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45TH ANNUAL CHINCOTEAGUE OYSTER FESTIVAL
October 7, 2017 | 10am - 4pm
Tom's Cove Park
$45/person (under age 5 is free)
757-336-6161 or 6733 Maddox Blvd.
Oysters! Oysters! Oysters! On the Half Shell, Steamed, Single Fried and Frittered.
Clam Fritters, Clam Chowder, Shrimp Cocktail, Salad Bar, Hot Dogs, Hush Puppies, Boardwalk Fries, Coffee/Hot Chocolate, Water & Soft Drinks.
Domestic/Craft Beers and Desserts for purchase.
Live music by festival favorite Island Boy.
Gates open at 10am. Appetizers served at 11am. Full festivities at Noon.
Be a part of the tradition and celebrate the arrival of oyster season.
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Deadline is October 15 to secure your space in the 2018 Visitor's Guide & Membership Directory,
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Kiwanis Club of Chincoteague Phone Book
The Taste of Chincoteague
Canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.
Sep 29 - mid Dec - Architecture & Change: Preserving the Eastern Shore. Ker Place.
69 Market Street,
Onancock. Learn about the architectural histories & interesting stories of the Shore's more unique homes including
Evergreen. Learn more.
Sept 30 - Fee Free Day at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in honor of National Public Lands Day.
Sept 30 - 18th Annual Chili Chowder Cook-off and Car Show. Sponsored by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company. Chincoteague Island Carnival Grounds. Free Admission. LIve Music. Arts & Crafts Vendors. Great Food. Raffles. Family Fun. Little Miss Chili Pepper and Mr. Hot Stuff Competition and more. 11 AM - 5 PM. Food service beginning at Noon. Learn more or call 757-894-8771.
4th Annual Car Show - Chincoteague Island Carnival Grounds. Registration 10 AM - Noon. Trophies awarded at 3 PM. $10 registration fee benefits new CVFC Fire House. First 50 registrations receive a commemorative dash plaque. Trophies for Best In Show, Fire Company's Choice, Mayor's Choice, and Top 30 People's Choice. Learn more.
Lunch 'n Learn: Top 5 Small Business HR Mistakes.
11:30am - 1pm. ESVA Chamber of Commerce, 1905 Parkway, Melfa. Space is limited. R
eserve your seat at
. Free to ESVA Chamber members. Non-chamber members $20.
Oct 6 - Station 1 Pizza Night. New Church Volunteer Fire & Rescue. 5pm-8pm. 4264 Firehouse Street. New Church.
45th Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival
. Tom's Cove Park. Celebrate the arrival of oyster season, enjoy delectable oysters & more! 8128 Beebe Road. 10am - 4pm. Tickets currently on sale!
Oct 7-8 & 14-15 - The Chincoteague Island Theatre Company presents Death of a Dead Guy. 6:30pm. Doors open 6pm. Chincoteague Cultural Alliance Community Center for the Arts, 6309 Church Street. $35 t
icket includes play & three-course meal catered by Kendall's Kitchen. Purchase tickets at H&H Pharmacy, Sundial Books, & online.
Oct 11 - Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce Members Networking Luncheon. Join us at Don's Seafood Restaurant on the second Wednesday of each month from October to April for our Member Networking Luncheons. Bring your business cards and make valuable connections with other Chamber members to grow your business/organization while enjoying a delicious lunch. Noon - 1pm. $10/person + tip.
Grand Opening Reception for The Dogwood Branch
. A quality consignment shop benefiting the Eastern Shore of Virginia Historical Society.
3 North Street, Onancock.
5pm - 8pm.
Oct 13 -
7pm. Doors open 5:30pm. New Church Volunteer Fire & Rescue, 4264 Firehouse St, New Church. $20 for 20 games w/ 9 boards each. Prizes are the collectible Byers Choice Carolers. At least 20 door prizes. Food & refreshments for sale. To purchase tickets, call 757-894-1953 or purchase at the door.
Oct 14 - 2nd Annual Cork & Canvas. Noon - 5pm. Chincoteague Island, VA KOA. 6742 Maddox Blvd. Virginia wines, live music, great food, artisan market and kids entertainment. Benefits Special Olympics Virginia. Learn more & purchase tickets at
Save the Date
Financial Wellness Fair
. Sponsored by Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce. Hosted by The Chincoteague Center. 6155 Community Drive. 9:30am - Noon. Meet with Bankers, Financial Advisors, Insurance Agents, Realtors, & Other Mercantile Services and learn how they can help you cultivate your financial wellness. Participants include Chesapeake Investment Planning, LLC, Dockside Properties, Edward Jones - Willie C. Randall, Merrill Lynch - Mary McKenna, MPI - Mercantile Processing, Inc., PNC Bank, Seaside Properties, LLC, Taylor Bank, The Baxter Insurance Group - Nationwide Insurance and Xenith Bank.
Event is free and open to the public. Giveaways. Refreshments & more. Learn more.
Nov 3 - Stronger Community Through Stories Free Storytelling for Your Business Seminar.
Lead by Donald Davis "Dean of Storytelling". Chincoteague Cultural Alliance Community Center for the Arts. 6309 Church Street. 1pm - 2pm. In adjunt to the Chincoteague Storytelling Festival. Light refreshments provided or bring a bag lunch. RSVP by Oct 31 to
Dec 2 - 38th Annual Chincoteague Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade. Click here for parade applications (general entries, bands and fire companies) and to learn more.
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility
Oct 3-14 Launch Window. ASPIRE Black Brant IX
am - 10:15am. Visitor Center opens at 6am.
NASA Visitor Center -
Open Tues - Sat. 10am - 4pm. Free Admission.
Registration for October Homeschool Science Series now open. Learn more.
11am - Noon. Ages 4-9.
Sep 30 - Tour of the Solar System. 2pm - 2:30pm. All Ages.
Oct 7 - Space Story Time. 11am - 11:30am. Ages 2 - 5.
Oct 7 - Peculiar Planet. 2pm - 2:20pm. All Ages.
Oct 14 - Rigamajig. 11am - Noon. Ages 7-12.
Oct 14 - STEM Saturday: Water Bottle Rockets. 2pm - 3pm. Ages 6 and up. In person registration required.
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
Herbert H. Bateman Center
Open 9am - 5pm
Now thru Oct 6 -
CNWR Annual Pass Photo Contest
Lighthouse - Seasonal operations & weather permitting 9am - 3pm. Closed Noon-12:30pm.
RefugeTrek - Weekends at 10am & 4pm. $14 adults. $7 children.
Assateague Island National Seashore
Toms Cove Visitor Center
Open 9am - 4pm
Chincoteague Bay Field Station
Chincoteague Cultural Alliance Community Center for the Arts
Free Kids Art Classes
- first Saturday of every month. 1pm
Chincoteague Island Farmers and Artisans Market -
Sat. thru Oct 28. 9am - 1pm.
New vendors welcome. Preregistration required.
Call or text 717-495-7155 for more info.
3pm - 5pm. Flight - Now thru Oct. 15. From rockets to birds, airplanes to balloons and more!
Community Bingo - Last Monday of the month. 1pm.
Chincoteague Story Telling Guild
Refreshments at 6:30pm. Story Telling at 7pm. Free admission.
Oct 14 - 2nd Saturday Artful Flea. 9am - 2pm.
Oct 14 - 2nd Saturday Art Stroll. 5pm - 8pm.
Chincoteague Island Library
Open Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat - 10am - 5pm. Thurs 1pm - 7pm.
Tales for Tots
- Ride Into Reading. Thursdays now thru Dec 14 (except Thanksgiving Day).
10am. Ages 2-5. No registration required. Must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Nancy's Book Club - 2nd Thursday.
11 am. Guests and new members invited
Island Readers' Book Club - 3rd Tuesday.
7 pm Guests and new members invited
Now thru Sept 28
Museum of Chincoteague Island
Open Fri - Sun 11am - 5pm.
$4 Adults. Free 12 years & under, active military, & members
- Watch Town meetings
live. Just click on the "Watch Town Meetings Live" button at the top right corner of their website or click here.
The Town's informational television station has moved from Channel 9 to Channel 190.
A new Emergency Operations Center Facebook page will be active during a storm or emergency serving the citizens & visitors of Chincoteague Island. Click
Hurricane Relief - Will donate part of the hotel's entire month's revenue to Harvey victims. They are also arranging a local fund drive to help with the hotel's pledge.
Make a donation directly to the victims of hurricane Harvey, simply by staying at the Marina Bay Hotel.
Sep 29-30 - Walking The Plank Art Show. Fri
4pm - 9pm.
Sat 30 9am - 9pm.
Free Admission. Contact Waterside Inn for special weekend rates.
for Southern Living's "2018 South's Best Awards"
Attention Museum Directors, Boards & Volunteers
Chesapeake Connections: Training for Impactful Visitor Experience
A Workshop for Museum Professionals in Virginia -
Virginia Tourism Corporation & the National Park Service are teaming up to help small local museums create engaging and meaningful visitor experiences. Participants will learn basic interpretive techniques, how to incorporate hands-on techniques, where to look for potential funding sources, and how to marketing museums and programs.
The workshop will also explore ways for new programs to connect to the themes of the upcoming Virginia commemorations, the USA 250 initiative, and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.
Feature speakers will include local tourism directors, representative from Virginia Tourism Corporation, and representatives from the National Park Service. This will be a hands-on workshop and every participant will leave with a binder of program ideas and marketing opportunities.
October 26, 2017 Comfort Suites, Chincoteague, Virginia
Workshops will be 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with sign-in starting at 9:30 a.m.
Registration Required. Click here to register.
There is no cost for the workshop. Advance registration is required. Light refreshments will be provided.
For more information contact Kate Marks Hardy with National Park Service at 410-260-2480
or Staci Martin with Virginia Tourism Corporation at 757-390-7330
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Information described herein is not sponsored or endorsed by the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce, unless otherwise noted. Dates & events may be subject to change. For current information, please contact the event sponsor.