What to Expect
During the two weekends of the year that the Occoquan festivals are held–the first weekend of June and the last weekend of September–vehicular access within the historic district is limited from Friday evening through Sunday evening. Certain roads will be closed throughout the duration of the event and residents and businesses will not be able to exit or enter the exhibit area during that time in a vehicle. Approximately 10,000 visitors come to Occoquan over each two-day festival and as a result, the historic district is bustling with activity throughout the duration of the event.
Due to the access restriction placed on our residents and businesses within the historic district, the Town reserves the parking lot under the 123 bridge on Mill Street for parking for residents and businesses within the event area from Friday through Sunday. This allows individuals to access their vehicles throughout the event and exit and enter the town by utilizing Poplar Lane. In order to park within this lot, you must have a parking pass. Passes are issued by Town Staff at Town Hall beginning on the Tuesday prior to the show on a first come, first served basis. Due to limited available parking, only one permit per business or family is issued. If you park in this lot without displaying a valid parking pass, your vehicle will be towed.
On festival weekends, the following streets are closed from 8 am to 7 pm on Saturday and Sunday: Mill, Commerce, Union, Washington Street, as well as Ellicott Street from Mill Street to Center Lane. Residents and businesses are asked to coordinate movers and deliveries accordingly. In addition, vendors will begin arriving in Town on Friday evening and will be able to start setup starting at 9 pm, if their space is available on-street. All impacted streets officially close at 2 am on Saturday morning. Any cars remaining on-street and in parking lots after this time will be towed.
Our festivals are only possible through the support of our many volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering any portion of time during Occoquan RiverFest in June, or the Fall Arts & Crafts Show in September, please contact Town Hall or stop by Town Hall and sign up! Volunteers will get a free volunteer t-shirt! Lunch is provided.
The town has held a craft show within the streets of the historic district for fifty years. Over the years, as the shows have grown and evolved, and as the Occoquan community has also grown, the revenues generated from these events have gone to support capital improvements within the town, including addressing infrastructure needs, maintaining historic buildings, parks, and other, long-term, capital improvements.
Still, have questions? Contact Town Staff at (703) 491-1918 or stop by Town Hall, 314 Mill Street, M-F, 9 am to 4 pm and we’ll be happy to assist.