Town of Occoquan, Virginia
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The Town of Occoquan and the Occoquan Merchants Guild will host Discover Occoquan Day on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Historic Occoquan. This brand-new event features a full day of free activities for everyone, including a boat parade, interactive classes and free demonstrations hosted by Occoquan businesses, historic tours, live entertainment, a photo booth, children’s activities, and more!
The day kicks off with the Blessing of the Fleet Parade along the Occoquan River beginning at 10 a.m. and viewable from the Town Dock at Mamie Davis Park, 205 Mill Street. Then, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors are invited to browse the town’s unique shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and cafes and experience all that Occoquan has to offer. Throughout the day, businesses will be hosting a variety of free drop-in classes and demonstrations including yoga in the park, painting for adults and kids, pen and ink drawings, massages, candle pouring, fiber art, jewelry making, puzzle making, SCUBA, pet CPR, and more! See below for a full schedule of activities.
In addition to these free activities, there will be a special flash sale from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. at participating Occoquan businesses. Look for a blue balloon at participating businesses. Finally, this fun-filled day will culminate with a free outdoor concert at River Mill Park, 458 Mill Street from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring rock and soul music by The Sidleys. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on to watch the show!
Visitors are invited to stay for the day to browse our unique shops, and visit the Town’s restaurants and cafés, many featuring outdoor dining and offering boxed lunches for outdoor picnics at the park.
Admission is free. Free on-street and public lot parking is available in-town. In addition, off-site parking with shuttle bus service sponsored by Patriot Scuba is available from the Route 123 Commuter lot at the intersection of Old Bridge Road and Gordon Boulevard and drops off at 305 Mill Street. The shuttle service, provided by Earnie Porta’s Occoquan Tourism Company, will collect patrons from the lot on the half hour beginning at 11 a.m. through 5 p.m., with a final pick up in town at 8 p.m. The shuttle is free, but donations to the non-profit Patriots for Disabled Divers are appreciated. Stay the day and check your strollers, lawn chairs and blankets at Patriot Scuba, 305 Mill Street, for the concert at River Mill Park. Come Discover Occoquan!
Download a schedule here.
Schedule of Events
10 a.m., Blessing of the Fleet Parade, viewable from Mamie Davis Park, 205 Mill Street, hosted by Occoquan River Maritime Association Update: the Blessing of the Fleet has been cancelled.
10 a.m. – 12 p.m., Scavenger Hunt beginning at the Visitor's Center, 200 Mill Street
11 a.m., Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting at The Reclaimed Treasures, 199 Union Street
11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Free classes, children’s activities, and demonstrations at participating businesses
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. (on the hour), Historic Tours by Haunted Occoquan
11 a.m. - 3 p.m., DC Selfie Spot, located next to Labella Bridal, 313 Mill Street
11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Hot Dogs and Dunk Tank at VFW, 204 Mill Street
11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Dani Figueroa, singer/songwriter, at Patriot Scuba, 305 Mill Street
11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Louie Marohombsar, singer/songwriter, at Spiral Creations, 304 Mill Street
11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Rockledge Assembly of English Country Dancers
12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Cornhole Games, River Mill Park, 458 Mill Street
2 p.m. - 6 p.m., Face Painting, by The Artist's Undertaking, 309 Mill Street
5 p.m. – 6 p.m., Flash Sale at participating businesses; look for blue balloons
6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Free Concert, featuring The Sidleys at River Mill Park, 458 Mill Street
Contact the individual businesses for details on their activities.
|Attic Treasures & Sew Easy Sewing||Serger Basics Demo||12 pm - 4 pm||203 Washington Street|
|Brambles||Drawing for Free Paint Class||11 am - 4 pm||312B Poplar Alley|
|Dansk Day Spa||Massage Demo||11 am - 4 pm||212 Commerce Street|
|Details of Occoquan||Scarf Tying Demo||On the Hour, 11 am - 4 pm||206 Mill Street|
|Gift and Gather||Candle Pouring Demo||On the Hour, 11 am - 3 pm||307 Mill Street|
|Glory Be||Painting Demo||1 pm - 3 pm||305 Mill Street|
|Hair Studio 14||Complimentary Feather Extensions||11 am and 1 pm||125 Mill Street, #14|
|Haunted Occoquan||Historic Tours||On the Hour, 11 am - 3 pm||Mamie Davis Park, 205 Mill Street|
|Innovative Design & Renovation ||Pen and Ink Drawings ||11 am - 4 pm||Mamie Davis Park, 205 Mill Street|
|Loyalty Pet Care||Paws Only CPR||3 pm - 4 pm||301 Commerce Street, Unit A|
|Nazbro Chocolates||Guess the Flavor Contest||11 am -4 pm||309 Mill Street|
|Occoquan Spices, Teas, & Sweets||Bath Bomb Making Demo||12 pm - 2 pm||310 Mill Street|
|Patriot Scuba||Try SCUBA||11 am - 3 pm||305 Mill Street|
|Penguin Paddling||Complimentary Duck Feed||11 am -4 pm||201 Mill Street|
|Personally Yours||Food Demo||1:30 pm and 3:30 pm||402 Mill Street|
|Puzzle Palooza, Etc.||Puzzles on the Porch||11 am - 4 pm||305 Mill Street|
|Red Art & Design||Kids' Painting Event||11 am - 2 pm||125 Mill Street, #6|
|Sincerely Yours Stained Glass Studio||Glass Demo and Mosaic Glass Demo||1 pm and 2 pm||214A Commerce Street|
|So Bohemian||Henna Tatooing||12 pm - 3pm||310 Mill Street|
|Soaring Spirit Yoga Studio||Free Yoga Classes||10 am and 1 pm||308 Poplar Alley and River MIll Park|
|Spiral Creations||Jewelry Making||11 am - 2 pm||304 Mill Street|
|Tastefully Yours||Colonial Craft and Wine and Beer Tastings||11 am - 4 pm||406 Mill Street|
|The Artists' Undertaking Gallery||Face Painting||2 pm - 6 pm||309 Mill Street|
|The Preservation Station||Furoshiki Scarf Workshop||12 pm - 1:25 pm||204 Union Street|
|The Preservation Station||Celtic Knot Yoga Headband Workshop||1:30 pm - 2:45 pm||204 Union Street|
|The Preservation Station||Chalk Paint Workshop||3 pm - 4 pm||204 Union Street|
|The Reclaimed Treasures||Painting Demo||2 pm - 4 pm||199 Union Street|
|VanEch Studio||Walk-in Painting Demo||11 am - 2 pm||125 Mill St # 5|
|Yarn Cloud||Crochet Demonstration||11 am||204 Washington Street|
|Yarn Cloud||Finger Crochet – Make-it/Take-it Necklace, ages 6+||11:15 am ||204 Washington Street|
|Yarn Cloud||Weaving Demo on a Rigid Heddle Loom||12 pm||204 Washington Street|
|Yarn Cloud||Weaving on a Small Loom – Make-it/Take-it Mug Rug, ages 8+||12:15 pm||204 Washington Street|
|Yarn Cloud||Spinning Demonstration – From Fluff to Stuff||1:30 pm||204 Washington Street|
|Yarn Cloud||Knitting Demonstration||2:30 pm||204 Washington Street|
|Yarn Cloud||Learn to Knit – ages 10+||2:45 pm||204 Washington Street|