Chincoteague Island, Virginia’s only island resort, is seven miles of serenity, reminding you of the small beach towns you grew up visiting, where there are no high rise, no noisy boardwalks or  traffic congestion — just a tranquil fishing village, where family run businesses and history blend in with the unspoiled natural beauty of the area, shaping the resort.

But, on April 24, the Fairgrounds on Chincoteague will come alive as the 2nd Annual Shore Craft Beer Fest: Chincoteague takes place, the festival which is both family friendly and pet friendly, and which brings local breweries from all over the Eastern Shore together for one great festival. Keeping it local is still the focus of what this festival is all about, and although the beer there will be world-class, it will also all be from local breweries! Over a dozen local breweries are already committed to making this an unrivaled festival, full of local beer, local food and local crafts and entertainment.

Kids are welcome at this craft beer festival. The whole family can enjoy the afternoon as kids will be entertained with kid friendly activities. Plus, there is no charge for kids to come to the festival as there is no entrance fee. You only pay if you plan to taste the local craft beer.

We couldn’t possibly welcome your kids without welcoming your pets, so bring your dogs along too! Your four-legged friends are welcome to join you and your family and spend the day in Chincoteague, and wander around the fairgrounds during the festival, tasting the beer, enjoying local food and shopping with local crafters and vendors.

Why not spend the weekend on Chincoteague Island while enjoying the festival and stay at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, by Marriott on Main Street in Chincoteague, just a stroll from the festival.

You can’t have a beer festival with out some good local food to compliment the beer.  Food will be available from the Ropewalk Chincoteague at the Fairfield Inn and Suites, along with other local food trucks.  And when the festival draws to an end at 4.30pm, the fun can continue as you head over to the Ropewalk Chincoteague for the after party, and from 4.30pm – 7pm, enjoying happy hour prices with your festival wrist band.

VIP Tickets (12.30pm – 4.30pm) and General Admission Tickets (1.30pm-4.30) are available here and tickets include unlimited tastings of beer from over a dozen local craft beer breweries, plus a commemorative glass for the first 600 guests. There is no entrance fee for the festival, only those who wish to sample the beer need to buy a ticket.  A great beer festival on a unique Island, both complementing each other, you don’t want to miss it!