Annual Events in Occoquan
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. 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 the Occoquan Merchant Guild. A shuttle bus is available as transportation into town from the bus stop at the 123/Old Bridge lot, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. This year, the Town invites the Occoquan Community to participate in crafting and displaying their own Peep diorama creations!More Information.
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
Blessing of the Fleet
The Occoquan River Maritime Association hosts the Blessing of the Fleet event and parade annually in May. Visitors can view the parade from the Town Dock located behind Mamie Davis Park, 205 Mill Street, beginning at 10 am. More Information
Music on Mill Concerts
The Music on Mill Concert series kicks off in May and runs through early September each year. The series includes a variety of free concerts in River Mill Park. 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
JULY - SEPTEMBER
The 11th Annual 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. To purchase a $5 entry and adopt a duck, visit Patriot Scuba at 305 Mill Street. More Information
Escape the heat and enjoy a lemon zesty day in Occoquan, this year July 20 and 21. Explore the town and soak up the flavor of the day enjoying free tasty lemon treats and sipping lemonade. Sponsored by the Occoquan Merchant Guild. More information
Music on Mill Summer Concert Series
The Town of Occoquan hosts the Music on Mill Summer Concert series on some Fridays and 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. More Information.
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 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.
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.
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.
July 3: Town Council Meeting
7:00 pm, Town Hall
July 4: Independence Day Holiday
Town Hall Closed
July 6: Movie Night!
Disney's Moana Full Schedule
Sundown, approximately 8:30 pm, River Mill Park
July 7: 11th Annual Duck Splash
12:00 pm, Historic Occoquan More Information
July 20-21: Lemonade Stroll
10 a.m.—5 p.m. Historic Occoquan More Information
July 21: Music on Mill Concert
Sub-Radio (Indie/Pop/Rock), Full Schedule
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, River Mill Park
The Town of Occoquan
Voted #1 Tourist Destination in
Prince William County!
2015, 2016, & 2017
Voted #1 Local Attraction!
Occoquan Arts and Crafts Shows
Voted #1 Community Event in
Prince William County
2016 & 2017
June 2 - 3: Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show
Saturday, 10 am - 6 pm
Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm
Parking passes to park under the 123 Bridge for those living and working within the event area will be available at Town Hall beginning Tuesday, May 29; first come, first served. 703-491-1918
June 5: Town Council Meeting
7:00 pm, Town Hall
June 16: Music on Mill Concert
6pm - 8 pm, Cheley Tackett (Country)
June 19: Town Council Work Session
7:00 pm, Town Hall
June 26: Planning Commission
6:30 pm, Town Hall
Architectural Review Board
7:30 pm, Town Hall
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