Fourth of July Weekend is nearly upon us and The Hamptons and East End is ready with plenty of fun events and new art receptions to keep people hopping all weekend long and through the star-spangled holiday. Following is our list of highlights to add to your list of things to do this weekend in The Hamptons, the North Fork and East End at large. Expect live music, film, fireworks, art talks and more. Then gear up! The first Hamptons art fair, Market Art + Design, follows close on the heels of the holiday, ushering in the start of the high season of art in the Hamptons.

Live Music & Dancing at Ille Arts

Ille Arts presents Live Music and Dancing on Saturday, July 1, 2017 from 7 to 10 p.m. 

Listen and to dance to classic folk and Americana music by Fairlane Family, enjoy lemonade and view the current exhibition, “The American Landscape: Fairfield Porter, Casey Chalem Anderson, Neil Welliver.” The family friendly event pairs music with American roots with landscapes  from a trio of painters spanning the historic to the contemporary. Lemonade served.

The event is co-sponsored by Charline Spektor (former owner of Book Hampton); her daughter Lily, a singer with Fairlane Family; and Sara De Luca, gallerist of Ille Arts.

Ille Arts is located 171 Main Street, Amagansett, NY 11930.

Degas’ “Little Dancer” Lecture & the Birth of Modern Art

The Southampton Historical Museum presents “Degas’ Famous “Little Dancer” and How it Influenced Modern Art” on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

Gregory Hedberg , art historian and expert on Edgar Degas, presents a Talk explaining the links between the birth of modern art and the ways Degas's Little Dancer helped spark its birth. Hedbeg, of New York and Southampton, has long maintained that a plaster cast of the artist’s “Little Dancer,” discovered in 2004, predates an extensive reworking of the sculpture by the artist and was made from his original version, which caused a sensation in 1881. This theory is presented in his recently published book, Degas’ Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.

The Talk will be held in the Music Room of the 1843 Rogers Mansion. A wine and cheese reception immediately follows.

Admission is free. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling (631) 283-2494. Southampton Historical Museum is located at 17 Meeting House Ln, Southampton, NY 11968.

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Hitchcock & Surf Film Screenings at Southampton Arts Center  

Two distinct evenings of film will be presented this weekend at the Southampton Arts Center. “Michael Halsband’s Surf Movie Night” takes place on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. and A Night of Hitchcock: Talk, Theater, & Screening of The 39 Steps” unfolds on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 5 p.m.

“Surf Movie Night” is an outdoor screening of short, noncommercial surf movies made by filmmakers from both the East End and the rest of New York, and selected by Photographer and Film Director Michael Halsband, Pilgrim Surf Shop owner Chris Gentile, and Surf Filmmaker Taylor Steele. Surf Movie Night program was created by Michael Halsband as a platform for emerging and established filmmakers and to connect the exchange between art, film and surfing.

The screening will be held outdoors on the lawn, bring chairs, blankets, and picnics. The event is free.  Click here for event details.

"A Night of Hitchcock: Talk, Theater, & Screening of The 39 Steps” is co-presented by Via Brooklyn and the Southampton Arts Center. The evening features theater, film and  a talk on Hitchcock. Leading with the filmmakers legacy, the cast of  Via Brooklyn steps up next to perform a teaser from their upcoming production followed by a screening of Hitchcock's “The 39 Steps.”

Tickets are $35 and $20 for children. Includes concessions, wine, and beer. Click here for event details.

Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968.

Lichtenstein Lecture Series at The Fireplace Project

The Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center presents “Lichtenstein Lecture Series at The Fireplace Project” on Sunday, July 2, 2017 at 5 p.m. The lecture will be held at The Fireplace Project, a gallery across the street from the Pollock-Krasner House.

Sunday's Lecture features art historian Eileen Costello speaking on “Tony Smith: The Abstract Expressionists’ Architect.”

Admission is free. No reservations required. The Fireplace Project is located at 851 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY 11937. Currently on view is "9999," a group show curated by gallerist Edsel Williams with all art priced under $10,000.

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Sunday Jazz on Shelter Island

Catch a sunset while relaxing to live jazz on Sunday, July 2, 2017 from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at The Rams Head Inn on Shelter Island.

Music is performed by East End favorites Jane Hastay with Peter Martin Weiss, John Cataletto, John Ludlow and Baron Lewis, Jr.  Enjoy the music and the action from the Great Lawn or from the Inn's cocktail lounge, Harbor Hall.  Busy this Sunday? No worries...the band returns every Sunday through Labor Day Weekend.

Free. Click here for event details.

The Rams Head Inn is located at 108 Ram Island Drive, Shelter Island Heights, NY 11965.

Nancy Atlas in The Park

Southampton Cultural Center launches its 2017 Concerts in the Park summer series with Nancy Atlas on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Agawam Park in Southampton Village

Another East End favorite, Nancy Atlas and her band of Journeymen are known for their raw, live performances and stellar songwriting. The Nancy Atlas Project has opened for multiple stars including Elvis Costello, Lucinda Williams, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Buffett, Crosby, Stills and Nash and more.

Free. Bring a blanket or beach chairs. Click here for event details.

Agawam Park is located at 23 Main Street, Southampton, NY 11968.

Fireworks from Land or Sea

Fireworks light up the sky across the East End on various days to celebrate the nation's Independence Day. If you're looking for way to combine land, sea and fireworks, Montauk and Sag Harbor are two options to put on your fireworks viewing list.

Grucci Fireworks will burst over Umbrella Beach in Montauk on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, from 9 to 10 p.m. WELJ (104.7 FM) supplies patriotic music with the fireworks that can be heard from digital devices and radios. Fireworks can be seen from Umbrella Beach, at a variety of points in Montauk or aboard the Viking Starship as part of a fundraising dinner cruise sponsored by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce. Check in for the over 21 years old cruise is 6 p.m. at Sammy's Restaurant and costs $100 per person. Click here for details. In all cases, get their earlier as the Montauk fireworks display is a popular draw for the holiday weekend.

Grucci Fireworks will light up the sky in Sag Harbor on Saturday, July 1, 2017 at around 9:30 p.m. Presented by the Sag Harbor Yacht Club, the John A. Ward Independence Day Fireworks display can be viewed from Marine Park or Haven's Beach in Sag Harbor. The Long Wharf is another prime location so get there early. So is viewing the fireworks from the water. Click here for event details.

NEXT UP: Market Art + Design

With Art Hamptons and Art Southampton dropping from the Hamptons art fair circuit, Market Art + Design presents the only "traditional" art fair this summer in The Hamptons. Market Art + Design 2017 opens with a Preview benefiting the Parrish Art Museum on Thursday, July 6, 2017 from 6 to 10 p.m. for VIP Pass and Preview Pass Holders Only. Click here to purchase a $35 ticket, which includes fair admission throughout the weekend. The art fair opens to the public July 7 - 9, 2017 on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Museum, 2368 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY 11932. Expect around 70 exhibitors presenting contemporary and modern art along with a special design section featuring designers from around the world. Click here for tickets and here for fair details.

Exhibitors include Hamptons galleries Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, Roman Fine Art, RJD Gallery and others. National art galleries exhibiting at Market Art + Design include 101/EXHIBIT, Pontone Gallery, Sponder Gallery, Villa del Arte and others.


Looking for gallery receptions and events on the East End? Click East End Gallery Scene – Openings & Events Through July 4, 2017. To discover exhibitions on view, visit our Exhibition Finder by clicking here.


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