Plan a whole weekend around attending one of the best Halloween Art Shows in the country.
All Hallow's Art Fest is held on Saturday, Sept 23rd, 2017. Follow this guide to create your own memorable Halloween Show weekend in Petaluma California.
DAY 1- FRIDAY
|Historic Petaluma California|
Spend your first day exploring the Victorian downtown of Petaluma - our top stops along the way:
Petaluma Visitor's Center.
Spend some time strolling along the shops on Kentucky Street-
Browse Copperfield's Books- A local favorite for bibliophiles of any age. ll
Summer Cottage Antiques is a unique and inspiring collective of over 30 dealers. Shop ahead of the Sunday antique crowds.
|Summer Cottage Antiques|
|Fall display at I Leoni|
Step into I Leoni, Petaluma's family owned destination for beautiful gifts, home decor, cookware, and dinnerware. Their Halloween display is sure to knock you off your broom!
Paper White owner, Carrie, is known for creating beautiful Fall-festive windows. Get inspired for the season as you shop fine cards, stationary, and unique gifts.
|We love this Halloween window display Paper White|
|The perfect place for cards and gifts|
Support Local Petaluma at Field Works Petaluma. This modern store gives a nod to Petaluma's agricultural history and offers a well curated assortment of locally branded products and gifts.
|Field Works Petaluma|
Stop into the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company's Seed Bank - A 1920 bank building converted to retail space with an impressive array of heirloom seeds, locally made goods, and books.
Check-in to your lodging:The Downtown Hotel Petaluma offers the most centralized lodging location. This Historic building has undergone a modern renovation keeping a nod towards it's original 1923 charm.
Air BnB and VRBO rentals are also prevalent in Petaluma and offer a variety of locations.
Visit the Petaluma Visitor's Center official website for a full listing of lodging options.
TIP: book your lodging early - the weekend of September 23rd is popular.
Grab a bite to eat before turning in early - Check out our picks:
Enjoy the atmosphere at the Wild Goat Bistro - a farm-to-table fixture serving gluten -free Neapolitan-style pizza, fish, burgers, and more! The Get Chopped salad is fantastic!A perfect place to eat and sample local wines in a rustic-chic space.
Volpi's Ristorante & Bar is an Italian family-style eatery with a throwback vibe featuring hearty portions and a speakeasy type bar in the back. A longtime local favorite and tradition in Petaluma.
Head over to Mi Pueblo is you love real and authentic Mexican food. David, the owner, is often stopping at every table to make sure you have a delicious meal and great service at this great local favorite. Feel the Fall air out on the patio, while sipping a Pomegranate margarita. Yum!
(Please drink responsibly)
GET YOUR ZZZZZZZs
Saturday morning expect to see Halloween enthusiasts and collectors lining up as early as 4 a.m.
Although it is not necessary to get in line this early - if you are serious about collecting or have a favorite artist in mind, you may want to be within the first 100 in line to get first dibs on those "special pieces." A good night's sleep will leave you feeling alert and help you to soak in all aspects of the show.
|Artist David Everett|
DAY 2 -SATURDAY
The ALL HALLOW'S ART FEST SHOW
As previously mentioned, die-hard fans will line up for this Halloween tradition early. Show doors open at 9 a.m. Our artists are encouraged to bring enough work to make it worth your while to come to the show at any point during the day.
Tickets are just $5.00 at the door.
Produced by the Halloween Folk Art Society, this show earns its reputation as a first class source for Original Halloween Art and Collectibles.
|Artist Jorge De Rojas|
|Artist Sharon Bloom|
Historic Hermann Sons Hall provides a uniquely vintage ambiance and creates the perfect backdrop for all of the art and amazing Halloween collectibles that will be on display.
The show is divided into two rooms -
The Main Hall and the Raven Room. Shoppers generally stay at the show for at least 2-3 hours, taking several turns around the rooms in order to see everything, pick the Halloween art pieces that call to them, and chat with the artists and fellow collectors.
This once a year event can draw the crowds, especially during the first few hours, and with an average of 31 dedicated Halloween artists, the amount of unique Halloween art and collectibles can be a bit overwhelming but WORTH IT!
- Read our "Show Hacks" blog posting for tips and tricks to successfully shopping the show.
After the show, celebrate your successful shopping with lunch at the Fremont Diner. About a 15 minute drive outside of Petaluma - The Fremont is well worth the trip.
Try the spicy chicken on white bread, homemade biscuits if they have them (the menu changes), and the grits are spectacular. We recommend going with a group and "sharing" so you can try it all.
TIP: order dessert first - the best ones tend to sell out fast. The burnt caramel cake is to die for!
The Sonoma Town Square is the perfect place to take a lazy nap after the Fremont Diner. Surrounded by charming shops and galleries, it is the perfect place to while away the rest of your afternoon.
Once again we recommend an early night - in preparation for the Sunday Petaluma Antique Faire.
DAY 3- THE PETALUMA ANTIQUE FAIRE
The Faire is officially opened from 8am - 4pm. The Faire is held on Fourth, Kentucky & Western Streets. Expect to find great deals and steals - a variety of dealers offer everything from French Country Chic to the contents of grandma's attic.
Make a second pass through the faire as the relaxed Petaluma atmosphere usually means some dealers are still putting goods out as late at 10 a.m.
Tip: Stop and listen to Petaluma Pete - a piano playing tradition that adds to the festive atmosphere of the fair.
|Petaluma Pie Company|
Grab lunch at the Petaluma Pie Company. - the sweet and savory hand pies and tarts are amazing at this tiny shop. Take your selections "to-go" and then head out on one of these "easy day trips" -
Dillon Beach-Located just 35 min from Downtown Petaluma
Charles Schultz Museum - Santa Rosa California
Antique shopping in Sebastopol-Antique Society is our favorite
Visit Sonoma- Stroll the Sonoma Square, pickup fresh cheese, grapes, and a bottle of wine at the Sonoma Cheese Factory
Go wine tasting - Napa
Head to Point Reyes- See the ocean and sample the oysters!
Wrap up this perfect weekend by joining the Halloween Folk Art Society Facebook group and share pictures of the Halloween treasures and art you snapped up at the All Hallow's Art Fest show.
Free tips and suggestions on Halloween displays and decorating can also be found on the Society FB group.