Outdoor Events in Sonoma County this June
June marks the start of Sonoma County’s glorious summer season, when it seems that there’s always something fun and exciting to do outdoors every minute of the day.
Here are just a few ways to get out and about in Sonoma County this June:
Every Friday in June (June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29):
Tour Bodega Marine Laboratory
Take a free, docent-led tour of the Bodega Marine Laboratory to learn about the immense biodiversity of California’s northern coast. You’ll enjoy numerous marine aquarium displays containing colorful fish, invertebrates, and other sea creatures (some quite unique). Among the highlights: an aquarium with a small kelp forest, home to residents of the local estuary. Friday tours are 2-4 p.m., reservations not required.
Bodega Marine Laboratory, 2099 Westshore Road, Bodega Bay, 707-875-2211
June 3 (Sunday):
Learn Animal Sign and Bird Language
After this class — learning about common bird vocalizations and what they mean while scanning the ground for data-rich scat and tracks — you’re guaranteed to see more raptors and elusive mammals on hikes. The workshop begins at the Laguna Environmental Center before heading out to different field sites, walking up to about two miles. While geared to adults, the workshop is open to families with children 10 years and older. Rain cancels. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Cost: $25. Registration required. For more information: Anita Smith at 707-527-9277 or [email protected].
Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, 707-527-9277
June 9-10 (Saturday & Sunday):
Celebrate Hot Air Balloons
Come enjoy the early-morning excitement as balloons of all shapes and colors launch from Windsor’s Keiser Park during the annual Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic. The main launch occurs between 5-6 a.m. each day, when about 30 balloons ascend. Following that. you can enjoy tethered rides ($10/kids, $20 adults), food and craft booths, and a kids' play area. The event runs 4:30-10:30 a.m. each day. Purchase admission tickets online.
Keiser Park, 700 Windsor River Road, Windsor; [email protected]
June 10 (Sunday):
Recharge Your Spirit with Yoga on the Beach
Immerse yourself in the beauty, tranquility, and the healing power of the county’s natural environment while engaging in a Restorative Yoga practice. You’ll stretch, breathe, and ground yourself alongside the flowing Russian River at Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach. All experience levels and ages are welcome. Bring a yoga mat or towel. The program is free but registration is required. Free. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members.
Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, 13839 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg, 707-433-1625
June 16 (Saturday):
Study the Night Stars at Robert Ferguson Observatory
Visit Sonoma Valley’s Robert Ferguson Observatory, with its three main telescopes for the monthly Star Party. 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. Cost: $3/adults 18 and older; kids under 18 are free. There’s also a parking fee of $8.
June 17 (Sunday):
Marvel Over the Beauty of Butterflies
Celebrate the 21st annual Open Gardens Day at Sebastopol’s Hallberg Butterfly Gardens. Aside from the joy of watching butterflies flutter amidst springtime plants, you’ll learn about the life cycle of these delicate creatures, along with wildlife gardening, habitat preservation, and western Sonoma County’s rich agricultural heritage. Docents will assist with butterfly and bird sightings, and you’ll enjoy informational displays, self-guided tours, children’s activities, and plant, book, and craft sales. Wheelchair access is limited. This event, which runs from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is free.
Hallberg Butterfly Gardens, 8687 Oak Grove Ave., Sebastopol, 707-823-3420
June 23 (Saturday):
Bike the Giro Bello
Tackle one of four routes in the 8th annual Giro Bello (“Beautiful Ride”). The rides begin at O’Reilly Media in Sebastopol and proceed through lush wine country. The rides are: A century route (100 miles, with a 5,168-foot climb); a metric century (66 miles, 2,406 feet of climbing); a family fun ride (27.6 miles, 896 feet climb); and an 11-mile junior fun ride over a flat course for families with young children. Registration fees ($60-$95) include a t-shirt, rest stops, swag bag, bike expo, live music, and lunch at the finish. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Santa Rosa and its charitable projects.
O’Reilly Media, 1005 Gravenstein Highway N., Sebastopol, 310-975-9480
June 25-28 (Monday-Thursday):
Exploring & Learning about the Ocean (for tots)
Your little “sea squirt” can learn all about the wonders of the Pacific Ocean while being safely on the shore at Doran Regional Park. Squirts will play in the sand, come to understand Sonoma County coastal ecology, make new young friends and lots more. Sea Squirt Summer Camp is held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each day. Fee: $250. This class repeats on July 30-Aug. 2. Registration required.
Doran Regional Park, 201 Doran Beach Road, Bodega Bay 707-875-3540