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, crab jalapeno cheddar poppers, single fried oysters, fried fish, shrimp cocktail, 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 tent 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 souvenirs available for purchase.   

53rd Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival
An Eastern Shore Tradition Since 1968 

Saturday May 6, 2023 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Tom's Cove Park 8128 Beebe Road, Chincoteague, VA  23336
Locate the Festival on Google Maps
 

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, Clam Strips
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.

 

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HELPFUL HINTS      |      DIRECTIONS & PARKING      |      EXTRAVAGANZA OF PRIZES RAFFLE      |      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 the 'BUY NOW(once online selling commences), calling 757-336-6161 or stopping by the Chamber office, 6733 Maddox Boulevard, Chincoteague.

 

Below will be updated in January 2023.

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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 2022 Seafood Festival Sponsorship & Hospitality Application.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR 2022 'FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL' SPONSORS

 

FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL

Capt. Zack's Seafood Carryouts
Don's Seafood Restaurant
Sysco Eastern Maryland LLC
WatsonGas
 

PLATINUM BAND SPONSOR

Seaside Vacations & Sales  

GOLD SPONSOR

Coastline Chemical, Inc.
Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc.
Tyson Foods
Weichert Realtors, Mason-Davis
 

SILVER SPONSOR

Chincoteague Resort Vacations
J. Stacey Hart Engineering
OVM Financial
Rustic & Rescued Antiques
Shoreline Building Company

Virginia Welcome Center at New Church
 

RADIO SPONSOR

Church Street Produce
Comfort Suites Chincoteague Island Bayfront Resort
Goldsborough's Marine
Hawbaker's Welding
Key West Cottages
PNC Bank
Tri-Meta Wellness Center  

T-SHIRT SPONSOR

Captain Dan's Island Tours
Channel Bass Inn
Chincoteague Center
Chincoteague Island Community Cats

Church Street Produce
Dockside Properties
Ginsberg, Nottingham & Mapp
Hampton Inn & Suites
Kiwanis Club of Chincoteague
Landmark Insurance & Financial Group
Lea Anna Bailey - Long & Foster Real Estate
Lewis Home Solutions
Ray's Shanty
Sea Shell Motel
Sunshine Cottage
Taylor Bank
 

HOSPITALITY

Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Commission
Island Queen Apiary / Mudboy Guitar Works

Lisa Fahnestock  

ARTS & CRAFTS UNDER THE BIG TENT

Beth Mills - Bay Blessings
Brie Matthews - Hooked on Stitches
Fred Johnson - Dream Givers Studio
JoAnn Stratakos - MudWorks Pottery
Kara Beth Pruitt - Bayside Candle Co.


Enhance your Chincoteague Island experience with events happening throughout the year; including the Easter Decoy & Art FestivalChincoteague Oyster Festival and Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade.

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