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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

February

2

Healdsburg Chef's Table: Louis Maldonado

You love their food. Now meet the chefs that make Healdsburg and Sonoma County a culinary mecca. They will be whisked out of their kitchens and into Relish for a four-course "dinner and a show." Get recipes, learn secrets, and ask questions about favorite dishes while you savor an amazing meal with wine in an intimate setting. 

Times:
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Price:
$99

Location:
Relish Culinary Center

Website:
relishculinary.com

Phone:
707-431-9999

5

Masi Tasting Dinner

Glen Ellen’s newest distinguished restaurant, Aventine Glen Ellen is pleased to present a special Masi Tasting Dinner. Chef Adolfo Veronese will provide a 5-course dinner menu with five Masi wine parings. he evening's menu includes passed appetizers, antipasto course of veal tartar, first course of risotto, second course of lamb shank, and cheese course.

Times:
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Price:
$85 per person plus tax and gratuity

Location:
Aventine

Website:
http://glenellen.aventinehospitality.com

Phone:
707-934-8911

7

Tasting in the Dark

As part of Hands on Healdsburg’s 50 days of exceptional offerings and activities throughout January and February, join us for a fascinating wine tasting that explores how flavors and aromas in wine are accentuated by simply turning off the lights. Guests are blindfolded and led to our Winemaker’s Lab for the tasting, which is hosted by Hoby Wedler, a blind graduate student from UC Davis. It’s a unique and unforgettable tasting experience perfect for any wine lover. 

Times:
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Price:
$75 per person

Location:
Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Website:
https://www.francisfordcoppolawinery.com/visit/taste-and-tour/tour

Phone:
(707) 857-1400

8

SRJC Wine Classic

Santa Rosa Junior College presents its first annual SRJC Wine Classic, a walk around tasting reception with 25 Sonoma County wineries pouring over 50 wines. Enjoy live music, a gourmet appetizer buffet, and take home a souvenir glass. All proceeds benefit SRJC Wine, Culinary, Arts and Hospitality students and student scholarships.

Times:
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Price:
$55 per person

Location:
Bertolini Hall, Santa Rosa Junior College

Website:
http://www.srjcwineclassic.com

8

Wine, Whim & Song at Francis Ford Coppola Winery

See, wine and music naturally share a certain harmony. But can wine and music really influence each other? With the help of music curators, Sonomadic, Francis Ford Copola Winery has developed a blindfolded sensory experience centered around tasting wine while listening to a variety of music where you will explore this concept further. A fun and unique experience for both wine and music lovers! 

Times:
3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Price:
$60 per person

Location:
Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Website:
https://www.francisfordcoppolawinery.com/visit/taste-and-tour/tour

Phone:
(707) 857-1400

13

Benziger Family Winery Dinner

29th Annual Winemaker Dinner Series continues as The Inn welcomes Partner & National Sales Manager, Chris Benziger and Winemaker Lisa Amaroli of Benziger Family Winery for a spectacular 4-course wine and food pairing dinner. Wines to be featured include Benziger Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Times:
6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Price:
$99 plus tax and gratuity

Location:
Bay View Restaurant – Inn at the Tides

Website:
http://www.InnattheTides.com/default.aspx?pg=winemaker

Phone:
(800) 541-7788

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Olive Season Finale Weekend at Cline Cellars

Olive season may be winding down, but the olive celebration is in full swing at Cline Cellars. Explore the rich history of the Cline ranch dating back to the Mission era. Taste gourmet olive oil made from the historic Mission olive and visit the California Mission Museum. Sample unique olive-inspired pairings with specially selected Cline wines. Take home an olive tree from Green String Farm to plant in your own garden. Celebrate the bounty of Sonoma Valley at Cline. Guests will receive special discounts on selected Cline Wines and olive products throughout the weekend.

Times:
Daily

Price:
Free

Location:
Cline Cellars

Website:
http://clinecellars.com/

Phone:
707-940-4030

14

Dance and Dine with your Valentine!

Rodney Strong Vineyards presents a Valentine's event you won't forget. The evening includes a reception with barrel tasting, a one hour dance lesson, and a romantic three course dinner with live music in the Artisan Cellar.

Times:
5:30pm to 9:30pm

Price:
$150 ($120 Wine Club)

Location:
Rodney Strong Vineyards

Website:
rodneystrong.com

Phone:
707-433-0945

14

Valentine’s Day Couples Cooking: Romantic Movies

Who doesn’t love a romantic food movie? Chef Anne Cornell has selected dishes from favorite films and participants will bring them to life at this festive Valentine’s Day class. The four-course dinner menu includes luscious dishes from The 100-Foot Journey, Like Water for Chocolate, Chocolat and Eat, Drink, Man, Woman. 

Participants will create this delicious global menu under the guidance of chef Anne, then sit to dine on their creations paired with specially-selected local sparkling, still and dessert wines.

Times:
6 p.m.

Price:
$122

Location:
Relish Culinary Center

Website:
http://relishculinary.com/class_schedule.htm#

Phone:
707-431-9999

20

Crab Feed at HopMonk Tavern

HopMonk Tavern is pleased to present the 2nd Annual Crab Feed at the Sebastopol Tavern. The crab feed will feature beer from Anderson Valley Brewery and North Coast Brewing. There will also be live music on the Beer Garden Stage featuring Galen Ash.

Times:
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Price:
$65

Location:
HopMonk Tavern

Website:
http://www.hopmonk.com/store/special-events/

Phone:
707-820-7300

21

Annual Eighth Street Wineries Open House

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience Sonoma’s exclusive boutique and artisan wineries for the 2014 Annual Open House. Off the beaten path yet just 5 minutes from Sonoma Plaza, eight wineries open their cellar doors for this annual event. Enjoy this unique chance to visit all nine wineries in one stop - park once and spend the afternoon. Stroll through the warehouses, glass in hand, and savor various parings by local chefs. It’s likely you’ll meet the winemakers themselves in this intimate setting, a rare opportunity, as many of these ‘special gem’ wineries are typically closed to the public. Enjoy small-batch wines and hard to find wines: a special occasion for any wine lover!

Participating Wineries: Anaba Winery, Enkidu Wines, Stone Edge Farm, Three Sticks Wines, Tin Barn Vineyards, Talisman Wines and Ty Caton Vineyards, Patz and Hall.

Times:
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Price:
$40 per person in advance, $45 at the door

Location:
8th Street

Website:
eigthstreetwineries.com

Phone:
707-939-3930

21

Soil Matters: Appellation Wine Tasting

Taste through a flight of single vineyard designate zinfandels from different vineyards and appellations at Mazzocco Sonoma. Just minutes from downtown Healdsburg, Mazzocco Sonoma offers visitors a fun and unique wine tasting experience. They have an expansive line-up of award-winning Zinfandels, Cabernet Sauvignons, Petite Sirahs, and more.

Times:
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Price:
$25

Location:
Mazzocco Winery

Website:
http://www.healdsburg.com/handsonhealdsburg/

Phone:
707-431-8159

March

6

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Annual Barrel Tasting Along Wine Road

Northern Sonoma County presents their annual double weekend event that is all about the WINE. Sample wines from the barrel and in most cases a limited number of current release wines. This is a chance to purchase future release wines that are so limited it's the only way to get them. The event dates are March 6-8 and March 13-15, 2015.

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

Price:
$60 Weekend, $40 Sunday Only

Location:
Participating Wineries

Phone:
800-723-6336

14

VinOlivo Grand Tasting

$75 General Admission in advance | $95 VIP | $85 at the door

VIP VinOlivo Package: $130 | Early Entrance Grand Tasting + 3-Day Tasting Ticket to Sonoma Valley

Join more than 60 wineries and 25 top restaurateurs to enjoy all that Sonoma Valley Wine Country has to offer! Sip the wines and meet the winemakers behind some of Sonoma Valley’s word-class wines. Ignite your taste buds with food from Sonoma’s finest restaurateurs, caterers and artisans.

Times:
7p.m. to 10p.m.

Price:
$75-$130

Location:
The Lodge at Sonoma

Website:
http://sonomavalleywine.com/event/vinolivo-weekend-grand-tasting-2015/

14

Dinner in the Barrel Room

Stryker Sonoma's most intimate and elegant dinner of the year! Join winemaker Tim Hardin and a select group of guests and dine among over 400 barrels in Stryker's cathedral to wine.

Times:
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Price:
$195

Location:
Stryker Sonoma Winery

Website:
http://winestore.strykersonoma.com/estate-c57.aspx

Phone:
(800) 433-1944

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California's Artisan Cheese Festival

Three days of cheese bliss awaits. Meet the cheese makers and their cheeses at an intimate cheese, wine, beer and cider reception. Take a farm tour on Friday, sign up for a class to learn from our experts: cheese making workshops; cheese pairings; learn cheese basics; how to cook with cheese; how to make cheese and more. Attend the Grand Cheese Tasting and Best in Cheese Competition on Saturday night with over two dozen restaurants showcasing cheese-inspired dishes for sampling with wines and beers to complement. Visit the Bubble Brunch or go to the Artisan Cheese Tasting and Marketplace on Sunday where you can taste and buy cheeses from more than 20 artisan cheese makers; meet, try and buy the wares of artisan wineries, craft breweries and local food vendors...and much more. Celebrity chefs, world class cheese, wine, beer, cider and more all in one fun filled weekend!

Times:
All Day

Price:
$35-135

Location:
Sheraton Sonoma County Petaluma

Website:
artisancheesefestival.com

Phone:
707-523-3728

20

Vermeil Wines Winemaker Dinner

29th Annual Winemaker Dinner Series continues as The Inn welcomes special guest, Mr. Dick Vermeil of Vermeil Wines for a spectacular 5-course wine and food pairing dinner. Wines to be featured include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Luvisi “1908” Zinfandel, Jean Louis Vermeil Cabernet Sauvignon and Proprietary Red. 

Times:
6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Price:
$119 plus tax and gratuity

Location:
Bay View Restaurant – Inn at the Tides

Website:
http:// www.InnattheTides.com

Phone:
(800) 541-7788

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2015 Savor Sonoma Valley, Barrel Tasting Weekend

Over twenty Wineries throughout the Heart of Sonoma Valley will be showcasing the 2014 vintage straight from the barrels, sampling new releases, and offering award-winning wines paired with scrumptious food prepared by local chefs and restaurants.

Meet winemakers, taste reserve wines, sample barrel wines, mingle with wine lovers in caves and on crush pads, enjoy live music, tour wineries and vineyards, and savor a wonderful wine country weekend.  Most importantly - this event offers guests the chance to take an advance look at what the 2014 vintage is going to be like in bottle! 

Times:
Daily

Price:
$65

Location:
Participating Wineries

Website:
http://www.heartofsonomavalley.com/products/2015-savor-sonoma-valley

Phone:
866-794-9463

21

CYRUS Dinner in the Wine Cave

The 3-course dinner will be feature seasonal favorites from the Wetzel Family gardens and each course is paired with a favorite AVV wine, including the evening's guest of honor, the new release of CYRUS. The evening will begin with hors d'oeuvres and wine tasting, including a barrel sample of a future vintage of CYRUS.

Times:
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Price:
$165 per person ($150 per Wine Club Member)

Location:
Alexander Valley Vineyards

Website:
avwine.com

Phone:
707-433-7209

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Sonoma International Film Festival 2015

Now in its 18th year, the Sonoma International Film Festival (March 25-29, 2015) takes place in the heart of Northern California’s Wine Country and features more than 90 hand-selected films including independent features, documentaries, world cinema, shorts and a showcase of Spanish language films. All films are shown at intimate venues within walking distance on Sonoma’s historic plaza. The Festival is dedicated to promoting independent film, supporting filmmakers around the world and inspiring film lovers.

Times:
Daily

Price:
Varies

Location:
Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma CA 95476

Website:
http://www.sonomafilmfest.org/home.html

Phone:
707-933-2600

24

Ramazzotti Wines Winemaker Dinner

29th Annual Winemaker Dinner Series continues as The Inn welcomes Owner and Winemaker Joe Ramazzotti for a spectacular 4-course wine and food pairing dinner. Wines to be featured include Smith Ranch Chardonnay, Alexander Valley Cabernet Franc, Sonoma County Raffinto and Late Harvest Rapport.

Times:
6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Price:
$99 plus tax and gratuity

Location:
The Inn at the Tides

Website:
http://www.InnattheTides.com

Phone:
(800) 541-7788

28

Sonoma Tastemakers

Join St. Francis Winery in their Tasting Room as we host Laura Chenel’s Chèvre. Located in Sonoma County's Carneros region, Laura Chenel’s Chèvre produces handcrafted goat milk cheese.

Times:
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Price:
Free

Location:
St. Francis Winery

Website:
http://www.stfranciswinery.com/events-weddings/upcoming-events/summer-film-festival/

Phone:
(707) 538-9463

April

11

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12

Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival

The Festival is packed with events for people of all ages - craft booths, live music, good food, entertainment and more. A favorite attraction is the wine tasting booth featuring more than 25 Sonoma County wines. Food booths have something for every palate from barbequed oysters, local fish 'n chips, to veggie burgers, clam chowder and sandwiches. Don't forget to stop by the "Sugar Shack" for snacks, popcorn, hot pretzels and more. Live music and entertainers perform on the main stage all day Saturday and Sunday. Artisans and vendors from all over California and beyond offer a wide selection of arts and crafts.

Times:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Price:
Adults $12, Kids FREE

Location:
Westside Regional Park

Website:
http://bbfishfest.org

Phone:
707-875-3866

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Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival and Parade

This treasured two day festival begins with a parade on Saturday, followed by live music, food, crafts, childrens' games, art show, wine and more!

Times:
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Price:
Cost: $10 for General, $5 for Seniors/11-17, 10 and under free

Location:
Sebastopol Veteran's Building

Website:
http://appleblossomfest.com

Phone:
707-823-3032

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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 from the cellars, and fill your cellar with your favorites, some at special April in Carneros discounts! Each participating winery will offer their own special blend of activities. Enjoy live music, an art exhibit, sample food, play a lawn game, tour a cellar, or meet a winemaker! 

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

Price:
TBA

Location:
Participating Wineries

Website:
carneroswineries.org

Phone:
800-909-4352

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Passport to Dry Creek Valley

Experience a modern tradition with century-old roots. A beloved tradition among wine lovers,  enjoy a world-class tasting experience with a modern twist, all within Sonoma’s idyllic Dry Creek Valley. Passport guests are welcomed into 45+ wineries throughout the valley, each offering an exclusive pairing of exquisite wine, gourmet food, live entertainment, intimate vineyard tours and sample acclaimed zinfandels and exclusive vintages poured by the vintners. 

Times:
Varies by day

Price:
$130.00 for a 2-Day Passport or $75.00 for a Sunday-only Passport

Location:
Various Locations

Website:
http://www.drycreekvalley.org/events/passport-to-dry-creek-valley.php

Phone:
707-433-3031

May

23

West Coast ELVIS Tribute

Come out and have a grand time rockin’ to the sound of Elvis! You’ll meet lovely ladies and debonair dudes, and enjoy our raffles, door prizes, photo booth, bar, shirts, jewelry, easy parking, convenient afternoon schedule – we have it all !!! Perfect for kids from 8 to 98. Don’t miss out – only once a year. In the spacious and air-conditioned Grand Ballroom of the plush Sheraton Sonoma County, bring your family out, see old friends and make new ones!

Times:
12:30 p.m.

Price:
$20-$30

Location:
Sheraton Sonoma County Petaluma

Website:
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/elvis-on-tour-tribute-starring-donny-edwards-tickets-14359235861

Phone:
415-990-9039

July

17

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25

Isles & Empires Wine Cruise

St. Francis invites you to join them aboard the Oceania Riviera as they sail from Rome to Venice exploring the best destinations of the Italian and Croatian Riviera. Visit Italy, Greece, Croatia and Slovenia while enjoying delicious food and luscious wines. This eight-night Mediterranean wine cruise includes a series of wine experiences hosted by three highly regarded wine experts

Times:

Price:
$4,198

Location:
Ocean Riviera

Website:
http://www.stfranciswinery.com/media/29077/SFWine-CruiseFlyer.pdf

Phone:
877.651.7447

October

2

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Sonoma County Harvest Fair

The Harvest Fair marks it’s 40th year of showcasing the county’s grand harvest which continues to result in world-class wines, award winning beer and a plethora of culinary wealth. Each October, thirsty travelers from over thirty different states, are beckoned to Santa Rosa to participate in a complete farm to table experience, inspired by the county’s hard working farmer’s, ranchers, vintners and producers.

Times:
Varies by day

Price:
Ranging from $5-125

Location:
Varies by event

Website:
http://www.harvestfair.org/

Phone:
707.545.4200

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