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., 03/27/2017

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Description Date of Event
Trailer Fest Spring 2017

Trailer Fiesta hosted by Vintage Camper Trailers. See website for details.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 1:00pm
Spring Open House

Visit the Artful Arrangements century-old homestead for free family fun. Take a self-guided tour, see wood-splitting and brush-chipping, feed the chickens, learn about making trellises & secret rock writing, and walk through The Portal of Time – into the future!  Kids, with a parent’s help, get to plant a starter-plant to nurture at home.  Drop in 10am to 4pm.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 10:00am
36th Annual Butter & Egg Days Parade

Petaluma’s best loved event returns for its 36th year. 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 10am, 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.

Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 10:00am
31st Annual Spring Antique Faire

Over 160 dealers from across the US and beyond. You’ll find antique wares that range from flat out oddities to ephemera, jewelry, kitchen wares, linens, furniture, books, home décor, clothing, accessories, rugs and even fossils! Whether you’re looking to make a grand investment or up-cycle some shabby chic decor, there is something for everyone’s budget.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 10:30am
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
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 6, 2017 - 9:45am
Petaluma Open Studios

Visit the working studios of many of Petaluma's fine artists. Go to the Petaluma Arts Association website for a map of locations. Sat. & Sun. 10am-5pm.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 10:00am
"Home on the Range" Benefit Gala

PEP Housing 2017 Benefit Gala - County style BBQ and fixins. Silent Auction and Raffle Prizes. Hay rides, face painting, balloon animals, lawn games, cow patty toss competition, photo booth and DJ Lyle. 11am-3pm

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 11:00am
Great Petaluma Chili Cook-Off & Beer Tasting

A celebration of local chefs and amazing microbrews. Inside, dozens of teams serve up their finest meat and vegetarian chili, as well as traditional and fruit salsa. Outside, the beer garden pours delicious samples of suds and cider. It’s a raucous good time with 1,500 of your neighbors and new best friends! Bring the family to the fairgrounds in Petaluma for live bands and fabulous food. See website for details.  Rain or shine. 1-5pm

 Registration now open. Deadline is March 15 or until all spces are full.

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 1:00pm
Race for Kids Supporters Night Out

The Race for Kids Supporters Night Out at the Brewsters Beer Garden is a fun filled evening of good food, drinks, live music, raffle and a silent/live auction (over 100 silent and live items). All proceeds go to the 2017 Race for Kids Heroes-children who are living with life-threatening illnesses. Ticket includes dinner, music, raffle and silent/live auction. A Stormtrooper named Bill will be signing autographs. Bring their entire family. The party theme is Italian. The Brewsters Beer Garden will be serving the food and the Don Giovannis will be playing live music. Tickets $15. 6-9pm

Monday, May 8, 2017 - 6:00pm
Petaluma River Cruise with Dolphin Charter

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. Portion of proceeds go to The Friends of the Petaluma River. 2 tours each day.: 9am-Noon & 1-4pm; $40.

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 9:00am
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
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.

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 10:00am
Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo

Children from all over will have the chance to challenge themselves on any of 3 different routes from which they choose. Choose to ride a bike, walk, run, roller skate, skateboard, wheelchair etc. The 3 courses include a 1 mile, 4 mile and 7 mile route. Parents (strollers included) and dogs are welcomed to accompany their kids. After the ride, walk or roll, there is an amazing kids expo where children and their families can take on the treasure hunt challenge created using the sponsors of the event. The first 500 participants to sign-up, will receive a Nalgene Superhero water bottle, event t-shirt, awesome swag bag with Thermo Fisher science gear and lunch!

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 9:00am
3rd Annual Down Home Day

Family fun - Something for everyone! Live music in the amphitheater; Libations; Photo contests; Good food & yummy treats; Pet parade & diaper derby; Great contests & grand drawing; Games & challenges; Self-guided tour, walk through The Portal of Time; Bring the dog, the kids, grandparents, too! Free. 10am-4pm

Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 10:00am
Celtic Evensong

Join Kayleen Asbo for a service of music, meditation and poetry that speaks to seasonal themes of the universal human journey. Each Celtic inspired service will include music of Hildegard of Bingen sung by Karen Clark and feature solo instrumental classical music, congregational chanting of psalms, Celtic and Taizé music and silent meditation following readings of Mary Oliver, David Whyte and other contemplative poets. Requested donation of $20 per person supports the musicians and singers. 5pm

Repeats every month on March, April, May on the third Sunday 3 times .
Sunday, March 19, 2017 - 5:00pm, Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 5:00pm, Sunday, May 21, 2017 - 5:00pm
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

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 7:30pm, Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 7:30pm, Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 7:30pm
Pagliacci

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
"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
"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
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.
 

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 7:00pm, Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 7:00pm, Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 7:00pm, Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 7:00pm
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
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
"Tidal Response" Exhibit

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

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 11:00am
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
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
All Hallow's Art Fest

Halloween Folk Art Society presents All Hallow's Art Fest! This juried show was created for those who have a passion for all things Halloween! An annual tradition in Petaluma. The show offers the highest quality in Halloween Art & Collectibles. Over 30 artists selling their one-of-a kind creations.

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 9:00am
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
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
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

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