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Where to host an outdoor event in the Hamptons for cheap

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a good party this summer

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Summer in the Hamptons means that there are lots of people out on the East End—and there’s no shortage of weekend parties, barbecues, and other gatherings with friends and family. But because there’s so much activity in this time of year, hosting at an event venue can cost a pretty penny.

While having a private party at one’s own house is often the easiest option, not everyone in the Hamptons can do that. Those in sharehouses or rentals may face more obstacles trying to host at their own space. So we’ve compiled a list of places where you can have an outdoor party this summer—without having to fork over an arm and a leg to do it.

Know of any places that you don’t see on our list? Leave a comment or shoot us an email at hamptons@curbed.com.

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1. Red Creek Park

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100 Old Riverhead Rd
Hampton Bays, NY 11946
(631) 728-8585
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As many locals and visitors already know, Red Creek Park is a great place to go for outdoor activities like tennis and basketball, but you can also rent the outdoor facilities for pretty cheap. Plus, there are bathrooms on-site for your guests.

2. Tiana Beach Activity Center

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72 Dune Rd
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

This oceanside activity center in Hampton Bays is suitable for both big and small parties. There’s an indoor facility, but it’s also right on the beach—so if you’re hosting an event that requires a place for food and restrooms but you still want to spend time outside, this location is great option.

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3. Ponquogue Beach

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280 Dune Rd
Hampton Bays, NY 11946
(631) 728-2530
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To host a party at a public beach in the Town of Southampton, you need to complete an application for a facility use permit. The facility fees start at $50 for groups up to 25 people, but can get as expensive as $200 if you’re also giving the maximum 150 guests beach parking waivers. Alcohol and catering fees are tacked on if food and drinks will be served.

The beach pavilion and public restrooms make Ponquogue a perfect option for large groups.

4. Flying Point Beach

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1055 Flying Point Rd
Southampton, NY 11968

Since Flying Point is also a Southampton Town beach, the same rules apply as they do for Ponquogue. Flying Point doesn’t have restrooms or a beach pavilion though, so it’s best to use this beach for smaller parties.

5. Foster Memorial Town Beach

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1000 Long beach road
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
(631) 728-8585
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For parties where there will be a lot of kids, bay beaches are a safer option than the ocean. Foster Memorial is a Southampton Town beach, so one would need to complete the facility use permit and pay the fees required. There are bathrooms on-site.

6. Main Beach

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101 Ocean Ave
East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 324-8158
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Once we get into East Hampton village, those facility permits get more expensive and the rules become a bit stricter. To have a party on the beach, you need to complete a Use of Village Property Permit, which states that you can’t have a party (or even begin setting up) before 6 p.m. and the party needs to be over by 11 p.m., among a few other rules and regulations to keep in mind.

If you’re a village resident, you don’t need to pay anything for gatherings up to 50 people, but once it gets to 51, you’re paying $100—on top of the $500 security deposit. Non-residents and commercial applicants have to pay $500 plus catering fees. Oh, and they’ll open the bathroom facilities for $25 per hour,

7. Ditch Plains

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Ditch Plains
Montauk, NY 11954

Hosting a party at an East Hampton village beach could get pricey, but if you’re planning on just having a few people, then you can get away with going to other beaches in the area. Typically, you’d need a permit to use public property for gatherings, but according to the East Hampton Town website, there’s an exemption for non-commercial parties up to 20 people as long as there’s no tent and the event isn’t catered.

So have everyone bring their own food, pump some music (but not too loud), and you’ll be fine.

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1. Red Creek Park

100 Old Riverhead Rd, Hampton Bays, NY 11946

As many locals and visitors already know, Red Creek Park is a great place to go for outdoor activities like tennis and basketball, but you can also rent the outdoor facilities for pretty cheap. Plus, there are bathrooms on-site for your guests.

100 Old Riverhead Rd
Hampton Bays, NY 11946

2. Tiana Beach Activity Center

72 Dune Rd, Westhampton Beach, NY 11978
Google Maps

This oceanside activity center in Hampton Bays is suitable for both big and small parties. There’s an indoor facility, but it’s also right on the beach—so if you’re hosting an event that requires a place for food and restrooms but you still want to spend time outside, this location is great option.

72 Dune Rd
Westhampton Beach, NY 11978

3. Ponquogue Beach

280 Dune Rd, Hampton Bays, NY 11946

To host a party at a public beach in the Town of Southampton, you need to complete an application for a facility use permit. The facility fees start at $50 for groups up to 25 people, but can get as expensive as $200 if you’re also giving the maximum 150 guests beach parking waivers. Alcohol and catering fees are tacked on if food and drinks will be served.

The beach pavilion and public restrooms make Ponquogue a perfect option for large groups.

280 Dune Rd
Hampton Bays, NY 11946

4. Flying Point Beach

1055 Flying Point Rd, Southampton, NY 11968

Since Flying Point is also a Southampton Town beach, the same rules apply as they do for Ponquogue. Flying Point doesn’t have restrooms or a beach pavilion though, so it’s best to use this beach for smaller parties.

1055 Flying Point Rd
Southampton, NY 11968

5. Foster Memorial Town Beach

1000 Long beach road, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

For parties where there will be a lot of kids, bay beaches are a safer option than the ocean. Foster Memorial is a Southampton Town beach, so one would need to complete the facility use permit and pay the fees required. There are bathrooms on-site.

1000 Long beach road
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

6. Main Beach

101 Ocean Ave, East Hampton, NY 11937

Once we get into East Hampton village, those facility permits get more expensive and the rules become a bit stricter. To have a party on the beach, you need to complete a Use of Village Property Permit, which states that you can’t have a party (or even begin setting up) before 6 p.m. and the party needs to be over by 11 p.m., among a few other rules and regulations to keep in mind.

If you’re a village resident, you don’t need to pay anything for gatherings up to 50 people, but once it gets to 51, you’re paying $100—on top of the $500 security deposit. Non-residents and commercial applicants have to pay $500 plus catering fees. Oh, and they’ll open the bathroom facilities for $25 per hour,

101 Ocean Ave
East Hampton, NY 11937

7. Ditch Plains

Ditch Plains, Montauk, NY 11954

Hosting a party at an East Hampton village beach could get pricey, but if you’re planning on just having a few people, then you can get away with going to other beaches in the area. Typically, you’d need a permit to use public property for gatherings, but according to the East Hampton Town website, there’s an exemption for non-commercial parties up to 20 people as long as there’s no tent and the event isn’t catered.

So have everyone bring their own food, pump some music (but not too loud), and you’ll be fine.

Ditch Plains
Montauk, NY 11954