Town of Occoquan, Virginia
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Annual Events in Occoquan
Presented by the Business Guild of Occoquan, visitors are invited to stroll through the Town's historic district and sample a variety of chocolate goodies at participating shops and restaurants. For more information, contact the Business Guild of Occoquan at (703) 201-8499. Held annually in February from 11 am to 4 pm.
Occoquan Peep Show
Over 20 businesses display creative dioramas using Easter peeps. Visit each participating shop (designated with yellow balloons) to view what amazing things the peeps will be doing and vote for your favorite display! Hosted by Business Guild of Occoquan, (703) 201-8499.
Spring Town Cleanup Day
Performed in partnership with Friends of the Occoquan (FOTO), residents are invited to help clean up the town along side FOTO volunteers and town employees. Normally held in April from 9 am to 12 pm; meet at Town Hall. Volunteers welcome! More Information
Occoquan Art on the Block
In May of each year, the art galleries of Occoquan host Occoquan Art on the Block to celebrate the artists of Historic Occoquan, Virginia. Visitors are invited to stroll the streets of Historic Occoquan and support the arts by attending receptions at each art gallery, viewing art demonstrations and entering into a special prize drawing! Held annually in May from 1 pm to 5 pm. More Information
Spring Arts and Crafts Show
In the spring and fall, the Town hosts a two-day arts and crafts fair that boasts more than 300 vendors from a wide-range of arts and crafts along the streets of our historic downtown. During each show, more than 10,000 people visit Occoquan over the two-day show to browse the crafters and artisans, and visit our many unique businesses and restaurants. The Spring Arts and Crafts Show is held during the first full weekend in June each year. More Information
Held annually in June, the Duck Splash, organized by the the Occoquan, Woodbridge & Neabsco Optimist Club, drops hundreds of numbered rubber ducks from a bridge and race them along the Occoquan River. The public is invited to "adopt" ducks for a chance to win a prize for first through tenth place. For more information or to adopt a duck, visit the Occoquan Woodbridge Neabsco Optimist Club.
Fall Arts and Crafts Show
In the spring and fall, the Town hosts a two-day arts and crafts fair that boasts more than 300 vendors from a wide-range of arts and crafts along the streets of our historic downtown. During each show, more than 10,000 people visit Occoquan over the two-day show to browse the crafters and artisans, and visit our many unique businesses and restaurants. The Fall Arts and Crafts Show is held during the last full weekend in September each year. More Information
Fall Town Cleanup Day
Performed in partnership with Friends of the Occoquan (FOTO), residents are invited to help clean up the town along side FOTO volunteers and town employees. Normally held on a Saturday in October from 9 am to 12 pm; meet at Town Hall.
Annual Tree Lighting
This event traditionally occurs on the evening of the Business Guild of Occoquan's annual Holiday Open House, usually the Friday before Thanksgiving. The Holiday Open House rings in the holiday season as the town is decorated with an array of holiday decorations and our unique businesses stay open late with special activities from 4 pm to 8 pm. Following the close of the event, the Town holds a special ceremony to light the tree located on the Town Hall lawn, 314 Mill Street, at 8:05 pm. Following the tree lighting, the Guild hosts an Open House drawing where $1,500 in gift certificates are given away. The tree lighting event is free and open to the public.
The Town invites the public to attend the annual Town Blessing. Traditionally, this event is held on the first Sunday in December. The event begins with a sermon at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, located on the corner of Commerce and Washington Streets, followed by a Town Blessing at Mamie Davis Park on Mill Street.
Santa Comes to Occoquan
The Business Guild of Occoquan hosts an event to welcome Santa Clause to Town each year, arriving by boat at Mamie Davis Park and visiting children in Town Hall. Santa will arrive by boat at Mamie Davis Park dock on Mill Street at 12 pm and will be escorted by the OWL Volunteer Fire Department to Town Hall to visit with children. For more information, contact the Business Guild of Occoquan at (703) 201-8499.
Hosted by the Occoquan River Communities, enjoy a full day of holiday activities during WinterFest, including Santa's Parade Lake Ridge from 11 am to 12 pm; a holiday art market featuring local artists' work in Tackett's Mill Lakeside from 12 pm to 4 pm; shopping, dining, strolling carolers, holiday music and fire pits in Historic Occoquan from 4 pm to 7 pm; Second Saturday Art Walk at the Workhouse Arts Center featuring refreshments, fire pits and sing-along caroling from 6 pm to 9 pm. In addition, Prince William Marina will host a festive fireworks display around 7 pm that can be viewed from Occoquan or the regional park. This year's event is on Saturday, December 10, 2016.
Events and Announcements
April 4: Town Council Meeting
7:00 pm, Town Hall
Public Hearing on FY18 Proposed Budget
April 11: Planning Commission
7:00 pm, Town Hall
Architectural Review Board
7:30 pm, Town Hall
April 15: Occoquan Peep Show
11 am - 4 pm, Historic Occoquan
Over 20 participating shops will display their creative dioramas using Easter peeps. Vote for your favorite peep diorama and be entered to win a Peep Swag Bag. Contact (703) 201-8499 for more information.
April 18: Town Council Work Session Meeting
7:00 pm, Town Hall
April 22: FOTO Spring Cleanup Day in Occoquan
9 am - 12 pm, Check in at Town Hall
April 23: Run for the Earth 5K and Fun Run
Race starts at 8:30 am at River Mill Park
Road closure impacts from 8 am to 10 am.
April 23: Tree Planting Ceremony at Mamie Davis Park
11 am, Mamie Davis Park
The Town and KPWB will host a tree planting ceremony in Mamie Davis Park in support of tree conservation. Open to the public.
April 25: Town Council Special Meeting
Public Hearing on FY18 Proposed Tax Rates
7:00 pm, Town Hall
Run for the Earth 5K and Fun Run
Sunday, April 23, 2017 in Historic Occoquan
Race Start: 8:30 am at River Mill Park
Register as a Runner ($20 entry fee) or
Volunteer to support the race: Contact Jennifer Medina with KPWB
Several roads will be closed to vehicular traffic within the Town of Occoquan on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from approximately 8 am to 10 am to ensure the safety of the race participants. Impacted roads include: Poplar Lane/Mill Street, from Riverview Drive to River Mill Park; Washington Street, from Mill Street to Mount High Street; Mount High Street; Edgehill Drive; Commerce Street, from Washington to Ellicott Street; Ellicott Street, from Commerce Street to Mill Street; Union Street; and Poplar Alley. Please note that vehicular traffic will not be permitted during this time. View the race map.
The Town of Occoquan
Voted #1 Tourist Destination in
Prince William County!
2015 & 2016
Occoquan Arts and Crafts Shows
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