Join Friends for an old world celebration of local food and music Petaluma style. True Grass Farms will ignite our palates in the tradition of small Italian communities by sharing the bounty of the season with the town where all are invited to come together to enjoy a meal and good company. Taraf De Locos will build upon the theme with Balkan music that will get all of our feet moving on the dance floor as old world meets new at this summer Barn Dance.

Saturday, August 26th – 5pm – 9pm

David Yearsley River Heritage Center at Steamer Landing Park – Corner of D and Copeland Streets

Tickets: $20.00 / Kids 10 and under are FREE

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Our annual Gala returns to the Rockin’ H Ranch on September 9th with an evening full of celebration.

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Contact Friends at (707) 763-7756 or [email protected]  to reserve your tickets.





BARN DANCE – June 23rd 

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We had a fantastic first barn dance of the summer with the Evie Ladin Band and a great group of new and returning revelers. Evie Ladin kept everyone moving, more or less together, and a great time was had by all. 

Join Friends for our next Barn Dance, Balkan-style, on August 25th.

Friday, June 23rd

6pm – 9:30pm

Steamer Landing Park – D & Copeland Street

Tickets: $20.00 / Kids 10 and under Free



Thank you to everyone who came out to help conserve the Petaluma River, protect habitat and improve local water quality with Friends at our Spring Petaluma River Cleanup. Over 200 people joined together to remove over 5,400lbs. of trash and debris from our waterways. We targeted 18 locations in the Watershed that were in need of trash removal, including the main River channel through town and down River near Gilardi’s Marina and several creeks feeding into the River. Check out more pictures on our Facebook page.



SPONSORS: Sonoma County Water Agency and Petaluma Poultry

PARTNERS: the City of Petaluma Public Works & Utilities and the Petaluma Police Department

DONORS: Sonoma Coast Surf And Skate, Petaluma Refuse & Recycling, Petaluma Coffee & Tea Co., Clover Sonoma, Grocery Outlet, Sprouts Farmers Market, Petaluma Stand Up Paddle, Three Twins Ice Cream, The Sweet Zone, CamelBak, National River Cleanup, and Petaluma Chamber of Commerce




distemperance-revised1024_1Petaluma’s answer to Prohibition! Toast 10 years of celebration and conservation with Friends of the Petaluma River and a tasting of Petaluma’s local craft beverages. Join us at the Hotel Petaluma in downtown Petaluma for an evening with Bootleg Honey and an amazing sampling of Petaluma’s best craft beverage offerings.

All proceeds will help us kick off our capital campaign to build a new dock at Steamer Landing Park. Our new dock will be an all-inclusive, ADA-compliant float system giving free community access to the Petaluma River. Come be a part of this effort to conserve and celebrate the Petaluma Watershed with a project that will allow local marsh restoration, free public access and innovative environmental education right in our backyard.





Best party in town with hundreds of our FRIENDS!

With Music Performed By: Monophonics, El Radio Fantastique and Odd Job Ensemble.

TICKETS: Click HERE to be directed to the Rivertown Revival page to purchase tickets.


River Heritage Days, Oct. 21st – 23rd


Join Friends in welcoming the San Francisco Maritime Park for this unique weekend celebrating Petaluma’s past as a river town. This year we’re taking over the weekend with a barn dance and dinner, movie on the River, tours on the historic Alma Schooner Scow, and of course paddling and sailing on our beautiful Petaluma River.

Before the advent of cars and Hwy. 101, the Petaluma River was the main thoroughfare for transporting goods and people between Petaluma and San Francisco. Instead of taking a 5 day journey by horse, merchants easily shipped eggs, hay and other agricultural products by boat, mainly the flat-bottomed schooner scows that were the primary commercial boats in the bay at the turn of the 19th century. Friends is excited to bring the Alma back for Petalumans to visit and explore this bygone era of our town.

Come take part in the fun at one or more of these events:

Friday, October 21st – 6pm – 9:30pm – Barn Dance with caller Kelsey Anne Hartman and the Petaluma River Volunteers! Tickets: $15.00 (kids under 10 are FREE)/ Dinner with Petaluma Poultry: $10.00


Saturday, October 22nd – 11am – 4pm – Tour the historic schooner scow the Alma at the Turning Basin in downtown Petaluma / FREE

Saturday, October 22nd – 11:30am – Join our flotilla from the David Yearsley River Heritage Center to the Turning Basin / FREE

Saturday, October 22nd – 6pm – Movie Night on the Alma at the Turning Basin / FREE

Sunday, October 23rd – 11am – Sail on the historic Alma from the Petaluma Marina


Fall Petaluma River Trash Cleanup, Saturday, September 17th


A huge thank you to the over 250 volunteers who came out to help at the 2016 Fall Petaluma River Cleanup. This year we met at Steamer Landing Park where participants could also choose to clean the River from the water by checking out one of our many canoes, kayaks or rowboats. This new feature and the large crowd meant an amazing 4,972 lbs. of trash was removed from the Watershed. In addition to cleaning from the water, volunteers went to 15 different locations along the River and its tributaries.



THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSOR: Sonoma County Water Agency

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR DONORS: Clavey Paddlesport, Clover Petaluma, Camelbak, Three Twins, Grocery Outlet, Sprouts Farmers Market, City of Petaluma, World Centric, Petaluma Refuse & Recycling


BARN DANCE, Saturday, August 27th

FriendsBarnDance2016 - FlyerIts time to dust off your dancing shoes and join Friends of the Petaluma River for an old fashioned Barn Dance.

5:30pm – 9:30pm @ the David Yearsley River Heritage Center

$10.00 / Children are Free

Dinner and Drinks served separately

Wear your Rivertown Revival volunteer shirt and get in for FREE and enjoy dinner and a drink on us!



Moonlit Fandango, Thursday, May 26th

Join Friends for a gala dinner at Olympia’s Valley Estate where we will enjoy a family-style meal of local fare as we raise our glasses to the Petaluma Watershed. Our bounty of the watershed Fandango2016-SavetheDatefeast will be prepared by Amber Balshaw of Preferred Sonoma Caterers with offerings from Sonoma County wineries.

Festivities will include fabulous live music by Cahoots, tastings of local delicacies,  a River-themed photo booth, exciting live and silent auction items and an update on the Petaluma Watershed in a remarkably lovely setting at the Tresch family’s ranch.


Join us in this celebration of our River and help support Friends’ work stewarding the Watershed through education, access and conservation programming.

Would your company like to sponsor the event? Download our sponsorship form here: Fandango 2016 – Sponsorship Levels.

Thursday, May 26th – 5:30pm – 9:00pm

Olympia’s Valley Estate, 1051 Walker Road, Petaluma

Tickets: $125.00


Rivertown Revival, Saturday, July 16th

Celebrate the Greatest Slough on Earth with Friends of the Petaluma River and thousands of your closest friends. We take over Steamer Landing Park with five stages of music, art boats, $5 weddings, amazing food and of course costumes, sword swallowing and plenty of river hijinks. Rivertown Revival 2016 is scheduled for Saturday, July 16th. This is a volunteer run event with months of crafting, building and planning before the big day. Visit the event site at for more information or to join the fun.



El Dia del Nino/ Day of the Child – Saturday, April 30th at Steamer Landing Park, 10am – 4pm

Check out the activities happening at all 13 sites throughout Sonoma County HERE.

Thank you to everyone who came out to Steamer Landing Park or visited one of the other 12 sites participating in the Day of the Child event. We had a fun day crafting, boating and otherwise exploring the Petaluma Watershed.



Spring Petaluma River Cleanup – Saturday, May 7th at the Petaluma Marina, 9am

SpringPetalumaRiverCleanup2016_1We removed an impressive 3,430 lbs. of trash and debris from the Petaluma Watershed during our 2016 Spring Petaluma River Cleanup.

Despite the rain, a dedicated group of community members, over 80 volunteers, came together to protect our waterways, improving water quality and habitat.

Through generous contributions from Whole Foods Market, Camelbak, Petaluma Stand Up Paddle, Petaluma Coffee and Tea, World Centric, Grocery Outlet, the City of Petaluma, and Sprouts and funding from the Sonoma County Water Agency we enjoyed a BBQ, free raffle, live music, educational and photographic displays about our Watershed and a fun day of giving back to our local environment. Thank you!