2021
Occoquan Artisan
Markets

 

River Mill Park, in Historic Occoquan

May 8 & 9, 2021     |     June 5 & 6, 2021     |     July 10 & 11

Saturdays and Sundays 10 am – 5 pm 

 

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The year 2021 brings another shift to the Occoquan Arts & Crafts Shows. We are excited to introduce the Occoquan Artisan Markets, a redesigned and abridged version of our larger show coming to you this spring and summer. 

 

Occoquan Artisan Markets  

May 8 & 9    |    June 5 & 6    |    July 10 & 11

The Artisan Markets will be hosted in River Mill Park along the beautiful Occoquan River and will occur on three separate weekends: each a sleek and distinct arts and crafts market individually curated from the work of juried artisans.

Our markets are a new way to fill a two-part need that developed this past year:

  • ONE- an avenue for vendors who need to get back to business, and
  • TWO- a means for patrons looking to do outdoor activities that are satisfying but safe.

Occoquan has been experiencing above average tourism rates during the pandemic precisely because our walkable town is open and small businesses are able to operate in a safe manner.

The Town hopes to move back to our original two-day Arts & Crafts Show  in the fall, but if circumstances don’t allow it, we believe the model of the Artisan Market will work temporarily.

The health and well-being of our residents, patrons and businesses and local community is paramount. The Town of Occoquan will continue to closely monitor information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local health and government authorities as the fall progresses, to guide decisions about future Town events                         

Policies:
Artists may exhibit and sell only products that were represented and accepted by the jurying committee. 
While vendors may cancel at any time, there are no refunds once a vendor has been accepted into the market unless the market is cancelled for reasons of health and safety.
Vendors must participate and tables must be staffed for the full duration of the market.  
Each vendor may only sell one medium per booth space. 
This is an outdoor market that takes place rain or shine along the river in Occoquan, VA. As such, the Town is unable to guarantee level display space and each vendor is responsible for their own display materials.  Tents, tables, and chairs are not provided. Electricity is not available and generators (unless they are first approved by the director) are not allowed in the vending area. 
All work and displays must stay within the vendor’s designated spot. No boxes, extra merchandise, or debris should be visible. The assigned area must be kept clean throughout the event and be left spotless afterwards. 
There is no smoking in tents allowed. No dogs but service animals. 
Vendors may not distribute material outside of their designated booth space or loudly solicit visitors into their exhibit space. 
Trash dumpsters, recycling and garbage cans are provided for vendor use. Vendors may not leave garbage on the ground, in a box or neatly stacked near the booth space.  
It is recommended that vendors carry their own insurance policy to cover their actions. The Town of Occoquan is not responsible for loss or damage to exhibitors or vendors. 
Rude, obscene, or abusive language and/or threatening or actual physical restraint and/or abuse of another vendor, staff, or general public is strictly prohibited and will result in immediate removal and banishment from participation in future shows. 
The Events Director will have the final decision on acceptance and denials of applications, as well as placement and category of vendor booths. 
All local laws must be followed.   


SET-UP

  • Exhibitors may begin setting up 6 pm on Friday night and 8am on Saturday. ALL CARS need to be removed from town streets NO LATER THAN 8:00AM. 
  • Unload as quickly as possible, remove your vehicle from Town streets and then proceed with setting up your booth.  Please show courtesy to your fellow exhibitors. 
  • All spaces are 10X10 and clearly marked. Tents must be placed within the red dots located on the curb. All boxes, tents, and merchandise must be within the designated 10X10 space.
  • Only one vehicle per exhibitor will be allowed in Town at a time.
  • Vendors are responsible for their own shade, rain gear, chairs, set-up, tent weights, leveling devices and any other items needed as part of an outdoor event. As this is an outdoor show and unexpected weather situations do occur, all tents must be weighted. No tents may be staked in River Mill Park.


PARKING


  • No parking is permitted on Town streets, alleys, and driveways during the festival.


EARLY DEPARTURE

  • If you have to close your booth early Saturday or Sunday for any reason, notify the Events and Community Development Director for approval in advance.   If you depart the show without notifying and obtaining approval from the Director, you will not be allowed to participate in future shows.   


TEAR-DOWN

  • Completely break down your exhibit PRIOR to bringing your vehicle into Town. Pull back from the center of the street, i.e., pack stock, collapse tents, tables and display stands, then bring vehicle into Town. 
  • Never block the center of the street.  Leave an open lane for traffic flow. 
  • Please cooperate with all Traffic Director requests.


Our goal is a successful and pleasant experience for all: exhibitors, vendors, merchants, and the public!  Thank you for your cooperation, and have an enjoyable weekend in Occoquan!

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