Gala Guide: 12 Must-Attend Hamptons Parties Happening This Summer

By Lauren Epstein | June 5, 2018 | Lifestyle

Navigate high season in the Hamptons with our list of some must-attend parties, all of which support the East End's most worthy causes.

1. June Fête Fundraiser Children's Museum of the East End (June 2)


A Bridgehampton treasure for kids and families, the Children’s Museum of the East End encourages imagination, learning and play through its magical maze of exhibits and installations. This year’s event celebrates the heroes among us.

2. School's Out Benefit Hetrick-Martin Institute (June 16)

This year in its 20th iteration, Hetrick-Martin Institute’s School’s Out Benefit will be hosted by Lisa and James Cohen at their art-filled East Hampton home. The star-studded event, featuring noteworthy dinner hosts including Joseph Altuzarra, Tracy Anderson, and Martha Stewart, ensures the Hetrick-Martin Institute remains open all summer to provide life-saving resources for LGBTQ youth.

3. 12th Annual Get Wild Benefit Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Center (June 23)

Meet some of the beloved animals from the Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Center at this year’s Get Wild Benefit. You’ll be supporting efforts to help injured and orphaned wildlife in our region.

4. Under The Palms Summer Gala East End Hospice (June 30)

An evening of dancing, casino games, cocktails and dinner awaits at this annual gala, which raises awareness for East End Hospice’s mission to help patients and families through one of life’s most difficult times.

5. American Picnic Southampton Fresh Air Home (June 20)

What’s more Hamptons than a classic American summer picnic? This carnival-themed extravaganza at 1030 Meadow Lane includes games, stilt walkers and magicians. Stay for the fabulous fireworks display that shoots over Shinnecock Bay.

6. 27th Annual Summer Gala Bay Street Theater (July 7)

It’s your last chance to rock the dock as Bay Street Theater hosts its annual gala on the Long Wharf dock for the final time. Along with cocktails, dinner and dancing, guests will be treated to a one-hour performance from Broadway’s leading stars. Past performers include Jason Alexander, Julie Andrews, Billy Joel and more.

7. Midsummer Party Parrish Art Museum (July 14)

One of the major stars of the Hamptons social season, the buzzed-about 2018 Midsummer Party will honor Parrish trustee Chad Leat and artist Keith Sonnier at a star-studded event that gathers the who’s-who of the art and business worlds.

8. The Hamptons Happening Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (July 14)

Chef Matt Lambert of the Michelin-starred The Musket Room and Ramy Brook Sharp of womenswear brand Ramy Brook are the movers and shakers who will be honored at the 14th annual Hamptons Happening to support cancer research.

9. 29th Annual Summer Gala South Fork Natural History Museum (July 14)

SoFo’s biggest, most important benefit of the year features a special tasting menu and live sounds from the Nancy Atlas Project Band, plus an exclusive VIP cocktail reception. For 29 years, this museum bash has benefited SoFo’s educational and environmental programs.

10. Chefs & Champagne James Beard Foundation (July 28)

Under the tents at the scenic and expansive Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Chefs & Champagne is back with the season’s most exclusive tasting event highlighting culinary offerings from more than 40 of the world’s most notable chefs.

11. Time Bomb: The 25th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction (July 28)

An immersive, all-night fete that blends the worlds of art, performance, music, theater, design and fashion, this celebration helps The Watermill Center create a place for young and emerging artists to develop their work.

12. The Hamptons Paddle & Party for Pink Breast Cancer Research Foundation (August 4)

First you paddle, then you party! This all-day, pretty-in-pink affair includes a morning paddleboard race followed by a beautiful evening sunset party. Last year’s event raised over $1.8 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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