Plan now! August Event Highlights in The Hamptons

August in The Hamptons is as much about partaking in the arts and culture scene as it is seeing the art exhibited in galleries and museums. To help plan your time, Pat Rogers of Hamptons Art Hub has put together a short list of cultural events to notice. Enjoy August…it goes quick. To read about the art on view and discover the art shows to see, visit

Bridgehampton Chamber Music Society’s Annual Benefit – “A Night that Will Move You”
The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival holds its annual benefit and concert on Saturday, August 1, with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:30 p.m. at the Atlantic Golf Course in Bridgehampton. The program includes works by Diego Ortiz, Corelli, Leclair, Matteis, Pixinguinha, Bach and Piazzolla. Tickets begin at $1,500.

Museum Members’ Reception for “Andreas Gursky: Landscapes” at The Parrish
A Museum Member Reception and Introductory Talk for “Andreas Gursky: Landscapes” takes place on Sunday, August 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Coffee, mimosas, and breakfast pastries will be served. RSVP and museum membership required.

Guild Hall’s 2015 Summer Gala Celebrating “Roy Lichtenstein: Between Sea and Sky”
Guild Hall’s benefit is a two-location affair. Held on Friday, August 7, at 5 p.m., the evening begins with a preview of “Roy Lichtenstein: Between Sea and Sky” at the East Hampton museum. Afterwards, guests adjourn to a private estate for cocktails, dinner, dancing and a live art auction. Tickets begin at $500.

East Hampton Library’s 11th Annual Authors Night
The 11th Annual Authors Night takes place on Saturday, August 8, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and benefits The East Hampton Library. The book signing and cocktail reception features around 100 authors. Private dinner parties with guest authors begin at 8 p.m.

Discover Watermill Day 2015
Miss the Watermill Center’s Summer Benefit? Discover Watermill Day repeats many of the durational performances plus offers art installations, workshops, family programming and tours of the Watermill Center and Robert Wilson’s collection. It takes place on Sunday, August 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. Free and no reservations required.

The 67th Annual East Hampton Artists & Writers Charity Softball Game
The Artists & Writers Charity Softball Game is a unique Hamptons tradition. Played at Herrick Park in East Hampton, artists compete against writers with filmmakers, actors and celebrities playing for both teams. It takes place on Saturday, August 15. Batting practice starts at noon and the game starts at 2 p.m. (Rain date is August 23). Interested in a preview party? A “First Pitch Cocktail Party and Auction” takes place on Friday, August 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at LTV Studio in Wainscott, NY.

The 2015 Hampton Classic Horse Show
The Hampton Classic Horse Show is light on art but traditionally signals the last hurrah of a Hamptons Summer. It takes place from August 23 - 30 with the competitions beginning at 8 a.m. on Sunday, August 23, with Grand Prix Ring competitions beginning at noon. Expect sleek horses, expert riders, celebrities, fans and industry professionals for the duration.

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SEPTEMBER 2 (Wednesday)
Box Art Auction Benefiting East End Hospice
The Box Art Auction is another Hamptons tradition with artists transforming boxes into art to benefit East End Hospice. The Auction Preview Reception takes place on Wednesday, September 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hoie Hall of St Luke’s Church in East Hampton. The benefit itself takes place on Saturday, September 12, at 4 p.m. at the Ross School Lower Campus in Bridgehampton.
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