Biggest and Best Annual Sonoma County Festivals

Gravenstein Apple Fair - Sebastopol
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Here is a round-up of Sonoma County’s best events and festivals throughout the year. 

There’s wine, food, music, art and lots of fun. Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Wineroad’s Wine and Food Affair, VinOlivo, Russian River Wine Road Barrel Tasting, Savor Sonoma Valley ... find your favorite or discover a new variety at one of several Sonoma wine festivals throughout the area. 

After all that wine tasting, climb into bed at one of the 11,600 rooms available. From luxury hotels to quaint inns, vacation rentals to campgrounds – Sonoma County has a place for you. Check listed Calendar of Events for dates and details.

 

January

Olive Season
December - February
A celebration of the senses with events, olive art, oil tastings, grove walks and more. Feast of the Olives continues with activities over February.
Sonoma Valley
707-996-1090
www.olivefestival.com

Winter Wineland
Join more than 100 wineries for this fun and educational weekend. Meet winemakers, tour wineries, and sample wine throughout the Russian River, Alexander, and Dry Creek valleys.
800-723-6336
www.wineroad.com

 

February

VinOlivo – Annual Olive Festival
The VinOlivo is a gala celebration and feast for the senses. Sip Sonoma Valley’s best wines as you get to know the personalities behind them. Ignite your taste buds with culinary delights from Sonoma’s finest restaurants and caterers. Sample local artisan olives and olive oils at the Olive Bar.
707-935-0803
www.sonomavalleywine.com

Rodney Strong Vineyards Wine and Chocolate Fantasy
Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg joins chocolatiers in offering a delicious line up of quality chocolate side by side with fine wines.
800-678-4763
www.rodneystrong.com

 

March

Wine Road Barrel Tasting
For two weekends, sample wine directly from the barrel at more than 100 wineries throughout the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys. Purchase “futures,” meet winemakers, discover new wineries and visit your favorites.
800-723-6336
www.wineroad.com

California's Artisan Cheese Festival
Meet celebrated cheese makers and sample artisan cheeses at this tasty festival, held at the Sheraton Sonoma County – Petaluma. Seminars and farm tours are available.
www.artisancheesefestival.com

Savor Sonoma Valley — A Barrel Tasting & Culinary Experience
Join 20 wineries showcasing wines straight from the barrels, sampling new releases, and offering award-winning wines paired perfectly with culinary creations prepared by local chefs and restaurants. Meet winemakers, mingle with wine lovers behind the scenes, peruse art from local artists, and listen to live music. Sonoma Valley.
866-794-WINE (9463)
www.HeartofSonomaValley.com

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
Sebastopol Center for the Arts presents its annual showcase of independent documentary films, bringing enlightening subjects and filmmakers to West Sonoma County.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
707-829-4797
www.sebastopolfilmfestival.org

 

April

Sonoma International Film Festival
An intimate celebration of unforgettable cinema, world-class food and fine wine on Sonoma's historic plaza. The  Sonoma International Film Festival features over 90 hand-selected films screened in intimate venues within walking distance on Sonoma's historic plaza. Renowned filmmakers, industry leaders and celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Susan Sarandon, Mary-Louise Parker and Ray Liotta have enjoyed this unique event. 
707-933-2600 
www.sonomafilmfest.org

Passport to Dry Creek Valley
Many wineries create themes around which they showcase wine paired with food, and entertainment. All showcase the best current releases, library wines, and special bottlings only available during Passport. Presented by Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley.
707-433-3031
www.wdcv.com

Redwood Coast Whale & Jazz Festival
This “jazzed up” Whale Festival celebrates the annual grey whale migration featuring four days of the finest in jazz, food, beer, wine, poetry, art ... and whales in Gualala/
800-778-5252
www.whaleandjazzfestival.com

 

May

Castles & Kites
Join the celebration of sandcastle building and kite flying at Doran Beach in Bodega Bay. Amateurs and experts are welcome to join in the fun. Bring your own kite or sit back and watch others show off their kite-handling skills. Free tools and molds are on loan to build a sandcastle and long-time sand sculptors will work on elaborate creations. 
707-565-CAMP for overnight camping reservations.
www.sonoma-county.org/parks

Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival
Downtown Santa Rosa comes alive with a community parade, celebrating the contribution of famed horticulturist Luther Burbank.
707-542-7673
www.roseparadefestival.com

Film Fest Petaluma
This annual event showcases of the best new animated and live action short films from around the world. Enjoy lively post-screening discussions with filmmakers after all shows.
www.petalumafilmalliance.org/filmfest-petaluma

Taste Alexander Valley
Taste exclusive wines paired with food and entertainment throughout the famed Alexander Valley wine region. Each winery carries out the year’s theme.
888-289-4637
www.alexandervalley.org

Russian River Valley Pinot Classic
A celebration of wine, winemakers, growers and the luminaries who make Russian River Pinot what it is today. Taste your way through vineyards and redwoods and discover what is so special about the Pinot varietal.
www.pinotclassic.com

June

Rodney Strong Vineyards, KJZY Jazz Concert Series
June through September, the Summer Concert Series features some of the top acts in contemporary music. This is a unique entertainment venue that provides an intimate concert experience while picnicking on the winery's luxurious green.
949-360-7800
www.rodneystrong.com

Art at the Source — Open Studio Tour
Meet more than 100 local artists in the Sebastopol area. See how and where they work. Art is available for purchase.
707-829-4797
www.artatthesource.org

Beerfest
This annual microbrew and food tasting extravaganza features more than 50 of Northern California's best microbreweries and an array of wonderful Sonoma County gourmet food purveyors in one location, the Wells Fargo Center in Santa Rosa.
707-546-3600
http://tickets.wellsfargocenterarts.org/single/EventDetail.aspx?p=1066

The Beerfest is an annual festive microbrew and food tasting extravaganza with more than 50 of Northern California’s best microbreweries and lots of wonderful Sonoma County gourmet food purveyors. One ticket price gets you in the door and includes all the beer and food at the event, as well as a souvenir Beerfest glass. This annual event is a fundraiser for Face to face, Sonoma County AIDS Network, which works to improve the lives of people affected by HIV and to eliminate the number of new infections in Sonoma County. - See more at: http://www.sonomacounty.com/sonoma-events/beerfest#sthash.VezjvSil.dpuf
The Beerfest is an annual festive microbrew and food tasting extravaganza with more than 50 of Northern California’s best microbreweries and lots of wonderful Sonoma County gourmet food purveyors. One ticket price gets you in the door and includes all the beer and food at the event, as well as a souvenir Beerfest glass. This annual event is a fundraiser for Face to face, Sonoma County AIDS Network, which works to improve the lives of people affected by HIV and to eliminate the number of new infections in Sonoma County. - See more at: http://www.sonomacounty.com/sonoma-events/beerfest#sthash.VezjvSil.dpuf
The Beerfest is an annual festive microbrew and food tasting extravaganza with more than 50 of Northern California’s best microbreweries and lots of wonderful Sonoma County gourmet food purveyors. One ticket price gets you in the door and includes all the beer and food at the event, as well as a souvenir Beerfest glass. This annual event is a fundraiser for Face to face, Sonoma County AIDS Network, which works to improve the lives of people affected by HIV and to eliminate the number of new infections in Sonoma County. - See more at: http://www.sonomacounty.com/sonoma-events/beerfest#sthash.VezjvSil.dpuf
The Beerfest is an annual festive microbrew and food tasting extravaganza with more than 50 of Northern California’s best microbreweries and lots of wonderful Sonoma County gourmet food purveyors. One ticket price gets you in the door and includes all the beer and food at the event, as well as a souvenir Beerfest glass. This annual event is a fundraiser for Face to face, Sonoma County AIDS Network, which works to improve the lives of people affected by HIV and to eliminate the number of new infections in Sonoma County. - See more at: http://www.sonomacounty.com/sonoma-events/beerfest#sthash.VezjvSil.dpuf

Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic
Hot air balloon festival with more than 30 balloons with special shapes, dawn patrol, pre-dawn multicolored balloon glow choreographed to music, tether balloon rides, kids play land, food, arts and crafts.
Keiser Park, Windsor
schabc.org

Peggy Sue's All-American Cruise
This four-day event showcases cars, food, music, a back roads poker run and much more.
707-575-3267
www.peggysuescruise.com

 

July

Catalan Festival of Food, Wine and Music
Enjoy a day filled with Spanish food, wine, and entertainment with lively classical guitar, passionate flamenco dancing, a festive grape stomp, and traditional folklore surprises. Stroll and partake in savory tapas, paella demonstrations, and wine seminars as you sip Gloria Ferrer’s acclaimed California sparkling and estate wines, at Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves.
707-933-1999
707-933-2000
www.gloriaferrer.com

Cline Cellars Wine and Dixieland Jazz Festival
A perfect pairing of music and wine is featured at this annual festival. Beer, wine, and food are available for purchase, or picnics are welcome.
707-940-4025
www.clinecellars.com

 

August

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
Enjoy more than 150 wineries at Showcase: Taste of Sonoma, and the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction, along with winery lunches, private dinners, and more at locations throughout Sonoma County.
800-939-7666
www.sonomawinecountryweekend.com

West of West Wine Festival
Taste small production, cool-climate Sonoma Coast wines. Attend exciting seminars, winery open houses, and the Whole Hog Feast.
www.westsonomacoast.com

Gravenstein Apple Fair
Showcasing the best in arts, crafts, food, wines and brews, games, entertainment and farm life activities, this country fair celebrates the Gravenstein apple.
707- 837-8896
www.gravensteinapplefair.com

Seafood, Art and Wine Festival
Wine and microbrew tasting, live entertainment, seafood, and other yummy edibles. Top quality art, environmental exhibits, kid zone, carriage rides. Bodega
707-824-8717
www.winecountryfestivals.com

Petaluma Music Festival
An intimate, relaxed, and upbeat celebration, this festival will also offer an exceptional variety of music for people of all ages, fine beers, premium wine tasting, and specialty food vendors.
www.petalumamusicfestival.org

Art in the Redwoods Festival
In Gualala, more than 400 works are on display, along with food and craft vendors, live entertainment, and children’s activities.
707-884-1138
www.gualalaarts.org

 

September

Kendall Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival
Sample more than 140 varieties of tomatoes and enjoy superb food and wine pairings at Kendall Jackson Wine Center in Santa Rosa.
800-769-3649
www.kj.com

Sonoma County Grape Camp
Learn from master winemakers; experience Sonoma Wine Country from the vineyard to the bottle and more. Spend three days picking grapes and blending your own wine with your own hands. The event includes food pairings, cheese making and fine dining. End your days with a relaxing stay at the luxurious Vintners Inn.
707-522-5860
www.sonomagrapecamp.com

National Heirloom Exposition
See more than 250 garden vendors and farm producers; taste hundreds of varieties at America’s largest heritage produce event, held in Santa Rosa. Learn about home gardening, seed saving, food farming, and politics from recognized experts.
www.theheirloomexpo.com

 

October

Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Taste and buy more than 500 award-winning wines made from Sonoma County grapes, all under one roof. Competitive exhibits, displays, live music, grape stomp, kid’s carnival, contests, and family activities at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa,
707-545-4200
www.harvestfair.org

Pinot on the River
Indulge in a weekend of in-depth tastings, seminars, vineyard tours and sumptuous food. Focus on highly-allocated, limited production Pinot Noirs from Sonoma County and other top regions up and down the West Coast.
707-922-1096
www.pinotfestival.com

Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge GranFondo Ride
A benefit cycling event is for riders of all abilities. Several routes include the scenic Highway 1 and Meyers Grade.
www.levisgranfondo.com

Petaluma International Film Festival
The Petaluma International Film Festival is an annual event that showcases the best independent feature and short films from around the world.
415-381-4123
www.petalumafilmfestival.org

 

November

A Wine & Food Affair
More than 75 wineries in Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River valleys participate in this anticipated event. Sample wine and food. Receive new “Tasting Along the Wine Road” cookbook upon check-in, then sample those recipes as you go from winery to winery.
800-723-6336
www.wineroad.com

 

Written by Sonoma Insider Suzie Rodriguez

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