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., 06/30/2015

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Tuesday Morning Farmers Market

Locally grown agricultural products, locally made hot and packaged foods as well as arts and crafts and music; 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 10:30am
"The Art of Rock 'n Roll" Exhibit

Iconic photographs and original posters from the rock era of the '60's and '70's at the Petaluma Arts Center. Listening stations and a Groove Room with vinyl. Exhibition runs through May 31. The arts center is open daily 11am-5pm except Tues/Weds.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 11:00am
Historic Downtown Walking Tour

Begins on the steps of the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum. Costumed docents stroll downtown, highlighting ironfronts and other many buildings of note. Free. Donations welcome. Most Saturdays, May through October.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 10:30am
Pass in Review: A Tribute to America’s Veterans

This exhibit highlights the men & women of our military. Covering their triumph in battle and for some, the fight to be healed of the psychological and emotional scars that are left behind when the military battles are over. The exhibit includes art created by veterans as a means of healing themselves from war related mental health challenges. There will also be poetry reading and panel discussions by veterans, movies honoring them and more. Hours:  Thurs. – Sat.: 10am-4pm, Sun.: 12pm-3pm.

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 12:00pm
Saturday Afternoon Farmers Market at Walnut Park

Open air market with more than 60 booths selling farm-fresh produce and local products. Features live entertainment and activities. 2 – 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 2:00pm
2nd Annual Igniting Hope Charity Concert

2nd Annual "Igniting Hope" Charity Concert in Petaluma to Benefit Paralyzed Veterans. Country music star Larry Gatlin will perform a rare Northern California solo concert, to raise much-needed funds for Bay Area programs of Paralyzed Veterans of America. Petaluma songwriter band Streets Of Rome will also perform.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 7:30pm
Beatles Singalong

Guitar players/hosts Kurt Huget and Craig Bartok provide lyric sheets and the accompaniment. You sing all your fav Beatles tunes, surrounded by the Arts Center's exhibition The Art of Rock 'n Roll. Event starts at 8pm. Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets or at the door.

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 8:00pm
Festa Do Espírito Santo

The Festa Do Espírito Santo is May 31st! Parade Line up: 9am at Petaluma High School; Parade Begins at 9:45am; Mass at St. Vincent's Church 10:30am; Lunch to follow at Petaluma Holy Ghost Society Hall; Bands play from 3 to 5pm; Dinner is at 7pm; Music and Dancing:8 to 11pm.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 9:45am
Down Home Day at the Homestead

Unveiling "The Portal of time" Art Installation, representing the passage of time, from past to future (10:30am). Hot Grubb (11am) & The Spyralites (2:30pm) perform in the new amphitheater - Good Food, Great Contests, Grand Prizes, So Fun!  Best Hat Contest, Hugs & Kisses Booth, Cutest Baby contest, Amazing Pet Contest, "Period" Pictures, Homestead Color Contest, Egg Toss, Homesteader's Stew Lunch.

Sunday, May 31, 2015 - 10:30am
Wednesday Evening Farmers Market

This open air market in downtown features the freshest produce, local products, live music, arts and crafts and prepared foods. Bring the family and stay for the evening’s entertainment and activities. 4:30 – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 - 4:30pm
History Connection presents A Story of Survival

During WWII, Sasha Jansen was only 8 years old when she was interned with her family, along with 4,000 other civilians from early 1942 until the Philippines were liberated in February 1945. Mrs. Jansen will share her amazing story of survival in the most harshest conditions imaginable. Jansen has been involved in the Bay Area Civilian Ex-Prisoners of War organization and has organized many trips back to the Philippines for former internees and their families. The City of Petaluma will honor and recognize Mrs. Jansen’s life by City Proclamation. 2pm. Free.

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 2:00pm
Second Saturday Artwalk

The Petaluma Art Walk features galleries and arts organizations with extended hours and special events every Second Saturday of the month from 5 - 8 pm. Galleries represent dozens of artists and artisans - ranging from established artists to emerging talents - and present an excellent opportunity to find that unique piece of art while strolling historic downtown and midtown Petaluma. Here is a list of the participating galleries: Gallery One, Griffin Map Design& Gallery, Back House Gallery/Heebe Jeebe, Ice House Gallery, Petaluma Arts Center, Prince Gallery.

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 5:30pm
Appreciation Picnic Party at the ‘Cheese Factory’

You’re invited to celebrate our 150th Anniversary as we thank the many friends, neighbors, employees and loyal customers we’ve known over the years.  Cheesemaking demo by Marin French Cheesemakers. Beekeeping demo & honey tasting with Bonnie Morse of Bonnie Bee Company. Music by the Dixie Giants. Book signing with Frances Rivetti, author of Fog Valley Crush. Story Telling Stage with author & historian Dewey Livingston. Market-style food & beverage sampling: Fantastic Cheeses from the California Artisan Cheese Guild |Devil’s Gulch Ranch |Heidrun Meadery |Double 8 Gelato |Sonoma Portworks |Rustic Bakery |California Figs |Lagunitas Brewery. Bring a picnic blanket! 11am-4pm

Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 11:00am
"Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist" Gala Preview Event

Be the first in Petaluma to see this outstanding exhibit! "Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist" Works on Paper by the Artist and His Circle. The private collection of curator Robert Flynn Johnson, collected over 40 years. $75 Members / $100 General.

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 7:00pm
Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist

Edgar Degas, The Private Impressionist: Works on paper by the Artist and his Circle. On display June 20 - July 26 - For exhibition and event tickets, visit See website.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 11:00am
Edgar Degas Opening Reception

Opening Reception for the "Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist". Works on Paper by the Artist and his Circle. 7-10pm. Members Free, $10 General.

Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 7:00pm
Sonoma Marin Fair

Stay tuned for our Annual local fair, sure to include big name entertainment, as well as all the great rides, carnival games, exhibits and more!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 - 12:00pm
Annual July 4th Bell-Ringing Ceremony

Gather on the Museum front steps for a Helen Putnam tradition. Ring the Korbel Bell, afterwards enjoy cookies and lemonade. Boy Scout Troop 9 will perform flag ceremony. Proclamation read by Mayor/City Council Member. Ceremony starts at 10:30am Bell ringing at 11am

Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 10:30am
14th 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 8 pm

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 11:00am
Rivertown Revival

Celebrating the greatest Slough on Earth! Enjoy Live Music, Art Boat Races, Food & Fun!

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 11:00am
Friday Concert & VIP Dinner

Petaluma Music Festival presents dinner and concert, featuring Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. See website for more information.

Friday, July 31, 2015 - 5:00pm
8th Annual Petaluma Music Festival

Featuring 14 fantastic bands on 3 stages, including headliners The Wood Brothers, ALO and Nahko and Medicine for the People. The fine beers of the Lagunitas Brewing Company, free drinking water, a variety of specialty food, merchandise, and local business vendors, A fantastic silent auction and celebrity autographed guitar raffle, Music artist booth for audience meet-and-greet, autographs, and artist merchandise, Festival merchandise including t-shirts and posters,  All proceeds benefit the music education programs of all Petaluma area public schools.

Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 12:00pm
"All That Glitters" Exhibit

On display August 15 through September 26, 2015 - See website for details.

Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 11:00am
All Breed Dog Show

The Redwood Empire Kennel Club to host. More information to come....

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 10:00am
Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival

Annual festival with 20 regional craft breweries, local food purveyors, live music on historic Water Street by the River. 1 to 5 p.m. Sponsored by Petaluma Valley Rotary and Petaluma Chamber of Commerce to benefit River projects, non-profits, and community activities. Online registration/entry fee - visit website after March 1st.


Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 1:00pm
Clo Cow Half Marathon & 5K

The beautiful half marathon course will take you through rural Sonoma County farm country, over rolling hills where you're be cheered on by sheep, horses, and of course our beloved Moo-Cows! The trip out there is a challenging one, but the inclines just make the views even more rewarding! Please arrive early, allowing plenty of time before your start time.

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 7:00am
19th Annual Festival on the Hill & Hill on Wheels Car Show

Enjoy a 9-category car show, including vintage & classic autos & pickup trucks, both stock & modified; also Huli-Huli chicken barbecue, lively music, opportunity drawing, silent auction and children's activities.  Plenty of time for good old-fashioned family fun & visiting. Free admission; car show registration:  $30 in advance, $40 day of show.

Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 10:00am
"#BlackLivesMatter" Exhibit

On display October 10 through November 22. See website for details.

Saturday, October 10, 2015 - 11:00am
Halloween Spooktacular Trick or Treating & Costume Contest

Trick or Treat from store to store in a safe envornment at the Outlets. Costume contest, goodies and more. 1-3pm

Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 1:00pm
Downtown Trick-or-Treat Trail

Merchants treat little ghosts and goblins to goodies in this fun and safe event.

Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 3:00pm