Columbus Day Weekend is upon us and there are many ways to spend your holiday weekend in The Hamptons and East End. After combing through the options, Hamptons Art Hub staff has selected our top recommendations for things to do Columbus Day Weekend on the South and North Forks of Long Island. Expect to find art events, a film festival, live music, fall fun, special talks and more for our picks for things to do this weekend in The Hamptons and East End of Long Island. If you're looking for art, visit our Exhibition Finder to see what's on view in the galleries and museums. Click here to start browsing.

1.  Hamptons International Film Festival

The 25th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival will be a big draw for Columbus Day Weekend with screenings (and special events) held from October 5 to 9, 2017.

The Hamptons International Film Festival presents independent films—long, short, fiction and documentary—in six venues located in East Hampton, Southampton and Sag Harbor. Films are known to frequently sell out with rush lines forming. There's even a poster designed by an artist with Hamptons connections. This year's artist is Eric Fischl. For the full film schedule, click here. 

Click here for complete details on everything the Hamptons International Film Festival has to offer.

2. Afro Cuban Jazz Night

Kick off Columbus Day Weekend in a dancing state of mind when Jazz great Oscar Feldman headlines Afro Cuban Jazz Night at Bay Burger in Sag Harbor on Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Joined by Ian MacDonald on piano, Santi Debriano on bass and Jam Session anchor Claes Brondal, Oscar Feldman employs a wide range of Pan-American references in his performances which includes alto, tenor and soprano saxophones. An Argentinian native incorporates tango, candombe, samba and mambo while drawing on his eclectic musical education and influences.

Plan to get their early to get a seat. Can't make it? Don't worry...the performance will be recorded for radio and rebroadcast during the Jam Session Radio Hour on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. on 88.3 FM WPPB.

Bay Burger is located at 1742 Sag Harbor Turnpike, Sag Harbor, NY 11963.

Click here for details on the weekly jazz performance project.

3. Live Painting by Graffiti Artists 

Street art springs to life with painting on location by Domenick S. Vetro aka TAG and V.P. Dedaj aka VIC 161 at The White Room Gallery as part of their Opening Reception for “Up From the Underground” on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m.

The artists will create a new piece on a 6' x 16' canvas outside of the Bridgehampton art gallery. TAG and VIC 161 meld influences of cartoons, animation, surrealism, abstraction and pop art into their oeuvres. “Up From The Underground” will present art from the eighties through 2017 and remain on view through October 22, 2017.

The White Room Gallery is located at 2415 Main St, Bridgehampton, NY 11932.

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4. The Dave Harrington Group Performs to Classic Silent Film

The Southampton Arts Center presents “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari with the Dave Harrington Group” on Sunday, October 8 at 7 p.m. and on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Dave Harrington, of electronic duo group Darkside, performs with The Dave Harrington Group as a sound odyssey to the great classic film, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.” Bringing free jazz, drone, ambient and film music to bear on this iconic classic from the silent era, the DHG will re-construct a sonic world for a singular experience of the film that lives and breathes.

Tickets are $20. Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968.

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Courtesy of Southampton Arts Center.


5. Hudson Art Takes Over an East Hampton Home

Hudson art mixes with artists from New York City and The Hamptons in its weekend-only pop up show "Art is Home: Art House" in East Hampton on October 7 & 8, 2017.

Chocked full of events--including a preview, Opening Reception, Artist Panel Discussion and Last Chance Reception, 46 Green Street Studio & Gallery of Hudson returns for its second annual Columbus Day exhibition. The show presents over 150 artworks by 15 artists. Art on view includes contemporary abstraction, realism, minimalism and pop art installed in both a casual home setting and in spaces that aim to conjure an art gallery experience. To read about the show, click here.

A preview takes place on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 1 to 3 p.m. An Opening Reception featuring a deejay, wine and food for purchase from a gourmet food truck takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. On Sunday, a Second Chance Reception takes place from 2 to 6 p.m. At 6 p.m. an Artist Panel Discussion will explore “Art and Place.”

“Art is Home: Art House” takes place at 1 Cobblers Court, East Hampton, NY.  Click here to preview the art.

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“House Gate, Mongolia #1” by Sasha Sicurella, 2013. Plexi Face Mount Digital Print, 12 x 12 inches. Courtesy of the artist.


6. Bridgehampton Road Rally & Tour d'Hamptons

The annual Bridgehampton Road Rally and Tour d'Hamptons takes place on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and ends with an invite only Cocktail Reception and Awards Ceremony at 4 p.m.

Classic car enthusiasts get their day in the sun during the annual Bridgehampton Road Rally and Tour d'Hamptons headquartered on the grounds of The Bridgehampton Museum. The event starts with judged car show at 10 a.m. and a Road Rally Parade at 11 a.m. At noon, the classic auto race begins on a route that spans 60 miles and stops to pick up poker cards and trivia hunts at historic sites. While drivers make their way, the museum's North Lawn offers family fun beneath the Main Ten, a Heritage Racing Group Video exhibition and a historic photography show of racing days gone by inside the museum. For the full list of activities, click here.

Admission is free. Feel like participating? Registration is required for the chance to show off your car or to participate in the rally. Open to cars and motorcycles built before 12/31/59. A $125 or $100 entry fee for participating cars applies. Click here for details.

The Bridgehampton Museum is located at 2368 Main Street, Bridgehampton, NY 11932.

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7. Igor Lovchinsky Performs

The Southampton Cultural Center’s Rising Stars Piano Series presents “Igor Lovchinsky” on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 7 p.m.

Igor Lovchinsky, one of the favorite pianists here in The Hamptons following his multiple summer at Pianofest and his subsequent debut at the Rising Stars piano series, returns for an encore at the Southampton Cultural Center. His distinguished music career includes many accomplishments including performances at Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the National Philharmonic Hall in Warsaw, Poland. Igor's creative vision frequently combines classical repertory with jazz. He will perform works by Bach, Chopin, Wild and Gershwin.

Tickets are $20 if purchased in advance and $25 at the door. Students under 21 are free. The Southampton Cultural Center is located at 25 Pond Ln, Southampton, NY 11968.

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8. Salon Series: Pianist Fei-Fei Dong

The Parrish Art Museum presents the “Salon Series: Pianist Fei-Fei Dong” on Friday, October 6, 2017 at 6 p.m.

The Salon Series offers intimate concerts with a new generation of classical musicians— this time with pianist, Fei-Fei Dong. The Chinese pianist is a winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition and a top finalist at the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The program will include: Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), 24 Preludes, Op. 28 and Franz Liszt (1811-1886), Réminiscences de Don Juan (S. 418).

Tickets are $25 and $10 for members, children and students. The Parrish Art Museum is located at 279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976.

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Fei-Fei Dong. Photo: Jiyang Chen. Courtesy of The Parrish Art Museum.


9. Greenport Village Gallery Walk

“The Greenport Gallery Walk” holds its monthly self-guided art walk in the Village of Greenport on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Art galleries and artist studios welcome late-night visitors with special events and exhibitions. Select village merchants also stay open late. The event repeats the first Friday evening of every month through December 2017. Attending is free. Most galleries and businesses are located along Main Street (Route 25) or Front Street plus artful places or galleries on South Street and Carpenter Street. All are within easy walking in the Village of Greenport on the North Fork.

For details, click here: “The Greenport Gallery Walk Returns on First Fridays This Summer through December 2017.” 

Greenport Village is located on the North Fork. Participating galleries include South Street Gallery, VSOP Projects and others.

10. Live Historical Performance at the Horton Point Lighthouse

The Southold Historical Society presents a “Conversation with Augustin Fresnel,” to celebrate the 160th Anniversary of the Horton Point Lighthouse on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 2 p.m.

“Augustin Fresnel (10 May 1788 – 14 July 1827),” creator of the Fresnel lens that revolutionized lighthouses, will speak with us about his lenses and their applications. Mr. Joseph Smith will present as Augustin Fresnel at the Horton Point Lighthouse in Southold. He is a Performing Artist of Living History who researches, writes & performs historical portrayals through theatrical performance.

The Horton Point Lighthouse is located at 3575 Lighthouse Rd, Southold, NY 11971.

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11. Celebrate American Archives Month at the Montauk Library

The Montauk Library presents the “Archivist Series and Exhibit” throughout the month of October. To kick things off there will be an Open House on Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 1 to 5 p.m.

On both afternoons, Maura Feeney, The Montauk Library’s Local History Librarian, will be on hand to explain what it means to be a family archivist and why the Montauk Library’s archival collection is so important. "Archival Exhibit of Family Records and Photographs: The Pitts-Burke-Cullum Collection” will be held in the Suzanne Koch Gosman Room (Lower Level), and remains on view through November 1, 2017.

Free and open to the public. The Montauk Library is located at 871 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954.

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12. Art in the Barn

The Southampton Cultural Center presents “Art in the Barn” on Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m.

A special art fair will be held on the grounds of Paton Miller’s home. “Art in the Barn” will feature paintings by Paton Miller and sculptures by the late Don Saco that will be for sale. Entertainment and light refreshments will be provided. The proceeds from the sale of the artwork will benefit Southampton Cultural Center.

Admission is $25. Located at 459 Magee Street, Southampton, NY 11968.

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"Quintet" by Don Saco. Courtesy of Southampton Cultural Center.



Things to Do on the East End is published weekly and presents our selection of the most interesting events in art and culture for the upcoming week and weekend in The Hamptons and on the East End of Long Island.  If you're looking for art, visit our Exhibition Finder to see what's on view in the galleries and museums. Click here to start browsing.


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