A couple walks on the sand on a sunny day at Gurney's Montauk Resort

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Gurney's Guide To Spring In Montauk & The Hamptons

2024, March

As winter fades away and the warmth of spring fills the air, the South Fork of Long Island - better known as the Hamptons - comes alive with exciting events and activities. From cultural celebrations to outdoor adventures, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Dive into what's in store for the weeks ahead, from the first days of spring in March through May.

A cherry tree in bloom at at the entrance of Gurney's Montauk Resort
March In Bloom

March begins a vibrant season in Montauk, where the hilly landscape bursts with life and color. Nature enthusiasts can explore the breathtaking trails of Montauk Point State Park, witnessing the beauty of budding trees and blooming flowers set against the deep blue hues of the Atlantic. Whether you prefer hiking, birdwatching, or simply enjoying the stunning ocean views, Montauk offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. 

Around town, residents enthusiastically ring in spring with annual holiday festivities like the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Montauk Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt. These time-honored traditions make Montauk a lively community that visitors also love.

On The Calendar

Saturday, March 16: The Montauk Lighthouse Museum, gift shop, virtual aquarium, and grounds reopen for weekends

Sunday, March 24: Downtown transforms into a sea of green for the annual (and yes, belated!) St. Patrick's Day Parade and soup sale, hosted by The Montauk Chamber of Commerce & Visit Montauk

March 29-31: Gurney’s Easter celebrations include nightly live music and an over-the-top Easter Brunch

Saturday, March 30: Families take to the Montauk Green for the 8th Annual Eggstravaganza field day and egg hunt, sponsored by Gurney's and hosted by the Candied Anchor

Children run on the beach at Gurney's Montauk Resort
April Awakening

In April the Hamptons' string of coastal communities really begin to stir, kicking off an array of seasonal art exhibitions, culinary experiences, and outdoor adventures that make the South Fork a perfect Spring Break destination for families, couples, and groups of friends. 

April is an ideal month to stroll through the Hamptons’ charming downtowns and explore the freshly reopened storefronts of a wide range of boutiques. From Candied Anchor to Shipwreck Montauk, you'll find more than a few hidden clothing shops, art stores, and other gems ahead of the peak-season crowds.

Once you’ve had your fill of town, channel your inner cowboy and take a trail ride at Deep Hollow Ranch, the oldest cattle ranch in America. View Montauk by horseback by taking scenic rides through the trails and coast. 

On The Calendar

Monday, April 1: The Montauk Lighthouse fully reopens for the season with daily hours, 10:30am - 4:30pm through June

April 19-28: Spring Break at Gurney’s includes family activities, daily wellness classes, and more

The Montauk Point Lighthouse

May Merriment

As spring hits its peak, Montauk invites visitors to enjoy its great outdoors and legendary coastal culture. With longer days and warmer temperatures, May is the perfect time to explore the natural beauty of this surfside paradise.

Don your windbreaker and head to Montauk Point an immersive lesson on local maritime history! The Montauk Historical Society offers guided tours of the Montauk Point Lighthouse, one of the region's best-known and most beloved icons. Climb to the top of the red-and-white lighthouse for panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding landscape, immersing yourself in the rich history of this lovingly preserved landmark.

While still deeply anchored by its nautical roots, today Montauk is also known for having a laid-back beach culture and thriving arts scene. Experience both at the Montauk Music Festival, a 4-day, town-wide festival showcasing talented musicians from various genres. Hosted by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce, this annual festival transforms the streets into a lively celebration of music, food, and community spirit, drawing music lovers from near and far. Be sure to catch some of the acts right here at The Firepit.

Flowers and produce at the Montauk Farmers Market
On The Calendar

Thursday, May 16: The Montauk Farmers Market returns for the season, with over 40 vendors offering everything from fresh veggies and cut flowers to fantastic olive oils and delicious sangria. Open every Thursday from 9:00am - 2:00pm through October 4

May 16-19: The streets come alive with the sound of music during the 13th Annual Montauk Music Festival, presented by the Montauk Sun. Aside from a small admission/donation fee for music-goers 5 and up, all performances are free. Visit their website for the official festival schedule

Performers on stage at the Montauk Music Festival
As the seasons change and new beginnings unfold, the Hamptons and Montauk beckon travelers to embrace the beauty of spring and immerse themselves in a world of adventure, culture, and natural splendor. Whether a local or a first-time visitor, spring is a great time to experience the magic of eastern Long Island's coastal communities. 

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