Welcome to the Greatest Sough on Earth



Welcome to the Greatest Sough on Earth

thank you to everyone who came out and joined our revival community!

We danced, played, posed for pictures, laughed, ran into friends, took a break on a hay bale to watch the costumed and plumed crowds, then did it all over again!

Rhinos, sword swallowers, weddings under a boat altar, butterfly ships, giant see-saws, snakes and sloths, mustache carts, fried pickles, fancy hats, fiddlers and pirate ships. Did you get to see it all? 

We want to thank our amazing Volunteers, the creative Musicians, the talented Vendors, the generous Sponsors, and everyone else who worked so hard to throw this party at the Greatest Slough on Earth!

Rivertown Revival is a fundraiser for Friends of the Petaluma River, allowing us to support the David Yearsley River Heritage Center, the river programs like free boating at the barn every Sunday, river watershed curricula for our local classrooms, three Petaluma River clean-ups a year, and nature immersion programs for kids. Friends of the Petaluma River also host multiple celebrations of the river and its community throughout the year such as Barn Dances and River Heritage Days. Please visit friendsofthepetalumariver.org to get involved.

Rivertown 2017 Photobooth

Revival News

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Revival Boats

Revival Boats



Artists, Engineers, Racers & Boaters
Tinkerers, Makers and Wayward Craft Floaters!

Even if you don't speak Hammer & Saw you are hereby invited to create and/or decorate a slough-worthy vessel that will participate in the
2017 Rivertown Revival’s Grand Revival Boat Regatta!

We make it super easy with ideas, FAQs, and even step-by-step instructions to build a pontoon boat using a water-tested design and simple materials. This pre-designed and inexpensive craft can be assembled in one weekend and decorated the next, but don't wait til the last minute!

At the Revival Boat Regatta all manner of shiply vessel will soon turn a rudder and moves down the slough! It’s a diverse parade of artistic expression, and we’d love for you to add your oars!
Participate in two ways:

Revival Boat Contest & Review

1st Place Prize of $500 - Individuals and Teams
1st Place Prize of a 2018 RR Sponsorship - Corporate Teams
($5,000 value includes all benefits of a Commodore Sponsorship)

Race Around the Slough

1st Place Prize of $500 - Green Powered Vessels

Fill out the entry form below, or for more info, DOWNLOAD the Revival Boat Invitation Packet, with event details, how-to's, photos, timelines and construction ideas!

Grand Revival Boat Regatta

The Boat Regatta is part of a whole slew of fun happening on the water at the Revival, to include:

  • The Grand RR Flotilla & Review
  • The Race Around the Slough
  • Public voting for the favorite Revival Boat
  • Breaking for music at the Barn Stage
  • Trophy Presentations

Trophy Presentations & Prizes

  • Judging and voting occurs during The Grand RR Flotilla and the Race Around the Slough.
  • Wow our judges and the festival attendees with your artistic and engineering brilliance and participate in a lap around the course!
  • We will hand out two 1st Place trophies for "Best in Show" : one for Individual/Teams and one for Corporate Teams. 
  • We will also award one 1st Place trophy to the winner of the Race Around the Slough, for the fastest green powered boat.

Race Rules, Information, and Random Facts

  • We welcome any decorated boat to join the fun! Any “green” powered (human, paddle, or green energy) decorated boat can join the Grand RR Flotilla and Race Around the Slough.
  • In the true spirit of the race, be inventive, artistic, and outrageous in your design. Just make sure your vessel will float!
  • You must be sober. That means no alcohol or drugs will influence you or your vessel’s behavior.
  • Tides, wind and wakes are to be reckoned with. Wind picks up in the afternoon (good for sails, hard for paddlers)
  • Your vessel is your responsibility, not the Rivertown Revival’s; keep an eye on her. Your vessel entry number must be visibly placed on your craft.
  • It's the team’s responsibility to remove any vestiges of vessel by 3pm on Sunday, July 23.

Human Powered Boat Rules:

  • We welcome peddle powered, paddle powered, or otherwise human powered vessels.
  • There are no restrictions on boat size.
  • Themes and costumes are encouraged!
  • PFDs (Personal Flotation Devices) are highly encouraged and mandatory if a crew member is under the age of 16.
  • A bucket or pump must be on board if there is ANY chance your vessel might sink.
  • All vessels must have a length of rope for retrieval and towing purposes.

Green Energy Boat Rules:

  • No internal combustion engines allowed regardless of fuel type.
  • Electric powered craft are limited to 18 volts max output of battery source. No off the shelf electric outboards, unless modified. For example, control unit must be separated from motor prop unit and mounted as two separate units.
  • If your power is steam, your fuel must be alcohol.
  • Drive systems can be prop, air jet, water jet, water or air wheel, rubber band, or any other creative means of propulsion, as long as all other rules are followed.
  • A small, working fire extinguisher must be on the craft if there is ANY chance your boat might catch fire.



Rivertown Revival Kids Area play faire


Rivertown Revival Kids Area play faire


calling all young River Rats

Rivertown Revival will once again host a bustling Kids' Area for our wee ones to create treasures, view and pet animals, dance to music, play with water, and engage in group art. We'll also have a Parents' Tent hosted by the Petaluma Mothers' Club, for mothers and fathers who want privacy for nursing or a shady place to re-group and change a diaper.

The Kids' Area, like the rest of the festival, is dedicated to using recyclable materials and easily found objects as much as possible. We aspire to engage children in play that harkens back to a time when play was not something one found in a store, but rather a natural state of being evoked through simplicity, joy and imagination.



Heading Up The Rivertown Revival 2017 Music Lineup:
The Easy Leaves


Heading Up The Rivertown Revival 2017 Music Lineup:
The Easy Leaves

Welcome To Rivertown Revival Music!

Meet Our Music Team


Brian Way - performer liaison and artist check-in captain

BeeDub is a former rocker and man-about-town with ties to the Long Beach and San Francisco psychedelic music scenes. He has been running Artist Check-In at Rivertown Revival since 2011, and this year has taken on extra duties as on-line music coordinator.  He'll probably be wearing a cowboy hat, overalls, and a walkie-talkie. Come say hi!


Music is integral to the Rivertown Revival Experience. We're so lucky to have Second Octave Entertainment as our partner, bringing us our Music Captain, Josh Windmiller also of The Crux and The North Bay Hootenanny.

2017 Lineup

Rivertown Revival is not your average music festival.  Electric guitars twang in the shade of an old barn, a magician astounds the crowd on a homemade converted truck stage, and traveling preachers testify in song beside the beautiful Petaluma River.  Many events around Northern California present great music, but the Rivertown Revival aims to transport artist and audience alike into another world for one perfect summer day.  Our 2017 schedule boasts many styles including Country, Latin, Hot Jazz, Vaudeville, Marching Band, and Bluegrass!

The Barn Stage







The Revival Tent






The Spectacular Stage







The Rhino Stage



The Butterfly Stage

1:45, 3:00, 4:30



Holy Matrimony!

$5 Weddings at the World's Greatest Slough


Holy Matrimony!

$5 Weddings at the World's Greatest Slough


Come And Get Hitched!


Five buckeroos to our wonderful organization buys you a legal wedding with all the trimmings or a fanciful commitment ceremony.

Debbie Wilson

Meet wedding wrangler, Debbie Wilson. She will be making the Hitching Post a beautiful place to tie the knot, and will be coordinating all elements of the 2017 Rivertown Revival weddings. Once you complete the application form below, she will follow up with you to schedule all the details.

Weddings Are All Booked Up!

Come on up to the wedding hill and watch our 13 couples this year, or come back and get hitched next year!



Reach Out And Touch Us!


Reach Out And Touch Us!

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