Visual and fine arts; performing and decorative arts. Petaluma is a community of artists. And our compact geography makes it easy to experience them all.
In the downtown district, art is at the heart of our city. Visitors can explore more than a dozen galleries, many of them housed in beautifully preserved Victorian buildings. In midtown, the Petaluma Arts Center is a cultural hub featuring gallery and classroom space.
History shares the bill with live theater in Petaluma’s unique entertainment venues. Today, buildings from the turn of the century present a diverse range of performers from string quartets to Shakespearean plays. Or if you’re in the mood to unwind after a long day on the road, there are wine bars and cafes with live music that pair perfectly with a Petaluma Gap pinot.
MOZART TO NU-METAL AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN
Given its Hometown USA vibe, Petaluma’s live music scene often surprises people with its depth and diversity. And behind it all, is a level of community support that adds authenticity to the mix.
Described as the North Bay’s premier music venue, McNear’s Mystic Theatre was built in 1911 for vaudeville performances. The Mystic has an illustrious history and has hosted diverse artists from surf guitar king Dick Dale to rocker Joan Osborne. With a full bar and restaurant next door, it has everything you need for a memorable night on the town.
Lagunitas Brewing Company, famous for their Lagunitas IPA, knows that live music is a must for a good time. Come as you are and enjoy great local bands almost every afternoon in a very “chill” environment at their TapRoom and Beer Sanctuary. In the summer, the venue transitions to the “LaguMiniAmphitheaterette.” Children and dogs welcome!
One of Petaluma’s newest music venues is actually one of the town’s oldest buildings. The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum, built in 1904, hosts intimate classical performances under the stained glass dome.
The Phoenix Theater has continually reinvented itself for more than a century. Today, the one-time opera house is a rock and roll venue attracting up and coming talent and teen center.
THE VISUAL ARTS ABOUND
When welcoming visitors to Petaluma, we also welcome them to a vibrant cultural arts community. That’s why the Petaluma Arts Center is located right next to the Visitors Center at the corner of Lakeville & Washington Streets.
The galleries at the Petaluma Arts Center feature rotating exhibits showcasing the finest in a variety of mediums as well as classes, concerts and theatrical events. Visit The Petaluma Arts Center’s website for information.
Just three blocks west in historic downtown Petaluma, art flourishes in numerous unique galleries. Enjoy exhibits ranging from handcrafted jewelry to paintings and sculpture by contemporary artists of local and often international renown.
As a testament to Petaluma’s long standing commitment to the arts, Walnut Park has been the setting for the annual Art in the Park exhibition for more than 60 years. Please see our Events Calendar for dates and times.
LIVE THEATER TAKES CENTER STAGE
Cinnabar Theater, housed in a 1908 two-room schoolhouse, has been a shining star in Petaluma for more than 40 years. This intimate theater regularly presents live opera, drama, cabaret and musical performances. It is entertainment worthy of a big city without the big city ticket prices.
You’ll want to also visit our Events Calendar for plays and performances throughout the year presented by our active performing arts community.
PETALUMA’S CINEMA WEST THEATER
When you can’t wait to catch a new release, there’s no better theater to relax and enjoy a movie then Petaluma’s Cinema West.
- Now Featuring Twin / Auditoriums!
- Experience LUXURY ELECTRIC RECLINERS now in all Auditoriums
- Choose Select Beer & Wines
- Lots of Free Parking in the Theatre District Parking Garage
- Motion Seats available for select features
- Advance ticketing at our box office or online through their theater website