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., 11/26/2014

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Description Date of Event
After Thanksgiving Weekend Sale

Enjoy exceptional savings at the After Thanksgiving Weekend Sale. Stores open by midnight Thanksgiving evening, some as early as 6pm on Thanksgiving.

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 6:00pm
Turkey Relays & Potluck Mixer

If you canoe, kayak, row or SUP, you should enter this fun event. For just $10 and a potluck dish to share, you can enter the Turkey Relays and Potluck Mixer on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Hosted by Petaluma Small Craft Center and the River Town Racers, this event helps build community through boating. You can even borrow a boat from Clavey Paddlesports or North Bay Rowing Club! Any and all solo watercraft are welcome. Try out for the Water (Wo)man category too! Join us on the water, and afterwards, on land for a yummy meal. Burn calories and make friends.

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 8:45am
The North Pole Connection

Bring the family to visit Santa, take photos and enjoy special treats and fun throughout the historic building. See website and sponsoring stores for times. Free.

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 10:00am
Santa's Riverboat Arrival

Enjoy live entertainment while waiting for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive by tug about noon. Stay for photos and Christmas wishes.

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 11:30am
Holiday Time at the Outlets

Spirit of 29 - Jazz Band and Strolling Santa from 12-2pm

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 12:00pm
The Nutcracker 2014

Petaluma’s North Bay Performing Arts Association and Contessi Ballet present “Nutcracker 2014.”  Thanksgiving weekend, November 29, 7 p.m. and November 30, 2 p.m. at Spreckels Performing Arts Center.  Staged and choreographed by Marcella Contessi Smith.  Come watch the students of Petaluma’s North Bay Performing Arts Center – Contessi Ballet showcase their talents in this holiday favorite.Tickets can be purchased at the Spreckels Box Office.  For additional information call 707-338-1013.

Saturday, November 29, 2014 - 7:00pm

Treat yourself to a holiday outing at this traditional German Christkindlmarkt featuring crafts, food, music, and entertainment from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. 10am to 4pm

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 9:45am
Sunrise Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair

Handmade crafts, local vendors, art work, jewelry, gourmet treats and more! 10am to 3pm. Open to the public. Free admission and parking.

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 10:00am
Strolling Santa at Petaluma Village Premium Outlets

Santa will be strolling the mall, greeting good little girls & boys from Noon to 2pm

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 12:00pm
City of Lights Driving Tour

Enjoy a self-guided tour of beautifully decorated homes and businesses. Maps available at the Petaluma Visitors Center or online.

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 6:00pm
The Nutcracker

Petaluma City Ballet & Petaluma School of Ballet; Full-length performance of this holiday classic, a Sonoma County holiday tradition for 28 years. Fri. at 7:30pm; Sat. at 1:30pm and 6:30pm; Sun. at 1:30pm. Tickets $15-27. For info or tickets, call 765-2660 and/or

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 3:00pm

 The Proxhibition is an art show featuring local artists with the theme of Speakeasy’s, Prohibition and Bootlegging. A series of small etchings and screenprints too! Dec. 5th is Repeal Day.  6-10pm. Free. 347-9009

Friday, December 5, 2014 - 6:00pm
Light Up a Life Tree Lighting
Now in its 30th year in Sonoma County, this evening includes community tree lighting, music, inspiration and remembrance during the holiday season. Thousands of bright lights will shine to symbolize the lives, hopes and dreams of our community. With a $10 donation to Hospice, a light can be dedicated in memory or honor of a loved one. Hospice will also send an acknowledgment card to your family and friends sharing your gift of light. Contact Hospice of Petaluma at 707.778.6242 to name a light or for additional event details.


Friday, December 5, 2014 - 7:00pm
Fair Trade Gift Festival

A Christmas gift sale featuring hand made and fairly traded crafts from artisans in developing nations.  Proceeds of the sale directly support artisans; items for sale include Christmas decorations, textiles, musical instruments, baskets, pottery, toys and jewelry. Additionally there will be an opportunity to honor loved ones while supporting the work of organizations working around the world to lift people out of poverty, including Heifer International and Doctors Without Borders, and locally, COTS and the Petaluma Food Pantry.


Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 10:00am
Holiday Open House & Customer Appreciation Party

Hot cider and holiday sweet, with a special sale for party attendees. Martini & Bubble Bar 6-8pm:Drawing for prizes every hour 6-8pm. Fill out a wish list as you enjoy the holiday festivals, and may all your holiday wishes come true! 10am-8pm Call or check website for more information.



Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 10:00am
Holiday Open House & Proxhibition Art Show

Open House for our new storefront & gallery. Shop for maps, antique maps, geographic art, clothing and more! Also having Open Studio with other artists. 10am-6pm. Free.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 10:00am
Holidays at the Outlets

Liberty School Choir will perform 10:30-11:30am; Strolling Santa from 3-5pm

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 10:30am
Downtown Merchants' Holiday Open House

"From Petaluma With Love" Downtown merchants host the annual Holiday Open House; 11am-5pm. Fun and festivities including carolers, horse and carriage rides, face painting, hot cider and much more! See website for participating merchants.


Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 11:00am
Holiday Craft Fair at Springfield Place

Shop for jewelry, handmade arts & crafts, tasty homemade treats and a white elephant table to benefit honeybees! 9am to 2pm Free to public.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 2:15pm
Festival of Christmas

 Enjoy Christman music preformed by the Celebration Choir, Casa Grande Concert Choir & Kenilworth Junior High Jazz Band, children's games, living nativity, tea room, food court and more. 4-8pm Call or visit website for more information.

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 4:00pm
Holiday Events at the Outlets

Petaluma Pete will perform Noon to 2pm; River Montessori School Choir to perform 2-3pm; Strolling Santa delights children from 3-5pm

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 12:00pm
The Festival Consort presents "Renaissance Glory" Concert

     When the Festival Consort says they play old music -- we’re not talking about the 1950’s.  We’re talking about the 1400’s and 1500’s -- the medieval and renaissance periods. Not only does the Festival Consort bring works from this ancient time back to life, they perform on authentic replicas of instruments used in those days -- recorders, shawms, crumhorns, schreyerpfeiffen, sackbut, renaissance guitar, and curtal. 3pm; $20 at the door or through See website for more details.

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 3:00pm
Wings of Glory Christmas Concert

Wings of Glory Gospel Choir will perform holiday favorites and more at this festive concert. Free. Donations graciously accepted.

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 7:00pm
Holiday Open House & Proxhibition Art Show

Open House for our new storefront & gallery. Shop for maps, antique maps, geographic art, clothing and more! Also having Open Studio with other artists. 10am-6pm. Free.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 10:00am
Holidays at the Outlets

Casa Grande High School Acapella Group to perform from noon to 1pm; Strolling Santa will delight kids from 3-5pm

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 12:00pm
Second Saturday Holiday Art Walk

* Refreshments * Holiday Specials * 5-8pm



Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 5:00pm
Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

A flotilla of illuminated boats makes a dramatic arrival at the Petaluma River Turning Basin. Vessels sail from the Petaluma Marina at 6pm and arrive in the Turning Basin at approximately 6:30pm

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 6:00pm
A Chanticleer Christmas

A Chanticleer Christmas is Chanticleer’s beloved offering, a favorite with audiences and critics alike. The warmth and profundity of A Chanticleer Christmas are revealed in a telling of the Christmas story in Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, traditional carols, Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria” (Chanticleer’s most requested Christmas selection) and Chanticleer’s traditional medley of spirituals.

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 9:45am
Santa Lucia Festival and Dinner

* Swedish smorgasbord Dinner (served from 5PM to 5.30PM) * Swedish Holiday Beverage * Santa Lucia Pageant * Santa arrives * Jul Bazaar * Dancing around the Christmas Tree. Cost - Non Members $ 25.00  Members $ 20.00 Children (6-14) $ 7.00 under 5 yrs. Free. Important: Bring a small wrapped gift for Santa to give to your child. Name clearly written on package and leave at registration table. RSVP and payment due by Dec. 8th.  Call Don Christensen at 707-545-2241 as to where to mail. RSVP required for admission!

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 11:30am
Holidays at the Outlets

Petaluma Pete, pianist extraordinaire, performs from noon to 2pm; Strolling Santa to delight the children from 3-5pm;

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 3:00pm