The Ultimate 3 Day Halloween Art Show Experience

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

Halloween art show weekend
Historic Petaluma California

Spend your first day exploring the Victorian downtown of  Petaluma  - our top stops along the way:  

Maps and tourist info can be found at the
Petaluma Visitor's Center.

Head downtown and visit the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum and take in the current exhibit.  

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 PetalumaThis 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:


Halloween, All Hallows Art Fest, Halloween and Vine weekend
The Wild Goat Bistro

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.

Collectible Halloween Artist David Everett
Artist David Everett

DAY 2 -SATURDAY

The ALL HALLOW'S ART FEST SHOW

(visit the All Hallow's Art Fest website HERE for a full artist lineup and show details)

Halloween Art 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.
Collectible artist  Jorge De Rojas
Artist Jorge De Rojas
Sharon Bloom of All Hallows Art Fest
Artist Sharon Bloom
Lovers of Halloween will be dazzled by the displays of original Halloween art including pottery, jewelry, paper mache and sculpture, paintings, fiber arts, wood carving, and vintage collectibles. 

All Hallows Art fest


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.
Fremont diner desserts are amazingTry 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!

Visit Sonoma

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

As with any Antique Faire - the early bird gets the worm... plan to be at the Acre Coffee on 4th St. around 7:15 a.m.  Grab a quick bite to eat and one of their excellent coffee or tea drinks to fortify yourself - then head out and start shopping.

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.
Petaluma Pete

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.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE SOCIETY