The Montauk Chamber of Commerce's 40th Fall Festival, two days of food, live music, and fun for the kids, will be held on the downtown green on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A clam chowder contest, a highlight of the event, will kick things off on Saturday at 11 a.m. Chowders from many local establishments will compete for the prize. Chowder mugs are $12 and can be bought in person on Saturday morning.
On both days there will be Oktoberfest food, such as bratwurst, sausage and peppers, hot dogs, burgers, grilled corn, local clams and oysters, and Long Island beer and wine, as well as pumpkin painting, cookie decorating, crab races, an inflatable rock wall slide, a 60-foot obstacle course, and a farmers market.
There will be a 50/50 raffle, Cash Catch tickets for $50 each, and a contest to guess the weight of a giant pumpkin, with live drawings on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. There will also be a paper auction, with a drawing on Sunday at 3:30 p.m., and a silent auction which will continue through Friday, Oct. 15, at 5 p.m.
Joe Delia and the Thieves will play music from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday and the Realm will provide the live soundtrack on Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.
Fourtieth-anniversary chowder mugs, food and craft tickets, and kid's wristbands for activities can be purchased online at montaukchamber.org.
The Montauk Lighthouse will be hopping over the holiday weekend. The Kings of the Coast Pirates will put on shows filled with mayhem and misadventure at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. And on Sunday at 1 p.m., Margaret Maitland, a best-selling author, will read from her new book, "Runaway at Sea," about two 12-year-old boys who stow away on a British naval vessel.
The Lighthouse museum, grounds, and gift shop will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Columbus Day.