Friday, October 26
Enjoy poetry in English and Spanish and a potluck dinner as the Petaluma Arts Center hosts an evening of remembrance. The reading is part of the month-long Day of the Dead celebrations. 4-7pm. Free. 230 Lakeville St.
Saturday, October 27
Trick-or-Treat with the merchants The Plaza North and Petaluma Plaza shopping centers during the Bill Soberanes Halloween Festival. Safe, fun with lots of treats. Co-sponsored by the McDowell Drug Task Force; 11 am - 1pm.
Support a great local nonprofit just by playing darts, billiards and then partaking in some arm wrestling at Beer Olympics at Buffalo Billiards, 246 Petaluma Boulevard North. The fun starts at 12pm with darts, then continues with a pool tournament at 2pm and arm wrestling from 4pm to 6pm. All proceeds go to Petaluma People Services Center, which offers housing, counseling, food and other assistance to thousands of local families. $20
Like zombies? Then take part in the third annual Zombie Walk. Put on your best zombie gear and meet at Copperfield’s, 140 Kentucky St. at 2pm. There will also be a post-walk party. Call 762-0563 or visit copperfieldsbooks.com.
At 6pm, take part in the annual Day of the Dead candlelight procession starting at the Water Street Bistro and continuing to the Petaluma Arts Center. Paint your face as a skeleton, bring a photo of a family member who has passed on and join in the procession. Once at the arts center, listen to a mariachi band and enjoy performances by folkloric dance groups. Food, beverages, and folk art available for purchase. Water Street Bistro is located at 100 Water St.
At 8pm, Aqus Community is throwing it down with their Halloween Bash at the Phoenix where the costume theme is your favorite rock star or band. Get into character with a performance (top prize is a stay at a great local B&B), then dance the night away to the Pulsators, a Petaluma rock band. $10.
Sunday, October 28
Calling all classic car enthusiasts. View dozens of classic cars, food, music and prizes at the Sunday Cruise In at Fourth and Sea restaurant, 101 Fourth St. 12-3pm. Free.
Wednesday, October 31
Hit the Trick or Treat Trail downtown starting 3pm. More than 60 merchants will pass out candy and other goodies to costumed children. Free. 3-5:30pm.