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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Spring Invitational

Featured artists:  Diana Bradley- Belvedere; Bernard Healey-Mill Valley; Isis Hockenoss- San Francisco; Donna McGinnis- Petaluma; Alan Plisskin – San Rafael;

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 11:00am
Saturday Night Bingo

"Petaluma Music Bingo" supports Casa Grande and Petaluma High Schools Music Programs. Giveaways nightly! 3 Door Prizes & Cash Drawings! A variety of promotions that vary weekly. Visit facebook page for latest information. Doors open 5pm; Games start 6:15pm

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 5:00pm
Petaluma Cinema Series
Showcasing a mix of classic, foreign, and independent films each Wednesday in the state-of-the-art Carole L. Ellis Auditorium at the Petaluma Campus of SR Junior College. Pre-film lectures at 6pm, are designed to enhance the audiences’ appreciation and understanding of the film by examining the film’s production history, learning about the players that brought the picture together, and examining the techniques that will be showcased in the film. Join us for the 6pm talk and/or the 7pm screening. Post-screening discussion until 10pm. See website for current movie.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 6:00pm
"Habitat" Exhibit

A collaboration between the Alchemia visual arts studio and guest installation artist Emile Rosewater. In “Habitat,” the main gallery is transformed into a lush alternative dimension, inhabited by other worldly paper insects and enchanted forest beings. In addition to works for sale, the Gallery store will continue to have original textiles, ceramic sculpture, fine art prints and cards. Opening reception on Saturday, April 1st, 4-7 pm.

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 4:00pm
A Call To Arms - World War One: A Petaluma Perspective Exhibit

On April 6th, 1917, the USA declared war on Germany joining World War I.  At that time, hundreds of Petaluma boys registered for the draft, and over seventy five Petaluma men and women answered the call to serve their country abroad. This April, on the 100th Anniversary of America’s entry into the war, we honor their sacrifice, showcasing information and artifacts about World War I.  The exhibit will focus on America’s participation as a whole as well as a Petaluma Perspective through music, letters, newspapers and more. See website for exhibit events. Opening Reception on April 2 at 1pm.

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 12:00pm
theNeuwPolitic: Artists Explore Exhibit

Juried Regional Competition. Opening Reception on April 1 at 5-7pm; Artists work explores the current political climate as each artist envisions it. See website for details. On display April 4 - May 20;

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 11:00am
Green Your Spring Cleaning Workshop

Before you bust out those commercial cleaning products, it may be good to know what you are spraying around the house. Find out why some products can be cause for concern and what common household ingredients can be combined to make natural solutions. You will discover how easy it can be to make your own cleaning products that address anything from dirty tubs to dishes. Participants will leave as educated consumers with the knowledge to keep themselves and their family healthy, and with three handmade environmentally friendly products. This event will also include a potluck, so please feel free to bring a snack to share.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 6:00pm
4th Annual Fools For The River

Use your $41 ticket to Fools for The River to visit 4 of our 10 participating riverside restaurants, to get 1 treat at each. Go to Brewster’s, Dempsey’s, Paradise Sushi, Sugo, Graffiti and more! Baskin Robbins, anyone? Use the link  to pay for your tickets (then we’ll contact you to hand over the paper tickets). See you out there, and thanks for helping us finally put The Floathouse in the turning basin. All that stands between you and year-round river access is $$. Help us put Petaluma on the River!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 7:30am
Artists' Mixer & Gathering

Come meet fellow artists, share resources, ideas and inspiration. Imagine the possibilities when all the artists and creatives in the area get connected! Conversation groups will be hosted by: Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma Arts Association, Creative Sonoma, Various Petaluma Galleries, The Art of Burning Man, Art Education Art Agents, Aritsans & Makers and much more. 6pm

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 6:00pm
Trailer Fest Spring 2017

Trailer Fiesta hosted by Vintage Camper Trailers. See website for details.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 1:00pm
Parade Day Hair Paint & Glitter Party

Stop by Lions & Tigers & Hair Children's Haircutting Shop on the morning of Butter & Egg Days Parade to get your hair festive for the fun day. Free for All. 9am-Noon.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 9:00am
Spring Open House

Visit the Artful Arrangements century-old homestead for free family fun. Take a self-guided tour, see wood-splitting and brush-chipping, feed the chickens, learn about making trellises & secret rock writing, and walk through The Portal of Time – into the future!  Kids, with a parent’s help, get to plant a starter-plant to nurture at home.  Drop in 10am to 4pm.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 10:00am
36th Annual Butter & Egg Days Parade

Petaluma’s best loved event returns for its 36th year. Watch over 110 units march through Downtown Petaluma, enjoy food and drink, music, arts and crafts and an area just for kids! Come early to watch the Cow Chip Tossing Contest at 10am, The Cutest Lil' Chick Contest at 10:15 & the kids' Pre Parade at 11:30.  Main parade steps off at 12pm at Fourth and D St, loops around to Petaluma Blvd. North, and ends at Petaluma Blvd South at D St.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 10:00am
31st Annual Spring Antique Faire

Over 160 dealers from across the US and beyond. You’ll find antique wares that range from flat out oddities to ephemera, jewelry, kitchen wares, linens, furniture, books, home décor, clothing, accessories, rugs and even fossils! Whether you’re looking to make a grand investment or up-cycle some shabby chic decor, there is something for everyone’s budget.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 8:00am
West Side Stories

Held the first Wednesday of the month. Different theme each month. Showcases daring and talented local folks, their names randomly drawn throughout the show, who stand up to tell tales that must be true, under 5 minutes and told without notes. 7:30pm

Repeats every month on May, June on the first Wednesday 3 times .
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 7:30pm, Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 7:30pm, Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 7:30pm
Petaluma Arts Association 2017 Open Studios

Studios of 22 artists in 14 studios throughout Greater Petaluma area will be featured in this year’s tour. Visit the PAA Website for map and more info. For more information about the 2017 Open Studio Tour please contact Mary Bales, Open Studios Chair, at (707) 762 -2978.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 11:00am
"Home on the Range" Benefit Gala

PEP Housing 2017 Benefit Gala - County style BBQ and fixins. Silent Auction and Raffle Prizes. Hay rides, face painting, balloon animals, lawn games, cow patty toss competition, photo booth and DJ Lyle. 11am-3pm

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 11:00am
Film Fest Petaluma

Film Fest Petaluma offers an annual showcase of the best new animated and live action short films from around the world. Enjoy lively post-screening discussions with filmmakers after all shows.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 12:00pm
Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off & Beer Tasting

A celebration of local chefs and amazing microbrews. Inside, dozens of teams serve up their finest meat and vegetarian chili, as well as traditional and fruit salsa. Outside, the beer garden pours delicious samples of suds and cider. It’s a raucous good time with 1,500 of your neighbors and new best friends! Bring the family to the fairgrounds in Petaluma for live bands and fabulous food. See website for details.  Rain or shine. 1-5pm

 Registration now open. Deadline is March 15 or until all spces are full.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 1:00pm
Race for Kids Supporters Night Out

The Race for Kids Supporters Night Out at the Brewsters Beer Garden is a fun filled evening of good food, drinks, live music, raffle and a silent/live auction (over 100 silent and live items). All proceeds go to the 2017 Race for Kids Heroes-children who are living with life-threatening illnesses. Ticket includes dinner, music, raffle and silent/live auction. A Stormtrooper named Bill will be signing autographs. Bring their entire family. The party theme is Italian. The Brewsters Beer Garden will be serving the food and the Don Giovannis will be playing live music. Tickets $15. 6-9pm

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 6:00pm
Petaluma Library May Book Sale

Children's Sale Days:  Fri., May 12, 10am-5pm & Sat., May 13, 10am-3pm, half price all day; General Sale Days: Wed., May 17, 4- 8pm; Thurs. & Fri., May 18 & 19, l0am–5pm Sat., May 20, 10am-1:50pm; 2-4pm Bag sale ($2.00 per bag). New Books added daily thru Friday. Also Special Better Books-Wed. thru Sat.

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 10:00am
Petaluma River Cruise with Dolphin Charter

A three hour narrated history and natural history cruise on the scenic Petaluma River. The boat leaves from the Turning Basin, journeys downriver and returns. Portion of proceeds go to The Friends of the Petaluma River. 2 tours each day.: 9am-Noon & 1-4pm; $40.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 9:00am
Rockin' Homesteads Tour

Bring Mom out for a guided tour of inspiring, water-wise gardens and homesteads! Tour gardens featuring everything from chickens and bees to rain tanks and greywater. You’ll meet neighbors, get great ideas and be part of the Eco-Friendly Garden Tour. Free. Choose Petaluma, Cotati or Windsor. 10am-1pm

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 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, dances from the Rancho, and playing games. Bring a picnic and watch history come alive. $3 for adults 17 & older; $2 for kids 6 to 17; free for kids 5 & under. 10am to 4pm

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 10:00am
17th Annual Mother-Daughter Tea

Girl Scout Troop 10535 of Petaluma invites girls and their mothers/guardians to join them in the 17th Annual Mother-Daughter event, open to all community members regardless if they are currently registered Girl Scouts or not.  A treasured Petaluma tradition spanning 1-1/2 decades!  Enjoy the pleasure of afternoon tea and the companionship between mother-daughter, guardian, grandmother, sibling, aunt, or other female family member. In the Victorian tradition, each participant will capture their creative inspirations painting their own china tea cup with saucer, and partake at their leisure in a delightful tea service.  Each girl will receive an event patch and favor from this memorable event and a complimentary keepsake portrait of your party. Location to be determined. Seating times: 10am, 1pm & 3:30pm.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 10:00am
Writers Forum 2017

Author Elizabeth Stark: Battling Demons and Chasing Whims: How to Build a Meaningful, Inspired Writing Practice. Even for those of us passionate about writing, it can be such a challenge to build a consistent, productive writing practice. This workshop will help you find your own organic path to integrating writing into your daily life in a pleasurable, inspiring way, and showing up on the page with courage and curiosity. 6:30-8:30pm

Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 6:30pm
Idea Lounge at Lagunitas

An exciting series of talks with a twist! Two speakers: one from the arts, one not. The audience uncovers what they have in common, revealing the connections between art and life. The Idea Lounge is part of PAC Out of the Box, featuring collaborative activities that take place literally and figuratively outside the walls of the Arts Center and outside the typical art exhibition. Takes place every third Thursday, March through August. Join us at 6:30 for socializing, then grab a seat at 7pm for an hour of unpredictable fun.

Repeats every month on April, May, June on the third Thursday until Thu Jun 15 2017 .
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 7:00pm, Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 7:00pm, Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:00pm, Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
Growing & Appreciating Great Oil: From Orchard to Table

This workshop targets small and mid-size growers with 1–100 acres for medium density olive orchards for table olives or oil production. Join General Manager Samantha Dorsey & Extra Virgin Alliance’s Alexandra Devarenne for a full-day. This course will cover season-by-season cultural practices for growers to cultivate healthy olive trees that consistently produce high-quality oil. An introduction to tasting olive oil for producers by examining the positive and negative flavor characteristics in the context of grove management and milling decisions. See website for more details.

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 9:00am
Salute to American Graffiti

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 19, 2017 - 10:00am
Bountiful Beauties: Natural Skincare Workshop

Skin care goddess, Sarah Keiser, will share her wisdom from many years of making and teaching the secrets of natural soaps and beauty products. Concoct your own lotion and beeswax lip balm, naturally scented with essential oils to your preference, as well as making soothing olive oil soap and goat milk soap! These luscious handmade goodies will be wonderful treats for yourself, and thoughtful gifts for your friends and family. 10am-2pm

Saturday, May 20, 2017 - 10:00am