Chincoteague Events

Apr

15

41st Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival

The Easter Decoy & Art Festival is held to celebrate the history and craft of decoy carving and where local and...

Apr 15, 2022

41st Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival

The Easter Decoy & Art Festival is held to celebrate the history and craft of decoy carving and where local and national decoy carvers and artists of all kinds; fine art, photography, sculpture, jewelry, stained glass, pottery, etc. exhibit and sell their work at this Chincoteague Island tradition. Exhibitors carve and create on site and are eager to talk about the love of their work. Come eager to learn from the finest and purchase some of their works to treasure yourself or to give as a gift. 

 

41st Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival
April 15 & 16, 2022
Friday, April 15 – Noon to 5:00pm
Saturday, April 16 – 9:00am – 4:00pm (People’s Choice voting ends 2pm. Exhibitor awards announced 3pm. Auctions end 4pm.)

Chincoteague Combined School, 4586 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336

$5.00 admission each day; children under 12 are free

 

Awards are given in various categories; carving, art and photography. Children receive a Children’s Choice Award ribbon upon admission to present to their favorite artist while festival attendees vote for People’s Choice Awards for best carver and best artist. Best Photograph of Chincoteague or Assateague is chosen by jury. The highest award given each year is the Curtis Merritt Award of Excellence. This is awarded to the exhibitor who displays excellence as an individual, as well as an artist and/or carver and is voted on solely by the exhibitors. Awards are announced at 3pm on Saturday.

Wooden Easter eggs are meticulously hand carved, painted and/or embellished by exhibitors and are sold through a silent auction to the highest bidder. This auction has been a highlight of the show each year, with some eggs fetching a handsome sum. Auction closes at 4pm on Saturday.

The Pre-loved Treasures Silent Auction has also been a favorite in recent years. More information about this will be forthcoming.

If you attend the festival on Friday and want to check on the status of your silent auction bids, a bidding pass is available. Please ask at the admissions desk.

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Download and print the 2022 Easter Decoy & Art Festival Exhibitor Application. There have been some changes to the application from previous years, so please read thoroughly before submitting.

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MEET THE EXHIBITORS       |       AUCTIONS       |       AWARD WINNERS       |       CURTIS MERRITT

 

 

Apr

16

41st Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival

The Easter Decoy & Art Festival is held to celebrate the history and craft of decoy carving and where local and...

Apr 16, 2022

41st Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival

The Easter Decoy & Art Festival is held to celebrate the history and craft of decoy carving and where local and national decoy carvers and artists of all kinds; fine art, photography, sculpture, jewelry, stained glass, pottery, etc. exhibit and sell their work at this Chincoteague Island tradition. Exhibitors carve and create on site and are eager to talk about the love of their work. Come eager to learn from the finest and purchase some of their works to treasure yourself or to give as a gift. 

 

41st Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival
April 15 & 16, 2022
Friday, April 15 – Noon to 5:00pm
Saturday, April 16 – 9:00am – 4:00pm (People’s Choice voting ends 2pm. Exhibitor awards announced 3pm. Auctions end 4pm.)

Chincoteague Combined School, 4586 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336

$5.00 admission each day; children under 12 are free

 

Awards are given in various categories; carving, art and photography. Children receive a Children’s Choice Award ribbon upon admission to present to their favorite artist while festival attendees vote for People’s Choice Awards for best carver and best artist. Best Photograph of Chincoteague or Assateague is chosen by jury. The highest award given each year is the Curtis Merritt Award of Excellence. This is awarded to the exhibitor who displays excellence as an individual, as well as an artist and/or carver and is voted on solely by the exhibitors. Awards are announced at 3pm on Saturday.

Wooden Easter eggs are meticulously hand carved, painted and/or embellished by exhibitors and are sold through a silent auction to the highest bidder. This auction has been a highlight of the show each year, with some eggs fetching a handsome sum. Auction closes at 4pm on Saturday.

The Pre-loved Treasures Silent Auction has also been a favorite in recent years. More information about this will be forthcoming.

If you attend the festival on Friday and want to check on the status of your silent auction bids, a bidding pass is available. Please ask at the admissions desk.

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Download and print the 2022 Easter Decoy & Art Festival Exhibitor Application. There have been some changes to the application from previous years, so please read thoroughly before submitting.

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MEET THE EXHIBITORS       |       AUCTIONS       |       AWARD WINNERS       |       CURTIS MERRITT

 

 

May

7

Chincoteague Seafood Festival

The Chincoteague Seafood Festival is held the first Saturday in May to promote the seafood industry on Virginia’s Eastern Shore....

May 7, 2022

Chincoteague Seafood Festival

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 7, 2022
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 $55 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.

 

LEARN MORE:

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 are no longer being sold in outlets. Tickets can be purchased by clicking the ‘BUY NOW’ button (WHEN AVAILABLE), calling 757-336-6161 or stopping by the Chamber office, 6733 Maddox Boulevard, Chincoteague.

 

Below will be updated in January 2022.

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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 2020 Seafood Festival Application. 

THANK YOU TO OUR 2019 ‘FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL’ SPONSORS

 

FRIENDS OF THE FESTIVAL

Capt. Zack’s Seafood Carryouts
Don’s Seafood Restaurant
Island Creamery
Sysco Eastern Maryland LLC
Watson Gas

 

CAPTAIN CLAM

Derrickson Construction
Goldsborough’s Marine
LJT & Associates, Inc.
Tyson Foods

 

PEARLIE OYSTER

Hawbaker’s Welding & Fabrication
Movement Mortgage
Rustic & Rescued Antiques
The Ugly Oyster Company
Virginia Tourism Corporation

 

SUSIE SHRIMP

A&N Title & Settlement Company LLC
Chesapeake Outdoor LLC
Comfort Suites
Moore’s Portable Solutions

 

FREDDY FISH

Dockside Properties
Ginsberg, Nottingham & Mapp
McDonald’s – Baxter Enterprises

Mister Whippy
Ray’s Shanty
Taylor Bank
Union Bank & Trust

 

HOSPITALITY

Bath Fitter
Brackish Life
Chincoteague Island House of Jerky
Chincoteague Island KOA / Maui Jack’s Waterpark
GSB Media

Island Queen Apiary / Mudboy Guitar Works
Lularoe by Cindy Jo

 

ARTS & CRAFTS UNDER THE BIG TENT

Blue Crab Treasures
Classy Hipsy
Crystal Fairy / Bead-A-Licious
Everything That Glitters
Fahnestock Hairclips
Howl Naturale
Kathy Stuart
Lauri Fisher
Recycled Beauty
Secrets of the Universe
Tom Tobin Photography

 

 

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.

Jul

27

97th Annual Pony Swim

The 97th Annual Pony Swim will take place at slack tide, which will be between the approx. hours of 7am...

Jul 27, 2022

97th Annual Pony Swim

The 97th Annual Pony Swim will take place at slack tide, which will be between the approx. hours of 7am – 1pm. A more definitive time will be announced earlier in the week.

For more information including helpful hints and shuttle bus information, please visit, ChincoteagueChamber.com/Pony-Penning/.

Oct

8

Chincoteague Oyster Festival

The Chincoteague Oyster Festival is held to promote the seafood industry and mark the arrival of the oyster season. Come and enjoy...

Oct 8, 2022

Chincoteague Oyster Festival

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.

 

49th Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival
CELEBRATING CHINCOTEAGUE ‘SALTS’ & THE BEGINNING OF OYSTER SEASON
October 8, 2022
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 $55 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


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, 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.

 

LEARN MORE:

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

 

 

01/25/2022

5:00 PM

Winter Watercolor Class

01/26/2022

10:00 AM

Business Resiliency Workshop #2 – We Have Planned But Not What?

01/26/2022

6:00 PM

‘Death on the Line’: A Winter Evening with Historical Fiction Author Carol Amorosi

01/26/2022

6:00 PM

Paint Night – Interchangeable Gnome Door Hanger

01/31/2022

10:00 AM

Virtual 2022 Virginia Outdoor Plan – Eastern Shore Regional Meeting

02/01/2022

5:00 PM

Winter Watercolor Class

02/11/2022

4:00 PM

Death by Chocolate

02/12/2022

10:00 AM

Death by Chocolate

02/19/2022

12:30 PM

Antares Launch

03/12/2022

4:30 PM

A Perfect Night In Dinner & Auction

03/18/2022

4:00 PM

Search for the Shamrocks

03/19/2022

10:00 AM

Search for the Shamrocks

04/08/2022

4:30 PM

Spring Roundup – South Herd

04/09/2022

7:00 AM

Spring Roundup – North Herd

04/15/2022

12:00 PM

41st Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival

04/16/2022

12:00 AM

CNWR & AINS Entrance Fee Free Day

04/16/2022

9:00 AM

41st Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival

05/07/2022

10:00 AM

Chincoteague Seafood Festival

07/01/2022

7:00 PM

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival

07/02/2022

7:00 PM

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival

07/04/2022

7:00 PM

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival

07/04/2022

10:00 PM

FIREWORKS!

07/08/2022

7:00 PM

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival

07/09/2022

7:00 PM

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival

07/15/2022

7:00 PM

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival

07/16/2022

7:00 PM

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival

07/22/2022

7:00 PM

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival

07/23/2022

12:00 AM

South Herd Round Up

07/23/2022

7:00 PM

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival

07/24/2022

12:00 AM

North Herd Round Up

07/25/2022

6:00 AM

Beach Walk

07/25/2022

7:00 PM

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival

07/26/2022

7:00 PM

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival

07/27/2022

7:00 AM

97th Annual Pony Swim

07/27/2022

7:00 PM

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival

07/28/2022

8:00 AM

97th Annual Pony Auction

07/28/2022

7:00 PM

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival

07/29/2022

7:00 PM

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival

07/30/2022

7:00 PM

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival

07/30/2022

10:00 PM

FIREWORKS!

08/04/2022

12:00 AM

CNWR & AINS Entrance Fee Free Day

09/24/2022

12:00 AM

CNWR & AINS Entrance Fee Free Day

10/08/2022

10:00 AM

Chincoteague Oyster Festival

11/11/2022

12:00 AM

CNWR & AINS Entrance Fee Free Day

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