Parks & Recreation Special Events


4th of July Celebration

Petaluma's 4th of July Celebration in an annual tradition that takes place each year at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds and Event Center. It features live music, food vendors and a beer garden, children's activities, and a massive fireworks display that can be seen across all of Petaluma.

Although the City of Petaluma is no longer allowing individual fireworks, we are excited to announce that the Fourth of July City fireworks display will be returning to Petaluma this year! 

While the Fireworks will be staged at the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds, the show will be designed to display higher and brighter in the sky to allow more residents the opportunity to enjoy festivities from the comfort of their neighborhoods. To accommodate the larger show, the Fairgrounds will be closed to live spectators and folks are encouraged to stay closer to home and avoid large crowds.  

In the spirit of community safety, we want to remind our you that Petaluma has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for the use of all fireworks, including those previously considered legal. Property owners will be held responsible for firework activity that occurs on their property and will be cited accordingly, regardless of who possesses or lights the fireworks. Violations are subject to fines of up to $1,000. CLICK HERE to read the City’s Fireworks Ordinance in its entirety.  

We look forward to celebrating Independence Day in Petaluma safely this year!


Drive-In Movie Series

This is a series of outdoor drive-in movie viewings held on various Friday evenings during the summer and fall months. All movie nights take place at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds and Events Center. Food and beverages are available for purchase from local food truck vendors. Don't miss an opportunity to catch your favorite movies under the stars from the comfort of your own vehicle!

Information regarding Petaluma's 2021 Drive-In Movie series can be found below:

July 16th: Shrek

August 20th: Grease

September 17th: The Goonies

October 22nd: Ghostbusters


Live on the Lawn

This live-music event series is held on Petaluma's City Hall lawn, and typically features several local bands. It also includes free children's activities and food/beverage vendors.

Information regarding Petaluma's 2021 Live on the Lawn series will be posted soon. Stay tuned!


Petaluma Turkey Trot and Food Drive

The Petaluma Turkey Trot and Food Drive in a beloved annual event that takes place at the Ellis Creek Wetlands in Petaluma on Thanksgiving morning. It's a community collaboration between several businesses and organizations, including MAD Architecture, Aqus Community, the Redwood Empire Food Bank, and the City of Petaluma's Parks and Recreation Department. The best part of all? It's free, fun and for a great cause!

Information regarding the 2021 Petaluma Turkey Trot will be posted soon. Stay tuned!

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