Enjoy performances from the Transcendence Theatre at the outdoor theater in Jack London State Park
Transcendence's Broadway Under The Stars

Great Outdoor Music Concerts and Summer Festivals

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Sing a song of summer, with so many live music concerts and music festivals taking place this season in the Sonoma Wine Country region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Enjoy Broadway Under the Stars in Jack London State Park, wine festivals, Fourth of July Fireworks at the Green Music Center, plaza concerts, and much more.

Take in the spectacular weather of long warm days and cool nights, and make plans to get your groove on at local music festivals, rock-n-roll parties, and tastes of uncommon favorites like zydeco and Mexican pop. 

Already thinking about how to get here? Consider flying into STS - Sonoma County Airport in Santa Rosa, where you can fly direct from Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, San Diego and more.  

Broadway Under the Stars, Jack London State Historic Park in Sonoma

June 14 through Sept. 8, 2019

Jack London State Historic Park is breathtakingly beautiful at dusk, and turns even more mystical in the summer, with the sounds of Broadway musical theater acts serenading under the stars. For the first time, the 2019 summer schedule includes a full hit Broadway musical - A Chorus Line - as well as three concerts combining Broadway and popular songs around specific themes. Each of the performances begins before sundown at the spectacular Kohler & Frohling winery ruins in the park. 

Three men perform on stage at Transcendence's Broadway Under The Stars, Glen Ellen
Transcendence's Broadway Under The Stars, Glen Ellen

In addition to the innovative production of A Chorus Line, the three themed concerts for 2019 are Fantastical Family Night, Those Dancin' Feet, and The Big Gala Celebration. Festive pre-show picnicking and warm-up band music begins at the Beauty Ranch at 5 p.m., so bring your own feast or purchase food and beverages including signature wines from local wineries at the park. Then, prepare to dance and sing, when the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Details: Jack London State Historic Park, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen
Transcendence Theatre: ticket prices vary depending on VIP, premium, select, general admission, or youth levels; proceeds benefit park preservation.  

Tuesdays in the Plaza Concerts, Healdsburg

May 28-Aug. 27, 2019

A true community gathering, hundreds of locals and visitors stake out their blankets and folding chairs early in the day to secure prime viewing of bands playing everything from swing to cool jazz to country and rockabilly.

Bring a picnic and wine (some regulars bring small, low tables and set up candelabras and flower vases), then settle back in the grass for a variety of acts that often include favorites like Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings, Stompy Jones, The Dixie Giants, and Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys.

The free music runs from 6 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday, with plenty of food trucks to feed you, too.

Details: Healdsburg Plaza, Healdsburg   

Country Summer Music Festival, Santa Rosa

June 14-16, 2019

As Northern California's largest country music festival, the weekend includes 20 acts on two stages, on the grassy, five-acre Carnival field at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. The main Chevy Silverado Stage features 14 nationally known country music artists while six up-and-coming local and regional bands perform on the Redwood Credit Union Stage between the main acts.

Fans gather at the main stage at the Country Summer Music Festival, Santa Rosa
Country Summer Music Festival, Santa Rosa

State-of-the-art staging and sound are enhanced by two 16-foot video walls, showcasing talent like Tim McGraw, Jake Owen, Old Dominion, Lauren Alaina, Carly Pearce, Devin Dawson, Morgan Evans, and many more. Concessions serve beer, wine, spirits and Wine Country food alongside an array of western themed and festival activities.

DetailsCountry Summer, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Single-day tickets are $89-$129 plus fees; three-day tickets are $249-$369 plus fees.

Friday Night Live at the Plaza, Cloverdale

May 31-Aug. 30, 2019

Cloverdale's summer-long, free concert series plays alongside the Farmers Market in the Downtown Plaza. The market begins at 6 p.m. and the music plays from 6:30 p.m. until around 10 p.m. 

People dance in front of the band at Friday Night Live at the Plaza, Cloverdale
Friday Night Live at the Plaza, Cloverdale

There's music for everyone, in a weekly changing showcase of alternative country, pop, rock, blues, American rock, soul, funk, salsa, Latin jazz, and indie - even zydeco and Cajun French tunes. 

For even more family fun, there are food booths, premium Sonoma County wines and craft beers, hand-crafted arts for sale, and kids' activities like jumpy castles and rock climbing walls.

Details: The Downtown Cloverdale Plaza 

Rodney Strong Vineyards Summer Concert Series, Healdsburg

June-September, 2019

Every year for the past 27 years, fans of this winery's lavish celebrations have looked forward to seeing intimate performances by world-class musicians in a stunning vineyard setting topped off by sweeping views of the Russian River Valley. 

Guests dance to the music at the Rodney Strong Summer Concert Series, Healdsburg
Rodney Strong Vineyards, Healdsburg

Big names are a given; the 2019 lineup includes Alanis Morissette on Saturday, June 22; Rick Springfield and Richard Marx on Sunday, July 14; The Beach Boys on Saturday, Sept. 7; and Jay Leno on Sunday, September 8.

Take a picnic meal to enjoy on The Green, or purchase an assortment of delectables from local purveyors who will be onsite. You can also stock up on Rodney Strong wines, to sip while you sing along. 

Details: Rodney Strong, 11455 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg. Series packages start at $282 plus fees; individual concert tickets start at $99 for Alanis Morissette, $89 for Rick Springfield and Richard Marx, $94 for The Beach Boys, and $89 for Jay Leno.

Summer Nights on the Green, Windsor Town Green

May 30-Sept. 5, 2019

There's simply too much good music to pack into the small town of Windsor, which is why this weekly event is always packed, with thousands of partygoers converging on Thursdays.

The Windsor Farmers Market, complete with food trucks and lawn games, runs from 5 to 8 p.m., and the free music concerts start at 6 p.m. 

You can dance this year to jams like Kingsborough rock n' roll, Atta kid funk/soul, The Boys of Summer with an Eagles tribute, Danny click and the Hell Yeahs! with indie country rock, and more. 

Details: Windsor Town Green, Windsor 

Funky Fridays at Hood Mountain, Santa Rosa

June-August, 2019

The summer-long Funky Fridays concert series outgrew its previous venue at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and now presents its eclectic variety of music at the historic Hood Mansion in the Sonoma Valley. 

People dance to a band at Funky Fridays Hood Mansion in Hood Mountain Regional Park, Santa Rosa
Funky Fridays, Hood Mountain Regional Park

Weekly concerts on the lawn entertain from 7 to 9 p.m. from June 7 to Aug. 30, 2019. The lineup of bands includes Levi Lloyd & Friends, The BluesBurners, The Big Fit, Volker Strifler Band, Poyntlyss Sistars Band, Dylan Black Project, Soulshine, Rock and Roll Rhythm Revue, Jami Jamison Band, Soul Fuse, Stax City, and Funky Dozen. Funds raised support Sonoma County Regional Parks

Details: Funky Fridays, Hood Mountain Regional Park, 1450 N. Pythian Road, Santa Rosa. Tickets are $10 for adults and free for kids 18 and under; a season pass is $65 and parking is free. 

Huichica Music Festival, Sonoma

June 7-8, 2019

People picnic on the lawn at Gundlach Bundschu Winery's Huichica Music Festival, Sonoma
Huichica Music Festival, Sonoma

First, it's pronounced We-Chica. Second, it's an annual concert at Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma, selected because the 152-year-old Gun-Bun (as regulars call it) was once part of the land called Rancho Huichica by Mexican General Mariano Vallejo, and Huichica is the name of the unique soil of the region that makes for great winegrowing. 

The festivities start at 3 p.m. on Friday and continue at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, with a diverse lineup across four stages. Past performances included groups like King Tuff, Fruit Bats, Iceage, White Fence, and more.

Keeping everyone fueled are pizza, barbecue, salads, yakitori, craft beers and plenty of Gun-Bun wine.

Details: Huichica Music Festival, 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma. A one-day Friday ticket is $55 plus fees; one-day Saturday is $110 plus fees; and a two-day ticket is $155 plus fees. Children 12 and under are free and parking is $10. 

Valley of the Moon Music Festival, Sonoma

July 13-28, 2019

It's an authentic taste of centuries old inspiration, over three weekends of concerts that were introduced as the first in the nation devoted to classical and romantic chamber music on period instruments.

The orchestra plays at the Valley of the Moon Music Festival, Sonoma
 Valley of the Moon Music Festival - photo by Margo Mortiz

Set in the 300-seat concert hall at Hanna's Boys Center in the Sonoma Valley, the 2019 festival honors the extraordinary Salonnières of the 19th Century, who curated fantastic events in their homes by bringing together great performers, composers, and thinkers. Highlights include world-renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine performing music by Franck and Chausson; Stravinsky's classic Three Pieces for String Quartet; and music by Mozart, Schumann, and Brahms. The second annual Blattner Lecture Series features star lecturers exploring the social and musical context of the 19th-century salon. 

Sip wine and enjoy the Sonoma vista while mingling with the artists on the patio after concerts. Each reception features a different local winery. And feel free to picnic on the patio before concerts.

Details: 17000 Arnold Drive, Sonoma, 707-509-3713, more info

Fort Ross Festival, Jenner

July 27, 2019

Fort Ross State Historic Park is wonderful to visit all on its own, with historic crafts, militia cannons, and living breathing history of its founding in the 1800s. 

See history come to life at Fort Ross State Historic Park during the Fort Ross Festival, Jenner
Fort Ross Festival, Jenner

For this special festival, there is also a multi-cultural food court, marketplace, children's crafts, costumed re-enactments, dance, and the highlight: live music.

Set in a dramatic natural outdoor amphitheater with the Pacific Ocean as its backdrop, authentic re-enactors will perform periodic songs accompanied by historic instruments and twirling dancers.

Details: Fort Ross Festival, 19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner 

Petaluma Music Festival

Aug. 3, 2019 

Plan for a whole day of entertainment, with gates opening at 11:30 a.m. and live music continuing until 9:30 p.m. Enjoy 14 bands — including national recognized artists — on four stages. Spread out on the expansive lawn areas in front of the main stage and garden stage, or grab a VIP Premium ticket for shaded reserved seats under a canopied area complete with complimentary hors d'oeuvres, wine and beer.

Fans dance to the music at the stage at the Petaluma Music Festival, Sonoma County
Petaluma Music Festival

Food is a highlight, offered for sale by specialty food vendors. Quench your thirst with the Sonoma County Wines or the fine beers of the Lagunitas Brewing Company, and browse a variety of craft and local business vendors. Bid on the silent auction and celebrity autographed guitar raffle, and let the youngsters play in the awesome Kids Area.

The Petluma Music Festival raises money for local public school music programs, donated over $60,000 in 2018, and more than $325,000 in the last 11 years.

Details: Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma 

The Sonoma County Fair Concert Series, Santa Rosa

Aug. 1-11, 2019

One of the biggest parties of the year, the Fair attracts top-notch performers amid the carnival rides, games, great food and wine. 

People enjoy carnival rides at dusk at the Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa
Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa

As always, headline acts this year will be big names, with the exact lineup announced in spring 2019. All concerts are free with fair admission ticket purchase. 

Details: Sonoma County Fair, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa 

Summer Concerts at Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa

June 1-Oct. 5, 2019

Summer concerts in the heart of the picturesque Montgomery Shopping Village make shopping and dining on the patios even more fun with a bit of groove.

A sign for live music on Sunday at Montgomery Village Shopping Center, Santa Rosa
Montgomery Village Shopping Center, Santa Rosa

Concerts Under the Stars are held every other Thursday in Village Court from 5:30 to 8 p.m., while Rockin' Concerts take place each Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., and for the free Sunday Concerts, the music takes over the Village Terrace from are 1 to 4 p.m. This year's lineup includes Petty Theft, Wonderbread 5, Pop Fiction, Pride & Joy, and more.

Details: Montgomery Village Shopping Center, 911 Village Court, Santa Rosa, 707-545-3844 

Geyser Peak Winery 2019 Summer Concert Series, Healdsburg

June 15-Oct. 12, 2019

Enjoy music and dancing with a vineyard view at Geyser Peak Winery's monthly summer concerts, featuring some of the Bay Area's best tribute bands and entertainers. Pack a picnic, buy a bottle of wine, and find a spot on the lawn or deck.

People dance to the music at the Geyser Peak Winery Summer Concert Series, Healdsburg
Geyser Peak Winery Summer Concert Series

For 2019 the lineup features the Unauthorized Stones, a Rolling Stones tribute band on June 15; Ileagles, an Eagles tribute band on July 20; Long Time, a Boston tribute band on Aug. 17; classic rock by Sonoma Goods Band on Sept. 21; and Majestic, a Journey tribute band on Oct. 12. 

Guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs, blankets, and beach umbrellas. Doors open at 10 a.m., admission is first come first served, and all concerts are held from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Admission is $10, paid at the door.

Details: Geyser Peak Winery, 2306 Magnolia Drive, Healdsburg, 707-857-2500 or [email protected]

For other events and festivals, please check our Sonoma County Calendar of Events.

Written by Sonoma Insider Carey Sweet