The intense heat and humidity of summer in the concrete jungle drives hordes of overheated Manhattanites to the Hamptons, where many sign up for summer rental homes. Temperatures range from the mid-70s in June and September to the low 80s in July and August. Coupled with the area’s cool ocean breezes, the climate is a welcome respite for city dwellers.
While visitors have to contend with crowds during the high season, this is the time when local events—not to mention the farm stands—are abundant. On the Fourth of July, the big show in the Hamptons is at East Hampton’s Main Beach, where the fireworks set off at dusk can be seen for miles. In August, the Hamptons Food & Wine Festival highlights local culinary trends with demonstrations from celebrity chefs. Held in late August, the Hamptons Classic is the country’s largest hunter/jumper show—and one of the biggest see-and-be-seen social events of the season. It attracts more than 60,000 spectators and showcases the talents of more than 1,500 horses, many of them Olympic-caliber.
Fall also holds a few surprises, with uncrowded beaches and events such as the East Hampton–based Hamptons International Film Festival, which comes to town in mid-October each year, bringing with it five days of the world’s latest independent films.
Winter brings cold weather, but locals tend to warm up a bit as things calm down. Friendly smiles will greet you in uncrowded cafes and shops along Main Street. Some things do close for the season, but most just scale back.