Cotati Plaza

Cotati

Located in the center of Sonoma County on the Highway 101 corridor, Cotati (pop. 7,275) is a modern community with strong historic roots, particularly in agriculture and music.

Because of a gap in the coastal mountains to the west, coastal fog often reaches Cotati in the summer, creating a milder and somewhat cooler climate than in neighboring communities such as Santa Rosa or Sebastopol. Laid out in the 1890s and covering less than two square miles, Cotati is one of only two towns nationwide (the other is Detroit) with a hexagon street pattern instead of the standard grid.

The heart of Cotati is La Plaza Park, a California Historic Landmark. Each year it comes alive with Cajun beats, music with a Spanish flair and much, much more during the Cotati Accordion Festival, the largest event of its type in California.

Accordion lovers worldwide travel to Cotati for a weekend of fun, food, and squeezebox music. A statue of renowned accordion player Jim Boggio, a co-founder of the festival who died in 1996, occupies a place of honor in the plaza.

The park also hosts a weekly farmers market from June to September, offering locally grown produce and flowers, crafts, specialty foods, live entertainment, and children’s activities. Annual events based in La Plaza Park include the Kids’ Day Parade and Festival, the Cotati Jazz Festival, Oktoberfest, and a holiday tree lighting ceremony.

A restaurant district near the plaza offers diverse dining options, from classic American cuisine to Mexican, Japanese, Italian, and more.  

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Amy's Chinese Kitchen Photo
8577 Gravenstein Highway, Cotati, CA 94931

Delicous Asian-Style Chinese food located in Cotati on the corner of Gravenstein Highway and Old Redwood Highway. Open Monday through Saturday: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sunday: 12 - 9 p.m.

The Hub Cyclery Photo
7880 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, CA 94926

We are dedicated to great customer service and have a wide and varied background in cycling. We’ve both been involved in racing mountain, road and triathlon events. However, our love shifted to ultra…

North Light Books & Cafe Photo
550 E. Cotati Avenue, Cotati, CA 94931

North Light is a local, independent bookstore providing SSU textbooks for over 20 years. We are owned and operated by SSU graduates and students, and work closely with SSU professors to find less…

Redwood Cafe Photo
8240 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, CA 94931

Redwood Cafe has been a dining destination for nearly 30 years. Serving Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch and Dinner to happy patrons. Redwood Cafe was once one of Sonoma County’s best kept secrets but, now…

Stones Throw Photo
8278 Old Redwood Highway, Cotati, CA 94931

The place to go for quality spiritually-oriented local gifts for the body, mind, and spirit including jewelry, fine art, crafts, crystals, health products, and more.

Jewels To Junk Photo
8025 Gravenstein Highway, Cotati, CA 94931

Jewels to Junk is a small store in Cotati that deals in New and Used merchandise. We are constantly purchasing from auctions, closeout sales, and overstock sales to find items that we can pass on to…

Acme Burger Photo
550 E. Cotati Avenue, Cotati, CA 94931

Acme Burger is a casual restaurant focusing on community togetherness and simple, local, and exceptionally good food and drink at an affordable price. We feature Sonoma Mountain Beef burgers (locally…