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Biggest and Best Annual Sonoma County Festivals

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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, 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

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

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

Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival

Celebrate the return of the Steelhead Trout with fun activities for the whole family, beer, wine, and live music!
lakesonoma.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 Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Seminars and farm tours are available.
www.artisancheesefestival.com

Savor Sonoma Valley

A great selection of Kenwood and Glen Ellen wineries will showcase 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 and taste unique, hard to find wines.
866-794-WINE (9463)
www.heartofsonomavalley.com

Sonoma County Restaurant Week

Restaurants offer prix-fixe two-course lunch menus ($10, $15) and three-course dinner menus ($19, $29, $39). There aren't any tickets or passes, and part of the appeal is that you can try restaurants you’ve been curious about without as much risk to your 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

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

 

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

Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival

Salmon season kicks off with a blessing of the fleet, along with entertainment for the whole family, wine and beer tasting, and a wooden boat challenge.
707-875-3286
www.bbfishfest.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

 

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

Country Summer Music Festival

Northern California's biggest country music festival features three days of top country artists, as well as Western-themed attractions, country-inspired foods, and libations for every palate.
countrysummer.com

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 Luther Burbank 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

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.familywineriesdrycreek.com

 

July

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

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

Taste of Sonoma

Enjoy the finest in Sonoma County wine and food at the annual showcase event Taste of Sonoma. Purveyors gather on the gorgeous grounds of the Green Music Center for a day of tastings and entertainment.
800-939-7666
www.sonomawinecountryweekend.com

Russian River Jazz Festival

Spend an amazing weekend at the Russian River listening and dancing to jazz, funk, and R&B, eating great food and wine tasting, too.
russianriverfestivals.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

Old Grove Festival

Enjoy live music under towering trees in the historic Redwood Forest Theater in Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. This beautiful open-air theater was built in the 1930s, and is now only used for a limited number of events. Held here each September, the Old Grove Festival features an outstanding variety of musical productions; proceeds support the nonprofit Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods with their environmental education and volunteer stewardship programs, as well as continued advocacy for all State Parks.
www.oldgrovefestival.org

Sonoma County Wine Auction

Named one of the top charitable wine auctions by Wine Spectator, the Sonoma County Wine Auction brings wine superstars, local celebrity chefs, and honored guests together to invest in the community. The event features imaginative and indulgent auction lots, highlighted by exquisite wine and cuisine.
sonomacountywineauction.com

 

October

Sonoma County Harvest Fair

It's a wine country harvest extravaganza with three days of wine tasting with more than 100 wineries, wine sales, food pairing, craft beer and cider tasting, chef demonstrations, workshops, and the World Championship Grape Stomp. Enjoy live music, a classic car show, an art show and sale, a pumpkin patch, Spooky Corner, and more.
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 for riders of all abilities, with eleven routes to choose from. Several routes include the scenic Highway 1 and Meyers Grade. There is fun for all at the FondoSonoma festival after the ride.
www.levisgranfondo.com

 

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

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 decor 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

 

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