend beginning tomorrow, June 30, and continuing through Monday, July 3. For Friday, it’s Alfredo Merat, Saturday Woody Boley performs, DJ Carlos Lama is set for Sunday, and Born & Raised caps off the weekend with a performance on Monday. All acts will be performing at the beloved brewing co. from 5 to 8 p.m..
Hear an artist and a journalist talk at The Church
The Church in Sag Harbor hosts an artist talk with visual artist Nani Chacon tomorrow, June 30, beginning at 6 p.m.. Presented by Ma’s House, Chacon will share and discuss her work, followed by a conversation with Ma’s House founder and fellow artist Jeremy Dennis. Chacon’s works include large-scale, site-specific public artworks, drawing, installation and design. RSVP is required. Tickets are $10 while Shinnecock tribal members and member of The Church are free. On Saturday, July 1, at 4 p.m. American sports journalist and former “Sports and City” columnist for the New York Times Robert Lipsyte will be on hand with chief curator Sara Cochran to talk all things sports, particularly the beautiful yet brutal world of boxing. Tickets are $20, $10 for members.
Listen to a reading and play chess at SAC
The Southampton Arts Center, along with producer Josh Gladstone, hosts a staged reading of the play Dear Elizabeth written by Sarah Ruhl on Sunday, July 2. Led by actors Mercedes Ruehl, Harris Yulin, and Julia Motyka the reading is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and wine and soft drinks will be available for purchase. General admission is $40, VIP is $55, members pay $35 and there’s VIP member admission available for $50 that offers prioritized seating. Click here to register. Also on Sunday, SAC hosts the first of five studio chess sessions from 1 to 3 p.m.. Free, open to the public and all skill levels are welcome.