Local Events

Mark Your Calendar

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


What better way to spent St. Patrick's Day than spending an afternoon in search of shamrocks in the shops along historic Main Street? 

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Easter Decoy & Art Festival


Discover an "egg-stravagant" display of artistry on exhibit at the annual Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy & Art Festival.

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Anchor Inn Fishing Tournament


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


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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Fourth of July Fireworks


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

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Pony Swim


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.