The 2018 Fall Occoquan Arts & Craft Show

Saturday, September 29th |10am - 6pm
Sunday, September 30th | 10am - 5pm

 

Known by locals as one of the "MUST DO" festivals in Northern Virginia, the Occoquan Fall Arts & Craft Show is another enticing reason to experience a fall getaway in Prince William, Virginia.

 

This award-winning festival hosts approximately 250 arts, crafts and design artisans from around the U.S. Visitors can shop for one-of-a-kind, handcrafted items and enjoy a variety of festive activities. Our guide offers tips and tricks to help you fully experience this unparalleled festival in Prince William, Virginia. 

 

1. What is there to do at the Occoquan Arts & Craft Festival?

Occoquan Craft Show

Unlike other festivals, the Occoquan Arts & Craft Show has a 49-year tradition of experience, attracting over 10,000 visitors to their annual Fall and Spring events. Festival exhibitors showcase handmade items including fine art, pottery and ceramics, jewelry, home décor, gourmet food items, bath and body, baby and children’s items, digital art and graphics, pet products, wood crafts and furniture along the streets of historic Occoquan. The town's charming and unique shops are also open for business.

 

You'll want to hide your calorie counters and bring your appetite. Savor each mouth-watering morsel as you explore the variety of food trucks, food tents and local restaurants available.

 

Take in a show. This year's festival will include a diverse mixture of performances including the Manassas Ballet, Ordway Conservatory of Classical Ballet, and Rockledge Assembly of Country Dancers. Local favorites, Drive In Riot will rock River Mill Park with Southern Blues-style classics on Saturday and Denny Eigell will play all the best classics at Mamie Davis Park on Sunday.

 

Bring the kids. They'll enjoy exploring a firetruck, dunking a policeman, face painting and balloon art with Fairy Jennabelle and other free exciting events at the Mill House Museum for exciting, free events.

 

Schedule of Events:

 

 

Saturday, September 29, 2018

 

11pm-12pm

Manassas Ballet

River Mill Park

1pm-4pm

Drive In Riot, (Southern Blues Rock)

River Mill Park

4pm-6pm

Rockledge Assembly of English Country Dancers

River Mill Park

All Day

Fairy Jennabelle Face Painting

Mill House Museum

All Day

OWL VFD Touch-a-Truck

Mill House Museum

All Day

Law Enforcement United Dunk Tank

Mill House Museum

All Day

BXRC Drawing for 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible

Mill House Museum

 

 

 

 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

 

11pm-4pm

Ordway Conservatory of Classical Ballet

River Mill Park

4pm-5pm

Rockledge Assembly of English Country Dancers

River Mill Park

1pm-3pm

Denny Eigell, (Classic Rock)

Mamie Davis Park

All Day

Fairy Jennabelle Face Painting

Mill House Museum

All Day

OWL VFD Touch-a-Truck

Mill House Museum

All Day

Law Enforcement United Dunk Tank

Mill House Museum

All Day

BXRC Drawing for 1966 Ford Mustang Convertible

Mill House Museum

 

2. Where is Occoquan and how do you pronounce it?

occoquan shops

 

Occoquan is a small town in Prince William County, Virginia that was established in 1804 that was known for its grist mills and tobacco warehouses. The Merchant's Mill in Occoquan was the first automated grist mill in the nation (but was later destroyed by fire). The post office in Occoquan was also where letters from the North and South were exchanged during the American Civil War. River silting and a shift to using railways to move items, reduced overall ship traffic to Occoquan. The town transformed and now thrives as an artistic community with unique shops and restaurants set amongst picturesque views of the Occoquan River.

 

The Town of Occoquan is pronounced like OCKA-KWON and is derived from an Algonquian Doeg Indian word meaning - "At the end of the water". 

 

3.  Where do I park for the Occoquan Arts & Craft Festival?

To make room for the many exhibitors, food trucks, and family fun spots, the town shuts down the streets of the small town. Patrons may park at designated lots listed below and be transported by shuttle bus into Occoquan.

 

Off-site parking with shuttle bus service is available at the Workhouse Arts Center; Lake Ridge Commuter Lot; Route 123 Commuter lot; and the I-95 Commuter lot.  There is a $5 round-trip shuttle fee payable at the event drop-off; kids 12 and under ride free.

 

The bus shuttle begins early and ends approximately 1 hour after the festival ends. Non-service animals are prohibited on the shuttles.

 

Purple Lot

  • Lake Ridge Commuter Lot

  • Corner of Old Bridge and Minnieville Roads

  • Drop off/Pick Up located at Mom’s Apple Pie Shuttle Stop

Red Lot

  • 1-95 Commuter Lot

  • Just off 1-95 and Route 123

  • Drop off/Pick Up located at Mom’s Apple Pie Shuttle Stop

Green Lot

  • 123 Commuter Lot

  • Corner of Route 123 and Old Bridge Road

  • Drop off/Pick Up at Footbridge Shuttle Stop by River Mill Park

Yellow Lot

  • Workhouse Arts Center Parking Lot

  • 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton 

  • Drop off/Pick Up at the Shuttle Stop under the Route 123 Bridge 

Remember your lot color for the return trip back to your vehicle.

 

Transportation Accessibility Information and Options

Shuttle Bus

  • Shuttle buses are wheelchair accessible, therefore satellite parking may be an option.

  • 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.

Parking

  • Handicap accessible parking is available in town under the Route 123 Bridge, accessible by Poplar Lane during the run of the craft show.

  • Handicap 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.

 

4. I haven't been to Occoquan in years. What's New?

Occoquan is an artists' community filled with over 100 shops. This charming town combines over 200 years of history with the modern attractions of shopping and dining. Occoquan offers everything from antiques, arts, crafts, fashions, and gifts to unique specialty shops for miniature enthusiasts and much more. Below are just a few new shops, restaurants or attractions that have recently opened. 

 

What's New?

5. Make it a Weekend Getaway

Coming for the Arts & Craft Festival? Make it a weekend getaway. Whether you’re looking to stay close to Occoquan or one of our many attractions, Prince William, VA offers a wide variety of options for you to choose from. 

 

Places to stay near Occoquan

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