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Santa's River Boat Arrival & Small Busienss Saturday
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Santa's River Boat Arrival &

Small Business Saturday!

November 25th


When Santa arrives in Petaluma, he leaves his sleigh at home. Instead, he and Mrs. Claus make a uniquely Petaluma arrival. They sail up the Petaluma River on a tugboat and dock at River Plaza Shopping Center on E.Washington to the cheers of hundreds of excited children. Petaluma Pete will be master of ceremonies.


Families will enjoy live entertainment by the Pacific Empire Chorus while waiting for Santa and Mrs. Claus to arrive at noon. The Christmas couple are welcomed by costumed dancers from the Petaluma School of Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” Then Santa and Mrs. Claus make their way across the shopping center parking lot where they are available for family photos in their special tent. Be sure to bring your Christmas wish list!


Don’t let the fun stop there! Keep the festive mood flowing by making the short walk to historic downtown Petaluma for Shop Small special offers and activities.


Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a nation-wide movement brought to you by American Express.It encourages people to shop small and share the support with the local community merchants.



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Halloween Trick or Treat Trail
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Join over 60 participating Downtown merchants for a fun and safe community Halloween for the entire family and goodies for costumed kids under 12.  Prepare for a hautingly "ghould" time from 3 - 5:30pm on Monday October 31st as the scary, the cute, the ugly and the creepy descend on Downtown Petaluma. 


 




2017 Participating Merchants


Acorn Chiropractic Club
Acre Coffee
Alphabet Soup
Athletic Soles
Barber Cellars
Bici Bike
Blush
Brewsters
Cafe Zazzle
Central Animal Hospital
Copperfields Books Inc.
Dempsey's
Dukes & Dolls
Flower Child Consignment
Fourth & Sea
Fruit in Motion
Gallery One
Heebe Jeebe
Hollingsworth Jewelry
Hotel Petaluma
J. Fermi
Kabuki Japanese Restraunt
Lions & Tigers & Hair
Louis Thomas
Mystic Theatre
Nicholes Fashion
Obsessed
Old Chicago
Petaluma Market
Petaluma Pie Co.
Petaluma Pet Company
Petaluma Wireless
Prodigy
Red Umbrella
Rex Hardware
Robindria Unsworth
Rosso Pizzeria
Sauced BBQ & Spirits
Seared
Seed Bank
Shree Indian Cuisine
Soft Shell
Sole Desire
Sonoma Coast Surf Shop
Taps
The New Yorker
The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
The Shop
The Sweet Shop
Thistle Meats
Thrifty Hippy
Toy B. Ville
Truck & Barter Co.
Umpqua
Velvet Ice Collection
Vintage Bank Antiques
WORK Petaluma
 
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Sonoma County Home Brewers Competition
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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!

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Street Closures
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Art & Garden Festival turns Sweet 16
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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.


Experts will be on hand from The Petaluma Garden Club and Sonoma County Master Gardeners to answer gardening questions. Figure out how to grow vegetables in tricky Petaluma adobe soil and what makes a garden organic.


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.’


Although gardeners and shoppers will have a lot to keep themselves busy, they will also be swirling fine wines from local wineries like Adobe Road, Karah Estate, Barber Cellars, Sonoma Portworks and Sonoma Coast Spirits. Local favorite brews from Lagunitas, 101 North Brewing and Dempsey’s will be poured and sampling culinary food delights from a wide variety of local restaurants. Premier Sponsors Rocky and Rosie Chicken will be serving delicious sweet and spicy chicken wings and bourbon blackened chicken skewers.


Be sure to bring your taste buds as you are in for a real treat,  Preferred Sonoma Caterers are serving a yummy Greek taco’s and their famous chocolate chip cookies. Fit for a King serving a delicious chicken arugula salad, Nick's Cove will be presenting their memorable prawn Louis, Sauced bringing their BBQ magic, Berts Deserts, Wine by the Slice and there is so much more!



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Sidewalk Sale!
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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!


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Art & Garden Festival
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Times: 11am – 5pm

Phone: 707-762-9348

Website: www.petalumadowntown.com/art-and-garden-petaluma.html

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.



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Street Closures to be Expected
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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

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Butter & Egg Days Opening Ceremony on Saturday, April 20th
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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!

 

For more information, call 762-9348 or visit www.petalumadowntown.com


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Good Egg
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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.

 

Maher has recently created an educational video explaining the benefits of making music: https://youtu.be/WT4tUShETR0


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