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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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
"Past Tense, Present Tense" Exhibit

A collection of paintings from Jack Stuppin, known for his vibrant and colorful landscapes, will be on display through Aug. 22. See website for details.

Monday, July 18, 2016 - 11:00am
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
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 27: Robert Worth: The Chorale: Martin Luther to JS Bach;

Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 7:00pm
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
"New Work" Exhibit

"New Work" features Isis Hockienos, Joyce Kelly, Judy Klausenstock, Sandra Speidel and Joanne Tepper. Artist Reception on Sat., July 30, 5-8pm

Sunday, July 24, 2016 - 10:00am
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 Garland 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
Dine & Donate at Chipotle in Support of Alzheimer's

50% of the proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer's Association. Just let the know you are there to support the cause.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 11:00am
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
"A Profile of California Indian History"

A talk by Nikki Myers, Executive Director of the California Indian Museum & Culture Center in Santa Rosa. To coinside with the Museums "Tribal Voices" exhibit.

Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 12:00pm
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
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
Three Muses: elinor peace bailey, Barbara Willis Anne Klocko

Come and hear three doll artists with very different styles talk about their creative process. Elinor loves vibrancy and bursting color, Barbara shops in France for vintage lace, and Anne's kiln fires up whimsy in ceramic and porcelain. Their talk will be followed by a "trunk show." This is an up close sharing of their work, along with doll-related items for sale.

Saturday, August 13, 2016 - 12:00pm
Writers Forum with Norma Watkins

Writers Forum at Petaluma Community Center: Norma Watkins will talk about writing memoir and how to turn your stories into fiction. Bring paper and pen. Norma Watkins grew up in Mississippi and left in the midst of the 1960s civil rights struggles. Her award-winning memoir, The Last Resort: Taking the Mississippi Cure, tells the story of those years. When asked what the memoir is about, Watkins says: “Civil rights, women wronged, good food and bad sex.”   $15 at the door

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 6:30pm
"Journeys Through Light & Dark" Curator Tour

Enjoy a guided tour with the show's co-curators, Geri Olson and Sherri Morgan.  Learn more about the artists, their techniques and the exhibited works. General $10, PAC $8

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 7:00pm
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
The Dolls of NIADA

The National Institute of American Doll Artists (NIADA) is an international organization of doll artists of exceptional merit, founded in 1963. Award-winning artist Stephanie Blythe will share stories of NIADA artists and show slides of their extraordinary doll art. Stephanie Blythe, The Dolls of NIADA. FREE

Saturday, August 27, 2016 - 12:00pm
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
Performance with Sha Sha Higby

Sculptural costume artist, Sha Sha Higby uses sculpture as a body sculpture she makes & performs in to create a poetic plot in solo performance. Internationally renowned for her evocative and haunting performances, she is influenced by her studies in Asia, Noh Theater, Butoh and shadow puppets. 

The show explores  Sha Sha’s premier “a Paper Wing II” and her latest Wing developments!  a whimsical journey of life, death, and rebirth through ephemeral images that evoke the passage of time and day, or the shifting of the seasons. Using the manipulation of hand crafted materials, textures and exotic sculptural costume interwoven with glass finger puppetry, dance and intricate props, it takes Higby two years to make and develop a new costume… slowly moving us toward a sense of patience and timelessness (Limited seating see PAC website for details)  General $18, PAC $15

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 7:00pm
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
Argentinian Tango Story & Dance

Four Argentine tango dancers will be teaming up with a storyteller to present the romance of Argentine tango in story and dance, with classic tangos woven together by the threads of a tango love story, Pajaro Azul.  This event is part of the Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 2:00pm
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
Heritage Homes Biennial Summer Tour

Self-guided tour of 8-10 vintage homes and historic buildings in Petaluma. See website for details and ticket information.

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 6:00pm