Northern California Puppet Festival 2024


To celebrate the Guild’s 70th, the San Francisco Bay Area Puppeteers Guild is planning a Bay Area puppet festival to take place on the first weekend in August of this year. It will be two exciting days of performances and workshops of all kinds! We’re working hard to provide two days with workshops for educators, builders, performers, and enthusiasts, and performances for a variety of audiences.

The Festival will be at Sonoma Community Center
on Friday Aug 2 – Sat. Aug 3rd

Hello Puppet Aficionados,

Welcome and thank you for joining us to celebrate a Puppet Landmark. In 1954, a small group of puppet enthusiasts formed a puppet club to share ideas, workshops, and shows. That dedicated group grew into the S.F. Bay Area Puppeteers Guild, now one of the largest Puppet Guilds in America.

Some of our notable members, Lettie Connell (Schubert), Lewis Mahlmann, and Mike and Frances Oznowicz, have been instrumental in hosting Regional and National Puppetry Festivals to share their passion for puppetry. With the Northern California Puppet Festival, we continue this meaningful tradition.

We warmly welcome you all. Whether you are a performer, workshop presenter, exhibitor, or participant, we thank you for your contributions and enthusiasm. We hope this weekend gives you opportunities to enjoy this amazing art form and connect with fellow puppeteers who share your interests.

While we know it will be a busy two days, please join us in Room 110 for cheesecake (courtesy of the Nick Barone Scholarship Fund) at the Friday Social Hour and a slice of 70th Anniversary cake during the Saturday Social Hour.

Wishing you all a joyful 70th Anniversary Festival,Marisol Himmel & Lee Armstrong
Festival Coordinators