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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Description Date of Event
The Art of Japanese Fish Printing (Gyotaku)

Chris Dewees will describe and demonstrate, followed by a reading and signing of his newly published book "A Life Among Fishes." Signed books will be available for sale. Free with gallery admission. 1-3pm

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 1:00pm
Striking Out Childhood Cancer

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) will host the 3rd annual Striking Out Childhood Cancer, presented by Northwestern Mutual. The “birthday bowling bash” is a celebration of life and commemorates the birthday of local Childhood Cancer Hero C.J. Banaszek. Following the bowling bash, a cocktail hour and dinner party—hosted by Lombardi’s Catering, with free refreshments from MillerCoors, Trinchero Family Estates and Bacardi—will take place next door at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building (3-7pm). During this time, guests can also participate in fabulous live and silent auctions. Visit website for tickets. 1-3pm.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
Pumpkins on Pikes

The festivities start in the afternoon with great food, music and pumpkin carving. Everyone will get the chance to display their Jack-O-Lantern on a pike in the corn field. When the sun goes down the pumpkins are lit. It is a truly heart warming feeling looking over the glowing corn field to see the individual creations of all who attend. FREE pumpkin included with admission. $10 BBQ plate will be available for dinner. Bring: Special carving tools, Blanket (if staying after dark), Favorite dessert (If participating in dessert potluck). $20/ Person; $15/ Person for Farm Members;  Children 6 and under: FREE! 2-10pm

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 2:00pm
Sunday Cruise In

A free classic car cruise-in held the last Sunday of the month, June through October (weather permitting). Featuring classic cars, classic food, classic oldies music, a free raffle, and the presentation of the Sunday Sundae Cup. 11am-2pm

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 11:00am
Downtown Trick-or-Treat Trail

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

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 3:00pm
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. 11:30am-1:30pm


Saturday, November 25, 2017 - 11:30am
"Light Up a Life" Tree Lighting

Light Up A Life is a community celebration to honor those we care about and remember those we have lost.  With inspiring words and song, trees will be lit with hundreds of bright white lights, each light symbolically named in honor of memory of a loved one. A donation to our Hospice programs for each light is requested. Free. Contact Hospice of Petaluma to name a light or for additional event details.


Friday, December 1, 2017 - 7:00pm
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 2, 2017 - 11:00am
City of Lights Driving Tour

Enjoy a self-guided tour of beautifully decorated homes and businesses. List of addresses is available at the Petaluma Visitors Center.




Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 6:00pm
Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale

Hosted by the Petaluma Arts Association. Arts and crafts for holiday giving handmade by the participating artists. Sat. & Sun. 10am-4pm

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 10:00am
Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

Watch a flotilla of illuminated boats make a dramatic arrival at the Petaluma River Turning Basin. Festive vessels sail from the Petaluma Marina at 5:30pm and arrives in the Turning Basin at approximately 6pm. Downtown businesses stay open late for strolling holiday shoppers.

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 6:00pm
2nd Annual Gingerbread House Showcase & Competition

A three-day holiday event for the whole community, featuring festive gingerbread houses on display and the historic hotel lobby and ballroom decked out for the holidays. Free to attend.Enter your gingerbread creation for a chance to win! Showcase opens on Friday, festivities wrap on Sunday with a big bash (time TBA) Free.

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 10:00am
Salute to American Graffiti Cruise-In and Kick-Off Party

Classic Car Cruise-In and Kick Off Party for Salute to American Graffiti Car Show. No registration fee. Cruise-In and cruise-out at your leisure. Music, booths, movie stars and lots of fun.  Free of charge for cars and spectators. 4-8pm.  The Plaza North Shopping Center - hear the corner of East Washington Street and North McDowell Blvd.

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 4:00pm
Salute to American Graffiti

Petaluma’s Salute to American Graffiti is an annual celebration of American Graffiti, classic American cars, cruising the “main drag”, rock ‘n roll music and the “happy days” of the ‘50s and early ‘60s. Produced by Cruisin’ The Boulevard, Inc., an all-volunteer, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit California Public Benefit Corporation, Salute proceeds benefit our own community projects, schools, and other community programs that focus on the arts, history, safety and welfare of Petaluma. See website for full list of events & activities. All day.

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 10:00am