Chincoteague Oyster Festival
The Chincoteague Oyster Festival is held to promote the seafood industry and mark the arrival of the oyster season. Come and enjoy oysters—raw, steamed, fritters, and single fried; clam fritters, clam chowder, shrimp cocktail, salad bar, hot dogs, hush puppies, and Boardwalk fries. Beverages are included in the ticket price with beer available for purchase. Island Boy, a festival favorite for over 25 years, will provide live entertainment for everyone’s enjoyment. An Extravaganza Raffle is held with the winner receiving t-shirts, tickets, lodging, gift certificates for meals, and much more for the following year’s festival. A favorite at the festival is the “Best Place/Space Award” which is given to the best decorated area. There will also be a variety of souvenirs available for purchase. This is an advance ticketed event that is typically sold out before festival day.
50th Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival
CELEBRATING CHINCOTEAGUE 'SALTS' & THE BEGINNING OF OYSTER SEASON
October 7, 2023 10am to 4pm
Tom’s Cove Park 8128 Beebe Road, Chincoteague, VA 23336
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Tickets are $60 per person (Children under 5 are FREE)
REFUND POLICY – Event is held rain or shine. Every attempt will be made to have the festival on the date and time advertised, however circumstances beyond the Chamber’s control may require rescheduling or delay. All sales are final in case of ticketholder cancellation or organizer postponement. If the event is cancelled by the organizer or due to circumstances beyond our control, tickets may be transferred to a future festival or refunded at 80% within 60 days of cancellation. After that time, only ticket transfers to future festivals will be honored. Tickets are limited, so order early!!! This is a sell out event!
10:00 am - Gates open (NO EARLY ENTRY FOR SETUP) Any items set up prior to 10am on festival day are subject to removal.
11:00 am - Appetizer tents begin serving - Clam Chowder, Shrimp Cocktail, Salad Bar, Boardwalk Fries, Hushpuppies, Hot Dogs
12:00 pm - Seafood tents begins serving - Raw Oysters, Steamed Oysters, Single Fried Oysters, Oyster Fritters, Clam Fritters Live music begins with Island Boy
4:00 pm - Festival ends
6:00 pm - Due to insurance liability purposes, all attendees and volunteers must exit the festival grounds
All e-tickets must be scanned either by our volunteer scanners at the entrance of Toms Cove Park or at the Will Call tent to acquire festival wristband.
All attendees must have a festival wristband prior to entrance to festival grounds.
Attendees can come and go to the festival grounds from 10am - noon.
No re-entry to festival grounds after noon. Upon leaving festival grounds, wristbands will be cut.
All attendees age 21 and over MUST provide a photo ID at the beer tent in order to purchase beer. No exceptions!
Beer tent and desserts only accept cash, so please come prepared!
Due to the popularity of the seafood we offer, we cannot guarantee that each item will be available up until 4pm.
Eat all you want, but please do not remove food from the festival grounds.
No pets, vehicles, golf carts, one wheels, bicycles or fire pits/rings are permitted inside the festival grounds for safety purposes.
HELPFUL HINTS | DIRECTIONS & PARKING | EXTRAVAGANZA OF PRIZES RAFFLE & BEST SPACE | MERCHANDISE (Arrives approx. one week before festival)
UPON PURCHASE OF TICKET(S), YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE TO ALL THE ABOVE MENTIONED TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
We thank you for cooperation in making this a wonderful festival! See you on festival day!
Tickets Can be purchased by clicking 'BUY NOW', calling 757-336-6161 or stopping by the Chamber office, 6733 Maddox Boulevard, Chincoteague.
Looking for a great way to spotlight your business or organization? Be an Oyster Festival Sponsor. Click here for the 2022 Oyster Festival Sponsorship Form
THANK YOU TO OUR 2022 OYSTER FESTIVAL SPONSORS
ACCOMACK TITLE & SETTLEMENT, INC.
ANGIE ABELL - BEACH BAY REALTY
BEST WESTERN CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND
CAPTAIN DAN’S ISLAND TOURS
CHANNEL BASS INN
CHINCOTEAGUE BAY FIELD STATION
CHINCOTEAGUE BIKE SHOP
CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND COMMUNITY CATS
COMFORT SUITES CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND
DON’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
EASTERN SHORE RURAL HEALTH SYSTEM, INC.
GINSBERG, NOTTINGHAM & MAPP
HAMPTON INN & SUITES
IN A CAT’S EYE
ISLAND GETAWAYS, LLC
KIWANIS CLUB OF CHINCOTEAGUE
LILY’S LITTLE MEXICO
MICHAEL’S JEWELRY, INC
MOORE’S PORTABLE SOLUTIONS
NFP INSURANCE CHINCOTEAGUE
RIDGE ROAD PIT STOP
SALTY SISTERS MASSAGE & BODYWORKS
SEASIDE VACATIONS & SALES
SHARP ENERGY, INC
SHORE POST PARCEL AND BUSINESS CENTER
SUZE Q’S SHEAR MAGIC
SYSCO EASTERN MARYLAND, LLC
THE BAXTER INSURANCE GROUP
TOM’S COVE AQUA FARMS
TOM’S COVE PARK
WEICHERT REALTORS, MASON-DAVIS
Y KNOT FISHING ADVENTURES
Enhance your Chincoteague Island experience with events happening throughout the year; including the Easter Decoy & Art Festival, Chincoteague Seafood Festival and Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade.