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., 03/26/2017

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Pop-Up Gallery Events

The Back House Gallery has added a series of "Pop-Up Gallery Events" to our ongoing regular art shows. All sales handled by & proceeds go directly to the artists. The first show features the amazing Petaluma ceramicist Nuala Creed. Her work is incredible!The Opening will be March 4th at 5pm which is a bit early for our openings, so please make note of the time. Show runs for 11 days. Coming March 18th our 2nd pop-up show: Weird Science by Dalila Acuna. When I was young, on Friday nights my father would bring home a movie, a pizza and some root beer for all of us kids. I started embroidering pillows based on some of the 80's movies that I grew up with. I'm so excited to show some of my work in my hometown! Please come out on Sat., March 18th from 7-9 and take a peek. The show will be up for 10 days.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 11:45am
Spring Invitational

Featured artists:  Diana Bradley- Belvedere; Bernard Healey-Mill Valley; Isis Hockenoss- San Francisco; Donna McGinnis- Petaluma; Alan Plisskin – San Rafael; Artist Reception on March 11, 5-7pm

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 11:00am
Saturday Night Bingo

"Petaluma Music Bingo" supports Casa Grande and Petaluma High Schools Music Programs. Giveaways nightly! 3 Door Prizes & Cash Drawings! A variety of promotions that vary weekly. Visit facebook page for latest information. Doors open 5pm; Games start 6:15pm

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 5:00pm
Women's History Month Exhibit

"Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business" - on display March 16 through March 26.

Reception on March 17, 6:30pm, with music by Ted Langford & Gang; Molly Murphy MacGregor, co-founder of National Women's History Project will share the creation of Women's History Week in Sonoma County. Refreshments. $15 advance / $20 at door

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 10:00am
11th Annual Artisan Cheese Festival

Celebrate, explore and learn all about hand-crafted cheeses, wines, beers and artisan foods. Artisan Marketplace takes place on Sunday. Tickets available on website. Fri.-Sun.

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 8:30am
Sunday Boating at the Barn

Volunteers at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center will help you try a canoe, kayak, rowboat or sailboat on the Petaluma River. Free. 11am-1pm

Repeats every week every Sunday 6 times .
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 11:00am
Women's History Month" Afternoon Tea

A delightful afternoon of food and entertainment.  Anne Donegan will talk about the Suffrage Movement.  Anne is the Chair of the Social Sciences Department at Santa Rosa Junior College, where she has taught history since 1995. $30. See website. No tickets will be sold at the door. Sponsored by the Petaluma Women’s Club, Petaluma Museum Association, American Association of University Women and the Commission on the Status of Women. 3:30pm

Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 3:30pm
Pop Up Art Night at Barber Cellars

A special evening dedicated to two of Petaluma's finest artists: Marla Pedersen and Justin Ringlein! Both artists will make a piece of art live during the event! Everything will be available for a 10% discount this night only - including works created for this event. A glass of wine is included with ticket price. Enjoy our wine, nibbles, and live music while checking out these fantastic local artists! $9 online. 6-9pm

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 6:00pm
Petaluma Cinema Series
Showcasing a mix of classic, foreign, and independent films each Wednesday in the state-of-the-art Carole L. Ellis Auditorium at the Petaluma Campus of SR Junior College. Pre-film lectures at 6pm, are designed to enhance the audiences’ appreciation and understanding of the film by examining the film’s production history, learning about the players that brought the picture together, and examining the techniques that will be showcased in the film. Join us for the 6pm talk and/or the 7pm screening. Post-screening discussion until 10pm. See website for current movie.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 6:00pm
Tito-Palooza

"Mr. Beverage is Coming to Town" Featuring Highwy Poets, Dixie Giants, Dominic Blanco & Friends, Neil, Dallas, Gigi and more. Carnival, games, raffles, drink specials and giveaways! Also featuring Lagunitas Brewing, Seared and McNears Saloon. All proceeds and sales go towards saving the Phoenix Theatre. 8pm

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 8:00pm
Party with the Masons

Petaluma-Hamilton Masonic Lodge is hosting an open house to mark the 300th anniversary of the historic fraternity. Refreshments, building tour and a chance to learn what goes on inside a modern-day Masonic Lodge. 6pm

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 6:00pm
Distemperance! Fundraiser

Toast 10 years of celebration and conservation with Friends of the Petaluma River and a tasting of Petaluma’s local craft beverages. Tickets include one drink, appetizers, commemorative glass, two drink tastes and a prohibition-era night out with Bootleg Honey in the swankiest ballroom in town. $40. 6:30-9:30pm

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 6:30pm
The Outrageous Muse: An Evening with Alma Mahler

Wife of three extraordinary men (composer Gustav Mahler, architect Walter Gropius, and novelist Franz Werfel), lover of artists Klimt and Kokoshka and muse for many more men of genius, Alma Mahler (1879-1964) was a composer of formidable talent in her own right. Join us for an unforgettable evening of song and story as we celebrate the greatest muse of all time and the magnificent art and music that swirled around the “prettiest girl of Vienna.” Music of Gustav and Alma Mahler, Alexander Zemlinsky and Johannes Brahms. $30 General Seating/$40 Balcony Seating. 8pm

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 8:00pm
The Odd Couple

Cinnabar's Young Rep presents Neil Simon's Tony-winning classic comedy. See website for details & ticket information.

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 8:00pm
3rd Annual "Plant & Garden Treasures" Sale

Petaluma Garden Club is having a bountiful sale of organic vegetable plants, perennial flowers, succuents and crought-tolerant plants of all kinds, and miscellaneous garden-related items. 9am-1pm

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 9:00am
"Habitat" Exhibit

A collaboration between the Alchemia visual arts studio and guest installation artist Emile Rosewater. In “Habitat,” the main gallery is transformed into a lush alternative dimension, inhabited by other worldly paper insects and enchanted forest beings. In addition to works for sale, the Gallery store will continue to have original textiles, ceramic sculpture, fine art prints and cards. Opening reception on Saturday, April 1st, 4-7 pm.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 4:00pm
Sunday Boating at the Barn

Volunteers at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center will help you try a canoe, kayak, rowboat or sailboat on the Petaluma River. Free. 11am-1pm

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 11:00am
A Call To Arms - World War One: A Petaluma Perspective Exhibit

On April 6th, 1917, the USA declared war on Germany joining World War I.  At that time, hundreds of Petaluma boys registered for the draft, and over seventy five Petaluma men and women answered the call to serve their country abroad. This April, on the 100th Anniversary of America’s entry into the war, we honor their sacrifice, showcasing information and artifacts about World War I.  The exhibit will focus on America’s participation as a whole as well as a Petaluma Perspective through music, letters, newspapers and more. Opening Reception on April 2 at 1pm.

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 12:00pm
theNeuwPolitic: Artists Explore Exhibit

Juried Regional Competition. Opening Reception on April 1 at 5-7pm; Artists work explores the current political climate as each artist envisions it. See website for details. On display April 4 - May 20;

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 11:00am
West Side Stories

Held the first Wednesday of the month. Different theme each month. Showcases daring and talented local folks, their names randomly drawn throughout the show, who stand up to tell tales that must be true, under 5 minutes and told without notes. 7:30pm

Repeats every month on May, June on the first Wednesday 3 times .
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 7:30pm, Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 7:30pm, Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 7:30pm
Build a Native Habitat Garden

Join Sonoma County Master Gardener Bill Klausing for a talk about creating a native habitat in your garden. Each decision has a significant effect on the web of living things in their own backyard. By building a, mostly, native habitat garden, your landscape can be environmentally sound, water-wise and quite beautiful. Bill will present helpful tips for attracting more native birds, bees and insects to your landscape. Many plants native to Sonoma County will be discussed, and the usefulness of each to your habitat garden will be highlighted. This FREE talk is appropriate for ages 10 and up. Doors open at 5:45pm

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:00pm
Annual Kids' Cowpoke Carnival

Join in the fun at Petaluma Parent Nursery School's Annual Kid's Cowpoke Carnival! Play games, pan for "gold" and spend it at the general store, enjoy crafts, a cakewalk, food, raffle, silent auction and much more! Cowpokes (ages 2-8) $5; Handlers free; 11am-2pm.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 11:00am
Sheep Shearing Day at Petaluma Adobe

Watch our flock of sheep get sheared! Join shearer, John Sanchez, as he demonstrates historic & current ways of cutting wool off sheep. Learn how to card & spin wool as they did in the 1830's. The Petaluma Adobe served as the headquarters for General Vallejo's 66,000 acre cattle rancho from 1836 to 1846. Shearing was a necessary part of rancho life. Wool was turned into blankets and rugs and sent out to the trade ships. See website for more details.

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 11:00am
Petaluma Mothers Club Egg Hunt & Spring Festival

Join us for a fun-filled morning searching for Easter Eggs.  There will be an Egg Hunt for each age group ranging from 0 to 5 years old, with prizes in each egg!  We will also have Jumpy Houses, Face Painting, Petting Zoo and Photos with the Easter Bunny.  Food and Drink provided by Velasco's Catering, Rafy's Pizza & Trader Jims Dole Whip. 11am-2pm

Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 11:00am
Bonsai Talk, Beginner’s Workshop, and Maintenance Class

Join Bullseye Bonsai’s owner Donald Hoisington and Heart of Clay's Felicitie Trout to learn about the incredible history of Bonsai, and how to care for your own trees Health and vigor. Start with this lecture, and then stay for the beginner's workshop. All students will get first pick of trees at the following workshop class! 10-11:30am

Donald Hoisington & Felicitie Trout  will move through the creation process, learning how to shape, re-pot, treat illnesses, and properly water a Bonsai tree. Your $30 materials fee covers everything you'll need to create your own beautiful Bonsai tree: pre-Bonsai tree, growing medium, Bonsai pot, wires, and specialized tools. BRING YOUR OWN STRAIGHT EDGED GARDEN HAND SHEARS (or purchase a pair at The Seed Bank). Limited seating. Please RSVP by calling or emailing The Seed Bank directly. 12:30pm

The intermediate class will discuss and then work on making root on rock and root over rock Bonsai plantings. Trees, rocks, moss, muck material, and other tools will be provided. Students should familiarize themselves with the concept and design. Slate and granite will be used. A variety of suitable outdoor species will be provided. Bring non loved clothing and perhaps gloves. Students should bring their trees and any tools they have. Any and all questions will be answered. 3pm

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 10:00am
Sunday Boating at the Barn

Volunteers at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center will help you try a canoe, kayak, rowboat or sailboat on the Petaluma River. Free. 11am-1pm

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 11:00am
Petaluma River Cruises with Dophin Charters

Three-hour river cruises set sail from the Turning Basin. Two tours on Sat.: 9am-Noon & 1-4pm;  Easter Sun., 11am-1pm. Learn about history and wildlife as you cruise through the wetlands. Call for ticket info.

Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 9:00am
Annual Children's Easter Event

Enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, community booths and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny! 12-4pm

Saturday, April 15, 2017 - 12:00pm
Sunday Boating at the Barn

Volunteers at the David Yearsley River Heritage Center will help you try a canoe, kayak, rowboat or sailboat on the Petaluma River. Free. 11am-1pm

Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, March 26, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 11:00am, Sunday, April 23, 2017 - 11:00am
Celtic Evensong

Join Kayleen Asbo for a service of music, meditation and poetry that speaks to seasonal themes of the universal human journey. Each Celtic inspired service will include music of Hildegard of Bingen sung by Karen Clark and feature solo instrumental classical music, congregational chanting of psalms, Celtic and Taizé music and silent meditation following readings of Mary Oliver, David Whyte and other contemplative poets. Requested donation of $20 per person supports the musicians and singers. 5pm

Repeats every month on March, April, May on the third Sunday 3 times .
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 5:00pm, Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 5:00pm, Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 5:00pm

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