The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce has been watching the global developments of COVID-19, communicating with local and county officials and keeping in compliance with current state mandates and federal recommendations. With the duration of COVID-19 unknown in the United States and having the safety of our festival attendees, exhibitors, volunteers and suppliers as our top priority, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Easter Decoy & Art Festival scheduled for April 10 & 11 and the Chincoteague Seafood Festival on May 2.
This is an unprecedented situation and we ask for your patience and understanding during this time. We are a staff of three and have two large festivals to address. We understand many of you may have questions, but we ask that you give us the time to make these necessary notifications and process refunds.
Our steps going forward will be in the following order:
1. Contact all exhibitors, suppliers and volunteers associated with the Easter Decoy & Art Festival.
2. Process refunds to all exhibitors.
3. Contact all suppliers, sponsors and volunteers of the Chincoteague Seafood Festival.
4. Process refunds to all ticket holders
a. Tickets purchased in the chamber office or over the phone will be refunded by check or credit card at $45 per ticket.
b. Tickets purchased through Eventbrite will be refunded back to the credit card used at time of purchase through Eventbrite at $45 per ticket. Eventbrite does not refund the processing fees.
c. Refunds will be made as quickly as possible but please allow us several weeks. Once your refund is processed, it will still take the credit card company several days before the credit appears on your statement.
d. Tickets will be refunded in the order in which they were purchased. Calling the office will not expedite your refund and the chamber office is currently closed to the public through April 7.
We encourage you to support our business community during this difficult time. Many businesses are still open as well as the hiking and biking trails on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and the pristine beach on Assateague Island National Seashore but for the safety of our community, please insure you are healthy before venturing out. If you are sick, stay home! Our Health & Public Safety page on ChincoteagueChamber.com has a current listing of business openings/safety modifications as well as event updates. You can also visit our business directory to call for hours of operation.
Nature will be waiting for you and our business community will welcome you, when you are able to visit again. Please consider rescheduling your visit to later in the season instead of canceling your travel plans. Our accommodations, activities, restaurants, shops, businesses and organizations look forward to seeing you soon. Stay safe, stay healthy and please do your part in containing COVID-19.
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 and strips, single fried oysters, fried fish, 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 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.
52nd Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival
An Eastern Shore Tradition Since 1968
Saturday May 2, 2020
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 $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, 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
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.
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 ‘FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL’ SPONSORS
Blue Crab Treasures
Crystal Fairy / Bead-A-Licious
Everything That Glitters
Secrets of the Universe
Tom Tobin Photography
Enhance your Chincoteague Island experience with events happening throughout the year; including the Easter Decoy & Art Festival, Chincoteague Oyster Festival and Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade.