Petaluma’s Butter & Egg Days Festival and Antique Faire

Petaluma Antique FaireBrimming with authentic small town pride and personality, Petaluma’s Butter & Egg Days Festival and Parade pays tribute to Petaluma’s place in history as the “World’s Egg Basket” and the community’s rich agricultural heritage.

Originally created in the 1900s to promote Petaluma as part of National Egg Day, the parade has grown to more than 130 parade units attracting 30,000 people into downtown. The parade begins at noon on Saturday in the month of April. Live music, food and family fun continue throughout the afternoon in the downtown district.


Where else can you compete to be the Cow Chip Throwing champ and Cutest Little Chick?

Women holding baby in chick costume

Photo by Will Bucquoy

The day’s festivities kick off with only-in-Petaluma competitions. At the “Cutest Little Chick Contest” at 10:15 am, adorable toddlers don feathers and yellow onesies hoping to be crowned the “cutest.” It’s all in good-natured fun at the “Cow Chip Tossing Contest” where local celebrities compete for bragging rights. Let the chips fall where they may, starting at 10 am by the Mystic Theatre.


Historic Downtown Petaluma sets the stage for the annual Antique Faire

The Butter & Egg Days festivities continue on Sunday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm with the spring Antique Faire. The iron-front buildings and architectural gems of the late 1800s provide a fitting backdrop for more than 200 antique dealers. From campaign buttons and postcards to heirloom artwork and armoires, there is truly something for everyone. And while exploring the intriguing array of antiques, refresh and refuel at a downtown café or restaurant before setting off for more treasure hunting. It’s a shopper’s paradise!


Butter & Egg Festival Parade

Photo by Will Bucquoy