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Date(s) - 08/13/2021 - 08/22/2021
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This fun event in August celebrates the town businesses and features more than a week of free activities including interactive classes and free demonstrations hosted by Occoquan businesses, a scavenger hunt, karaoke, ghost tours, sunset paddling, and much more. The event includes a Stand-Up Paddleboard and Kayak Race in the river and a beer garden and concert in River Mill Park during the final weekend. Visitors are invited to browse the town’s unique shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants, and cafes to experience all that Occoquan has to offer.

 

See Visit Occoquan for the most up-to-date Schedule of Events!

 

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13-22

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Discover Occoquan Scavenger Hunt!

Occoquan Business Partners
Occoquan, VA
Visit businesses throughout town and answer questions about Occoquan history on an official scavenger hunt passport (will be available online by Aug. 12). Then enter you passport in our Town Hall dropbox, for your chance to win the Grand Prize: an Occoquan canvas bag stuffed with products from and about Occoquan, Virginia!
 
 

AUG
13-22

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Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar Sale

So Olive
125 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
Buy 2 bottles of olive oil or balsamic vinegar, get the 3rd bottle 50% off of equal or lesser value. Learn more at soolive.com.
 
 

AUG
13-22

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Free Greeting Card with Purchase

Hitchcock Paper Co.
125 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
Get a free greeting card with any purchase of $25 or more. One per customer per day. In store only – not valid for online orders. Learn more at hitchcockpaper.com.
 
 

AUG
13-22

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Free Tea Tasting

Leaf & Petal
201 Union Street, Occoquan, VA
Each day Leaf & Petal will feature two different teas to sample in their new Occoquan shop. No purchase necessary. Learn more at leafandpetalva.com.
 
 

AUG
13-22

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Summer Sale!

Glory Be
305 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
Head over to Glory Be for their summer sale!
 
 

AUG
13-22

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Puzzles on the Porch

Puzzle Palooza Etc.
305 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 12-4pm daily, relax on the porch in front of Puzzle Palooza and try out a puzzle!
 
 

AUG
13-14

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Haunted Pub Crawl

Occoquan Spirits
408 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
We will visit four of the most famous haunts the living enjoy in quaint Occoquan. We will spend 30 to 40 minutes in each establishment toasting to the ghosts and listening to the stories of the ghosts that reside there. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water and bug spray as we will spend some time outside as well. Your tour could run longer if the ghosts are talking!
 
 

AUG
13-16

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Dollar Days Sale

Personally Yours
402 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
Join us for a Dollar Days Sale on the porch at Personally Yours! Friday through Sunday (Aug 13-15) from 10am-5pm, you’ll find great deals on tons of items on our porch.
 
 

AUG
14

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Wire Wrapping Art Demonstration

Art A La Carte
310 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 5-7pm artist Melanie Barry will be demonstrating wire wrapping techniques with beads on functional stainless steel serving utensils (forks, spoons, spreaders, etc.). Melanie’s new starfish line includes beads of fish and turtles with intricate metal work.
 
 

AUG
13

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Pencil Drawings Demonstration

Artists’ Undertaking Gallery
309 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
Visit with award winning artist Roger Frey from 11:30am-4pm as he demonstrates pencil drawing. Roger, originally from Chicago, was educated in art in California and Italy. An Artists’ Undertaking Gallery  artist since 2007, his works include acrylics, etchings, printmaking, portraits & landscapes. His unique works express his desire to create a personal style that meets his expressive needs.
 
 

AUG
13

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Karaoke Night

Town of Occoquan & Occoquan Business Partners
River Mill Park, Occoquan, VA
Warm up those voices and join us from 7-9pm as we host Karaoke Night in River Mill Park! Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase in the park – or grab food from a local restaurant on your way in! Doors open at 6:30pm to reserve songs. Bring a blanket or camp chairs and find a spot in the grass to cheer on our singers! 
 
 

AUG
14

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Kayak Sunset Tours

Penguin Paddling
201 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
August 14 at 6pm – head out on a two hour guided kayak tour by Penguin Paddling (launches from behind Madigan’s Restaurant). This paddle trip will leave the start point and take you past the old Occoquan Mill Ruins, Occoquan Regional Park, and along a beautiful river scene packed with waterfowl, fish and other critters. Click here to book your tour.
 
 

AUG
14

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Scuba Diving Tank

Patriot Scuba
305 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
Watch our divers in action in our special scuba tank! Head down to Patriot Scuba between 1-5pm on August 14 and August 21 and wave hello or have your picture taken with our scuba diver! Our team will be there to answer all your questions about diving.
 
 

AUG
14

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Encaustic Painting Demonstration

Artists’ Undertaking Gallery
309 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
Explore the ancient technique of Encaustic Painting with gallery partner Patricia Giovannoni at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Her presentation will discuss – What is encaustic painting? She will demonstrate the tools, materials, and basic steps for this technique. View some of her works in various stages of this process.
 
 

AUG
14

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Alcohol Ink Demonstration

Art A La Carte
310 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
Join artist Josie Tullo from 1-4pm at Art A la Carte as she demonstrates the use of alcohol inks to create vivid, flowing flowers in an “abstract expressionism” style.
 
 

AUG
14

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Oil Painting Demo

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 1-3 pm. See Loft Gallery artist Rich Moore demonstrate his expressive and colorful approach to painting landscapes with oil paints. Learn more at loftgallery.org.
 
 

AUG
14

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Cabinet Updating Workshop

The Reclaimed Treasures
199 Union Street, Occoquan, VA
Ugly old kitchen cabinets? Bathroom vanity need updating?  This is the class for you! Learn how to prep, paint and finish most any cabinet in your kitchen or bathroom. You will be guided through all stages of updating your cabinetry. Everything will be provided for you in this hands on instructional class at 6:30pm. Fee: $95 Register online.
 
 

AUG
14-15

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Artists at Work

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 12-3pm stop by the Loft Art Center and see art being created and talk with the artists working in their studios. Learn more at loftgallery.org.
 
 

AUG
15

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Giant Paper Flower Making Workshop

Hitchcock Paper Co.
125 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
In this fun class at 1pm you will make giant roses and learn techniques to cut, shape, and attach the petals and leaves. You will also get templates and instructions to take home. Perfect for beginners or seasoned crafters! All materials provided. Fee: $60. Register online.
 
 

AUG
15

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Wood Block Carving Demo

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 1-3 pm Loft Gallery artist Susan Larimer works in both relief and intaglio printing, pen and ink. Come talk with her about her art processes and watch as she demonstrates carving a design on a wood block to be used in print making. Learn more at loftgallery.org.
 
 

AUG
15

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Mixed Media Demonstration

Artists’ Undertaking Gallery
309 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 11am-5pm Patti Durbin will discuss her work and have a variety of fabric shapes and colors for visitors to experiment with to create an image. Patti’s images are diverse and express the joy and uniqueness found in embracing one’s self as they are. She incorporates fabric and recycled materials from an organic perspective to weave positive messages of self empowerment.
 
 

AUG
15

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River Cleanup

Patriot Scuba
305 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
We love a good clean-up day, especially if it protects our local environment! Join Patriot Scuba as they clean up the section of the Occoquan River in front of their dive shop.
 
 

AUG
15

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Annual Duck Splash

Patriots for Disabled Divers
View from Public Dock, Occoquan, VA
Adopt a numbered rubber duck from Patriot Scuba, then join us Sunday, August 15 to watch it race along the Occoquan River with hundreds of other ducks! $5 to adopt your duck. Winners receive $20-500 depending on their place in the race. All proceeds benefit Patriots for Disabled Divers. Get your tickets HERE.
 
 

AUG
16

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Workshop: Intro to Drawing

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 10am-12pm learn basic drawing techniques through demos and class activities with artist Teresa Brunson. Students will learn to draw using shapes, line and value. Class size is limited to 4 students to ensure individualized attention. All you have to bring is your interest to draw! 
Fee: $60. To register email teresatindlebrunson@gmail.com.
 
 

AUG
17

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Printing Press Demonstration

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 1-2pm. Have you ever wondered how a printing press works?  Come see artist Vero Barker-Barzel demonstrate printing on a proof press and talk with her about print making. Learn more at loftgallery.org.
 
 

AUG
17

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Workshop: Intro to Pastel Painting

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 10am-12pm learn basic pastel painting techniques through demos and class activities with artist Teresa Brunson. Students will complete 2 pastel paintings. A class limit of 4 students allows individualized attention. All class supplies are provided. Fee: $75. To register email teresatindlebrunson@gmail.com.
 
 

AUG
18

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Workshop: Children’s Drawing & Painting

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 10am-12pm learn basic drawing and watercolor painting techniques through demos and class activities with artist Teresa Brunson. Students will complete 2 drawings/paintings. A class size of 4 students will allow individualized attention. All art supplies are included for use during drawing & painting class. Fee $75. Registration required – email teresatindlebrunson@gmail.com.
 
 

AUG
19

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Sharing Experience through Tea and Art

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
Enjoy a Gong Fu ceremonial tea tasting where you will be served 6 different Premium to Estate Teas from around the world. Then enjoy short presentations and/or art demos from the studio artist along with personal tours of their art studios. Fee $20. Register with Darlene Kaplan  via chineseart@darlenekaplan.com or 703-922-4175.
 
 

AUG
19

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Copper Work – Chasing & Repousse Demo

Artists’ Undertaking Gallery
309 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 11am-4:30pm accomplished coppersmith Anne Jordan, will demonstrate the techniques of chasing or embossing, and repousse on copper vessels. Anne is inspired by nature and the inherent properties of copper. She enjoys the challenge of forming hard copper into delicate, fluid, lifelike objects resembling plants and animals. 
 
 

AUG
20

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Workshop: Wineglass Painting

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 10am-12pm learn several basic painting techniques for painting on glass with artist Teresa Brunson. Each student will be given one wine glass to paint. The class will only have 4 students to ensure individualized attention. All supplies for use are included (stencils, brushes, paint, images etc.). Fee $35. Registration required – email teresatindlebrunson@gmail.com.
 
 

AUG
20

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Textured Paint Demonstration

VanEch Studio
125 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
At 2pm, visit VanEch Studio for interactive demonstrations on how to create fabulous layered textured paint finishes with Salt Wash™️ paint additive. All Salt Wash™️ purchased during our demonstrations will be 20% off. 
 
 

AUG
20

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Fusion Mineral Paint 101 Workshop

The Reclaimed Treasures
199 Union Street, Occoquan, VA
Join us at 6:30pm for our Fusion Mineral Paint 101 Workshop where you will learn the basics about Fusion Mineral Paint and accompanying products. You will receive hands on instruction on how to prep a piece, paint, distress, and stencil. We will provide everything you need including several paint colors, paint brush, and a small wood project. Fee: $95 Register online.
 
 

AUG
20-21

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Haunted Pub Crawl

Occoquan Spirits
408 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
We will visit four of the most famous haunts the living enjoy in quaint Occoquan. We will spend 30 to 40 minutes in each establishment toasting to the ghosts and listening to the stories of the ghosts that reside there. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water and bug spray as we will spend some time outside as well. Your tour could run longer if the ghosts are talking!
 
 

AUG
20-22

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Dollar Days Sale

Personally Yours
402 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
Join us for a Dollar Days Sale on the porch at Personally Yours! Friday through Sunday (Aug 13-15) from 10am-5pm, you’ll find great deals on tons of items on our porch.
 
 

AUG
21

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OCQ 2021 River Paddle Challenge–postponed

Town of Occoquan
View from Public Dock, Occoquan, VA
Update: Due to the predicted weather conditions this week and their potential impact on the river, the OCQ 2021 River Paddle Challenge originally slated for this Saturday has been rescheduled for Saturday, October 2
The race starts at 10am and can be viewed from the Public Dock behind Mamie Davis Park in Occoquan, VA. No tickets required to watch the race! Registration to participate is $35. Sign up now at paddleguru.com/races/OCQ2021RiverPaddleChallenge. There is a 1.5-mile race for recreational paddlers and a 3-mile race for more experienced paddlers.
 
 

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21

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Quilling Workshop – Sailboat

Hitchcock Paper Co.
305 Mill Street #A8, Occoquan, VA
Try your hand at the very ancient art of paper filigree – quilling. In this workshop you will learn a number of basic shapes using 1/4″ width paper to create a beautiful boat design. You will be able to take your completed masterpiece home with you and frame it if you wish! All necessary materials and tools are provided. Fee $75. Register now.
 
 

AUG
21

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Textured Paint Demonstration

VanEch Studio
125 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
At 12pm and 3pm, visit VanEch Studio for interactive demonstrations on how to create fabulous layered textured paint finishes with Salt Wash™️ paint additive. All Salt Wash™️ purchased during our demonstrations will be 20% off. 
 
 

AUG
21

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Workshop: Children’s Drawing & Painting

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 10am-12pm learn basic drawing and watercolor painting techniques through demos and class activities with artist Teresa Brunson. Students will complete 2 drawings/paintings. A class size of 4 students will allow individualized attention. All art supplies are included for use during drawing & painting class. Fee $75. Registration required – email teresatindlebrunson@gmail.com.
 
 

AUG
21

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Mixed Media Art Demonstration

Art A La Carte
310 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 5-7pm artist Karen Rexrode will demonstrate paint techniques with her 3D assemblage or mixed media art. New, partially finished examples will be on hand for anyone that is curious on the building process with her multidimensional art.
 
 

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21

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Scuba Diving Tank

Patriot Scuba
305 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
Watch our divers in action in our special scuba tank! Head down to Patriot Scuba between 1-5pm on August 14 and August 21 and wave hello or have your picture taken with our scuba diver! Our team will be there to answer all your questions about diving.
 
 

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21

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Concert & Beer Garden

Town of Occoquan
River Mill Park, Occoquan, VA
Join us from 4-9pm for a Beer Garden hosted by Waters End Brewery plus concerts from Up All Night (4-6pm) and Timewarp Rock (7-9pm)! Grab a blanket or camp chairs and enjoy music and brews in Occoquan’s River Mill Park.
 
 
 

AUG
21-22

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Artists at Work

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 12-3pm stop by the Loft Art Center and see art being created and talk with the artists working in their studios. Learn more at loftgallery.org.

 

AUG
22

Painting Loose & Expressive Watercolors 

Join Loft Gallery artist Mike Flynn on Sunday, August 22, 2021, from 12-3 pm, as he demonstrates watercolor landscape painting in his loose and expressive style. Mike uses various brushes and tools to move and add colors and shapes. He will also emphasize developing, for the viewer, a pleasant composition and focal point. 
 
 

AUG
22

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Wood fired Stoneware & Porcelain Demo

Artists’ Undertaking Gallery
309 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
At 1pm and 3pm ceramic artist & instructor, Stephen Lally, will demonstrate how to make ceramic animal rattles. He will provide clay for those who would like to make one at home then bring it back for him to fire for free. Stephen’s work grows out of the blended traditions of functional pottery from England & Japan. His works are meant to be used, not just set up on a shelf.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Note: The CDC now recommends the wearing of masks in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission. The health and well-being of our residents, patrons and businesses and local community is paramount. The Town of Occoquan continues to closely monitor information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local health and government authorities to guide decisions about Town events.

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