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., 06/05/2015

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Description Date of Event
Tuesday Morning Farmers Market

Locally grown agricultural products, locally made hot and packaged foods as well as arts and crafts and music; 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 10:30am
"The Art of Rock 'n Roll" Exhibit

Iconic photographs and original posters from the rock era of the '60's and '70's at the Petaluma Arts Center. Listening stations and a Groove Room with vinyl. Exhibition runs through May 31. The arts center is open daily 11am-5pm except Tues/Weds.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 11:00am
Pass in Review: A Tribute to America’s Veterans

This exhibit highlights the men & women of our military. Covering their triumph in battle and for some, the fight to be healed of the psychological and emotional scars that are left behind when the military battles are over. The exhibit includes art created by veterans as a means of healing themselves from war related mental health challenges. There will also be poetry reading and panel discussions by veterans, movies honoring them and more. Hours:  Thurs. – Sat.: 10am-4pm, Sun.: 12pm-3pm.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 12:00pm
Left Coast Syncopators at the Big Easy

Left Coast Syncopators, a Semi-acoustic Quartet, an offshoot of Rhythmtown-Jive, will be layin down some New Orleans R&B, funky jazz, zydeco, boogie woogie & jump blues. Ken Jacobs, "Snakebite" on tenor & clarinet, Kevin Zuffi on vocals, piano & B3 organ, Tim Eschliman on vocals & upright bass and Nicky Otis on drums. NO COVER! Cajun Dinners! Doorsopen/dinners start at 6pm, show at 7:30 pm.

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 6:00pm
McEvoy Ranch Tour

This introduction to McEvoy Ranch provides an overview of our history, our commitment to environmental responsibility, our wine program and, of course, how we produce award-winning olive oil. Walk in the orchards & vineyards where we will talk about the horticulture of our plantings. Visit our state-of-the-art mill for an explanation of our unique process of extracting oil. To finish the tour, we’ll lead you through an oil tasting and sensory evaluation, offering suggestions for how to best enjoy our olive oil. Following the tour, you are invited to stay and taste our wines.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 9:30am
Paddlesports Opening Day on the River with Clavey Paddlesports!

Been dreaming of getting on the water this summer but don't know what to buy? Stop dreaming and join us for the second annual Opening Day On The Petaluma River. Meet at the Turning Basin from 10 am to 2 pm to demo kayaks & SUPs. Or if there's a particular boat or board you'd like to try, let us know so we can bring it for you! This is the perfect opportunity to try before you buy. Cost: $5, includes a ticket for food, refreshments and a chance to win prizes back at Clavey Paddlesports HQ from 2-4pm to celebrate this opening day!  Proceeds go toward the Petaluma Small Craft Center; a local non-profit dedicated to building a public rental center on the river.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 10:00am
Living History Day at the Petaluma Adobe

History comes alive as volunteers recreate life in 1840s Mexican-era California. Meet the vaqueros, traders, cooks, craftsmen and women, and others who lived in Old California. Have fun learning basket weaving, candle making and rope making techniques. $3 for adults 17 & older. 10am to 4pm

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 10:00am
Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off, Salsa & Beer Tasting

18th Annual Chili Cook-Off benefits Cinnabar Theater Young Repertory Company. Sample different kinds of chili and salsa made by the best chili and salsa chefs in the Bay Area. Rain or shine.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 1:00pm
"Wine Country Retrospective” & "The Nature of My Journey” Reception

Reception and 2nd Saturday Artwalk on Saturday, May 9th from 5 PM - 9 PM. Enjoy Americana music with Half Bad Neighbor on guitar and vocal, and take pleasure in Sonoma County wines and delicious edibles.  Meet the artists! "Wine Country Retrospective” with photographs by Lance Kuehne and  with photographs by Jeff G. Allen.  Member and Invitational artists also showing additional photography and art of all mediums. Exhibit runs May 6 - July 5, 2015

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 5:00pm
Wings of Glory Spring Concert

Singing in the joyful style of black gospel music.  Choir directed by Adam Ivy. Free/Donations gratefully accepted. 7:30pm

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 7:00pm
DJ Val Dance Party and Aqus Crawl

Wear your dancing shoes! DJ Val plays a wide variety of music and keeps the dancers happy. This dance party is part of the Aqus Crawl and takes place during the Arts Center's exhibition The Art of Rock 'n Roll, iconic photographs and posters from the '60's and '70's. A $5 donation is requested at the door. 10pm to midnight.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 10:00pm
Salute to American Graffiti

10th Anniversary! 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.

Friday, May 15, 2015 - 10:00am
Sonoma Family Life Summer Camp & Fun Fair

Booths, activities, performances, food & FUN! Be sure to join us for this FREE event! Petaluma Dental Group Parking Lot. 11am to 3pm.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 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 – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 2:00pm
Dylan Chambers & the Midnight Transit

Rock out to this Sonoma County favorite! Enjoy the arts center's exhibition The Art of Rock 'n Roll, with iconic photographs and posters from the '60's and '70's. Listening stations and a Groove Room, too. Tickets available from Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. Doors open at 8pm.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 8:00pm
Sonoma County Home Brewers Competition

Home brewers from across the land will come to regale you with their brews, learn about home brewing, peruse beer merchandise, and vote for your favorite home brews. The 10 most popular brews will be submitted to our panel of guest judges who will crown a winner and that lucky winner will have the chance to brew their winning recipe at 101 North Brewing Company with brewmaster Joel Johnson and have it distributed across Sonoma County! Only the best food trucks will be on hand offering their delectable bites. Partake in the beer games, grab a glass of your favorite beer, and groove to the music of the Dixie Giants. $25 gets you a commemorative glass and 20 2oz pours.


Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 11:00am
West Coast Elvis Tribute

Elvis Tribute Show starring DONNY EDWARDS, with Ian Fraser-Thomson, Betty Grant, Charlotte Stewart.  Raffle, photo booth, door prizes, bar, friends old and new, afternoon schedule, convenient parking, fun for all !!!

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 11:30am
Russian Virtuoso Jura Margulis in Concert

Russian Virtuoso Jura Margulis in Concert Performing the music of Schubert, Liszt, Shostakovich and Scriabin.Complimentary wine & cheese. Admission is $25 ($30 at the door). Free to Students. Balcony Seating With Elite Beverage Service (Limited Seating Upstairs): $40.00

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - 8:00pm
Beatles Singalong

Guitar players/hosts Kurt Huget and Craig Bartok provide lyric sheets and the accompaniment. You sing all your fav Beatles tunes, surrounded by the Arts Center's exhibition The Art of Rock 'n Roll. Event starts at 8pm. Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
Down Home Day at the Homestead

Unveiling "The Portal of time" Art Installation, representing the passage of time, from past to future (10:30am). Hot Grubb (11am) & The Spyralites (2:30pm) perform in the new amphitheater - Good Food, Great Contests, Grand Prizes, So Fun!  Best Hat Contest, Hugs & Kisses Booth, Cutest Baby contest, Amazing Pet Contest, "Period" Pictures, Homestead Color Contest, Egg Toss, Homesteader's Stew Lunch.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 10:30am
Wednesday Evening Farmers Market

This open air market in downtown 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 – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 4:30pm
A Story of Survival

Civilian POW Sasha Jansen will share her amazing story of survival from the internment camps in the Philippines in the period of 1942 to 1945. The city of Petaluma will honor and recognize Mrs. Jansen's life by city proclamation. 2 PM. Free.

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 2:00pm
Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist

On display June 20 - July 26 - See website for details.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 11:00am
Sonoma Marin Fair

Stay tuned for our Annual local fair, sure to include big name entertainment, as well as all the great rides, carnival games, exhibits and more!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 12:00pm
Annual July 4th Bell-Ringing Ceremony

Gather on the Museum front steps for a Helen Putnam tradition. Ring the Korbel Bell, afterwards enjoy cookies and lemonade. Boy Scout Troop 9 will perform flag ceremony. Proclamation read by Mayor/City Council Member. Ceremony starts at 10:30am Bell ringing at 11am

Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 10:30am
14th 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 8 pm

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 11:00am
Rivertown Revival

Celebrating the greatest Slough on Earth! Enjoy Live Music, Art Boat Races, Food & Fun!

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 11:00am
Friday Concert & VIP Dinner

Petaluma Music Festival presents dinner and concert, featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. See website for more information.

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 5:00pm
8th Annual Petaluma Music Festival

Featuring 14 fantastic bands on 3 stages, including headliners The Wood Brothers, ALO and Nahko and Medicine for the People. The fine beers of the Lagunitas Brewing Company, free drinking water, a variety of specialty food, merchandise, and local business vendors, A fantastic silent auction and celebrity autographed guitar raffle, Music artist booth for audience meet-and-greet, autographs, and artist merchandise, Festival merchandise including t-shirts and posters,  All proceeds benefit the music education programs of all Petaluma area public schools.

Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 12:00pm
"All That Glitters" Exhibit

On display August 15 through September 26, 2015 - See website for details.

Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 11:00am