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., 12/08/2016

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14th Int'l Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration

Hunt Institute for Botanial Documentation, plus local and regional botanical and related artists. Oct. 15, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 - 11:00am
"Scenes from Sonoma County" & "Landscapes and Reflections"

Riverfront Art Gallery's end of year show features breathtaking "Scenes from Sonoma County" by oil painter Henry White.  Photographer, Michael Riley shows "Landscapes and Reflections" of awe.  Show opening and Art Walk reception on Sat., Nov. 12 from 5-9pm with musical interludes of mellow jazz by Bob Johns on keyboard.  Enjoy Sonoma County wines and tempting edibles.  Meet these two featured artists, and other incredible artisans of many mediums. Gallery open Wed., Thurs. & Sun.: 11am-6pm, and Fri. & Sat. 11am-8pm. Show runs 11/ 9/16-1/8/17.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 11:00am
"Keep Red in Perspective" Exhibit

 Juried exhibit. Free. Meet the artists at Artist Reception on 11/19, 5-8pm

Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 11:00am
The North Pole Connection

The Lan Mart Building is hosting Santa and invites all to visit him, take photos and enjoy special treats and fun throughout the historic building. See website for times. Free.

Saturday, November 26, 2016 - 4:00pm
City of Lights Driving Tour

Enjoy a self-guided tour of beautifully decorated homes and businesses. List of addresses is available at the Petaluma Visitors Center or click here.




Friday, December 2, 2016 - 6:00pm
All About Sweet Peas!

Glenys Johnson's grandfather let her pick her first bouquet of sweet peas when she was five, and she has loved them ever since. She's spent most of her life growing these delicate and beautiful flowers, and has developed successful methods that produce vibrant, health sweet peas plants. Learn how to grow your own sweet pea patch, and discover new varieties for your garden, as well as the best techniques for success. This event is free and appropriate to all ages. Doors open at 5:45pm.

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 6:00pm
"Slay Bells Ring (Are you listening?)"

The Petaluma Radio Players presents a live radio show at the beautifully restored Hotel Petaluma Goldman Ballroom, featuring four dramas for broadcast on KPCA-FM (103.3). Tickets available at Doors open 7:30pm; Show starts 8pm

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 8:00pm
Petaluma Readers Theatre presents..

TRUMAN CAPOTE’S “A CHRISTMAS MEMORY” WITH “A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES” BY DYLAN THOMAS Two holiday classics from two extraordinary authors. Join us for an evening of warm and wonderful stories that reflect the magic of Christmases past. Dec. 9 & 10; 7pm, doors at 6:30. $12 general, $10 PAC members.

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 7:00pm
PETaluma PET Pals Good Stuff Rummage Sale!

Proceeds from event fund our rescue efforts and spay/neutuer discount program. All donations tax deductible. See website for more details & a list of items not acepted. Donate now & help save lives! Donations gratefully accepted Oct. 29- Dec.5th. Event on Dec. 10 & 11; 9am-5pm

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 9:00am
3rd Annual Fair Trade Gift Festival

Featuring hand made and fairly-traded crafts from artisans in developing nations.  Proceeds directly support the artisans; items include Christmas decorations, home decor items, textiles, musical instruments, baskets, pottery, toys and jewelry. 10am to 2pm. Also opportunity to make a donation to Heifer International, Habitat for Humanity and/or COTS or to honor a family member or friend with these worthwhile organizations.


Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 10:00am
Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale

Hosted by the Petaluma Arts Association. Arts and crafts for holiday giving handmade by the participating artists. Music & face painting. Santa visits 11am-noon each day! Sat. & Sun. 11am-5pm

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 10:00am
The First Annual Mid-Town Holiday Jubilee

Please join the team at Moj San for Roasted Turkey and other holiday delights.  There will be entertainment and live music (we will also have a dance floor, along with tents to protect in case of stormy weather).  Bundle up and be ready to boogie!  Bring a side dish or a tasty treat to share.  If you haven't been to one of our gatherings before, you're sure to be delighted and will have a great time! We appreciate the support given us by our Petaluma Community.  Entertaining in this historic garden center makes for a magical and lovely experience! Combine that with good people and you have a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays. 3-7pm

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 3:00pm
Festival of Christmas

Enjoy Christmas music performed by the Celebration Choir, Casa Grande Concert Choir, Kenilworth Jr. High band, Petaluma Jr. High band, children’s crafts and games, living nativity, tea room, food court and more. 4-8pm; Free.

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 4:00pm
Cinnabar Theaters Music in the Mansion

The Alphabet Players play Vivaldi’s Winter, plus holiday and other wintry early music delights, all on intriguing period instruments. Performed in one of Petaluma’s most stunning Victorian mansions; located at 920 D Street, Petaluma 94952.

Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 4:00pm
Annual Fresh Crab Feed

Join us at Lagunitas Beer Gardens for a delicious culinary adventure that benefits your favorite local theater. Enter the beer garden, step into a heated tent, and enjoy loads of freshly caught Dungeness crab along with cole slaw, pasta salad, bread, and dessert.Wash it down with your favorite Lagunitas beer or a wonderful local wine. (Beverages are not included in the ticket price.) And please support Cinnabar by bidding on a boatload of fun and fantastic prizes.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 6:00pm
Wreath Making Workshop

In this two-hour hands-on workshop, Lennie Larkin will walk us through the steps of making a green seasonal wreath out of local, sustainably farmed greens such as California Bay Laurel and Holly. Lennie will first demonstrate the principles of wreath making and then turn the students loose to make their own masterpiece to take home. Lennie Larkin is a local flower farmer and floral designer who owns and operates B-Side Farm. $40 materials fee per person. 6-8pm



Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 6:00pm
Gingerbread House Showcase & Competition

A three-day holiday event for the whole community, featuring a gingerbread house showcase and competition. Enter your gingerbread creation for a chance to win! Showcase opens on Friday, festivities wrap on Sunday with a big bash (time TBA) Free.

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 10:00am
Holiday Rejuvenation Break at Soft Shell

Take a rejuvenation break during the stressful holiday frenzy. Indulge with Specials like Aromatherapy Massage or Mini-Botanical Facial Cleansing. Browse our local goods & unique gifts while sipping spiced cider, hot chocolate, and nibbling on yummy baked goods. 9am -7:30pm.

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 10:00am
The Nutcracker

The 30th anniversary of Petaluma School of Ballet's wonderful holiday production.  This full-length holiday ballet has over 90 cast members from communities in Sonoma County.  Performances will be held at Evert B. Person Theater on the Sonoma State University campus.

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 7:00pm
Kids' Christmas Saturday

Free event for kids ages 4-12 featuring songs, craft and stories. Register by calling 762-5386. 9:30am-1pm

Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 1:15pm
Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

Watch a flotilla of illuminated boats make a dramatic arrival at the Petaluma River Turning Basin. Festive vessels sail from the Petaluma Marina at 5:30pm and arrives in the Turning Basin at approximately 6pm. Downtown businesses stay open late for strolling holiday shoppers. Girl Scout Troup 10535 will be selling treats, hot chocolate & warm spiced cider as a fundraiser. Kenilworth Junior High Band will perform outside Taps.

Saturday, December 17, 2016 - 6:00pm
Santa is Coming to the Farmers' Market

Come meet Santa Claus at the Eastside Farmers Market! He will be handing out candy canes while taking photos with the children. Free. 11am-12:30pm;

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 11:00am
Chanuka at the River

Join us for the second annual Grand Menorah Lighting at the Petaluma River! Mega-Nine-Foot Menorah; Greetings by Assemblymember Marc Levine; Spectacular Light-up & Fire Juggling and magic performance by Award Winning Dan Chan!; Latkes, Donuts, and Chocolate "gelt"; Chanukah Craft, Music, Grand Raffle; Special Chanukah Giveaway for first 50 Kids! RSVPs appreciated. 5-6:30p

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 5:00pm
8th Annual New Years Eve Gala Concert

Join us for our 8th Annual New Years’ Eve Gala concert, presented by Sky Hill Cultural Alliance and the Petaluma Museum Association, as we kick off the New Year! This year’s concert will feature Beethoven's Piano Trio in C minor (Op. 1, No. 3) and Tchaikovsky's String Sextet in D minor, "Souvenir de Florence" (Op. 70). Sky Hill Cultural Alliance presents premium concert programs throughout the San Francisco North Bay, encompassing baroque, classical, and romantic repertoire. Founded in 1985 by Elizabeth Walter, Sky Hill strives to bring superior quality classical music to the local community. Call or see website for tickets.

Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 7:00pm
The Rivertown Ball

San Francisco’s pioneering psychedelic soul band Monophonics will be joined by Point Reyes Station’s genre-defying possessed pop group El Radio Fantastique and Sonoma County’s own ragtag purveyors of old time party music, Oddjob Ensemble. In true Rivertown Revival fashion the evening will be bolstered by a wide variety of artistic creations and daring libations as your vaudevillian spectacular host, Tobias the Mystic Man, performs magic and circus acts to delight patrons at every level of sobriety! Benefit for Friends of the Petaluma River.

Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 8:00pm
A Magical New Year's Eve Ball

A magical New Year’s Eve in Vienna! Buffet style gourmet dinner with many traditional Viennese dishes & desserts. Enjoy listening and dancing to Strauss Waltzes with live orchestra ‘til midnight! Fine wines & champagne toast celebrate the New Year! Benefits Sky Hill Cultural Alliance – bringing high quality classical music to our community. 8:30pm $150.

Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 8:30pm
Cinnabar Theater presents "Red Hot Mama"

RED HOT MAMA – The Sophie Tucker Story is the story of the first lady of show business, the “Last of the Red Hot Mamas”, whose remarkable career spanned sixty years.  It contains the music and history of burlesque, vaudeville, Broadway, and Las Vegas in a critically acclaimed one-woman musical biography of the entertainment legend, written by and starring Sharon McNight, and featuring over two dozen songs made famous by Tucker, including composers Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Henderson, DeSylva, & Brown, and her 1928 million record seller, Jack Yellen’s “My Yiddishe Mama”.

Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 9:00pm
New Year’s Eve at Cinnabar

Ring in 2017 in a 1920’s Speakeasy cabaret celebrating the passionate and profound music of Sophie Tucker, performed by Tony nominee, Sharon McNight. Come dressed in your favorite 1920’s costume; Prizes for best costumes. Enjoy delectable desserts and fine wine before the show, with party favors and champagne at midnight! Tickets are $60 for youth and $70 for adults.

Saturday, December 31, 2016 - 9:00pm
LumaCon! 2017 Comic Convention for Youth

Meet well-known artists, illustrators, and writers of comic books and graphic novels, and gives local youth artists the chance to display and sell their artwork alongside the professionals. Children’s crafts, Live Action Role Play (LARP), a “Magic the Gathering” tournament, and a cosplay (costume) competition, and vendors will offer books, comics and food for sale. LumaCon! is brought to you by the Petaluma Regional Library, the Petaluma High School Library, and the Casa Grande High School Library.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 10:00am
"The Envelope, Please" Oscar Night Gala

Get your glamour on or come incognito. Bring your entourage to the 2nd Annual Oscar Night Gala presented by Petaluma Community Access to raise funds and support for KPCA 103.3 FM, Petaluma's new community radio station. Walk the red carpet; Watch the Oscars on the big screen; Share the thrill as each envelope is opened! Visit website for more information. (Black tie optional) 4-10pm

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 4:00pm