Meetups, plays, movies, concerts, and other things to do in and around Petaluma

‘American Graffiti’ at the fairgrounds

On Friday, May 20, Movie on the Vine presents a screening of George Lucas’ 1973 comedy-drama “American Graffiti,” on the Petaluma Fairgrounds lawn. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the screening of the film on disc. There is free general seating on a first-come/first-served basis, but special reserved seating is available nearby for $18 per person. Concession, food, drinks and more will be available. To reserve a free or reserved space, go to

Ribs for kids

How hungry are you? On Saturday, May 21, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Petaluma Active 20-30 — a nonprofit supporting local youth — will host the 2022 Ribs for Kids and Chili Cookoff, a huge annual fundraiser, at Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. The event funds the club’s annual kids’ shopping spree in August, when underserved children are treated to back-to-school shopping at Kohl’s in Petaluma, as well as a haircut, a backpack full of school supplies and a hot breakfast. With partner chapters in Sebastopol and Rohnert Park, Petaluma 20-30 takes over 100 young locals shopping each year. This is the first year that Petaluma Active 20-30 #30 will also host the Chili Cookoff, with rewards, live music, raffle prizes, games and family fun for all ages.

Petaluma’s tribute to “American graffiti”

It’s back, Petaluma’s annual car celebration, 60s nostalgia and a certain movie filmed 50 years ago. On Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the streets of downtown Petaluma will be filled with vintage cars, kiosks, food and activities inspiring attendees to answer the question “Where were you in 1962? ? This alcohol-free, family-friendly event is produced by Cruisin’ the Boulevard, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of classic car enthusiasts and “American Graffiti” fans.

‘Matilda’ the musical

Big and bold, magical and mysterious, Roald Dahl’s “Matilda,” under the musical direction of Lucas Sherman of Petaluma, opened a three-weekend run at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park. With direction by Sheri Lee Miller and running through May 22, the acclaimed musical is adapted from the beloved children’s book about a smart young girl from a despicable family who takes on the monstrous hammer-throwing headmistress of she not so friendly school. Featuring songs from the brilliant Tim Minchin, it’s one of those shows that transcends expectations, delivering surprises, smiles, tears and gasps of joy in equal measure. For tickets and information, visit

Storyteller Joel Ben Izzy

Join the families of the B’nai Israel Jewish Center Youth Program for a year-end celebration on Saturday, May 21 with internationally acclaimed storyteller Joel ben Izzy. For nearly 40 years, Joel has traveled the world collecting and telling stories from Tel Aviv to Tokyo, from Madrid to Managua – and now, from Paris to Petaluma. He will share some of his favorite Jewish tales, filled with wisdom and laughter, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the center’s backyard at 740 Western Ave., Petaluma. Attendance is free, but registration is required for planning purposes. Visit to register.

“The Mummy” at the Boulevard cinema

This inventive 1999 mix of Universal’s old monster flick and the serial Saturday adventures celebrated in Indiana Jones films plunges Brendan Frazier and Rachel Weisz into the middle of a supernatural apocalypse, as grave robbers accidentally resurrect the spirit of an evil (and long dead) Egyptian priest. Catch the magic at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, and again on Wednesday, May 25. Boulevard 14 Cinemas. 200 C St.

Dementia Caregiver Support Group

Petaluma’s Dementia Caregiver Support Group provides a safe, supportive, and compassionate place for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The group meets weekly at Petaluma Senior Center on Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m. The fee is $5 and meetings are scent-free. Please email Susan at [email protected] to register.

Walk on Wednesday evening

Want to start (or resume) walking for fitness and general exercise? Joining a weekly group of engaged walkers could be the inspiration and/or motivation you need. The Wednesday Night Walk in Petaluma begins at Cafe Aqus, zigzags through the West Side, including parts of downtown and the waterfront, covering approximately 3.5 miles to 4.5 miles, depending on weather. Sign up at

“Impermanence” exhibition at the Vibe Gallery

The Vibe Gallery in Petaluma, a few doors down from the Mystic Theater, has been rolling out one stunning exhibition after another since opening in the final months of 2021. The current must-see exhibition features the sculptures of Richard Dieterich. His works use recycled metals and other “found materials”, resulting in environmentally friendly sculptures that reflect and honor the natural world and the human body. Titled “Impermanence,” the new exhibit runs until May 22. Vibe Gallery, 1 Petaluma Blvd. North. VibeGallery

Youth Arts Exhibition

The new art exhibit at the Petaluma Arts Center features the works of young K-12 artists in the greater Petaluma area. Hosted by Kate Blakeslee, the show runs until May 28. Petaluma Arts Center, 230 Lakeville St. Info at

Christopher Moore and “Razzmatazz”

Best known for his hilarious and gruesome forays into comedy horror (“The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove,” “Bloodsucking Fiends,” “Practical Demonkeeping”) with occasional detours into Shakespearean debauchery (“Fool,” “The Serpent of Venice”)) or biblical epic (Lamb: The Gospel according to Biff, the childhood friend of Christ”), the brilliantly unpredictable novelist Christopher Moore also makes detective fiction. Kind of. After wooing readers with 2018’s gumshoe prank “Black,” Moore returns to Petaluma’s Copperfield’s Books for a live, in-person appearance to discuss his new book, “Razzmatazz,” taking readers back to the wicked streets of San Francisco. with Sammy “Two Toes” Tiffin and Cookie’s Coffee Irregulars. Thursday, May 26, 6:140 p.m. Kentucky St.

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