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Outdoor Events in Sonoma County May-June 2017

Funky Fridays at Hood Mansion

There’s always something happening outdoors in Sonoma County. Here’s a  heads-up for five fun outdoor events heading to Sonoma County from late May into June 2017:

Funky Fridays Season Opener at Hood Mansion 

Friday, May 26
Funky Fridays is a relaxed, down to earth — and, yes, funky! — outdoor concert series loved by kids and adults alike. Along with big doses of foot-tapping music, people enjoy their own picnics and dance up a storm. Funky Fridays happen each Friday evening, from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends.

In 2017 things start off on May 26, when the funky soul and R&B band, The Bruthas, hit the scene. A fantastic lineup of musicians rolls through in the weeks that follow, finishing up with A Case of the Willys on Sept. 1 (see the entire lineup here).

Concerts take place at Sonoma Valley’s Hood Mansion, off Highway 12 at Pythian Road. Funds raised help support projects related to Hood Mansion, Hood Mountain Regional Park, and other county parks projects in Sonoma Valley. 

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and concert-goers can park in one of three parking lots in the Los Guilicos complex. Parking is $10 per vehicle or free with a Sonoma County Regional Parks pass. Tickets are $10 adults, or free for kids 18 and under.  Advance ticket sales are available online.


Memorial Day HikeJack London State Historic Park

Monday, May 29
Led by volunteer hike leader Rusty Sims, this moderate-level hike takes participants on a five-mile round trip loop that includes Upper Fallen Bridge Trail, a stop at the famous Ancient Redwood, and then home along Quarry Trail.

Wear sturdy shoes, and bring water, a lunch or snack, and sunscreen. Meet in Upper Parking Area/Beauty Ranch parking lot at Jack London. $15, includes parking. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. For additional information, visit JackLondonPark.com or phone 707-938-5216.


Harbor Seal MonitoringFort Ross State Historic Park

Saturday, June 3
Participate as a volunteer citizen scientist to help monitor harbor seals that haul out along the northern coast. To join in, meet at the park’s visitor center no later than 1:15 p.m. The survey will then begin on the roadside at Highway One Mile Marker 33.52, just north of the park entrance. The almost two-mile, low-tide shoreline survey ends at Fort Ross Cove and takes about two hours.

Seal monitoring surveys also take place on June 17, July 1, July 15, and July 29. For more details and times, visit fortross.org. Afterwards you might want to explore the architectural treasures at Fort Ross, go hiking on the sand dunes at Gualala Point Regional Park, or check out the pygmy forest at Salt Point State Park.


Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament

Friday, June 9
Held at Windsor Golf Course — known for its manicured greens, oaks, lakes and beautiful creek — this annual tournament benefits agricultural education (scholarships, 4-H and FFA programs, and many more).

The event attracts many participants; last year, 144 players divided into 36 competitive teams. It’s a full, fun and long day, starting in late morning and ending with dinner, awards and a raffle at 6 p.m.  Fees include lunch, dinner, tee prizes, carts, range balls, green fees and beverages on the course: $175 for individual players, $700 per foursome. To learn more and to register, visit Sonoma County Farm Bureau


Hike to Future Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve

Saturday, June 24
Join “Bill & Dave Hikes” and the Bay Area Ridge Council for a joint hike to a spectacular 1250-acre property off Nun’s Canyon Road in Glen Ellen. Although it’s not yet open to the public, this property — which runs from just off Highway 12 to the Napa County line — will soon become Calabazas Creek Regional Park.

You’ll want to be in good shape for this hike, which is eight miles long and has a 1200-foot elevation gain. Bring lunch, plenty of water, and dress according to the weather. Hike begins promptly at 10 a.m., so plan to arrive by 9:45 a.m. No fee for the hike, but registration is required; the hike is limited to 50 participants. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. To register, visit eventbrite.com.

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