54th annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival

Tom's Cove Park, 8128 Beebe Road, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
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  • Date: 5/4/2024
  • Starts: 10:00 AM
  • Ends: 4:00 PM

The Chincoteague Seafood Festival is held the first Saturday in May to promote the seafood industry on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. The festival offers fresh, local seafood and will include exciting offerings and signature dishes from local restaurants as well as old and new Eastern Shore favorites prepared by famous festival cooks, volunteers, and professionals.  Indulge on little neck clams, a long-time festival staple, along with raw oysters and clams, clam fritters, single fried oysters, fried fish, crab cheddar jalapeno poppers, steamed shrimp, clam chowder, salad bar, grilled chicken, sweet potato fries, Boardwalk fries, hushpuppies, and cornbread.  Non-alcoholic beverages are included in the ticket price with beer available for purchase.  Front Page News will provide live entertainment for everyone's listening and dancing enjoyment. Shop to your hearts content in the Arts and Crafts Corral featuring handmade creations from area artisans.  An Extravaganza Raffle is held with the winner receiving t-shirts, tickets, trays, lodging, gift certificates for meals, and much more for the following year’s festival.  There will also be a variety of merchandise available for purchase including t-shirts, hats, souvenir food trays, and glass beer mugs.

 

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, Salad Bar, Boardwalk Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Hushpuppies, Cornbread, Grilled Chicken

12:00 pm - Seafood tents begins serving - Raw Oysters & Clams, "Little Neck" Steamed Clams, Single Fried Oysters, Fried Fish, Steamed Shrimp, Clam Fritters, Crab Cheddar Jalapeno Poppers
Live music begins with Front Page News

4:00 pm - Festival ends

6:00 pm - Due to insurance liability purposes, all attendees and volunteers must exit the festival grounds

 

PLEASE NOTE:

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. Some Arts & Crafts vendors 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.

  

LEARN MORE:

HELPFUL HINTS      |      DIRECTIONS & PARKING      |      EXTRAVAGANZA OF PRIZES RAFFLE


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. 

 

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Looking For A Great Way To Spotlight Your Business Or Organization? Join Us With A Hospitality/Vendor Space, In The Arts And Crafts Tent, Or As A "Friends Of The Festival" Sponsor.

Click Here For The 2024 Seafood Festival Sponsorship & Hospitality Application

 

THANK YOU TO OUR 2024 'FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL' SPONSORS

 

FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL

Don's Seafood Restaurant
Sysco Eastern Maryland LLC

WatsonGas  

PLATINUM SPONSOR

Coastline Chemicals
Seaside Vacations & Sales

Tyson Foods

GOLD SPONSOR

Coastal Shore Vacations
Weichert Realtors, Mason-Davis  

SILVER SPONSOR

AfterMath Power Washing
Sea Rocket Water Adventures
Virginia Tourism Corporation

RADIO SPONSOR

Atlantic Union Bank
H&H Pharmacy
Lewis Home Solutions
Meghan Oliver Clarkson - Long and Foster Real Estate
Rothe Enterprises

T-SHIRT SPONSOR

Angie Abell @ Beach Bay Realty
Captain Dan's Around the Island Tours
Comfort Suites Chincoteague Island Bayfront Resort
Dockside Properties
Island Getaways, LLC
Key West Cottages
Kiwanis Club of Chincoteague
Landmark Insurance & Financial Group
Michael's Jewelry, Inc.
PNC Bank
Pushing Paper Bookkeeping 
Sea Shell Motel
Sunshine Cottage

Taylor Bank
The Island Theatre
The Reef Vacation Villas

HOSPITALITY

Blufin Bungalows & Marina
Jellystone Park Chincoteague Island
Saltwater Kisses
Sun Outdoors Chincoteague Bay

ARTS & CRAFTS CORRAL

Brie Matthews - Hooked on Stitches
Burr Willcox - Route 13 Sauce Company
Cheryl McMenama - Feltamation Plus
Cheryl Taylor Creations
Michelle Rowland - The Glittered Squirrel
Rose Manning

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