It's the later part of October at this point, so that means pumpkin season and leaves changing on the East End of Long Island.
But beyond that, what else to do? Take a walk, that's what.
This weekend, communities on both forks as well as Shelter Island are all hosting benefit walks for different causes: breast cancer, hunger, and Alzheimer's. Check them out below.
And while you're at it, if you happen to see snap some shots of the foliage, we welcome you to share some pictures with your neighbors.
You can also click on the links for more information on each event below, and to see what else is going on this weekend, click on the full calendars at North Fork Patch, Riverhead Patch, Westhampton-Hampton Bays Patch, Southampton Patch, and East Hampton Patch.
Where will you be? Let us know in the comments.
FRIDAY NIGHT DISCUSSION: Friday night discussions at the Shelter Island Public Library continue at 7 p.m. this week, and will feature guest speaker and Parade magazine editorial director, Maggie Murphy. Murphy will share unique stories experienced only by the director of the largest circulation magazine in the U.S.
13TH ANNUAL 5K RUN/WALK: Leaving from Crescent Beach Saturday morning at 10 a.m., the annual Shelter Island 5K Run/Walk will benefit various breast cancer causes. Day of race registration is $30. Children 14 and under
ASTRONOMY JAMBOREE: Reach for the stars at Custer Institute's 34th Annual Astronomy Jamboree: Beginning Friday and lasting through Sunday, the Southold observatory is holding its annual Astronomy Jamboree, with presentations, laser shows, exhibits, planetarium sessions, solar observing, vendors, children’s crafts and stargazing. View the night sky through Custer's 25-inch Obsession telescope.
CROP HUNGER WALK: This year's Crop Hunger Walk will be a 2-mile walk/run and will take place on Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. Participants raise money from friends and family members, and the money is donated to organizations fighting hunger on the East End and around the world. Admission is $15 to enter, and registration begins at noon at the Frist Presbyterian Church.
ANTIQUE CAR & FASHION SHOW: This old fashioned car show will feature all kinds of old fashioned fun: a barbershop quartet, tours of historical homes run by the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Society, kids' pedal car rides, raffles, food and - of course - antique cars. Join the fun on the Village Green from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Cost is $10 for pre-1949 cars ($15 on the day of the event), includes driver and passenger. $6 for spectators, $4 with a period dress. Kids 12 and under are free.
ALZHEIMER'S WALK: Alzheimer’s Association Long Island will have its second East End Walk to End Alzheimer’s/Fall Festival on SATURDAY at the intersection of Main Street and the Village Green (near the gazebo) in Westhampton Beach. Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by the opening ceremony at 10 a.m. and the walk at 11 a.m.
FOREST TRAIL: Follow your guide to meet whimsical, fun, and educational characters on the forest trails of Quogue Wildlife Refuge on Saturday. The parking lot will be full of games and activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Reservations are required, $7 per person.
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: Bridget Leak, artist-in-residence at the Water Mill Center, will present her work on Rhapsodies on a National Tragedy, a theatrical motley of theater, improvisation, music, dance and monologue all entwined around a loose, evolving narrative structure.
LIVE JAZZ: Cole Rumbough – a jazz prodigy who has played in locations such as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, Westminster Abbey in London, St Mark's Basilica in Venice, and St Peter's Basilica at The Vatican – will be performing on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Bridgehampton Historical Society. Cost is $25 per person.
BIRDING FOR BEGINNERS: The South Fork Natural History Museum is holding a Birding for Beginners session on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Saturday's workshop – the first in a three-part series – will focus on perching birds. No charge for SoFo members, $7 charge for adult non-members and $5 for children.
ROAD CLEAN-UP: Help clean up the roadside along Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt's adopted road. Meet at Poxabogue Park (just south of the railroad trestle on Old Farm Road) on Saturday at 8 a.m. Bring gloves, bags provided.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The weekly pancake breakfast is back at Springs Fire Department. Starting on Sunday morning at 7 a.m. through 11 a.m., breakfasts are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and $5 for kids ages 6 and under.
AUTHOR TALK: On Saturday afternoon from 3 to 4:30 p.m., author Lynne Sanford will be reading from her book, "Starboard at Midnight."
FAMILY FUN DAY: The Kiwanis Club of East Hampton presents our 15th annual Family Fun Day at the American Legion #419 in Amagansett on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pony rides, face painting live music and food are all apart of the fun. Admission is $5.
FILM SERIES: A Friends of the Montauk Library presentation, featuring riches of the Montauk Library's archives, "Leisurama-A Documentary" will be shown and hosted by producer/writer Jake Gorst.
- In Sag Harbor, a farmers market is running through Oct. 27 in front of the Breakwater Yacht Club on the same days, at the same time.
- Flanders Fresh Farm Food Market runs on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the David Crohan Community Center through Oct. 13.
- In East Hampton, Friday farmers markets are held at the Nick and Toni's parking lot from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- The Westhampton Beach Farmers Market runs through Nov. 17 at the Village Municipal Parking Lot, each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
COUNTRY FUN: Harbes Farm in Mattituck comes alive in the fall with Country Fun Days beginning at 10 a.m. each weekend day. This truly North Fork experience features live music, farm animals, barnyard bounce, ponyrides, tricycle track, goat mountain, singing hayride and educational tour, pig races, lunch and dinner country fresh food, wine tasting, local fruits and vegetables and more. Read more about Harbes and take a photo tour of all three North Fork locations here.
HAUNT NIGHTS: Every Friday and Saturday night during October, Harbes Haunt Nights are back at the Sound Avenue corn maze. Get lost from 7 to 10 p.m. in the woods of a custom-made Sherwood Forest! Cost is $12.95 per person.
THE DARK MANSION: Shelter Island's haunted house comes alive during the last two weekends of October, culminating with a costume party on Saturday, Oct. 27. Held at La Masion Blanche on Stearns Point Road, the haunted house is open Friday through Sunday nights over the last two weekends of the month, from 7 to 10 p.m. Entry is $15, with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit Breast Cancer Research.