Come out to Chincoteague Island this October for Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2019! Oysters on the half shell, steamed, frittered, single fried, and more. October 12th, 10am to 4pm in Tom’s Cove Park.
Looking for a great way to kick off your autumn? Make a break for Virginia’s eastern shore and the 47th annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival!
Chincoteague Island is always a great place for getting away from it all and rejuvenating for a few days. That’s especially true with fresh seafood and one of the island’s popular annual festivals in the mix!
Although it’s no longer true that you should only eat oysters in the months containing an ‘R’ (September through April), it IS still generally true that oysters are better in autumn and winter. This is especially true in September and October, when they tend to be more plump and sweet.
Harvesting the bounty of the waters around Chincoteague played a major role in the island’s history, and oysters were a big part of that. The oyster beds around Chincoteague and Assateague produce a unique and prized variety of oyster known as “Chincoteague Salts” that took our name to banquets around the globe.
Chincoteague Oyster Festival celebrates both the island’s oyster fishing history and the start of oyster season. Come join in the fun!
Your ticket to Chincoteague Oyster Festival entitles you to all the oysters – and other offerings – you can eat.
First, the appetizer tents will open with hot cups of clam chowder, shrimp cocktail, fries, hushpuppies, hot dogs, a salad bar, and more. Once noon rolls around, the main event begins with steamed, fried, and half-shell oysters, along with oyster and clam fritters.
Your ticket also includes water and other soft drinks. Those 21 and over may purchase something a little stronger at the beer tent.
Island Boy, a popular local rock and soul band, will once again provide live music for the festival. Oyster festival keepsakes, such as the annual t-shirt, will be available for purchase. There will also be a raffle for a variety of prizes, including tickets, lodging, and more for next year’s festival.
Chincoteague Oyster Festival 2019
October 12th, 10am to 4pm in Tom’s Cove Park on Chincoteague Island
10am – Gates open
11am – Appetizer tents open
12pm – Seafood served, live music begins
4pm – Festival ends
6pm – Festival grounds close
Chincoteague Oyster Festival is a sell out event and tickets go very quickly. Tickets may be purchased online at the festival website or in person at the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce.
Stay at Island Manor House Bed and Breakfast for Chincoteague Oyster Festival or any time you’re on the island. Our historic Chincoteague inn is located on the island’s Main Street, just minutes from shops, restaurants, and more. You won’t believe the comfort and style of our guest rooms and suites – and just wait until you taste breakfast! Book your stay at Island Manor House today!