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Category Archives: Chincoteague Events & Activities

44th Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2016

September 12, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2016Tickets are on sale right now for the 44th annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival! Scheduled for October 8th, 2016, this beloved event regularly sells out, so get your ticket, now!

Chincoteague Island is known for its seafood – particularly its oysters! Chincoteague oysters, also known as Chincoteague Salts, are a special treat. You see, Chincoteague Bay is not fed by any real source of fresh water. Consequently, oysters grown here get the full Atlantic salt treatment.

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Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show and Decoy Festival

August 15, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show 2016The arts come to life in September during the annual Chincoteague Island Decoy & Art Festival plus the Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & Sale!

Chincoteague Island is the kind of community that attracts artists and art-lovers. This fact is made apparent throughout the year through various art-related activities and events.

The month of September is no exception with not one but two different art related events!

The Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & Sale
annually brings more than 50 fine artists to for some plein air painting on Chincoteague and Assateague.

What is “plein air” painting?

Plein Air comes from the French phrase “En plein air,” meaning “in the open air.” Plein Air painting is painting outside. It is also painting in against time, against the movement of the sun and clouds, the changing of the light. This necessity to capture a scene before it changes lends a sense of energy and excitement to the work. This kind of effect is an important component of impressionist paintings, like those of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, and Claude Monet.

The artists paint at locations of their choosing around the islands. You may even see some of them at work, should you be here Friday or Saturday before the show. The sale on Saturday night allows you to meet the artists, discuss their works and, if you choose, buy on of their beautiful Chincoteague landscapes home with you! Be sure to come early, as the best pieces sell quickly.

Chincoteague Island Decoy & Art Festival 2016The Chincoteague Island Decoy & Art Festival is another island tradition.

Finely detailed decoy carvings are the focus of this show but other kinds of carvings are on display, too, along with wildlife paintings, photography, jewelry, and other fine creations. The Chincoteague Decoy Carvers and Artists Association works to preserve the tradition of decoy carving, an appreciation for wildlife, sporting, and the natural world.

Much of what is on display will be for sale, giving you the opportunity to take home a one-of-a-kind treasure. You’ll also have the chance to talk to the artists and learn some of their inspiration and techniques. Vendors will also be on hand with art supplies, food, and drink.

Don’t miss these annual Chincoteague Island art events!

Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & Sale

Saturday, September 10, 2016 – 6pm to 9pm
United Methodist Church Social Hall, 6253 Church St

www.chincoteagueculturalalliance.org/

Chincoteague Island Decoy & Art Festival 2016

September 3, 9am-5pm – September 4, 10am-4pm
Chincoteague Center, 6155 Community Dr

For more details, visit www.thechincoteaguecenter.com

Lodging in Chincoteague
No matter what brings you to Chincoteague, Miss Molly’s Inn is a wonderful choice for accommodations. A historic home in the downtown area, we put the island at your fingertips. Stay at our Chincoteague Island B&B for timeless comfort, value, and the traditional warm island welcome!

Chincoteague Island Movies & Music at the Dock

July 8, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Movies & Music at the DockChincoteague Island makes for a wonderful summertime playground with lots of sun and fun for all. Once the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t go with it – Robert Reed Park provides plenty to do with a series of movies and music at the dock all summer long!

There’s so much to do on Chincoteague Island – cruises, biking, shopping, beach-combing, the wild ponies, visiting Assateague lighthouse, and more. Once the sun goes down, it’s time for a good dinner, refreshments, and … there are still many choices!

An evening stroll along the beach can be lovely, or you can spend a quiet night in. For those looking for a touch more fun, however, there’s always Music at the Dock or Summer Cinema in the Park, both held at Robert Reed Park during the summer.

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Attend the 2016 Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival!

June 13, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

2016 Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival The 29th Annual Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival is just weeks away, scheduled for July 22nd through the 24th, 2016.

Blueberries are almost universally loved – and why not? That rarest of foods, these cute, little deep blue orbs are not only delicious, delightful, sweet, and juicy, they also happen to be good for you! How often does that happen? No wonder they’re so celebrated!

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Get Set for Saltwater Brew ‘N’ Que II!

April 15, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Get Set for Saltwater Brew 'N' Que II!If you missed last year’s Saltwater Brew ‘N’ Que on Chincoteague Island, fear not – it’s back with Saltwater Brew ‘N’ Que II – May 20th and 21st, 2016!

The annual Saltwater Brew ‘N’ Que is a mouth-watering, professional barbecue competition and craft beer festival rolled into one and all taking place on Virginia’s lovely Chincoteague Island!

Unlimited beer tastings, served in a commemorative, Saltwater Brew ‘N’ Que glass that you can take home, will help you to wash down all the sweet, hot, and sticky barbecue you can handle: pulled pork, ribs, brisket, chickens, sausages, and of course, all the fixins’! Oh, my!

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Treat Yourself To A Chincoteague Island New Year’s Eve!

December 7, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island New Year's Eve 2016A Chincoteague Island New Year’s Eve with music, drinks, costume contest, the annual Pony Island Horseshoe Drop, and more is the perfect way to celebrate the end of 2015 and the start of 2016.

Many people only know Chincoteague Island for the annual wild pony swims and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assateague Island. They know that our quiet, clean beaches and quaint, island town make for a great summer getaway.

What they don’t realize is that Chincoteague Island remains a wonderful place to visit year ’round and that off-season may actually be the best time to come here!

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“Homes for the Holidays” – Chincoteague Island Holiday Home Tour

November 6, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

“Homes for the Holidays” – Chincoteague Island 2015 Holiday Home TourSee inside remarkable homes and get ideas for your own during “Homes for the Holidays,” the annual, Chincoteague Island Holiday Home Tour – scheduled for December 5th, 2015!

Once the holidays roll around, even the most mundane of structures can suddenly spring to life with lights, figures, and other holiday decorations – but already remarkable homes really sparkle when seasonally bedecked! Chincoteague Island’s diverse and eclectic community includes a number of homes and businesses that have fascinating and unique architectural styles, historic pedigrees, or striking landscapes – sometimes all at once!

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2015 Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Classic Car Show!

September 5, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

2015 Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Classic Car ShowFans of classic cars, chili, and chowder take note: the annual Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car Show is just around the corner, September 26th, 2015!

Hosted annually by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, the Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off has long been a popular autumnal attraction for locals and visitors alike. Add in the Chincoteague Island Classic Car Show – a new tradition added to the Chili Chowder Cook-Off just last year – and you have yourself a perfect storm of food and fun!

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It’s Time For Chincoteague Island Pony Swim 2015!

July 6, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Pony Swim 2015

The 90th annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim is scheduled for the last week of July, 2015 – if you haven’t reserved your rooms yet, time is of the essence!

Easily the busiest time of the year on the island, the Chincoteague Island Pony Swim is the must-see event of the year, every year, on Virginia’s eastern shore. If you’ve yet to witness this iconic spectacle, add it to your bucket list or, better yet, make plans to get on down here this year while you still can.

The annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim week, this year starting on the 25th of July and continuing to the 31st, includes two round-ups, a beach walk, two swims, a parade, pony auction, and the attendant Chincoteague Fireman’s Carnival.

The 2015 Chincoteague Island Pony Swim breakdown is as follows:

The Pony Round Up: July 25th and 26th
The Beach Walk: July 27th
THE MAIN EVENT! Pony Swim to Chincoteague: July 29th
Parade To Carnival Grounds: July 29th
The Pony Auction: July 30th
The Pony Swim Back to Assateague: July 31st

Assateague Island is home to two herds of wild horses, one on the north end of the island, one in the south. Periodically, Chincoteague’s Saltwater Cowboys – also the Volunteer Firemen responsible for the annual summer carnival – round up the ponies for medical checks and, once a year, swim them across the channel between Assateague and Chincoteague at slack tide in order to cull ponies from the herd for auction.

Proceeds from the auction and carnival go towards the Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman/Saltwater Cowboys who, in turn, use the funds to care for the wild ponies of Assateague Island.

Chincoteague Island Pony Swim and Fireman’s Carnival, 2015

July 25th through the 31st, 2015
For more details about the Chincoteague Island Pony Swim, Pony Auction, and Fireman’s Carnival, be sure to visit: www.chincoteague.com

Chincoteague Island Pony Swim Lodging
Thousands of people come from all over the world to witness the Chincoteague Island Pony Swim – to assure your place among the crowd, it is good to book your lodging NOW while you still can – and what better place to stay than at a historic inn on Chincoteague Island, itself? Stay at Miss Molly’s Inn Bed & Breakfast (or our sister B&B, 1848 Island Manor House) during the Chincoteague Island Pony Swim – as of this writing we still have a few rooms available – but that wont last!

Dig In To The 2015 Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival!

June 6, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival 2015Save your appetites – the 28th annual Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival is coming: the weekend of July 24th through the 26th, 2015!

Held every year on the weekend preceding the annual and famous Chincoteague Island Pony Swim, the Chincoteague Island Blueberry Festival is a long time tradition on the island – just two years short of 3 decades, this year – and every year it gets bigger, better, and blueberrier! And why not? Chincoteague Island is a great destination no matter the occasion.

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