The Cotati Accordion Festival is a nonprofit, multi-generational, multi-cultural accordion festival featuring over 40 accordion bands and soloists; The Polka Tent; The Jam Tent; The Zydeco Dance Party; The Student Stage; the alternative music Apocalypse Stage; 70 vendors; food, beer and wine.
The Cotati Accordion Festival is a non-stop multicultural extravaganza of accordion music, polka dancing, food, drink and crafts. Bring your accordion to play in the Lady of Spain-a-Ring! The venue is open air under the oak trees of the central Cotati plaza. If you plan to stay for the whole day, bring your own comfortable folding lawn chair. You may have to find parking on the street several blocks away, because annual attendance reaches 2,000 - 3,000 a day. Whether you love 'em or hate 'em, there are plenty of those darn accordions at the festival. At the Cotati Accordion Festival the sound stage features a cast of rotating acts who play 45 minutes sets. Musical styles range from traditional Tex-Mex to whacky rock-pop-San Francisco-mischief music. The festival is family friendly wholesome fun! If you like to dance, there is a separate tent that features polka music and the likes. There is also an "old timer" tent complete with washboard base where festivals goers play their favorite tunes in unison. Cruise the vendor displays. There are 100's of accordions for sale, music books, and related merchandise. Enter one of the fund raiser sweepstakes for a chance to win an accordion. Ticket sale proceeds support music education for Northern California students. Notables: Tickets: (subject to change) Tickets are $19 for one day ($17 when bought in advance) and $29.00 for two days ($27 when bought in advance.) Kids 15 and under FREE when accompanied by a paying adult.
Senior Tickets are $17 when purchased at outlets or at the gate. One-day senior tickets may be purchased for $15 but only from ARES Ticketing System (see below).
Two day tickets for seniors are $27 when bought in advance or at the gate. No additional discount is available for two-day tickets.
Advanced tickets can be purchased at all three Oliver's locations (Cotati, Stony Point, Montecito), The Last Record Store (Santa Rosa) and People's Music (Sebastopol)
FRI Kick OFF Shows happening at all three oliver's markets, lagunitas brewing company & redwood cafe.
SAT & SUN Polka Dance Party in the Polka tent
SAT & SUN Zydeco Dance Party at Friar Tucks, 8201 Redwood Hwy.
There's a very friendly family vibe to the Cotati Accordion Festival. You can easily watch your kids play on the swings set and jungle gym. The park is completely enclosed by fences with only a few ways out. Bottom line it's pretty darn safe, which allows parents a little room to breathe and enjoy themselves.