Provided by Town of Occoquan
Occoquan launches RiverFest & Craft Show, June 4 and 5, 2022, creating a dynamic new craft show event that springboards from a 50-year tradition, featuring a spotlight on the Occoquan River and water-related activities for everyone. RiverFest & Craft Show will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday and will take place rain or shine. There is no admission fee at the gate. The shuttle fee is $5 round trip.
“We are thrilled to cultivate this exciting new craft show which also celebrates the historic town’s natural beauty along the Occoquan,” says Julie Little, Events Director. “This year, we are expanding our spring craft show by adding on-the-water activities, a beer & wine garden, and live concerts. We’ll also bring a strong focus on the river and environmental protections in Conservation Alley, raising awareness about how to protect our water and wildlife.”
ARTS & CRAFTS
Discover artisans, crafters, and makers, along the streets in Occoquan’s beautiful historic district. Here, craftmanship is showcased in a wide variety of mediums and price points, including categories such as jewelry, fine art, home decor, glass art, pottery & ceramics, gourmet foods, textile arts, bath & body, wood crafts, furniture, and more. Find treasures from favorite crafters and discover new talent.
BEER & WINE GARDEN
RiverFest & Craft Show will include a Beer & Wine Garden in River Mill Park, both days from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., featuring local craft brews from Water’s End Brewery and a variety of handcrafted wines from Woodlawn Press Winery. Mystery Machine DMV is the featured band on Saturday and The New Thirty plays for the first time in Occoquan on Sunday. Pro-tip: by parking at the Route 123 Commuter Lot on Old Bridge Road, visitors can board the “Garden Express” Green shuttle straight to the garden at River Mill Park. The RiverFest Food Court is situated at this end of town as well.
Those longing to get out on the water will have their opportunity during RiverFest. Kayaks and standup paddleboards will be available for rent all weekend at Penguin Paddling at 201 Mill Street. Or, head to the Town dock to watch a river race or two: a Paddler’s Challenge for kayaks and stand up paddleboards will occur on Saturday, events at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Show-goers are welcome to rent a board and join in on the fun! More race information can be found at paddleguru.com. On Sunday, get moving with yoga activities, provided by Rooted Yoga. Classes are available throughout the day, land or on the river, either in Mamie Davis Park at 202 Mill Street or in the water.
Located in the center of town at 305 Mill Street, is Conservation Alley, packed with family fun, crafts, beer, music, and plenty of love for the natural world. Families and troops will want to take part in the Junior Passport program and learn simple, easy ways to protect our wildlife and water. Kids can earn a Conservation Alley sticker badge! A sneak peek into just some of the fun in store:
- Potomac Riverkeeper Network moors the Sea Dog, a floating lab, at the town dock. Come aboard to experiment!
- Ocean Conservancy introduces a global trash collection mobile app that will keep beaches, waterways and the ocean trash free.
- PADI Aware, demonstrates simple things to do at home, around town or on the water to protect our oceans.
Conservation Alley will be open both days, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be sure to check the program (available at shuttle stops and info booth) for all the vendors in Conservation Alley and a schedule of activities and speakers.
At a cost of $5 per rider round trip, (kids 12 and under ride free), visitors will park at designated lots and will be transported by shuttle into Town to attend RiverFest & Craft Show. The shuttle runs for patrons from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Satellite parking can be found at three locations:
Last fall’s satellite parking lot at The Workhouse Arts Center is not available this spring. Shuttles are wheelchair accessible. For more information on accessibility options, see occovquanva.gov/riverfest.
Head to RiverFest & Craft Show, June 4-5, where there’s something for everyone! For more RiverFest & Craft Show information, visit occoquanva.gov/riverfest or contact the Events Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.