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., 03/05/2015

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Work & Play: The Eames Approach Exhibit

The twentieth century design duo of Charles and Ray Eames approached their craft through play and experimentation that was known to them as work. Their process of problem solving was inquisitive and often fun, resulting in projects that strayed from their original design goal to toys, films, and even museum exhibitions. In this exhibit, we take a look at three generations of Eames artist-designers and how play is work.

Saturday, January 17, 2015 - 12:00pm
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 Many Faces of Petaluma Exhibit

The Ethnic & Cultural Groups that Make Petaluma Home - Local history told through displays and oral histories by family and friends of early settlers who brought their varied cultures practices and ideologies, creating our community.

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 10:00am
Cora Allegro in Concert

A mixed voice folkloric group performs at 2:30 pm - After the concert check out the new "Many Faces of Petaluma" exhibit on display.

Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 2:30pm
Wine + Words at McEvoy Ranch

Celebrate the tradition of storytelling in all its forms with the perfect companion — our upcoming release, the 2012 Evening Standard Pinot noir. Enjoy your meal to the melodic tones of renowned local musician Mark Clifford.Before sitting down to lunch, enjoy tastes of our library wines as you peruse a visual journey of Nan's fascinating life chapters, share your own stories, inspire a little poetry from the magical Silvi Alcivar and perhaps leave or take a book from our ad hoc library. We expect this event to end at around 3:30 pm. Wine club members will enjoy their club discount.

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 12:00pm
A Celebration of Our Diverse Heritage

Join the various cultural and ethnic groups of Petaluma for dancing, music, food, poetry reading and more

Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 12:00pm
Keenan Irish Dance St. Patrick's Day Show

Join Sonoma County’s own Keenan Irish Dance for an evening of top entertainment at their St Patrick Day’s Show.  These accomplished dancers will entertain you in a show that will leave all ages feeling excited and tapping their toes! This is a fabulous way to get into the Irish spirit in time for St Patrick’s Day. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 years old and under. In addition to the show, delicious refreshments will be provided.

Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 4:00pm
9th Annual Artisan Cheese Festival

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

Friday, March 20, 2015 - 8:30am
Jewish Heritage Celebration

“A Home of the Range: The Jewish Chicken Ranchers of Petaluma” Film by Bonnie Burt; Readings from Comrades and Chicken Ranchers by Kenneth L. Kann; Songs performed by Scott Gerber

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 3:00pm
Improve your Luck Workshop

Find out the "traits" lucky people share, and ideas for including them in your life. $10/person (team rate $15) Bring your teen or friend! Includes materials and refreshments. 10am to Noon

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 10:00am
Portuguese Heritage Celebration

A festive afternoon of History, Customs, Dance, Music, Food and more.

Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 2:30pm
10th Annual Mad Hatter Ball

Tickets on sale now for our annual FUNdraiser! $100 all-inclusive ticket includes Seated Dinner & Dessert by Preferred Sonoma Caterers, Premium Wine Room. Local Brewers' Beer Garden, Non-Alcoholic Beverage Bar, Dancing to The Grooveline, Silent & Live Auctions, and our wildly popular Hat Contest!  This is always a sell out event, so get your tickets today.

Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 5:30pm
20th Annual Children's Easter Fair

Children’s crafts, games, face-painting, balloon animals, a strolling Easter Bunny, and much more.

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 12:00pm
Butter & Egg Days Parade Fundraiser at Lagunitas

Join us for our Annual B&E Parade Button Launch and Fund Raiser with live music, raffle and tons of fun! $20 in advance/$25 at the door/$5 children under 12. Dinner and a beverage included in price.

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 12:00pm
Screening & discussion of the documentary “Dreamers”

President Obama issued an executive order that suspends deportation for up to five million undocumented immigrants. What does that mean to many of our residents of Sonoma County? Documentary produced by the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights. Hear the stories from many students in our community

Friday, April 10, 2015 - 6:30pm
Cooking from the Garden at McEvoy Ranch

Join our Head Gardener and Winemaker, Margaret Koski-Kent and Head Chef, Gerald Gass, for a spring-inspired, garden to table experience. During your visit, we will walk through our kitchen gardens discussing planting, sowing and harvesting ideas and how the garden bounty makes its way to the table. 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 9:30am
Sheep Shearing at Petaluma Adobe

Demonstrations of historic and current techniques.

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 11:00am
Danish Community Celebration

Information on the Hansen House, Danish Soldier’s Club, Petaluma Danish Sisterhood and Brotherhood and more. 2:30 pm

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 2:30pm
Multicultural Poetry

Join us  to celebrate National Poetry Month. Several members of the Petaluma community will read poems in their original language and their translation into English. Come in to hear a sample of poetry in German, Portuguese, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and English. Free.

Varias personas de la comunidad de Petaluma leerán poemas en su idioma original y su traducción en inglés. Venga oír poesia en alemán, portugués, francés, español, russo, japonés y inglés .  Gratis.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 6:30pm
Reflections: A Look Backward and Forward at our Community

A time for everyone to share their memories about Petaluma. 1:30 pm

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 1:30pm
11th Annual Petaluma Footrace

This family friendly 3 and 5 mile footrace starts and finishes at the Petaluma Marina Business Center and features a beautiful course through the Alman Marsh and Shollenberger Park. All participants receive chip timing and a commemorative CamelBak water bottle! A sellout crowd of 1,000 runners and walkers is expected, so make sure to register early!  5 mile race starts at 8:30, 3 mile race starts at 8:40.

Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 8:30am
Race for Kids Supporters Night Out -Dinner and Silent Auction at Lagunitas

The Race for Kids Supporters Night Out is a fun filled evening of good food, drinks, music, raffle and silent auction.  All proceeds go to the 2015 Sponsored Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo children who are living with life-threatening illnesses. For more info, visit website.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 11:15am
Art Is...Petaluma

Assemblage, Doll Art, Collage, Calligraphy, Encaustics, Book Art, Metal Smithing, Soldering, and more in a jam packed five day Mixed Media Art Retreat including Art Show. See website for more details.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 11:00am
34th Annual Butter & Egg Days Parade

Petaluma’s best loved event returns for its 34th year and is celebrating “Fertile Ground”! Watch over 110 units march through Downtown Petaluma, enjoy food and drink, music, arts and crafts and an area just for kids! Come early to watch the Cow Chip tossing contest at 10:00, The Cutest Lil Chick Contest at 10:15 & the kids' Pre Parade at 11:30.  Main parade steps off at 12pm at Fourth and D St, loops around to Petaluma Blvd North, and ends at Petaluma Blvd South at D St.

Festival is from 10am to 5pm with booths, food, entertainment, kids fun areas. Parade starts at noon.

The Parade entry applications are now available for download! visit The Petaluma Downtown Assocaition to get yours!

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 10:00am
29th Spring Antique Faire

Shop for a variety of affordable treasures from 180 vendors in Historic Downtown Petaluma’s historic charm, including its stern Victorian iron-fronts and grand neo-classical buildings, make it the perfect backdrop for the Petaluma Spring Antique Faire.  Spanning Fourth & Kentucky Streets between B and Washington Streets, this day long celebration of all things antique will take place on Sunday, April 26th, 2015 from 8am to 4pm.

Sunday, April 26, 2015 - 2:30pm
Annual Spring River Cleanup

Join friends and help keep our beautiful river clean and join the conservation fun!

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 9:00am
PEP Housing's Annual Gala

Save the date.  PEP Housing's annual gala, to raise funds to support housing for low-income seniors in the community.  Location to be determined.  Enjoy music and great food for a worthy cause.

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 6:00pm
McEvoy Ranch Tour

This introduction to McEvoy Ranch provides an overview of our history, our commitment to environmental responsibility, our wine program and, of course, how we produce award-winning olive oil. Walk in the orchards & vineyards where we will talk about the horticulture of our plantings. Visit our state-of-the-art mill for an explanation of our unique process of extracting oil. To finish the tour, we’ll lead you through an oil tasting and sensory evaluation, offering suggestions for how to best enjoy our olive oil. Following the tour, you are invited to stay and taste our wines.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 9:30am
Living History Day at the Petaluma Adobe

History comes alive as volunteers recreate life in 1840s Mexican-era California.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 11:00am
Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off, Salsa & Beer Tasting

18th 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.

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 1:00pm