June 25, 26, 27

(Please feel free to contact me with any events you would like to see highlighted on upcoming editions of Petaluma Weekend.)


Ugly Dog?

The major event this weekend is the Sonoma-Marin Fair.  Along with many musical events, there is The Ugly Dog Contest, The Destruction Derby, food, animals, rides, exhibits…and so much more.  With far too many events for me to list, I encourage you to visit the website for more info: www.sonoma-marinfair.org

Read my blog “Petaluma Fair; My Favorite Things” for a few of the main attractions that you won’t want to miss:  http://tinyurl.com/2g5j3ep


Check in early for next week’s edition of “Petaluma Weekend”.  Next weekend contains the 4th of July and all the appropriate festivities in order to celebrate our country’s birthday.  You may want to start planning your weekend early.  Two of my favorite events are out in Penngrove next weekend.  The Penngrove firemen’s breakfast is Saturday morning at the firehouse.   The parade is on Sunday at 11am, followed by the BBQ in the park.


Let’s get back to this weekend…


The fairgrounds plays host to cooking demonstrations all weekend long: www.sonoma-marinfair.org

Fri – 6:30pm – North Bay Vegan Potluck – Although I don’t consider it food, I will throw it in this section anyway.  (Meat-free may be one of the healthiest ways to live… I just love bacon too much for it to work for me, and I will likely pay the price for that in the end.)  This is a great way for those already entrenched as well as those who are just curious, to meet, eat, and talk about the vegan lifestyle.  I have a lot of friends who are veggies and vegies so who knows, maybe I will potluck with them one of these days.  This month’s incarnation will be hosted at the Petaluma United Church of Christ.  Their website has blogs about previous events, but the only info I can find on the current event is at Petaluma360’s events calendar.

Sat – 9am-4pm – Ales and Trails – The International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) will be holding their HUGE yearly fundraiser at China Camp State Park in San Rafael.  There will be bike demos, food, music, contests, auctions and beer tasting.  www.alesandtrails.net/Home.html

Sun – 11am-4pm – Part of the continuing celebration of Jack London State Park’s 50th anniversary celebration, the park will host an artisan food and wine tasting. http://www.jacklondon50th.com/pages/wine.html



Fri – 6:30pm – Get some exercise before the weekend starts with Athletic Soles’ Dame’s Dash and Drink.  It’s free and you don’t have to be an avid runner to enjoy these runs.  Distances ranging from 3 to 6 miles, with discount refreshments to follow at Tres Hombres.  For info on all their events visit www.athleticsoles.com.  Holly of Athletic Soles just posted a great blog about warm weather running at Pacing Petaluma.

Fri/Sat/Sun 11:30am –La Dolce Vita is open early for World Cup action. I am going to assume that someone will notify me when all the football stuff is over.  www.ldvwine.com

Fri – 6:30pm – Wine Country Baseball in Napa – www.winecountrybaseball.com

Sat – All Day –The Wine Country Baseball League’s inaugural season continues this weekend with another triple header at Cardinal Newman’s brand new field.  You can read my article in the Argus at http://tinyurl.com/282bxqj and my blog at http://tinyurl.com/24qslvk

Sun – 7pm – The Petaluma Speedway will be uncharacteristically silent this weekend because of the fair, but will fire up Sunday evening with the ever popular Crash-up, Smash-up, Demolition, Destruction Derby.  You don’t have to be a redneck to enjoy the sights and sounds of cars smashing into each other.  Admission is $5 in addition to the general fair admission.  If I recall correctly, you have to finish your food and drink prior to entering the race track, although you can buy and consume more once you are inside.  Silly rule in my opinion, but don’t say I didn’t warn you.



Fri – 7:30pm/Sat – 7:30pm/Sun – 2pm  – Cinnabar Theater’s “Prop 8 Love Stories”: Cinnabar Theater Young Rep Program presents stories of love found and hardships endured, all through the eyes of same and mixed gender couples.  www.cinnabartheater.com


Fri – 6:30pm – Movies in the Park – This week’s film is “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.”   For more info:  www.petalumamovies.com

Sun – 2-5pm – Poetry Benefit for Gulf Oil Cleanup – Phoenix Theater



There are art exhibits all weekend long at the fairgrounds: www.sonoma-marinfair.org

Sat/Sun – Pelican Art Gallery continues its “Masters of Today” exhibit, featuring Christopher Schink & Camille Przewodek through August 7th.

Sat/Sun – StarStruck Boutique and Gallery has the watercolor art of Joan Hart until June 30, so this is the last weekend for “MiCasa Es Su Casa.”  www.starstruckboutique.com

Sat – June 26 is the last day of Gallery One’s “Mixed Media” exhibit. 

Sat/Sun – Since the July 4th weekend is usually a busy one, you may want to catch The Petaluma Arts Council’s current exhibit this weekend.  “A World Defined: Drawings and Sculptures by Chester Arnold and Edwin Hamilton,” as well as the very popular “Art And Infrastructure: Patricia Johanson and the Petaluma Wetlands Park,” wraps up on July 4. 

Sun – 2-7pm – Light in Colors; Presenting Patricia Herz – Petaluma Community Center 


MUSIC: (type of music)

There are musical acts all weekend long at the fairgrounds: www.sonoma-marinfair.org 

Fri/Sat – 8pm-midnight – Karaoke with Kat Kat at The Willowbrook Alehouse.  I debated which section to place this in since Karaoke is as much a sport as it is music, but either way it is always fun and often surprising.  I have heard some of the most incredible voices hidden away in a hole in the wall karaoke bar.  One of the few places in town with a late night menu, the Willowbrook’s kitchen stays open until 1am.  Saturday night offers free pool.

Sat – 2pm – Ancient Future Duet (world) – Petaluma Library.  This is a mix of ancient Celtic music and Indian raga.

Sat – 7pm – Bruce Kurnow (roots/Americana/blues) – Petaluma Arts Center – www.petalumaartscouncil.com.   As a world renowned recording artists with over 40 solo recordings released, this is a rare performance.  For a great article about Bruce Kurnow read Frank Hayhurst’s latest Face The Music blog here on Petaluma360. 

Sat – 9pm  – Jinx Jones and The Kingtones – Brixx    www.brixxpetaluma.com

Sat – 8:30pm – J Kevin Durkin (jazz) – Lounge@Graziano’s 

Aqus Café     www.aqus.com

Sat – 7pm – The Hicktones (bluegrass)

Sun – 1pm – Brandy Novah & Friends (jazz)

Mystic Theater   www.mystictheatre.com

Fri – 9pm – Brandi Carlisle (plus Dave Barnes) – (pop/rock/indie/folk/alternative country)

Sat – 8pm – A night of Bluegrass – Carolina Chocolate Drops, Jimbo Trout & The Fish, Arann Harris & the Broke Folk.

Phoenix Theater   www.thephoenixtheater.com

Fri – 8pm – Funkanauts, F.L.I. High, Left Coast Flock, Microwave Oven In My Head

Sat – 8pm – See the Light, We Set Fire, Promise of Restoration, Swinglow, Price of Our Pain,  Constant Conflict

Sun – 2-5pm – Poetry Benefit for Gulf Oil Cleanup



Fri – 5:30pm –   “Cruisin’ on the River” tours are back for the summer.  The tours run roughly two hours and include wine and cheese, as well as a docent to teach you things you never knew about our river.  Friends of the Petaluma River hosts these tours most Friday nights, and reservations are highly recommended.  You can find more info about tours and private charters at: www.friendsofthepetalumariver.org  

Sat – 10:30am – Downtown docent tour (free) –  www.petalumamuseum.com

Sat – 1-3pm – Summer Walk in the Vineyard (free) – Flocchini Family Estates.  This is another great event put on by the Southern Sonoma County Resource Conservation District.  You get to meet the family, learn about their history, and find out how they are now using their land with a focus on resource conservation and land preservation.  Reservations are required.

Sat – 2-5pm – The Petaluma Farmers Market (free) – www.petalumafarmersmarket.com



Sat – 2pm – Copperfield’s Books – “A heart-wrenching, powerfully written novel that could do for Palestine what The Kite Runner did for Afghanistan.”  Author Susan Abulhawa, born in a refugee camp, is the founder of Playgrounds for Palestine which builds playgrounds in the occupied territories and refugee camps.  www.copperfieldsbooks.com

Sun – 2-5pm – Classic Car Sunday Cruise – Fourth and Sea Restaurant (at 4th & C St.)  Enjoy classic cars, quality classic drive-in food, BBQ oysters, oldies music and driving contests every fourth Sunday of the month throughout the summer and into the fall.

Hobbytown – www.hobbytown.com

Fri – 6-9pm – “Magic the Gathering” gaming as well as dNano Micro Racing.

Sat – 7pm – Strategy Game Day




6am – Track Workouts with Dame or Holly from Athletic Soles.

7-10pm – La Dolce Vita game night           



4:30-8pm – Petaluma Evening Farmer’s Market

7pm – Copperfield’s Books – “Understanding the Crash”

Authors Seth Tobocman and Eric Laursen will discuss their ideas on what has happened to the world economy over the past quarter century.  This should be quite informative.



    7pm – Voice of the River Community Reading – Petaluma Arts Center

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