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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Intro to Floral Design 2

Join Marion Moss Floral Design's Susan Kelly for Part 2 of Intro to Floral Design!  Using your own container/vase/urn from home, this workshop will cover: Color Theory, Balance-Scale-Focus Point, and designer tips and tricks. Some hands-on experience and you will take home your handiwork!  All materials included except for container. Second of a four-part series. May be taken as part of the series or standalone. Beginner – Intermediate. Fee $75 $85. 1:30-4:30pm

Sunday, August 20, 2017 - 1:30pm
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

Tidal Response: Coastal Marine Environments from Above and Below. Curator, Carin Jacobs.  See website for companion events. Opening Reception on Aug. 19th, 5-7pm

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

Petaluma Shakespeare on the River takes to the green at the Foundry Wharf for a rollicking production of the Bard's comedy-history "HenryIV, Part One." Free, but donations happily accepted. Runs Fridays at 7pm, Saturday & Sundays at 2pm from Aug 25-Sept 9.

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 7:00pm
Personal Flowers - Boutonnieres and Corsages Workshop

Join Marion Moss Floral Design for a workshop to create personal flowers like boutonnieres and corsages!  Tools and technique will be covered. All materials included. Third of a four-part series. May be taken as part of the series or standalone. Beginner - Intermediate. Fee $75. 1:30-4:30pm

Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 1:30pm
Newcomers Social

Find out what’s happening in Petaluma and how to get involved! Everyone is welcome to this community social dedicated to promoting friendship and learning about the diverse activities in Sonoma County. This is not only for newcomers to Petaluma but also for anyone looking to meet new people, share resources and get involved in social activities. Your hosts:  John Crowley, Naomi Tickle, Bobbie Bukszar 6:30-8pm

Monday, August 28, 2017 - 6:30pm
3D Modeling Demonstration of Undersea Coral Specimens

Erika Woolsey of The Hydrous presents 3D printing methods. (In conjunction with current exhibit: Tidal Respnse: Coastal Marine Environments from Above and Below.) $5 general, PAC members free. 7-8:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.


Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 7:00pm
Fermentation Festival

An annual celebration of all things fermented! Hosting 35+ vendors of non-alcoholic, artisan fermented foods and beverages. Presentations from authors & experts, including classes on making kimchi, water kefir, flatbreads, fire cider & more! Fill your cup and upgrade to VIP: Our Libation Lounge is the most diverse alcohol garden you will ever find. Sip on cider, beer, mead and wine from incredible craft producers. See website for ticket info. 11am-5pm

Saturday, September 2, 2017 - 11:00am
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
Afternoon Concert at Moj San

Join Pick and Bow Band at Moj San Gift & Garden Gallery for a free afternoon concert in their lush garden setting. Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar and Mandolin make up the Pick and Bow band, plucking old timey tunes that will get your toes a tappin'! 2-3pm

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 9:30am
Personal Flowers - Flower Crowns & Floral Jewelry Workshop

Join Marion Moss Floral Design's Susan Kelly for a workshop to create gorgeous floral crowns!  Tools and technique will be covered. All materials included.  Personal Flowers class on August 27 recommended. Fourth of a four-part series. Fee $75. 1:30-4:30pm

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 1:30pm
Constructive Collisions: Art, Science and the Environment

Panel discussion moderated by curator Carin Jacobs, MA. Speakers: Peter Connors, PhD; Jennifer Parker, MFA; Erika Woolsey, PhD. (In conjuction with current exhibit, Tidal Response: Coastal Marine Environments from Above and Below.) 7-8:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 7:00pm
4th Annual Agrarian Games & Farmers Market

A celebration of sustainable agriculture, local food and family farms. From wheelbarrow relays to watermelon seed-spitting, whether you're a farmer or an eater, a country bumpkin or a city-slicker, a chef or just a kid in overalls, join us for an afternoon of local food, live music and interactive games to test your strength, speed and knowledge of soil types… all showcasing a more just, healthy and regenerative food system for California. Live music by: The Hubbub Club, Oddjob Ensemble, Miss Moonshine & more! Noon-6pm


Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 12:00pm
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
Harvest Barn Dance

A fundraiser for the Tara Firma Farms Institute, helping fund farm connection and experiences for youth, featuring caller Evie Ladin. $20 at door; $15 for CSA members purchased ahead of time. Eats at 6pm BBQ with vegetarian options available for purchase. Dancing starts at 7pm.

Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 6:00pm
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
Trades on Tap: A Fun-Raiser for Rebuilding Together Petaluma
This events helps to sustain Rebuilding Together's year-round efforts to repair the homes of extremely low income residents so they are safe and healthy. We will be celebrating the volunteer efforts of our local construction industry and our community at large who makes this work possible. Tickets include a  paella dinner from Bros BBQ and music by The Pulsators. Wine and beer will be available for purchase, with all proceeds benefitting Rebuilding Together Petaluma. Tickets: $30. 5:30-8:30pm
Monday, September 18, 2017 - 5:30pm
Writers Forum "The Evolution of a Story"

Writers Forum founder Marlene Cullen welcomes writers to a presentation by Teri Sloat on The Evolution of a Story: Allowing it to go through many forms.  Free. 6:30-8:30 pm.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 6:30pm
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
Community Emergency Preparedness

Hosted by the Boy Scouts of America. Guests include: Petaluma Mayor David Glass, City Council members, Petaluma Police & Fire Depts., FEMA, Dept. of Homeland Security, Red Cross, US Coast Guard, Sonoma Co. Sheriff's Office, CHP and more! Free hands-on demos on CPR, emergency survival camping, survival preparedness equipement & more. Free emergency gift to the first 100 families. 11am-3pm

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 11:00am
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
3rd Annual Sonoma Home Brewers Competition

Be the judge of our competing home brewers 60 best recipes. Join us to learn about home brewing, peruse beer merchandise, and vote for your favorite home brews. Just make sure to have your votes in by 3:30pm! Public will vote in their top 5 and guest judges from the industry will vote in their top 5. Combined those ten selections will be submitted to our panel of guest judges who will crown a winner and that lucky winner will have the chance to brew their winning recipe at 101 North Brewing Company with brewmaster Joel Johnson and have it distributed across Sonoma County! Only the best food trucks in the land will be on hand offering their delectable nosh. Get your beer making supplies and learn how to home brew and hop grow. Grab a glass of your favorite local beer at our beer garden and get on the dance floor to enjoy live music! PS. Be advised, this is a 21+ only event. P.S.S. No dogs, no pets and absolutely no Pink Elephants!


Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 11:00am
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
LumaFest 2017

SRJC Petaluma’s Community Open House and Education Fair.  LumaFest features family-friendly activity and informational booths, El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) cultural area, live musical entertainment on two outdoor stages, free movies in Ellis Auditorium, the chance to meet “Fresno” the Giraffe, the LOL (Laugh Out Loud) Family Obstacle Course, Sustainability Village, and our back-by-popular-demand Chemistry Magic Show. 11am-4pm

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 11:00am
Tolay Fall Festival

Two weekends of family fun including a straw maze, pumpkin-seed spitting contest, farm animals, hay rides to a huge pumpkin patch and much more. Oct. 14-15 & 21-22, 11am-5pm.

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 11:00am