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Petaluma enjoys vibrant arts scene

The annual Petaluma Music Festival features performances by nationally recognized artists and popular emerging musicians.

The vibrant art scene is richly woven into the very fabric of Petaluma, a culturally diverse town in southern Sonoma County.

The thriving arts community extends into the historic downtown where there are more than a dozen galleries, which exhibit handcrafted jewelry, paintings, and sculpture by contemporary artists of local and international renown.

The Petaluma Arts Center(230 Lakeville St., 707-762-5600) hosts art exhibits, concerts, cultural performances, art classes, literary and film lectures, and community events in a former train storage and repair building. It also helps artists connect with community venues interested in displaying artwork via its Art Around Town program.

Popular to locals and visitors alike, Second Saturday Art Walks during the spring and summer months allow art aficionados to learn more about the artists. And as a testament to Petaluma’s long standing commitment to the arts, Walnut Park has been the setting for the Petaluma Arts Association's annual Art in the Park exhibition for more than 50 years.

Picturesque Petaluma has captured the attention of numerous filmmakers, serving as a location for many major films — American Graffiti (1973), Cujo (1983), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986), Basic Instinct (1992), Scream (1996), Pleasantville (1998), Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), and many more. Plus, Petaluma entertains a modern music scene, hosting the annual Petaluma Music Festival