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., 09/16/2014

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The History Connection Presents: "Helen Madamba, A Story of Survival"

Come hear the incredible story of Petaluma resident Helen Madamba. Mrs. Madamba experienced terrifying circumstances at a young age not many could imagine.  During World War II, her Philippine American  family camped in jungles and slept in caves for more than two years to evade capture by the Japanese. Helen will share her inspirational story of survival as told in her book "A Letter to My Father". Free to the Public.


Saturday, September 20 2014
Petaluma Winegrowers Gala

Celebrating Petaluma Viticulture History & Wines. This 5 course dinner paired with Petaluma Gap wines with "master of Wine" pairer, Liz Thach. Live auction, diamond prize and instant wine cellar valued at over $5000! complimentary motor coarch service leaves the Petaluma arts Center, 230 Lakeville St., at 4pm. See Petaluma Museum websitie for more information and tickets.

Saturday, September 20 2014
Heritage Homes Biennial House Tour

This self-guided tour features 6 private homes and 2 historical buildings. $25 in advance/$30 day of event. For tickets check website  or call 762-3456.

Sunday, September 21 2014
Petaluma Viticulture History & Heritage: A Celebration of Wine & Community

Co-curated by Jim McCormick and Paula Freund, this exhibit chronologically documents the history of grape growing and wine production in Petaluma. With vintage artifacts from the California Wine Museum and several private collections, the exhibit will tell the story from its beginnings in the second half of the nineteenth century through Prohibition and up to the present day resurgence of our local wine industry under the influence of the Petaluma Gap Winegrowers Alliance.

Sunday, September 21 2014 to Monday, December 29 2014
Petaluma Poetry Walk

The 19th Annual Petaluma Poetry Walk: Enjoy a memorable stroll through historic Petaluma with scheduled hourly stops at various venues along the way to hear noted poets read their works. Maps at available at Copperfield's bookstore or on website. Event is free

Sunday, September 21 2014
18th Annual Festival on the Hill & Hill on Wheels Car Show

Enjoy a 9-category car show, including vintage & classic autos & pickup trucks, both stock & modified; also Huli-Huli chicken barbecue, lively music, opportunity drawing, silent auction and children's activities.  Plenty of time for good old-fashioned family fun & visiting. Free admission; car show registration:  $30 in advance, $40 day of show.

Friday, September 26 2014
Halloween and Vine

The annual Halloween & Vine Arts and Crafts Show, held from 9am to 3pm. $5 admission.

Saturday, September 27 2014
Sonoma County Farm Trails

Sonoma County Farm Trail members open their doors during fall harvest with a variety of fun and educational activities.  Visiting farms and meeting the people who produce and make your food is a growing trend that gives people the opportunity to build relationships with local food producers and to see how and where their food is grown.  Families enjoy life-on-the-farm experiences with horses, goats, chickens, cows, llamas and honeybees.  Many farms will offer informative tours and visitors can meet with knowledgeable farmers as they share their life's work.  It will be a weekend of fun, adventure, great food and learning about Sonoma County agriculture along the Farm Trail.

Saturday, September 27 2014 to Sunday, September 28 2014
5th Annual Aqus Foundry Festival

A local community gathering to reconnect with old friends, make some new ones and have fun! Tickets are available at Aqus Café, online and at the door. See website for musical schedule and more details. 12-7pm

Saturday, September 27 2014
Petaluma’s 28th Annual Fall Antique Faire (September 28th, 2014)

Antique and collectible lovers can shop for a variety of affordable treasures at 180 vendors in Historic Downtown.

Sunday, September 28 2014
Home Crafted Wine Competition

The First Annual Petaluma Pro-Am Home-crafted Wine Competition will be conducted under the auspices of ‘Sommelier to the Stars’, Christopher Sawyer (Want to compete in the wine competition?  Go to: IOOF.ORG)  That evening Chris and several other noted wine experts will then share their opinions with you – after you have tasted and scored the same wine! Compare your opinions with the experts! $20 per person, for tickets visit

Tuesday, September 30 2014
Cooperage Demonstration

French Master Cooper, Yann Guigen, will demonstrate the art of traditional barrel building. Yann advised the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum on the value of its extensive, vintage cooperage tool collection and will be using some of the tools in his demonstration. Thanks to Barrel Builders, this event is free and includes admission to the viticulture exhibit. Demonstration starts at 10am.

Saturday, October 4 2014
Fandango at Petaluma Adobe

California Sonoma County Pomo Dancers doing an opening dance performance at noon, followed by dances of the 1840's performed by dancers from CA and Nevada. The CA Indian Museum & Cultural Center will have crafts for kids and light refreshments will be served.

Saturday, October 4 2014
9th Annual Wine Country Rowing Classic

Each year our local North Bay Rowing Club and SSU Crew co-host the Wine Country Rowing Classic, a 5,000-meter “head” race on the first Sunday in October, attracting dozens of clubs and more than 500 athletes. This USRowing-registered event brings competitors from up and down the West Coast, and includes the NBRC Juniors team, as well as collegiate and masters rowers. The event is free to the spectating public, who get the best views from Shollenberger Park.

Sunday, October 5 2014
Comics Stripped

An Intimate Evening of Stand-up & Sit-down starring Carlos Alazraqui & Don McMillan hosted by Dave Pokorny. First you’ll be treated to some of the best Stand-up comedy this area has ever seen, followed by some of the best sit-down comedy you’ll ever see. It truly is a unique Intimate Evening and something you can’t get in any comedy club. Don't miss the funniest show in Petaluma's history! See website for more information. Tickets: $15 at

Monday, October 6 2014
Petaluma Harvest Days

Events will be happening at various merchant locations all three days.


Thursday, October 9 2014

Sonoma County artists open their studios for tours and demonstrations on two weekends in this annual event.

Saturday, October 11 2014 to Sunday, October 19 2014
Plan, Simplify, Energize: A Workshop for Growing Your Small Business

Ditch the fears that are holding you back. Come network and brainstorm a simple action plan to energize your business in a fun and interactive way. This is not your usual stuffy business workshop. Instead we will group-source ideas and solutions, role play, and learn from the experience of everyone in the room. We promise there won’t be a single powerpoint slide in sight. $47 includes lunch.

Saturday, October 11 2014

Come join Dogs4Diabetics and the Lagunitas Brewing Company for "DOGtoberfest!"  The event is a combination of Oktoberfest-Lagunitas-Dogs4Diabetics and will be a festive collision of beer, service dogs, music, food, and fun.   Live music provided by The Internationals and the Beer Brothers!

Monday, October 13 2014
6th Annual Petaluma International Film Festival

Petaluma International Film Festival® (PIFF) is proud to present a collection of films made by local filmmakers from Sonoma County: Chocolates, Sky is the Roof, Kitty Litter, The World is My Stage, Rat Face Burattino. Go to website to submit your film for the Festival.


Friday, October 17 2014 to Sunday, October 19 2014
River Heritage Days

Tour the historic scow schooner Alma and replica Chinese Junk, Grace Quan, in the Petaluma Turning Basin, explore heritage skills at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center while enjoying live entertainment and local food.

Friday, October 17 2014 to Sunday, October 19 2014
Annual Historic Cemetery Tour

A Petaluma Museum Association/Petalumans of Yesteryear joint fundraiser. Tour our local cemetery with period-costumed docents reciting history from the the grave! $10/adults; $5/students; Children 12 & under free. RSVP to 778-4398 (Limit 35)

Saturday, October 18 2014
Stronger Together Luncheon

Petaluma Community Foundation: 2014 Stronger Together Luncheon. Annual Denny Murray Grant Awards honoring our loal nonprofits featuring the exciting collaboration of 8 youth-serving organizations. Tickets on sale now. See website for details.

Friday, October 24 2014
Narrated River Cruise

A Petaluma Museum Association fundraiser - Halloween Theme River Cruise with Dolphin Charters (costumes optional!) Wine & resfreshments. Call 778-4398 to reserve your seat on this fun adventure down the Petaluma River. Tour is approximately 2-1/2 hours.

Friday, October 24 2014
Halloween Family Fun Run

Petaluma Active 20-30 club is putting on our annual Halloween Family Fun Run. Come on down to Prince Park at 9am to walk or run in your halloween costumes. We are asking for donations of nonperishable foods and or gently used halloween costumes. These donations will go directly to the children at COTS. Thanks for supporting our community. See website for more info.

Saturday, October 25 2014
Home Crafted Wine Awards Dinner & Celebration

Petaluma's Independent Order of Odd Fellows invites you to celebrate The 1st Professionally Judged Home Crafted Wine Competition & Dinner. Meet the winning vintners from our Home Crafted Wine Competition, paired with Amber Balshaw’s delicious plates. Held at the Historic IOOF Lodge 30, located at 111 Petaluma Blvd North, in Petaluma. For more information and to purchase tickets visit website. 

Saturday, October 25 2014
Downtown Trick-or-Treat Trail

Merchants treat little ghosts and goblins to goodies in this fun and safe event.

Friday, October 31 2014
Wreath-making Workshop

Bring the beauty of nature to your door or tabletop with festive, homemade wreaths, swags and candle rings. We'll spend the morning choosing seasonal greenery and then guide you through the process of building a wreath. All materials will be provided and participants take home the wreath they assemble. 9:30am-12pm; Cost: $60.

Saturday, November 1 2014
Holiday Craft Fair

This annual craft fair offers beautiful & unique crafts for sale, entertainment, food, prizes, and holiday photos with Santa.

Saturday, November 8 2014 to Sunday, November 9 2014
Veterans Day Parade

Veterans Day Parade complete with Fly-overs help honor our vets. Festivities start at Noon, Parade kicks off at 1 p.m.

Tuesday, November 11 2014