Incorporated in 1963, the town of Cotati has seen its population double twice to its current level of just over 7,400 residents. The town has developed in fits and starts since the turn of the century, and by the end of the ’50s had become a close knit community that clung fiercely to its claim of being “the Hub of Sonoma County.”
The year 1968 saw the birth of the counter culture’s influence on Cotati. The Inn of the Beginning came alive and brought nationally and internationally recognized musicians to Sonoma County. The major forms of music played were rhythm and blues, rock and roll, country and western, and folk.
Today, The Inn at the Beginning is Friar Tuck’s Pub. This authentic Irish pub is a focal point for the active entertainment venue Cotati has once again become, spawning what locals are calling “the Cotati Crawl”, with hot spots all over this very walkable town.
Friday and Saturday nights downtown are lively as music fills the street and the cafes and restaurants are filled with both long-time locals and students from nearby Sonoma State University.
The Cotati Farmer’s Market takes place every Thursday from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. through Sept. 16.
On Saturday, June 19 & 20 (12 noon – 7 p.m.) the 30th Annual Cotati Jazz & Antiques Festival (“Antiques, Pianos & Jazz, Oh My!”) brings some rather unique events, including a new Cotati Arts Project, with six donated upright pianos decorated and then dropped from a crane! Each decorated piano is sponsored and benefits a local charity. A picnic and piano auction follow.
The 18th Annual Cotati Kids Day Parade & Festival is July 17 and offers fun for all ages, with games, contests, food, crafts, plus live entertainment on stage.
The internationally renowned Cotati Accordion Festival is in late August. In their 20th year, the festival is one of Sonoma County’s largest events and one of the most significant accordion festivals in the United States.
On October 9, Cotati Oktoberfest will help you get the oom-pah-pah back in your life! It promises “Wunderbar German food and beer”, plus Karl Lebherz and his Bavarian band.