Gallery Exhibit She Persisted

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OCA is pleased to present “She Persisted” – a juried exhibition of artwork created by Sonoma County artists.

This exhibition celebrates Women’s History from the beginning of time through the present. This show is being organized in recognition of the 100th year anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote in the US. Works that illustrate, demonstrate and embody the spirit of women throughout time are presented for viewing by the public during gallery open hours. Enjoy this exhibit that creatively expresses the many and various goals, both humble and grand, that women have achieved through their vision and persistence.

Our gallery is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 4 PM and during the intermission of live performances.


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Canceled: Occidental Fool’s Parade and Celebration! Saturday, April 4th 1-4 PM

Due to the mandatory shelter in place order for our County, the 2020 Fool’s Parade has been canceled. We look forward to a joyous celebration of foolishness on April 3, 2021.


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Occidental Fool’s Parade and Party
First Saturday in April at 1 PM

Join the fun as we celebrate creativity with this Occidental tradition where fools reign supreme! Parade begins at 1pm at the Community Center, winds its way down Main Street and then back up Bohemian Highway towards the fun! Everyone is welcome to participate in the parade and frolic with us!

Immediately following the parade come down to OCA for a community celebration. Join your neighbors for family-friendly entertainment and activities! Food & drinks, live music by Hub Bub Club and Bloomfield Bluegrass Band, art contest, lots of kids activities, entertainment and more. Get your silly costumes ready for big fun!


Don’t miss this annual event celebrating community and creativity! Held the first Saturday in April, rain or shine.

Come frolic with us as we parade foolishly through Occidental-town, led by The Hub Bub Club, to wind our silly way to OCA for extreme frivolity and fun! Enjoy the crowning of the King and Queen of Fools presided over by Zero the Clown and more!

After the parade, enjoy free live entertainment, children’s activities and foolish community fun!

This event has been an annual tradition in Occidental for more than a decade. Dance like a fool at this family-friendly event! Meet at 12:30 pm at the Occidental Community Center to join the parade (children must be accompanied by parent/guardian). No fee to participate in the parade and foolish festivities. Refreshments for sale at OCA following the parade, proceeds benefit our art center. Come one, come all!