Free Bus Rides on Petaluma Transit

Petaluma_Transit_logo Petaluma Transit and RR have partnered to provide an eco-conscious and practical transportation alternative to this year’s event and the best part – its FREE!

Riders can take Bus Route 1, 11, and 24 and exit at the Copeland Transit Centers (transfers are available to these routes) and the bus drivers are happy to assist you in navigating your trip.

For a complete bus route schedule visit or for trip planning which can also be found on the PT’s home page.


Calling All Rivertown Revivalists

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Volunteer Sign-ups are Here!

It’s time to muster up for duty for the Revival, which will be coming to town on Saturday, July 18, 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

This event is 100% fueled by our fabulous volunteers, (or VIPs as we prefer to call ‘em!} We hope you will join us this year to celebrate The Greatest Slough on Earth!

All VIPs receive free admission, two drink coupons, an RR VIP t-shirt, and access to the VIP tent, where the deck hands on duty will treat you with refreshments, shade and the best seats on the Peninsula! Most of all, you get to be a part of the wonderful community!

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Holy Matrimony!

Holy Matrimony!

  Planning on getting hitched at this year’s Rivertown Revival? Our application forms are now available at the above “apply yourself” pull down. Five buckeroos to our wonderful organization buys you a legal wedding with all trimmings or a fanciful commitment ceremony.

We are thrilled to welcome our newest Revivalist to the team! Meet wedding wrangler, Krista Fotou. She will be making the Hitching Post a beautiful place to tie the knot, and will be coordinating all elements of the 2014 Rivertown Revival weddings. Once you complete an application, she will follow up with you to schedule all the details.

Vittles 'n' Fixins - 2014

Hey Hungry Revivalists!Check out the nosh we've got booked for this summer's Revival!  These fantastic food peddlers will be serving up delicious fare to keep us in the spirit all day and night. Coming back this year are:

Lagunitas Beer Comet Corn Those Fabulous Frickle Brothers Pizza Politana Palooza, The Bunslinger Petaluma Coffee & Tea Co Preferred Sonoma Caterers Real Cool Frozen Treats Revive Kombucha Roy's Chicago Doggery Shell Shucked Oyster Three Twins Ice Cream Ultra Crepes And we also welcome these new Food Peddlers to the Revival: Fish On! Chips Jezebel Donuterie Nourish Pink Elephant Concessions Red's Apple Roadhouse Thistle Meats Ultimate Souvlaki -

Thank you Sponsors!

A gianormous Rivertown thankyou to all of our amazing sponsors for Rivertown Revival 2013! We couldn't do it without you!rr-2013-sponsors-thankyou

Land(ing) Art

Rivertown Revival features all kinds of art – art boats, art performances, music and crafty items for you to purchase, but have you noticed the sculptures? Since the beginning of this amazing event, we have invited Sonoma County'(and beyond) sculptors to wow you with their skill and talent. Again this year, the artists will present their art on land and if you are lucky you will see some on water. On the promenade as you enter the event, you should look left and right to see the exhibition of sculptural wonders.  Here you will find the art of our sculpture luminaries who have worked hard to produce and present you with these feats of aesthetic beauty. All art will be available for barter.

Also of colossal wonder..... you may want to seek out the giant Photo Chapel of Michael Garlington. It is under wraps in the artist's studio on Copland and D our parking lot.  This work is in the process of being built for Burning Man and once completed will be enjoyed in the Nevada desert a the event, then burned.

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For the Young River Rat

kids-circus-likeWe will have our kids’ area ready and waiting for you with safe, cool and comfy environments for river rats of all ages. Our very own kids stage – The Boat Dock – will have magic, music and other maritime fun * throughout the day. Arts and crafts, face painting and henna, a teen terrace, archery and more…. Come check us out with your whole family as this will be a kids’ revival not to be missed!

Clearing, Crafting, Building & Boating Days in May, June and July 2014!

If you love Rivertown Revival, WE NEED YOU! Volunteer work days will be every Sunday in May, June and July from 10:00 to 3:00

Please come 10am - 3pm on Sundays in May, June and July to the River Heritage Center and join the Revivalists working hard to create this epic event.

All are welcome, and will enjoy live music, snacks, and the comradery of our community while freely slathering a little elbow grease around the various projects awaiting your help.

The River Heritage Center is located on the McNear Peninsula (entrance at Steamer Landing Park, which is located at D Street and Copeland).

Builders- will be working on building the docks, ticket booths, outbuildings, stages, and other areas of the festival. Bring your battery-powered tools (there will be an outlet for recharging) and some friends.  If you have access to scrap lumber that you think would help in construction, please email

Landscapers- Bring your weedwackers and help us clear the land for the big day!

Crafters-We'll be creating banners and cloth decor items for the festival. Please bring your basket filled with: stapler, scissors, needles and red, white, and creme thread, pins, and a cushion for your own tushie!

And we're looking for donations for the Kidstown Area of the festival- please drop off if you have any buttons, clothespins, toothpicks, wood skewers, ribbon, or green sticks.

10 Things to Know Before You Go

Attending the Revival- Important Information

  1. Entrance to the Rivertown Revival is $10.  No charge for babes in arms.  Dogs are not permitted into the festival.
  2. This is a family-friendly event with organized activities and entertainment available for children, tweens, and grownups- all included in the entrance price.
  3. Limited paid parking is available in the lot at Weller and East D streets. Parking is $10 per car. Free parking may be found at the Theater Square garage across the river on 2nd and C Streets.
  4. A massive, free,  Bicycle Valet organized by the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition will be near the entrance on Copeland and D.
  5. Water stations will be set around the Rivertown Revival for guests to fill their own water bottles. No bottled water will be sold at the event.
  6. Volunteers, Vendors, and Visitors are applauded for playing dressup.  Think Old West meets Victorian Carnival. There are always lots of folks in costume, so you won't be alone!
  7. The peninsula is a natural, bumpy, uneven environment.  Please wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes. Smoking or open flames of any kind are prohibited on the peninsula.
  8. A wheelchair shuttle will be available to take guests to inaccessible areas of the festival. Handicap parking is available at the Steamer Landing Parking Lot.
  9. Several ATMs will be available at the festival.  Ticket booths accept cash and credit cards.
  10. Food and merchandise vendors accept cash, and in some cases, credit cards.

RR & Michael Garlington

We'd like to thank Michael Garlington for creating 2 of the iconic images for this years Rivertown Revival. The timeless quality of his work is unmistakable and feels inherently connected to the fabric of Petaluma.

Thank you Michael!



Rivertown Revival is Never Trashy. Remember Your Canteen!

Rivertown Revival is proud to partner with Green Mary Event Waste Diversion to ensure that our pristeen McNear Peninsula is kept litter-free.  To support our goals of Zero Waste, all food and beverage will be served in compostable serviceware.  No bottled water will be sold at the festival- instead, multiple water stations will be available for Revivalists to fill their own canteens, unbreakable bottles, and cups.

You'll see Green Mary's crew all around helping to sort out our recyclables from our compostables- please do your part to help them out!  We're looking for Green Team members to volunteer for this important and integral part of Rivertown Revival.

Fast for Rivertown Revival!

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Or just raid your freezer, cupboard and root cellar until Wednesday May 15th, 8am to 9pm, when 5% of all proceeds at Whole Foods Market Petaluma will go to fund Rivertown Revival, The Greatest Slough on Earth!

Rivertown Revival musicians will tickle your ears (and other extremities if desired) throughout the day.

Sign up to volunteer, make a boat, get married, or all three!

Whole Foods Market Petaluma will crew our Beauty Barge at Rivertown Revival, so make sure to check out how to get gussied up between bouts of filling your cart.

So remember, by order of the Rivertown Admiralty, don’t purchase groceries until May15th, when we will descend on Whole Foods like a cloud of locusts!

Rivertown Revival 2013 Roster Revealed!

Rivertown Revival 2013 Music Roster

Barn Stage

Channel Stage

Front Porch Stage

Tent Stage

Children's Stage

Rea and Dan's Rivertown Love Story

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Meet one of Rivertown Revival's 2013 Wedding Couples!

Dan and I met at The Evergreen State College in Washington Sate. We quickly became best friends through long walks along the Puget Sound, crafting and flying kites as well as building furniture forts in my living room.

Our friendship turned to love April of 2009 and we've been inseparable ever since.

Together we moved ourselves and our two cats to Washington D.C., where his family lives, for the great adventure of it all. Here I run a YMCA academic after school program while Dan is studying at Gallaudet University to become an American Sign Language Interpreter. On Thanksgiving Day 2012 Dan drove us to Calvert Cliffs, a beautiful cliff side at the Chesapeake Bay. It was here, over a picnic lunch, that Dan asked me to marry him! I was thrilled! After a long walk we drove to his parents home, which was filled with his family for the holiday, and announced our news. Everyone was elated!

Because of the distance between my family (Washington and Nevada) and his (New York and D.C.) people began asking about our plans from the moment we made our announcement. Feeling as though we were caught in the middle of the country we began looking at elopement ideas.

We knew the opportunities Vegas offered for those wishing to elope but we were not sure we wanted something so popular. After some research I found hitching posts, one in Idaho and one in North Carolina but neither were really our style. Honestly I spent hours and hours over courses of days on the internet searching for words such as, "elopement, hitching post, cheap weddings, etc." I eventually found a video of an elopement and after watching it my heart sank because I knew eloping was not what I truly wanted. I didn't want to have our first kiss as husband and wife conclude our special day. I wanted people to be there and people to celebrate with!

Finally, while browsing through the internet I found an article on Guerilla Weddings on the website A Practical Wedding, there were two stories written about the Rivertown Revival and their $5 wedding booth. I knew instantly that my dream wedding had just presented itself to me. No stress, no worries, and all fun!

Once presented with the most amazing wedding venue, I ran with the adventure of it all, together Dan and I have planned a fifty day road trip from D.C. and back all around this great country of ours, and getting hitched along the way! We are visiting each and every family and friend that we have as well as some of the most amazing cities we have only heard of! We are staying in a few of the most unusual hotels and stopping at all of the really unique attractions! It is a dream come true for the both of us and I cannot thank the Rivertown Revival for offering such a perfectly unique opportunity to escape from the superficialness of that which can be tradition wedding planning and turning ours into the adventure of a life time!

If anyone is interested in checking out our trip and our stops they can look at our wedding website!