Annual Events in Occoquan

FEBRUARY
Chocolate Walk

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.


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 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!
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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!  Held annually in May from 1 pm to 5 pm.  More Information  


Sail Occoquan

Sail Occoquan is an annual event held on a Saturday in May featuring a festive boat parade led by the Fiarfax and Prince William Counties first responders that can be viewed from the Town's public dock and boardwalk behind Mamie Davis Park.  A brief window of opportunity to view the parade from the park is available between 9:45 am and 10:15 am.  Sponsored by the Occoquan River Maritime Association. For more information, contact the Business Guild of Occoquan at (703) 201-8499.


JUNE
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.
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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 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.


SEPTEMBER
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.
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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.

NOVEMBER
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.   

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 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. 


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 7 pm that can be viewed from Occoquan or the regional park.  This year's event is on Saturday, December 10, 2016.


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December 2016


December 3: Santa Arrives by Boat

12:00 pm, Mamie Davis Park Dock

Santa visits with children at Town Hall


December 4: Town Blessing

5:30 pm, Ebeneezer Baptist Church and Mamie Davis Park


December 6: Town Council Meeting
7:00 pm, Town Hall


December 10: Winterfest
Santa's Parade, 11 am - 12 pm on Harbor Drive

Fire Pits, Marshmallow Roasting, Carolers, kid's crafts and more in Historic Occoquan, 3 pm - 7 pm


December 13: Planning Commission 

6:45 pm, Town Hall

Architectural Review Board

7:30 pm, Town Hall


December 23 and 26: Christmas Holiday

Town Hall Closed




The Town of Occoquan

Voted #1 Tourist Destination in

Prince William County!

2015 & 2016


Occoquan Arts and Crafts Shows

Voted #1 Community Event in

Prince William County

​2016


Thank You!

January 2017


January 2: New Years Day Holiday (Observed)

Town Hall Closed


January 3: Town Council Meeting

7:00 pm, Town Hall


January 10: Planning Commission

6:45 pm, Town Hall

Architectural Review Board

7:30 pm, Town Hall


January 13: Lee- Jackson Day

Town Hall Closed


January 16: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Town Hall Closed


January 17: Town Council Work Session

7:00 pm, Town Hall

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