The holiday season is upon us and brings with it plenty of joyous events to help mark the occasions and celebrate in The Hamptons and North Fork. This weekend, expect to find artist talks and stand up comedy among our picks for things to do this weekend. Also making our list are a variety of fun happenings to help get into the spirit of the holidays or to celebrate winter. Read on to discover our selections for some of the best things to do on the East End this weekend.

Stand Up Comedy at Bay Street

Bay Street Theater presents “All New Stand Up All Star Comedy” on Friday, December 8, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Comedian Joseph Vecsey hosts an evening of laughs featuring Crystian Ramirez (Last Comic Standing), Omar Thompson (BET's One Mic Stand, Apollo Theater), Veronica Mosey (Gotham Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and HBO) and Jared Sandler (Netflix's The Do Over and Sandy Wexler).

Tickets are $30. Bay Street Theater is located at 1 Bay St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. www.baystreet.org.

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Shinnecock Museum Winter Festival

The Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum presents the “15th Annual Winter Festival” on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s event will feature a Native American arts and crafts market that showcases authentic Native American jewelry, art, clothing and other unique handcrafted traditional and contemporary pieces. The Winter Festival also features demonstrations and dishes to sample at the traditional Winter Food sale. For the kids (ages 6 to 12), a special hour-long "Passport to Shinnecock Territory” takes place at 11:30 a.m.; 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. that sees the kids making stops along thousands of years of Shinnecock history and gaining passage through virtual passports and stamps during each hour-long session.

Winter Festival is free and donations are welcome. The Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center and Museum is located at 100 Montauk Hwy, Southampton, NY 11968. www.shinnecockmuseum.com.

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East Hampton Village Annual Holiday Open House

The East Hampton Chamber of Commerce presents its Annual Holiday Open House Tour on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from noon to 4 p.m.

The self-guided tour begins at Baker House 1650, located at 181 Main Street, East Hampton, NY, which is the start and check in for the tour. Each location will welcome guests with refreshments. Historic or interesting places on the tour can be found in East Hampton, Springs, Water Mill, Bridgehampton, Amagansett and Sag Harbor. The list includes the Maidstone Hotel, 1770 House, Clinton Academy, Huntting Inn / The Palm and others.

Be sure to stop in at the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, which will open up the house and studio for the day. The museum is currently closed for the season and will re-open on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

The tour is free. www.easthamptonchamber.com.

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“What the Dickens?”

The Southold Historical Society presents “What the Dickens?” on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Southold Historical Society Museum Complex.

Enjoy a Christmas stroll through the festively adorned museum complex inspired by the writings of Charles Dickens. A Victorian costumed guide will accompany walks, as you are able to interact with Dickens vignettes, making you feel as though you’ve leapt into the pages of a classic tale.

Admission is $10 and children are free. Southold Historical Society Museum Complex is located at 55200 Main Road, Southold, NY 11971. www.southoldhistoricalsociety.org.

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Courtesy of Southold Historical Society.

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Artist Residency Presentations at Watermill Center

The Watermill Center presents two artist residencies in its “In Process" program on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Watermill Artists-in-Residence Fan Letters (Alex Nathanson & Dylan Neely) and Brian O’Mahoney will present their work in process that each artist is developing during their stay at Watermill Center.

Based in New York, Fan Letters is an audiovisual duo collaboration between composer Dylan Neely and video artist Alex Nathanson. Brian O’Mahoney (b.1993) is a New Jersey based artist who uses performance, video, and humor to explore the absurdities of his personal and our collective anxieties.

Free but reservations are required. Watermill Center is located at 39 Water Mill Towd Rd Water Mill, NY 11976. www.watermillcenter.org.

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Image courtesy of Watermill Center.

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A Rockin’ Holiday Dance

Bay Street Theater presents “A Rockin’ Holiday Dance with the HooDoo Loungers and Joe Delia & Thieves” on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Joe Lauro and the HooDoo Loungers and Joe Delia & Thieves will perform. In between bands, classic holiday clips will be screened.

Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 day of. Bay Street Theater is located at 1 Bay St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963. www.baystreet.org

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Joe Delia & Thieves. Photo by Michael Heller. Courtesy of Bay Street Theater.

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"Halsband Portraits" Gallery Tour with Artist & Curator

Southampton Arts Center presents a Gallery Tour with exhibiting photographer Michael Halsband and exhibition curator Andrea Grover on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 11:45 a.m.

"Halsband Portraits" is a survey spanning over three decades of the artist’s work, including the iconic photographs from the 1985 Warhol/Basquiat with Boxing Gloves series and 35mm film of The Rolling Stones live performance during their Tattoo You tour. The exhibition includes a variety of 20th century artists, writers and musicians including James Brown, David Byrne, Johnny Depp, Iggy Pop, LL Cool J and others.

Admission is free. Reserve your spot here. Southampton Arts Center is located at 25 Jobs Lane, Southampton, NY 11968. www.southamptonartscenter.org.

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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.  Looking for art? Visit our Exhibition Finder to see what's on view in the galleries and museums. Click here to begin browsing.

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