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

Open air market in Walnut Park 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
"Earth, Wind & Fiber" Exhibit

A mixed-media collection featuring works of art from three distinct mediums:  ceramics, glass mosaics, and fiber arts.  Highlighting the work of over fifteen different artists, this powerful selection highlights the delicate power balance between artist and material, the thumbprint of nature and the handiwork of the individual.

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 10:00am
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
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
The Most Happy Fella

From the composer of Guys And Dolls comes this touching, dramatic and intensely personal love story. Your heart will be warmed by this May-December romance when a city bride is wooed by an aging Italian grape farmer who nearly botches everything until his true goodness shines through. Fri., Sat. & Sun.

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 8:00pm
13th Annual Petaluma River Marathon & Half-Marathon

Wind your way along the scenic Petaluma River, as a competitor in the 13th Annual Petaluma River Marathon/Half-Marathon. Paddle or row 26.2 or 13.1 miles, as long as your craft is human powered, you're invited! Have a fabulous time with other supporters of water fitness! Included in the invitation is entry to the post-race potluck picnic lunch on the Foundry Wharf lawn, where stories and food and drink will be shared among all competitors and staff. Sign up on Regatta Central.

Sunday, September 4, 2016 - 7:00am
Celtic Evensong

Join Kayleen Asbo on selected Sundays at 5:00 p.m. for a service of music, meditation and poetry that speaks to seasonal themes of the universal human journey. Each Celtic inspired service will include music of Hildegard of Bingen sung by Karen Clark and feature solo instrumental classical music, congregational chanting of psalms, Celtic and Taizé music and silent meditation following readings of Mary Oliver, David Whyte and other contemplative poets.

Sunday, September 4, 2016 - 5:00pm
Freedom Day USA

Freedom Day is a day where businesses across our nation join together in thanking our active miitary and veterans by providing FREE services, goods, products, a meal, etc. as a way to honor the sacrifices, service and FREEDOM which these men and women have provided us. Sign up your business as a Freedom Day USA participant on website. Petaluma Dental Group will be providing free dental care for active military and their immediate families, veterans and first responders. We are looking for partners in giving back! You can sign up your business at or you can bring your service, gift or certificates to Petaluma Dental Group to give out for you.

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 10:00pm
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 - 8:00am
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" performed on Foundry Wharf Green from September 16 - October 1.  Times are Friday (7:00pm), Saturday (2:00pm) and Sunday (4:00pm). Relax on the grass and enjoy a modern twist to Shakespeare's gender-bending comedy. Performances are free.

Friday, September 16, 2016 - 7:00pm
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
Flow into Fall at McEvoy Ranch

Celebrate the Bohemian Roses and honor our inner beauty! This morning of self-care will involve an invigorating & nourishing all-level yoga class led by Maile Sivert, followed by a sampling of ranch-made nibbles, a garden walk and DIY workshop with aromatherapist, Alice Duvernell. Each guest will leave with their own personalized essential oil hyrdrosol. 9am-12:30pm. $85/pp. After the event, stay & shop in our charming retail space or relax over tastes of our estate wines for $15. See website for more details.

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 9:00am
Farmers Olympics

Live music by the Vivants, Oddjob Ensemble, Hubbub Club and more! Local food & drinks, plus a full Farmers Market! Farm-themed games & activities. Hay bale stacking, Drip-tape jumprope, egg & spoon race, competitive irrigation, Lexicon of Sustainability food label trivia, Farm-fresh pizza topping contest, Hole Lotta Farm-to-School Toss, Synchronized Grazing, T-Post Pounding and much, much more... 12-7pm


Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 12:00pm
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
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 - 10:00am
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
Petaluma Poetry Walk

The North Bay's premier annual poetry event. Enjoy a memoriable stroll through historic Petaluma with scheduled stops along the way to hear noted poets read their works. Venues include: The Seed Bank, Riverfront Art Gallery, North Bay Cafe, Lala's Creamery, Copperfield's, Phoenix Theatre, Petaluma Historical Museum and Aqus Cafe. All events are free and within walking distance. See website for event schedule. 11am-6pm

Sunday, September 18, 2016 - 11:00am
Halloween and Vine

Halloween and Vine is a juried show created for those who have a passion for all things Halloween! The show offers collectors the highest quality art in a wide variety of styles and price ranges, all in the genre of Halloween. Sept. 24, 2016.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 9:00am
3rd Annual Classic Car Show for a Cure

The 3rd Annual Classic Car Show for a Cure in support of the Alzheimer's Association. 10am-3pm. All proceeds from this event benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Free for the public to attend and a car entry is only $25.00.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00am
20th Annual Festival on the Hill & Hill on Wheels Car Show

Enjoy a 9-category car show, including vintage & classic autos & pickup trucks, both stock and modified.  Also Huli-Huli chicken barbecue (take-out available), lively music, silent auction, home arts area and children's activities.  Plenty of time for good old-fashioned fun & visiting. 10am - 2pm. Free admission; car show registration $30 in advance, $40 day of show.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00am
Artful Arrangements' Weekend Fall Open House

Kids Plant-a-Plant with parent's help, to keep. We propagate plants for our delightful arrangements - come see the Gift Shop, Gallery & open Art Studio. Do the self-guided tour of the century-old homestead, past the wood splitter, brush chipper, chickens, and sheds like hobbit houses, then through The Portal of Time. Take pictures with the Plywood Pioneers. See displays on Trellis Making, Holiday Centerpieces and Secret Rock Writing. Kids love it all. Pets welcome. ADA friendly. It's all free; drop-in basis. Sat. & Sun. 10am-4pm,

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:00am
4th Annual Community Emergency Preparedness Fair

September is National Emergency Preparedness month and Troop 9 Petaluma is again hosting the Petaluma Community Emergency Preparedness Fair, with an emphasis on Wild Land Fire Preparedness, as well as earthquake and flood protection. Participants will receive hands on demonstrations including: CPR, emergency survival camping, and Dutch Oven cooking. Emergency preparedness gear, equipment and supplies will also be available.  Fair includes a kick off by the Mayor's office and participation by Petaluma PD and FD and other local law enforcement and fire fighting departments (CHP, Cal-Fire, Sonoma Sheriff's Office), US Coast Guard, National Guard, Red Cross, Salvation Army, local ham radio operators, FEMA, Sonoma County Emergency Management and many many more partners and presenters! Free "emergency gift" for the first 100 families. Refreshments available. 11am-3pm.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 11:00am
Annual Fall Antique Faire

Shop for a variety of affordable treasures from 180 vendors in Historic Downtown Petaluma’s historic charm, including its stern Victorian iron-fronts and grand neo-classical buildings, make it the perfect backdrop for the Petaluma Fall Antique Faire.  Spanning Fourth & Kentucky Streets between B and Washington Streets, this day long celebration of all things antique will take place from 8am to 4pm.

Sunday, September 25, 2016 - 8:00am