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.
Tom’s Cove Park
8128 Beebe Road, Chincoteague, VA 23336
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Tickets are $45 per person (Children under 5 are FREE)
Please note ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL!
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. No refunds will be issued in such case.
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 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.
Festival Helpful Hints
Directions & Parking
Extravaganza of Prizes Raffle & Best Space Contest
Merchandise (Festival Merchandise with arrive approx. one week before the festival)
We thank you for cooperation in making this a wonderful festival! See you on festival day!
Tickets are no longer being sold in outlets. Tickets can be purchased by clicking the ‘BUY NOW’ button, calling 757-336-6161 or stopping by the Chamber office, 6733 Maddox Boulevard, Chincoteague.
THANK YOU TO OUR 2019 OYSTER FESTIVAL SPONSORS
Accomack Title & Settlement, Inc.
Aj’s…On The Creek
Blue Crab Bay Co.
Captain Dan’s Around The Island Tours
Chincoteague Resort Vacations
Crusty Crab Seafood Shack
Don’s Seafood Restaurant
Eastern Shore Signs, LLC
Fairfield By Marriott Chincoteague Island Waterfront
Ginsberg, Nottingham & Mapp
H & H Pharmacy, Inc.
Hampton Inn & Suites
Harbour Rentals, LLC
Hawbaker’s Welding & Fabrication
Island Chiropractic Center
Key West Cottages
Kiwanis Club Of Chincoteague
Landmark Insurance & Financial Group
Lewis Home Solutions
Long & Foster Chincoteague / Captain’s Cove
Maria’s Family Restaurant
Moe’s Service Center & Towing
Mr. Baldy’s Family Restaurant
Museum of Chincoteague Island
Rustic & Rescued Antiques
Sea Shell Motel
Sharp Energy, Inc.
Suze Q’s Shear Magic
Sysco Eastern Maryland LLC
Tangier Island Onancock Ferry
Virginia & West Virginia Vacation Rentals
Weichert Realtors, Mason-Davis
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.