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2016 EVENTS (last updated 3/1/2016)

 
July

Easter Decoy & Art Festival - This annual event includes local & national wildlife artists and decoy carvers. Hotels and other lodging accommodations are available on Chincoteague Island.

Dates: March 25 & 26, 2016 (Friday 12PM-6PM, Saturday 9AM-4PM)


Refuge Trek with the Chincoteague Natural History Association - Join the CNHA for a Refuge Trek, a wildlife bus tour at the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.

Date & Time: March 25 & 26, 2016 (Friday 12PM-6PM, Saturday 9AM-4PM)

Call (757) 336-3696 for more information


Easter Kids Fun Fair and Art & Craft Fair - This event features close to 80 exhibitors displaying unique hand-crafted items: wearable art, jewelry, garden decor, toys, florals, fine art and more!

Date: March 25 & 26, 2016 (10AM-5PM)

Location: Roland E. Powell Convention Center, 40th St., Ocean City, MD


Run For a Cause- Bay to Bay 10K Run & 5K Run/Walk hosted by the Chincoteague Island Family YMCA. Fun family activities will be available after the races and will include an Easter Egg Hunt for the little ones. All proceeds support the Chincoteague YMCA financial assistance program.

Date: March 26, 2016 (All races begin at 8am)

Location: Chincoteague Island, VA

Call (757) 336-6266 for more information

 

2nd Saturday Art Stroll - Participating art galleries and shops hold special events with extended open hours. Arts, crafts, book signings, readings, art exhibits, demonstrations, tastings, music, etc.

Date & Time: 2nd Saturday, April-November (5PM-9PM)

Location: Chincoteague Island, VA


Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition - One of the of prestigious competitions of wildfowl carving events. This event includes benefit auction, classes, seminars, children's activities, carver's art shop and over 100 exhibitors of art and supplies.

Date & Time: April 22-24, 2016 (Friday 10PM-5PM, Saturday 9AM-5PM, Sunday 10AM-4PM)

Location: Ocean City Convention Center, 40th St. & Coastal Hwy, Ocean City, MD

Call (410) 742-4988 ext. 120 for more information.


MD International Kite Expo - One of the largest kite festivals featuring three fun-filled days of kite flying on the beaches.

Date & Time: April 29 - May 1, 2016 (9AM - 9PM)

Location: Ocean City Beach & Boardwalk (2nd to 6th Street), Ocean City, MD

Call (410) 289-7855 for more information.

 

Springfest - Sponsored by The Town of Ocean City, this nationally known event kicks off the start of Summer with food, arts and crafts, children's activities and entertainment.

Date: May 5-8, 2016

Location: Inlet Parking Area, South End of Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD


Annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival - For over 45 years this event has featured famous Chincoteague oysters, clams, fresh fish and more. An internationally well known event with attendants that often include members of the Senate, Virginia's Governor, and well known celebrities.

Date: May 7, 2016

Location: Tom's Cove Park, Chincoteague Island, VA

Call (757) 336-6161 for more information.


Mother Earth Day Festival- Sponsored by Chincoteague Cultural Alliance. Held each year on the day before Mother's Day, to honor our Mothers & Mother Earth with a festival featuring arts & crafts, live music, fun activities for kids, bake sale & plant sale, electronics recycling and environmental exhibits.

Date: May 7, 2016 (10AM - 3PM)

Location: Robert N. Reed Downtown Waterfront Park, Chincoteague Island, VA


Annual International Migratory Bird Celebration - Event that recognizes the Eastern Shore of Virginia and its wetlands as a vital migration area for migratory birds along the Atlantic Coastal Flyway. Workshops, guided walks, kid's activities and more.

Date & Time: May 14, 2016

Location: Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island, VA

Climb the Assateague Lighthouse or participate in the environmental education programs.

Call (757) 336-6122 for more information.


Artful Flea and Farmer's Market- Held by Chincoteague Cultural Alliance. Artful Flea features a variety of arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles and attic treasures, plus food and music. You will find fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, baked goods, jams, plants plus arts and crafts (all from local - within 100 miles) at the Farmer's Market.

Date: May 14, 2016 (9AM - 1PM)

Location: CCA Headquarters, Chincoteague Island, VA

 

2nd Saturday Art Stroll - Participating art galleries and shops hold special events with extended open hours. Arts, crafts, book signings, readings, art exhibits, demonstrations, tastings, music, etc.

Date & Time: 2nd Saturday, April-November (5PM-9PM)

Location: Chincoteague Island, VA


Cruisin' Ocean City - A popular car show featuring over 3,000 hot rods, customs, classics, street machines, muscle cars & more. Live entertainment & special attractions.

Date: May 19-22, 2016

Location: Convention Center, Oceanside Boardwalk (Inlet - 27th), Ocean City, MD

Call (410) 798-6304 for more information


Saltwater Brew 'N' Que- Barbecue competition and craft beer festival featuring some of the best barbecue in the nation, a fine selection of craft beer with unlimited tastings, live music, kids' entertainment and more. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department..

Date: May 20 & 21, 2016 (Friday 4PM-9PM, Saturday 10AM-7PM)

Location: CVFC Carnival Grounds, Chincoteague Island, VA

Call (410) 213-2600 for more information.


OC Beach Lights - Lasers, lights, fireworks, music, special effects, and more.

Date & Time: Sundays from May 29 to September 4, 2016 (Show times: 9:30PM ,10PM, 10:30PM)

Location: Oceanside Boardwalk (Inlet - 27th), Ocean City, MD

 

2nd Saturday Art Stroll - Participating art galleries and shops hold special events with extended open hours. Arts, crafts, book signings, readings, art exhibits, demonstrations, tastings, music, etc.

Date & Time: 2nd Saturday, April-November (5PM-9PM)

Location: Chincoteague Island, VA


OC Air Show - Military jets and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will soar over the beach and boardwalk of Ocean City, Maryland. Many activities surround this event.

Date: June 18 & 19, 2016

Location: Oceanside Boardwalk (Inlet - 27th), Ocean City, MD


MD State Firemen's Parade - Annual parade with fire apparatus, marching units, etc.

Date & Time: June 22, 2016 (Starts at 1PM)

Location: Baltimore Ave from 15th St. to 32nd St., .Ocean City, MD


Chincoteague Firemen's Carnival - Annual event with food, amusement rides, raffles and live entertainment. Every Friday & Saturday during July.

Dates & Time: June 24-25, July 1-2, 4, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 25-30, 2016 (opens at 7PM)

Location: Carnival ground, Chincoteague Island, VA


Art's Alive - Fine art at the beach as over 100 artists display and sell their art works.

Dates & Time: June 25 & 26, 2016 (9AM - 5PM)

Location: Bayside North Ocean City (91st - 146th), Ocean City, MD

Call 410-250-0125 for more information.


Movies in the Park- Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy free films outdoors on the big screen. Films begin at dusk. In case of rain, films will be screened at CCA Headquarters.

Date: June 30, 2016

Location: Robert N. Reed Downtown Waterfront Park, Chincoteague Island, VA

 

Chincoteague Firemen's Carnival - Annual event with food, amusement rides, raffles and live entertainment. Every Friday & Saturday during July.

Dates & Time: June 24-25, July 1-2, 4, 8-9, 15-16, 22-23, 25-30, 2016 (opens at 7PM)

Location: Carnival ground, Chincoteague Island, VA


Music at the Dock Series- A summer series of free, live music concerts.

Date: July 2, 2016

Location: Robert N. Reed Downtown Waterfront Park, Chincoteague Island, VA


OC Beach Lights - Lasers, lights, fireworks, music, special effects, and more.

Date & Time: Sundays from May 29 to September 4, 2016 (Show times: 9:30PM ,10PM, 10:30PM)

Location: Oceanside Boardwalk (Inlet - 27th), Ocean City, MD


Ocean City 4th of July Fireworks & Concert- A spectacular fireworks display and live concerts near the beach in Ocean City. Annual July 4th event.

Date & Time: July 4, 2016 (Concert 8PM, Fireworks 9:30 PM)

Location: N. Division St. & the Beach and 125th St., Ocean City, MD


Chincoteague Firemen's Carnival Fireworks - A spectacular fireworks display held by Chincoteague Firemen. Annual July 4th event. Eat an oyster sandwich during the show by the bay.

Date & Time: July 4, 2016 (Approximately 10PM)

Location: Carnival ground, Chincoteague Island, VA


Annual Ocean City Tuna Tournament - The world largest tuna tournament with a winning prize of over $500,000.

Dates & Time: July 8-10, 2016 (Weigh-ins 4PM-7:30PM)

Location: Ocean City Fishing Center, off Rt. 50 at Inlet Isle Lane, Ocean City, MD

Call (410) 213-1121 for more information.


Artful Flea and Farmer's Market- Held by Chincoteague Cultural Alliance. Artful Flea features a variety of arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles and attic treasures, plus food and music. You will find fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, baked goods, jams, plants plus arts and crafts (all from local - within 100 miles) at the Farmer's Market.

Date & Time: July 9, 2016 (9AM - 1PM)

Location: CCA Headquarters, Chincoteague Island, VA

 

2nd Saturday Art Stroll - Participating art galleries and shops hold special events with extended open hours. Arts, crafts, book signings, readings, art exhibits, demonstrations, tastings, music, etc.

Date & Time: 2nd Saturday, April-November (5PM-9PM)

Location: Chincoteague Island, VA


Beach Fireworks - Fireworks will be visible along the boardwalk.

Dates & Time: Mondays & Tuesdays from July 11 to September 3, 2016 (10PM)

Location: Oceanside Boardwalk (Inlet - 27th), Ocean City, MD


Concerts on the Beach - Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy free live entertainment by tribute bands and local favorites.

Dates & Time: Wednesdays July 13, August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2016 (8PM-9:30PM)

Location: Oceanside Boardwalk (Inlet - 27th), Ocean City, MD

Call (410) 250-0125 for more information.


Movies in the Park - Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy free films outdoors on the big screen. Films begin at dusk. In case of rain, films will be screened at CCA Headquarters.

Date: July 14, 2016

Location: Robert N. Reed Downtown Waterfront Park, Chincoteague Island, VA


Chincoteague Blueberry Festival - Celebrate one of the nature's tastiest and most healthy gift: "Blueberry." Annual event with fresh blueberries and baked goods, ice cream and other delicacies featuring the blueberry. Crafts, arts, entertainment and more!

Dates: July 22-24, 2016

Location: Chincoteague Center, Chincoteague Island, VA

 

Free showing of Misty of Chincoteague - Enjoy the free movie "Misty of Chincoteague" that was made in 1961. The film was actually shot on location in Chincoteague and Assateague. This movie features many of the great town folk of Chincoteague. A great movie for kids & family who love horses.

Date: July 25-29, 2016

Location: Island Theatre, Chincoteague Island, VA


Chincoteague Wild Pony Swim - Annual event that brings thousands of spectators who travel from all over the world to see the Virginia herd of approx. 150 Assateague Ponies swim across Assateague Channel. Usually held on the last Wednesday in July.

Date & Time: July 27, 2016 (On slack tide between 7AM-1PM)

See the wild pony swim page for more details or call (757) 336-6161 for more information.


Wild Pony Auction - One of the highlighting events during Pony Penning. Ponies (yearlings or younger), owned by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Co., are sold only on this day. Approx. 80 foals are sold each year. Usually held on the last Thursday in July.

Date & Time: July 28, 2016 (8AM-NOON)

Location: Carnival ground corral, Chincoteague Island, VA

Call (757) 336-6161 for more information.


Movies in the Park- Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy free films outdoors on the big screen. Films begin at dusk. In case of rain, films will be screened at CCA Headquarters.

Date: July 28, 2016

Location: Robert N. Reed Downtown Waterfront Park, Chincoteague Island, VA

 

Beach Fireworks - Enjoy fireworks at the beach, which will be visible along the boardwalk.

Dates & Time: Mondays & Tuesdays from July 11 to September 3, 2016 (10PM)

Location: Oceanside Boardwalk (Inlet - 27th), Ocean City, MD


Concerts on the Beach - Bring a blanket or chair to enjoy free live entertainment by tribute bands and local favorites.

Dates & Time: Wednesdays - August 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2016 (8PM-9:30PM)

Location: Oceanside Boardwalk (Inlet - 27th), Ocean City, MD

Call (410) 250-0125 for more information.


Music at the Dock Series - A summer series of free, live music concerts.

Date: August 6, 2016

Location: Robert N. Reed Downtown Waterfront Park, Chincoteague Island, VA


OC Beach Lights - Lasers, lights, fireworks, music, special effects, and more.

Date & Time: Sundays from May 29 to September 4, 2016 (Show times: 9:30PM ,10PM, 10:30PM)

Location: Oceanside Boardwalk (Inlet - 27th), Ocean City, MD


White Marlin Open - Offshore fishing tournament for white marlin, tuna, wahoo, dolphin and shark. Over $2 million in prizes and awards.

Dates & Time: August 8-12, 2016 (Weigh-ins 4PM-9PM)

Location: Harbor Island Marina on 14th St. & Bay, Ocean City, MD

Call (410) 289-9229 for more information.


Movies in the Park - Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy free films outdoors on the big screen. Films begin at dusk. In case of rain, films will be screened at CCA Headquarters.

Date: August 11, 2016

Location: Robert N. Reed Downtown Waterfront Park, Chincoteague Island, VA


Artful Flea and Farmer's Market - Held by Chincoteague Cultural Alliance. Artful Flea features a variety of arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles and attic treasures, plus food and music. You will find fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, baked goods, jams, plants plus arts and crafts (all from local - within 100 miles) at the Farmer's Market.

Date: August 13, 2016 (9AM - 1PM)

Location: CCA Headquarters, Chincoteague Island, VA

 

2nd Saturday Art Stroll - Participating art galleries and shops hold special events with extended open hours. Arts, crafts, book signings, readings, art exhibits, demonstrations, tastings, music, etc.

Date & Time: 2nd Saturday, April-November (5PM-9PM)

Location: Chincoteague Island, VA


OC Sandfest - This popular event features giant sand sculptures along the boardwalk with special family attractions and activities. Do not miss the incredible sight as the sand sculptures light up the night.

Date: August 22-28, 2015

Location: Oceanside Boardwalk (Inlet - 27th), Ocean City, MD

Call (410) 289-2800 for more information.


Movies in the Park- Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy free films outdoors on the big screen. Films begin at dusk. In case of rain, films will be screened at CCA Headquarters.

Date: August 25, 2016

Location: Robert N. Reed Downtown Waterfront Park, Chincoteague Island, VA


Music at the Dock Series - A summer series of free, live music concerts.

Date: August 27, 2016

Location: Robert N. Reed Downtown Waterfront Park, Chincoteague Island, VA

 

Beach Fireworks - Enjoy fireworks at the beach, which will be visible along the boardwalk.

Dates & Time: Mondays & Tuesdays from July 11 to September 3, 2016 (10PM)

Location: Oceanside Boardwalk (Inlet - 27th), Ocean City, MD


Chincoteague Decoy Carver's & Artist's Assoc. Decoy Show - Local carvers & artists display some of the finest waterfowl carvings and wildlife art.

Date & Time: September 3 & 4, 2016 (Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 10am-4pm)

Location: Chincoteague Center, Chincoteague Island, VA

Call (410) 546-1635 for more information.


OC Beach Lights - Lasers, lights, fireworks, music, special effects, and more.

Date & Time: Sundays from May 29 to September 4, 2016 (Show times: 9:30PM ,10PM, 10:30PM)

Location: Oceanside Boardwalk (Inlet - 27th), Ocean City, MD


Artful Flea and Farmer's Market - Held by Chincoteague Cultural Alliance. Artful Flea features a variety of arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles and attic treasures, plus food and music. You will find fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, baked goods, jams, plants plus arts and crafts (all from local - within 100 miles) at the Farmer's Market.

Date & Time: September 10, 2016 (9AM - 1PM)

Location: CCA Headquarters, Chincoteague Island, VA


2nd Saturday Art Stroll - Participating art galleries and shops hold special events with extended open hours. Arts, crafts, book signings, readings, art exhibits, demonstrations, tastings, music, etc.

Date & Time: 2nd Saturday, April-November (5PM-9PM)

Location: Chincoteague Island, VA


Plein Air Art Show - The 2nd week of September brings more than 50 fine artists from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond to paint "en plein air" (French for painting outdoors) on Chincoteague and Assateague. On Saturday evening, artists will show their painting at a Show and Sale at United Methodist Church that is free to the public. A portion of the artwork sold benefits CCA.

Date & Time: September 10, 2016 (6pm-9pm)

Location: United Methodist Church, Chincoteague Island, VA


Sunfest - Celebrate the beginning of fall season with four days of music, arts and crafts, a variety of food, entertainment, children's activities and more.

Date & Time: September 22-25, 2016 (Thursday-Saturday 10AM-10PM, Sunday 10AM-6PM)

Location: Inlet Parking Area, South End of Boardwalk, Ocean City, MD


Sunfest Kite Festival - East Coast's premier sport kite competition. A three-day event of kite flying including workshops, kite competitions, games and spectacular kite flying displays.

Date: September 22-25, 2016

Location: Ocean City Beach between 1st St. and 6th St., Ocean City, MD

 

Endless Summer Cruisin' - Over 2,000 street rods, custom and classic cars on display plus Boardwalk parades, entertainment and more.

Date: October 6-9, 2016 (Thursday-Saturday 9AM-5PM, Sunday 10AM-4PM)

Location: Convention Center, 40th St. & Inlet Parking Lot, Ocean City, MD


Annual Chincoteague Oyster Festival - Fresh oyster sandwiches, raw oysters, steamed oysters, fried oysters and more all you can eat. Held on Columbus Day Weekend.

Date: October 8, 2016

Location: Tom's Cove Park, Chincoteague Island, VA

Call (757) 336-6161 for more information.


Artful Flea and Farmer's Market - Held by Chincoteague Cultural Alliance. Artful Flea features a variety of arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles and attic treasures, plus food and music. You will find fresh fruits and vegetables, seafood, baked goods, jams, plants plus arts and crafts (all from local - within 100 miles) at the Farmer's Market.

Date & Time: October 8, 2016 (9AM - 1PM)

Location: CCA Headquarters, Chincoteague Island, VA


2nd Saturday Art Stroll - Participating art galleries and shops hold special events with extended open hours. Arts, crafts, book signings, readings, art exhibits, demonstrations, tastings, music, etc.

Date & Time: 2nd Saturday, April-November (5PM-9PM)

Location: Chincoteague Island, VA


Assateague Island Waterfowl Week Celebration - A variety of guided walks will be offered during the nine-day event. Run through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Date: November 24-27, 2016

Location: Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island, VA

Call (757) 336-6122 for more information.


The Annual Deborah Waterfowl Show & Auction - Sponsored by the Chincoteague Chapter of the Deborah Hospital Foundation. Over 100 carvers and other artists will participate.

Date: November 25 & 26, 2016

Location: Chincoteague Combined School, Chincoteague Island, VA

 

Ocean City Christmas Parade - Annual holiday parade with marching bands, antique cars, floats, equestrian units and more. Beginning of December.

Date & Time: December 3, 2016 (11AM - 1PM)

Location: Starts on Old Landing Rd. and end at 120h St.

Call (410) 250-0125 for more information.


Chincoteague Annual Christmas Parade - Annual holiday parade with fire engines, marching bands, floats from the Eastern Shore and a special visit from Santa.

Date & Time: December 3, 2016 (starts at 7PM)

Location: Historic downtown, Chincoteague Island, VA


New Years Eve Celebration on Chincoteague Island

Bring in the new year with a raw oyster and a wild pony.


New Year's Eve Celebration in Ocean City

Many restaurants, hotels and clubs offer various New Year's Eve celebrations. The Town of Ocean City also hosts a New Year's Eve Fireworks Show at Northside Park to celebrate the new year, which is accompanied by live entertainment, warm hot chocolate, and the opportunity to ride through the Winterfest of Lights.

 
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