Your favorite spring festival has expanded to the river!
2023 RiverFest & Craft Show
When: Sat., June 3 — Sun., June 4
Open: 10am — 5pm
Where: Occoquan, VA
Admission: FREE | Shuttle $8
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THE CRAFT SHOW at RiverFest!
Do you love to shop? The wonderful weekend you know and love is back. Get ready for 200+ Artisans, Makers, and Creators to fill the streets of Occoquan for this dynamic festival. Plus, 35 of our local businesses are participating, and we have scores of emerging artists with eco-friendly materials and/or processes.
Come say hello, and meet the river in RiverFest! As part of our festivities on Sunday, get ready to watch the first ever Whatever Floats Your Boat Parade on the Occoquan! Entrants have creatively designed and decorated a river vessel — be it raft, canoe, inflatable, dinghy, kayak, rowboat–and will ride, paddle, or row the 1/2 mile along the coastline of town to arrive at the Occoquan footbridge by 11am where judging will take place. Visitors can watch the parade from the Town Dock, Conservation Alley, or at the footbridge. The award ceremony is at 2pm in River Mill Park.
Kayak / SUP Rentals ALL WEEKEND
Paddle the Occoquan with Penguin Paddling. Ducks, eagles, osprey, herons and many varieties of reptiles, fish, and even beavers can be spotted!
Single Kayaks: $20/Hour, $65/Day
Double Kayaks: $25/Hour, $75/Day
Standup Paddleboards (SUP): $25/Hour, $75/Day
Beer & Wine Garden, plus Live Music
River Mill Park, with its spectacular views of the river, is the perfect spot for concerts, food, and adult beverages. Ample seating makes this a great place to take a break, grab a drink, and enjoy something tasty.
Up All Night
Ashleigh Chevalier Band
Conservation Alley & Jr. Passport
10am – 5pm ALL WEEKEND
Explore Conservation Alley, packed with family fun, performances, demonstrations, recycled crafts, eats, music, and plenty of love for the natural world! Journey with Jr. Passport and earn a Conservation Alley sticker badge while learning simple ways to protect our wildlife and water.
Pop into Town Hall to see these limited ticketed performances:
Kids Nature Puppet Shows
Meet a variety of wildly exciting animal puppets while learning about many of the Earth’s major biomes as Caroline Seitz presents her popular Wetlands and Biomes puppet shows. Shows at 12:30pm and 2pm. Tickets available soon.
Get up close and personal with an interesting selection of live, large, colorful, and gentle reptiles from all over the world. Discover what reptiles are (and aren’t), what makes them different from birds and mammals, and how important they are in our environment. Shows at at 12pm and 2pm. Tickets available soon.
Patrons may park at designated lots and hop a shuttle into Town!
Lake Ridge Commuter Lot
Corner of Old Bridge and Minnieville Roads, Woodbridge, VA
Drop off/Pick Up located at Mom’s Apple Pie Shuttle Stop
Rt 123 Commuter Lot
Corner of Route 123 and Old Bridge Road, Woodbridge, VA
Drop off/Pick Up at Footbridge Shuttle Stop by River Mill Park
Workhouse Arts Center
Drop off/Pick Up at the Shuttle Stop under the Route 123 Bridge
ATM, BATHROOMS, FIRST AID, & ACCESSIBILITY
- Inside Madigan’s Waterfront Restaurant at 201 Mill Street
- At the VFW at 204 Mill Street
Restrooms are located throughout the event area. Stay tuned for our updated Festival Map.
A First Aid Tent, made available by O.W.L., is located at 209 Washington Street during the festival.
- Shuttle buses are not, in general, wheelchair accessible.
- Patrons may opt to be dropped off at a shuttle stop and have a driver park at satellite parking. The Yellow shuttle stop (under the 123 bridge) is the flattest area for wheelchairs.
- Accessible parking is available in town under the Route 123 Bridge, accessible by Poplar Lane during the run of the craft show.
- Accessible parking is also available on Commerce Street. Patrons wishing to use this space should travel in on Washington Street, where they will be directed to spaces by police. Please note that there is a hill from Commerce to Mill.