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., 06/27/2016

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Description Date of Event
Out of the Box - Idea Lounge at Lagunitas

Petaluma Arts Center presents Out of the Box - The Idea Lounge at Lagunitas - The Intersection of Art and Life - Two speakers and audience participation. 3/17; 4/21; 5/19; 6/16; 7/ 21; 8/18; (3rd Thursday of Month)  6:30-8:00pm. Tickets and info on website.

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 6:30pm
Photographers Exhibit at Riverfront Art Gallery

Features Santa Rosan photographer Stephanie Hamilton-Oravetz presenting “The Water & The Spirits Moved Me: New Work from Venice”, and Solano County photographer Grant Kreinberg showing “Selected Scenes from a Mythical Village, Sonoma County”. Other fine artists of various mediums also showing work to include jewelry, ceramics, wood working and metal sculptures. Also take pleasure in the Second Saturday Art Walk from 5-8pm. Artist reception May 14 from 5-9pm with folk Americana music by Half Bad Neighbor. Meet the artists, Sonoma County wines and tasty treats for enjoyment.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 11:00am
The Zeitgeist Exhibition

 Regional Juried Competition - Exhibition runs May 14 to July 10. Designed by Katherine Plank. Artist Reception on Saturday, May 14; See website for details.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 11:00am
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. 2-5:30p.m.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 2:00pm
2nd Annual Sonoma Home Brewers Competition

It’s a passion, a skill, an art…and even the potential for a profession for the winner of the Sonoma County Home Brewers Competition.

Right now, 65 home brewers are perfecting their recipes in anticipation of the competition on Saturday, May 28th, at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds from noon to 6pm.  After sampling the brews, the crowd will vote for the top five “Best of Show” and a panel of industry experts will determine the Grand Prize Winner who will brew their recipe under the guidance of event sponsors 101 North Brewing Co.

The winning brew will be distributed throughout Sonoma County. The 2015 winner, Mojo’s Chocolate Milk Stout, will be a tough act to follow…it sold out almost immediately at the best taprooms in the county.

The $35 advance ticket price ($40 day of event) includes a commemorative glass and unlimited tastings. In addition to sampling brews, attendees can enjoy cooking with beer demonstrations, local cheese tasting, as well as discussions with home brewing and hop growing experts. Food trucks including sponsors ROCKY® and ROSIE® Chicken, and the best of Sonoma County pub fare will all be available to enjoy with the brews.

There are a limited number of tickets available and they are going fast! Purchase them at Brown Paper Tickets. The Sonoma County Home Brewers Competition on Saturday is the ideal way to begin a Memorial weekend getaway in Petaluma. Check out Petaluma’s lodging options but don’t delay booking for the holiday weekend!

The event is produced by the Petaluma Downtown Association and is a fundraiser for the Butter & Egg Days Parade. Purchase tickets for the Call (707) 780-2939 for more info. Find them @SCHomeBrew on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram.

Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 11:00am
Wednesday Evening Farmers Market

This open air market in the Theater District features the freshest produce, local products, live music, arts and crafts and prepared foods. Bring the family and stay for the evening’s entertainment and activities. 4:30-8p.m.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016 - 4:30pm
Tony Redhouse in Concert

Native American musician Tony Redhouse performs. PMA fundraiser. See website for details and ticket information. 7:30pm

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 11:30am
10th Annual Day on the River

Try out pedal, paddle and rowing boats of all kinds, including kayaks, stand-up-paddle boards, outrigger canoes and Hydrobikes; at the Turning Basin on Weller Street.

Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 10:00am
An Evening with Jackie Greene, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers plus special guests

The Blue Rose Foundation presents an evening with Jackie Greene, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers plus special guests Nicole Atkins, Jason Crosby and Elliott Peck. Doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Tickets for this sure-to –sell-out show are available through 100% of proceeds will go to the Blue Rose Foundation which helps raise educational funds for children in need in Sonoma County.

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 8:00pm
Annual Ribs For Kids Cook-Off

Following the success of our inaugural Ribs for Kids competition, we are excited to announce that this years event will be bigger, and even better, with more competitors, eats and entertainment for the whole family! Adults (21+): $30 presale, $35 at the door (includes 8 food tickets, 1 beer/wine ticket); Ages 13-20: $20 presale, $25 at door (includes 6 food tickets, 1 beverage ticket); Ages 12 and under: FREE!

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 11:30am
Sonoma-Marin Fair

Carnival rides, exhibits and concerts make this a family-friendly bargain that includes livestock shows and the World’s Ugliest Dog® Contest;

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 12:00pm
Petaluma River Barn Dance

Everyone’s invited to enjoy old fashioned dancing, dinner and live music at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center; 6 pm.

Friday, June 24, 2016 - 6:00pm
Annual Bell-Ringing Ceremony

10:30am on the front steps. Hear the story of JFKs Bell-ringing Proclamation, the Putnam Family, the Korbel Bell and how it became an artifact of the Museum. Everyone rings the bell at 11 am & adjourns to the garden court for homemade cookies and lemonade.

Monday, July 4, 2016 - 10:30am
Fourth of July Fireworks Festival

Live music, food booths and entertainment before the fireworks show.

Monday, July 4, 2016 - 4:00pm
Wine Country Big Q

A national BBQ competition and festival featuring the best Pit Masters. Indulge in “authentic” barbecued meats, wines, brews, plus live music and more.

Saturday, July 9, 2016 - 1:00pm
15th 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 from 11 am to 5 pm

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 11:00am
A Journey Between Light and Dark: Dolls & the Stories They Tell

Curated by Geri Olson and Sherri Morgan. Exhibit runs July 23 to Sept. 25. Artist Reception on Sat., July 23, 4-7pm; Petaluma Art Center is open Thurs.-Mon. 11am-5pm;

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 11:00am
Petaluma Music Festival

More than a dozen bands perform at the all-day festival benefiting music education programs in Petaluma area schools;

Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 11:00am
Romeo & Juliet at the Adobe

We Players will present Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet at the historic Rancho Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park. Continuing in We Players nearly 10 years of partnership programming with the National Park Service & California State Parks - the company will once again integrate a well-loved Shakespeare play into the environs at a historic landmark. Rancho Petaluma Adobe is an under-visited and under-appreciated park - we hope to inspire locals to visit this backyard treasure and entice Bay Area residents to journey to wine country to experience this beloved story of star-crossed lovers set into the Adobe and surrounding grounds.

Friday, August 12, 2016 - 12:00pm
11th 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. 11:30 am to 4:30 pm

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 11:00am
12th Annual Petaluma River Marathon & Half-Marathon

West coast flat-water championship, hosted by the North Bay Rowing Club. All small craft users are welcome.

Sunday, September 4, 2016 - 8:00am
Redwood Empire Kennel Club Annual Dog Show

All-American Kennel Club Recognized Breeds dog show.

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 9:00am
59th Annual Art in the Park

Regional artists display paintings, photography, jewelry and more along with live entertainment and food in Walnut Park.

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 10:00am
Free Shakespeare on the River

Petaluma Shakespeare Company presents, "As You Like It."  Relax on the grass and enjoy a modern twist to Shakespeare's gender-bending comedy.

Friday, September 16, 2016 - 12:00am
Fall Petaluma River Cleanup

Meet at 260 Water Street to help remove trash and debris from the River; a BBQ follows with live entertainment and raffle.

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 9:00am
Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival

20 regional craft breweries present their newest creations on Water Street. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Petaluma Valley & Chamber of Commerce to benefit Petaluma River and local non-profit projects; 1-5 pm. Entry fee includes beer and food tastings. Visit website for details & ticket information.

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 1:00pm
Clo-Cow Half Marathon & 5K Event

The 6th running of the Clo-Cow Half Marathon & 5K is set. Our beautiful half marathon course will take you through rural Sonoma County farm country, over rolling hills where you're 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!

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 7:00am
Heritage Homes Biennial Summer Tour

Self-guided tour of 8-10 vintage homes and historic buildings in Petaluma. See website for details and ticket information.

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 6:00pm
Halloween and Vine

Halloween and Vine is a juried show created for those who have a passion for all things Halloween! The show offers collectors the highest quality art in a wide variety of styles and price ranges, all in the genre of Halloween. Sept. 24, 2016.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am
20th Annual Festival on the Hill & Hill on Wheels Car Show

Enjoy a 9-category car show, including vintage & classic autos & pickup trucks, both stock and modified.  Also Huli-Huli chicken barbecue (take-out available), lively music, silent auction, home arts area and children's activities.  Plenty of time for good old-fashioned fun & visiting. 10am - 2pm. Free admission; car show registration $30 in advance, $40 day of show.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00am