Chincoteague Oyster Festival
51st Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival
CELEBRATING CHINCOTEAGUE 'SALTS' & THE BEGINNING OF OYSTER SEASON
Tom's Cove Park, 8128 Beebe Road, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
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- Date: 10/12/2024
- Starts: 10:00 AM
- Ends: 4:00 PM
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 merchandise items available for purchase including t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, souvenir food trays, and glass beer mugs. This is an advance ticketed event that is typically sold out before festival day.
Tickets are $65 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.
HANDICAP ACCESSIBILITY - While all are welcome to attend, please note that the festival grounds cover approx. 90,000 sq. feet to accommodate festival tents and almost 3,000 attendees. The festival is held at a campground, so the ground has grassy areas with some tree roots, and gravel roads. Food tents are primarily located on the perimeter of the festival grounds and lines will be long, especially at the beginning of the day. Handicap parking is available on a first come, first serve basis and a courtesy shuttle is available to help transport individuals from handicap parking to the festival grounds.
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 2023 Oyster Festival Sponsorship Form
THANK YOU TO OUR 2023 OYSTER FESTIVAL SPONSORS
ACCOMACK TITLE & SETTLEMENT, INC.
ANGIE ABELL - BEACH BAY REALTY
BAY CONSORTIUM WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT BOARD
BEST WESTERN CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND
BILLY REED JR CONSTRUCTION
BOTTOMS UP TIKI TOURS
CAPTAIN DAN’S ISLAND TOURS
CHANNEL BASS INN
CHERYL TAYLOR CREATIONS, LLC
COASTAL SHORE VACATIONS
DAISEY'S ISLAND CRUISES
DON’S SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
HAWBAKER'S WELDING & FABRICATION
ISLAND CHIROPRACTIC CENTER
KEY WEST COTTAGES
KIWANIS CLUB OF CHINCOTEAGUE
LANDMARK INSURANCE & FINANCIAL GROUP
MOORE’S PORTABLE SOLUTIONS
NFP PROPERTY & CASUALTY SERVICES, INC
PENINSULA BATH, LLC
RAY’S SHANTY RESTAURANT
SEASIDE VACATIONS & SALES
SECOND HAND SUNSHINE THRIFT STORE
SHARP ENERGY, INC
SHORELINE WELLNESS & PRIMARY CARE
SUZE Q’S SHEAR MAGIC
SYSCO EASTERN MARYLAND, LLC
THE ISLAND THEATRE
THE REEF VILLAS
TOM’S COVE AQUA FARMS
TOM’S COVE PARK
TRI-META WELLNESS CENTER
WEICHERT REALTORS, MASON-DAVIS