Summer in Sonoma County
Summer (June through August) means new clusters of grapes are gradually hanging heavier and heavier on the vines. Fresh fruits and veggies are being harvested and farm markets are in full swing. Charming downtowns are bustling with weekly activities: music, film, and theater. The Pacific Coast, Russian River, and Lake Sonoma beaches invite sun-seekers.
Hot days and cool nights create a menu of reasons to visit. Wineries busily pour their latest releases. Vineyard hikes and food and wine pairings are new ways to enjoy a winery experience. Go beyond the wineries and paddle down the Russian River in a kayak or simply swim and splash at one of many beaches. Hike through Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve and let your skin drink in the cool dampness of a forest of 1,000-year-old trees.
Activities heat up as well. Enjoy such premier events as the Rodney Strong Summer Concert Series. Local communities host music and wine festivals: accordion, Jazz, art, and wine festivals in Cotati and Petaluma; the Seafood Art and Wine Festival in Bodega Bay; the Cultural Heritage Day at Fort Ross; and the Gravenstein Apple Fair. Order a free Visitors Guide and Wineries Map.