Memorial Day also marks the unofficial start of summer and the barbecues are sure to be fired up this weekend. There is no better place to be this time of year than the North Fork.
From the farms to the bay and Sound, people flock to this area every year to enjoy all it has to offer. And those of us who live here year-round need to take advantage of our surroundings, too.
As has become a recent tradition this time of year, we turned this editorial space over to our colleagues at northforker.com to create a checklist of events to look forward to. For even more great events, check out northforker.com/events or pick up a copy of northforker Vacation, now on display across the North Fork.
TALL SHIP AMERICA
Wednesday-Friday, June 8-10
America, a 139-foot replica ship, will be docked in Greenport for three days and will provide educational opportunities and tours of the boat for local children. For more details visit eastendseaport.org.
FIREWORKS AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY
Saturday, July 2
Route 58, Riverhead
66th Celebration, Demolition Derby, 66-lap NASCAR Modifieds, Late Models, Figure Eights, Super Pro Trucks, Grand Enduro. For a complete schedule visit riverheadraceway.com.
DANCES IN THE PARK
Mitchell Park, Greenport
Enjoy live Long Island bands for a free concert in the park on Mondays in July and August. A detailed schedule has not yet been unveiled.
ALIVE ON 25 — 4 SUMMER NIGHTS
Thursdays, July 14 and 28 and Aug. 11 and 25, 5-9 p.m.
Main Street, Riverhead
A street festival that offers local craft beer and wine, live music, artists, vendors, a car show and more. For details visit aliveon25.com.
FOLD FESTIVAL RETURNS TO MARTHA CLARA
Friday-Sunday, Aug. 12-14
Martha Clara Vineyards, Sound Avenue, Riverhead
Expect three days of star-studded concerts when Nile Rodgers Productions presents the second FOLD Festival. For additional details visit foldfestival.com.
Photo Caption: A band performs during an Alive After Five event in Patchogue. (Credit: Michael White, greaterpatchogue.com)