Special Events


Father and Daughter Ball

February 21, 2015 – Father and Daughter Ball
Bring your favorite girl to the “Under the Sea” father and daughter ball. This whimsical event is sure to delight and create lasting memories.  Designed but not limited to young ladies grades K-5. Dads (or other favorite escorts) and daughters will create a special memory with an “under the sea” theme as they dance to fun music provided DJ Dax, and visit with a ‘real’ princess.

Crab Feed

February 28, 2015 – Crab Feed at Finley
Bring a hearty appetite and join us for a fabulous evening at the annual Crab Feed at Finley! The event benefits Recreation & Parks’ Senior Programs and will feature an all-you can eat crab and trimmings dinner with wine, dessert, and a silent auction!


arbor day volunteers

March 14, 2015 – Arbor Day Tree Planting Party
Join us at this FREE family-friendly event to plant several trees at Rincon Valley Community Park. After the tree planting, cake will be served to honor Luther Burbank's birthday! This is a rain or shine event -- trees like the rain!

Participants Running

March 15, 2015 – St. Patrick’s Day Run/Walk
This 5k race is open to all ages and abilities and participants receive a commemorative mug at the finish line! Stick around after the race for the post-run celebration complete with a judged costume contest with great prizes and live music!

Fishing Kid

March 14, 2015 – Fishing In The City
Join the Santa Rosa Firefighters at Lake Ralphine for a morning of fishing! Learn a fun and inexpensive way to spend quality time outdoors with your family and friends!

Kid Tackle Box

March 15, 2015 – Fishing Derby
Join us at Lake Ralphine for an exciting, fun-filled morning of fishing! The first 100 participants will receive a souvenir, and prizes will be awarded for different age groups!


parks volunteer

April 16, 2015 – Volunteer Appreciation Event
We have the best volunteers! This event honors the contributions made by Recreation & Parks volunteer throughout the past year in making our parks - and our community - better!

Spring Egg Hunt

April 4, 2015 – Spring Egg Hunt
Tots can visit or have their picture taken with the Bunny, pet baby farm animals, and make a Springtime craft. There will be plenty of surprises hidden on the lawn for all the Egg Hunts!

HowEarth Day

April 22, 2015 – HowEarth Day
What better place to spend Earth Day than in the beauty of Santa Rosa’s Howarth Park? Be sure to join us for the FREE activities in the park for children between 2:30 and 5:30pm. K-Land Amusement Rides will also be open.


Senior Expo

May 2, 2015 – Senior Expo
This is a fantastic event for baby boomers, seniors, friends and family! Join us for a day of health and wellness at our 16th annual Senior Expo of Santa Rosa.


Live at Juilliard

July 5 - August 9, 2015 – Live at Juilliard
Extend the weekend, come and enjoy a picnic dinner on a summer Sunday evening filled with music, fun and food. All performances are free!

Live at Juilliard

July 17, 2015 - Parks Make Life Better!® Bash
July is National Parks & Recreation month! Join us to celebrate the occasion in style at Howarth Park. The Sonoma County Traveling Fair will be featured along with many other activities and entertainment!


Mom at Movie in the Park

August 14 - September 18, 2015 – Movie In The Park
Enjoy an outdoor movie during a beautiful summer evening in Howarth Park!


Golfer at the Tournament

September 11, 2015 – Scholarship Golf Tournament
Spend a fun Friday golfing with your friends or co-workers! Enjoy prizes, great food and awards! Proceeds go to Recreation & Parks Scholarship Fund.


Floating Pumpkin Patch

October 17, 2015 – Floating Pumpkin Patch
This is a fun spin on the tradition by creating a patch in the pool! In addition to pumpkins, we've got plenty of other fun activities planned for the day.

Halloween at Howarth

October 24, 2015 – Halloween at Howarth Park
Dress in your best costume and come trick-or-treat throughout one of Santa Rosa's most popular parks! Plus, ride Howarth Park's train and carousel and catch a pony ride too!


Lap Swimmers

November 26, 2015 – Turkey Burner Lap Swim
Enjoy a great pool workout before you sit down for football and the big Thanksgiving meal at this open lap swim!


Holiday Wreath

December 5 & 6, 2015 – Dickens Holiday Crafts Fair 
The 40th annual crafts fair is a festive shopping experience featuring over 70 local artists! Shop for quality, hand-crafted holiday décor, home goods, jewelry, bath and body products, edibles and more all sold by the artists.


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