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Outdoor Events in Sonoma County July 2018

Get outdoors in Sonoma County with these July events.

As always, there’s a lot happening in Sonoma County in July. If you’re visiting Sonoma County for the first time — or if you live here and just want to try something new in the outdoors — here are a few great ideas for fun in the sun (or even under the moon) this month:

July 1 (Sunday) and 7-8 (Saturday/Sunday)

Meander in California’s Largest Labyrinth

Beens N Blooms lavender labyrinth in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California

This newly opened labyrinth at Bees N Blooms is big and beautiful, and composed of eight different types of lavender — and at peak bloom right now. Surrounding the labyrinth are two acres of lavender and other flowers, honeybee hives, a tree nursery, and a veggie garden, all offering plenty of blooms to attract birds, butterflies, and bees. Admission is free. Open 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bees N Blooms, 3883 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa, 707-293-8293

July 4 (Wednesday)

Celebrate the Fourth in the Outdoors

Fourth of July Fireworks hike, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Sonoma County, California

If you’re a fit and seasoned hiker, the annual Fireworks Hike at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park might be just your thing. The hike travels to the top of Bald Mountain in time to watch the sun set and then enjoy the amazing sight of fireworks going off all over the Bay Area, from Windsor in the north to San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland in the south and southeast – all while enjoying wine, beer, and snacks. This is a strenuous hike, about 6.5 miles round trip with 1,500 feet elevation gain. A fundraiser, it’s by reservation only: $50/adults, $10 kids 12-17; more details upon registration. More information.

July 7 (Saturday)

Study the Night Stars at Robert Ferguson Observatory

Star Party at the Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sonoma County, California

Visit Sonoma Valley’s Robert Ferguson Observatory, with its three main telescopes for the monthly star party from 8 p.m. to midnight. The fun starts at dusk, when the scopes are available for public viewing, and docents with additional telescopes will be on hand to answer questions. The observatory is located in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, and the opticals here are excellent. For more information, visit rfo.org. Cost: $3 adults 18 and older; kids under 18 are free. There’s also a parking fee of $8.

Robert Ferguson Observatory, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood, 707-833-6979

July 13 or 27

Challenge Yourself with Paddleboard Yoga

Paddleboarding with Rubicon Adventures in Sonoma County, California

This class, a lake-based yoga and stand-up paddleboarding blend held at Spring Lake Regional Park, is open to both novices and master practitioners. With the paddleboard serving as a yoga mat and water requiring extra balance, yoga routines are intensified. The class promises to increase focus and concentration, balance, and core strength — and it’s definitely going to be a fun, splashy time. Taught by Rubicon Adventures, this class will also be held twice in August. 9-10:30 a.m. Registration is required; fee is $45. To register, visit this page.

Spring Lake Regional Park, 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa, 707-539-8092

July 22 (Sunday)

Explore the Legacy and Beauty of the Coast’s Kortum Trail

Kortum Trail, Sonoma County, California

Photo by Sierra Downey.

One of the most-loved trails on the Sonoma Coast, the Kortum Trail is stunning and rich with history. On this guided, kid-friendly hike, “Sonoma Coast for Families,” you’ll learn about the trail’s unique features (such as the huge rocks where mammoths once rubbed themselves), as well as its history. Snacks will be provided but bring your own packed lunch and water. This easy five-mile hike along coastal bluffs is open to all ages and will be led by Cea Higgins, Coastwalk’s executive director, and volunteer guides who have led hikes on the trail for many years. Fee: $25. To register, visit coastwalk.org/coastwalk-schedule or phone 707-829-6689.

July 25 (Wednesday)

Winging It With Birds

Bird Watching in Helen Putnam Regional Park, Sonoma County, California

Listen for chirps, caws, hoots, and shrieks of summer’s resident birds at Helen Putnam Regional Park, This leisurely bird walk is open to all levels of birding experience, from absolute novice to enthusiastic expert. It’s geared to older adults and their friends to enjoy nature and each other’s company. Bring your own binoculars if you have them. 8:30-10:30 a.m. Carpooling is encouraged. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, call 707-565-2041.

Helen Putnam Regional Park, 411 Chileno Valley Road, Petaluma, 707-539-8092

July 27 (Friday)

Paddle Under the Full Moon

Moonlight kayaking on Spring Lake, Santa Rosa, California

Enjoy this rare opportunity to experience Spring Lake Regional Park after dark! Paddle on calm waters, kayaking out for a front row seat to take in a breathtaking view of the full moon as it rises. Experience the magic as day becomes night, and observe nighttime creatures like fluttering bats and hooting owls. Fee includes kayak, paddle, and life jacket rental. Limited space available. Registration is required with a $45/person fee. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members. 8-10:30 p.m. More info or register.

Spring Lake Regional Park, 393 Violetti Road, Santa Rosa, 707-539-8092

July 28 (Saturday)

Revel in Fabulous Fort Ross History

Fort Ross Festival in Sonoma County, California

Don’t miss the annual Fort Ross Festival, which takes place on Sonoma County’s beautiful far northern coast at Fort Ross State Historic Park. This year’s festival highlights the Kashia, Russian, Alaska Native, and California ranch-era peoples who lived at Fort Ross over the centuries. You’ll experience Kashia Pomo ceremonial dancing, costumed historical vignettes, horse and buggy rides, Russian bell ringing, Alaska Native craftspeople, traditional Russian performances by the San Francisco Balalaika Ensemble, and even a bit of singing along to American Swing. And, of course, an international food bazaar and the Fort Ross Beer Garden. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $20 per car.

Fort Ross State Historic Park, 19005 Coast Highway, Jenner, 707-847-3437

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