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Chincoteague Island Events


January 17, 2022
CNWR & AINS Free Entrance Day

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island National Seashore will offer an entrance fee free day on January 17th.


February 11 - February 12, 2022
Death By Chocolate

Valentine's weekend scavenger hunt.
Friday 4pm - 8 pm.
Saturday 10am - 4pm.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Sponsor: Historic Main Street Merchants


February 19, 2022
Antares Launch

The next cargo resupply mission from Wallops is scheduled for Feb. 19 at 12:39 p.m. ET. The Northrop Grumman Corporation Antares vehicle will deliver science investigations, supplies, and equipment to the International Space Station aboard the Cygnus spacecraft.
Please note that launch dates and times regularly change at the last minute for a variety of reasons. Be sure to continually check the status of launches.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Location: Wallops Island, VA


March 18 - March 19, 2022
Search for the Shamrocks

Saint Patrick's Day weekend scavenger hunt.
Friday 4pm - 7 pm.
Saturday 10am - 4pm.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Sponsor: Historic Main Street Merchants


April 16, 2022
CNWR & AINS Free Entrance Day

In honor of National Park Week, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island National Seashore will offer an entrance fee free day on April 16th.


May 7, 2022
Chincoteague Seafood Festival

An Eastern Shore Tradition Since 1968
Tickets are $55 per person (Children under 5 are FREE)
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.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sponsor: Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce


July 1, 2022
Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival

The Chincoteague Volunteer Firemen's Carnival is a tradition that dates back to 1924!
A large variety of food is available. Carnival pizza, clam and oyster fritters, pony fries, funnel cakes, and soft serve ice cream are among the most popular. There are many rides and games for all ages. Live entertainment on the stage. Raffles, and BINGO too.
Open 7 pm - 11 pm
Friday-Saturday, July 1-2, 2022
Monday, July 4, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 8-9, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 15-16, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 22-23, 2022
Monday-Saturday, July 25-30, 2022
Fireworks on July 4 & July 30 at 10pm
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds on Main Street
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 2, 2022
Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival

The Chincoteague Volunteer Firemen's Carnival is a tradition that dates back to 1924!
A large variety of food is available. Carnival pizza, clam and oyster fritters, pony fries, funnel cakes, and soft serve ice cream are among the most popular. There are many rides and games for all ages. Live entertainment on the stage. Raffles, and BINGO too.
Open 7 pm - 11 pm
Friday-Saturday, July 1-2, 2022
Monday, July 4, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 8-9, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 15-16, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 22-23, 2022
Monday-Saturday, July 25-30, 2022
Fireworks on July 4 & July 30 at 10pm
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Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds on Main Street
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 4, 2022
Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival

The Chincoteague Volunteer Firemen's Carnival is a tradition that dates back to 1924!
A large variety of food is available. Carnival pizza, clam and oyster fritters, pony fries, funnel cakes, and soft serve ice cream are among the most popular. There are many rides and games for all ages. Live entertainment on the stage. Raffles, and BINGO too.
Open 7 pm - 11 pm
Friday-Saturday, July 1-2, 2022
Monday, July 4, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 8-9, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 15-16, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 22-23, 2022
Monday-Saturday, July 25-30, 2022
Fireworks on July 4 & July 30 at 10pm
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Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds on Main Street
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 8, 2022
Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival

The Chincoteague Volunteer Firemen's Carnival is a tradition that dates back to 1924!
A large variety of food is available. Carnival pizza, clam and oyster fritters, pony fries, funnel cakes, and soft serve ice cream are among the most popular. There are many rides and games for all ages. Live entertainment on the stage. Raffles, and BINGO too.
Open 7 pm - 11 pm
Friday-Saturday, July 1-2, 2022
Monday, July 4, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 8-9, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 15-16, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 22-23, 2022
Monday-Saturday, July 25-30, 2022
Fireworks on July 4 & July 30 at 10pm
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds on Main Street
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 9, 2022
Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival

The Chincoteague Volunteer Firemen's Carnival is a tradition that dates back to 1924!
A large variety of food is available. Carnival pizza, clam and oyster fritters, pony fries, funnel cakes, and soft serve ice cream are among the most popular. There are many rides and games for all ages. Live entertainment on the stage. Raffles, and BINGO too.
Open 7 pm - 11 pm
Friday-Saturday, July 1-2, 2022
Monday, July 4, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 8-9, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 15-16, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 22-23, 2022
Monday-Saturday, July 25-30, 2022
Fireworks on July 4 & July 30 at 10pm
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds on Main Street
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 15, 2022
Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival

The Chincoteague Volunteer Firemen's Carnival is a tradition that dates back to 1924!
A large variety of food is available. Carnival pizza, clam and oyster fritters, pony fries, funnel cakes, and soft serve ice cream are among the most popular. There are many rides and games for all ages. Live entertainment on the stage. Raffles, and BINGO too.
Open 7 pm - 11 pm
Friday-Saturday, July 1-2, 2022
Monday, July 4, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 8-9, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 15-16, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 22-23, 2022
Monday-Saturday, July 25-30, 2022
Fireworks on July 4 & July 30 at 10pm
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds on Main Street
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 16, 2022
Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival

The Chincoteague Volunteer Firemen's Carnival is a tradition that dates back to 1924!
A large variety of food is available. Carnival pizza, clam and oyster fritters, pony fries, funnel cakes, and soft serve ice cream are among the most popular. There are many rides and games for all ages. Live entertainment on the stage. Raffles, and BINGO too.
Open 7 pm - 11 pm
Friday-Saturday, July 1-2, 2022
Monday, July 4, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 8-9, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 15-16, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 22-23, 2022
Monday-Saturday, July 25-30, 2022
Fireworks on July 4 & July 30 at 10pm
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds on Main Street
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 22, 2022
Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival

The Chincoteague Volunteer Firemen's Carnival is a tradition that dates back to 1924!
A large variety of food is available. Carnival pizza, clam and oyster fritters, pony fries, funnel cakes, and soft serve ice cream are among the most popular. There are many rides and games for all ages. Live entertainment on the stage. Raffles, and BINGO too.
Open 7 pm - 11 pm
Friday-Saturday, July 1-2, 2022
Monday, July 4, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 8-9, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 15-16, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 22-23, 2022
Monday-Saturday, July 25-30, 2022
Fireworks on July 4 & July 30 at 10pm
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds on Main Street
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 23, 2022
Southern Herd Roundup

The Saturday before the Pony Swim "Saltwater Cowboys" on horseback will round up the wild ponies that live on the southern end of Assateague Island. The Saltwater Cowboys will begin rounding them up into the South Corral Saturday afternoon beginning at about 4:30 pm. The South Corral is located on Assateague, in front of the Woodland Trail parking lot, just off the road that leads to the beach. The South Corral is accessible to the public.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Location: South Corral - Assateague Island
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 23, 2022
Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival

The Chincoteague Volunteer Firemen's Carnival is a tradition that dates back to 1924!
A large variety of food is available. Carnival pizza, clam and oyster fritters, pony fries, funnel cakes, and soft serve ice cream are among the most popular. There are many rides and games for all ages. Live entertainment on the stage. Raffles, and BINGO too.
Open 7 pm - 11 pm
Friday-Saturday, July 1-2, 2022
Monday, July 4, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 8-9, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 15-16, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 22-23, 2022
Monday-Saturday, July 25-30, 2022
Fireworks on July 4 & July 30 at 10pm
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds on Main Street
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 24, 2022
Northern Herd Roundup

The Sunday before the Pony Swim "Saltwater Cowboys" on horseback will round up the wild ponies that live on the northern end of Assateague Island. The Saltwater Cowboys will begin rounding them up into the North Corral Sunday morning beginning at about 7:30 am.
Please note that the North Corral is not accessible to the public during the roundup.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Location: North Corral - Assateague Island
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 25, 2022
Pony Beach Walk

The Monday before the Pony Swim "Saltwater Cowboys" on horseback will move the ponies from the Northern Corral out to the beachfront then south along the Atlantic Ocean, and join them with the ponies in the Southern Corral. The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge will open at 5:00am on this day. Get there early and expect a large crowd.
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Location: The Beach - Assateague Island
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 25, 2022
Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival

The Chincoteague Volunteer Firemen's Carnival is a tradition that dates back to 1924!
A large variety of food is available. Carnival pizza, clam and oyster fritters, pony fries, funnel cakes, and soft serve ice cream are among the most popular. There are many rides and games for all ages. Live entertainment on the stage. Raffles, and BINGO too.
Open 7 pm - 11 pm
Friday-Saturday, July 1-2, 2022
Monday, July 4, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 8-9, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 15-16, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 22-23, 2022
Monday-Saturday, July 25-30, 2022
Fireworks on July 4 & July 30 at 10pm
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds on Main Street
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 26, 2022
Pony Vet Checks

The Tuesday before the Pony Swim all of the Ponies will be checked by a vet and can be viewed by the public in the Southern Corral on Assateague. Park in the Woodland Trail Parking Lot to access the Southern Corral.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Location: South Corral - Assateague Island
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 26, 2022
Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival

The Chincoteague Volunteer Firemen's Carnival is a tradition that dates back to 1924!
A large variety of food is available. Carnival pizza, clam and oyster fritters, pony fries, funnel cakes, and soft serve ice cream are among the most popular. There are many rides and games for all ages. Live entertainment on the stage. Raffles, and BINGO too.
Open 7 pm - 11 pm
Friday-Saturday, July 1-2, 2022
Monday, July 4, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 8-9, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 15-16, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 22-23, 2022
Monday-Saturday, July 25-30, 2022
Fireworks on July 4 & July 30 at 10pm
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds on Main Street
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 27, 2022
Pony Parade

After the swim, the ponies rest for about 45 minutes. Then the Saltwater Cowboys will "parade" the ponies down Main Street, to the carnival grounds where the auction will be held Thursday morning. The parade route is shown on the Official Pony Swim Guide.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Location: From Memorial Park to the Carnival Grounds
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 27, 2022
Pony Swim

Wednesday July 27, 2022 will mark the 97th year of Chincoteague's annual Pony Swim. The Saltwater Cowboys will swim the ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. The Ponies will swim across the Assateague Channel and come ashore on the east side of Chincoteague Island. The main public viewing area is Veterans Memorial Park - 7427 Memorial Park Dr, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336. For information about getting to and viewing the swim, please visit the Official Pony Swim Guide.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Location: Veterans Memorial Park - 7427 Memorial Park Dr
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 27, 2022
Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival

The Chincoteague Volunteer Firemen's Carnival is a tradition that dates back to 1924!
A large variety of food is available. Carnival pizza, clam and oyster fritters, pony fries, funnel cakes, and soft serve ice cream are among the most popular. There are many rides and games for all ages. Live entertainment on the stage. Raffles, and BINGO too.
Open 7 pm - 11 pm
Friday-Saturday, July 1-2, 2022
Monday, July 4, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 8-9, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 15-16, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 22-23, 2022
Monday-Saturday, July 25-30, 2022
Fireworks on July 4 & July 30 at 10pm
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds on Main Street
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 28, 2022
Pony Auction

The auction takes place at the back of the Carnival Grounds, the day after the Pony Swim. The auction begins at 8 am. The auction is typically very crowded. We suggest you get there early to get a seat.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Location: Carnival Grounds on Main Street
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 28, 2022
Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival

The Chincoteague Volunteer Firemen's Carnival is a tradition that dates back to 1924!
A large variety of food is available. Carnival pizza, clam and oyster fritters, pony fries, funnel cakes, and soft serve ice cream are among the most popular. There are many rides and games for all ages. Live entertainment on the stage. Raffles, and BINGO too.
Open 7 pm - 11 pm
Friday-Saturday, July 1-2, 2022
Monday, July 4, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 8-9, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 15-16, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 22-23, 2022
Monday-Saturday, July 25-30, 2022
Fireworks on July 4 & July 30 at 10pm
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds on Main Street
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 29, 2022
Pony Swim Back

The adult ponies will make the swim back to Assateague Island where they will live in the wild for another year.
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Location: Veterans Memorial Park - 7427 Memorial Park Dr
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 29, 2022
Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival

The Chincoteague Volunteer Firemen's Carnival is a tradition that dates back to 1924!
A large variety of food is available. Carnival pizza, clam and oyster fritters, pony fries, funnel cakes, and soft serve ice cream are among the most popular. There are many rides and games for all ages. Live entertainment on the stage. Raffles, and BINGO too.
Open 7 pm - 11 pm
Friday-Saturday, July 1-2, 2022
Monday, July 4, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 8-9, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 15-16, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 22-23, 2022
Monday-Saturday, July 25-30, 2022
Fireworks on July 4 & July 30 at 10pm
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds on Main Street
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


July 30, 2022
Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival

The Chincoteague Volunteer Firemen's Carnival is a tradition that dates back to 1924!
A large variety of food is available. Carnival pizza, clam and oyster fritters, pony fries, funnel cakes, and soft serve ice cream are among the most popular. There are many rides and games for all ages. Live entertainment on the stage. Raffles, and BINGO too.
Open 7 pm - 11 pm
Friday-Saturday, July 1-2, 2022
Monday, July 4, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 8-9, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 15-16, 2022
Friday-Saturday, July 22-23, 2022
Monday-Saturday, July 25-30, 2022
Fireworks on July 4 & July 30 at 10pm
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location: Carnival Grounds on Main Street
Sponsor: Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company


August 4, 2022
CNWR & AINS Free Entrance Day

In honor of the anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island National Seashore will offer an entrance fee free day on August 4th.


September 24, 2022
CNWR & AINS Free Entrance Day

In honor of National Public Lands Day, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island National Seashore will offer an entrance fee free day on September 24th.


November 11, 2022
CNWR & AINS Free Entrance Day

In honor of Veteran's Day, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island National Seashore will offer an entrance fee free day on November 11th.

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