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Petaluma is located in Sonoma County just north of San Francisco between San Rafael and Santa Rosa along US Highway 101 on the banks of the Petaluma River near San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean.
The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 50,913, an increase of 7,747 since 1990.
Petaluma is part of the Santa Rosa, California metro area.
Once known as the Chicken Capitol of the World, Petaluma was home to large poultry and egg farms early in the 20th century. The city has outgrown its humble beginnings to become a San Francisco suburb and bedroom community. The Highway 101 corridor between San Francisco and Petaluma has a variety of high-tech businesses that offer well paying jobs to those with the right skills.
There are many rural homes outside of town and in the hills, (The Coast Range), to the west.
The weather most of the year is dry and warm with a short, rainy winter.
Bed and Breakfasts and Country Inns Chileno Valley Ranch Bed & Breakfast | Goltermann Gardens | Scenic Knoll Farm |
Restaurants, Cafes, Delis, Bakeries Lagunitas Brewing Company |
History Great Petaluma Mill | Casa Grande Motel |
Science Petaluma Wildlife Natural Science Museum |
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05/28 Coming to The area
Arden Fair Sacramento CA March30-April18 Open the doors to Arden Fair and step inside. Here you'll find contemporary fashions, jewelry, accessories and brand name merchandise at over 165 specialty stores, plus Nordstrom's, Macy's, Sears, and JC Penney. Arden Fair also has a number of terrific restaurants, everything from fast food to fine dining. And it's completely enclosed, so it's always a comfortable 70 degrees inside no matter what it's like outside.
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival Santa Cruz CA April13-May11 A festival of baroque music.
Oakland Greek Festival Oakland CA May17-19 Wonderful aromas of Souklavia and Loukoumades waft through the air and the sounds of traditional Greek music and shouts of OPA! resonate in the hills of Oakland.
California Exposition & State Fair Sacramento CA June12-28 The Cal Expo is the site of the California State Fair. All year Satellite Wagering, Waterworld USA, Paradise Island Fun Center and an RV Park are just a few of the features of the Cal Expo.The first State Fair was held in 1854 in San Francisco at the old Music Hall. The fair offered premiums (prizes) for its competitions and included such agricultural exhibits such as 2-inch-long peanuts, 72-pound beets and a 10-pound carrot that was longer than 3 feet. Horseracing was part of that first fair and has continued to be a part of the fair ever since.
Midsummer Mozart Festival San Francisco CA July18-28 Organized in 1974, the Festival is the only music festival in North America dedicated exclusively to Mozart.
Gilroy Garlic Festival Gilroy CA July26-28 The internationally acclaimed Great Garlic Cook-off, the signature event of the Gilroy Garlic Festival has increased the top prize in the July 27th competition to $5,000.