Fandango! at Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park

Fandango at Petaluma Adobe State Park
Sat, September 23, 2023, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Are you looking for the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer in Sonoma County?
Welcome autumn’s arrival by experiencing dances and music of the 1840’s with a “Fandango.”
Join us on Saturday, September 23, 2023 from noon to 4pm at the Petaluma Adobe State
Historic Park for a traditional dance party! Bring a picnic and experience the spirit and fun of
Mexican California’s rancho era while learning dances on the grounds of the largest historic
adobe structure in the United States.
“Fandango was not only a dance but also the name given to an informal dancing party. Holding
a fandango during autumn was a tradition at General Mariano Vallejo’s Rancho de Petaluma,”
explains Jennifer Hanson, State Park Interpreter I. “The fandango celebrated the work of
Native Americans, Mexicans, and Californios who operated Vallejo’s successful enterprise. It
was held to honor the end of the harvest and the matanza, the slaughtering season. The cattle
of the rancho were used to produce the mainstays of early California’s economy, cattle hides
and tallow.”
Dances of the 1840’s will be performed and taught by dancers from Baile de California of
Santa Barbara. Baile de California was founded in May 2013 in Santa Barbara to preserve
the unique cultural history of California through dance and music. The dance troupe aims to
preserve the spirit and fun of Mexican California’s rancho era by encouraging audience
participation. Flor y Canto Duo, a traditional folk-instrument ensemble, will provide live music
for the dancers.
Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park is located at 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma. The park
entrance is located on Adobe Road between Casa Grande and Frates Roads. Admission for
adults is $3.00, children (6 to 17) is $2.00, age 5 and under enter free. Visitors should dress
appropriately for being out of doors. For the safety and comfort of all visitors, please do not
bring pets.
California State Parks supports equal access. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need
assistance should contact: Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park at (707) 762-4871. 711, TTY
relay service. Additional information is available at

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Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park

3325 Adobe Road - Petaluma

Price: $3.00