27 Things to Do in the Hamptons This August

August always arrives with a wave of mixed emotions. Summer’s not over yet, but the countdown to the unofficial end of the season is on. Now’s the time to make the most of those long, lazy days. Here’s everything you need to do before you pack up your sundresses.

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Courtesy of Gurney’s Resorts x Van Leeuwen

1. Treat yourself to a scoop or two of Weekend at Gurney’s, Van Leeuwen’s newest flavor, a twist on the classic s’more. It’s available at VL’s recently opened shop at Gurney’s Star Island Resort & Marina.

2. Taste local food, sip craft beverages and stroll one of the North Fork’s most charming streets during First Fridays on Love Lane, August 2.

3. Eat your weight in tacos when Dan’s Corona MonTaco returns on August 3.

4. There are only so many sleepy days left this summer. Spend one in Amagansett, visiting Amber Waves Farm, getting some sun at Atlantic Avenue Beach and strolling around the quiet(er) Hamptons hamlet.

5. Take a self-guided art tour during Greenport Art Walk on August 2.

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The Maidstone

6. Pop by to chill in the lavender Adirondack chairs or play some lawn games at East Hampton’s perpetually lovely The Maidstone.

7. Take some much-needed me-time and get a facial from JECT and a mani-pedi from Tenoverten, in between tasting bites from Sakara and listening in on wellness panels at Serena & Lily’s Wellness Weekend, August 3 and 4.

8. Skip the dinner crowds and book a private chef through The Culinistas, an in-home culinary company you can book for weekly meal prep or special occasions.

9. Get in a workout sesh on the water during the Hamptons Paddle for Pink paddleboard race on August 3.

10. Listen to music every Monday night on the Montauk Village Green during the final weeks of its summer concert series.

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Out East x Bloom Bikes Pedal Share

11. Skip the Uber to the beach and take an Out East x Bloom Bikes Pedal Share instead. Bikes are just $4 per hour (or $35 per day) and available at various Hamptons locations.

12. Meet dozens of authors and get your books signed during the East Hampton Library’s Authors Night on August 10.

13. Settle into the patio at Hamptons Bays’ newest restaurant, Hamptons Standard, and toast the final days summer with one of the local wines they keep on tap.

14. Create the home of your dreams—in sand, anyway—during one of Hither Hills State Park’s weekly Thursday sandcastle contests. You may even win a prize.

15. Catch Brooklyn artists Beach Fossils on August 10 at Solé East in Montauk. Cheers to a free poolside concert.

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The Surf Lodge

16. Jump-start your morning with the Surf Lodge’s new healthy start breakfast menu. The Matcha Bowl (coconut yogurt, mixed berries, granola) pairs well with a Bluestone Lane coffee.

17. Hunt for treasures at the Montauk Historical Society’s Craft Fair on August 10 and 11.

18. Bring a beach chair or a blanket and catch one of the Hamptons International Film Festival’s free outdoor screenings in Southampton through August.

19. Curious about the Watermill Center? Check out the ten-acre arts and performance center during the free Watermill Day on August 11.

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Warby Parker

20. Upgrade your specs at Warby Parker Beach Reads in East Hampton. While you’re there, borrow a new book for the beach and treat yourself to an ice cream.

21. Take your budding artist to Art in the Barn for Kids on August 14. Kids get to sculpt and paint their surroundings at a historic barn during a two-hour session.

22. Head to Moby’s on a Thursday evening to listen to jazz while munching on flatbread, sipping a honey cocktail and savoring the unreal sunset.

23. Aye, matey: The pirates are coming to Montauk for Lighthouse Weekend, August 17 and 18.Stop by to catch reenactments, a pottery show and more.

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Courtesy of the Baker House 1650

24. Pamper your skin with a vitamin C facial—it’s great for combating sun damage—at The Baker Spa.

25. Batter up for the 71st Artists & Writers Charity Softball Game on August 17, one of the longest-running traditions on the East End. Bring a chair and a picnic basket and watch celebs at bat (past players have included Alec Baldwin, Martha Stewart and more).

26. Channel your inner Gatsby at the Ram’s Head Inn’s weekly Sunday Summer Jazz Series.

27. Don your fanciest hat for the annual Hampton Classic, August 25 to September 1.

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