JUNE 2024

  • Petaluma Art & Festival
  • Petaluma Merchant Summer Sidewalk Sale
  • Juneteenth Celebrations
  • Petaluma Arts Alive
  • Sonoma Marin Fair
  • Petaluma West Side Stories
  • Life on Art Launches Maker Space Membership Program
  • Floathouse Summer Events, Moving to New Location
  • Petaluma Turning Basin Restoration
  • 2024 Petaluma People's Choice Award Winners
  • 2024 Stars of the Industry Award Winners - Torches, Visit Petaluma
  • Petaluma Pete Leaves Petaluma
  • Lagunitas Moves Back to Petaluma & Summer Music Series
  • Petaluma FY25 Budget Book Draft
  • Petaluma City Podcast



  • Pride Month
  • 6/16 ~ Father's Day
  • 6/17 ~ Juneteenth
  • 6/20 ~ Summer Solstice
  • Downtown Petaluma Historic Walking Tours
  • Live Music ~ Mystic Theatre, Big Easy, Phoenix Theater, Theatre District, Jazz in the Plaza

Welcome New & Returning PDA Members!


Join in the fun at the

2024 Petaluma Art & Garden Festival!


2024 BID Summer Sidewalk Sale

Thurs, August 1 - Sun, August 4

Visit petalumadowntown.com/petaluma-sidewalk-sale for details

Downtown Petaluma Summer Sidewalk Sale

The Petaluma BID (Business Improvement District) is working to create energy and excitement for this year's Sidewalk Sale. The annual sale is an excellent opportunity for merchants to move inventory and make room for the new! The PDA will provide support with promotion and and help drive traffic to participating businesses.

Open to all Downtown Merchants! Sign-up to be added to the list of participating vendors with any promotions you would like to offer. Let's make it a blow-out Sidewalk Sale and celebrate our Downtown!

Celebrate Juneteenth in Sonoma County

Juneteenth — a day of learning about and honoring the Black American experience through communal celebrations — originated nearly 160 years ago in a city on the Texas Gulf Coast.

Juneteenth festivities in Sonoma and Napa counties include food, music and community gatherings, and events range from film screenings to block parties and jazz jubilees.

Click Here for Story and Events

Petaluma West Side Stories - June: Glory Days

West Side Stories Petaluma believes that everyone has a story. Their goal? To give those stories a forum. After producing successful shows where stand-up comedians told their stories, former comic turned storyteller, Dave Pokorny sought to accommodate all those people who asked, “When can I tell my story?” And to encourage those people who doubted they had a story worth telling. ​

Next Event - Wednesday, June 12

Polly Klaas Community Theater

Click Here for More Info, Tickets, and Monthly Winners

Petaluma Arts Alive


Live music, theatre, dance, storytelling, film, poetry, artist demonstrations, and more at participating locations within walking distance of each other around Petaluma.

Thursday, June 20, 5p-8p

Third Thursday of each month

Full details and map ~ petalumadowntown.com/arts-alive-petaluma

2024 Sonoma-Marin Fair

Tickets are on sale now for the Sonoma-Marin Fair. The all-inclusive “pay one price” gate admission provides access to all the Fair fun including concerts, unlimited carnival rides, animals, action-packed sprint car racing, fun games, contests, and delicious fair food!

Get ready for a rockin’ 5 days of award-winning music with an outstanding lineup.

The nationally renowned World’s Ugliest Dog contest will be held on Friday, June 21.

The official Fair Guidebook and event applications are available now.

Wednesday, June 20 - Sunday, June 23

Sonoma-MarinFair.org for info & tickets

Historical Walking Tours through Downtown Petaluma

Join costumed docents dressed in period attire as they guide you through historic downtown Petaluma business and residential districts. Embark on a trip back through time as the docents share their historical knowledge and entertaining characters’ stories. Tours are FREE to the public and occur most Saturdays through October. Meet on the steps of the museum at 10:30a.

Saturdays through October, 10:30a

Petaluma Historical Museum

Free - Donations Appreciated

Click Here for More Info

Life on Art Makers Space Membership Program

The nonprofit Life on Art has moved into a century-old warehouse/factory space on Copeland Street. Through their new membership program, they hope to create a maker space and artists’ collective.

A large portion of the facility houses Wonderstump Art Collective ~ subdivided work spaces where artists can make things; a fabrication area includes an array of machines & tools; and a performance stage.

Life on Art is now offering ~ larger spaces for meetings, fundraisers, public events & performances; upstairs offices available to rent to small foundations who work in the arts; coffee-shop-style booths where people can work or converse; and privacy booths for those needing quiet.

Click Here for More Info


Floathouse Summer Schedule

Come play at the Floathouse where you'll find the widest variety of people-powered water craft anywhere! Discover pedal & paddle kayaks, pedal & paddle SUPs, Hydro-bikes, Schiller water bikes, Oarboards, canoes and rowboats of all kinds. Rent a boat, take a tour, sign up for summer camp, or join an event on the water.

Check the Floathouse's website and social media channels for new and added activities, camps, and events when conditions look good.


Floathouse Moving for Summer

The Turning Basin dock replacement project will begin June 17, closing the Turning Basin to boat traffic on weekdays from 7am-5pm. The Floathouse will be moved across the basin to the docks next to the Balshaw pedestrian bridge on June 17 (reopening June 22). The Floathouse hours will be limited to weekends only from 9am-5pm. Access the Floathouse via the public docks / gangway at Water Street at the West side of the Balshaw pedestrian bridge (address 50 Water Street).


Scheduling Changes: 1) Bands on The Basin is TBD. 2) All weekday group outings and birthday parties must be rescheduled for the weekends. 3) Sailing programs will be postponed until Fall or next year. 4) The Army Corps of Engineers will be dredging the Petaluma River following the City's dock project (date TBD).



The Big Easy

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Mystic Theatre & Music Hall

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Phoenix Theater

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Turning Basin Dock Replacement

Turning Basin dock replacement is set to resume in mid-June. Construction is expected to last from June – September 2024. The new docks will provide increased river access, improved docking amenities, increased safety via a new fire suppression system, and more.

What to expect during construction:

~ D STREET BRIDGE: Potential traffic delays due to periodic bridge openings

~ PETALUMA SMALL CRAFT CENTER (PSCC) - THE FLOATHOUSE: The Floathouse will be temporarily relocated next to the Balshaw Bridge. Updates will be available on thefloathousepetaluma.org.

~ TURNING BASIN: No access June - September.  

~ NOISE & VIBRATION: Will occur in the area in June & July.  


Nixle alerts will be sent alerting days that will be greatly impacted. To register, click HERE or text your zip code to 888777.


The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) dredging of the Petaluma River will begin shortly after the dock replacement is completed. 


2024 Petaluma People's Choice Award Winners

A big congratulations to everyone who received a Petaluma People's Choice award for 2024!

Check out the list of people and places to see including Best Businesses, Best Professionals & Specialists categories, Petaluma’s Food & Drink winners, and local culinary marvels voted by Petalumans, for Petalumans!

Click Here for Full List

2024 Sonoma County Stars of the Industry Award Winners

Sonoma County Tourism presents annual Stars of the Industry Awards to celebrate businesses that contribute to the wellbeing of our community / make Sonoma County a vibrant vacation destination, as well as the unsung hospitality workforce that goes above & beyond in service to our visitors. Petaluma celebrated two wins ~ Front of House: Liam Richardson of Torches Restaurant, and Visitor Center Program of the Year: Petaluma Visitors Program / Visit Petaluma.

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Petaluma Pete Leaves Petaluma

After 16 years calling Petaluma home, John Maher -- aka Petaluma Pete -- is moving, with his wife Brenda, to Southern California.

Friends and fans gathered for a farewell celebration to honor Petaluma Pete's years of spirited sidewalk piano playing and commitment to community service. Petaluma’s mayor Kevin McDonnell presented him with a key to the city fashioned by Heritage Salvage’s Michael “Bug” Deakin, which included actual recycled piano keys, on which notes and well-wished were written.

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Lagunitas Closes Seattle & Chicago Tap Rooms & Summer Concert Series Begins

Lagunitas will be closing it's Chicago location to better focus on innovation and growing sustainable brewing practices.

Lagunitas’ popular summer music series kicks off June 17 with shows by the Allah-Lahs, Robert Randolph Band, the Mexican Institute of Sound, the Ibibio Sound Machine, Sir Woman, and Dengue Fever.

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Petaluma FY25 Budget Book Draft

The City has released their proposed City Budget for the coming fiscal year 2024-25. The City is in a strong financial position with planned investments in infrastructure, programs, and services that will benefit the entire community.

Upcoming capital projects include: safe streets and active transportation improvements; updates to city facilities; skate park at Lucchesi Park; Petaluma River dredging; water & sewer main replacements.


Petaluma City Podcast

The City has launched a new monthly podcast to bring our community behind the scenes of local government at work! City staff will have an opportunity to answer questions from the public in more depth and show the complexity around issues facing our community.


The first episode is about City Communications.




Specialized Assistance For Everyone


The City of Petaluma partnered with Petaluma People Services Center to bring our community the SAFE (Specialized Assistance for Everyone) Program in July of 2021. The goal of the SAFE team is to address crisis response, prevention, and intervention for our most vulnerable community members experiencing mental health issues, substance abuse issues, and homelessness. This mobile crisis response team approach provides more efficient and successful outcomes for crisis response, intervention, and treatment for the long-term improvement of our community and individual quality of life.

The SAFE Team are civilian first responders who will respond to & proactively address calls for service that have traditionally (and unnecessarily) burdened law enforcement, emergency medical services, and health care providers.

If you need the SAFE Team’s services, you may reach them via:

  • Call 911 – An emergency dispatcher will answer and determine if your situation requires the SAFE team, first responders such as police, fire, paramedics, or a combination of both.

  • Call 707.781.1234 – You will reach a directory where you can speak with a 911 operator or a non-emergency staff member to help.



A message from the County of Sonoma: 


Want to find out about wildfires, floods, power shutoffs, and other emergencies as quickly as possible? The best way is to register with the emergency alert notification systems used by the City of Petaluma (Nixle), the County of Sonoma, and PG&E.

Be sure to register yourself and anyone else in your family (kids, elderly parents, etc) who would benefit from emergency notifications.


Click Here for More Info

Join the PDA

The Petaluma Downtown Association works in partnership with its members, the city, and the business community to protect Petaluma's historic character, sustain economic vitality, and promote a dynamic and welcoming downtown.

Click the button below to find out more about the benefits of becoming a member - take an active part in creating a vibrant downtown!

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Find out how you can list your business and participate in the local eGift Card Program!

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