Biggest and Best Annual Sonoma County Festivals
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival
Celebrate the return of the Steelhead Trout with fun activities for the whole family, beer, wine, and live music!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 of 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.
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.
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.
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.
Apple Blossom Festival and Parade
Enjoy an old fashioned parade down Main Street. The colorful festival features music, arts, crafts, and more.
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.
Battle of the Brews
Celebrate all things craft beer at Sonoma County's biggest beer event, offering the opportunity to sample beers, admire the judging for the Craft Brew Cup Best of Show competition, and indulge in Sonoma County Best Bites food offerings.
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.
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Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival
Downtown Santa Rosa comes alive with a community parade, celebrating the contribution of famed horticulturist Luther Burbank.
Film Fest Petaluma
This annual event showcases some of the best new animated and live action short films from around the world. Enjoy lively post-screening discussions with filmmakers after all shows.
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.
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.
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. 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.
All American Zin Day
Celebrate Independence Day with some of the best Dry Creek Valley Zins, from participating wineries, along with great food.
Red, White and Boom!
Santa Rosa's annual Independence Day celebrations feature an afternoon and evening of food, live music, kid's activities, and fun for the entire family, concluding with an amazing fireworks show, all at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
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.
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.
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.
Sonoma County Cider Week
Beginning with an artisan tasting lounge and craft cider tent at the Gravenstein Apple Fair, this week of events held primarily in the Sebastopol area in western Sonoma County includes cidermaker dinners, orchard tours, tap takeovers, joint retail displays, and the relaxed, family-friendly Community Ciderfest at The Barlow center.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, a pumpkin patch, harvest games, and more.
Pinot on the River
Enjoy some of the best Pinot Noirs that California has to offer as more than 40 small-production wineries join with guest artisan food vendors to celebrate all things Pinot Noir. Meet the winemakers and other Pinot-loving consumers.
Take advantage of this unique opportunity to sample limited-production West Coast Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sparkling Wines, and a few longtime favorites. The event also features a silent auction boasting a large collection of locally produced Pinot Noir, as well as raffles for instant wine cellars and premium large-format bottles.
All the best of Sonoma County is featured in one epic weekend. The annual Levi's GranFondo cycling event is now a part of a weekend full of live music, food, beer, wine, running, and family fun for all.
Wine and Food Affair
More than 75 wineries in Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys participate in this much-anticipated event. Each winery posts a favorite winery recipe online, which you can then sample at this event, along with the perfect wine.
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 cookies. Listen to carolers and let the kids make some festive crafts.
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.