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., 10/27/2016

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Description Date of Event
Saturday Afternoon Farmers Market

Open air market in Walnut Park 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
Club de Lectura - Spanish Book Discussion

En el segundo jueves de cada mes  la Biblioteca Regional de Petaluma  tendrá una reunion del Club de Lectura.. Tome el libro en la biblioteca para leer antes de la reunion. Gratis y abierto a todos.

Every month the Petaluma Regional Library hosts a Spanish Book Club/ Club de Lectura. Check out it out to read before the meeting.Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 6:00pm
"Early Fall Show" exhibit

Featuring the unique painting of Georgianne Fastaia and the vibrant photography of Gus Feissel.  Delight in works from other Gallery artisans to include exceptional jewelry, pottery, sculpture, distinctive lamps, Western leather purses and wood crafts.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 11:00am
El Dia de Los Muertos Exhibits and Altars

Take a walking tour throughout downtown and view the many beautiful altars and artwork created by members of our community. Flyer with locations will be available. On display through Nov. 7.

Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 10:00am
The Quality of Life

From award-winning writer Jane Anderson (The Baby Dance, Looking for Normal) comes this “magnetic work of theater” (The San Francisco Chronicle) filled with compassion, honesty and humor. Oct. 14-30. $25 advance/$30 at door: General Admission; $15/$20 Youth 21 and Under; $9 (advance sales only)  Jr and High school students (Oct 14 only). . See website for showtimes.

Friday, October 14, 2016 - 8:00pm
14th Int'l Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration

Hunt Institute for Botanial Documentation, plus local and regional botanical and related artists. Oct. 15, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 11:00am
Annual Spaghetti Feed and Baked Goods Auction

This very fun annual fundraiser provides scholarships for high school girls from all three high schools. We will be serving antipasto, salad, homemade spaghetti sauce with noodles, garlic bread, dessert, wine, beer, and soft drinks. Join the fun as you bid for delicious homemade baked goods. Tickets are on sale now: Tickets: $20; $10 for children under 10 years old. Call now for your tickets: Louise 762-5485 or Debbie 763-5398.

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 9:45am
Petaluma International Film Festival

Petaluma International Film Festival®, an annual event showcasing independent feature and short films from around the world, will present 40 films from 18 countries, with "Focus on Music & Dance "and "Sonoma Filmmakers Showcase,"a collection of films made by local filmmakers.

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 2:30pm
Petaluma River Cruise Museum Fundraiser

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 (limited to 35). Call or visit the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum at 20 Fourth St. to purchase tickets.

Friday, October 28, 2016 - 4:00pm
Petaluma River Cruises with Dophin Charters

Three-hour river cruises set sail at 9 am and 1 pm from the Turning Basin on Sat. & Sun. Learn about history and wildlife as you cruise through the wetlands. Call for ticket info.

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 9:00am
El Dia De Los Muertos Bilingual Storytime & Music

Storytime for ages 2-5 years old at 10:30am; De Colores to perform International Music at 2pm;

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 10:30am
The Bill Soberanes Halloween Festival

Join us for the annual Bill Soberanes Halloween Festival and Trick or Treating with the merchants. Lots of kids, candy, costumes and fun! Follow the balloon trail for your treats. Free of charge, rain or shine. 11am-1pm

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 11:00am
El Dia de los Muertos Candlelight Procession with Giant Puppets

Starts at Water Street Bistro, ends at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, 20 Fourth St. Festivities will include live music, Ballet Folklorico de Petaluma Paquiyollotzin, Aztec dancers, food and art vendors, face painting, art and altars and much more. 6-10pm

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 6:00pm
Sacred Circle Dance

Dance in honor and remembrance with Jon Rawles-Davis. An El Dia de Los Muertos event. 7-9pm

Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 7:00pm
21st Annual Spooktacular Trick-or-Treating

Come Trick-or-Treat around the center. If you are 12 and under, enter our costume contest for a chance to win a prize! 1-3pm

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 1:15pm
Downtown Trick-or-Treat Trail

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

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 3:00pm
O+ Postive Festival

A 3-day Art,Music & Wellness Festival; artists & musicians exchange their contributions direction for wellness car (medical, dental, other wellness services) from health care providers.

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 7:00pm
'Le Drama Clüb' Art Installation

Le Drama Clüb is an exploration of manufactured nostalgia that invites participants to indulge and remake their memories of a cultural epoch forgotten by popular culture. Comprised of orginal music, images, and ephemera, this art installation asks you to define for yourself, “What was at stake in ’88?” Participants are encouraged to bring their own photos & fliers to share on the corkboard as part of the experience (pushpins provided). Reception on Sat., Nov. 5 at 6pm.

Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 6:00pm
"Scenes from Sonoma County" & "Landscapes and Reflections"

Riverfront Art Gallery's end of year show features breathtaking "Scenes from Sonoma County" by oil painter Henry White.  Photographer, Michael Riley shows "Landscapes and Reflections" of awe.  Show opening and Art Walk reception on Sat., Nov. 12 from 5-9pm with musical interludes of mellow jazz by Bob Johns on keyboard.  Enjoy Sonoma County wines and tempting edibles.  Meet these two featured artists, and other incredible artisans of many mediums. Gallery open Wed., Thurs. & Sun.: 11am-6pm, and Fri. & Sat. 11am-8pm. Show runs 11/ 9/16-1/8/17.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 11:00am
28th Annual 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. During the parade, military color guards and vehicles, drill teams, and specialty units march along on the ground with along with the traditional floats, horses, antique cars, fire engines, bands and scout troops. Historically a short memorial ceremony at Walnut Park follows the parade.

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 1:00pm
"Keep Red in Perspective" Exhibit

 Juried exhibit. Free. Meet the artists at Artist Reception on 11/19, 5-8pm

Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 11:00am
Petaluma Holiday Arts & Crafts Show

Holiday arts and crafts made by local artists

Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 11:00am
Giving Thanks at the Gardens

Families gather for guided grounds tour of century-old homestead, walk through The Portal of Time (from past into future), before a repast and libations with music and counting blessings. Children and parents plant plants to nurture. Annual free fun event. 2-4pm;

Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 2:00pm
Giving Thanks at Homestead Gardens

We gather at 2pm, then tour the grounds of the century-old homestead, passing through The Portal of Time, before reassembling in the Gardens, where we count blessings at a repast provided by Artful Arrangements. Children get to Plant-a-Plant to keep (with their parent’s help). A “low-key” event, but lots of relaxing fun! Advance registration is not necessary, but would be greatly appreciated. 707-664-8656. Free, donations accepted.

Sunday, November 20, 2016 - 2:00pm
Santa's Riverboat Arrival

Enjoy live entertainment while waiting for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive by tug about noon. Stay for photos and Christmas wishes.


Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 11:30am
The North Pole Connection

The Lan Mart Building is hosting Santa and invites all to visit him, take photos and enjoy special treats and fun throughout the historic building. See website for times. Free.

Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 4:00pm
Sunrise Holiday Craft Fair

Handmade crafts, local vendors, art work, jewelry, toys, books, gourmet treats and more! Live music, raffle prizes, photos with Santa Open to the public - Free. 10am to 5pm

Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 11:45am
City of Lights Driving Tour

Enjoy a self-guided tour of beautifully decorated homes and businesses. Maps available at the Petaluma Visitors Center and electronically by Dec. 1st.



Thursday, December 1, 2016 - 8:00am
Downtown Merchants' Holiday Open House

"From Petaluma With Love" Downtown merchants host the annual Holiday Open House; 11am-5pm. Enjoy holiday festivities, horse & carriage rides, balloon artist and treats at various merchant open houses. See the Petaluma Downtown website for participating merchants and see what they have to offer!

Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 11:00am
3rd Annual Fair Trade Gift Festival

Featuring hand made and fairly-traded crafts from artisans in developing nations.  Proceeds directly support the artisans; items include Christmas decorations, home decor items, textiles, musical instruments, baskets, pottery, toys and jewelry. 10am to 2pm. Also opportunity to make a donation to Heifer International, Habitat for Humanity and/or COTS or to honor a family member or friend with these worthwhile organizations.


Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 10:00am