Here's a quick look at the week ahead.
Columbus Day weekend in the Hamptons is bursting with activity. The 20th edition of the Hamptons International Film Festival kicks off on Thursday and the Montauk Fall Festival is happening Saturday and Sunday. Before we even get to these big ticket items, there's several community events and important government meetings, we'd like to bring to your attention.
VEGAN POTLUCK: The Wellness Foundation's free vegan potluck dinner is open to the community, East Hampton Middle School, 6:30 p.m.
SCREENING: Temple Adas Israel will shown "Ushpizin," an award-winning Israeli film, in Hebrew, with English subtitles at 8 p.m.
WORK SESSION: The East Hampton Town Board will meet at East Hampton Town Hall at 11 a.m. (note the new time)
STAGE READING: The Naked Stage presents "Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo" by Rajiv Joseph, featuring Glenn T.L. Cruz, Josh Gladstone, Seth Hendricks, Kathryn Lerner, Josh Perl, PJ Sosko and Scott Wilson, at Guild Hall, 7:30 p.m.
SCHOOL BOARD: The East Hampton School Board will meet in the high school auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
ZONING BOARD: The town zoning board of appeals meets at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.
FARMERS MARKET: The Route 27 Farmers Market continues each Wednesday, though Oct. 31, at the Amagansett Historical Association from 2 to 6 p.m.
DRB: East Hampton Village's Design Review Board meets at Village Hall at 5 p.m.
PLANNING BOARD: The town's planning board meets at Town Hall, 7 p.m.
MONTAUK FARMERS MARKET: Just a few more weeks for the Farmers Market on the Montauk Village Green. It is held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Oct. 11.
WORK SESSION: The East Hampton Village Board meets for its monthly work session at the Emergency Services Builing at 11 a.m.
: In celebration of World Animal Day and the Feast of St. Francis, groups, celebrity activists, and local politicians will gather at the first annual "PAWS, CLAWS and MACAWS" at Ashawagh Hall at 4 p.m. Pets welcome. There will be live music and food, and will close with a blessing of the animals.
TOWN BOARD: Town board meets at Town Hall at 7 p.m.
EVENING OF STORYTELLING: An Evening of Storytelling with Bryan Boyhan, Bruce Buschell, Michael Caviniola, Laura Grenning, Harry Hurt, Laura Smith, Bob Upton and others at Temple Adas Israel, 8 p.m.
FILM FESTIVAL OPENS: The 20th annual Hamptons International Film Festival opens, informally, with "In Another Country" being shown at the East Hampton Theater at 12:30 p.m. "Frankenweenie" premieres at 4 p.m. The "Opening Night Film" is "Love, Marilyn," showing at Guild Hall at 7 p.m. An encore presentation is shown at East Hampton Theater at 7:30 p.m. Several films in between.
FILM FESTIVAL: On the second day of the HIFF, the day begins with the first of the "Rowdy Talks" series at Rowdy Hall. A panel will convene to discuss the film "Atomic States of America" and cancer rates on Long Island at 10 a.m. Check the schedule for other films and panels throughout the day.
AMAGANSETT AUDIOVISION FESTIVAL: Neoteric Fine Art presents a 3-day event featuring visual art, live music, screenings, performance art, installations and projections, starting Friday at 4 p.m. with DJ's performing in tandem with a lightshow and laser mapping.
ARF DOG WALK: ARF's 19th annual Stroll to the Sea Dog Walk starts at Mulford Farm, then heads to Main Beach, at 9 a.m. Free microchipping, contests and treats.
FILM FESTIVAL: Another "Rowdy Talks" series kicks off the third day of the Hamptons film festival. A panel will discuss "Kick Starter" at 10 a.m. Variety's 10 Actors to Watch panel follows at noon, also at Rowdy Hall. "Venus & Serena" will be shown at East Hampton Theater at 12:45 p.m. A Tribute to Ann Roth follows will be held at Guild at 3 p.m., following by a Conversation with Richard Gere, moderated by Alec Baldwin, at 7 p.m.
MONTAUK FALL FESTIVAL: The Montauk Chamber of Commerce hosts the 31st annual Fall Festival Saturday and Sunday on the village green, starting at 11 a.m. The best New England and Manhattan chowders will be crowned and there's plenty of activities for the kids, like a carousel, inflatable rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, crab races and more. Nancy Atlas and the Uncle Susie Band will perform from 2 to 5 p.m.
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS: Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in East Hampton will host a blessing at noon.
FIREWORKS: As part of the Fall Festival, the Atlantic Terrace Resort Hotel will sponsor a fireworks show on Umbrella Beach at 7 p.m.
FISHING TOURNAMENT: Star Island Yacht Club will host its third annual Striped Bass Tournament from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Prizes will be given to the heaviest striped bass and bluefish, with $10,000 in cash prizes being offered.
FILM FESTIVAL: Highlights of the film festival on Sunday include a Conversation with Stevie Nicks at Bay Street Theatre at noon, followed by a screening of her documentary, "In Your Dreams: Stevie Nicks" at Sag Harbor Cinema at 3 p.m.
STREET PAINTING FESTIVAL: Check out what local artists and students from the East End schools create. Montauk Youth has organized the activity during the Fall Festival. Painting begins at 10 a.m., with Main Street being closed for the festivities. Participants have to commit by Monday (visit montaukyouth.org for contact information).
MONTAUK FALL FESTIVAL: The Fall Festival continues on Sunday, starting at 11 a.m. The 3 B’s will perform until 3 p.m. The Cash Catch, in which a minimum of $15,000 in cash prize will be awarded, will be announced as the day draw's to a close.