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Arts & Crafts

Saturday & Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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 new festival. Plus, 35 of our local businesses are participating, and we have scores of emerging artists with eco-friendly materials and/or processes. SEE VENDOR DIRECTORY.

Whatever Floats Your Boat Parade!

Sunday at 10:30 a.m.


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. LEARN MORE.​

Beer & Wine Garden, plus Live Music

Saturday & Sunday
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


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. LEARN MORE.

  • Up All Night - Saturday from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

  • Ashleigh Chevalier Band - Sunday from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Conservation Alley

& Jr. Passport

Saturday & Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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. LEARN MORE.​


Pop into Town Hall to see these limited ticketed performances:

Kids Nature Puppet Show

Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.


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.

Reptile World

Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.

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.

grab a drink to go!

Saturday & Sunday
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Sip & Stroll your way through the historic district! Our special license allows visitors ages 21+ to purchase alcoholic beverages from a restaurant or festival vendor and carry it within the limits of the festival. Simply visit any participating business and ask for a “to-go.”

Kayak / SUP Rentals

Saturday & Sunday
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Paddle the Occoquan with Penguin Paddling. Ducks, eagles, osprey, herons and many varieties of reptiles, fish, and even beavers can be spotted!

  • Single Kayaks: $22/Hour, $50/Day

  • Double Kayaks: $29/Hour, $70/Day

  • Standup Paddle Boards (SUP): $27/Hour, $65/Day

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