Discover Occoquan: May 19, 2018

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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.

BusinessActivityTimeLocation
Attic Treasures & Sew Easy SewingSerger Basics Demo12 pm - 4 pm203 Washington Street
BramblesDrawing for Free Paint Class11 am - 4 pm312B Poplar Alley
Dansk Day SpaMassage Demo11 am - 4 pm212 Commerce Street
Details of OccoquanScarf Tying DemoOn the Hour, 11 am - 4 pm206 Mill Street
Gift and GatherCandle Pouring DemoOn the Hour, 11 am - 3 pm307 Mill Street
Glory Be
Painting Demo1 pm - 3 pm305 Mill Street
Hair Studio 14Complimentary Feather Extensions11 am and 1 pm125 Mill Street, #14
Haunted OccoquanHistoric ToursOn the Hour, 11 am - 3 pmMamie Davis Park, 205 Mill Street
Innovative Design & Renovation 
Pen and Ink Drawings  
11 am - 4 pm
Mamie Davis Park, 205 Mill Street
Loyalty Pet CarePaws Only CPR3 pm - 4 pm301 Commerce Street, Unit A
Nazbro ChocolatesGuess the Flavor Contest11 am -4 pm
309 Mill Street
Occoquan Spices, Teas, & SweetsBath Bomb Making Demo12 pm - 2 pm310 Mill Street
Patriot ScubaTry SCUBA11 am - 3 pm 305 Mill Street
Penguin PaddlingComplimentary Duck Feed11 am -4 pm201 Mill Street
Personally YoursFood Demo1:30 pm and 3:30 pm402 Mill Street
Puzzle Palooza, Etc.Puzzles on the Porch11 am - 4 pm305 Mill Street
Red Art & DesignKids' Painting Event11 am - 2 pm125 Mill Street, #6
Sincerely Yours Stained Glass StudioGlass Demo and Mosaic Glass Demo1 pm and 2 pm214A Commerce Street
So BohemianHenna Tatooing12 pm - 3pm310 Mill Street
Soaring Spirit Yoga StudioFree Yoga Classes10 am and 1 pm308 Poplar Alley and River MIll Park
Spiral CreationsJewelry Making11 am - 2 pm304 Mill Street
Tastefully YoursColonial Craft and Wine and Beer Tastings11 am - 4 pm406 Mill Street
The Artists' Undertaking GalleryFace Painting 2 pm - 6 pm309 Mill Street
The Preservation StationFuroshiki Scarf Workshop12 pm - 1:25 pm204 Union Street
The Preservation StationCeltic Knot Yoga Headband Workshop1:30 pm - 2:45 pm204 Union Street
The Preservation StationChalk Paint Workshop3 pm - 4 pm204 Union Street
The Reclaimed TreasuresPainting Demo2 pm - 4 pm199 Union Street
VanEch StudioWalk-in Painting Demo
11 am - 2 pm125 Mill St # 5
Yarn CloudCrochet Demonstration11 am204 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 pm204 Washington Street
Yarn Cloud
Weaving on a Small Loom – Make-it/Take-it Mug Rug, ages 8+
12:15 pm204 Washington Street
Yarn CloudSpinning Demonstration –  From Fluff to Stuff
1:30 pm204 Washington Street
Yarn CloudKnitting Demonstration
2:30 pm204 Washington Street
Yarn CloudLearn to Knit – ages 10+
2:45 pm204 Washington Street