Local Events

Lighthouse Tours

Seasonal - Sat-Sun 9 AM - 3 PM

Wildlife Tours - Make reservations at 757-336-3696

Seasonal- Sat-Sun 10 AM - Free

For a more local events, visit the following sites:

https://chincoteaguechamber.com - Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce & Certified Visitor Center

https://chincoteaguemerchants.com - Main Street Merchants Association

https://chincoteagueislandarts.com - Chincoteague Island Arts Organization

https://www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/visitorcenter - NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center

https://ChincoteagueChristmas.com - Christmas By The Sea


January 

Polar Pony Plunge - https://chincoteaguechristmas.com

February

Death by Chocolate - A FREE 2 Day Event sponsored by the Historic Main Street Merchants - Feb 14 4-8pm and Feb 15 10am - 4pm.  Journey from business to business for the Ultimate Chocolate Lovers Scavenger Hunt!  Bring a friend and enjoy chocolate along your journey!  The prize drawings will be held on Saturday February 15th at 4pm at the Chincoteague Center.  Make a weekend of it and enjoy all that Chincoteague has to offer.  For more details, call Nicole at 757-336-3700 or visit www.chincoteaguemerchants.com.

March

Search for the Shamrocks Scavenger Hunt - For more information visit www.chincoteaguemerchants.com

April

Easter Decoy & Art Festival - Local and national carvers and artists exhibit and sell their work at this Chincoteague Island Tradition.  Open Friday April 19, 2019 from Noon - 6pm, Saturday April 20, 2019 from 9am - 4pm.  Visit www.chincoteaguedecoyshow.com

May

Chincoteague Seafood Festival - A spring seafood festival celebrating its 52nd year!!  Held at Tom's Cove Campground from 10am - 4pm it is an event not to be missed!!  For more info, visit www.chincoteaguechamber.com/events/51st-annual-chincoteague-seafood-festival

July

Chincoteague Blueberry Festival - From 9am - 4:30pm each day, join us at the Chincoteague Center for the largest Fine Arts and Crafts Event on the Eastern Shore featuring family friendly entertainment, arts, crafts, blueberries, blueberries and more blueberries!!  Visit www.chincoteagueblueberryfestival.com for more information.

Southern Herd Roundup - The Saltwater Cowboys will begin rounding up the Southern Herd, into the Southern Coral, Saturday afternoon around 4:30pm.  The Southern Coral is located on Assateague, just off the road that leads to the beach and is accessible to the public.  For more info, visit www.chincoteague.com/pony_swim_guide.html

Northern Herd Roundup - The Saltwater Cowboys will begin rounding up the Northern Herd, into the Northern Corral, Sunday morning around 7:30am.  The Northern Corral is not accessible to the public during the roundup.  For more info, visit https://www.chincoteague.com/pony_swim_guide.html

Pony Beach Walk - On Monday, around 7am, the Saltwater Cowboys will move the ponies out to the beachfront then south along the Ocean, and join them with the ponies in the Southern Corral.  The Refuge will open at 5:00am.  To view the ponies walk down the beach, we recommend driving to the beachfront and parking in the recreational beach parking area.  Bring snacks, water, bug spray and cameras to enjoy this spectacular event!  Bicyclists and hikers can use Swan Cove Trail to access the beach.  For more info visit https://www.chincoteague.com/pony_swim_guide.html

95th Annual Pony SwimOn Wednesday, the Saltwater Cowboys will swim the ponies from Assateague to Chincoteague. The Ponies will swim across the Channel and come ashore on the east side of Chincoteague Island. The swim time will be announced at a closer date. After the swim, the ponies rest for 45 minutes. Then the Saltwater Cowboys will "parade" the ponies down Main Street, to the carnival grounds corral.  For more details: Visit www.chincoteague.com/pony_swim_guide.html.

Pony AuctionThe Pony Auction takes place the day after the Pony Swim, beginning at 8 am, at back of Carnival Grounds. For more details: Visit www.chincoteague.com/pony_auction.html.

Pony Swim BackOn Friday, the adult ponies will return to Assateague where they will live in the wild for another year. For more details: Visit www.chincoteague.com/pony_swim_guide.html.

September

Chili Chowder Cook-off and Car Show - September 28, 2019 held at the Carnival Grounds.  Call 757.894.8771 for more info

October

Oyster Festival - Enjoy oysters - raw, steamed, fritters and single fried; clam fritters, clam chowder, shrimp cocktail, salad bar, fries and more! Island Boys will provide entertainment and beer and wine are available for purchase. 

November

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Week - visit https://fws.gov/refuge/chincoteague for more info

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony - Robert Reed Park, November 23, 2019.  More info at https://chincoteaguemerchants.com

December

Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade

Pony Island Horsehoe Drop & Costume Promenade - December 31st at the Robert Reed Park