14 Things to Do This Summer

Just weeks ago, it appeared winter would never end, yet now the moment is upon us. Summer is the time to slow down and soak in the best Long Island has to offer. The East End is the place to catch excitement and incitement either as part of or away from the maddening crowds. Embrace the heat and have THE BEST WEEK!


Avoid the Monday lull with a comfort-zone-demolishing performance from local theater troupe Theatre Out of Bounds, which is eschewing musicals for gritty plays (Stage, 140). More of a film buff? There’s an equally eerie movie about identical triplets turned science experiments. Did we mention it’s a documentary based on LI? (Film, 142)


Head to the shores and ride a wave atop a Hamptons Surf Company board. Meet the dynamic team of East End artists behind the emerging company on page 34. All that work requires a refreshing drink afterward. Think wine won’t travel to the beach? Think again. Read about the newest vino trend in From the Vine (158).


Get over the midweek hump with some pampering. Saks’ Salon Project offers lux beauty services that go beyond the chair. Meet the brainchild of this industry-altering model on 60. Need to really disconnect? Head to Manhattan’s Mandarin Oriental hotel for a spa day that will put your stresses on silent mode (62).


Make it a cultural day. First, catch a glimpse of the Met’s collection of Old Master Prints, one of the most comprehensive in the world (story on 108). Afterward, watch the new documentary Killer Bees. The directors discuss their hopes for the doc, chronicling the Bridgehampton H.S. boys basketball team amidst uncertain times, on page 136.


The annual Food Truck Derby in Bridgehampton features bites and libations from local staples like noah’s and Blue Point Brewery (LI Planner, 168). For a nightcap, head to Easthampton’s Nick & Toni’s for its signature drink, the Know-It-Owl. Just make sure to bring some friends for this shared cocktail (Drinkology, 151).


Attend the quintessential end-of-summer soirée known as the Hampton Classic for a day of shopping, great food and the best horse-and-pony show in town (High Weekend in the Hamptons, 164). Afterward put your charitable hat on and attend the Hope in the Hamptons fundraiser. Meet the incredible family raising millions for St. Jude’s on page 38.


The party of the summer is Pulse’s Summer Social, a day filled with delicious samplings from top restaurants, wineries, brewers and distillers on the picturesque North Fork (Can’t Miss Events, 26). Head to lipulse.com for a rundown of all the places to eat, play and stay on the upper peninsula this summer.