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Discover Occoquan, a day of free activities, on May 18

The Town of Occoquan and the Occoquan Merchants’ Guild will host Discover Occoquan on Saturday, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in downtown Historic Occoquan. This event features a full day of free activities.

The event will include interactive classes and free demonstrations hosted by Occoquan businesses, a scavenger hunt, a history tour, a pop-up tea room, a photo booth, live entertainment, and more! The festive event culminates with a beer garden and concert in River Mill Park.

The day kicks off at 11 a.m. when businesses will be hosting a variety of free drop-in classes that include yoga in the park, candle pouring, painting, fiber arts, and more. Demonstrations include art and glass, personal style, puzzle making, food preparation and sampling, textile image transfers, SCUBA and much more!

Art on the Block will also be showcasing the works of Occoquan’s many talented artists. Enjoy light refreshments, meet the artists, watch art demos, and enter to win an Occoquan gift basket.

Stop by Town Hall, 314 Mill Street to pick up a map and a schedule of town activities. The Scavenger Hunt begins at 11 a.m. Enter your kids in the Occoquan Kids Council raffle to become a council member for a day—or even the mayor! A full Kids Council will be drawn at 4 p.m. Throughout the day, the town will sponsor a silent auction featuring donations by local businesses.

At 1 p.m., Occoquan resident Henry Brinton will read from his new and locally set book, City of Peace. Stay for a special presentation of Will Rogers’ U.S.A. presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre Company from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

At Mill House Museum, 413 Mill Street, there will be a history tour led by Mayor Porta at 1 p.m.  and a dedication for the new historical marker at 3 p.m. A pop-up tea room, sponsored by Lady D’s Traveling Tea Party, will be available at Rockledge Mansion, at 440 Mill Street, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The day will culminate with a beer garden in River Mill Park, 458 Mill Street from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring Water’s End Brewery. Musical guests include award-winning Nashville singer/songwriter Cheley Tackett and local favorite Joe Downer. Be sure to stop by one of our restaurants for a to-go meal and enjoy it in the park!

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.      Scavenger Hunt, begins at Town Hall
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.        Drop-in Classes and Demos
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.      Art on the Block
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.    Historic Tour, begins at Mill House Museum
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.        Photo Booth
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.      Pop-Up Tea Room at Rockledge Mansion
3 p.m.                  Historical Marker Dedication, Mill House Museum

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.      Silent Auction
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.      Occoquan Kids Council Raffle, drawing at 4pm
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.        Book Reading from City of Peace by Henry Brinton
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.        Will Rogers’ U.S.A. presented by Kaleidoscope Theatre Company
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.        Cornhole Games
4 p.m. – 8 p.m.        Beer Garden, featuring Water’s End Brewery
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.        Musical Guest: Joe Downer (Rock)   
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.        Musical Guest: Cheley Tackett (Americana)

Admission is free.  Free on-street and public lot parking will be available in-town. In addition, off-site parking with shuttle bus service sponsored by Patriot Scuba is available from the Route 123 Commuter lot at the intersection of Old Bridge Road and Gordon Boulevard and drops off at 305 Mill Street. The shuttle service will collect patrons from the lot on the half hour beginning at 11 a.m. The shuttle is free, but donations to the non-profit Patriots for Disabled Divers are accepted.

For more information or for a growing schedule of the day’s events, visit  or, or contact Julie Little, Events and Community Development Director, at (703) 491-2168 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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