Fun, from farmers market to face painting

SouthamptonFest Returns

For the eighth year, SouthamptonFest comes to Southampton Village, from Friday, October 12 through Sunday, October 14, with a wide variety of activities that celebrate art, music, dance, food, and more.

First, on Friday is the Southampton Rotary Club cocktail party from 6:30 to 9:340 PM in Agawam Park, featuring wine and craft beer plus local food truck savories. Music will be provided by the Mean Machine Band, DJ Tony Kerr, and Beau Hulse’s Sinatra Review. Proceeds from the event support the Rotary Club’s Scholarship & Endowment Fund.

On Saturday, Agawam Park will be the site of more musical festivities with Little Head Thinks, Next Level Band, and Roses Grove Band, with Sturdy Souls, Southbound Band, and the Nancy Atlas Project taking the stage on Sunday. Taste the best local soups with the annual chowder contest starting at noon on Saturday (with other food vendors if shellfish ain’t your thing), plus a farmers market, face painting, caricatures, fire and EMS safety demos, a Rogers Memorial Library pop up, and cornhole tournaments hosted over the weekend by Southampton Village Emergency Service Departments. Throughout the village, there will be sidewalk sales, juggling, stilt walking, and hula hooping with Keith Leaf Entertainment and a scavenger hunt hosted by the
Southampton Kiwanis Club.

Main Street will be closed to traffic from 10 AM to 6 PM, from Cameron Street to Hampton Road, for the new Kids Zone, with music by DJ Double S and activities for the kids including performances by Jester Jim, bubble shows, dance, pumpkin decorating, a street chalk art contest, and interactive sports expos.

The grounds of Southampton Arts Center will become the Art Zone, with photography, jewelry, arts and craft vendors from Southampton Artists Association, as well as food and beverage vendors and live music by The Unsung Heroes, Points East Band, Julia King, Local Motion, and Eastbound Freight.

SouthamptonFest is a collaboration between Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton Arts Center, Southampton Chamber of Commerce, Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton Historical Museum, Southampton Rotary Club, and the Village of Southampton. Lead sponsors include The Press News Group, Long Island Radio Broadcasting, BNB Bank, Citarella Gourmet Food Markets, Cook Maran, Halstead Real Estate, Jeep Southampton, Emil Norsic & Son, People’s United Bank, Southampton Association, and the Village of Southampton. Funding is also provided by Suffolk County.

For more info, call 631-283-0247 ext. 202 or check the website at southamptonfest.live.

bridget@indyeastend.com