SouthamptonFest Readies for Year Eight

Some tall entertainment at SouthamptonFest last year.

This weekend, the eighth annual SouthamptonFest will light up Southampton Village with activities that celebrate art, music, dance, food and entertainment — what the East End is all about!

The festival kicks off on Friday, October 12, with the Southampton Rotary Club cocktail party from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Agawam Park, featuring wine, craft beer and savories from local food trucks to the tunes of the Mean Machine Band, DJ Tony Kerr and Beau Hulse’s Sinatra Review.

Revelry shifts into high gear over the course of the weekend, with concerts by Little Head Thinks, Next Level Band and Roses Grove Band on Saturday and Sturdy Souls, Southbound Band and the Nancy Atlas Project on Sunday in Agawam Park.

The annual chowder contest will begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday. Caricatures, face painting, food vendors providing seasonal fare, a farmers market, fire and EMS safety demonstrations, and cornhole tournaments will be held on both Saturday and Sunday, with sidewalk sales, juggling, stilt walking and hula hooping will be held throughout the village.

New this year is the Kids Zone on Main Street, which will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Cameron Street to Hampton Road. Check out music by DJ Double S and children’s activities, including performances by Jester Jim, bubble shows, dance, pumpkin decorating, a street chalk art contest, face painting and basketball, soccer and ice hockey interactive sports expos.

The west lawn of the Southampton Arts Center, located at 25 Jobs Lane, will transform into the Art Zone — with photography, jewelry, art 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.

For more information, call (631) 283-0247, or visit for a full schedule.