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., 06/28/2016

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Description Date of Event
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
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
Petaluma Holiday Treasure Hunt

There will be a "4th of July" hunt  and the treasures will be related to the holiday, so get outside, walk around and look at your surroundings; not your cell phone, so when the clues are posted you might find a treasure.  Over 55 different winners, you could be next. The treasures will be announced the week of 6/26 and the 1st clue(s) will be 7/1 at approximately 7pm

Sunday, June 26, 2016 - 9:00am
BucketHead at the Mystic

Electric Guitar by "Buckethead" - Doors open 7:30pm; 21 & over;

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 8:00pm
Annual 4th of July Breakfast

French toast, scrambled eggs, sausages, pastries, coffee & juice. 8am to Noon. Adults: $6; 12 & under: $5; Hosted by Petaluma Post 1929 Veterans of Foreign Wars. Tickets can be purchased at door.

Monday, July 4, 2016 - 8:00am
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
Midsummer Night Sings

Sing great choral works led by Bay Area Choral Directors! Join us to sing great choral masterworks with other enthusiastic singers from Sonoma County and beyond, led by some of the Bay Area’s finest choral conductors.  Each session features a noted conductor working with you and other choral singers through one or more great works. July 6: Sanford Dole: Brahms Requiem; July 13: Magen Solomon: Handel Messiah; July 20: Daniel Canosa: Bach Cantatas 106 & 131; July 27: Robert Worth: The Chorale: Martin Luther to JS Bach;

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
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
Rivertown Revival

Celebrate “The Greatest Slough on Earth;” live music on several stages, local food vendors, art boats, children's activities, $5 weddings, crafts and more; 11am–8pm.

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 11:00am
West Side Stories

"Bil Lepp-Because You Can't Handle The Truth" - Bil Lepp, a champion liar is coming to Petaluma for the first time.

Saturday, July 16, 2016 - 8:00pm
Summer Sidewalk Sale

Amid the beautiful historic buildings, one of a kind stores, an incredible array of restaurants and cafes, guests can find incomparable bargains in over 50 participating businesses. Stroll through town and peruse the incredible shopping deals going on all weekend.

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 10:00am
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. 7/ 21 & 8/18 (3rd Thursday of Month)  6:30-8:00pm. Tickets and info on website.

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 6:30pm
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
Wilmar Vol. Fire Dept. 50th Annual Chicken BBQ Fundraiser

Family fun -  kids enjoy games, a jump house and rides on the Fire Engine!  Adults can enjoy 2 separate raffles and you need not be present to win, grand prize is a trip for two people to Hawaii worth $2,500! Adults can also have fun bidding on silent auction items. Each adult dinner includes delicious BBQ’d chicken, chili beans, roll and salad.  To-go orders available.  Fundraiser proceeds are used to help support the Petaluma Wilmar Volunteer Firefighters’ efforts with the purchase of tools, equipment & maintenance of their fire station. 11am-4pm.

Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 11:00am
Make a Summer Garden at the Homestead

Bring fresh fragrances into your home! Materials, tools, & refreshments are provided. Weave freshly cut foliage into a “shaped” wire structure. 10am to Noon. Call Diane at 707-664-8656 to register. $10each, 2/$15

Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 12:30pm
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. 11:30am-4pm

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
Make a Fall Garland at the Homestead

Bring fresh fragrances into your home! Materials, tools, & refreshments are provided. Weave freshly cut foliage into a “shaped” wire structure. Call Diane at 707-664-8656 to register. $10 each, 2/$15

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 10:00am