If there's one thing I look forward to twice a year, it's the Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show.

In its 49th year, the Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show has become a tradition that thousands of Virginians bank on. Some even plan their vacations around it! Once each summer and once each fall, downtown historic Occoquan comes to life in a vivid way. The quaint streets are shut down to traffic for two days as 300 craft vendors and artists set up shop, along with amazing food vendors and stages for talented musical entertainers. WHEN: Saturday, June 2 -- 10 a.m.–6 p.m. | Sunday, June 3 -- 10 a.m.–5 p.m. WHERE: Downtown Historic Occoquan, Virginia [gallery type="rectangular" ids="8486,8487"]
Attending this epic arts and crafts festival is completely free, though if you go, you'll want to plan on bringing cash for the shuttle bus ($5 per person, ages 12 and under ride free) and buying power for food, drinks, and all the artistic creations you won't be able to live without. [gallery type="rectangular" ids="8484,8485"] Shuttle bus pick-up will take place at the following locations: Workhouse Arts Center | 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton (Yellow) Lake Ridge Commuter Lot | Old Bridge/ Minniville Roads (Purple) 123 Commuter Lot | Corner of Rt. 123 and Old Bridge Road (Green) Commuter Lot I-95 | Off of I-95 and Rt. 123 (Red) Find the drop-off points for each shuttle service on the map below: [caption id="attachment_8488" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Courtesy of occoquanva.gov[/caption] A full list of artists, other vendors, food options, and an entertainment schedule can be found here. Also, check out the Occoquan website or the show's Facebook page for more information. Obviously, this is the event of the year, and you won't want to miss it! The festival will go on rain or shine, so come prepared with sunscreen, hats, umbrellas, etc. Can't make it this weekend? Make plans now to attend the fall show on September 29 and 30! Is the Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show a tradition for you? Please tell us your favorite part in the comments below!

Also this weekend: The 28th Annual Herndon Festival! Read all about it here!