RiverFest & Craft Show is back in Historic Occoquan June 3 & 4, 2023. This dynamic new craft show event pays homage to our artists and crafters and also celebrates the historic town’s natural beauty along the Occoquan River.

RiverFest & Craft Show 2023 will feature a full two days of activities for all ages, including live entertainment, great food, arts & crafts, a beer garden, Conservation Alley, and river activities.

A wide variety of sponsorships and advertising opportunities are also available for RiverFest & Craft Show. For more information, see our Sponsor page. 

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Vendor Information

Interested vendors should submit the criteria information requested below along with a minimum of three (3) photos of your items and one (1) of your booth display. Entries will be juried and categories will be limited. Vendors must commit for the entire weekend.

Booth Size: 1 (one) 10 x 10 space 

Location: Historic District, Occoquan, Virginia

Fee for the weekend: see chart below

Satellite parking with shuttle: Free 

In-town parking: $75, 

Jury fee: included

Vendor Registration

Register here!
  • Applicants are subject to the jury process on a first come, first served basis and considered regularly until the category is full.
  • To be accepted into the Crafter/Artist category, all work must be original, handmade, and created by the artist. (Applicants acknowledge the handcrafted nature of their own products by completing the application.) Jury photos may be used in promotional materials.
  • The screening panel makes its determination on the basis of the artist’s application and images.
  • Jurying criteria includes artistic quality, uniqueness, and craftsmanship.
  • Please allow 30 days for the selection process.
Checklist to Apply
  • Submit 4 photos: 3 photos of your work, 1 photo of your display space. Photos are accepted electronically via the  application.  
  • Images should accurately represent only the work that will be sold/displayed.
  • Please note any specific requests that you may have on the application form. Requests are considered, but not guaranteed.
  • Payment for the space completes your application. 
Vendor Booth Payment
  • Vendor fee is nonrefundable unless the application is not accepted, or the event is cancelled due to conditions related to health and safety. 
  • Checks will be deposited upon receipt, but this does not necessarily indicate acceptance into the market.
  • Please note the 3% nonrefundable  service fee to use a  credit card is included in the rate at check out. Vendors may also pay by check by mailing their fees to PO Box 195, Occoquan, VA 22125.
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Vendor Booth Pricing

All vendor booths are 10’X10′ spaces.

RiverFest 2023Early BirdRegular RatePremium Rate
Deadlinesthru Jan 1, 2023Jan 1-April 30May 1-June 2
Crafter/ Artist325350400
Direct Sales/Commercial375400450
Town Business125125125
Food Truck425450500
Food Tent*475500550
*Refundable Cleanup200200200

Category Descriptions

Crafters/Artists Category: All work must be original, handmade, and created by the artist. No t-shirts, imported merchandise or any resale items are allowed in this category. Vendors acknowledge the handcrafted nature of their own products by completing this application. Early entrants’ artwork may be featured in promotional materials.

Direct Sales/Commercial: Direct Sales reps and independent designers with ethically sourced or lightly manufactured goods that fit into the show aesthetic should also submit in this category.  Note: Commercial product vendors must have tangible products (not services) for sale at the event.

Town Business: This category is for those who  operate a business within the Town of Occoquan’s corporate limits and have a current business license.

Food Truck Category: Submit in this category if you cook and serve food from a completely self-contained food truck.

Food Tent Category: Apply in this category if you want to cook and serve food for consumption on the premises. This category includes a $200 refundable clean-up fee, payable at the time of application. Note: This category does not include selling prepackaged foods that are not cooked and served on site for immediate consumption.)

Non-Profit Category: Non-profit organizations may be permitted to exhibit at no cost, but must first apply for booth space. A limited number of spaces will be offered to non-profit organizations and space is not necessarily guaranteed. No spaces will be allotted for political parties.

Teen Entrepreneurs: If applicable, teen business owners may be considered for booth space in Conservation Alley in the spring or Imagination Alley in the fall at a reduced rate. Restrictions apply. Please enquire at craftshow@occoquanva.gov. 


  • Registration is not complete without submitted photos, full payment, and a signed application.
  • Pay fees at the time of submitting your application or or call Town Hall during business hours to give your credit information over the phone.
  • If paying with check or money order, make payable to TOWN OF OCCOQUAN.
  • Checks will be deposited immediately upon receipt. A deposited check/accepted funds does not guarantee placement.  Booth fee payments will be returned to vendors not accepted into the show.
  • A $35 fee will be charged each time a check is returned for insufficient funds.
  • Checks will be accepted for payment up to two weeks before the event date. After that, credit card, cash, or cashier’s check are required.
    Pay by Phone or Mail

    Payments can be made by phone, provided an application has been submitted. Call 703-491-1918 to make a payment by phone. Payments made by phone are subject to a 3% service charge.

To mail a payment, make checks payable to the Town of Occoquan and mail to RiverFest & Crafts Show, PO Box 195, Occoquan, VA 22125. Cash or check payments do not include PayPal service fees.

Once an application has been completed online, payments may be dropped off at Town Hall, 314 Mill Street, M-F, 9 am to 4 pm or dropped in the overnight drop box located on the front of Town Hall.

Event Program

This year, we are providing to all patrons a free multipage color booklet to navigate the festival. Advertising in this program enables vendors to directly reach the thousands of RiverFest patrons. More information.

In-Town Parking Space Reservations

As this is an outdoor event that takes place along the Town’s streets, parking and vehicle access is restricted within the Town during the show.  Most vendors use our free shuttle service for satellite parking, but there are also two convenient parking areas in town for use by vendors that are within the show area.

Spots are very limited and are reserved by payment only on a first come basis.  If you would like to reserve a parking spot, please indicate the request on your application and pay the $75 reservation fee in addition to the booth space fee. Because our spaces are small, trucks with trailers will need to unhitch and will require two parking spaces. 

Please note: Once a vehicle is parked in the lot, it must stay for the duration of the show each day until security deems the streets cleared of pedestrian traffic. Parking fees are not refunded once the application has been accepted.

Food Vendors

Food Vendors are responsible for all required Prince William County Health Department permits and compliance with regulations. For health permit applications and regulations, please contact:
Prince William County Health District
Division of Environmental Services

8470 Kao Circle
Manassas, VA 20110

Phone: 703-792-6298

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General Information


The RiverFest & Craft Show will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Visitors will park at designated lots (see below) and will be transported by shuttle into Town to attend the show.  RiverFest & Craft Show will take place RAIN OR SHINE. 


Complimentary coffee and pastries will be served at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday and 8:00 a.m. on Sunday the Occoquan Town Hall, located at 314 Mill Street.  We’d love to see you there!

Restrooms and Breaks

A variety of food vendors and portable restrooms will be located throughout the event area for your convenience.  Show volunteers are identifiable with designated t-shirts and will be available to assist you should you need to take a break.  A booth sitter will watch your booth to prevent theft and inform customers you will return shortly; however, they will not conduct transactions on your behalf.


The Town will provide overnight security to patrol the streets. You do not have to clear your site Saturday evening, but the Town is not responsible for securing individual tents or properties.   

First Aid

A First Aid Station will be located near the church on the corner of Commerce and Washington Streets at the main entrance to the show. In case of emergency, call 9-1-1. Evacuation Map

Event Staff

If you need to contact a show official prior to the start of the show, email jlittle@occoquanva.gov or call Julie Little, Events and Community Development Director, at (703) 491-2168.


Vendors may freely park at designated satellite lots and will be transported by shuttle into Town. Each vendor will be allocated a Vendor Shuttle Bus Pass for this purpose. The shuttle will begin at 7 a.m. and will end approximately 1 hour after the show ends.


Staying in Northern VA

There are a number of AirBnbs in Occoquan. See their website for details on specific accommodations.

Area hotels

Hampton Inn

Fairfield Inn 

TownPlace Suites

Quality Inn

Courtyard Potomac Mills

Country Inn & Suites

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  • Vendors may exhibit and sell only products that were represented and accepted by the selection panel.
  • 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 show.
  • Each vendor may only sell one medium per booth space.
  • This is an outdoor show that takes place rain or shine. Each vendor is responsible for their own display materials.  Tents, tables, and chairs are not provided. Electricity is not available but quiet generators are accepted.
  • 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 or 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.

For any other questions, contact the Events Director at 703-491-1918 or email jlittle@occoquanva.gov.

Please join us for this fantastic event! We welcome you to Occoquan!

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