While Petaluma and Sonoma County have been known worldwide for wines and dairy products for many years, they are now building up a reputation for artisanal breweries as well.
The third annual Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival was held on September 12 along the Petaluma waterfront in historic downtown Petaluma to celebrate this growing culture. Patrons of the event strolled along Water Street, tasting various beers, ciders, and foods while viewing the river and listening to local bands Randy and the Special Agents and Sugar Moon.
Throughout the event, 20 local breweries showed off their fine brews, as well as a few cider, mead, and kombucha producers. To accompany all the delicious drinks, local food companies and restaurants brought everything from mac-n-cheese to tacos to pizza. For a list of participating vendors, click here.
Festival goers may have noticed the signs of autumn approaching in the slight winds and the chill in the air, but it certainly didn’t stop them from enjoy the festivities. Member of the Petaluma Valley Rotary Club and 2014 Citizen of the Year, Libby Fitzgerald noticed the general cheer of the event and said, “I’m having such a good time just watching everybody … It’s a mellow crowd, I love it. Everybody’s having such a good time. I think that’s my joy.”
The 8th annual Petaluma Music Festival was held on July 31st and August 1stat the Sonoma-Marin Fairgroundsto raise moneyfor the Petaluma public school music programs.
The swing and jive band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy started off the festival Friday night with a special concert, which included the option of VIP tickets for a gourmet dinner and complimentary wine and beer.
On Saturday the festival opened at noon and lasted until 9:00p.m. with three stages and 15 bands. The headliners for Saturday were the jam rock band ALO, The Wood Brothers whose style comes from roots-music such as blues and folk, and the tribal hip hop/folk band Nahko and Medicine for the People.
Local band The Dixie Giantsstarted off the festival playing high-energy traditional jazz. With the day already heating up, attendees set up chairs and blankets on the grass, milled about sipping on local wines and beers, and danced to the sounds of live music.
CLICK HERE OR PAGE 2 BELOW TO SEE THIS YEARS LINEUP AS WELL AS HIGHLIGHT VIDEO
Did you miss the parade? Well no worries, here is the complete parade captured on photo and video by us and Petaluma Community Access. Also we put together a photo gallery of this years parade to document one of our favorites annual events that is enjoyed by thousands.
The following are video clips of the entries (more bite size videos) that are easy to share instead of having to search through one long video. We captured these on the corner of Kentucky and Washington Street. Do you see anyone you know? We will be adding more videos to this playlist over time.
CLICK ON PAGE TWO BELOW TO SEE A PHOTO GALLERY OF THIS YEARS PARADE
Every year Petaluma Community Access does a good job capturing our High School Graduation ceremonies. Today they released Petaluma High School’s 2014 Graduation ceremony. See anyone you know? If you do please send them a link to this post or use the social media share icons below. We hope that our 2014 grads are doing great after their first year of college and adulthood. Our local high schools do a great job in getting them prepared for the next steps in their lives.
Recently we reported on the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma in Breaking News: Quasi Modo winner of the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest!Today Jimmy Kimmel wanted to do something special for Quasi Modo, the winner of this year’s Petaluma’s World’s Ugliest Dog Competition. So he reached out to celebrity stylist Carson Kressley and his team of hair, makeup and fashion experts to give the World’s Ugliest Dog a full celebrity makeover. Only after one day of posting it, as of this morning, it has already been viewed over 75,000 times.
Petaluma has great live music venues and we have listed places below where you can find great live music. In our daily searches for good news in Petaluma, we often run into homemade videos of live music performances that are so bad in quality they are not worth sharing. Also in the past when we ask musicians to video them they often will decline because you cannot come close to studio quality sound in a live or outdoor venue. However, we ran across this video created by David Reed who did a great job capturing Robin Trower’s classic song Too Rolling Stoned recently performed at the Petaluma Mystic Theater. If you are a classic rock and roll fan we thought you might enjoy this encore performance.
To find the excellent live music venues in Petaluma here is a list of places that have live entertainment. Check their websites for more information.