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., 10/13/2015

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Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Begins on the steps of the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum. Costumed docents stroll downtown, highlighting ironfronts and other many buildings of note. Free. Donations welcome. Most Saturdays, May through October.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 10:30am
Saturday Afternoon Farmers Market at Walnut Park

Open air market with more than 60 booths selling farm-fresh produce and local products. Features live entertainment and activities. 2 – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 2:00pm
"Beyond the Usual" Showing at Riverfront Art Gallery

"Beyond the Usual" showing September 9 through November 8, and featuring four artists going beyond their usual medium.  Photographers Jerrie Jerne’ of Sonoma, Sharon Feissel of Santa Rosa and Cathy Thomas of Cotati have ventured into acrylic painting, with Cathy into collage & mixed media.  Karen Spratt, oil painter of Petaluma will show photography.  Enjoy other fine artists’ work of all mediums. The Gallery is open Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 11am-6pm, and Friday & Saturday from 11am-8pm.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 11:00am
Modern Dreamers Exhibit at Art Without Labels

With their latest exhibit, Modern Dreamers, artists from the Alchemia program exhibit a powerful sense of color balance, texture, and bold strokes of the imagination.  Each painting in this abstract collection encourages the viewer to question the relationships that exist between our internal and external environments, and to imagine an alternate space that exists on the periphery of those connections. Alchemia invites you to an opening reception for this exhibit, which features 20 of our artists, on Saturday, September 19th, from 4-7 pm.

Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 4:00pm
"Dreams de los Muertos" Exhibit

Heebe Jeebe & The Back House Gallery presents "Dreams de los Muertos" - Scratch Board Art by Marc  Schmid. You are invited to our next Art Opening Oct.3rd 7pm -9pm Exhibit runs Oct. 3 through Nov. 7.

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 7:00pm
The Evolving Landscapes of Point Reyes Exhibit

"The Evolving Landscapes of Point Reyes" A solo show by Laura Alice Watt, on display through Nov. 8th. Artist's Reception on Sat., Oct. 10th from 6-9pm

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 - 2:00pm
Sonoma County Art Trails

Open Studios. Programs available at the Petaluma Visitors Program. Oct. 10-11 & 17-18, 10am-5pm. See website or program for participating artists.

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 10:00am
Black Artists on Art: The Legacy Exhibit

A group exhibition celebrating multiple generations of artists featured in the Black Artists on Art book series, originally published in 1969 by Dr. Samella Lewis and Ruth G. Waddy. Exhibit runs Oct. 10 through Nov. 22. Opening reception: Oct. 10, 5-8pm. Sponsored by Petaluma Blacks for Community Development. See website for details and coordinating events.

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 11:00am
"#BlackLivesMatter" Exhibit

On display October 10 through November 22. See website for details.

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 11:00am
Bistro 100's Winemaker Dinner with Kokomo Winery

Join us for a 5-course pairing with Kokomo Winery's Winemaker Erik Miller. Kokomo uses small production techniques and is known for clean, ripe, stylistically expressive and aromatic wines. The winemaker dinners at Bistro 100 sell out, so get your tickets today!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 6:30pm
The Art of the Interview: Mining for Gold

Behind most great stories is a challenging interview. Newspaper reporter and columnist, Rayne Wolfe will share some of her methods for identifying sources, mining for quotable gold and turning interviews into stories. Whether you are focusing on non-fiction, fiction, historical fiction or memoir, Rayne will share her tools for enriching all writing by becoming an ace interviewer. $10 general, $5 with student I.D.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 2:45pm
Mezcal Tasting & Food Pairing Museum Fundraiser

Professionally guided tour of Mezcal expertly paired with a menu of small plates created to compliment each spirit. See website form menu and ticket information.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 6:00pm
7th Annual Petaluma International Film Festival

Petaluma International Film Festival, a showcase for independent feature and short films [fiction, documentary, animation, music...] from around the world, will once again bring the world to its community with 35 films from 19 countries: USA, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Kyrgyzstan, Iran, Ethiopia, Cuba, Mexico, Austria, Cyprus, India, Brazil, Macedonia, Belgium, Canada, Burkina Faso. Petaluma International Film Festival, will also present a collection of films made by local filmmakers from Sonoma County to support the local film community and its filmmakers called 'Sonoma Filmmakers Showcase': Metal Man [Bill Chayes], New [John Harden], I Remember [Janna Ji Wonders], Nashville Yacht Club [Quinn Fujii].


Friday, October 16, 2015 - 5:00pm
El Dia de los Muertos Poetry of Rememberance

Poetry of Rememberance including poets and community readers. Potluck dinner. 5:30-9pm

Friday, October 16, 2015 - 5:30pm
Frankenstein onstage: The Creature

Award-winning playwright Trevor Allen breathes eloquent new life into Mary Shelley’s electrifying novel: forget the green skin and neck bolts.  The play moves far beyond a horror story to give us the poignant tale of a lost child, a monster who knows all too well what it means to be human. In this riveting North Bay premiere of the San Francisco hit, you’ll rediscover the original story of a scientist seeking the secrets of life and the sympathetic creature he creates.

Friday, October 16, 2015 - 8:00pm
Annual Cemetery Tour

Presented by the Petaluma Museum Association and the Petaluma Historical Society. The tour will begin at the Cypress Hill office parking lot. $10 Adults, Children 12 & under, free. Call for reservations.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 10:30am
Tolay Fall Festival

Emphasizing nature and education, activities include a nighttime creatures barn, a creepy crawly room, a Native American village replica, pumpkin seed spitting contests, gunnysack races, archery demonstrations, and pumpkins. Oct. 17-18 & 24-25, 11am-5pm.

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 11:00am

Join SRJC Petaluma staff, faculty, and students for an open house and community education fair extending throughout the SRJC Petaluma campus. Free for all ages. Come and enjoy the excitement of higher education with food & beverages, face painting & jumpy houses and a Día de los Muertos celebration, along with educational activities, bookmobile, and informative lectures. All can explore the college’s many academic, cultural, and student life offerings with hundreds of activities. Google Lumafest for more information!

Saturday, October 17, 2015 - 11:00am
Petaluma Mother's Club Fall Carnival

Fun for the whole family! Games, photo booth, face painting, jumpy house and more! 10am-1pm. Free admission. Tickets available for games and activities.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 10:00am
ZOFORBIT: A Space Odyssey

The Grammy nominated, prize winning Steinway Artist Ensemble, ZOFO, plays mesmerizing piano music from their hit album ZOFORBIT, featuring original arrangements of Gustav Holst’s THE PLANETS and other outer space-themed works. An informal post show Q&A session with these delightful artists invites audience members to come onstage for an up close demonstration of the sound effects and beautiful choreography of the four hands playing on one instrument. An intergalactic trip of a lifetime! ZOFO has electrified audiences from Carnegie Hall to Tokyo, Japan with their dazzling artistry and outside-the-box thematic programming for piano-four-hands.

Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 7:30pm
Petaluma River Cruise

Cruise down the Petaluma River with Dolphin Charters on this very popular fundraiser. Tour begins at the Turning Basin in downtown Petaluma, to near the mouth of the river in San Pablo Bay and returns. Cost is $50 (limited to 35). Call or visit the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum at 20 Fourth St. to purchase tickets.

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 4:00pm
River Heritage Celebration - Dinner & Barn Dance

Friends of the Petaluma River is hosting the annual River Heritage Celebration with a dinner and barn dance at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center. Join us as we kick up our heels to Erik Thor & Hands Four and enjoy dinner from the Rocky & Rosie Food Truck. The event will feature activities for all ages on the edge of the Petaluma River. All proceeds benefit the River Heritage Center and river and nature programming there. Tickets are $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for youth. See website for ticket information.

Friday, October 23, 2015 - 6:00pm
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. Fun activities for kids. 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 12/5, 12/12  Noon-3pm or until we run out!

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 12:00pm
Petaluma Radio Players present "The Shadow"

"Flames of Death" and "Death in the Tomb" - Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? Doors open at 7pm; Show at 7:30pm; Proceeds benefit The Petaluma Trolley Living History Railway Museum. See website for ticket information.

Thursday, October 29, 2015 - 7:30pm
Halloween Spooktacular Trick or Treating & Costume Contest

Trick or Treat from store to store in a safe envornment at the Outlets. Costume contest, goodies and more. 1-4pm

Friday, October 30, 2015 - 1:00pm
Annual Bill Soberanes Halloween Festival and Trick or Treating

For the past 25 plus years, our merchants have been providing a safe and fun daytime trick or treat experience for your children. Balloons on the doors will mark the participating merchants, so feel free to start anywhere and make your own trick or treat trail as you stroll through both Plazas. The McDowell Drug Task Force will also be on site featuring face painting, DARE coloring books and a special appearance by McGruff the Crime Fighting Dog. 11 am – 1 pm at The Plaza North and The Plaza South. Rain or shine. Free of charge.

Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 11:00am
Downtown Trick-or-Treat Trail

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

Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 3:00pm
El Dia de los Muertos Parade


Four weeks of activities leading up to this evening procession, includingMariachis and giant puppets make it hard to ignore the parade as it works it way to the Petaluma Museum.

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 4:30pm
"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