2013 Hamptons Guide: Top 15 Events To See and Be Seen At This Summer

Leah Bourne
2013 Hamptons Guide: Top 15 Events To See and Be Seen At This Summer
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With Memorial Day Weekend here, and Hamptons season kicking off you probably have two major thoughts in your mind—”I need a new bathing suit” and “What are the events that I simply can’t miss during the summer?” With that in mind, we’ve done the work for you. These are the events during the Hamptons summer season that you simply can’t miss this year—from polo to the shopping benefit to end all shopping benefits Super Saturday, which benefits the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.
Donna Karan, who has underwritten and hosted the event since 1998 told us: “Super Saturday started as a simple tag sale in my friend Liz Tilberis’ backyard, who had ovarian cancer and we wanted to raise awareness and engage others in a fun way. Everyone heard about it and we had to find bigger and bigger spaces to accommodate the demand. Now it’s become a Hamptons institution. You don’t need shopping tips—other than to buy what you like the minute you see it because it will definitely be gone if you don’t. No one leaves empty handed.”
We simply can’t wait for Super Saturday on July 27 and so much more this summer. Scroll through our gallery above for the ultimate Hamptons summer calendar.

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The 13th Annual Midsummer Night Benefitting God's Love We Deliver

This annual event is being held at Villa Maria, Vince Camuto's mind-blowing estate in Water Mill. 

Who To Expect: Martha Stewart usually attends, as do socialites including Marjorie Gubelman and Jamee Gregory.

What To Wear: This is an outdoor affair held on the grass so make sure to wear flat sandals.

Tickets from $350. For more information visit glwd.org. 

Hamptons Golf Classic, June 24

The golf event of the summer. This event is held at the Hamptons Hills Golf & Country Club.

Who To Expect: Ahmad Bradshaw is hosting, and expect other sports greats as well.

What To Wear: Your golf watching best, of course.

For more information visit hamptonsgolfclassic.info.

Love Heals at Luna Farm, July 6

Be prepared to get down at this annual benefit which supports AIDS education. Patrons of the charity dance the night away under the stars.

Who To Expect: Mary Alice Stephenson and Hilary Rhoda have attended in the past.

What To Wear: Maxi dresses and espadrilles will get you noticed.

For more information visit loveheals.org.

The Parrish Museum Midsummer Party, July 13

This annual benefit will take place in the museum's new Herzog & de Meuron designed building. 

Who To Expect: Expect an arty crowd including Chuck Close.

What To Wear: Opt for something from an up-and-coming designer.

Tickets from $1,500. For more information visit parrishart.org

Third Annual Dan's Taste of Two Forks, July 13

Bobby Flay is hosting this year's Dan's Taste of Two Forks in Bridgehampton, which brings together the best chefs from the Hamptons and beyond.

Who To Expect: The who's who of the Hamptons foodie crowd including Joe Realmuto of Nick & Toni's.

What To Wear: Loose clothing (this is a chef's tasting after all). 

Tickets from $155. For more information visit danstasteoftwoforks.com.

Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for amfAR

Chefs & Champagne, July 20

This event, hosted by the James Beard Foundation, is truly a foodies paradise in the Hamptons and is held on the Wolffer Estate.

Who To Expect: Hobnob with chefs including Zac Young and Masaharu Morimoto.

What To Wear: Leave the Hervé Léger at home. You're going to want clothes at this event that allow you to eat as much as you want.

Tickets from $200. For more information visit jamesbeard.org.

Long House Reserve Annual Summer Gala: White Night, July 20

The benefit this year is honoring Richard Meier, Lisa de Koonig, and Ai Weiwei.

Who To Expect: Cindy Sherman and Lou Reed stopped by last year, so you know you'll be in good company.

What To Wear: There is always a serious dress code at this event. Just go with it. Last year attendees showed up wearing black taffeta capes and headdresses, long white lace dresses, and highlighter-yellow Afro wigs. 

Tickets start at $750. For more information visit longhouse.org.

ACRIA Cocktails at Sunset, July 20

This is one chic Hamptons benefit, and all of the proceeds go to a seriously worth cause, HIV research. 

Who To Expect: Designers like Francisco Costa of Calvin Klein and artists including Ross Bleckner have attended in past years.

What To Wear: This see and be seen event is the party to bring out your just off the runway Dolce & Gabbana.

For more information visit acria.org.

Bridgehampton Polo, July 21 to August 25

Hamptons and polo are essentially synonymous.

Who To Expect: Nacho Figueras, Peter Brant, and basically every socialite in the Hamptons.

What To Wear: Wear the big hat you have been dying to bring out all summer long.

For more information visit sportpolo.com

Super Satuday 16, July 27

This annual tag sale (more chic than you can possibly imagine thanks to donations from the likes of alice + olivia and Ralph Lauren) benefits the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Who To Expect: Kelly Ripa and Donna Karan are co-hosting and celebs like the Kardashians and Christy Turlington have been known to stop by.

What To Wear: Be prepared to shop till you drop (and dress accordingly). 

Tickets from $450. For more information visit ocrf.org.

Photo: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

20th Annual Watermill Center Summer Benefit: Devil's Heaven, July 27

Who To Expect: Simon de Pury, Ross Bleckner, Jay McInerney, Christophe de Menil, and Alan Cummings.

What To Wear: Show up in Alexander Wang for Balenciaga to make a splash with the arty crowd.

Tickets from $1,000. For more information visit watermill.org

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Annual Art For Life, July 27

This annual event is held in a tent on Russell Simmons' East Hampton lawn.

Who To Expect: Heavy hitters including John Legend and Mariah Carey.

What To Wear: Find a way to give your black tie look a Hamptons spin for this event.

For more information visit rushphilanthropic.org.

Guild Hall Summer Gala, August 9

The event this year is celebrating Chuck Close.

Who To Expect: Martha Stewart, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Alec Baldwin.

What To Wear: Bring your A-game to this annual end of the summer event (you might be standing next to Sarah Jessica Parker after all). 

Tickets from $500. For more information visit guildhall.org.

Apollo in the Hamptons, August 10

This event held annually on Ron Perelman's estate draw the who's who of music and benefits the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Last year's event raised over $2 million.

Who To Expect: The biggest stars in the world show up including Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, and Usher.

What To Wear: You might want to ask Karl Lagerfeld to design your dress so you can keep up with the Joneses. 

For more information visit apollotheater.org.

38th Annual Hamptons Classic Horse Show, August 25-September 1

The Hampton Classic is the horse show of the summer.

Who To Expect: This is a true equestrian event, more than a social event.

What To Wear: Dress in head to toe Ralph Lauren and you'll fit right in.

For more information visit hamptonclassic.com

Photo: Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Stellar Productions

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