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Biggest and Best Annual Sonoma County Festivals

Wine, Food, Art and Music Festivals are a lot of fun!

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 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

Chowder Day
Tour eight seaside restaurants, taste chowder, vote, and get prizes at this fun coastal event. Docents will be available at Bodega Head for whale watching. You can buy crab at the docks.
707-875-3866
www.bodegabay.com

 

February

VinOlivo – Annual Olive Festival
Enjoy special access to over 40 Sonoma Valley wineries to enjoy throughout the weekend, with such offerings as complimentary tastings, special wine savings, and private vineyard tours. Reserve a spot at a special Winemaker Dinner. Sip champagne and wine, mingle with winemakers and chefs, and indulge in great food at the Grand Tasting.
707-935-0803
www.sonomavalleywine.com

Cloverdale Citrus Fair
Enjoy 3-D exhibits made of citrus fruit and other food products. A wine tasting and gourmet food show entices adults, while families can enjoy arts, crafts, and a carnival.
707-894-3992
www.cloverdalecitrusfair.org

 

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

Sonoma County Restaurant Week
Restaurants offers a three-course prix-fixe menu priced at $19, $29, or $39. Customers don’t need coupons, and part of the appeal is that they can try restaurants they’ve been curious about without as much risk to their wallet.
www.sonomacountyrestaurantweek.org

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.
707-829-4797
www.sebastopolfilmfestival.org


April

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

April in Carneros
More than 20 Carneros area wineries feature tastings of barrel, reserve, library, and new release wines - paired with food, live music, and art. 
800-909-4352
www.carneroswineries.org

Apple Blossom Festival and Parade
Enjoy an old fashioned parade down Main Street. The colorful festival features music, arts, crafts, and more.
877-828-4848
www.appleblossomfest.com

Butter and Egg Days Parade and Festival
Watch more than 110 groups and floats march through Downtown Petaluma, enjoy food and drink, music, arts and crafts, and an area just for the kids.
707-763-0344
www.petalumadowntown.com

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

 

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

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
Meet more than 100 local artists in the Sebastopol area during this open studio tour. See how and where they work and view fine art that 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
f2f.org/beerfest

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-0
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
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
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

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

 

July

All American Zin Day
Celebrate Independence Day with some of the best Dry Creek Valley Zins, from participating wineries, along with great food. 
888-433-6555
www.familywines.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

Fort Ross Festival
This annual multicultural celebration features costumed historical re-enactments, historic crafts, militia cannon firings, music and dance such as a balalaika ensemble and Alaska Native drumming, a multicultural food court, children's crafts, and more.
707-847-3437
www.fortross.org/events

 
August

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

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

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, as well as beers, ciders, and culinary specialties. Peruse the Art Show and Sale and cheer on your favorite team in the World Championship Grape Stomp. Enjoy grown up fun with harvest acitivites.
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 and 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

Holiday in Carneros

Holiday in Carneros is the prelude to the holiday season in wine country. Carneros region wineries open their doors for a two-day event with wine & food pairings, and special wine tastings.  $50 per person for General Admission to the event.
800-909-4352
www.carneroswineries.org

Heart of Sonoma Valley Holiday Open House 

Toast the holiday season in Wine Country. Join more than 20 wineries; enjoy wine tastings, meet winemakers, stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays and pick up holiday gifts.
866-794-9463
www.heartofsonomavalley.com

 

December

Luther Burbank Holiday Open House
The lovely Luther Burbank Home and Gardens will be decked out in Victorian-style decror for the holidays. Enjoy festive music, spiced tea, and cookes. Listen to carolers and let the kids make some festive crafts.
707-524-5445
www.lutherburbank.org

Lighting of the Snowmen
See what the Snowmen are up to at Cornerstone Gardens. Enjoy live music in the snowflake filled courtyard, with wine and food. 
707-933-3010
www.cornerstonesonoma.com