It’s (Almost) Cotati Time!

2006 Cotati Accordion Festival posterAt our house, there’s only one holiday more highly anticipated than Christmas, and that’s the Cotati Accordion Festival. This year’s starts on August 26th and features two jam-packed days of music, including performances from Dick Contino, Rosie Ledet and the Zydeco Playboys, Joel Guzman and Aztex, Polkacide, Those Darn Accordions, Culann’s Hounds, La Familia Pena-Govea, and many more. There’ll also be polka and zydeco dance parties in the polka tent, numerous accordion-related vendors, and the annual “Lady of Spain” ring, including the releasing of the doves.

Tickets are $17 for one day and $25 for both days — but you can get a discount if you buy them in advance. Buy them online at the official site, or in person at Backdoor Disc and Tape in Cotati, People’s Music in Sebastopol and the Last Record Store in Santa Rosa. We’ll definitely be at the festival on Sunday (and possible late on Saturday, too) handing out “Let’s Polka” stickers, so be sure to come up and say ‘hi’!


  1. What do the stickers look like? Can I have a sticker even if I can’t make it to the festival?

  2. Absolutely. We haven’t received them yet, but they’ll look like this.