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50 Years of Love on Chincoteague

July 1, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

50 Years of Love on Chincoteague Island Virginia2019 is the 50th anniversary of the “Virginia Is For Lovers” and communities across the state are celebrating with special events and promotions. Enjoy fun and savings through special events and promotions celebrating 50 Years of Love on Chincoteague!

Virginia Is For Lovers but even haters can enjoy savings and fun during this summer’s 50 Years of Love promotion. Chincoteague is certainly on board with a whole host of events and offerings between June 21st and August 10th, 2019. Come celebrate the love on Virginia’s only resort island.

50 Years of Love on Chincoteague Events and Promotions

July 6-7 – Freedom Festival
The Freedom Festival is an art and crafts extravaganza featuring a 50 states scavenger hunt at the Chincoteague Center (6155 Community Dr). Come peruse the offerings of artisans, artists, and craftspeople. Rain or shine, $3 one-day admission, $5 two-day admission, kids under 12 FREE. 9am to 4pm both days. Learn more about this event on Facebook.

July 19 – Misty’s 73rd Birthday
Celebrate the 73rd birthday of the island’s most famous resident, Misty of Chincoteague! The party will feature the Chincoteague Pony Drill Team with Misty III and Billy Beebe, who will autograph your Misty of Chincoteague books. Plus games, food, and fun, 2pm to 4pm at the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce, 6733 Maddox Blvd. Visit www.chincoteaguechamber.com for more information.

July 23 – Buckaroo Bingo
Try your luck with 20 games of Pony Bingo for only $20! Little Buckaroo Bingo Boards available for $5 with purchase of full admission. Concessions, Chincoteague themed prizes, and fun for ALL ages! 2pm to 4:30pm at the Chincoteague Center, 6155 Community Dr. More information on Facebook.

August 3 – Opus Live in Concert
Get down to an evening of live Motown music with Opus, in concert! Live Motown classics, a concession stand, and a cash bar. 7pm to 10pm at at the Chincoteague Center (6155 Community Dr). Adult tickets $15 ahead of time; $20 at the door. See more about this event on Facebook.

Even More Love

50 Years of Love also includes a variety of ongoing special offerings and activities around Chincoteague.

Dockside Properties
(4105 Main St), for example, has been giving away one mystery item a day for all 50 days of the celebration!

The ’50 Things To Do On Chincoteague’ Scavenger Hunt will challenge your knowledge of the island. Pick up game cards from participating merchants and play to win prizes and special limited time offers. Learn more.

Keep an eye out for the “50 Years of Love” flyer around town for more fun and offers!

Chincoteague Lodging

Miss Molly’s Inn is proud to be a part of Chincoteague – and a historic part! – . Come stay in the island’s most famous inn and reap the best in service, comfort, and value. 7 comfortable guest rooms to choose from, delicious daily breakfasts, beach gear, concierge services, and more. Book your Chincoteague getaway at Miss Molly’s Inn today!

Chincoteague Farmers Market, Artisan Market, & The Artful Flea

May 10, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Farmers Market 2019The sun is out, flowers are in bloom, and the Chincoteague Farmers Market is in full swing. Come enjoy the fresh and colorful local produce, quality arts and crafts, and live entertainment every week!

The Chincoteague Island Farmers and Artisans Market is held most Saturdays and Wednesdays, from April to October. The market is located at 6309 Church Street, just a few blocks from our Chincoteague bed and breakfast.

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Don’t Miss Chincoteague Seafood Festival 2019!

April 13, 2019 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Seafood Festival 2019Get those appetites and wet naps at the ready – it’s almost time for Chincoteague Seafood Festival 2019! The 51st return of this beloved annual celebration of Virginia’s Eastern Shore bounty is scheduled for May 4, 2019, from 10am to 4pm, Tom’s Cove Park, Chincoteague.

There’s nothing quite like enjoying some fresh, delicious seafood on the sunny seashore. This is especially true during Chincoteague’s annual Seafood Festival! Chincoteague Seafood Festival has been an Eastern Shore tradition since 1968 and shows no sign of losing steam, yet (and a good thing, too – that steam is needed for the clams).

The first Saturday of every May sees Chincoteague’s Tom’s Cove Park filled to brimming with tents, live music, and feasting festival goers.

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Make Splash at Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge 2019!

December 10, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge 2019Kick off the 2019 the right way by flinging yourself headlong into Assateague Island’s freezing surf on New Year’s Day during Chincoteague Polar Pony Plunge 2019!

There are lots of polar plunges on New Year’s Day but Chincoteague’s is different from all those others.


Well, for one thing, ours occurs off the beach of Assateague Island – I guarantee you no one else’s does that. Oh, and ours is a polar PONY plunge, not just a polar plunge. This is Chincoteague Island, after all, home of Misty and many other wild ponies, so it only follows.

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Chincoteague Holiday Home Tours – Homes for the Holidays 2018

November 12, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Holiday Home Tours - Homes for the Holidays 2018Get a look inside some of the island’s most intriguing homes during the annual Chincoteague holiday home tour event, “Homes for the Holidays!” December 1st, 2018.

Come out to Virginia’s eastern shore this December and enjoy a Chincoteague holiday getaway! There’s always something doing on the island and this is doubly true during the end of the year holidays. Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Years bring their own brand of cheer and we love to share it.

Chincoteague Holiday Home Tours

One of the more popular events this time of year is the “Homes for the Holidays” Chincoteague holiday home tours. Chincoteague Island has a lot of unique, historic, and beautiful homes. During the holidays, these already beautiful homes are further enhanced by fantastic seasonal decorations.

Cruising local neighborhoods for their spectacular lights and decorations is a common holiday pastime around the country. Chincoteague ups the ante with the “Homes for the Holidays” home tours.

Chincoteague Island’s diverse and eclectic community has a number of houses and businesses with unique architectural styles, historic pedigrees, or striking landscapes. During the “Homes for the Holidays” tour, you’ll have the chance to inspect them up close. Come see inside some of Chincoteague’s most remarkable homes and get decorating ideas for your own!

“Homes for the Holidays” Chincoteague holiday home tours are scheduled for December 1st, between 11am and 4pm. If you’d like to attend, contact Kim Dennis at 703-599-4430, or kimberly.dennis@msn.com.

Chincoteague Christmas Parade

Chincoteague holiday home tours aren’t the only thing happening on December 1st. It’s also the day of Chincoteague’s annual Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade. How old-fashioned is our parade? It’s so old-fashioned, we use the word “Christmas” instead of “holiday.” Huzzah!

The Old Fashioned Christmas Parade includes marching bands, floats, antique cars, and fire companies from around the Virginia shore. Chincoteague’s own Saltwater Cowboys will be on hand, along with Santa, and the return of King Neptune and his Mermaid Queen. Come join in the fun!

7pm, December 1st, 2018 on Main Street. Festivities begin with a concert by The Salt Marsh Ramblers at 6pm in Robert N. Reed Downtown Park.

Chincoteague Holiday Lodging

No matter what time of the year you visit Chincoteague Island, Miss Molly’s Inn is here for you! Our historic, Chincoteague Island B&B offers luxurious rooms, daily gourmet breakfasts, concierge services, and much, much more. Book your stay today – and Happy holidays!

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend 2018

October 12, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend 2018Celebrate Thanksgiving with a different kind of bird this year – lots of them! – during Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend 2018! This rare chance to visit the otherwise off-limit refuge during the peak of the annual fall migration occurs Thanksgiving weekend: November 22nd through the 25th, 2018.

There’s never a bad time to visit Chincoteague Island but nature lovers know one of the best times is during peak of the annual fall migration. Assateague Island is part of the Great Atlantic Flyway, with a great variety of waterfowl passing through the area every fall.

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Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2018 – It’s Okay To Be Shellfish!

September 7, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2018It’s time once again to get ready for the Chincoteague Oyster Festival. This beloved annual event – the 46th! – welcomes the start of oyster season. Come join in the fun Saturday, October 6th, 2018, 10am to 4pm, at Tom’s Cove Park on Chincoteague Island!

As oyster season approaches, it’s hard to not let visions of those delectable little morsels intrude into your day. Steamed oysters, fried oysters, roasted oysters, grilled oysters, oyster fritters – the perfection of oysters on the half shell. Mmmmmmmmm …

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Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off, Plein Air Art Show, & More!

August 10, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off 2018September is an active month here on Chincoteague Island, with lots of great events to attend. We’ll see the annual Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off & Car Show, the Decoy Carvers and Artists Show, and a Plein Air Art Show & Sale!

There’s always something fun to do and see on Chincoteague but September is really packed. Things kick off with the annual, fall Chincoteague Decoy Carvers and Artists Decoy Show on September 3rd and 4th. After that, on September 8th comes the annual Chincoteague Plein Air Art Show & Sale. We wrap up the month with the Chincoteague Chili Chowder Cook Off & Car Show on September 29th.

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Come Shop The Dock on Chincoteague Island, VA!

June 8, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Come Shop The Dock on Chincoteague Island, VA! Make the most of your Eastern Shore getaway with Shop The Dock on Chincoteague Island. Shop The Dock is great deals from multiple local vendors the third Sunday of each month, June through October, 2018.

There is plenty to do in Chincoteague year-round: sailing, biking, hiking, birding, beach-combing, the wild ponies, and so much more. People come to watch NASA rocket launches, to visit Assateague Lighthouse, and to enjoy our waters’ delightful seafood bounty.

Now a new attraction has been added for the summer months: Shop The Dock on Chincoteague!

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Don’t Miss the Chincoteague Shore Craft Beer Festival!

April 6, 2018 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Shore Craft Beer Festival 2018The 2nd annual Chincoteague Shore Craft Beer Festival is coming! Food trucks, live music, and 12 breweries offering samples of over 30 beers will take over Chincoteague Island Fairgrounds for an afternoon of fun. Saturday, April 28th, 2018.

Q: What do you get when you mix craft beer, local food trucks, and live music with the Chincoteague Island Fairgrounds?
A: A GREAT time for all!

If you agree with the answer above, then the annual Chincoteague Shore Craft Beer Fest is the spring event for you! You’ll enjoy unlimited craft beer tastings from local, Eastern Shore breweries and also have the opportunity chat with the brewery reps.

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