Cotati Accordion Festival is a yearly event. The 2017 festival will be the 27th annual. The venue is open under the shade trees of La Plaza Park in Cotati. If you plan to stay for the whole day, bring your own comfortable, short-backed folding lawn chair. A shuttle will be provided from Park and Ride at the corner of Highway 116 and Old Redwood Highway on St. Joseph Way. Handicap parking is available at 102-104 W. Cotati Ave. (kitty cornered from the Korean Baptist Church) and in front of the Korean Baptist Church at 81 West Cotati Ave. 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 two main stages feature a cast of rotating acts who play 30- to 45-minute 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 and zydeco music. In the adjoining club, Friar Tuck's, there is zydeco dancing both days from 1:00 to 5:00. There is also zydeco in the polka tent from 5:00 to 6:30. Dont forget to bring your accordions to the Accordion Jam Tent which is growing each year.
Cruise the vendor displays. There are 100's of accordions for sale, music books and related merchandise. The vendors also include everything from arts and crafts to food, beer and wine.