43rd Annual Chincoteague Island Decoy Festival

Celebrate the history and craft of decoy carving as local and national carvers and artists exhibit and sell their work on Chincoteague Island at the Annual Easter Decoy & Art Festival on March 29 & 30, 2024. Show hours are Friday, March 29: noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, March 30: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Chincoteague Combined School located at 4586 Main Street. People’s Choice voting ends at 2 p.m. on Saturday and exhibitor awards will be announced at 3 p.m. The wooden Easter Egg Silent Auction ends at 3 p.m. Saturday and all eggs must be picked up by 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per day (children under 12 free). Capt. E’s Hurricane Grill & Tiki Bar Food Truck will be available for food service serving lunch both days and breakfast on Saturday.

Talented carvers, artists, jewelers, photographers, potters, and other artisans from across the country will showcase their amazing skills during this two-day juried show held on Easter weekend. The show is sponsored by the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce & Certified Visitor Center. Visit www.chincoteaguechamber.com for a full list of exhibitors and more details about the show. A limited number of exhibitor spaces are still available with deadline to enter March 15, 2024.

The Wooden Egg Auction is always a favorite of festival attendees. Wooden eggs are meticulously hand carved and embellished by exhibitors and sold in the silent auction to the highest bidder beginning at noon Friday, March 29 and ending at 3 p.m. on Saturday March 30. Ribbons will be awarded for Best Artist, Best Carver, Best Photograph of Chincoteague or Assateague, and the Curtis Merritt Award of Excellence at 3 p.m. on Saturday. All children are encouraged to award their favorite exhibitor with a Children’s Choice Ribbon. A new feature this year is the Felted Bunny Class offered by exhibitor JoAnn Stratakos. See more details below and register for this fun-filled class today.

The traditional event coincides with a seasonal break for many school systems. Enjoy a relaxing Spring Break on the islands! Hike and bike the trails of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, search for new foals in the Chincoteague Pony herd, enjoy turtles sunning on logs, or stroll the beach on Assateague Island hunting shells or other treasures the waves have washed up. You might even get to see a rocket launch from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility! Rocket Lab is scheduled to launch its Electron rocket on March 20, 2024.Watch for updates!

Join the Museum of Chincoteague Island on their 2024 season opening as they celebrate Heritage Days and their new exhibit ‘Remember When’; a fond look back at some of the people and places from the 1950’s-1970’s. The museum will be open Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Other upcoming Spring events include Search for Shamrocks March 15 & 16. Dress up as your favorite leprechaun, search for shamrocks all over town and enter prize drawings to be given away at the end of day Saturday. Lots of fun for the whole family. Then join us April 5 & 6 for the Spring Roundup of wild ponies for their first vet check of the year. Such an awesome way to see the ponies up close and see the Saltwater Cowboys in action.

Come safely watch the partial solar eclipse with the moon blocking a maximum of 81.4% of the sun’s light and three sounding rocket launches during the eclipse on April 8. The NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center will be open with special solar-related activities from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. One sounding rocket will launch for each segment of the solar eclipse beginning around 2:40 p.m. and ending around at 4:05 p.m. Eclipse glasses and pinhole viewers will be available during this event while supplies last.

Indulge in fresh, local seafood, homemade desserts, or specialty sandwiches after exploring the area and visiting our eclectic galleries, boutiques, and shops. Relax, recharge, and enjoy all that the islands have to offer. Plan your visit now at www.chincoteaguechamber.com or download the Chincoteague app.


Mar 29 2024


All Day


Chincoteague Combined School
4586 Main St. Chincoteague, VA 23336
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