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Petaluma Perspective by Houston Porter

Get Ready for The Clean-up!

Aug 30, 2018
by Houston Porter


Petaluma Watershed Cleanup – Sat, Sept 15; 9 - noon

Join the Friends of the Petaluma River and the Sonoma RCD for Petaluma’s fall watershed clean-up, Saturday, September 15, starting at 9 a.m. at Steamer Landing Park, in downtown Petaluma, and returns to the park for a BBQ at noon. There will also live music and raffle prizes too. For more info and to sign about in advance, visit

Petaluma Craft Beer Festival – Sat, Sept 15; 1 – 5 p.m.will tap kegs from 23 North Bay breweries, on Saturday, September 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. Held along Petaluma’s waterfront, this may be the last year this event can be held along this historic promenade before the bathroom art installation starts clogging up the space. 

Tickets are available at and include admission, a souvenir glass, and tasting tickets for beer and food. Along with brews from Petaluma stalwarts, almost every North Bay Brewery will be on hand, including a couple we have been enjoying a lot of lately at TAPS and Brewsters, which are Barrel BrothersSeismic,Fogbelt, as well as newcomers Headlands andAdobe Creek, both of which we have been drinking a lot of at TAPS.

Live entertainment will be on hand, provided by Randy and the Special Agents,Sugar Moon, andPetaluma Pete. Food provided by F.A. Nino’s,Rosen’s 256 North,Bellyfull DinnersSax’s JointChicken PharmBrasil BBQTrader Joe’sPapa Murphy’s, plus the famous grilled sausages provided by RotaryPetaluma Coffee and Tea will offer a boost of caffeine. 

100% of the proceeds being donated back into our community.

Petaluma Piano Festival – Sat, Sept 15; 3 p.m.

Petaluma Poetry Walk– Sun, Sept 16; 11 a.m.

In it’s 23rd year, this year’s Petaluma Poetry Walk will have two Spanish-English readings, as well as a Native American reading. The event is Sunday, September 16, and starts at 11 a.m., with readings at three locations—the Hotel Petaluma Ballroom, Bump City Bakery, and the River Front Café. At 1 p.m., North Bay Café will host more readings, followed by Native American readings at 4 p.m. at the Phoenix Theater. At 5 p.m. the Petaluma Historic Museum will host both Spanish and English readings. At 6 p.m. the poetry walk will hold its finale at Aqus Café.

The Petaluma Poetry Walk changes venues each hour until the last venue, Aqus Cafe, which lasts about two hours.  Poetry lovers are welcomed at any time.  For a complete schedule visit All readings are free, although I encourage you to donate something as they “pass the hat.”

Petaluma Oysterfest– Sat, Sept 29; noon – 3 p.m.

Join Petaluma Sunrise Rotary for their fall Oyster Fest, sponsored by and held at Bodega Bay Oyster Company on Saturday, September 29, starting at noon. This event sells out quickly, so grab your tickets at by searching for “Petaluma Oyster Fest.” Tickets are $65 and includes “fresh BBQ oysters on the half shell, pasta with seafood, local French bread, Caesar salad, scrumptious desserts, and refreshments. Attendees 21 years old and older may also enjoy fresh brewed beer from Hen House Brewery, and a variety of sparkling and still wines, and wine tastings from select participating wineries.” Proceeds benefit the Rotary Fire Relief Fund for our neighbors displaced by the recent fires, as well as a variety of other local Rotary community projects.

Petaluma Antique Faire– Sun, Sept 30; 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Kentucky Street will close to traffic again on Sunday, September 30, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the 32nd Annual Petaluma’s popular Fall Antique Faire. “This show attracts over 8,000 discerning collectors as well as first time buyers wishing to collect and invest in real antiques. Amid the beautiful historic buildings, one of a kind stores, an incredible array of restaurants and cafes, guests can find an incomparable selection of affordable antiques from over 200 dealers. The show has a nice variety of estate jewelry, linens, furniture, art, kitchenware, vintage décor, books and all kinds of unusual collectables to suit everyone’s budget.” Free to the public, this is one of our favorite downtown events. Another special treat on this day is the $8 breakfast offered in the beautiful dining room of the Masonic Lodge, which sits underneath our historic downtown clock. Visit for more information.


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