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October 2018


October 2: Town Council Meeting

7 pm, Town Hall


October 7: "Chicken and Cream"

Occoquan Historical Society Fundraising Event,

4-7 pm, River Mill Park


Saturday, October 13:  FOTO Clean-up

9 am Historic District


October 13: Movie Night! 

Avengers: Infinity War 
Sundown, approximately 6:30 pm, River Mill Park  rescheduled from 9/7


October 16: Town Council Meeting

Work Session
7 pm, Town Hall


October 20: Fall Family Festivaland Rocktober Vets

12-4 pm and 5-10 pm, VFW


October 23, 2018, Quarterly Town and Business Partnership Meeting,

5:30 pm,  Town Hall


October 23: Planning Commission

7 pm, Town Hall

Architectural Review Board

7:30 pm, Town Hall


October 27, 2018, Haunt the Town

All Day Events

 

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. 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 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


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  


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. Movies this year too! More information.


​​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 200 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

Duck Splash

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


Lemonade Stroll

​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


SEPTEMBER
Fall Arts and Crafts Show
In the spring and fall, the Town hosts a two-day arts and crafts fair with 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.
More Information 


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 third Saturday of October, the Town partners with the Occoquan Merchant Guild to provide fun all-day activities for the family! This event features a Character Hunt Contest as well as a Carved Pumpkin Contest. A Costume Parade through the town is held later in the afternoon and the day culminates with events at River Mill Park, including a magic show and a movie.  

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.


Events and Announcements

 

September 2018


September 4: Town Council Meeting
7 pm, Town Hall

September 7: Movie Night! 

Avengers: Infinity War Full Schedule

Sundown, approximately 7:30 pm, River Mill Park

Rescheduled to October 13


September 15: Music on Mill Concert

James Drakes and the Chris Taylor Trio  (Indie/Pop/Rock), Full Schedule
6 pm-8 pm, River Mill Park cancelled due to weekend forecast


September 18: Town Council Meeting

Work Session

7 pm, Town Hall


September 25: Planning Commission

6:30 pm, Town Hall

Architectural Review Board

7:30 pm, Town Hall


September 29 & 30: Fall Arts and Crafts Show

Saturday, 10 am-6 pm & Sunday, 10 am-5 pm

Historic District  More Information

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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


Thank You!