Festivals & Attractions
Located along the scenic Russian River, Cloverdale is 80 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge and 30 miles from the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. With access to the 70-acre Russian River Park and a few minutes drive to beautiful Lake Sonoma, water lovers can enjoy their own type of paradise.
With historic murals downtown depicting early life in Cloverdale, and self-guided walking tours of the historical residences and buildings of the city, visitors can enjoy the history of Cloverdale. Or they can visit the Cloverdale Historic Museum, which is located in the notable gothic revival Gould-Shaw House.
The area near Cloverdale was also the site of two utopian type colonies, one to the south, called Icaria, whose school is remembered with an historical marker, and the other, Preston, which lay to the north. Preston was a religious sect community led by Madame Emily Preston who, in addition to being viewed as a healer with an “x-ray eye” and a slew of patent medicines, also founded “The Church of Heaven on Probation.” While Madame Preston’s once elegant mansion was lost to a wildfire in 1988, the church and adjacent clock tower still stand today.
With unique events scheduled throughout the year, Cloverdale provides something for everyone. Regular events include a farmer’s market, the Citrus Fair, the Black Bart Festival, a Beer Fest, the Classic Car Street Fair, the Old Time Fiddle Contest, Oktoberfest and the Scarecrow Competition. With gourmet food, antiques and crafts, wine and beer tasting and a variety of other activities at these events, you’re sure to have a good time.