Fabulous Wine, Food and Art Events in Sonoma County
It’s a springtime ritual, as all across Sonoma County, wineries open their doors for special events, chefs fire up the stoves for special parties, and art galleries plan extra special exhibitions. It’s a time to tempt, with tastings, food, music and peeks at the inner workings of these vibrant industries. Join in the fun!
Every first Thursday March-December, 2019
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“Alizarin Iris” 45x50 oil on canvas by Stephen Henriques 🔆 Meet the Artist 🔆 Thursday 5:30-7:30 during the SONOMA ARTWALK enjoy an evening with old friends and neighbors more details at sonomaartwalk.org. #sonoma #sonomacounty #sonomaart #sonomaartwalk #sonomavalley #napaneighbors #sonomawinecountry #winecountryliving #dininglivingandgiving #modernart #modernhomes #modernartinterior #bayareagallery #sonomaplaza
From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Art Walk evenings, businesses around the town of Sonoma operate as pop-up galleries, hosting painters, sculptors, musicians and all kinds of artists. You can visit tasting rooms, restaurants, boutiques, and yes, art salons to admire original works/performances, and meet the artists themselves. Many venues tempt further with wine tastings and delicious nibbles. More info.
March 30, 2019
Eat dessert and sip wine for a good cause? Yes, please. Since its inception in 2003, The Art of Dessert has generated more than $3.6 million and helped the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts to provide the enrichment of the arts to almost 400,000 children. Proceeds raised through the evening’s ticket sales plus silent and live auctions benefit arts and education programs for low-income and at-risk children, including musical instruments loaned free of charge to children, and in-classroom student workshops with artists. More info.
This “jazzed up” 16th annual gathering along the cliffs in Gualala celebrates the yearly grey whale migration featuring food, beer, wine, poetry, art, and, of course, whales and jazz. An array of events runs through the end of May, with documentary films about jazz, jazz performances, poetry and jazz slams, educational talks about whales, and a highlight, the Chowder Challenge & Jazz show on April 14. Event locations vary, making this a great opportunity to explore the redwood region’s wineries, restaurants, inns, wine bars, casino, the classically restored Arena Theater and the Gualala Arts Center. More info.
April 6, 2019
Since 1996, the Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds has come alive as hundreds of suds lovers converge to sample beers for the Craft Brew Cup Best of Show, and indulge in the food from local restaurants, while grooving to live jazz performances. This year, the event is bigger and better than ever, expanding past the Pavilion to take over more of the Fairgrounds, plus a larger Sonoma County Best Bites, highlighting fine foods from local chefs. It’s a great cause, too, with proceeds benefiting local at-risk children. More details.
April 12-14, 2019
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🍎 🌸 🎉 Apple Blossom Festival Menu 🎉🌸🍎 . . Beyond Burger 🍔 Beyond Bratwurst 🌭 Smoky Potato Salad 🥔 Dill Slaw 🥗 Pineapple Limeade 🍍 . . Come and get it!! 🤤 Sat 10-6 and Sun 10-5 👍🏼 Kids Rides • Local Art • Live Music - Sebastopol Center for the Arts 📍 . . #veganeats #appleblossomfestival #veganaf #goatlandia #goatlandiasanctuary #beyondburger #beyondmeat #beyondsausage #sebastopol #sonomacounty #veganfood #vegano #veganrecipes #vegans #beyondmeatsausage #saurkraut
Sebastopol’s heritage is founded on apple growing, and as this 73rd Annual festival proves, it’s still a delicious enterprise. Taste pies, jams, and the fruit in all its pure finery, while grooving to live blues music and browsing an arts and farmers market overflowing with treasures. Start with an art show and reception April 12 at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts; the show runs through April 14. Then, enjoy the festival with an old fashioned parade down Main Street on April 13, followed by another festival day and the Blues Music Explosion on April 14. More info.
May 1, 2019
This entertaining, action-packed night at the DoubleTree Hotel in Rohnert Park combines great food, terrific wines, and silent and live auctions to raise funds for local youth culinary arts programs. Now in its 17th year, it’s a great way to support budding talent, as high school students are partnered with a top hotel chef for a friendly appetizer competition. Guests taste the results and vote, awarding the "People's Choice Award." More info.
May 4 & 5, 2019
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I might have eaten some of the best Fish Tacos Ever @fishetarian this weekend & now on Taco Tuesday I’m left wishing I could have some more! . . What is your favorite go to Taco? Fish? Pulled pork? Carne Asada? . . I feel it’s not always about which meat but how much slaw & sauce is tucked into that tortilla. I don’t know about you but I love a good Slaw to add crunch & I’m 💯 a sauce girl. Love having a good aioli, maybe some guacamole & a hot sauce to seal the deal! Are you all about the toppings, sauces or maybe you like to keep it nice and simple.... Share below & maybe we can all make some signature tacos on taco Tuesday!
It’s the 46th anniversary of this event at Westside Park in Bodega Bay that has celebrated local fisherman and the beginning of salmon season since 1973. Celebrating under the theme of “Sea Your Way to Bodega Bay,” there’s fun for all ages, with a Blessing of the Fleet ceremony, artisan and vendor booths, live music, good food, wine and beer tasting, and the headliner Wooden Boat Challenge. More info.
April 27 & 28, 2019
This festival is one of the longest-running regional wine events in Sonoma County, and this year, it celebrates its 30th anniversary with 40-plus wineries opening their doors and uncorking their very best bottles, including special library reserves. Activities feature wine tasting, gourmet food, property tours and live entertainment, while a big part of the fun is seeing what theme each winery comes up with each year. Past theatrical celebrations have included Escape to the Caribbean, Spirit of the Andes, New Orleans Jazz Fest, and Elvis. It’s a very successful recipe; Passport sells out every year, drawing visitors from all across the country. Start the party early, too, with the Vintage Soiree on April 27, boasting a walk-around dinner at the new Ranch at Lake Sonoma. More info.
May 16-19, 2019
Visit the vineyards and cellars of some of California’s most iconic winemakers, cutting-edge innovators and multi-generational winegrowers during this three-day festival. Spanning properties from Moon Mountain to Carneros, activities range from a large format bottle party, to guided estate tours, winemaker hosted “wine and design” lunches, grand tastings, a gala historic wines dinner, and a Sunday bubbles and brunch. More info.