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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

March

6

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15

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

14

St. Patrick's Day Luncheon

A multi-course menu that’s a feast for the senses featuring farm to table ingredients prepared by Resident Chef Darby Tarantino, who’s a graduate of the famed Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Co. Ireland.

Times:
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Price:
Cost: $45 for members/$55 for non-members

Location:
Cornerstone Sonoma

Website:
http://www.cornerstonesonoma.com/explore/projects/saint-pattys-day-lunch/

Phone:
(707) 934-4090

20

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22

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

21

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22

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

21

Cheese and Wine Pairing Class

J Vineyards & Winery’s Executive Chef Erik Johnson and Director of Hospitality Lindsey Auchter host an intimate class focusing on Chef’s favored cheeses, charcuterie, plus seasonal accoutrements and how to pair them with their wines.

Let the spring cheese battle begin! This wine pairing class is focused on the many flavors of Camembert cheese. Originating during the 18th century in Northern France, Camembert is a soft, creamy cow’s milk cheese offering many different flavor profiles. J Vineyards & Winery’s Executive Chef Erik Johnson and Director of Hospitality Lindsey Auchter will host this Camembert cheese-off as they compare and contrast several styles to seek the perfect J wine pairing. 


Times:
5:30-7:00 p.m.

Price:
$60 per person ($55 for Club J members)

Location:
J. Vineyards and Winery

Website:
jwine.com

Phone:
707.431.5430

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

25

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29

18th Annual Sonoma International Film Festival

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

26

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29

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

Join the festival for 70 films on 5 different screens over the four-day weekend. With 100+ filmmakers, subjects, and special guests expected at this year's festival, it is sure to be the biggest and best SDFF ever.

Times:
Varies by day

Price:
Opening Night and Gala Reception $30, $35 Day of, Regular Screenings and Special Programs: $10

Location:
Multiple Theatres

Website:
http://sebastopolfilmfestival.org

Phone:
707-829-4797

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

28

Spring Fling Release Party

Celebrate the beauty of Spring at Meadowcroft as we show off a bounty of new releases for the season. They will also have a trunk show featuring jewelry designer Julia Szendrei.

Times:
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Price:
$15, Free for Meadowcroft Club Members

Location:
Meadowcroft Wine Tasting Room

Website:
http://www.cornerstonesonoma.com/explore/projects/spring-fling/

Phone:
(707) 934-4090)

April

4

Stump the Winemaker Series

Do you have questions that you would like answered about different wine making processes? About any portion of the wine business? Come out and let’s talk. Let’s create a fun and lively opportunity to “stump” the winemaker. We will include wine and appetizers during the evening.

Times:
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Price:
$25 per person

Location:
Meadowcroft Wines

Website:
http://www.cornerstonesonoma.com/explore/projects/stump-the-winemaker-series-part-i/

Phone:
707-934-4090

5

Ramekin's Easter Brunch

Join Ramkeins for their Annual (and unforgettable) Easter Brunch! Enjoy a delectable spread - freshly prepared delights will have you hopping from one savory station to the next! Easter crafts and cookie decorating for the little ones, a true family friendly event!

Times:
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Price:
General Admission: $50, Age 12-18: $25, 11 and under: Free

Location:
Ramekins Cooking School

Website:
http://www.ramekins.com

Phone:
707) 933-0450

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

18

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19

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

25

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26

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

25

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26

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

9

B.R. Cohn Lobster Feed

Enjoy a lobster feast prepared by The Lobster King, Johnny Sorensen, while listening to the foot-stompin’ Zydeco beats of Gator Nation Band. Paired with B.R. Cohn wines, this is an experience not to be missed!

Times:
5:00pm – 6:00pm Pre-Party Barrel Tasting, 6:00pm – 8:00pm Lobster Feed & Gator Nation Band

Price:
Wine Club: $75, General: $100

Location:
B.R. Cohn Winery

Website:
https://brcohn.com/event/lobster-throw/

Phone:
(800) 330-4064

10

Mothers Day Wine Pairing

Celebrate Mom with flowers, a special wine pairing and chair massages by resident massage therapist Vanessa Yava. 

Times:
11 a.m.

Price:
TBD

Location:
Meadowcroft Wines

Website:
http://www.cornerstonesonoma.com/explore/projects/mothers-day-wine-pairing/

Phone:
707-934-4090

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

June

20

Father's Day Pig Roast

Bring dad out for a feast fit for, well, DAD! Roast suckling pig with all the fixings, the perfect pairing for your favorite summertime Meadowcroft wines. 

Times:
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Price:
TBD

Location:
Meadowcroft Wines

Website:
http://www.cornerstonesonoma.com/explore/projects/fathers-day-pig-roast/

Phone:
707-934-4090

July

17

thru

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

25

Day of Wine and Wags

Bring your pooch, sip some wine and support Sonoma County animal shelters. The event will feature, doggie “paw art,” treats for all and more! Proceeds to benefit “Paws for Love,” a foundation advocating local shelters and rescue organizations!

Times:
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Price:
$30

Location:
Meadowcroft Wines

Website:
http://www.cornerstonesonoma.com/explore/projects/day-of-wine-and-wags/

Phone:
707-934-4090

October

2

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4

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

10

Harvest Lunch in the Vineyard

A multi-course menu that features the bounties of  autumn harvest, sourcing  farm to table ingredients from Sonoma County’s best producers. Lunch will be prepared by Resident Chef Darby Tarantino, who’s a graduate of the famed Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Co. Ireland.

Times:
12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Price:
$45 for members/$55 for nom-members

Location:
Meadowcroft Wines

Website:
http://www.cornerstonesonoma.com/explore/projects/harvest-lunch-in-the-vineyard/

Phone:
707-934-4090

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