Can’t-Miss Summer Concerts and Festivals in Wine Country

Country Summer, Santa Rosa

Enjoy Broadway artists, acclaimed country singers, local musicians, and more this summer in Sonoma County.

With its warm summer days and cool nights, Sonoma County boasts a full calendar of wonderful outdoor concerts, festivals, and performances. Make plans to get your groove on in Wine Country at one of these annual events.

Petaluma Music Festival, Petaluma

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

Every July, the city of Petaluma welcomes more than a dozen locally, regionally, and nationally recognized bands to the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds for its annual summer music festival. An all-day affair, gates open at 11:30 a.m., with live music continuing well after the sun goes down. Spread out on the expansive lawn in front of the main and garden stages, or grab a VIP Premium Ticket for shaded reserved seats under a canopied area, complete with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer. 

Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Healdsburg

Celebrating the past, present, and future of this storied genre, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival enjoys a national reputation for artistic excellence, hosting internationally acclaimed jazz musicians, showcasing the area’s foremost jazz performers, and nurturing new talent. Festivals events take place across nine days at various locations throughout the city. Times and ticket prices vary by event. 

Broadway in Sonoma, Sonoma

For four weeks in summer, Transcendence Theater Company transforms the idyllic town of Sonoma into a Broadway super stage, bringing a new show to the Field of Dreams each weekend! Each show highlights unique musical styles and performances ranging from Broadway and the American song catalog to pop and rock hits, R&B, and more, featuring Broadway performers from acclaimed musicals like Hamilton, Wicked, and Les Misérables. Arrive early to enjoy dinner, shopping, and world-class wine tasting before the show around the historic Sonoma Plaza, then catch stunning shows under the Wine Country stars. With a mosaic of musical styles ranging from Broadway’s Oklahoma!, Pippin, and Beauty and the Beast, to Top 40 and Country artists like Rascal Flatts, Sara Bareilles, Michael Bublé, and the Beatles, it’s a perfect way to welcome summer.

Tuesdays in the Plaza Concerts, Healdsburg

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 and cool jazz to country and rockabilly at Healdsburg Plaza. 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 local favorites and guest artists. The free music runs from 6 to 8 p.m. each Tuesday, with plenty of food vendors, too.

Country Summer Music Festival, Santa Rosa

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

Northern California’s largest country music festival, the weekend includes more 20 country artists across two stages on the grassy, five-acre Carnival Field at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. 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. State-of-the-art staging and sound are enhanced by two 16-foot video walls, showcasing the talents of country music’s hottest stars. Concessions serve beer, wine, spirits and Wine Country food alongside an array of festival activities.

Friday Night Live at the Plaza, Cloverdale

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

Cloverdale’s summer-long, free concert series plays alongside the Farmers Market in the downtown plaza. 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 art for sale, and kids’ activities.

Rodney Strong Vineyards Summer Concert Series, Healdsburg 

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

For the past 30 years, fans of Rodney Strong’s lavish celebrations have enjoyed seeing intimate performances by world-class musicians in a stunning vineyard setting topped off by sweeping views of the Russian River Valley during their summer concert series. This year’s series features three special evenings throughout July, August and September of wine, music, and delicious local food-truck fare. Bring your chairs and blankets and settle in on the vineyard’s Concert Green for a entertaining evening that’ll make life-long memories. Tickets should be purchased in advance and prices vary by event.

Summer Nights on the Green, Windsor

There’s simply too much good music to pack into the small town of Windsor, which is why this weekly event is extremely popular, with thousands of partygoers converging in the Town Green on Thursdays during the summer. The Windsor Certified 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. 

Valley of the Moon Music Festival, Sonoma

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

An authentic taste of centuries-old inspiration, the Valley of the Moon Music Festival takes place across three weekends at the Hanna Boys Center every July. The event is devoted to showcasing classical and romantic chamber music on period instruments, creating a unique experience for music aficionados as well as musicians. Attendees can expect to hear works of composers such as Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, and many others. Individual concert tickets and weekend passes are available to purchase in advance.

The Sonoma County Fair Concert Series, Santa Rosa

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

As the sun sets on the Sonoma County Fair, the Community Theater lights up with live music from top-notch local and regional performers. Set amid the carnival rides, games, fair food, and wine, the concert series is one of Santa Rosa’s biggest parties of the year. All shows are free to fair attendees. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance.

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

Written by Sonoma Insider Carey Sweet.

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