Petaluma Events Calendar

When it comes to the size of the population, Petaluma is on the small side (58,921). But small certainly doesn't equate with sleepy in Petaluma. Our Events Calendar is packed with activities that invite visitors to share in our community spirit and fun whether it is celebrating Petaluma's agricultural heritage, love of the arts, riverfront location or diverse culture. 

E.g., 11/29/2015

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Description Date of Event
"Deck the Walls with Red" Art Exhibit

Open juried exhibit - Open to all artist in the Bay Area. Nov. 2nd through Dec. 30th,10am-6pm

Monday, November 2, 2015 - 10:00am
War Comes Home Exhibition

History Connection in cooperation with Santa Rosa Junior College, Petaluma Campus, presents the traveling exhibition “War Comes Home”. Through private correspondence from almost every major conflict in U.S. history, War Comes Home offers insight into the thoughts and emotions of veterans and their families upon their homecoming. These intimate perspectives – from the Civil War era through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq – reveal how war can shape a life, a family, and a community. This exhibition is provided by Cal Humanities and is a part of its War Comes Home initiative, which aims to raise awareness of and promote greater understanding of our veterans and explore the impact of war on our communities. An opening reception Thursday, November 12  3pm-4:30pm  will feature a panel discussion from veterans of foreign wars sharing their feelings of being away from home. M-Th 7:45am-9pm, Fridays 9am-1pm, Saturdays 10am-3pm, free admission.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 10:00am
Artists and Artisans of Petaluma

Artists and Artisans is a unique show that celebrates the diverse talent that Petaluma has to offer. Photographer Gary Kaplan visited twenty six artists where he photographed each artists in their work environment. Along with these stunning color photographs will be a piece by each participant that will be for sale. You get to see the face behind the art and where it was created. Those being shown include fine artists, painters, metalworkers, ceramicists, violin maker, guitar maker, saddle maker, illustrators, tattoo artist, photographer, letter press printer, performance painter, bike maker, furniture maker, map maker, and a vintner.

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 10:00am
Holiday Pie Tasting

Free tasting featuring one holiday flavor per day. Try pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, apple pie, pecan pie, shaker Meyer Lemon pie and chocolate bourbon pecan pie, made with local & organic ingredients. 11/7, 11/14, 12/5, 12/12  Noon-3pm or until we run out!

Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 12:00pm
Small Business Saturday & Sunday at Sonoma Spice Queen

Stop by Sonoma Spice Queen for a complimentary warm drink and sweet treat while holiday shopping. Sat. 10-6; Sun. 10-5; 

Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 10:00am
The North Pole Connection

Bring the family to visit Santa, take photos and enjoy special treats and fun throughout the historic building. Weekends - Nov. 28&29; Dec. 4-6, 11-13 & 18-20; See website and sponsoring stores for times. Free.

Saturday, November 28, 2015 - 10:00am
Sunrise Holiday Craft Fair

Sunrise Senior Living, 815 Wood Sorrel Drive. Fabulous jewelry, clothing, food, music and delightful holiday craft items. 10am-6pm;

Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 10:00am
Holiday Concert Series: Navarro Trio

HOLIDAY SEASON CONCERT SERIES at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum. 11/29: Navarro Trio with pianist Marilyn Thompson, performing Beethoven & Arensky; 12/6: “A Renaissance Christmas” by the Festival Consort, with singers Carol Menke and Chris Fritzsche. 12/13: “A Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus Christmas.” All concerts $20; $25 balcony. 3pm.

Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 3:00pm
City of Lights Driving Tour

Enjoy a self-guided tour of beautifully decorated homes and businesses. Maps available at the Petaluma Visitors Center and electronically by Dec. 1st.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015 - 8:00am
Taize at St. John's

These candlelit services of contemplative chant and song offer participants an alternative worship experience to the traditional Sunday morning church service. The Taize service is ecumenical, providing a quiet space for spiritual communion with no preaching, no liturgy, just a serene environment for meditation and for song led by cantors to the melodious tones of piano and cello. A $10 donation is suggested, but any contribution is welcome.

Repeats every month on the first Friday 2 times .
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 7:00pm, Friday, December 4, 2015 - 7:00pm
Petaluma "Light Up A Life" Tree Lighting Ceremony

Hospice of Petaluma hosts this annual community celebration of remembrance. In a short tree lighting ceremony, the three evergreen trees in Center Park are illuminated by thousands of lights to symbolize the the lives, hopes and dreams of the community.

Friday, December 4, 2015 - 7:00pm
Christmas Craft Faire

Domestic and handmade crafts by fantastic vendors, both local and area wide. Free. 9am-2pm.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 9:00am
15th Annual PAC Members' Exhibit

On display December 5, 2015 through January 10, 2016. See website for details.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 11:00am
Downtown Merchants' Holiday Open House

"From Petaluma With Love" Downtown merchants host the annual Holiday Open House; 11am-5pm. Enjoy holiday festivities, horse & carriage rides, balloon artist and treats at various merchant open houses. See the Petaluma Downtown website for participating merchants and see what they have to offer!

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 11:00am
Holiday Cookie Exchange Party at Sonoma Spice Queen

Please bring a dozen or more homemade cookies and receive a box to fill and take home. You must bring cookies to take cookies. 2-5pm; We will have complimentary beverages all day.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 2:00pm
Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

Watch a flotilla of illuminated boats make a dramatic arrival at the Petaluma River Turning Basin. Festive vessels sail from the Petaluma Marina at 6pm and arrive in the Turning Basin at approximately 6:30pm. Downtown businesses stay open late for strolling holiday shoppers.

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 6:00pm
Theater Square Tree LIghting Festival

Featuring live music by Twice as Good, Santa Claus, souvenier photo booth, live snowfall, elves, and more! 6-8pm; Tree lighting and snowfall will begin at 6:30 pm.  

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 6:00pm
It's a Wonderful Life Holiday Party

An Aqus Community production to benefit our beloved Petaluma Historical Library & Museum. Practice your limbo and put on your vintage best for the party of the season! Swing to big band music and celebrate the wonderful life with martini’s, cocktails and appetizers. Fun to simply mad! 8pm-midnight at the Museum. Advance tickets only: &

Saturday, December 5, 2015 - 8:00pm
Chanukah at the River

Join us for the first annual Grand Menorah Lighting at the Petaluma River! Mega-Nine-Foot Menorah!!! Greetings by Vice Mayor Kathy Miller. Spectacular Fire Juggling performance by Daniel Da Vinci, as seen on the Tonight Show. Dan holds 2 World Records, and performed for the President of the United States!  Latkes, Donuts, and Chocolate "gelt"! Chanukah Craft, Music, Grand Raffle! RSVPs appreciated

Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 2:30pm
Holiday on the Farm

Join Victoria's Fashion Stable for Holiday on the Farm! There will be Pony rides, nativity petting zoo and apple cider.  10:30am to 1pm; Donations appreciated.



Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 2:30pm
Holiday Concert Series: "A Renaissance Christmas"

HOLIDAY SEASON CONCERT SERIES at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum. 12/6: “A Renaissance Christmas” by the Festival Consort, with singers Carol Menke and Chris Fritzsche. Complimentary Wassail punch! 12/13: “A Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus Christmas.” All concerts $20; $25 balcony. 3pm.

Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 3:00pm
Heritage Homes Holiday Parlour Tour

A self-guided tour offers a peek into four historic homes lavishly decorated for the holidays. $15; Free to children 12 & under if accompanied by adult. Benefits Heritage Homes of Petaluma. See website for ticket information.

Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 5:00pm
Community Holiday Party!

We are hosting a holiday luncheon for local small businesses in our Great Blue Heron Ballroom! Ticket price is $35 per person and includes a Sonoma County lunch buffet and glass of wine. Treat your staff to a fabulous event, complete with a selection of local entertainment. Please contact Kristen Miller today at (707) 283-2933 or today to book your seats!

Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 2:30pm
Readers Theatre Christmas Show

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote with A Child's Christmas in Wales by Dylan Thomas. An ensemble of local readers, writers and actors perform this poignant autobiographical story which beautifully describes a period in the lives of the seven-year-old narrator and an elderly woman, his cousin and best friend. A benefit for Petaluma Arts Center.

Friday, December 11, 2015 - 7:30pm
2nd Annual Fair Trade Gift Festival

Gift sale featuring hand made and fairly traded crafts from artisans in developing nations.  Proceeds directly support the artisans; items include Christmas decorations, textiles, musical instruments, baskets, pottery, toys and jewelry. 10am to 2pm

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 10:00am
Festival of Christmas

Enjoy Christmas music performed by the Celebration Choir, Casa Grande Concert Choir, Kenilworth Jr. High band, Petaluma Jr. High band, children’s crafts and games, living nativity, tea room, food court and more. 4-8pm; Free.

Saturday, December 12, 2015 - 4:00pm
A Cozy Afternoon with Santa and James K

Ornament making with Miss Sharen; Complimentary holiday cookies and cozy hot chocolate; Santa photo op. 1-4pm; Free. 789-9898

Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 1:00pm
Holiday Concert Series: "A Children's Chorus Christmas"

HOLIDAY SEASON CONCERT SERIES at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum. : “A Santa Rosa Children’s Chorus Christmas.”  $20 general; $25 balcony. 3pm.

Sunday, December 13, 2015 - 3:00pm
Petaluma Chorale Holiday Concert

A great way for you and your family to enjoy some wonderful holiday music. We will be performing an exciting genres including classical, gospel, pop, jazz, and of course, holiday music! $12 general, $10 senior/students, children under 12 free. Dec. 15 at 7:30pm; Dec. 19 at 3pm;

Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 7:30pm
Holiday Concert with Petaluma Chorale

Join the Petaluma Chorale for thier Annual Holiday Concert, sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

Saturday, December 19, 2015 - 3:00pm