Below, we have listed some of Chincoteague & Assateague Island's famous festivals & events.  


CLICK ON PHOTO of event for further information.

 Or call Holiday Cottages @757-336-6256 / 

Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce @757-336-6161

Events for 2020

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    January 1, 2020

    Pony Plunge

    New Year's Day! Chill out & plunge into the ocean

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    February 14-15, 2020

    Death by chocolate

    Free Scavenger hunt, free chocolates, free prizes

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    March 13-14, 2020

    Search for shamrocks

    Free Scavenger hunt, free prizes, & wear your green!

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    April 10-11, 2020

    Easter Decoy Fest

    Local/national artists' exhibits & selling of work

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    April 17, 2020

    Spring roundup

    The Wild Ponies will be rounded up and have a vet check.

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    May 2, 2020

    seafood fest

    A shore Tradition. Ticket includes seafood, beer, music

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    June 2020

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    Opening Ceremony of the island's Carnival

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    July 4th, 2020

    4th of JUly!

    Carnival & Old-fashioned Fireworks Display

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    Every weekend

    Carnival on Main St.


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    July 23-25, 2020

    blueberry festival

    Blueberries, food, art, entertainment. Did I mention Blueberries?!

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    July 25, 2020

    (1st Pony Event)

    South Herd Roundup of Assateague's Wild Ponies

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    July  26, 2020

    (2nd Pony Event)

    North Herd Roundup of Assateague's Wild Ponies

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    July 27, 2020

    (3rd Pony Event)

    Pony Beach Walk with the Saltwater Cowboys

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    July  28, 2020

    Veterinarian Visit

    Veterinarian Check & Selection of Buyback ponies

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    July 29th, 2020

    ()The Pony Swim!

    (4th Pony Event)

    Chincoteague's World Famous Event- the last Wed. in July

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    July 30, 2020

    (5th Pony Event)

    Auction of Foals

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    July 31, 2020

    (Final Pony Event)

    Pony Swim BACK

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    August 8, 2020

    Last Night

    of the Chincoteague Carnival

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    Sept. 5-6, 2020

    Decoy Show

    Decoy Carver's & Artists' Association Decoy Show

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    September 12, 2020

    Poker Run

    Police Dept. Annual event for the kids- BLOCK PARTY

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    Sept. 26, 2020

    Chili Cookoff

    Annual Chili Chowder Cook-off & Car Show

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    October 10, 2020

    Oyster Festival

    48th Annual

    Oyster Festival

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    October, 2020

    National Wildlife Refuge Week Celebration

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    November, 2020

    Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge Waterfowl Weekend

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    November 2020

    Christmas by the Sea Event

    Christmas Manor

    Comes to Life

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    November 2020

    Christmas by the Sea Event

    1. Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 

    2. Holly Day Market & Wildlife Art Gallery

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    December 2020

    Christmas by the Sea Event

    "Savor the Season" Progressive Home Tour

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    December 5, 2020

    Christmas by the Sea Event

    Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade

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    December (TBA), 2020

    Christmas by the Sea Event

    Children's Tea Party

    with Mrs. Claus

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    December 31, 2020

    Christmas by the Sea Event

    (New Year's Eve) Pony Island Horseshoe Drop & Costume Promenade

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    January    1, 2021!

    Christmas by the Sea Event

    New Year's Day-

    Chill out...Take the Polar Pony Plunge

GREAT for Families & Kids!

Notice: These 3 events are going on constantly every weekend throughout the summer.


1. Chincoteague Farmer's Market

(Check Website for Specific Weekend Dates)

Chincoteague Cultural Alliance Headquarters. 9am - 1pm. Plenty of free parking. Rain or Shine. 6309 Church Street. Look for fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, eggs and meats, baked goods, jams, plants and flowers plus arts and crafts - all from local (within 100 miles) producers.

2. NASA Activities

(Check Website for Specific Weekend Dates)

At the NASA Wallops Flight Facility, check out the NASA Visitor Center for special events/activities like STEM labs, Rocketry, and MORE! 3-4 times a month these activities will be going on.  Check by calling Holiday Cottages (757-336-6256) or check the NASA website:

3. Movies in the Park

(Check Website for Specific Weekend Dates)

Bring a chair or blanket to Robert N. Reed Downtown Waterfront Park, Main Street and enjoy free films outdoors on the big screen! Films begin at dusk. In case of rain, films will be screened a block away at CCA Headquarters.


4. Music at the Dock Series

 (Check Website for Specific Weekend Dates)

A summer series of free, live music concerts held in Robert N. Reed Downtown Waterfront Park on Main Street in Chincoteague's historic downtown. Bring a blanket or chairs, or dock your boat, and enjoy the music!

For extended information on certain events or festivals, please visit or or give us a call.

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Chincoteague, VA 23336

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