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. 


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Annual July 4th Bell-Ringing Ceremony

Gather on the Museum front steps for a Helen Putnam tradition. Mayor Glass will conduct the official unveiling of the City of Petaluma’s 1858 incorporation documents. Hear the history of the July 4th bell-ringing. Ring the Korbel Bell, afterwards enjoy cookies and lemonade. Ceremony starts at 10:30am Bell ringing at 11am

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 10:30am
American Dream Auto Show

See specialized and custom specialty cars brought in by participating Car Clubs and individuals. You will see: Classics, Street Rods, Low-Riders, Muscle Cars, Rat Rods and more. This block party style street event is FREE and includes activities for the entire family! Music, food trucks, vehicle demonstrations and “Best of” awards to participants is just a part of all the happenings. Get your "Luck of the Draw" $1 - $250 Raffle Tickets to win a custom '49 Chevy Truck. 101 North beer will be flowing, and Griffo Distillery will be serving their specialty cocktails next door! Bring the family & join the festivities. Hosted by 101 North Brewing Company. 11am-5pm

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 11:00am
Fourth of July Fireworks Festival

Live music, delicous food & beer vendors, bounce houses, and entertainment before the grand Fireworks Display. (Outside food & beverages will not be permitted.) Free Admission. Free Parking. 6pm

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 6:00pm
Wine Country Big Q

Join us at the 7th Annual Wine Country Big Q, Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) nationally sanctioned bbq festival and competition and ToY (Team of the Year) event. Everyone loves barbecue and some of the best Pit Masters will be here to serve you up a slice. Sample great “authentic” barbecued meats, world class wines, award-winning brews, craft cider and spirits while enjoying great rock and blues music. 1-5pm

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 1:00pm
Hand-Crafted Botanical Arrangements

In this workshop you will learn art of hand-crafted flower arrangements and bouquets. You will use a wide variety of organic and sustainably grown heirloom, fragrant flowers and plants to create your own unique and beautiful hand-crafted arrangement. At the conclusion of the workshop, toast to your beautiful creation with a complimentary glass of McEvoy Ranch wine. 1-4pm

Saturday, July 8, 2017 - 1:00pm
16th Annual Art & Garden Festival

Visit over 100 booths of artists, gardeners and hand-crafted items in Historic Downtown; chalk art contest, Live bands/music on two stages, local food, beer and wine tasting at this family-friendly event. 11am to 5pm

Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 11:00am
Movies in the Park

Movies in the Park is returning to Petaluma this summer! The first FREE event will take place on Thursday July 13th!  There will be games and activities for kids, food trucks, vendors, and a family friendly movie to watch under the stars. North side lawn at the Petaluma Community Center. Fun starts at 6pm

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 6:00pm
Paint the Roses at Garden Valley Ranch

Paint the Roses at Garden Valley Ranch! Guided instruction during a 3 hour workshop in the open air. All levels welcome!  Instruction & materials such as brushes, acrylic paints and 12x16 canvas included with $50 fee. 2:30pm

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 2:30pm
Rivertown Revival

Celebrate “The Greatest Slough on Earth;” live music on several stages, local food vendors, art boats, children's activities, $5 weddings, crafts and more; 11am–8pm.

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 11:00am
Downtown Merchants Sidewalk Sale

Enjoy fabulous shopping and gourmet dining!  Merchants will offer a variety of deals, as well as coupons, free gifts, and information! See website for participating retailers.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 10:00am
Summer Sidewalk Sale

Amid the beautiful historic buildings, one of a kind stores, and an incredible array of restaurants & cafes, guests can find incomparable bargains at participating businesses. Stroll through town and peruse the incredible shopping deals going on all weekend.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 10:00am
Rosy Summer Centerpiece Workshop

Guest designer Andrea Frenkel of Lily and Mint, will lead a floral workshop with GVR roses and plantings. All materials included with fee. Take home your centerpiece for dinner that evening! See website for details & reservations. $60 per person

Sunday, July 30, 2017 - 1:30pm
Shakespeare Summer Camp

Join Lissa Ferreira, SVHS Drama Instructor and former teacher with San Francisco Shakespeare on this two week fun-filled adventure. Over 50 hours exploring voice, movement, acting techniques and production work. Culminating in a final one hour performance of a play by the Bard. 12-14 year olds, July 31 - Aug 11, 9am-3pm. See website for more information and reservations.

Monday, July 31, 2017 - 9:00am
Petaluma Music Festival

14 bands on 3 stages at this annual festival benefiting music education programs in Petaluma area schools.

Saturday, August 5, 2017 - 11:00am
12th Annual Taste of Petaluma

Embark on a culinary walking journey of our finest restaurants, galleries, shops, wineries, breweries & food purveyors. Sample Petaluma’s upscale culinary & art scene, strolling through the historic downtown. Buy tickets to receive your map & menu showing 60 different participants to choose from, ready to tempt you with great food and wine. Plan your culinary journey & decide how to spend your ten tasting tickets. This event benefits Cinnabar Theater. 11:30am-4pm

Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 11:00am
Literacyworks Lecture Series: Michael Krasny

Dr. Michael Krasny, PhD is host of the award-winning KQED FORUM, a program discussing news and public affairs, current events, culture, health, business and technology. He has published a great deal of fiction, literary criticism and political commentary. A professor of English at San Francisco State University, he has been Visiting Professor at the University of San Francisco, Adjunct Professor at the University of California San Francisco and taught in Continuing Education at Stanford University, as well as being an Associate of the San Francisco Urban Institute. This fundraiser will support low literacy, low income, highly motivated adults in the North Bay to access community college and technical education programs by providing scholarships, advising and support. General Admission: $25. Seniors: $20. Free for students. 3:45-5pm.

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 3:45pm
"Tidal Response" Exhibit

Exhibit Dates: Aug. 22-Oct. 21; Opening Reception on Aug. 19th at 5pm

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 11:00am
Shakespeare on the River "Henry IV - Part One"

Join us for our second production by the river! For more information, see website.

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 6:00pm
Annual Petaluma River Marathon & Half-Marathon

Wind your way along the scenic Petaluma River, as a competitor in the 13th Annual Petaluma River Marathon/Half-Marathon. Paddle or row 26.2 or 13.1 miles, as long as your craft is human powered, you're invited! Have a fabulous time with other supporters of water fitness! Included in the invitation is entry to the post-race potluck picnic lunch on the Foundry Wharf lawn, where stories and food and drink will be shared among all competitors and staff. Sign up on Regatta Central.

Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 7:00am
60th Annual Art in the Park

In honor of the PAA's 60th year, they are returning to their roots with an emphasis on fine arts. Take a picnic, a chair or blanket, and settle in for a day of live entertainment by a number of local musicians and stroll through a variety of works by local artists. There will be fine artists and crafters selling their works and giving demonstrations. Art activities for children. Sat. & Sun., 10am-5pm

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10:00am
Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival

23 Local Breweries, 1 Historical Riverfront  - Sip our local brews and taste mighty food bites. Put on by Petaluma Valley Rotary Club and the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce. 100% of the proceeds go towards projects in our community. Tickets: $40. Visit website for details. 1-5pm

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 1:00pm
Clo-Cow Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Event

The 7th running of the Clo-Cow Half Marathon, 10K & 5K is set for September 17, 2017 in Historic Downtown Petaluma.  Our beautiful half marathon course will take you through rural Sonoma County farm country, over rolling hills where you'll be cheered on by sheep, horses, and of course our beloved Moo-Cows! The trip out there is a challenging one, but the inclines just make the views even more rewarding! Half marathon starts at 7:00am; 10K starts at 7:05am; 5K starts at 7:10am;

Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 7:00am
All Hallow's Art Fest

Halloween Folk Art Society presents All Hallow’s Art Fest!  This juried Halloween Art show was created for those who have a passion for all things Halloween. Continuing the annual tradition in Petaluma, the show offers the highest quality in Halloween Art & Collectibles. Over 31 artists selling their one-of-a kind creations in a variety of mediums. A perfect way to start off the fall season and get inspired for Halloween! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Blog under All Hallow’s Art Fest for show tips, sneak peaks, and a chance to win tickets! $5 at door. 9am-3pm

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 9:00am
Weekend Along the Farm Trails

Sonoma County farmers open their gates and barn doors to offer a behind-the-scenes peek at life on the farm. Most stops are free. All you need is transportation, a map of your route, a cooler to keep your purchases fresh, and a sense of adventure. Maps available on website. 10am-4pm

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00am
Annual Fall Antique Faire

Shop for a variety of affordable treasures from over 180 vendors in Historic Downtown. Petaluma’s historic charm make it the perfect backdrop for the 30th Annual Petaluma Fall Antique Faire.  Spanning Fourth & Kentucky Streets between B and Washington Streets, this day long celebration of all things antique takes place from 8am-4pm.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 8:00am
Wine County Rowing Classic Regatta

This annual event brings rowing crews from across the country, and includes rowers at all levels:  Junior, Collegiate, Novice, Masters, Elite and Adaptive, and in boats ranging in size from singles to 8's.  All boats launch from the Baywood Marina.  The crews row to the start of the race (near Gillardi's) and race 5K back towards the Marina.  This is the largest event of it's kind on our river, and we welcome all who are interested. The best place for viewing this race is at Shollenberger Park. There is no charge for spectators.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 6:00am
12th Annual Wine Country Rowing Classic

Dozens of clubs, schools and colleges compete in 5K race on the Petaluma River. Launching at Petaluma Marina, viewing from Shollenberger Park.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 8:00am
Rip City Riders 10th Annual Chilly Billy Poker Run, Hot Rod and Motorcycle Show

Motorcycle run, car show, vendors, BBQ, live music, and raffle benefiting local charities.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 10:00am
Fandango at the Petaluma Adobe

Enjoy the spirit of the Rancho when the brilliant dance moves of the Baile de California and Yesteryear dancers come together to perform and teach the celebration dance of the 1840's. Light refreshments will be served; Noon to 4pm

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 12:00pm
Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale

Hosted by the Petaluma Arts Association. Arts and crafts for holiday giving handmade by the participating artists. Sat. & Sun. 10am-4pm

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 10:00am