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Fun Gay Friendly Events This May

Vintner's Inn in Santa Rosa.

If you’re wondering what to pair with a round of wine-tasting and general good times on some glorious Sonoma weekend this coming May, here are just a few equally glorious ideas for fun gay-friendly events.


More Than Pink - Petaluma Premium Outlets

May 6 – 7, 2017

It’s time to do more than just think pink. It’s time to buy pink! Through May 31, shop until you drop at Petaluma Premium Outlets and do it all in the name of a good cause. Purchase a $10 More Than Pink discount card at guest services and save 25 percent off one item at any participating retailer. Proceeds from the discount card benefit the Susan G. Komen organization in its efforts to raise breast cancer awareness and fight the disease. For more information, click here.


An Evening with David Sedaris

May 7, 2017

Laugh out loud with David Sedaris, out NPR Humorist and best-selling author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, as well as hilarious collections of personal essays, including Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, and most recently, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. He returns to the Person Theatre at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts on Sunday May 7, 2017 at 7 p.m. for one show only. For more information, click here.


Mother's Day Brunch at Keller Estate

May 13 – 14, 2017

On Sunday May 14, celebrate mom with a three-course brunch served on the terrace of Petaluma’s breathtaking Keller Estate winery. Tickets are $75 per person and reservations must be booked and paid for by May 10 — or someone might be getting a dressing down from mom about the importance of planning and the pain of labor. Just sayin’.  For more information, click here.


Home and Garden Crafts Faire

May 20 – 21, 2017

If you’re feeling arty or crafty on this particular weekend, head over to Kenwood (which is a treat in and of itself) and the Home and Garden Crafts Faire. At this free event, guests are invited to peruse the spring show featuring the creative output of 10 Sonoma County artisans including Randy Sue Collins, Patti Fiske, Carol Aspinall, Jo Collins, Lucy Kunz, Marjorie Smith, and Nancy and Brian Roberts. There will be art. There will be crafts and there will also be all sorts of fun things from candles to soaps. [Note: This event will take place at the Kenwood Depot and run for two days only, Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21].


Roaring Twenties Gala at Vintner’s Inn

May 21, 2017

Who doesn’t love playing a little bit of dress up on Sundays? (Or any day for that matter?) On Sunday May 21, Santa Rosa’s swell Vintner’s Inn will be transformed into a swish roaring 20s speakeasy featuring live jazz, casino tables, and tastings provided by Spirit Works Distillery. There will also be silent and live auctions to add to the fun of what promises to be a memorable gala benefitting the Museums of Sonoma County. For more information, click here.


12th Annual Strawberry Festival

May 27, 2017

Something about strawberries always makes me think of small towns and good times. And that is particularly why the 12th annual Strawberry Festival in Guerneville (Sonoma’s gayest town) sounds to have all the makings of a fun May afternoon by my standards. Slated for noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, the event promises live music from popular local artists along with strawberry mimosas, BBQ, and strawberry desserts. Yum! For more information, click here.


Oysterpalooza 2017

May 28, 2017

Coachella who? Attention oyster lovers, this event has your name written all over it. On Sunday, May 28, make it a Memorial Day Weekend to remember and head over to West Sonoma County for the ninth annual Oysterpalooza at Rocker Oysterfeller's in the Valley Ford Hotel. Expect oysters, BBQ, local microbrews, hand squeezed Margaritas, and live music from three local bands playing Americana, roots and bluegrass. For more information, click here.

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