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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Writers Forum "The Evolution of a Story"

Writers Forum founder Marlene Cullen welcomes writers to a presentation by Teri Sloat on The Evolution of a Story: Allowing it to go through many forms.  Free. 6:30-8:30 pm.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 6:30pm
All Hallow's Art Fest

Halloween Folk Art Society presents All Hallow’s Art Fest!  This juried Halloween Art show was created for those who have a passion for all things Halloween. Continuing the annual tradition in Petaluma, the show offers the highest quality in Halloween Art & Collectibles. Over 31 artists selling their one-of-a kind creations in a variety of mediums. A perfect way to start off the fall season and get inspired for Halloween! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Blog under All Hallow’s Art Fest for show tips, sneak peaks, and a chance to win tickets! $5 at door. 9am-3pm

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 9:00am
Circle Singing at Moj San

Circle Singing events hosted by Linda Stonestreet, invites people of all ages and singing abilities to come together in an impromptu vocal exercise that ultimately leads to joy and an uplifted spirit. Circle Singing requires no experience, no training and no preparation. It only requires presence and willingness to join in the fun.  There is no sheet music, no words to follow, and we only need 9 or more to begin and can accommodate groups up to 50! Suggested donations of $10-$20 for participation in event provides funding for the movement and production of monthly events in the Sonoma County area. Potluck lunch to follow. Meets again Oct. 28th. 11:00am-12:30pm


Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 11:00am
"Earth Walker" Exhibit

A solo show by Wyatt Hersey on display from Sept. 23 to Oct. 14. This show is a meditation on what it means to belong on the Planet Earth, to be a two legged creature of ancient mold, and modern mind. With humor and colorful celebration, the artist hopes to inspire positivity in the face of daunting ecological and societal circumstances. Artist Reception on Sat.,  Sept. 23 from 7-9pm.

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 11:00am
Annual Fall Antique Faire

Shop for a variety of affordable treasures from over 180 vendors in Historic Downtown. Petaluma’s historic charm make it the perfect backdrop for the 30th Annual Petaluma Fall Antique Faire.  Spanning Fourth & Kentucky Streets between B and Washington Streets, this day long celebration of all things antique takes place from 8am-4pm.

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 8:00am
Community Emergency Preparedness

Hosted by the Boy Scouts of America. Guests include: Petaluma Mayor David Glass, City Council members, Petaluma Police & Fire Depts., FEMA, Dept. of Homeland Security, Red Cross, US Coast Guard, Sonoma Co. Sheriff's Office, CHP and more! Free hands-on demos on CPR, emergency survival camping, survival preparedness equipement & more. Free emergency gift to the first 100 families. 11am-3pm

Sunday, September 24, 2017 - 11:00am
River Rocks Lagunitas

Come {square} dance the night away at this family-friendly event which is open to the public. Each ticket includes a catered dinner from local favorite Lombardi's Gourmet Deli and BBQ and live music -- including square dancing! -- from the Evie Ladin Band. There will also be a silent auction that you can bid on from your computer or phone through BiddingForGood starting on Tuesday, September 19, all the way up through 7:30 p.m. the evening of the event. Lagunitas generously donates 100% of all beer sales to the River Montessori Foundation (RMF).  Advance tickets available. ($40 VIP with preferred seating, $25 adults, $15 kids ages 4-14, free for 0-3).

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 5:30pm
Altar-Making Workshop

The monthlong El Dia de Los Muertos Petaluma celebration, themed “Amor Sin Fronteras,” opens with an altar-making workshop. Join the Quintas family from Oaxaca to learn to create a traditional altar and paper flowers.

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 12:30pm
Wine County Rowing Classic Regatta

This annual event brings rowing crews from across the country, and includes rowers at all levels:  Junior, Collegiate, Novice, Masters, Elite and Adaptive, and in boats ranging in size from singles to 8's.  All boats launch from the Baywood Marina.  The crews row to the start of the race (near Gillardi's) and race 5K back towards the Marina.  This is the largest event of it's kind on our river, and we welcome all who are interested. The best place for viewing this race is at Shollenberger Park. There is no charge for spectators.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 6:00am
Lakeville Vol. Fire Dept. Annual Pancake Breakfast

Come join us at our Annual Pancake Breakfast at the Petaluma Elks Lodge. Have pancakes, eggs, ham, orange juice, milk, and coffee with our firefighters! You can also see and hop in our fire engines and equipment that will be on display outside. We will also have a silent auction and raffle items. Tickets sold at door. $10 Adult, $5 Kids 4-10 years old, and 3 and under are free. 8-11:30am

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 8:00am
Fall Open House and Sale

See the changes at Garden Valley Ranch! Enjoy music, activities and gardens. Bring a picnic and a blanket!  Scheduled tours also available!  25% off all potted roses and more! Fall is a great time to plant new roses in California!  10am–4pm

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 10:00am
Oktoberfest at Brewsters

Join Brewsters in celebrating Oktoberfest with a live Polka band, delicious traditional Bavarian foods, and of course cold German beer! All day, from 11am to close. Free Admission. Costumes enthusiastically encouraged!

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 11:00am
Free Music in the Garden

Join Moj San for a free Music in the Garden Series concert with West of Malarkey trio. Listen to music from around the world. From old time and Irish, waltzes and airs, jigs and reels, songs and stories that span the 1800’s to the present. 2pm

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 2:00pm
El Dia de Los Muertos Opening Ceremony

The month-long El Dia de Los Muertos Petaluma celebration opens with music, dance and a health fair. 11am-3pm.

Sunday, October 1, 2017 - 11:00pm
Rose Care and Tips at Garden Valley

Consulting Rosarian Barbara Ellis of the Redwood Empire Rose Society will cover general rose care in this class. The Good and the Basic: Where and how to plant, sun exposure (too little vs too much), watering amounts and frequency, fertilizer or compost, light pruning. Signs of healthy rose?  Average life span of roses. The Bad and How to Deal: Weeds, Pests – bugs and rodents, common rose afflictions in Northern California like black spot, rust, mold.  What to look for – signs of damage, or how can you tell when a rose is dead?  General Prevention and Treatments will also be discussed. Bring a notebook and your questions! $15. 10-11am

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 10:00am
Rip City Riders 10th Annual Chilly Billy Poker Run, Hot Rod and Motorcycle Show

Motorcycle run, car show, vendors, BBQ, live music, and raffle benefiting local charities.

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 10:00am
3rd Annual Sonoma Home Brewers Competition

Be the judge of our competing home brewers 60 best recipes. Join us to learn about home brewing, peruse beer merchandise, and vote for your favorite home brews. Just make sure to have your votes in by 3:30pm! Public will vote in their top 5 and guest judges from the industry will vote in their top 5. Combined those ten selections will be submitted to our panel of guest judges who will crown a winner and that lucky winner will have the chance to brew their winning recipe at 101 North Brewing Company with brewmaster Joel Johnson and have it distributed across Sonoma County! Only the best food trucks in the land will be on hand offering their delectable nosh. Get your beer making supplies and learn how to home brew and hop grow. Grab a glass of your favorite local beer at our beer garden and get on the dance floor to enjoy live music! PS. Be advised, this is a 21+ only event. P.S.S. No dogs, no pets and absolutely no Pink Elephants!


Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 11:00am
Fandango at the Petaluma Adobe

Enjoy the spirit of the Rancho when the brilliant dance moves of the Baile de California and Yesteryear dancers come together to perform and teach the celebration dance of the 1840's. Light refreshments will be served; Noon to 4pm

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 12:00pm
Wine Country Spoken Word Festival

Celebrate all forms of the spoken word at this inaugural event! Bringing international storytellers, authors, and poets, along with your local favorites, to Petaluma.  Starting with the Opening Gala & late night ghost stories at Brewster’s Beer Garden on Friday, it’s a full weekend of entertainment at multiple locations, including Della Fattoria, Hotel Petaluma, Copperfields Bookstore, The Big Easy & the Mystic Theatre. See website for complete schedule.

Friday, October 13, 2017 - 6:30pm
Weekend Along the Farm Trails

Sonoma County farmers open their gates and barn doors to offer a behind-the-scenes peek at life on the farm. Most stops are free. All you need is transportation, a map of your route, a cooler to keep your purchases fresh, and a sense of adventure. Maps available on website. 10am-4pm

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 10:00am
Tolay Fall Festival

Two weekends of family fun including a straw maze, pumpkin-seed spitting contest, farm animals, hay rides to a huge pumpkin patch and much more. Oct. 14-15 & 21-22, 11am-5pm.

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 11:00am
LumaFest 2017

SRJC Petaluma’s Community Open House and Education Fair.  LumaFest features family-friendly activity and informational booths, El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) cultural area, live musical entertainment on two outdoor stages, free movies in Ellis Auditorium, the chance to meet “Fresno” the Giraffe, the LOL (Laugh Out Loud) Family Obstacle Course, Sustainability Village, and our back-by-popular-demand Chemistry Magic Show. 11am-4pm

Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 11:00am
Tequila Pairing Fundraiser

A fun, culinary event will be held in the main hall among the enchanting El Dia de Los Muertos altars and artwork. This classic historical site creates a perfect atmosphere for your enjoyment of a professionally guided tasting tour of five different varieties of Tequila. Each course will be introduced by both the Distillery representative and by Amber Balshaw of Preferred Sonoma Caterers, sharing notes and anecdotes on both the spirits and related regions and the process in pairing each dish. $60 per person. Visit the Museum website for details and ticket information. 6-9pm

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:00pm
Rose Pruning Class with Demonstration

Just in time for winter pruning!  Want to be sure your dormant roses stay healthy so you can have full beautiful rose plants in the spring?  Consulting Rosarian Barbara Ellis of the Redwood Empire Rose Society will give a talk and pruning demonstration! You’ll be ready to prune once winter starts setting in! You may be able to have supervised practice should we have time! Bring a notebook and your questions! This class repeats on Nov. 12, so if you need a refresher, please sign up for both! $15. 10-11am

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 10:00am
The Art of Japanese Fish Printing (Gyotaku)

Chris Dewees will describe and demonstrate, followed by a reading and signing of his newly published book "A Life Among Fishes." Signed books will be available for sale. Free with gallery admission. 1-3pm

Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 1:00pm
Striking Out Childhood Cancer

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) will host the 3rd annual Striking Out Childhood Cancer, presented by Northwestern Mutual. The “birthday bowling bash” is a celebration of life and commemorates the birthday of local Childhood Cancer Hero C.J. Banaszek. Following the bowling bash, a cocktail hour and dinner party—hosted by Lombardi’s Catering, with free refreshments from MillerCoors, Trinchero Family Estates and Bacardi—will take place next door at the Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building (3-7pm). During this time, guests can also participate in fabulous live and silent auctions. Visit website for tickets. 1-3pm.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 - 1:00pm
Petaluma River Cruises with Dolphin Charters

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. Cruise accommodates a maximum of 30 people. Two tours each day: 9am-Noon & 1-4pm;

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 9:00am
Annual Bill Soberanes Halloween Festival

Join us for the annual Bill Soberanes Halloween Festival and Trick or Treating with the merchants of The Plaza North and The Plaza South shopping centers. Lots of kids, candy, costumes and fun! Follow the balloon trail for your treats. Free of charge, rain or shine. 11am-1pm

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 11:00am
Pumpkins on Pikes

The festivities start in the afternoon with great food, music and pumpkin carving. Everyone will get the chance to display their Jack-O-Lantern on a pike in the corn field. When the sun goes down the pumpkins are lit. It is a truly heart warming feeling looking over the glowing corn field to see the individual creations of all who attend. FREE pumpkin included with admission. $10 BBQ plate will be available for dinner. Bring: Special carving tools, Blanket (if staying after dark), Favorite dessert (If participating in dessert potluck). $20/ Person; $15/ Person for Farm Members;  Children 6 and under: FREE! 2-10pm

Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 2:00pm
Sunday Cruise In

A free classic car cruise-in held the last Sunday of the month, June through October (weather permitting). Featuring classic cars, classic food, classic oldies music, a free raffle, and the presentation of the Sunday Sundae Cup. 11am-2pm

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 11:00am