Assateague State Park 2017 Special Events

A boy building a bird house at Assateague State ParkAssateague Bunny Hop - A Celebration of Spring
April 8, 2017
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Ages 10 and under, free event
Hop down the bunny trail at Assateague State Park! “BYOB” - Bring Your Own Basket and a keen eye as you search for eggs hidden at the Rackliffe Plantation House located across the street from the state park marina. Egg hunts will begin at 1:15 pm, groups will include Tiny Tots, Little Tykes, and Bunny Hoppers (grouped by age) with plenty of goodies for all to find. If you are feeling lucky, try our raffles and guessing game with drawings held at the end of the event. Sponsored by Friends of Assateague State Park. Call for more information (410) 641-2120 ext. 18. This event is free and appropriate for children ages 10 and under.

OCMD Island to Island Half Marathon/5K
April 29, 2017
7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
All ages
Start your journey from beautiful Assatague Island, run the scenic Route 611 and finish in the historic downtown Inlet. For more information and to register please visit the race website.

March of Dimes WalkAmerica - Assateague
May 13, 2017
10 a.m.
All ages
Assateague State Park serves as host for the annual March of Dimes Walk for Babies. You can help save babies from being born premature by joining the millions of people across the nation who come together for Walk for Babies each year. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at Assateague State Park Day Use lot. For more information, contact the local chapter of March of Dimes at (410) 546-2241. All ages welcome.

AMSA Fishing Derby
June 10, 2017
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Ages 16 and under, free event
Assateague State Park and Assateague Mobile Sport Fisherman’s Association (AMSA) will be co-sponsoring a fishing derby for kids 16 and under. Members from AMSA will be on hand to instruct participants in proper fishing methods for the surf. Surf rescue demonstrations and nature exhibits will also be on display. Lunch will be provided by AMSA. Limited equipment is available; please bring personal equipment if possible. Registration is at Assateague State Park Day Use boardwalk, no pre-registration required. For more information, call (410) 641-2120 ext 13. This event is free and appropriate for ages 16 and under.

Movie Under the Stars
Wednesdays starting June 21st through August 23, 2017
 8:30 p.m.
All Ages
Join us out under the stars on the beach behind the Nature Center for a viewing of G-rated family or nature-themed movies. Check our weekly program schedule for this week's feature. Please bring a chair or blanket and your favorite snack and beverage. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Program free to State Park campers; all others program service charge of $3 per vehicle; check-in at State Park Ranger Station office. All ages welcome.

Campground Critter Encounter
Programs available Memorial Day to Labor Day
All ages
Would you like to invite some special guests to your campsite? Our Campground Critter Encounter lets you enjoy an up-close visit with some of our Scales & Tales animals - and the best part is we bring the program to you! Gather your friends and family right at your home away from home and we’ll bring a group of feathered and scaled friends to meet you. You’ll learn about how these animals survive on and around Assateague Island and how you can help to protect wild animals. We’ll even have time for a photo-shoot with you and your new friends! Service charge applies. Program is for groups up to 20 participants and is 30 minutes in length. For questions or to schedule your encounter in advance call (443) 397-0078 or email or you can sign up at the Nature Center during your visit. All ages welcome.

4th of July Bike Parade
July 4, 2017
All Ages, free event
Come celebrate Independence Day at the Assateague State Park. Decorate your bike with all things 4th of July. We will parade bikes from the Ranger Station to the Nature Center. There will be prizes for your decorations and of course a hot dog to celebrate independence. For more information call the Ranger Station (410) 641-2918.

Family Birding Festival
Assateague’s Celebration of International Migratory Bird Day
July 23, 2017
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
All Ages, free event
Journey with us as we flock together to take a closer look at the world of migrating birds. This family festival will offer something for bird-lovers and birders from novice to expert. Come out to the Assateague Island Visitors Center where the deck will come alive with Scales and Tales live animal displays, hands-on environmental education activities, crafts, games and more. For information please contact Meghan Rhode at meghan.rhode@maryland.govThis event is free. All ages welcome.​​​

Sea Gull Century
October 14, 2017
7 a.m.
Sea Gull Century, a nationally acclaimed bicycling event, beginning and ending on the campus of Salisbury University, tours the picturesque Eastern Shore of Maryland. Registration for this year's ride will begin May 15, 2016. For more information and registration, visit the Sea Gull Century website.