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Category Archives: Chincoteague Events

The 14th Annual Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & Sale

August 7, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

2017 Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & SaleThe 2017 Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & Sale is almost here! Artists from around the region will be on hand painting and selling. September 9th, 6pm to 9pm at the United Methodist Church Social Hall.

The Chincoteague Island Plein Air Art Show & Sale is an annual event, held the weekend after Labor Day each year. The event brings more than 50 fine artists to the island and a crowd of art lovers many times that size. That’s because you’ll have the opportunity to buy the paintings you watched being created!

“En Plein Air” is a French term meaning “in the open air.” It refers to the act of painting both out of doors and in a race with the changing light and movement of clouds. Plein Air paintings often contain a sense of life, urgency, and excitement brought on by this race against the elements.

En Plein Air became very popular in the mid-1800’s with the introduction of paint tubes and the box easel. Impressionist painters like Monet and Renoir practiced the style and helped to make it famous. Now you can come be a part of this artistic tradition on Chincoteague Island!

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Don’t Miss the 2017 Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman’s Carnival!

May 12, 2017 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival 2017Come out to Chincoteague Island for the rides, games, fun, and food that make up the annual Volunteer Fireman's Carnival! Open every Friday and Saturday from June 24th to July 30th, 2017!

Summer! After spring, is there any other season more welcome? The warmth and light, the activity, and all the great things to see and do that make up the season. One annual summer event that’s a favorite around these parts is the Chincoteague Volunteer Fireman's Carnival, held every year through the month of July.

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Ring In 2017 At Chincoteague’s Pony Island Horseshoe Drop!

December 10, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island's 2016 Pony Island Horseshoe DropCome to Chincoteague Island this New Year’s Eve and celebrate the passing of 2016 at the annual Pony Island Horseshoe Drop and Costume Promenade!

Chincoteague Island definitely knows how to throw a party and no date makes this more apparent than New Year’s Eve. The annual New Year’s Eve Concert, Pony Island Horseshoe Drop, and Costume Promenade see to that!

Honestly, though summer and the Pony Swims/Roundups see most of our traffic, many will tell you that the off-season is the best time to visit Chincoteague!

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Chincoteague Island Restaurant Week 2016 – A Taste of Chincoteague

September 9, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Taste of Chincoteague Island Restaurant Week 2016Come to Virginia’s eastern shore for Chincoteague Island Restaurant Week and treat your taste buds! October 1st through the 8th, 2016. Show up the evening of September 30th to kick off the week with an evening of fine food at “Taste of Chincoteague!”

Everyone knows Chincoteague Island for its wild ponies, saltwater cowboys, and wildlife. What about Chincoteague oysters? Ring any bells? You bet they do – and that’s not all. Our small island is BIG on taste, with numerous chefs and restaurants making their mark here on our shores.

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Attend the Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car Show

August 15, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

2016 Chincoteague Island Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car ShowTime for Chincoteague Island’s annual Chili Chowder Cook-Off and Car Show is almost here: September 24th, 2016 on the Chincoteague Island Carnival Grounds.

The annual Chili Chowder Cook-off is a favorite island get-together featuring fun, sun, food, music, and more. Sponsored by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company, the event brings area chefs together in a competition to create the best chili or chowder. Each year sees amazing twists on these dishes, from the chef’s own ingenuity or family recipes handed down from generation to generation.

Attendees to the Chili Chowder Cook-off will be able to taste and help judge delicious variations of these two, classic comfort foods! Consequently, the judges – people like yourself – are the real winners!

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Don’t Miss Chincoteague Island Pony Swim 2016!

June 13, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Pony Swim 2016The Saltwater Cowboys of Chincoteague will be back in action, July 23rd through the 29th, 2016, when they round up the wild horses of Assateague Island for the 91st annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim!

The Chincoteague Island Pony Swim involves two separate herds of wild horses being rounded up and swum across the channel between Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. This unique, annual event allows for health checks for the ponies and an auctioning of the foals, in order to keep the herds at safe and manageable sizes. Further, proceeds from the auction sales go towards funding veterinary care for the ponies throughout the rest of the year.

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2nd Annual Ladies’ Floozie Flounder Tournament

May 13, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Ladies Floozie Flounder Tournament 2016Captain Bob’s 2nd annual Ladies’ Floozie Flounder Tournament, Chincoteague Island’s only fishing tournament for women, benefiting breast cancer education and research, is scheduled for June 10th, 11th, & 12th, 2016!

Fishing tournaments aren’t all that rare, even if you winnow it down to flounder fishing tournaments – but a Ladies only Floozie Flounder Tournament, now that’s something.

Captain Bob’s Marina has hosted their Flounder King Tournament for many years and, while it hasn’t been restricted to men only, the contestants have been predominantly male, despite the host of talented women fishers out there.

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Get Set For The 2016 Chincoteague Seafood Festival!

April 15, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

2016 Chincoteague Seafood FestivalTie on that bib and gird your tastebuds – the 2016 Chincoteague Seafood Festival is just around the corner, Saturday May 7, 2016!

A spring festival held annually since 1968, the 2016 Chincoteague Seafood Festival is part of an almost 50 year-old, Eastern Shore tradition that will have your tongue and tummy very happy, indeed. Fresh steamed “Little Neck” clams, single fried oysters, fish, shrimp, clam fritters, clam strips, raw oysters and clams, clam chowder, and more.

Not just seafood – not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you! – the 2016 Chincoteague Seafood Festival also provides grilled chicken, sweet potato fries and boardwalk fries, hushpuppies, a full salad bar, beer, and soft drinks.

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Attend the Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy & Art Festival

February 12, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy & Art FestivalThe 37th Annual Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy & Art Festival, scheduled for March 25th through March 26th, 2016, will see local and national carvers exhibiting and selling their work during this Chincoteague Island tradition!

The Chincoteague Island Easter Decoy & Art Festival has been a local tradition for almost 40 years, now and it shows when you see the wide variety of absolutely beautiful, hand crafted art and crafts that are brought to our little island community’s spring event.

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Make A Splash at the 2016 Polar Pony Plunge

December 4, 2015 by Corey A. Edwards

Chincoteague Island Polar Pony Plunge 2016There are lots of great ways to celebrate the first day of the new year – but few are as invigorating and fun as Chincoteague Island’s annual Polar Pony Plunge!

2015 will very soon be making way for 2016 and one of the best ways to celebrate this yearly transition is by treating yourself to a Virginia Coast holiday getaway on Chincoteague Island.

Here on Chincoteague, we know how to do New Year’s Eve right, with the annual concert at the Island Theatre and the Pony Island Horseshoe Drop and Costume Promenade at midnight – followed the very next day by the Chincoteague Island Polar Pony Plunge.

Chincoteague Island is known for its swimming wild ponies but in this particular instance, the pony in question could be you. Please allow me to explain …

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