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.
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.
Join more than 100 wineries for this fun and educational weekend. Meet winemakers, tour wineries, sample wine. Russian River
Feast of the Olive Dinner
This feast celebrates Olive Season with festivities and dancing. It showcases 10 of Sonoma’s finest chefs and wines from 10 Sonoma Valley wineries. Sonoma
VinOlivo – Annual Olive Festival
The VinOlivo fundraiser is a gala celebration and feast for the senses. Enjoy all that Sonoma Valley wine country has to offer: 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; and indulge in sweet temptations with sparkling wine, port, and chocolate tastings. Presented by the Sonoma Valley Vintners and Growers.
Annual Russian River 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. Various locations
Savor Sonoma Valley – A Barrel Tasting & Culinary Experience
Join 18 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.
Russian River Valley Winegrowers Crab & Fennel Fest
Crack crab, quaff wines, and sample wild fennel culinary creations with the Russian River Valley Winegrowers. Special fennel competitions. Hall of Flowers, Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Symphony of Food & Wine
Sample the finest Sonoma County wines, hors d’oeuvres, cheese, desserts, and coffees; spectacular raffle. Musical performances by the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Ensembles.
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
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. Healdsburg
Annual 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. Gualala
Passport to Sonoma Valley
Wineries up and down the Sonoma Valley showcase the very best of their current releases, library wines, and special bottlings, along with wines paired with sumptuous treats and fun entertainment. Presented by the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance. Sonoma Valley
Carneros Heritage Fest
Hosted by the Carneros Wine Alliance, the Fest is one of the nation’s only family-friendly wine and food festivals. Proceeds of the Fest benefit the Carneros Land Stewardship Foundation, dedicated to the conservation and preservation of habitat and wetlands in the San Pablo Bay adjacent to the Carneros region.
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.
Russian River Passport
Unlimited wine tasting at up to 50 wineries, many not open to the public. Tours and wine education, great food, and live music come together in a festive weekend. Russian River Valley.
Taste Alexander Valley
Alexander Valley celebrates its annual Taste Alexander Valley, with more than 25 wineries opening their doors to visitors from across the country. Taste exclusive Alexander Valley wines; enjoy gracious hospitality, tantalizing food, and entertainment.
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. Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves
Cline Wine & Jazz Festival at Cline Cellars
Wine, beer, and food are available for purchase. This event is a reincarnation of the old Oakley Wine & Jazz Festival, produced by Fred Cline and Ken Keeler from 1985-1990, back when Cline Cellars was located in Oakley, Calif.
www.jazznut.com/skeds/cline09.htm or call 707-940-4025.
Grape to Glass Weekend
A weekend of activities: Leisurely bike ride through Russian River back roads; meet growers and prize winning winemakers behind-the-scenes; Russian River Valley backyard barbecue; elegant Sunday brunch.
Russian River Valley
Gravenstein Apple Fair
Seafood, Art and Wine Festival
Wine and microbrew tasting, live entertainment, seafood, and other yummy edibles. Top quality art, environmental exhibits, kidzone, carriage rides. Bodega
Kendall Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival
Sample more than 140 varieties of tomatoes and enjoy superb food and wine pairing. Santa Rosa
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.
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
Savor the biggest wine and food weekend of the year. Enjoy more than 150 wineries at TASTE: Showcase of Sonoma Wine & Food and the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction, along with winery lunches, private dinners, special events, and a full weekend to explore Sonoma Wine Country. Locations throughout Sonoma County
Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
Wine tasting, food, live music, grape stomp, art displays, firemen’s water fight, parade. Sonoma Valley
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. Santa Rosa
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. Forestville
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. Various Locations