Guide to the 2016 Hamptons Party Social Circuit

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Hamptons Magazine’s annual Memorial Day Kick-Off party last year. Credit Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images

Source: The New York Times | MAY 25, 2016

Who has time for the beach? The Hamptons party circuit shows no sign of slowing down, with charity galas, art openings and political fund-raisers taking place nearly every weekend this summer. Here are some dates worth saving.

May

May 28

Hamptons Magazine’s Annual Memorial Day Kickoff

It wouldn’t be Memorial Day weekend without the magazine’s yearly kickoff, this one featuring an appearance from its cover star, Drew Barrymore.

Private residence, Sagaponack, 5 p.m.; hamptons-magazine.com; invitation only.

May 29

Planned Parenthood’s 2016 East End Benefit

The fashion photographer Steven Klein opens up his home, West Kill Farm, for the group’s annual benefit, catered by Almond restaurant. Guests include Martha Plimpton.

Private residence, Bridgehampton, 5 to 7 p.m.; www.pphp.org; 631-240-1128 for tickets.


June

June 11

16th Annual School’s Out

A-list gays make their way to the annual Hetrick-Martin Institute benefit, which will honor the same-sex-marriage plaintiff Edie Windsor at the home of Galerie magazine’s founder, Lisa Cohen, and her husband, James Cohen.

Private residence, East Hampton, 6 to 8:30 p.m.; hmi.org/schoolsout; tickets online.

June 17-19

Scott Campbell’s ‘Whole Glory’

Get free ink (above) from Scott Campbell, the tattoo artist to the likes of Robert Downey Jr., Courtney Love and Marc Jacobs. There’s one catch: Guests have no say in the design.

Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere Street, Montauk, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; thesurflodge.com.

June 18

Holiday House Hamptons

The designers Thom Filicia, Robert Stilin and Vicente Wolf host a white-themed party to celebrate the third annual Holiday House Hamptons, which will showcase summer living in a 13,000-square-foot show house in Water Mill. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

100 Crescent Avenue, Water Mill, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; holidayhousehamptons.com; tickets online; open to the public through July 26.

16th Annual Midsummer Night Drinks

Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in support of God’s Love We Deliver at the shared home of Ophelia Papachristidis Rudin, Bill Rudin, Alex Papachristidis and Scott Nelson.

Private residence, Bridgehampton, 6 to 9 p.m.; glwd.org; tickets online.

June 20

Hamptons Golf Classic

Golf enthusiasts will take a personal day to hit the links for this 12th annual competition. Proceeds benefit Water for People.

Hampton Hills Golf & Country Club, County Road 31, Westhampton Beach; hamptonsgolfclassic.info; tickets at 917-280-2683.

June 23

Art Hamptons Opening Night Party

Be the first to see over 70 art dealers at the annual fair’s V.I.P. opening party. Proceeds benefit the LongHouseReserve sculpture garden and the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation.

Private estate, 900 Lumber Lane, Bridgehampton, 5 to 9 p.m.; arthamptons.com.

June 30

Shark Attack Sounds

The 14th annual waterfront bash, hosted by the photographer Ben Watts and Mazdack Rassi, a founder of Milk Studios, moves to the Surf Lodge. Score an invite, and you may brush shoulders with the likes of the models Georgia Fowler and Jessica Hart.

Surf Lodge, 183 Edgemere Street, Montauk, sunset; sharkattacksounds.com; invitation only.


July

July 9

Elephant Parade Hamptons Kickoff Party

To raise money for Elephant Family, a conservation group that seeks to save Asian elephants from extinction, 50 baby-elephant statues, designed by contemporary artists, architects and designers, will be on display from Southampton to Montauk. View them all in one place at the kickoff party. (The statues will be auctioned off by Paddle8 on Aug. 12.)

Port of Missing Men, North Sea Road, Southampton, 2:30 to 6 p.m.; elephantparadehamptons.com; invitation only.

Parrish Art Museum’s Midsummer Party 2016

A highlight of the Hamptons social circuit, this fund-raiser (top) brings together 1,000 artists and philanthropists. Enjoy cocktails while exploring the “Radical Seafaring” exhibition before it closes on July 24.

Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill; cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 8; parrishart.org; tickets online.

July 16

Hamptons Tea Dance

When the Empire State Pride Agenda disbanded this year, supporters also mourned the loss of its popular summer tea dance. Lucky for them, the party is being kept alive by SAGE (Services and Advocacy for G.L.B.T. Elders) and other related nonprofit groups. Lady Bunny is to be the D.J.

Nova’s Ark Project, 60 Millstone Road, Water Mill, 4 to 8 p.m.; hamptonsteadance.org; tickets to go on sale on June 6.

RUSH Philanthropic Arts Foundation’s ‘Art for Life’ Benefit

Russell Simmons’s annual arts-education charity will honor BET’s chairwoman, Debra Lee; Frank Cooper of BuzzFeed; and Alex Waislitz of the Waislitz Family Foundation.

Private residence, Bridgehampton; cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7; tickets, Inez Weinstein Special Events, 212-254-6677.

July 23

Chefs and Champagne

Sip Champagne Barons de Rothschild, Goose Island beers and Wölffer Estate rosé as you sample culinary offerings from 40 chefs at this annual summer foodie event (above) produced by the James Beard Foundation.

Wölffer Estate Vineyards, 139 Sagg Road, Sagaponack; V.I.P. reception at 5 p.m., open to the public from 6 to 9; jamesbeard.org; tickets online or at 212-627-2308.

July 30

Super Saturday

The secret to this annual shopping frenzy, hosted by Donna Karan, Gabby Karan de Feliceand Kelly Ripa, is to arrive early and call first dibs on off-price finds from popular labels like Diane von Furstenberg and Alice and Olivia. Proceeds go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance.

Nova’s Ark Project, 60 Millstone Road, Water Mill; 1 to 6 p.m., with a V.I.P. preview at noon; supersaturday.ocrf.org; tickets to go on sale on June 6.

23rd Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit

A high point of the calendar, this benefit (below) is a favorite of art collectors, socialites and fashion folks who enjoy cocktails and art installations in the woods at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, before a sunset dinner alfresco.

The Watermill Center, 39 Water Mill Towd Road, Water Mill, 6 p.m.; watermillcenter.org; tickets online.


August

Aug. 6
Paddle and Party for Pink

Paddle your way for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. If you are not athletically inclined (Lena Dunham was rescued last year by Laird Hamilton), skip straight to sunset cocktails, where Nile Rodgers and Chic are set to perform.

Paddleboard competition on Haven’s Beach, Sag Harbor, from 8 a.m., followed by cocktails at 7:30 p.m. at a private residence; tickets, hamptonspaddleforpink.org.
Southampton Hospital

The East End’s longest-running annual benefit returns for its 59th annual iteration.

Olde Town and Wickapogue Roads, Southampton, 6:30 to 11 p.m.; southamptonhospital.org; tickets online or at 631-726-8700.
Aug. 7
Piaget Hamptons Cup

Piaget’s fifth annual polo match will benefit the Robin Hood Foundation. Last year’s match featured Nacho Figueras and raised over $1 million.

Equuleus Polo Club, 586 Head of Pond Road, Water Mill, 3 to 7 p.m.; piaget.com/events; tickets, 212-650-0007.
Aug. 12
Guild Hall Summer Gala

Expect a who’s who of the East End arts scene at this annual gala. Attendees get a first look at this summer’s exhibition “Aspects of Minimalism,” with works by Dan Flavin, Agnes Martin, Joseph Beuys and others.

Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton; preview at 5 p.m., cocktails at 7, dinner and live auction at 8; guildhall.org; tickets online.
Aug. 20
Artists’ and Writers’ Charity Softball Game

Watch as 80 artists and writers play softball to raise funds for several local Long Island charities. Past players have included Alec Baldwin and James Lipton.

Herrick Park, Newtown Lane, East Hampton; batting practice at noon, game at 2 p.m.; artistswritersgame.org; rain date, Aug. 27.


September

Sept. 3

Third Biennial Family Picnic

Perfect Earth Project, which raises awareness about the dangers of lawn chemicals, hosts a garden party on Cindy Sherman’s chemical-free lawn in Accabonac Harbor. Musical performances from Suzanne Vega, Rufus Wainwright and others.

Private residence in East Hampton, 3 to 7 p.m.; perfectearthproject.org; tickets online.

Sept. 4

Hampton Classic Horse Show Grand Prix

One of the country’s premiere equestrian events, the Hampton Classic (below) starts on Aug. 28, but the main social event is arguably the Grand Prix show-jumping competition on Sept. 4. Attendees have included Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Springsteen, Michael R. Bloomberg and Ms. Ripa.

240 Snake Hollow Road, Bridgehampton; showgrounds open at 8 a.m., Grand Prix competition at 2 p.m.; hamptonclassic.com; tickets available in mid-June.