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Today's Events

Upcoming Events for Sonoma County

No matter if you're a first time visitor, return visitor, or you've lived here your whole life, there is always something new to discover around Sonoma. Events in Sonoma include festivals, farmers markets, winery events, outdoor celebrations, music concerts, art galleries, wine tours and more! Check out the upcoming events in Sonoma County for great and fun things to do!

To get your event on our list, email with "New Event" in the subject.

Upcoming Events

April

19

Kendall Cohn's Easter Egg Hunt at B.R. Cohn

B.R. Cohn Winery invites you to join their family for Kendall Cohn's Easter Egg Hunt. Bring the family, and enjoy the festivities! They will have Ultra Crepes Food Truck there for delicious bits to purchase, and complimentary face painting by Fairy Dust Faces.

Easter Egg Hunt schedule:
10:00-10:15 - Ages 0 to 3
10:30-10:45 - Ages 4 to 6
11:00-11:15 - Ages 7 and up

Times:
10am - 12pm

Price:
Free Admission

Location:
B.R. Cohn Winery

Website:
http://www.brcohn.com/event/easter-egg-hunt

Phone:
707.938.4064 ext. 124

19

Glen Ellen Firefighters Association Easter Egg Hunt

The Glen Ellen Firefighters Association is hosting an Easter Egg hunt on April 19th at Dunbar School in Glen Ellen. The hunt starts at 10am.

Want to help dye colorful Easter eggs for the hunt? Stop by the fire station (13445 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen) on April 18th after 2pm to help dye hardboiled eggs. Free of charge.

Times:
10am

Price:
Free Admission

Location:
Dunbar School

Website:
http://glenellenfire.org/

Phone:
(707) 996-9266

19

Easter Children's Fair at Petaluma Outlets

Hop on over to experience family fun for the whole community at the Petaluma Village Premium Outlets. Enjoy free crafts and games, visits with the Easter Bunny, face painting, balloon animals, prizes and much more. Be sure to check-in at the Center Management Office near Vans to obtain an Easter Hopper Pass. Completing 10 of the stops on the Easter Hopper Pass will enter you in for a drawing for a special gift!

Times:
12pm-3pm

Price:
Free Admission

Location:
Petaluma Village Premium Outlets

Phone:
(707) 762.0287

19

Sebastopol Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt

Children of all ages are invited to hunt for eggs at the 34th Annual Sebastopol Kiwanis Club Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt begins at 10am sharp in Ives Park. Bring an Easter basket and a camera to take a photo with the Easter Bunny. Don't be late! Rain or Shine.

Times:
10am

Price:
Free Admission

Location:
Ives Park

Phone:
877.828.4748

19

Easter Egg Hunt at Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Bring the kids to search for colorful eggs loaded with fun surprises hidden within the vines. Registration required. Afterwards, enjoy a fun-filled spring celebration.

Times:
10am

Price:
$10 per child (ages 12 and under)

Location:
Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Phone:
(707) 857.1438

19

Earth Day at Buena Vista Winery

Join Raymond Vineyards, DeLoach Vineyards and Buena Vista Winery as they celebrate Earth Day! Special wine flights will be paired with farm-to-table small bites from each of the estate gardens and prepared by renowned chef Michel Cornu.

Times:
12pm - 4pm

Location:
Buena Vista Winery

Phone:
(800) 926.1266

19

Earth Day at Benziger Family Winery

Celebrate Earth Day at Benziger! The event kicks off with a Bordeaux Tasting; a seated seminar in The Barn featuring 5-6 wines, followed by hors d'oeuvres on the Terrace. RSVP required.

Times:
11am - 2pm

Price:
$60 general | $40 wine club members

Location:
Benziger Family Winery

Phone:
(800) 989.8890

20

Picnic and Easter Egg Hunt at Cline Cellars

Enjoy Easter Sunday on the great lawn at Cline Cellars. Bring your picnic and they will supply a bottle of wine. Reserve a table for up to eight people and they'll put on a tablecloth and throw in a bottle of red or white wine. Additional wines are available for a 15% discount, and cases of wine for a 25% discount.

Times:
11am - 3pm

Price:
$40 per picnic table (seats 8)

Location:
Cline Cellars

Website:
http://www.clinecellars.com/eventcalendar

Phone:
(707) 940-4030

20

Easter Egg Hunt at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Why not spend Easter this year camping in beautiful Sugarloaf Park! Starting at 11:00 they will feature a meadow-wide hunt for children ages 3-12 of eggs filled with both candy and some particularly well hidden ones full of cash! Not camping? No worries, you can still come out and join them. The hunt is free for all participants. Standard day use parking is $8 per car. Hop to it and RSVP with ages and # of children to sugarloaf@uccr.org or call 707-833-6084.

Times:
11am - 12:30pm

Price:
Free Admission

Location:
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Phone:
(707) 833-6084

20

Easter Brunch at Spoonbar

Spoonbar is serving up a 3-course Easter Brunch with an array of delicious dishes. Smoked trout, onion and swiss chard quiche, and maple bacon are just a few of the featured menu items. Served family style. 

Times:
11:30am - 2:30pm

Price:
$40 per person

Location:
Spoonbar

Website:
http://www.spoonbar.com/events/?event=easter-brunch-2014

Phone:
707.433.7222

20

Hunt for the Hare at Safari West

The Hunt for the Hare is a fun-filled adventure that will have everyone trying to find the 6 foot tall Mr. Hare! Board either the African Queen (a 25 foot trailer) or the Nairobi (a bus) to search for Mr. Hare. Choose from either the morning or afternoon package. The morning package starts with brunch at 10:00am followed by an egg hunt and the Hunt for the Hare Tour. The afternoon package starts at 1:30pm with brunch followed by the egg hunt and tour. Whether you choose the morning or afternoon package, children will enjoy an Egg Hunt and Face Painting!

Times:
Varies

Price:
$68 for adults | $35 for children ages 4-12

Location:
Safari West

Website:
http://www.safariwest.com/easter/

20

Easter Egg Hunt and Brunch at The Bluewater Bistro

Enjoy a Champagne Brunch featuring over 20 mouthwatering menu items. Bring your baskets and join the Easter Bunny for a fun egg hunt starting at 10:00am on Surfbird Court. 

Times:
10am - 3pm

Price:
$30 adults | $12 kids under 12 | Egg Hunt Free

Location:
Bluewater Bistro

Phone:
(707) 875.3513

20

Ramekins Easter Brunch

Ramekins invites you to enjoy a delectable spread on Easter Sunday. With a selection of freshly prepared delights, you will want to take your time hopping from one savory station to the next! Easter crafts and cookie decorating for the little one, a truly family friendly event.

Times:
10am - 2pm

Price:
$55 Adults/$25 Kids

Location:
Ramekins

Website:
http://www.ramekins.com/classes

22

Earth Day at the Laguna Environmental Center

The Laguna Center presents Sonoma County native Robin Kraft, the World Resource Institute’s Lead Data Architect for the Global Forest Watch project, “an online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests.” Robin will present a fascinating visual overview of this cutting edge technology, share real-world applications from around the world, and answer questions.

Times:
7:00pm - 8:30pm

Price:
$10

Location:
Laguna Environmental Center

Website:
http://www.lagunafoundation.org/laguna_walks_classes.shtml

25

Cooking from the Farmer's Market

Join Chef Cess at the Sonoma Farmer’s Market to learn how to shop and choose ingredients like a pro. Chef Cess will help you hand pick vegetables and fruits from the farmer’s market vendors before heading back to the Ramekins kitchen to show you how to put them all together for a mouth-watering meal that you will sit down and enjoy.

This class includes preparation of an appetizer, first course, entrée and dessert

Times:
10am - 1pm

Price:
$85

Location:
Ramekins

Website:
http://www.ramekins.com/classes

26

Earth Day at Quarryhill Botanical Garden

In honor of Earth Day, Quarryhill Botanical Garden is offering FREE garden admission all day long! Quarryhill is one of the pre-eminent Asian botanical gardens globally, featuring one of the largest collections of documented, wild-collected Asian plants in the world. Quarryhill is a 25-acre botanical garden of mature, flowering Asian trees & shrubs. Magnolias, dogwoods, maples, birches, roses, lilies, rhododendrons, and many others are laced with paths and hidden places to sit and relax, while surrounded by ponds, waterfalls, and vistas of the Sonoma Valley

Times:
11am - 3pm

Price:
Free Admission

Location:
Quarryhill Botanical Garden

Phone:
(707) 996.3166

26

Earth Day at DeLoach Vineyards

Join DeLoach Vineyards' Director of Winegrowing and Head Gardener for tours of their newly opened Theater of Nature, a walking adventure through the practice and impact of the organic and Biodynamic farming methods utilized in the DeLoach estate vineyards. Partake in their Magic of Wine and Mustard experience and sample small bites from the estate garden paired alongside their award winning wines.

Times:
1pm - 4pm

Price:
$20 per person | $10 wine club members

Location:
DeLoach Vineyards

Phone:
(707) 934.8209

26

Petaluma's Butter & Egg Days Parade & Festival

Petaluma's best loved event returns for its 33rd year! Watch over 110 units march through Downtown Petaluma, enjoy food and drink, music, arts and crafts and an area just for kids!

Times:
10am-5pm

Price:
Free Admission

Location:
Downtown Petaluma

Phone:
(707)-763-0344

26

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27

April in Carneros

Join the wineries of Carneros for this exciting multi-winery open house event. Taste wines, including new releases and exciting bottles pulled straight from the cellar! Fill your collection with your favorites, some at special April in Carneros discounts. Tickets are valid both days, so there is plenty of wine to enjoy!

Times:
11am - 4pm

Price:
$45 in Advance/$50 at the Door

Location:
Participating Wineries

Website:
http://www.carneroswineries.org/events/

26

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27

Passport to Dry Creek Valley

JOIN us in 2014 for our 25th Anniversary Celebration! Passport to Dry Creek Valley was introduced in 1990, by the Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley, as a time every year when the winegrowing community could come together to celebrate the generations of farmers, vintners and families that are the roots of the Dry Creek Valley wine region. Over the 24 years since, the event has become a beloved tradition among wine lovers who enjoy a world-class tasting experience with a festive twist, all within the idyllic Dry Creek Valley.

Times:
11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Price:
$120 full weekend pass / $70 Sunday Only

Location:
Participating Wineries

Website:
http://www.wdcv.com/events/passport-to-dry-creek-valley.php

Phone:
707-433-3031

27

Petaluma's Spring Antique Faire

Antique and collectable lovers throughout the Bay Area are welcome to browse and shop the 28th Annual Petaluma Spring Antique Faire on Sunday April 27th, 2014. “The Bay Areas Premier Antique Center," Historic Downtown Petaluma will transform into an antique marketplace. Amid the beautiful historic buildings, one of a kind stores, an incredible array of restaurants and cafes, guests can find an incomparable selection of affordable antiques from over 180 dealers.

Times:
8pm - 4pm

Price:
Free Admission

Location:
Downtown Petaluma

Phone:
(707)-762-9348

27

Wine Country Brunch

Please join Chef Lisa Lavagetto for this hands on class where she will teach you how to make a delicious wine country brunch with an Italian twist. We guarantee you won’t miss your traditional favorites with these fun recipes instead of classic brunch fare.

  • Blood Orange Prosecco Spritzers
  • Arugula Salad with Roasted Apples, Pears and Pannetone Croutons
  • Banana & Orange Crêpes
  • Potato & Italian Sausage Strata with Mushroom Ragù
  • Cranberry & Orange Scones
  • Zabaglione with Dried Cherry Biscotti

Times:
11am - 2pm

Price:
$95

Location:
Ramekins

Website:
http://www.ramekins.com/classes

May

2

Tail Wags & Handbags

What better way to spend a Friday afternoon with your girlfriends than enjoying a gourmet lunch at Buena Vista Winery, sipping delectable wines from local vintners and best of all, SHOPPING!  Get the best deals in town on fabulous designer & one of a kind purses along with other unique accessories. Imagine, all that fun and it's for a good cause too! Now that's something to wag about!   Proceeds go to caring for the cats and dogs at Sonoma Valley's only animal shelter 

Times:
11:30 - 2:30

Price:
$85

Location:
Buena Vista Winery

Website:
http://www.petslifeline.org/page193.html

Phone:
(707) 996-4577 EXT. 110

4

Farm & Ranch Readiness Emergency Preparedness Fair

On Sunday, May 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Atwood Ranch in Glen Ellen will host a Farm & Ranch Readiness Emergency Preparedness Fair. Registration is a must!

When disaster strikes, animals as well as people need to be safely relocated. Californians value their pets and livestock, but are often unprepared for earthquakes, fires and floods.

Effective, well-rehearsed strategies for pet and livestock safety must be in place before a disaster occurs. Preparedness can make a difference!

This is a FREE event, open to anyone interested in learning how to be preparred in an emergency. Food and beverages will be available for sale.

Times:
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Price:
FREE

Location:
Atwood Ranch

Website:
www.JulieAtwoodEvents.com/animals.html

Phone:
707-935-0621 x2

17

119th Annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival

The Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival is one of Sonoma County’s most honored traditions and one of the oldest and largest events of its kind in Northern California.

Times:

Location:
Downtown Santa Rosa

Phone:
(707)-523-3728

17

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18

17th Annual Taste Alexander Valley

The 17th annual Taste Alexander Valley is the major event produced each year by the Alexander Valley Winegrowers Association. We invite you to join us!

On Saturday and Sunday, May 17 & 18 over 25 wineries will host their own special wine and food parties offering wine and food pairings, live entertainment and special weekend wine discounts. One ticket gets you access to all the parties! Come and experience the best of the casually elegant wine country lifestyle that makes the Alexander Valley a premier international tourist destination!

Times:
11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Price:
$65 per person in advance

Location:
Participating Wineries in Alexander Valley

Website:
http://alexandervalley.org/taste-alexander-valley/

Phone:
888-463-0207

24

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25

Chateau Sonoma's 11th Annual French Flea Market

Chateau Sonoma's 11th Annual French Flea Market - featuring french importers from across the country selling vintage collectibles and antiques.

Times:
10am-6pm Saturday, 10am-4pm Sunday

Price:
FREE

Location:
Chateau Sonoma, 153 West Napa Street, Sonoma CA 95476

Website:
http://www.chateausonoma.com

Phone:
707-935-8553

June

7

Beerfest – The Good One!

 

Beerfest is an annual festive microbrew and food tasting extravaganza with more than 60 of Northern California’s best microbreweries featuring over 120 unique brews and lots of wonderful Sonoma County gourmet food purveyors. One ticket price gets you in the door and includes unlimited tasting of all the beer and food at the event, as well as a souvenir Beerfest glass. Beerfest – The Good One! is a fundraiser for Face to Face.

Times:
1pm - 5pm

Price:
$45 in Advance/$50 at the door

Location:
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts

Website:
http://f2f.org/demo/beerfest/well

Phone:
(707) 544-1581

13

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15

Gay Wine Weekend 2014

Sonoma’s Out in the Vineyard hosts the largest gay wine event in the world. Ranked #5 of top 20 LGBT events in the world for 2013 by GayTravel.com, Gay Wine Weekend returns with 3 full days of LGBT events in Northern California's magnificent Sonoma Valley — home to some of the world’s most prestigious wines and wineries. Celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, Sonoma Plaza wine passport, music and dancing at vineyards, VIP receptions, wine tasting excursions, champagne brunch and wine auction in one of the most famous luxury wine destinations in the world. This year, the Twilight T-Dance will be at the word-famous Raymond Vineyards in Napa Valley! Our host hotel MacArthur Place in Sonoma has rooms that are filling up fast! Get your tickets before the events get sold out!

Times:
Daily

Price:
Varies

Location:
29E MacArthur Street, MacArthur Place, Sonoma CA 95476

Website:
http://www.outinthevineyard.com/events/gaywineweekend/

Phone:
707-495-9732

13

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14

Country Summer 2014

Country Summer, Northern California's biggest country music festival, is a two-day epic event featuring 10 nationally recognized country entertainers, an array of food and beverage concessions and Western-themed activities for fans of all ages. The talent lineup stars Hunter Hayes, Joe Nichols, Darius Rucker, the Eli Young Band with more marquee entertainers yet to be announced.

 

Tickets officially go on sale at noon on January 18.

Times:
Concert Times Vary

Price:
Varies

Location:
Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Website:
http://www.countrysummer.com

Phone:
(800) 514-3849

13

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14

Huichica Music Festival

Huichica Music Festival, (pronounced We-Chica) is an annual all-day concert at Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma, California.  The 152-year-old Gundlach Bundschu Winery was once part of the land called Rancho Huichica by Mexican General Mariano Vallejo, and Huichica is the name of the unique soil of the region that makes for great winegrowing.

Times:
Vaires

Location:
Gundlach Bundschu Winery

Website:
http://www.huichicamusicfestival.com

Phone:
(707) 938-5277

27

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5

Broadway Under The Stars

It’s Another Op’nin to Another Show as the 2014 season kicks off with One Singular Sensation, a night of those irresistible Broadway production numbers, show-stopping routines and so much more. Loaded with Broadway favorites and a few other treats, this toe-tapping night will wow you one song after another and leave you humming your own eleven o’clock number as you walk away with a little magic in your heart.

June 27, 28, 29 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

July 2, 3, 5 (Wed, Thurs, Sat)

5:00pm Pre-Show Picnicking Begins

7:30pm Concert in the Winery Ruins

Times:
5:00pm-9:30pm

Price:
$29-$125

Location:
Jack London State Park

Website:
http://www.transcendencetheatre.org

Phone:
(877)-424-1414

July

10

Azur Wines & Riva Cucina Winemaker Dinner

 

Longtime friends Elan and Julien Fayard from Azur Wines and Massimo from Riva Cucina bring finesse to wine and food. Their philosophy is to produce wines that express pure, terroir-driven specificities and characteristics that will be highlighted during this one of a kind winemaker dinner.

Times:
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Price:
$125

Location:
Ramekins

Website:
http://www.ramekins.com/classes

13

Petaluma's Art & Garden Festival

A showcase of Petaluma's artistic and horticultural splendor, the 13th annual Art & Garden Festival returns for another day long celebration of music, food, wine, art and garden.

Times:
11am - 5pm

Price:
Free Admission

Location:
Downtown Petaluma

Phone:
(707)-762-9348

26

Fort Ross Festival

Featuring world-class live music & dance, costumed re-enactments, historic crafts, militia cannon ­firings, a multi-cultural food court, marketplace, children’s crafts and more, Fort Ross Festival is a wonderful celebration that brings together artists, performers, & historic re-enactors from around the world covering the breadth of historic Settlement Ross's multicultural community, all performing in a dramatic natural outdoor amphitheater with the Pacific Ocean as its backdrop.

 

Fort Ross Festival weaves together a unique blend of history, culture, activities, flavors and entertainment promising an unforgettable experience for all ages in one of the most stunning settings on Earth.

Times:
10am - 7pm

Location:
Fort Ross State Historic Park

Website:
http://www.fortross.org/

31

Gundlach Bundschu Winemaker Dinner

Join Ramekins for a Wine Maker Dinner with Gundlach Bundschu Winery and Executive Chef Doug MacFarland.

Times:
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Price:
$120

Location:
Ramekins

Website:
https://www.ramekins.com/event-registration/?ee=453

August

13

Scribe Winery Winemaker Dinner

Managed by fourth generation farmers and brother, Andrew and Adam Mariani, Scribe Winery produces vibrant, terroir driven wines with a cult following. The vineyard is managed in harmony with nature, resulting in site-specific grapes. Taste Pinot, Chardonnay and Riesling with special food pairings.

An evening with Scribe Winery is an evening not to be missed!

Times:
6:30pm - 9:30pm

Location:
Ramekins

Website:
https://www.ramekins.com/event-registration/?ee=459

September

26

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28

Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival

The 2014 Opening Night Gala takes place under the summer night stars in the historic Sonoma Barracks on the Sonoma Plaza. Live music, over 50 wineries pouring, food tastings by Valley restaurants, specialty shops, and caterers are all available to enjoy at your leisure.

Times:

Location:
Sonoma Plaza

Website:
http://valleyofthemoonvintagefestival.com/wp/

Phone:
(707)-996-2109

October

18

Fort Ross Harvest Festival

Autumn is our favorite time of year along the coast, and we invite you to join us at Fort Ross Harvest Festival. The day offers a wide variety of activities suitable for all ages and interests:

  • Song and dance, and gentle apple harvesting in the historic orchard 
  • Interpretive talks by dedicated experts on the historic orchard, replica windmill
  • Food trucks with delicious seasonal fare for sale
  • Local samples of heirloom apples, apple cider, apple baked goods, Sonoma cheese, and more
  • Horse and wagon ride, children's activities, historic crafts, cannon firing, communal dances
  • Fort Ross-Seaview Wine Tasting and Luncheon (see below; requires tickets purchased separately)

Fort Ross-Seaview Luncheon

Join us at 12pm for a 4-course grand luncheon on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, prepared by four renowned Chefs, choosing from the seasonal bounty of the Sonoma Coast and paired with the award winning local wines.

Limited seating, advanced tickets only; tickets will go on sale online in August 2014.

 

Fort Ross-Seaview Wine Tasting 1-4pm

 

Meet the grape growers and winemakers in an intimate setting. List of participating Fort Ross-Seaview wineries coming soon.

Times:
10am - 5pm

Location:
Fort Ross State Historic Park

Website:
http://www.fortross.org/

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