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Annual Events in Occoquan


FEBRUARY
Chocolate Walk

Presented by the Occoquan Merchant Guild, 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
Occoquan Merchant Guild


MARCH/APRIL

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 the
Occoquan Merchant Guild. The Town invites the Occoquan Community to participate in crafting and displaying their own Peep diorama creations with the Town of Occoquan Peeps Contest! 


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! 


MAY
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!    


Discover Occoquan

The Town of Occoquan and the Occoquan Merchants Guild hosts Discover Occoquan Day in downtown Historic Occoquan. This 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!


JUNE
Spring Arts and Crafts Show

In the spring and fall, the Town hosts a two-day arts and crafts fair that boasts about 250 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.  

Duck Splash
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 races them along the Occoquan River. The public is invited to "adopt" ducks for a chance to win a prize for first through tenth place. 

JULY - SEPTEMBER
Music on Mill Summer Concert Series

The Town of Occoquan hosts the Music on Mill Summer Concert series on first Fridays and third Saturdays, 6:00 pm  - 8:00 pm, July through September, at River Mill Park, 458 Mill Street.  All concerts are free and open to the public. The series includes movie nights too!

SEPTEMBER
Fall Arts and Crafts Show

In the spring and fall, the Town hosts a two-day arts and crafts fair that boasts over 250 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.  

OCTOBER
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. 


Haunt the Town

The Town of Occoquan and the Occoquan Merchants Guild host Haunt the Town on the last Saturday in October. This brand-new event features a full day of free activities for everyone, including a carved pumpkin contest, a costume parade, a magic show, a movie in the park, and more! More Information

NOVEMBER
Annual Tree Lighting

This event traditionally occurs on the evening of the Occoquan Merchant Guild'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.   

DECEMBER
Town Blessing

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 Occoquan Merchant Guild hosts an event to welcome Santa Claus 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 Occoquan Merchant Guild at (703) 201-8499. 

WinterFest 
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 8 pm that can be viewed from Occoquan or the regional park.




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November 2018


November 6: Election Day


November 7: Town Council Meeting
7 pm, Town Hall

November 12: Veterans Day Observed

Town Hall Closed


November 16: Holiday Open House

Historic District


November 16: Annual Tree Lighting

8:05 pm, Town Hall


November 22-23: Thanksgiving Holiday

Town Hall Closed

November 27: Planning Commission
6:30 pm, Town Hall
Architectural Review Board
7:30 pm, Town Hall


December 2018


December 1: Santa Comes to Occoquan

12 pm - 2 pm, Mamie Davis Park and Town Hall

December 2: Town Blessing

5:30 pm, Ebenezer Baptist Church


December 8: WinterFest

4 pm -7 pm Historic District


December 24-25: Christmas Holiday

Town Hall Closed

December 31: New Year's Eve

Town Hall Closed


The Town of Occoquan
Voted #1 Tourist Destination in 
Prince William County!
2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018
Voted #1 Local Attraction!
2017

Occoquan Arts and Crafts Shows
Voted #1 Community Event in 
Prince William County
2016 & 2017