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Fall is arguably the nicest time of year out east. Traffic dissipates, the heat isn’t suffocating, fresh produce is at its peak and lodging prices drop dramatically. (Sounds lovely, doesn't it?) So we've rounded up all the can't-miss fall events to help you plan your next weekend jaunt.

September 12 to 14: Harborfest

Basically a village-wide block party, Harborfest celebrates the maritime history of Sag Harbor. It includes an arts-and-crafts fair, sidewalk sale with food vendors, whale-boat races, clam-shucking contests and stuff for kids too (bouncy castle included). Saturday night, as the sun goes down, there will also be live music.

September 26: Hamptons Marathon, Half Marathon and 5-K

No matter your running ability, you can lace up to benefit local East Hampton charities. The courses run through Amagansett, Springs and East Hampton with views of the Atlantic Ocean and Napeague Bay out to the Long Island Sound. Runners of the Hamptons Marathon and the Half Marathon diverge at mile 6 and then cross the same finish line. As for the 5-k, field size is limited, but if space allows, there will be same-day registration should you get a last-minute cardio urge.

October 3: The Bridgehampton Historical Society's 2015 Vintage Automobile Poker Rally

The annual event honors the village’s racing heritage. The route is approximately 65 miles, and the rally kicks off with a parade. Judged shows, displays of race-circuit cars from the Bridgehampton Racing Heritage Group and memorabilia from the old Bridgehampton Track will also be included in the event.

October 8 to 12: The Hamptons International Film Festival

The 23rd annual event celebrates independent films. This year, among the notable initiatives, there will be three narrative and documentary films focusing on social-justice issues and animal rights. Among them is the premiere of Darcy Dennett’s The Champions, which follows the pit bulls rescued from NFL quarterback Michael Vick’s fighting ring. There will also be conversations held at Rowdy Hall three mornings in a row (October 9 to 11). Topics and speakers will be announced soon. The events are free, and the public is invited to attend.


Through October 11: Southampton Chamber of Commerce Farmers' Market

Get your seasonal bounty while you still can: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., head to Southampton to buy local and fresh produce including vegetables, fruits, fish, shellfish, baked goods, wine and more from over 25 vendors. 

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