Established by Petaluma High School music director Cliff Eveland, the Petaluma Music Festival operates with the singular mission to keep music in the schools. Since its inception 14 years ago, the nonprofit festival has rocked the crowds at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma each summer with eclectic local bands and other family-friendly offerings while raising money for music programs in the town’s public schools.
Last summer, the festival transitioned to a virtual fundraising event due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, organizers announced that the festival will return to a live, in-person affair when it takes place at the fairgrounds on August 7, 2021.
In addition to the live date, the Petaluma Music Festival also announced its lineup of popular North Bay and Bay Area acts who are ready to return to the stage.
The full lineup for the 2021 Petaluma Music Festival includes the Motet, Monophonics, Full Moonalice: THC Revue featuring the New Chamber Brothers and T Sisters, Ron Artis II & The Truth, Lebo–Artist at Large (aka Dan Lebowitz), SambaDá, the Commonheart, Mestizo Beat, Sebastian Saint James and the Highway Poets, Bandjango Collectif featuring Stella Heath, Black Sheep Brass Band, Kendra McKinley, Bronze Medal Hopefuls, Dirty Red Barn and Jinx Jones.
Under current guidelines, festival organizers are planning a “Safe/Vaccinated” festival, and will only admit participants and attendees who have been fully vaccinated for Covid-19 at least 2 weeks prior to the festival, OR receive a negative test result for Covid-19 within 72 hours prior to the festival.
“Our first priority will be for everyone to be safe while enjoying the festival,” state organizers. “As with all events happening in the next several months, we will have to work within the Covid-19 protocols and guidelines set forth by the County of Sonoma Health Department and the State of California.”
Tickets to the 2021 festival are available now on Eventbrite. General admission tickets are $55, and VIP tickets are $149. The VIP ticket includes a reserved seat in the shade with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting and beer tasting. Teens 13-18 get a ticket for $25 (sold only at the gate), and kids 12 under get in for free.
“Due to the pandemic, the cost of producing the festival has increased dramatically,” state festival organizers. “Please consider making a donation in addition to your ticket purchase to help offset the costs of the festival. We are a non-profit festival and all proceeds are donated to the music programs in our local public schools, so our kids can enjoy making music.”
Check out the official poster for the 14th Annual Petaluma Music Festival below, and get more info and tickets at Petalumamusicfestival.org.