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North Fork and Shelter Island events you'll want to check out this summer BROUGHT TO YOU BY SHERI WINTER PARKER

Summer is a time for celebration on the North Fork. Festivals and events highlight the best in local bounty, from farm-to-table dining to dancing in the park. Experience all the region has to offer at these events on the North Fork and Shelter Island.

And as always, visit northforker.com/events for more fun ideas.

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FIRST FRIDAYS

First Friday of each month through October, 6-9 p.m.

Love Lane, Mattituck

First Fridays is back for its fifth season. The block party-style event features live music, food, drinks, face painting, artisanal goods and more.

For details, mattituckchamber.org

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23RD ANNUAL COMMUNITY MOSAIC STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL

Sunday, May 26, noon-5 p.m.

East Main Street between Roanoke and East avenues

The daylong festival offers fun for the entire family. It features an arts and crafts fair, street painting, live music, food trucks, drumming, dancing, theater, children’s activities and more.

Rain Date: Monday, May 27

For details, eastendarts.org

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TASTE THE EAST END

Saturday, June 7, 7-10 p.m.

Long Island Aquarium, Riverhead

East End restaurants will pair their signature dishes with local craft beer, cider and wine at the fifth annual Taste the East End event. Reservations required. Tickets are $65.

631-208-9200, ext. 426, or longislandaquarium.com

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NORTH MEETS SOUTH FARMS, FOOD AND DRINK FESTIVAL

Saturday and Sunday, June 8-9

Expect curated provisions from local farms and bites from East End restaurants, as well as drinks from area breweries, vineyards and cider houses. The family-friendly event will also feature a petting zoo, pony rides, live entertainment and more.

Visit longislandsportspark.com for details.

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MATTITUCK LIONS CLUB STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL HULLING NIGHT

Thursday, June 13, 5 p.m. and Carnival rides from 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Strawberry Fields Fairgrounds, Route 48, Mattituck

The community comes together to hull the strawberries that will become shortcakes. Pay-one-price bracelet for rides: $25; single ride tickets available.

The actual Strawberry Festival runs from Friday, June 14, to Sunday, June 16. Arts and crafts, live music, food vendors, carnival, games of chance, crowning of Strawberry Festival Queen, fireworks, strawberries, strawberry shortcake and much more. Pay-one-price bracelet for rides: $30; single ride tickets available.

Event schedule and admission fees: mattitucklionsclub.org

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40TH ANNUAL SHELTER ISLAND 10K RUN/5K WALK

Saturday, June 15, 5:30 p.m.

The annual Shelter Island race features top athletes from all over the world, but also includes a 5K and a community fun walk for families. There is also a post-race barbecue with live music. The event benefits the Island 10K Community Fund.

For a complete list of events and details, shelterislandrun.com

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NORTH FORK FRESH

Saturday, June 15

Celebrate the beginning of summer with a selection of North Fork bounty at this popular Oysterponds Historical Society fundraiser. At this casual event, the community comes together to sample delicious food from local restaurants, farmers and chefs to pair with wines and special desserts.

For details, oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org

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FARM-TO-TABLE DINNER AT SYLVESTER MANOR

Saturday, June 29, 6:30 p.m.

Dinner features in-season meats and produce from Sylvester Manor Farm, as well as other East End edibles and wines.

For details, 631-749-0626, sylvestermanor.org or info@sylvestermanor.org

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FIREWORKS AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY

Saturday, June 29

Route 58, Riverhead

This is the 69th year of the celebration, which also features a demolition derby, a kids big wheel race and more.

For complete schedule, riverheadraceway.com

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DANCES IN THE PARK

Mitchell Park, Greenport

Enjoy live Long Island bands for a free concert in the park. Bring a blanket or chair and dance under the stars. Every Monday in July & August.

For details, 631-477-2200 or greenportvillage.com

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ANNUAL FIREWORKS AT CRESCENT BEACH

Saturday, July 13, 9 p.m.

The annual fireworks by Grucci is being presented by Shelter Island Fireworks.

Rain date: Sunday, July 14

For details or to make a donation, shelterislandfireworks.com

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ALIVE ON 25: FOUR SUMMER NIGHTS

Thursdays, July 3, July 18, Aug. 1 and Aug. 15, 5 to 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.

Rain date: Thursday, Aug. 22

For details, aliveon25.com

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SHELTER ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY BLACK & WHITE DINNER

Saturday, July 20, 6 to 10 p.m.

Havens Barn, 16 South Ferry Road

The annual fundraiser to support the Shelter Island Historical Society features music, cocktails, dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Wear black and white.

For details, shelterislandhistorical.org

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A TASTE OF SHELTER ISLAND

Friday, July 26, 6 p.m.

Perlman Music Program Campus, 73 Shore Road

Toby and Itzhak Perlman invite you to celebrate the future of classical music with a beachfront reception, an orchestra and chorus concert, silent auction and tasting dinner featuring local chefs at this benefit for the island's Perlman Music Program.

For details, perlmanmusicprogram.org

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ANNUAL BARN DANCE AT HALLOCKVILLE

Saturday, July 27, 6:30 p.m.

6038 Sound Ave., Riverhead

Enjoy live traditional music and learn the dance steps in the historic Naugles Barn. Food truck and beverages will be available for cash purchase.

All proceeds directly support the not-for-profit mission of the museum farm.

For details, hallockville.com.

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SOUTHOLD-GREENPORT ROTARY’S LOBSTERFEST

Saturday, July 27, festivities begin at 5 p.m.

Wharf House at Founders Landing, Southold

This joint Rotary Club fundraiser benefits community service projects. Eat in or take home, cash bar, live music, raffle and more. $55 for adults; $7 for children 10 and under

For details and tickets, greenportrotary.org

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POLISH TOWN STREET FAIR & POLKA FESTIVAL

Saturday, Aug. 17, and Sunday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Pulaski and Lincoln streets, Polish Town, Riverhead

Vendors with arts, crafts, ethnic foods, exhibits, Polish imports and more. Live music, dance performances, a Polish wedding and polka dancing. The street fair is free.

For details, polishtowncivicassociation.org

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CUTCHOGUE FIRE DEPARTMENT CHICKEN BBQ

Saturday, Aug. 24

Cutchogue Fire District, 260 New Suffolk Road, Cutchogue

Cutchogue Fire Department is hosting its 63rd annual chicken barbecue fundraiser at the firehouse grounds. Phone orders can be made to the firehouse at 631-734-6907. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited to 3,000.

For info, cutchoguefiredept.org

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NORTH FORK FOODIE TOUR

Sunday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Chart your own course through a day filled with exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at the North Fork food industry. Learn about artisanal foods, wines and sustainable agriculture from the makers and growers.

For details visit northforkreformsynagogue.org

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EAST END MARITIME FESTIVAL

Friday, Sept. 20, through Sunday, Sept. 22

The East End Maritime Festival highlights Greenport’s maritime culture and history. Friday night begins the festival with the Land and Sea Gala cocktail party.

Saturday morning’s parade will kick off the day’s events followed by a display of classic wooden boats, nautical arts and crafts, music and local food and wine.

The fun continues Sunday with a children’s breakfast with mermaids and pirates followed by more family-friendly activities.

For details, eastendmaritimefestival.org

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