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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Description Date of Event
Juried Photography Show

48 photographers will show their work along with member artists.  Artist Reception on Sat., March 12, 5-9pm with Folk Americana music by Los Gu’Achis,  Sonoma County wines and delicious edibles.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 11:00am
Out of the Box - Idea Lounge at Lagunitas

Petaluma Arts Center presents Out of the Box - The Idea Lounge at Lagunitas - The Intersection of Art and Life - Two speakers and audience participation. 3/17; 4/21; 5/19; 6/16; 7/ 21; 8/18; (3rd Thursday of Month)  6:30-8:00pm. Tickets and info on website.

Thursday, March 17, 2016 - 6:30pm
"Floresta" Exhibit by Chelsea Rogoff

“Floresta” is a solo show by the artist Chelsea Rogoff, aka Robot. The series of paintings revel in the remnants of world exploration. The works were created upon the artist’s return from Brazil, with the exception of To Trace; Move Through Space, a live drawingevocative of organisms accumulating foreign instincts to evolve and adapt through space. “Floresta” encourages subjective interpretation. Rogoff lets the work unfold before her, shadows from tropical forest studies, molecular sketches of evolution, or the viewer’s own dream. In her solo show Rogoff imprints with subtlety, saying “If it were not cryptic there would be nothing left to discover.”

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 11:00am
"The 1906 Earthquake" Exhibit

Exhibit will showcase the San Francisco earthquake and it's impact on Sonoma Counting. A private postcard collection highlighting the earthquake will also be on display. 4/8-5/8. Opening Reception April 10th at 3pm with Historian Skip Sommer speaking on "Petaluma and the Great 1906 Earthquake."

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 11:00am
"In Absentia" The Lost Work of J. Jacknowitz and D. Sullivan

Not long ago, the question was asked 'what if one artist started a painting and the other finished it ?' Jiri Jacknowitz and Dave Sullivan have taken this challenge to places deep within the collective psyche.  Places that neither had a map to get to nor directions on how to get out of it. These are the results.

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - 10:00am
West Side Stories

Five minute true stories, told live, on stage, without notes. Different topic each event. First Wednesday of the month. Doors open at 7pm; Stories at 7:30pm; Tickets at

Repeats every month on March, April, May on the first Wednesday 3 times .
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 7:30pm, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 7:30pm, Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 7:30pm
Spring Wellness and Yoga at McEvoy Ranch

Over Mother’s Day weekend, the Ranch will host a spring wellness event celebrating beauty in all its forms. Beginning with a 75-minute yoga class, guests will connect body and breath, before relaxing over sips of the Ranch’s newly-released 2015 Rosebud Rosé and garden bites. Next, guests will stroll the fragrant gardens, discovering the inspiration behind the newest scent from 80 Acres body care, Bohemian Rose, and learn the myriad benefits of essential oils. Finally, guests will gather in the Chinese Pavilion for a DIY workshop with Aromatherapy expert Alice Encinas and create their own essential oil hydrosol to take home. 9am-12pm | $85/pp

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 9:00am
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 7, 2016 - 9:45am
4th Annual Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo Presented by Bici Sport

Presented by Bici Sport. Fun for the entire family! This event raises money for children with life-threatening illnesses. A Kids Helping Kids event. Sign-up opens February 1st. Presented by Bici Sport


Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 10:00am
Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off, Salsa & Beer Tasting

19th Annual Chili Cook-Off benefits Cinnabar Theater Young Repertory Company. Sample different kinds of chili and salsa made by the best chili and salsa chefs in the Bay Area. Rain or shine. Bring the family to the fairgrounds for live bands and fabulous food. See website for details.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 1:00pm
Montessori Creator Faire

Open to the community with proceeds benefiting the River Montessori Foundation, which supports our nonprofit public charter school. This hands-on exploration of art and science is designed for all ages, and features things to explore, to watch, to make, to take home, and even to take apart! Creator stations hosted by students, parents, and local community members will include: projector murals, cork boats, pendulum painting, paper rockets, oobleck, a Lego table, piano art, piano "dissection," wool spinning, an electronics "pick-apart," and a 3D printer demonstration, as well as special projects from Young Performers International, Studio 4 Art, and BotBash Parties. There will also be a baby/toddler exploration rug area, and snacks for sale. Tickets available for $5 per person/$20 per family at Tickets at the door for $6 per person/$25 per family.

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 1:00pm
Petaluma Regional Library Spring Book Sale

Children's Sale Days:  Fri., May 13, 10am-5pm & Sat., May 14, 10am-3pm, half price all day.  General Sale Days: Wed., May 18 - 4-8pm; Thurs. & Fri., May 19 & 20, l0am-5pm; Sat., May  21, 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, May 13, 2016 - 10:00am
3rd Annual Petaluma Open Studios

Petaluma's fine artists of all types open their studios to the public for this weekend. Various locations.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 10:00am
The Zeitgeist Exhibition

 Regional Juried Competition - Exhibition runs May 14 to July 10. Designed by Katherine Plank. Artist Reception on Saturday, May 14; See website for details.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 11:00am
Petaluma Adobe Living History Day

Family fun as the 1840's Mexican California era comes to life outside the two story adobe walls of a rancho headquarters. Meet the vaqueros, traders, cooks, crafts men & women, and others who lived in Old California. Experience the activity and color of living history volunteers adorned in beautiful authentic clothing demonstrate old crafts and present entertaining historical skits that reveal the stories of the past. Have fun learning basket weaving and candle making techniques. Bring a picnic lunch, spread a blanket, relax aqnd enjoy the spring vista and glimpse into another time. $3 Adults; $2 Children (6 to 16); 5 & under free.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 11:00am
Golden Gate Labrador Rescue Adoption Day

The Labradors are Coming! Noon to 3pm. To learn more contact Petaluma Pet Company or visit the GGLR website at Noon to 3pm

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 12:00pm
Jura Margulis Piano Concert

Piano virtuoso Jura Margulis will perform works by Robert Schumann, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Nikolai Medtner, and Mily Balakirev. Margulis has been internationally recognized for his compellingly communicative and emotional performances, as well as for the range of his tonal palette and his consummate virtuosity. Enjoy complimentary wine & cheese. See website for details and reservations.

Saturday, May 14, 2016 - 8:00pm
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.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 10:00am
Writers Forum with Mary C. Moore

How to query a literary agent and what a literary agent can do for an author’s career. Mary C. Moore has been with Kimberley Cameron since 2012. Mary specializes in science fiction and fantasy, although she does appreciate a wide breadth of the literary canon. She graduated from Mills College, Oakland with an MFA in Creative Writing and English and after freelancing for two years as an editor and writer in non-literary sectors, she began an internship with Kimberley Cameron & Associates and found she loved working as a literary agent as much as she loved writing. $15 at the door. 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 6:00pm
Salute to American Graffiti Cruise-In and Kick-Off Party

Classic Car Cruise-In and Kick Off Party for Salute to American Graffiti Car Show. No registration fee. Cruise-In and cruise-out at your leisure. Music, booths, movie stars and lots of fun.  Free of charge for cars and spectators. 4pm - 8pm.  The Plaza North Shopping Center - home of Kmart and CVS. Near the corner of East Washington Street and North McDowell Blvd.

Friday, May 20, 2016 - 4:00pm
Dunham PTO's Tri-Tip & BBQ Fundraiser

Due to the iffy crab season, our event will take a ‘non-crabby’ approach this year, serving a BBQ Tri-Tip and Chicken dinner with all the fixins’,  delicious desserts & no-host bar.  Silent auction with special items being auctioned live! 100% of the proceeds go towards our enrichment programs such as Garden, Drama, and PE! Tickets, Adults only-$35 via paypal.

Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 5:30pm
Down Home Day at Artful Arrangements

Celebrate with live music by the Spyralites, working homestead tours, country contests and games, BBQ & refresments and much more! 10am-4pm

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 10:00am
16th Annual Mother-Daughter Tea

A treasured Girl Scout tradition spanning 1-1/2 decades now open to the community! Enjoy the pleasure of afternoon tea and the companionship between mother-daughter, guardian, grandmother, aunt, or  other female family member. A relaxing and delightful  afternoon is planned. See website for details.PEP

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 12:30pm
2nd Annual Sonoma Home Brewers Competition

Taste over 50 Home Brewers Craft Brews! You be the judge - public votes on favorite home brews. Delight in beer & cheese pairings from award winning local cheesee makers and local Petaluma craft brews. Live music, food trucks, picnic area, beer games, beer swag and so much more. See website for details.

Saturday, May 28, 2016 - 11:00am
Tony Redhouse in Concert

Native American musician Tony Redhouse performs. PMA fundraiser. See website for details and ticket information. 7:30pm

Friday, June 3, 2016 - 11:30am
An Evening with Jackie Greene, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers plus special guests

The Blue Rose Foundation presents an evening with Jackie Greene, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers plus special guests Nicole Atkins, Jason Crosby and Elliott Peck. Doors open at 7:00pm. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. Tickets for this sure-to –sell-out show are available through 100% of proceeds will go to the Blue Rose Foundation which helps raise educational funds for children in need in Sonoma County.

Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 8:00pm
Annual Ribs For Kids Cook-Off

Following the success of our inaugural Ribs for Kids competition, we are excited to announce that this years event will be bigger, and even better, with more competitors, eats and entertainment for the whole family! Adults (21+): $30 presale, $35 at the door (includes 8 food tickets, 1 beer/wine ticket); Ages 13-20: $20 presale, $25 at door (includes 6 food tickets, 1 beverage ticket); Ages 12 and under: FREE!

Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 11:30am
Annual Bell-Ringing Ceremony

10:30am on the front steps. Hear the story of JFKs Bell-ringing Proclamation, the Putnam Family, the Korbel Bell and how it became an artifact of the Museum. Everyone rings the bell at 11 am & adjourns to the garden court for homemade cookies and lemonade.

Monday, July 4, 2016 - 10:30am
15th Annual Art & Garden Festival

Visit over 100 booths of artists, gardeners and hand-crafted items in Historic Downtown; chalk art contest, Live bands/music on two stages, local food, beer and wine tasting at this family-friendly event from 11 am to 5 pm

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 11:00am
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