1. What are things to do in Sonoma County?
There are so many amazing things to do in Sonoma County, it can be hard to know where to start.
Use our Calendar of Events to find upcoming: music, wine, or arts festivals; winemaker dinners or outdoor barbecues; hiking or cycling tours; concerts or theater performances; historical presentations or cooking classes; and other events and activities that are fundamental to the relaxed and bountiful Sonoma Wine Country lifestyle.
Or, locate your favorite activities by checking our guide to Things to Do in Sonoma County, which includes listings ranging from Arts and Culture to Family Fun, Outdoor Adventures, Spas and Wellness, and much more.
2. What are fun things to do in Sonoma County?
You’ll find fun things to do in Sonoma County just about everywhere you go, from the coast to inland, from the north to the south. An important part of the Wine Country experience is simply relaxing and enjoying yourself. Sonoma County is the perfect place to try something new, or to revisit something you love doing.
3. Which events and music festivals take place in Sonoma County?
Events and music festivals are the heartbeat of Sonoma County, when visitors and locals alike rock to the beat of their favorite genres.
You’ll find the rhythm and melodies you love, whether it’s the Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival, Country Summer (Northern California’s largest country music weekend), the Cotati Accordion Festival (try it, you’ll love it), and the classical and romantic chamber music at the Valley of the Moon Music Festival. And that’s an extremely short list from the multitude of possibilities.
Music is an important part of Sonoma County life. The warm summer months feature outdoor concert series at local wineries, farmers markets, parks, fairs, and more. For details, check our current Calendar of Events, browse our listings of Live Music Venues, and read our music blogs and our article on Great Outdoor Music Concerts and Summer Festivals.
4. What are things to do with kids in Sonoma County?
Things to do with kids in Sonoma County include both indoors and outdoors adventures, from the hands-on Children’s Museum of Sonoma County to the exotic animals at Safari West Wildlife Preserve & African Tent Camp. There’s also horseback riding, the zip lines at Sonoma Canopy Tours, a free tour at a sticker factory, and a long list of other options.
5. What are the must-see sites in Sonoma County?
Must-see sites in Sonoma County range from the more than 50 miles of spectacular coastline to the groves of towering ancient redwood trees, and also include the rolling hills covered by neat rows of grapevines, charming communities, incredible vistas, premium wineries, and the winding and serene Russian River.
If history is your thing, you won’t want to miss the former Russian Colony at Fort Ross or Mission San Francisco Solano, the northernmost and last-built of the California Missions. If art tugs at your heartstrings, check out the sculpture garden at Paradise Ridge Winery or follow the Sculpture Trail in northern Sonoma County.
6. What are things to do in Sonoma?
There are a wide variety of things to do in the town of Sonoma, with most of then centered on the town’s historic eight-acre central plaza (the largest such town square in California). Go wine tasting; there are more than two dozen tasting rooms located on or near the plaza and more wineries nearby. Browse the galleries and boutiques that also surround the plaza, and relax in one of the nearby delicious restaurants and eateries.
Explore California history in the Sonoma State Historic Park, which includes several sites around the plaza, including Mission San Francisco Solano, the last and northernmost of the California missions. The plaza itself offers a shady oasis with picnic tables, playgrounds, a rose garden, a duck pond, and an outdoor amphitheater for community concerts and performances. And kids will enjoy the quarter-scale railroad, petting zoo, and amusement rides at TrainTown, one mile south of the plaza.
7. What kind of outdoor activities can I do in Sonoma County?
The list of outdoor activities in Sonoma County goes on and on, from Beachcombing to Zip Lining, Biking to Whale Watching, Camping to Surfing & Scuba Diving, and much more. To find your favorites, browse our list of Outdoor Trip Itinerary Ideas.
8. What kinds of tours can we do in Sonoma County?
All kinds of tours are available in Sonoma County — visiting wineries small and large, craft breweries, artisan distilleries, gourmet restaurants, historic sites, natural wonders, and more.
Depending on your choices, you can travel by bus, limo, luxury sedan, trolley, helicopter, biplane, horse and wagon, foot, Segway, hot air balloon, or other modes of transportation.
Written by Sonoma Insider Patricia Lynn Henley.