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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21st Annual Festival on the Hill & Hill on Wheels Car Show

Enjoy a 9-category car show, including vintage & classic autos & pickup trucks, both stock and modified.  Also Huli-Huli chicken barbecue (take-out available), lively music, silent auction, home arts and children's activities. Plenty of time for good old-fashioned fun & visiting.  Free admission; car show registration: $30 in advance, $40 day of show. Entries sought & People's Choice Awards given for vintage stock (pre-1940), vintage modified (pre-1940), vintage stock (1940-59), vintage modified (1940-59), classic stock (1960-75), classic modified (1960-75), pickup trucks (all years), Best of Show and the coveted "Pastor's Pick". 10am-2pm

Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 10:00am
16th 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. 11am to 5pm

Sunday, July 9, 2017 - 11:00am
Sonoma Marin Fair

Carnival rides, exhibits and concerts: Tower of Power, Jana Kramer, Loverboy, John Michael Montgomery and Fiesta Latina, make this a family-friendly bargain that includes livestock shows and the World's Ungliest Dog Contest; See website for show dates & times.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 12:00pm
McEvoy Ranch Tour

Experience the natural beauty of McEvoy Ranch. Explore the olive groves and vineyards in their abundance...get swept up in the stories of the pioneering McEvoy family. Take a walk through our olive mill and savor a taste of our Northern California gold. After your tour, stay and shop in our charming retail space and relax over a flight of our current wines—we'll be pouring tastes for $15. Club members enjoy their discount on all tour tickets and purchases in our shop and receive up to four complimentary wine tastings. 9:30-11:30am. See website for reservations.

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 9:30am
Annual July 4th Bell-Ringing Ceremony

Gather on the Museum front steps for a Helen Putnam tradition. Mayor Glass will conduct the official unveiling of the City of Petaluma’s 1858 incorporation documents. Hear the history of the July 4th bell-ringing. Ring the Korbel Bell, afterwards enjoy cookies and lemonade. Ceremony starts at 10:30am Bell ringing at 11am

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 - 10:30am
60th Annual Art in the Park

In honor of the PAA's 60th year, they are returning to their roots with an emphasis on fine arts. Take a picnic, a chair or blanket, and settle in for a day of live entertainment by a number of local musicians and stroll through a variety of works by local artists. There will be fine artists and crafters selling their works and giving demonstrations. Art activities for children. Sat. & Sun., 10am-5pm

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10:00am
Ribs for Kids Cookoff

There will be plenty of beer and wine for sale on-site, games, live music, and of course tons of great BBQ! Ribs for Kids is Petaluma's premier rib competition, and our biggest fundraiser for the year- proceeds help Petaluma Active 20-30 in our mission to help local children in need. Has anyone ever told you that you make the best ribs? Find out if they're right- and have a great time doing it! There is still time to sign-up! 12-4:30pm

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 12:00pm
11th Annual Day on the River

Try out pedal, paddle and rowing boats of all kinds, including kayaks, stand-up-paddle boards, outrigger canoes and Hydrobikes; at the Turning Basin on Weller Street. $10 adults; Kids 12 & under are Free.

Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 10:00am
Summer Sidewalk Sale

Amid the beautiful historic buildings, one of a kind stores, and an incredible array of restaurants & cafes, guests can find incomparable bargains at participating businesses. Stroll through town and peruse the incredible shopping deals going on all weekend.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 10:00am
West Side Stories

Held the first Wednesday of the month. Different theme each month. Showcases daring and talented local folks, their names randomly drawn throughout the show, who stand up to tell tales that must be true, under 5 minutes and told without notes. 7:30pm

Repeats every month on May, June on the first Wednesday 3 times.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 7:30pm, Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 7:30pm, Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 7:30pm
2nd Annual Gingerbread House Showcase & Competition

A three-day holiday event for the whole community, featuring festive gingerbread houses on display and the historic hotel lobby and ballroom decked out for the holidays. Free to attend.Enter your gingerbread creation for a chance to win! Showcase opens on Friday, festivities wrap on Sunday with a big bash (time TBA) Free.

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 10:00am
Holiday Arts & Crafts Sale

Hosted by the Petaluma Arts Association. Arts and crafts for holiday giving handmade by the participating artists. Sat. & Sun. 10am-4pm

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 10:00am
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

Featuring some of the most famous tunes in the operatic canon, Pagliacci has trilled audiences with its potent mix of love, lust, deceit and murder. See website for details & ticket info.

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 8:00pm
"The Face of Petaluma: Portraits of our Town" exhibit

Five photographers showing photographic works of people who live in our historic town. Four pop-up portrait days, free to public, will enhance the exhibition. Opening Reception on June 10th at 5pm. Companion Exhibition: "Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers" at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum (20 4th St,), June 10-Sept. 25.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 11:00am
"Portraits of Petaluma Pioneers" Exhibit

Works by early Petaluma photographers and much more. Opening Reception on June 10th. See website for details. On display June 10 through Sept. 25. Companion exhibit at the Petaluma Arts Center: "The Face of Petaluma: Portraits of our Town"

Saturday, June 10, 2017 - 10:00am
"Tidal Response" Exhibit

Exhibit Dates: Aug. 22-Oct. 21; Opening Reception on Aug. 19th at 5pm

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 11:00am
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
Shakespeare on the River "Henry IV - Part One"

Join us for our second production by the river! For more information, see website.

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 6:00pm
Cheese Making Workshop with Redwood Hill

Join Daily Acts and Redwood Hill Creamery for this delicious opportunity to learn all about artisan goat milk cheese. This educational workshop will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of this age old method of preserving milk as we witness cheese making in action! Followed by a delightful tasting where you will learn how to evaluate and pair cheeses for any occasion, this is truly an event you will not want to miss. 10am-2pm

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 10:00am
Annual Steampunk to Speakeasy Gala

Featuring the Stompy Jones Band, the Oyster Girls, canapes, fabulous hors d'oeuvres & cocktails. Amazing live & silent auction Items. Prizes for the best Steampunk & Prohibition Dress. Fundraiser for the Petaluma Museum Association. $60 single; $100 double. 6:30-10pm

Saturday, June 17, 2017 - 6:30pm
Art at the Source

Artist mini preview hosted by Gallery One. 5/8 - 6/11. Artist reception Sat., May 13, 5-8pm. Western Sonoma Artists featured at this preview will have their studios open to the public 6/3 & 4 and 6/10 & 11, 10am-5pm. Look for the yellow & black signs. Catalog available at Gallery One.

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 10:00am
"The Road Home" & "Beauties of Spring" Exhibition

Riverfront Art Gallery presents Spring Show: “The Road Home” and “Beauties of Spring” by featured artists Janet Doto, painter and photographer, Philip Wilkinson.  Exhibition includes other member and invitational fine artists. Reception on May 13 from 5-9pm with Americana Folk music by Los Gu’achis. Enjoy hors d oeuvres, Sonoma County wines, and meet the artists.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 11:00am
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
Literacyworks Lecture Series: Brian Fishman

A fundraiser for the Literacyworks Center, a project of Literacyworks in collaboration with the SRJC Petaluma Campus. Brian Fishman will kick off the 2017 series. Fishman is one of the world’s leading experts on the origins of ISIS. He is a counterterrorism research fellow at New America and a Fellow with the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) at West Point. He previously served as the CTC’s Director of Research and was a professor in the Department of Social Sciences at West Point. Fishman is the author of a number of studies on terrorism and al-Qaeda, including seminal investigations of al-Qaeda's foreign fighters in Iraq and Iranian support for Shia militias fighting U.S.troops in Iraq. $25 General; $20 Seniors; Free to students; 3:45-5pm.

Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 3:45pm
Russian Virtuoso Jura Margulis in Concert

World-renowned pianist, Jura Margulis returns to the North Bay with a powerful and uplifting performance to inspire audiences of all ages. Margulis has developed a loyal and dedicated following and we are fortunate to be able to enjoy this concert in the beautiful and acoustically superior Petaluma Museum. Sky Hill Cultural Alliance and the Petaluma Museum Association have been working together for over eight years, bringing high-quality classical music to Petaluma. Margulis will be playing works by Scarlatti, Scriabin and Brahms. Enjoy complimentary wine and cheese. Tickets available through website. 7:30pm

Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 7:00pm
Adair Lara, Author "History of Petaluma, A California River Town"

Adair Lara will discuss the creation and content of her book, History of Petaluma, A California Rivertown.  Published in 1982, this is the definitive book on the history of our community.   Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about Petaluma history and to pick up a copy which belongs on every Petalumans’ bookshelf. 2-3:30pm

Sunday, June 25, 2017 - 2:00pm
Friends of the River Barn Dance

Time to kick off summer with an old fashioned barn dance. Join Friends and the Evie Laden Band for a night of dancing, live music, local food and drinks. Adults: $20; Kids free. 6-9:30pm

Friday, June 23, 2017 - 6:00pm
Writers Forum presents Skye Blaine

Writers Forum presenter, Skye Blaine, will talk about: Excavating Memories, Revealing Yourself to Yourself. Memoir: The price of telling the truth; the need to dig deep to reach a place of not blaming or shaming others; contacting people in your memoir prior to publishing; having your truth be public. Free.

Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 6:30pm

The perennial audience favorite – Short, gritty, and boasting one of the greatest tenor arias of all time. Paired with a Special commissioned curtain-raiser: Clowns On A Stick present Rhapsody of Fools. The flip side of the passionate Pagliacci will have you laughing till the clowns come home! June 9-25.

Friday, June 9, 2017 - 8:00pm