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Looking for some insider information on Chincoteague's top annual events? Look no further—we're here to help you discover the best Chincoteague Island has to offer.

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In Search of Shamrocks

Spring | Celebrate St. Patrick's day with the Historic Main Street Merchants. Search for shamrocks up and down Main Street for fun prizes and more.

colorfully painted red and blue easter eggs

Easter Decoy & Art Festival

Spring | The Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy & Art Festival has been a local tradition for decades. Local and national carvers and artists exhibit and sell their works at this holiday event.

plates of seafood dishes like crawfish

Seafood Festival

Spring | The Seafood Festival has been a Chincoteague tradition for more than four decades. Sample the best-of-the-best local seafood. Beer is sold separately. 

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Anchor Inn Fishing Tournament

Summer | The annual Anchor Inn Fishing Tournament draws the most talented anglers in the area. Compete for prizes in some of the best fishing waters in the Mid-Atlantic. Then celebrate at their annual picnic. 

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Firemen's Carnival

Summer |The Fireman's Carnival has been a Chincoteague tradition for almost a century. Connect with the local community at this summer carnival featuring rides, food, and games. 

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4th of July Fireworks

Summer | Celebrate Independence Day on Chincoteague Island. Join us for an old-fashioned firework display at the Carnival Grounds.

horses in the water

Pony Swim

Summer | Each year, the Saltwater Cowboys swim the ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. The swim is attended by people from around the world. After the swim, the Saltwater Cowboys parade the ponies down Main Street to the carnival grounds where the ponies will be auctioned. The swim takes place on the last Wednesday of July, and the ponies are auctioned on the last Thursday of July. 

platter of oysters

Oyster Festival

Fall | The Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival has been delighting patrons for almost 50 years. Try every type of oyster served in every way. Purchase tickets by calling or visiting the Chamber of Commerce.