23 Amazing Things to Do in the Hamptons This May
A million tiny things mark the arrival of long, lazy days in the Hamptons. The traffic starts to pick up (ugh), the seafood shacks reopen (yay) and rosé is suddenly everywhere (obviously). And while beach season might not officially start until Memorial Day, there’s actually tons to do from now until then—if you know where to look. It’s gonna be a good (early) summer.
1. Unwind at the revamped Buoy One in Westhampton. After a seven-month renovation, the cult-favorite seafood spot reopens this month with a new beachy vibe and a cocktail menu that will have you toasting to the warm days ahead.
2. Say hello to the artists in residence at Guild Hall on May 6. The five residents—a mix of visual, literary and performing artists—will be on hand to discuss their latest works.
3. Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hamptons International Film Festival with a special screening of Last Summer in the Hamptons on May 6 at the Southampton Arts Center.
4. Raise a glass to the weekend with live music at Union Cantina every Friday beginning at 9:30 p.m.
6. Surround yourself in the beautiful, peaceful gardens of the LongHouse Reserve. On May 12, the reserve and sculpture garden will offer a free tour for National Public Gardens Day.
7. Plan to start at least one weekend in the Hamptons at sunset on the porch of The American Hotel in Sag Harbor. Cocktails optional, but recommended.
8. Go treasure hunting at the Southampton Antique Fair on May 13. Stroll the Red Barn and the gardens while browsing the antiques, furniture, jewelry, vintage clothing, artwork and more.
10. Buy yourself a posh new pair of sunnies or a luxe handbag at the new boutique Copious Row Beach in Southampton.
11. Enjoy your rosé with a side of live music during Candlelight Fridays, every week from 5 to 8 p.m. at Wölffer Estate Vineyard.
12. Bring your favorite pooch for a walk, treats and training demos at Paws in the Park at Hamptons Bay on May 20.
13. The first-ever East Hampton Street Fair goes down May 20 and will include more than 60 vendors, live music and even some hands-on farming.
14. Taste the bounty of the East End during a tour of Sang Lee Farms on May 20. Farmer Fred will show you around while you sample organic salads, stir-fried veggies and herbal teas and learn about the farm stand.
15. Stroll the Montauk Green while marveling at works by artists from around the world during the Montauk Artists Association Juried Art Show, May 26 to 28.
16. Make your summer rental feel more like home by picking up something new or getting tips from the designers at One Kings Lane Southampton. This month the brand will open its first brick-and-mortar retail store—in a charming historic building, no less.
17. Paint the town (literally)—or just watch other people do it—during the annual East End Arts Street Painting Festival in Riverhead on May 28.
18. Celebrate the unofficial start of summer while helping to raise money for the LGBT Network serving Long Island at the annual Hamptons Summer Kick-Off on May 27.
19.Make a note to hit the gym the following weekend and on May 27 indulge in barbecue season at the home of civil rights legend Edie Windsor for the annual Edie’s Backyard BBQ.
21.Grab your shades and head to Arbor, returning for its second season, this time with a stylish new outdoor bar and dining room.
22. Revel in the pink-hued nectar of the gods (from the East End, the North Fork and beyond) at Dan’s Rosé Soirée on May 28.