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Discover Occoquan!

 

Join us for a week full of events that highlight everything Occoquan has to offer. Concerts, karaoke, kayak races, shopping, dining, workshops, and more! See the schedule below for up-to-date information about Discover Occoquan events.

Schedule of Events

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Discover Occoquan Scavenger Hunt!

Occoquan Business Partners
Occoquan, VA
Visit businesses throughout town and answer questions about Occoquan history on an official scavenger hunt passport (will be available online by Aug. 12). Then enter you passport in our Town Hall dropbox, for your chance to win the Grand Prize: an Occoquan canvas bag stuffed with products from and about Occoquan, Virginia!

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13

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Karaoke Night

Town of Occoquan & Occoquan Business Partners
River Mill Park, Occoquan, VA
Warm up those voices and join us from 7-9pm as we host Karaoke Night in River Mill Park! Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase in the park - or grab food from a local restaurant on your way in! Doors open at 6:30pm to reserve songs. Bring a blanket or camp chairs and find a spot in the grass to cheer on our singers! 

AUG
13-14

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Haunted Pub Crawl

Occoquan Spirits
408 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
We will visit four of the most famous haunts the living enjoy in quaint Occoquan. We will spend 30 to 40 minutes in each establishment toasting to the ghosts and listening to the stories of the ghosts that reside there. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water and bug spray as we will spend some time outside as well. Your tour could run longer if the ghosts are talking!

AUG
13-22

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Puzzles on the Porch

Puzzle Palooza Etc.
305 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 12-4pm daily, relax on the porch in front of Puzzle Palooza and try out a puzzle!

AUG
14

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Scuba Diving Tank

Patriot Scuba
305 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA

Watch our divers in action in our special scuba tank! Head down to Patriot Scuba between 1-5pm on August 14 and August 21 and wave hello or have your picture taken with our scuba diver! Our team will be there to answer all your questions about diving.

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14

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Cabinet Updating Workshop

The Reclaimed Treasures
199 Union Street, Occoquan, VA

Ugly old kitchen cabinets? Bathroom vanity need updating?  This is the class for you! Learn how to prep, paint and finish most any cabinet in your kitchen or bathroom. You will be guided through all stages of updating your cabinetry. Everything will be provided for you in this hands on instructional class at 6:30pm. Fee: $95 Register online.

AUG
14

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Kayak Sunset Tours

Penguin Paddling
201 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
August 14 at 6pm - head out on a two hour guided kayak tour by Penguin Paddling (launches from behind Madigan's Restaurant). This paddle trip will leave the start point and take you past the old Occoquan Mill Ruins, Occoquan Regional Park, and along a beautiful river scene packed with waterfowl, fish and other critters. Click here to book your tour.

AUG
14

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Oil Paining Demo

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 1-3 pm. See Loft Gallery artist Rich Moore demonstrate his expressive and colorful approach to painting landscapes with oil paints. Learn more at loftgallery.org.

AUG
15

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Annual Duck Splash

Patriots for Disabled Divers
View from Public Dock, Occoquan, VA
Adopt a numbered rubber duck from Patriot Scuba, then join us Sunday, August 15 to watch it race along the Occoquan River with hundreds of other ducks! $5 to adopt your duck. Winners receive $20-500 depending on their place in the race. All proceeds benefit Patriots for Disabled Divers. Get your tickets HERE.

AUG
14-15

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Artists at Work

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 12-3pm stop by the Loft Art Center and see art being created and talk with the artists working in their studios. Learn more at loftgallery.org.

AUG
15

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River Cleanup

Patriot Scuba
305 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
We love a good clean-up day, especially if it protects our local environment! Join Patriot Scuba as they clean up the section of the Occoquan River in front of their dive shop.

AUG
15

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Wood Block Carving Demo

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 1-3 pm Loft Gallery artist Susan Larimer works in both relief and intaglio printing, pen and ink. Come talk with her about her art processes and watch as she demonstrates carving a design on a wood block to be used in print making. Learn more at loftgallery.org.

AUG
16

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Workshop: Intro to Drawing

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA

From 10am-12pm learn basic drawing techniques through demos and class activities with artist Teresa Brunson. Students will learn to draw using shapes, line and value. Class size is limited to 4 students to ensure individualized attention. All you have to bring is your interest to draw! 

Fee: $60. To register email teresatindlebrunson@gmail.com.

AUG
17

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Workshop: Intro to Pastel Painting

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA

From 10am-12pm learn basic pastel painting techniques through demos and class activities with artist Teresa Brunson. Students will complete 2 pastel paintings. A class limit of 4 students allows individualized attention. All class supplies are provided. Fee: $75. To register email teresatindlebrunson@gmail.com.

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17

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Printing Press Demonstration

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA

From 1-2pm. Have you ever wondered how a printing press works?  Come see artist Vero Barker-Barzel demonstrate printing on a proof press and talk with her about print making. Learn more at loftgallery.org.

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18

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Workshop: Children’s Drawing & Painting

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA

From 10am-12pm learn basic drawing and watercolor painting techniques through demos and class activities with artist Teresa Brunson. Students will complete 2 drawings/paintings. A class size of 4 students will allow individualized attention. All art supplies are included for use during drawing & painting class. Fee $75. Registration required - email teresatindlebrunson@gmail.com.

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20

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Textured Paint Demonstration

VanEch Studio
125 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA

At 2pm, visit VanEch Studio for interactive demonstrations on how to create fabulous layered textured paint finishes with Salt Wash™️ paint additive. All Salt Wash™️ purchased during our demonstrations will be 20% off. 

AUG
19

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Sharing Experience through Tea and Art

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA

Enjoy a Gong Fu ceremonial tea tasting where you will be served 6 different Premium to Estate Teas from around the world. Then enjoy short presentations and/or art demos from the studio artist along with personal tours of their art studios. Fee $20. Register with Darlene Kaplan  via chineseart@darlenekaplan.com or 703-922-4175.

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20

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Workshop: Wineglass Painting

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA

From 10am-12pm learn several basic painting techniques for painting on glass with artist Teresa Brunson. Each student will be given one wine glass to paint. The class will only have 4 students to ensure individualized attention. All supplies for use are included (stencils, brushes, paint, images etc.). Fee $35. Registration required - email teresatindlebrunson@gmail.com.

AUG
20

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Fusion Mineral Paint 101 Workshop

The Reclaimed Treasures
199 Union Street, Occoquan, VA

Join us at 6:30pm for our Fusion Mineral Paint 101 Workshop where you will learn the basics about Fusion Mineral Paint and accompanying products. You will receive hands on instruction on how to prep a piece, paint, distress, and stencil. We will provide everything you need including several paint colors, paint brush, and a small wood project. Fee: $95 Register online.

AUG
20-21

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Haunted Pub Crawl

Occoquan Spirits
408 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
We will visit four of the most famous haunts the living enjoy in quaint Occoquan. We will spend 30 to 40 minutes in each establishment toasting to the ghosts and listening to the stories of the ghosts that reside there. Wear comfortable shoes, bring water and bug spray as we will spend some time outside as well. Your tour could run longer if the ghosts are talking!

AUG
21

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Kayak & Stand Up Paddleboard Race

Town of Occoquan
View from Public Dock, Occoquan, VA
The race starts at 10:00am and can be viewed from the Public Dock behind Mamie Davis Park in Occoquan, VA. No tickets required to watch the race! Registration information will be available soon at paddleguru.com.
 

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21

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Workshop: Children’s Drawing & Painting

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA

From 10am-12pm learn basic drawing and watercolor painting techniques through demos and class activities with artist Teresa Brunson. Students will complete 2 drawings/paintings. A class size of 4 students will allow individualized attention. All art supplies are included for use during drawing & painting class. Fee $75. Registration required - email teresatindlebrunson@gmail.com.

AUG
21

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Textured Paint Demonstration

VanEch Studio
125 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA

At 12pm and 3pm, visit VanEch Studio for interactive demonstrations on how to create fabulous layered textured paint finishes with Salt Wash™️ paint additive. All Salt Wash™️ purchased during our demonstrations will be 20% off. 

AUG
21

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Scuba Diving Tank

Patriot Scuba
305 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA

Watch our divers in action in our special scuba tank! Head down to Patriot Scuba between 1-5pm on August 14 and August 21 and wave hello or have your picture taken with our scuba diver! Our team will be there to answer all your questions about diving.

AUG
21

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Quilling Workshop - Sailboat

Hitchcock Paper Co.
305 Mill Street #A8, Occoquan, VA
Try your hand at the very ancient art of paper filigree - quilling. In this workshop you will learn a number of basic shapes using 1/4" width paper to create a beautiful boat design. You will be able to take your completed masterpiece home with you and frame it if you wish! All necessary materials and tools are provided. Fee $75. Register now.

AUG
21

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Concert & Beer Garden

Town of Occoquan
River Mill Park, Occoquan, VA
Join us from 4-9pm for a Beer Garden hosted by Waters End Brewery plus concerts from Up All Night (4-6pm) and Timewarp Rock (7-9pm)! Grab a blanket or camp chairs and enjoy music and brews in Occoquan's River Mill Park.
 

AUG
21-22

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Artists at Work

The Loft Gallery of Occoquan
313 Mill Street, Occoquan, VA
From 12-3pm stop by the Loft Art Center and see art being created and talk with the artists working in their studios. Learn more at loftgallery.org.

 

Sales & Specials

(throughout event)

Glory Be

Summer Sale! 305 Mill Street

Hitchcock Paper Co.

Get a free greeting card with any purchase of $25 or more, in person only! 125 Mill Street or hitchcockpaper.com

Leaf & Petal

Each day Leaf & Petal will feature two different teas to sample in their new Occoquan shop. 201 Union Street or leafandpetalva.com

So Olive

Buy 2 bottles of olive oil or balsamic vinegar, get the 3rd bottle 50% off of equal or lesser value. 125 Mill Street or soolive.com