Summer has arrived and the Hamptons benefit season is now in full swing. July brings with it a full slate of high-profile local galas including those benefiting the Parrish, Watermill Center, LongHouse Reserve, Bay Street Theater and more.

Need help planning your July weekends? Read on for the list of benefits options unfolding this month in The Hamptons and on the East End of Long Island. If you're looking for events with an art and culture twist, click here to discover our weekly columns pointing out the best options for things to do and gallery happenings during your Hamptons and East End weekends.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Halsey House Gala

The Southampton Historical Museum presents the “Halsey House Gala 2017: Celebrating Southampton’s Oldest Home” on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 5:30 p.m.

This neighborly lawn party takes place at Southampton’s oldest home – The Thomas Halsey Homestead, established in 1648. Attendees to the 2017 “Sur la Plage” fundraiser will enjoy sunset cocktails amid a colonial landscape and herb garden. Inside the tent, enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres locally-sourced from farms and bays and music by DJ Twilo. A curated silent auction will also be held.

Tickets are $150 in advance and $175 day of, $50 for guests 16-30 and $20 for guests 15 and under. To purchase, call 631-283-2494 or use PayPal. The Thomas Halsey Homestead is located at 249 South Main Street, Southampton, NY 11968.

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Saturday, July 15, 2017  

Parrish Art Midsummer Party

The Parrish Art Museum presents the “Midsummer Party” on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 7 p.m.

The annual event brings together over 500 artists, philanthropists, business leaders, and art world guests in support of the Parrish. Honorees include Agnes Gund and Clifford Ross. Honorary Co-Chairs are Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder and Dorothy Lichtenstein. Enjoy cocktails, dinner on the Mildred C. Brinn Terrace, live auction, and dancing in the Lichtenstein Theater for dinner guests, all presented at the art museum.

Dinner tickets start at $1,500 and $500 for Young Patrons (limited availability). For more information, call 631-283-2118 x133 or e-mail [email protected]. The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976.

Tickets are currently sold out. Please call 631-283-2118 x133 to join the wait list.

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Parrish Art Midsummer Party 2016. Photo: Courtesy of the Parrish Art Museum.


Bay Street Summer Gala

Bay Street Theater presents “The 26th Annual Summer Gala” on Saturday, July 15, 2017, located on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor, N.Y.

The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with VIP cocktails. A one-hour show will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m., with performances and presentations by leading stars of Broadway in the theater. Following the show, guests adjourn to a 250 foot-long tent on the Long Wharf. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and silent auction follow as does a seated dinner, live auction, entertainment, dancing and more.

Individual tickets start at $1,500 and $425 for Young Professionals (21-40 years old). For Tables, contact Kim Fink at 631-725-0818. The Long Wharf is located in Sag Harbor, NY 11963.

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Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s Art For Life

Russell Simmons, Danny Simmons and the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation presents “Art For Life: Midnight at the Oasis” on Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 6 p.m., at Fairview Farms in Bridgehampton, N.Y.

The evening highlights the Rush Philanthropic mission as well as the youth and artists who bring their work to life. This year's gala honors Sanford Biggers as the Art For Life 2017 Featured Artist. The gala also honors Esi Eggleston Bracey, Chuck D and Bozoma Saint John. Expect cocktails, dinner and a special live performance by Cynthia Erivo, multiple award-winning actress and singer.

Individual tickets are $1,500. Tables start at $15,000. To purchase, contact Tracey Doolin, Inez Weinstein Special Events Inc. at 212-254-6677 or [email protected]. Fairview Farms is located at 19 Horsemill Ln, Bridgehampton, NY 11932.

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Hamptons Tea Dance

The Hamptons Tea Dance will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Nova’s Ark Project in Water Mill, N.Y.

Join Honorary Co-Chair Edie Windsor, The LGBT Community Center, Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) and Callen-Lorde Community Health Center at the Hamptons Tea Dance. The evening will feature DJ Lady Bunny.

A limited edition Hamptons Tea Dance Kenny Scharf original print is available for purchase.

Tickets start at $150. Nova’s Ark Project is located at 30 Millstone Rd, Water Mill, NY 11976.

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

"Art for the Cinema Auction" will hold a gallery walk of sorts on Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 2 to 8 p.m. in the galleries of Sag Harbor Village. Designed as a fundraiser for the rebuilding of Sag Harbor Cinema, art available for sale through a Paddle8 auction will be installed in six galleries along Main Street and Madison Street in Sag Harbor. Participating galleries include Grenning Gallery, Romany Kramoris Gallery, Keyes Art at Christy's Art Center, Monika Olko Gallery, Sara Nightingale Gallery and Tulla Booth Gallery.

The auction has 95 artists participating. They include Alice Aycock, Mary Ellen Bartley, Ross Bleckner, James Croak, Eric Fischl, Cornelia Foss, Margaret Garrett, April Gornik, Mary Heilmann, Bryan Hunt, Mel Kendrick, Laurie Lambrecht, Stephen Longmire, Paton Miller, Hollis Rafkin-Sax, Dan Rizzie, Toni Ross, Cindy Sherman, Billy Sullivan, and Lucy Winton.

To see the art and to bid, click here. Bidding closes on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 21, 2017

East Hampton Antiques Show Benefit Preview Party

The East Hampton Historical Society hosts the East Hampton Antiques Show Benefit Preview Party on Friday, July 21, 2017 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on the grounds of the Mulford Farm in East Hampton, N.Y. The Antiques Show itself will be held there on Saturday, July 22, and Sunday, July 23, 2017.

Interior Designer Tom Samet is the Honorary Chairperson of the Preview Cocktail Party, which offers patrons an early buying opportunity for the array of antiques, art, jewelry and collectibles presented at the East Hampton Antiques Show, now in its 11th year. Tickets benefit the East Hampton Historical Society.

Tickets start at $100 and include return visits on the weekend. Mulford Farm is located at 10 James Lane, East Hampton, NY 11937.

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Saturday, July 22, 2017  

BOOM! The Cosmic LongHouse Benefit

LongHouse Reserve presents “BOOM! The Cosmic LongHouse Benefit” on Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 6 to 11 p.m.

This year's honorees are Alexandra Munroe and Cai Guo-Qiang. An "explosion" event by Cai Guo-Qiang and a celebration for Jack Larsen's 90th birth year are highlights for this year's benefit.

Requested dress attire? White. Tickets start at $1,250. Contemporary Member tickets are $625. LongHouse Reserve is located at 133 Hands Creek Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937.

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Hampton Designer Showhouse Gala Preview Cocktail Party

Hampton Designer Showhouse's Gala Preview Cocktail Party takes place on Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. to open the design event. Proceeds will benefit Southampton Hospital.

The Hampton Designer Showhouse 2017, now in its seventeenth year, will feature over 30 top interior designers and decorative artists from the Hamptons, New York City and nationwide. This year’s Showhouse will take place in two Hampton homes located at 78 Rosko Lane and 82 Rosko Lane in Southampton, N.Y. The Showhouse is open to the public through Labor Day (Monday, September 4, 2017).

Gala tickets are $225 each. The 2017 Hampton Designer Showhouse Gala is located at 82 Rosko Lane Southampton, New York 11968.

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Maureen’s Haven Lobster Bash Summer Gala

Maureen’s Haven presents the “Annual Summer Gala: Lobster Bash” on Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The evening will be held at Dockers Waterside Dining & Dancing in East Quogue, N.Y.

Enjoy music, cocktails, lobster and a silent auction all while watching the sunset on Shinnecock Bay. Proceeds benefit Maureen’s Haven, a non-profit organization providing services for the homeless of the East End.

Event tickets are $200. Call 631-727-6831 for details. Dockers Waterside Dining & Dancing is located at 94 Dune Rd, East Quogue, NY 11942.

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Friday, July 28, 2017  

The Perlman Music Program: A Taste of Shelter Island Annual Summer Benefit

 Toby and Itzhak Perlman and The Perlman Music Program present “A Taste of Shelter Island Annual Summer Benefit” on Friday, July 28, 2017 at 6 p.m.

The evening will support classical music's future at The Perlman Music Program waterfront campus. Enjoy a beachfront reception with local wines, signature cocktails, and starters, a Celebration Concert with Maestros Itzhak Perlman and Patrick Romano conducting the future stars of classical music, experience culinary highlights from Shelter Island's best restaurants at dinner and Silent Auction.

Individual tickets (includes reception, concert and dinner) start at $1,000. RSVP by July 10 or by calling 212-877-5045. The Perlman Music Program is located at 73 Shore Rd, Shelter Island Heights, NY 11965.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017  

The 24th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction

The Watermill Center presents “FLY INTO THE SUN: The 24th Annual Summer Benefit & Auction” on Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 6 p.m. to midnight.

The evening will be Honoring Laurie Anderson and Isabelle Huppert and a Tribute to Lou Reed. A highlight of the Hamptons summer benefit circuit, guests enter another world when walking upon the grounds of the Watermill Center. Conceived by founder and artistic director Robert Wilson and International ​Summer Program participants from multiple disciplines, the annual benefit unites art, performance, music, theatre, design, architecture and fashion. All funds raised support The Center’s year-round Artist Residency and Education Program.

One talked-about highlight is the durational performances unfolding during the cocktail hour that are across the grounds. The benefit also features cocktails, performances, silent auction, art installations, dinner, live auction, more performances, dancing and dessert. The dress code is “dark shiny matter.”

Tickets start at $1,500. Cocktail tickets are $650. For questions or to purchase tickets, contact Erin Wainwright at +1 (212) 253-7484 x115 or email [email protected]. To purchase tickets via email or mail, download and complete the form here. The Watermill Center is located at 39 Water Mill Towd Rd, Water Mill, NY 11976.

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