About Petaluma, California
Petaluma is a city located in Sonoma County, California, in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. As of 2024, its population is 58,586. Petaluma was once known as the “Egg Basket of the World” due to its poultry and egg farming industry. Today, it is a foodie haven with a farm-to-table cuisine, beer, and spirits scene. The city has a rich history, and its downtown area is full of well-maintained 19th- and early 20th-century buildings with styles ranging from Spanish Colonial and Victorian to Gothic Revival. One of the city’s best examples of neoclassical architecture is Petaluma’s Historical Library & Museum, a Carnegie Library built in 1904 with California’s largest free-standing leaded-glass dome. The museum offers free downtown walking tours that start on its steps at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays, from May through October. Petaluma is situated at the northernmost navigable end of the Petaluma River, a tidal estuary that snakes southward to San Pablo Bay. The city is flanked by the unincorporated communities of Penngrove to the north and Lakeville to the south. Petaluma hosts a year’s worth of lively festivals, including the family-friendly Butter & Egg Days in April, which celebrates Petaluma’s agricultural heritage with a downtown parade, marching bands, and a flock of adorable costume-clad kids.