Come to the 3rd Annual Sonoma County Home Brewers Competition and taste for yourself! Over 40 Home Brewers from across Sonoma County and beyond will come to regale you with their home brews. Ticket price includes unlimited beer tastings and " YOU BE THE JUDGE Voting Ticket" for you to taste and vote for your favorite home brew. Also included is Award winning Cheese and Chocolate tastings from many of our Sonoma County's finest. The top 5 most popular brews from public votes and top 5 from beer industry pro's votes 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!
Fabulous Food Trucks with delicacies for sale include Rocky and Rosie Chicken, Fuel the Food Truck, The Bodega CA, Mai Thai Kitchen, and Brew. Live music from The Grain, Beer Games sponsored by North Bay Brewery Tours, tastings from Sonoma County Award winning cheese' and chocolate tastings paired with your beer tastings, beer swag from Ace Promotional Specialties , give-aways and demonstrations with Beer Belly Fermentation Supply and lots more shenanigans to be seen and experienced. Step next door to Griffo Distillery for "special event day" cocktails too!
The Art & Garden festival, one of Petaluma's most loved events turns sweet sixteen this year and celebrating the SUMMER OF LOVE! Join us from 11 am to 5 pm, on July 9th, 2017, for a fun filled day for all the family. Once again we'll host fine local crafters, artisans, gardeners, live music on two stages and an array of local wineries, breweries, restaurants & fine food purveyors will offer tastings.
This event is free to attend, but you have to purchase a Tasting Package in order to partake in all the great wine, craft beer, cocktails and food tasting.
Not the typical street fair, vendors are handpicked quality vendors with creative home and garden décor, jewelry, arts and more. With 145 booths of unusual, unique, handmade items this event has something for everyone’s taste and budget.
While the parents are eating and dancing, the kids can enjoy will the children’s corner, were the Casa Cheer Team will FREE hands-on arts and crafts, face painting, hair tinsel, bounce house, and sing-along’s with the Princesses of Hope, Love & Magic. Artful Arrangements will have a booth for parents and their children to bond with parallel play.
Bring your own washable chalk and have fun with your friends, your kids or just by yourself at the free Chalk Art competition, taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can enter anytime after 10:45 a.m. at the booth on the corner of “B” and Fourth streets. Adults and children of all ages and abilities can enter. Voting will end at 3pm and is by public choice; winners will be announced onstage at 4 p.m.’
July 27, 28, & 29 Petaluma Downtown Sidewalk Sale!
Amid the beautiful historic buildings, one of a kind stores, an incredible array of restaurants and cafes, guests can find incomparable bargains all while shopping local and supporting our local business owners!
Location: Fourth Street from B St to Western Ave and the A Street Parking Lot
A showcase of Petaluma's artistic and horticultural splendor, the 16th annual Art & Garden Festival returns for another day long celebration of music, food, wine, art and garden. As its name implies, the Art & Garden Festival honors the arts and horticulture produced in the Petaluma area with an array of local art, garden accessories, fine crafts and handmade jewelry, in addition to food & wine tasting.
Many local restaurants will be offering samples of their cuisine. Wineries and Creameries will offer food pairings of cheeses, breads, fruits and ideas for savoring food and wine. Live bands will be performing on stage all day, covering a variety of music styles, all guaranteed to have you dancing in the streets. Over 100 booths filled with beautiful arts and crafts, gardeners, farmers, community organizations and merchants.
Heads up! Petaluma Blvd S (Mountain View to H Street), H Street (Petaluma Blvd S to 2nd Street), Intersection of G & 2nd Street will have lane closures from 7-5pm from May to October. For more information call Public Works at 707-778-4556
The weeklong celebration of Petaluma’s history and heritage kicks off on Saturday, April 22 at noon at The Petaluma Historical Museum, 20 Fourth St. with the Opening Ceremony for the Butter & Egg Days and Petaluma History Week.
The Petaluma Downtown Association’s parade committee will introduce the recipient's of this year’s Good Egg Award, John Maher, aka “Petaluma Pete”. In keeping with the this year’s parades “Petaluma – City of Makers!” John was awarded this honor as “maker of music” for his contribution to his positive promotion of the city, and good works in advocating for music into schools. Mayor David glass will read his proclamation and announce the opening of History week.
The parade grand marshal this year is dedicated to one of Petaluma’s most famous “makers” Lagunitas Brewing Company.
The Butter & Days committee is honoring Lagunitas as a maker of community partnerships through their programs to non-profits and for making wonderful craft beer that delights fans throughout the world.
Both the Good Egg and grand marshal will ride in the Butter & Egg Days Parade which takes place Saturday, April 29th at noon in Downtown Petaluma. The parade is celebrating its 36th anniversary honoring Petaluma’s ingenious makers, innovative entrepreneurs, producers and inventors from our past and present. The “Maker” theme gives us the opportunity to honor our community of creative, curious people that make Petaluma shine!
With the 2017 parade theme “Petaluma – City of Makers,” the Butter & Egg Days committee has selected “maker of music” advocate John Maher as this year’s Good Egg. The Good Egg award is presented to a Petaluman who supports, preserves and contributes to the positive promotion of the city. Maher will be introduced at the Butter & Egg Days Opening Ceremonies at noon on April 22 at the Petaluma Historical Library & Museum and ride in the parade on April 29th.
Maher, who is better known to the community as sidewalk busker Petaluma Pete, is an evangelist for making music, especially in schools. For the past 10 years, the ubiquitous Petaluma Pete has spread his music-maker message by playing on most every street corner and downtown event, encouraging kids to participate by pushing down on the piano keys, many for the very first time in their lives.
As Veterans Day Parade organizer Steve Kemmerle said in his Good Egg nomination form, “If you had an event or opening, John was always there.”
As the former communications director for NAMM (International Music Products Association), Maher was exposed to the research demonstrating the extensive benefits of making – not just listening to – music. That prompted his inspiration to combine Petaluma tourism with making music, by seeding the town with sidewalk pianos as a way to attract visitors and give parents the opportunity to witness the positive impact that interaction with a musical instrument can have on their children. There are currently 13 pianos indoors and outside throughout town.
Maher’s making isn’t limited to making music; he is a multi-talented maker of videos, business strategies and social media content. Maher left the corporate marketing world and started his own agency when he moved to Petaluma in 2007, becoming a virtual one-man band of positive promotion for the community. Maher estimates that he has produced over 200 videos about Petaluma in addition to his work marketing local businesses and non-profits.
One of Petaluma’s most famous “makers,” Lagunitas Brewing Co., has been selected as the 2017 parade grand marshal. With the theme, “Petaluma – City of Makers,” the Butter & Days committee is honoring Lagunitas as a maker of community partnerships through their programs to non-profits. And Lagunitas also makes a beer – about 920,000 barrels of it – that is beloved by craft beer fans throughout the world.
“Early on we wanted to partner with communities,” says Karen Hamilton, Lagunitas’ director of communications for the past 12 years. The company didn’t have a lot of money but we did have beer. It’s part of our culture that if we can give back, we should give back. As we expand into other communities, every location will have a non-profit component.”
Lagunitas makes partnerships in the community through a variety of programs designed to support non-profits. On Monday and Tuesdays, Lagunitas’ tap rooms in every city in which they have a brewery are closed to the public but made available to non-profits for fundraising events.
Making their space available is just the beginning of Lagunitas’ generosity. In addition to providing staff at the fundraisers, they turn beer into cash by donating the proceeds from the evening’s beer sales back to the non-profit. The effect ripples into the community because the more funding, the better a non-profit can serve its constituents.
And if your organization can’t go Lagunitas, they will come to you, gladly providing in-kind donations such as kegs or auction packages for non-profit fundraisers and events at other venues.
To further support non-profits, Lagunitas initiated its Community Grant Program last year, offering grants of $1,000 to $5,000 to non-profits with a focus on animal welfare, the arts and music education. Unlike many organizations that tout their total giving, Lagunitas wants the non-profits, not them, to be the organization that is recognized for their good work.
Hamilton says though Lagunitas has grown to 800 employees, the company culture has never changed. “We’re honored to be recognized not just for making some darn good beer but also for the good things we’re able to do for one another and the community.”
Buy your 2017 Friends of The Parade button while you're there or if you already have your button, wear it and either way you'll receive a free raffle ticket! Your button will give you exclusive discounts at select, local downtown stores the week leading up to the Parade! Advanced tickets will be available for purchase now!