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Chincoteague Island Events


March 29 - March 30, 2024
Easter Decoy & Art Festival

The 43rd Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival celebrates the history and craft of decoy carving. This Chincoteague Island tradition is 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. Exhibitors carve and create on-site and are eager to talk about the love of their work. Come to learn from the finest artists and purchase some of their works to treasure yourself or to give as a gift.
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Time: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Chincoteague Combined School, 4586 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336


May 4, 2024
Chincoteague Seafood Festival

The 54th Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival is held on the first Saturday in May to promote the seafood industry on Virginiaís 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. Feast 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. Patrons will enjoy live entertainment while they shop to their heart's content in the Arts and Crafts tent featuring handmade creations from area artisans. Tickets Are $60 Per Person (Children Under 5 Are FREE)
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Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Tom's Cove Park, 8128 Beebe Road, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336


June 28 - June 29, 2024
Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company Carnival

The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company will host their 99th Annual Carnival on June 28-29, July 4-6, 19-20, and 22-27, 2024 from 7pm - 11pm nightly!
Food, Fun, Games, Raffles & Attractions for the Entire Family - Chincoteague Island style! A great variety of food is available for purchase including oyster and clam fritter, soft crab, crab cake, and fish sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, pony fries, soft serve ice cream, funnel cakes, fried Oreos, caramel corn, and more. Rides and games for all ages. Live entertainment on the band stage. Try your luck at Bingo too.
June 28- Opening night ceremony at 6:30pm
July 4 - Fireworks at 10pm
All proceeds benefit the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. No pets are allowed on the carnival grounds - even in your vehicle. Service animals permitted. ATM on site.
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds, 3648 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Sponsor: CHINCOTEAGUE VOLUNTEER FIRE CO.


July 4 - July 6, 2024
Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company Carnival

The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company will host their 99th Annual Carnival on June 28-29, July 4-6, 19-20, and 22-27, 2024 from 7pm - 11pm nightly!
Food, Fun, Games, Raffles & Attractions for the Entire Family - Chincoteague Island style! A great variety of food is available for purchase including oyster and clam fritter, soft crab, crab cake, and fish sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, pony fries, soft serve ice cream, funnel cakes, fried Oreos, caramel corn, and more. Rides and games for all ages. Live entertainment on the band stage. Try your luck at Bingo too.
June 28- Opening night ceremony at 6:30pm
July 4 - Fireworks at 10pm
All proceeds benefit the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. No pets are allowed on the carnival grounds - even in your vehicle. Service animals permitted. ATM on site.
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds, 3648 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Sponsor: CHINCOTEAGUE VOLUNTEER FIRE CO.


July 19 - July 20, 2024
Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company Carnival

The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company will host their 99th Annual Carnival on June 28-29, July 4-6, 19-20, and 22-27, 2024 from 7pm - 11pm nightly!
Food, Fun, Games, Raffles & Attractions for the Entire Family - Chincoteague Island style! A great variety of food is available for purchase including oyster and clam fritter, soft crab, crab cake, and fish sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, pony fries, soft serve ice cream, funnel cakes, fried Oreos, caramel corn, and more. Rides and games for all ages. Live entertainment on the band stage. Try your luck at Bingo too.
June 28- Opening night ceremony at 6:30pm
July 4 - Fireworks at 10pm
All proceeds benefit the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. No pets are allowed on the carnival grounds - even in your vehicle. Service animals permitted. ATM on site.
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds, 3648 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Sponsor: CHINCOTEAGUE VOLUNTEER FIRE CO.


July 20, 2024
South Herd Roundup

The "Saltwater Cowboys" will ride out to the southern end of Assateague Island to herd the more than 50 ponies (adults and foals) inhabiting this part of the island into the Southern Corral on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The public may come view the arrival of the ponies at the Southern Corral on Beach Road. The ponies will be here Saturday through Tuesday for photos and viewing.
PLEASE NOTE: Pets are not permitted on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
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Time: 7:00 AM
Location: South Herd Corral, Woodland Trail Parking Lot, Assateague Island, VA
Sponsor: CHINCOTEAGUE VOLUNTEER FIRE CO.


July 21, 2024
North Herd Roundup

The "Saltwater Cowboys" will ride across the northern end of Assateague Island, VA to herd between 100-150 ponies (adults and foals) inhabiting this part of the island into the Northern Corral on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. This event is not open to the public for the safety of the ponies and people.
PLEASE NOTE: Pets are not permitted on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
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Time: 6:00 AM
Location: Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, 8231 Beach Road, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Sponsor: CHINCOTEAGUE VOLUNTEER FIRE CO.


July 22 - July 27, 2024
Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company Carnival

The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company will host their 99th Annual Carnival on June 28-29, July 4-6, 19-20, and 22-27, 2024 from 7pm - 11pm nightly!
Food, Fun, Games, Raffles & Attractions for the Entire Family - Chincoteague Island style! A great variety of food is available for purchase including oyster and clam fritter, soft crab, crab cake, and fish sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, pony fries, soft serve ice cream, funnel cakes, fried Oreos, caramel corn, and more. Rides and games for all ages. Live entertainment on the band stage. Try your luck at Bingo too.
June 28- Opening night ceremony at 6:30pm
July 4 - Fireworks at 10pm
All proceeds benefit the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. No pets are allowed on the carnival grounds - even in your vehicle. Service animals permitted. ATM on site.
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds, 3648 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Sponsor: CHINCOTEAGUE VOLUNTEER FIRE CO.


July 22, 2024
Beach Walk

North meets south when the "Saltwater Cowboys" release the North Herd of Chincoteague Ponies at daybreak and walk them along the shore of the Atlantic Ocean to join the South Herd ponies in the South Corral.
It is advised to be at Assateague Island National Seashore by 6am for parking purposes. Assateague Island opens at 5am. Bring your beach gear and stay for the day or walk behind the ponies to the corral and visit awhile. Bikers and hikers may access the beach via Swan Cove Trail.
PLEASE NOTE: Pets are not permitted on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
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Time: 6:00 AM
Location: Assateague Island National Seashore, 8586 Beach Road, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Sponsor: CHINCOTEAGUE VOLUNTEER FIRE CO.


July 23, 2024
Vet Checks and Buyback Pony Selection

Watch at the Chincoteague ponies receive their vet checks. Parking will be available at or around the Woodland Trail parking lot.
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Time: 9:00 AM
Location: South Herd Corral, Woodland Trail Parking Lot, Assateague Island, VA
Sponsor: CHINCOTEAGUE VOLUNTEER FIRE CO.


July 24, 2024
99th Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim

The 99th Annual Pony Swim will take place at slack tide, which will be between the approx. hours of 7:00am - 1:00pm. A narrowed down time will be announced closer to the event.
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Time: 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Veterans Memorial Park, 7470 Memorial Park Drive, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Sponsor: CHINCOTEAGUE VOLUNTEER FIRE CO.


July 25, 2024
99th Annual Pony Auction

The 99th Annual Pony Auction will take place at the Carnival grounds, 3648 Main Street, beginning at 8am.
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Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds, 3648 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Sponsor: CHINCOTEAGUE VOLUNTEER FIRE CO.


July 26, 2024
Pony Swim Back

Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company parade South Herd ponies on the reverse Parade Route so they can swim back to Assateague Island until next year. The ponies will not rest when they arrive in the marsh but swim immediately. The time of the swim back is tide dependent and will be announced when the event gets closer. The North Herd ponies are trailered back to Assateague Thursday afternoon after the auction.
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Time: 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Veterans Memorial Park, 7470 Memorial Park Drive, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Sponsor: CHINCOTEAGUE VOLUNTEER FIRE CO.


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