Celebrate Summer 7 Days a Week in Sonoma County

Green Music Center

It’s not hard to find something going on somewhere on the weekends, but what about when your trip stretches into Monday and Tuesday, or you plan a mid-week getaway? That’s not a problem in Sonoma County, especially in summer when warmer weather welcomes a host of activities Monday through Sunday.  

Celebrate your summer every day of the week with these fun events:

Silent Disco
Silent Disco, Petaluma (Photo by Miki Jourdan)

Any Day Of The Week

Many happenings in Sonoma Wine Country continue all week long, like basking in the sun with a day pass at Rio Nido Roadhouse, where you can dip in the pool and listen to live music.

Learn something new, like kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding at the Floathouse Petaluma‘s “Summer Camp.”  

Check out the event schedule at Rusty Hinges Ranch in Petaluma to discover fun offerings like a Silent Disco, Art Journaling, and more.  

Vagabond Opera at Hopmonk Tavern
Vagabond Opera at Hopmonk Tavern, Sebastopol (Photo by Sassy Monkey Media)

In the summertime, the bar music scene is as vibrant as ever: Lagunitas Brewing Company is known for its “Live at Lagunitas” music series featuring the likes of Ozomatli and others.

For more options, check out the schedule at venues like Hopmonk, Mystic Theater, and Brewsters. Whatever you do this summer, don’t sit at home bored! 

Monday 

At the newly opened California Theater in Santa Rosa, you’ll find a revolving showcase of talent. On many Monday nights, you’ll find some of the top blues musicians from the West Coast and beyond. The show starts at 6 p.m. and doors open at 5 p.m. 

At Enoteca Della Santina, an inviting wine bar and restaurant in the town of Sonoma, Mondays mean you can meet a local winemaker behind the bar! Gather from 4 to 7 p.m. for great wine, food, and conversation. 

Mondays at The Rialto in Sebastopol, film buffs can have a blast at Movie Trivia Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Winners earn free drinks and snacks. All ages are welcome. 

Tuesday 

Bike Brigade
Bike Brigade, Santa Rosa

Biker enthusiasts may know about the nationwide Taco Tuesday Bike Ride, a weekly event held in cities from Los Angeles to Baltimore to unite cyclists in a fun bike ride often followed by tacos at a favorite local spot.

Bring your bike and join the fun on Tuesdays at 5:45 p.m. at Humboldt Park (172 Humboldt St., Santa Rosa).

On Tuesdays, you’ll find farmers markets all over Sonoma County,  as this region is blessed with an agricultural bounty. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy fresh, locally grown treasures and wholesome community fun.

Wednesday 

Paradise Ridge Winery
Paradise Ridge Winery, Santa Rosa

Looking for a little culture? At the Sonoma Valley Art Museum, located just off the Sonoma Plaza, admission is free every Wednesday. Go, see, explore! 

 Winery events pack every day on the calendar in Sonoma County, but not all offer views as spectacular as  Paradise Ridge. The “Wine & Sunset” series, which takes place monthly on Wednesdays from June through October, offers wine, live music, and gourmet food trucks in an idyllic Wine Country setting. 

On select Wednesday evenings, Sante, located at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, hosts a winemaker dinner series that features fantastic local wines and an opportunity to dine with top winemakers. 

Did you miss Tuesday’s abudence of farmers markets? No worries. On Old Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa, the Wednesday Night Market hosts live bands, food, drinks, games, and kids’ activities from 5 to 8:30 p.m. each Wednesday through August 9. 

Peacetown in Sebastopol is another fun place to spend your Wednesday evening. Created for “lovers of peace,” the summer event (typically held June through August) features live music on six stages within The Barlow.

More live music onWednesday nights (and Friday and Saturday) can be found in Petaluma’s Theater Square District from May through August. 

 Thursday 

The town of Windsor is bustling on Thursday evenings in the summer, right on the Windsor Town Green (701 McClelland Dr.). The Farmer’s Market starts at 5 p.m., and summer concerts kick into action at 6 p.m.  

You can also find live music at Bluewater Bistro in Bodega Bay from 5 to 7 p.m. While the room is cozy, the views are massive, with windows overlooking Doran Beach.  

Connect with the great outdoors when you join the Russian River Fly Fishers for free fly-casting instruction in Galvin Community Park (3330 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa) from 4:30 to 7 p.m. No experience is necessary, and equipment is available. 

Friday 

The Charles Schulz Museum hosts its “Summer Nights” series on Fridays (June-August), including trivia, painting, and other creative programming catered to an adult crowd. 

At the end of the week, the winery event scene really heats up, so expect plenty of options at venues like these: 

Saturday 

Gundlach Bundschu
Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma (Photo by Amy Bess Cook)

An outdoor movie can’t be beat. Several venues in Sonoma County offer the opportunity on select summer Saturdays: The beautiful Green Music Center at Sonoma State University opens up its lawn for family films every summer. Meanwhile, at Gundlach Bundschu, tickets go fast for “Hot Summer Movie Night,” held at the winery’s historic amphitheater overlooking stunning views of Carneros. Entry to the kid-friendly film includes popcorn and candy. 

In the mood for some music? Check out Cornerstone Sonoma‘s Summer Music Series, which serenades visitors and invites them to visit Meadowcroft Winery, Folktable Restaurant, and adjacent shops. Lounge, sip, and enjoy. 

Sunday  

Did you bring your dancing shoes? You’ll need them for “Salsa Sundays” at Flamingo Resort. Arrive early (7 p.m.) for the beginner’s lesson and at 8 p.m. for the intermediate lesson. Salsa and DJ dancing start at 9 p.m. and continue into the night. No partner is necessary; 21+ only. 

In Sebastopol, you’ll find the Sunday farmers market year-round on the town plaza from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Planning Tip 

New events and activities are added to the summer calendar daily! Check out our events page to see if something fits into your summer plans.  


Written by Amy Bess Cook 

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