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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The 2nd Annual ProXhibition - An Art Show Celebrating Repeal Day

An amazing Prohibition themed art show featuring these wonderful local artists: Gary Paintin', Jonny Hirschmugl, Julia Rigby, Justin Ringlein, Maxfield Bala, Meg Regelous, Ryan Taylor, Sam Gerhard & Will Elias. Such a rich history and right in the heart of Downtown Petaluma! Closing Reception on Jan. 14th.

Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 11:00am
"Photoshopped or Not"? Winter Show

Riverfront Art Gallery’s Winter Show  features Gallery co-owner, photographer, Lance Kuehne. Kuehne’s body of work concentrates on magnificent and vibrant local landscapes.  None of the images in this featured show have been previously shown in the gallery. Show opening and Art Walk reception is Saturday, January 14 from 5:00 to 9:00 with young musician Anya Irvin playing jazz-influenced guitar.  Meet Lance, and the other thirty plus fine artisans of many mediums.  Enjoy Sonoma County wines and tasty edibles.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 11:00am
Discovered: Emerging Visual Artists in Sonoma County

Exhibition Dates: Jan. 24 - March 18; Opening Reception on January 21st at 5pm. For event workshop information & registration, visit the events & education pages on website. Funding for this program is generously provided by the Artist Awards Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Sonoma County.

Saturday, January 21, 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, February 8, 2017 - 6:00pm
Future Masters Art Exhibit

Gallery One and Riverfront Gallery host local high school students art. Artist Reception on Feb. 26, 4-6pm.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 11:00am
Petaluma Regional Library February Book Sale

Children's Sale Days:  Fri. (2/24), 10am-5pm & Sat. (2/25), 10am-3pm, half price all day; General Sale Days: Wed. (3/1), 4-8pm, Thurs. & Fri. (3/2 & 3), l0am–5pm; Sat. (3/4) 10am-1:50pm half price; 2-4pm Bag sale ($2.00 per bag). New Books Added Daily thru Friday. Also Special Better Books - Wed. thru Sat.

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 10:00am
Fred Wiseman, Petaluma's Aviation Pioneer

The Petalumans of Yesteryear share the story, first-hand, of Fred Wiseman's historic air mail flight from Petaluma to Santa Rosa. See website for details. 2-3pm

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 2:00pm
VFW Dinner Annual Fundraiser

VFW Auxiliary Post 1929 hosts. Tri-Tip dinner catered by Chef Reynolds. The God Ole Boys western band to perform. Raffles. $15. For tickets call 3186826. Bar opens at 4pm; Dinner starts at 5pm;

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 4:00pm
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, February 25, 2017 - 5:00pm
"Come Together" PHS Music Boosters Fundraiser

Live music by The Dictator-Tots and the Petaluma High Jazz Combo, Dining, Drinks & Silent Auction. Proceeds benefit the Music Program at Petaluma High including instrumental and choral programs. 6-10:30pm

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 6:00pm
"Broadway Bash" Talent Showcase & Fundraiser

A grown-up evening in support of Cinnabar Theater's Young Repertory. Heavy Hors d'oeuvres, champagne, wine & beer. Broadway themed auction. New performances by Young Rep & staff. See website for more details. 6pm

Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 6:00pm
All About Bats! Kids Version

Join Corky Quirk from NorCalBats Rescue & Education for an an afternoon of information about bats. You'll have the opportunity to see 3 species of Northern California bats up close and personal, and learn about the important contribution to the environment these valuable mammals make. Corky uses a projection system so that everyone can easily see the bats up close! Corky's talk in October was so well attended that we are repeating it: this talk is specifically geared towards kids, and will be held in the downstairs classroom. Another talk, geared toward an adult audience, will be held in March. 1-3pm

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 1:00pm
"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

Sunday, February 26, 2017 - 4:00pm
Mardi Gras Street Parade & Dance Party

Street Parade gathers at Putnam Plaza 5:30pm; Big Easy Dance Party follows at 7pm

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 5:30pm
100 Sonoma People Who Care Give-away Event

The "100 Sonoma County People Who Care" group has announced the finalists for the $10,000 prize that will go to a local non-profit. Mike Harris will be the MC of the festivities that evening. Each attendee brings $100 to help determine which one of the deserving five finalists (Mentor Me, PEP Housing, Petaluma Animal Services Foundation, Petaluma Arts Center, United Anglers of Casa Grande) will receive the $10,000 prize. Once brief presentations are made by the non-profits, attendees will cast their votes for the winner. There will be food, wine and good times had by all, so please join us in this worthwhile cause!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 6:00pm
"Spring Flowers Start With Seeds!" Seed Sowing Class

When it comes to planning the home garden, many people are intimidated by the process of starting seeds indoors. Lennie Larkin of B-Side Farm & Floral Design is here to demystify the process and teach us all the ins and outs of starting seeds at home - whether in a backyard greenhouse or simply on the windowsill. We'll cover sowing dates, different methods for different types of seeds, tips for especially tricky seeds, and provide handouts to guide you through caring for your transplants as they grow. All materials are provided - all you need is an excitement to learn, and a garden, window-box, or large pots at home for eventually transplanting your new plant starts. Materials fee of $30 payable to instructor at beginning of class. Limited seating available, RSVP to The Seed Bank. 6-8pm

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 6:00pm
Good Fungus, Happy Plants! Presentation

There are amazing beneficial fungi that promote the healthiest roots of native and ornamental plants. Nearly all plants, especially trees, need this symbiotic relationship for superior growth. Robert Kourik, local roots expert, will explain what the relationship is (called mycorrhizal association), where in the roots it happens, how to promote it, how it increases yields and whether-or-not purchased inoculants are needed. Free. 6-8pm

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 12:15pm
March Cheesemaker Gala

The cheesemakers will be Marin French Cheese Co., Achadinha, and the new Moonside creamery - everything from gooey bries to extra aged goat, raw milk deliciousness, stinky to seductive. Participants will have the opportunity to walk around and taste cheeses from all three creameries, and talk with the cheesemakers about what they are tasting. Leslie Goodrich, owner of Lala's urban farmstand, will also be serving tastes of her delicious artisanal jams. Everything tasted (wine/cheese/jam/salami) will be available for sale. Ticket price ($35) includes two glasses of our wine, as many tastes of the different cheeses as you like, tastings of Lala's jams, and accompanying breads/salumi. Limited seating in tasting room, but plenty of seating in adjoining lobby of hotela. This is a pre-sold ticketed event. 6-8pm

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 6:00pm
Making your own Herbal & Floral Hydrosols at Home

Join us as we explore the many uses for garden flowers and plants, creating home medicine and cosmetics and adding unique aromatics to your food preparations. We’ll dive deep into the world of hydrosols, pure plant distillates that have a wide variety of uses in culinary, medicinal and cosmetic applications. They even work with mood and emotions, calming the mind and soothing fatigue. Participants will take home: a 4 oz. bottle of freshly made hydrosol; a custom made, hydrosol-based, facial mask and a hand-out detailing the process and recipes. 1-5:30pm

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 1:00pm
Sonoma County Restaurant Week

The 8th annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week continues the tradition of celebrating the finest Sonoma County food. From March 6-12, participating restaurants will present fantastic food at fantastic prices. There are no tickets or passes required. Food lovers can enjoy dining at as many participating restaurants as they would like to explore, or enjoy old favorites. See website for participating restaurants.

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 6:00am
Spring Invitational

Featured artists:  Diana Bradley- Belvedere; Bernard Healey-Mill Valley; Isis Hockenoss- San Francisco; Donna McGinnis- Petaluma; Alan Plisskin – San Rafael; Artist Reception on March 11, 5-7pm

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 11:00am
PAA's Spring Art Show

In honor of Petaluma Art Association's 60th anniversary, they are showcasing the art of 25+ year members.  Opening Reception on Thursday, March 9, 5:30-7:30pm. Meet the artists and enjoy refreshments provided by PAA and the Friends of the Library.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 10:00am
Stony Point Whiskey Launch Party

Come celebrate the launch of our first whiskey and newest spirit: Stony Point Whiskey! Join us for complimentary tastings, live music by Royal Jelly Jive, food by Faron's New Orleans style BBQ + food trucks and good times. Free. Must be 21 or over to attend. 12-6pm

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 12:00pm
2017 Good, Wine & Craft Beer Festival

Hosted by the Petaluma Host Lions Club. Includes all-you-can-eat samplings from over 30 local restaurants and caterers. Benefits Project Graduation, as well as other Petaluma Charities. $40 at the door or through your favorite Lions Club member. 6-8:30pm

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 6:00pm
Pints for Paws!

Come to the only fundraiser where you can drink famous Lagunitas beer to save the lives of orphaned baby wild animals. Listen to the fun and funky music of "Unbalanced." Eat chips and salsa from Nopalito, or buy their fabulous tacos. Win fabulous prizes at our silent raffle. One great party, all for the love of wildlife. Admission $15 Adults, $5 kids, tickets available at Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue in advance, online or at the door.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 5:30pm
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
Celtic Evensong

Join Kayleen Asbo 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. Requested donation of $20 per person supports the musicians and singers. 5pm

Repeats every month on February, March, April on the third Sunday 3 times .
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 5:00pm, Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 5:00pm, Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 5:00pm
Butter & Egg Days Button Launch Fundraiser Event

Enjoy a fun night of dinner, dessert, dancing to live music, raffles and more! Lombardi's will be catering our delicious dinner. 5:30-8:30pm. Advanced tickets can be purchased on Brown Paper Tickets and at the Petaluma Visitor Center at 210 Lakeville Street, 7 days a week from 10am-4pm.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 5:30pm
11th Annual Artisan Cheese Festival

Celebrate, explore and learn all about hand-crafted cheeses, wines, beers and artisan foods. Tickets available on website.

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 8:30am
The Odd Couple

Neil Simon's Tony-winning classic comedy. See website for details & ticket information.

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 8:00pm