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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

December

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Peter and the Starcatcher

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher up ends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers and written by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love.

Times:
Fri & Sat 8:00 PM, Sun 2:00 PM

Price:
$26

Location:
Spreckels Performing Arts Center

Website:
http://www.ci.rohnert-park.ca.us/city_hall/departments/spreckels_performing_arts_center/

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Left Edge Theatre presents Bad Jews

A vicious comedy by Joshua Harmon

After their grandfather’s funeral, three cousins engage in a battle. In one corner is Daphna Feygenbam, who is volatile and unbending. In the other is her equally stubborn cousin Liam. Stuck in the middle is Liam’s brother, Jonah. When Liam stakes claim to their grandfather’s Chai necklace, a vicious and hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues. 

Times:
8:00 PM Friday & Saturday, 2:00 PM Sunday

Price:
$25 GA, $40 VIP

Location:
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Website:
https://lutherburbankcenter.org/

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Joy To The World - from Transcendence's "Broadway Under The Stars"

Join our extraordinary cast of Broadway professionals for a concert filled with Broadway showstoppers, holiday favorites, & modern twists on some of the worlds most uplifting & cherished songs.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and it’s time to celebrate Transcendence-style with this breathtaking holiday revue for all ages sprinkled with that beloved collection of song and dance you’ve come to expect from Transcendence.

Performers scheduled to appear have been featured in Broadway shows such as Wicked, 42nd Street, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mamma Mia, Mary Poppins, and many more.

Transcendence Theatre Company is an award-winning nonprofit arts organization comprised of artists with professional experience from Broadway, movies and television.

Times:
7:30 PM Friday - Sunday, 2:00 PM Matinee Saturday & Sunday

Price:
$35, $50, $65, $1299 VIP

Location:
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Website:
https://lutherburbankcenter.org/

2

DJ Dragonfly

DJ Dragonfly has pioneered the ecstatic edge of global bass music. His sets flow like an intimate conversation - a dialogue, not a monologue - the dancefloor becomes that place in time where the party, the people, the vibe, the soundsystem, the hour, the venue all conjoin as his unique ingredients alchemize an amalgamation of bass culture’s most embraced genres.
In support of Rising Appalachia, you can look forward to one of his signature mixes: A banjo-beaten, whisky-soaked bard of  back-40 blues and folk Americana - meets bounty hunter bass, and electro-funky grooves!

Times:
9:00 PM, 8:00 PM Doors

Price:
$23, $18 (Early Bird)

Location:
McNear's Mystic Theatre

Website:
www.mystictheatre.com

3

Le Cirque de Bohème - A Winter Circus for the Holidays

“Somewhere” is a travel through time with an original main character called the Bohemian of Paris. The story takes place during the beginning of the 20th century in Paris. Created in Paris during a period called "les Années Folles," this 1920’s old style Circus is based on the French tradition and will transport you and your family to a mysterious dream world. Delight in work of world class performers including a Unicycle, Hand to Hand acrobats, Mime, Clown, Tight-Rope funambule, Hand Chair Balancing, Trapeze and Hooper Aerialists and more! Enjoy this French Holiday Tradition in the beautiful gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma. Le Cirque de Bohème is an intimate gathering limited to 140 guests per show under the charming circus tent in the gardens at Cornerstone.

Times:
11:00 AM & 1:00 PM

Price:
$30, $22 Children

Location:
Cornerstone Sonoma

Website:
www.cornerstonesonoma.com/events/2016/11/25/cirque-de-boheme

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Le Cirque de Bohème - A Winter Circus for the Holidays

“Somewhere” is a travel through time with an original main character called the Bohemian of Paris. The story takes place during the beginning of the 20th century in Paris. Created in Paris during a period called "les Années Folles," this 1920’s old style Circus is based on the French tradition and will transport you and your family to a mysterious dream world. Delight in work of world class performers including a Unicycle, Hand to Hand acrobats, Mime, Clown, Tight-Rope funambule, Hand Chair Balancing, Trapeze and Hooper Aerialists and more! Enjoy this French Holiday Tradition in the beautiful gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma. Le Cirque de Bohème is an intimate gathering limited to 140 guests per show under the charming circus tent in the gardens at Cornerstone.

Times:
3:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Price:
$30, $22 Children

Location:
Cornerstone Sonoma

Website:
www.cornerstonesonoma.com/events/2016/11/25/cirque-de-boheme

5

The Steel Wheels

Some things come to be in their own time, of their own accord. Such has been the case with The Steel Wheels. In the beginning, it was simply a matter of four young men who’d happened to cross paths at a formative moment in each of their lives reveling in the shared experience of plucking acoustic instruments and blending their voices. But over the years, what had begun organically as a pure lark evolved into a mission: to fuse the personal with the universal, the deeply rooted past with the joys and sorrows of everyday existence.

Times:
8:30 PM, 7:30 Doors

Price:
$22

Location:
McNear's Mystic Theatre

Website:
www.mystictheatre.com

6

Pink Martini’s Holiday Spectacular

Featuring singer China Forbes

“If the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.”

Drawing inspiration from music around the globe while crossing the genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop, pianist and band leader Thomas Lauderdale founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994. Comprising nearly a dozen instrumentalists with singer China Forbes, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia/New Zealand and North America.

Times:
8:00 PM

Price:
$45, $69

Location:
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Website:
https://lutherburbankcenter.org/

8

Gary Allan

With the allure of a modern day outlaw, Gary Allan has won over fans, peers and critics with his signature blend of smoldering vocals, rebellious lyrics and raucous live performances. To date, he has sold over 7 million albums, been certified platinum on three back-to-back albums, and gold twice. Allan has five #1 hits at country radio and fourteen Top 10 hits to his credit. Including, “Man to Man,” “Tough Little Boys,” “Nothing On But the Radio,” “Every Storm (Runs Out of Rain), “The One,” “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful,” and “Watching Airplanes."

Times:
8:00 PM

Price:
$65, $79

Location:
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Website:
https://lutherburbankcenter.org/

9

Tommy Emmanuel – Classics & Christmas Tour featuring Pat Bergeson, Annie Sellick and John Knowles, CGP

Australian-born Tommy Emmanuel is a guitar-playing phenomenon. “It’s all about the feeling of the music,” Emmanuel says. “And it has to make me feel something.” An accomplished fingerstyle player, he frequently recreates the sounds of an entire band on a single guitar. The Classics & Christmas tour features one set of fan favorites followed by a set of Christmas classics.

Times:
7:30 PM

Price:
$25

Location:
Weill Hall at the Green Music Center

Website:
http://gmc.sonoma.edu/

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Peter and the Starcatcher

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher up ends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers and written by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love.

Times:
Fri & Sat 8:00 PM, Sun 2:00 PM

Price:
$26

Location:
Spreckels Performing Arts Center

Website:
http://www.ci.rohnert-park.ca.us/city_hall/departments/spreckels_performing_arts_center/

9

Posada Navideña

Free arts and crafts in the lobby starting at 6:00pm

Free post-show fiesta

A Sonoma County audience favorite celebrating its 10th year at the LBC, come experience the wonderful folk culture of Mexico and its unique customs and traditions during this Christmas production and traditional Posada celebration. This traditional Mexican holiday presentation portrays the “Pastorela” (pilgrimage) made by Joseph and Mary before the birth of Christ. Featuring traditional Mexican folkloric dances and music performed by dancers and musicians from Ballet Folklórico de Sacramento, this performance will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to Mexico for an uplifting dose of the beautiful culture and customs of Mexico past and present.

Times:
7:00 PM

Price:
$10 Adults, $5 Children, $2 Lap Pass

Location:
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Website:
https://lutherburbankcenter.org/

9

California Honeydrops: Emerald Cup Pre-Party

The California Honeydrops don’t just play music—they throw parties. Led by dynamic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski, and drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows. They’ve taken the party all over the world, playing festivals of all kinds and touring widely across North America, Europe and Australia. In 2016 the Honeydrops were honored to support Bonnie Raitt on her North America release tour—and in the past have been privileged to support the likes of B.B. King, Allen Toussaint, Buddy Guy, and Dr. John. Whether in those high-profile performances or in more intimate venues where the band itself can leave the stage and get down on the dance floor, the California Honeydrops’ shared vision and purpose remain: to make the audience dance and sing.

Times:
8:30 PM, 7:30 Doors

Price:
$26

Location:
McNear's Mystic Theatre

Website:
www.mystictheatre.com

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Le Cirque de Bohème - A Winter Circus for the Holidays

“Somewhere” is a travel through time with an original main character called the Bohemian of Paris. The story takes place during the beginning of the 20th century in Paris. Created in Paris during a period called "les Années Folles," this 1920’s old style Circus is based on the French tradition and will transport you and your family to a mysterious dream world. Delight in work of world class performers including a Unicycle, Hand to Hand acrobats, Mime, Clown, Tight-Rope funambule, Hand Chair Balancing, Trapeze and Hooper Aerialists and more! Enjoy this French Holiday Tradition in the beautiful gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma. Le Cirque de Bohème is an intimate gathering limited to 140 guests per show under the charming circus tent in the gardens at Cornerstone.

Times:
3:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Price:
$30, $22 Children

Location:
Cornerstone Sonoma

Website:
www.cornerstonesonoma.com/events/2016/11/25/cirque-de-boheme

10

Angélique Kidjo

2016 Grammy Award-winner Angélique Kidjo has gained an international following with her unique ability to seamlessly weave West African traditions, funk, jazz and R&B into a sound all her own. Along with her outstanding voice and the celebrity status as “Africa’s premier diva,” Angélique has become one of international music’s most notable artists.

Times:
7:30 PM

Price:
$25

Location:
Weill Hall at the Green Music Center

Website:
http://gmc.sonoma.edu/

11

Symphony Pops: A Charlie Brown Christmas Concert

Quickly becoming a favorite on everyone’s holiday “Must- Do” list, this festive afternoon features songs from the 1965 classic Peanuts animated special, as well as other traditional Christmas favorites. Pianist and Steinway Artist Jim Martinez, along with his Quartet, join the Santa Rosa Symphony in paying tribute to famous Snoopy songs, written or arranged by Vince Guaraldi.

Times:
3:00 PM

Price:
$37, $50, $61, $80

Location:
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Website:
https://lutherburbankcenter.org/

13

The Dandy Warhols: Distortland Tour

The Dandy Warhols is an American rock band, formed in Portland, Oregon, in 1994 by singer-guitarist Courtney Taylor-Taylor and guitarist Peter Holmström. The band gained recognition in 1997 after they released their major label album debut, ...The Dandy Warhols Come Down, then rose to new levels of fame in 2001 after their song "Bohemian Like You" enjoyed extensive exposure thanks to its use in a national television commercial. In 2003, their next album's first single, "We Used to Be Friends", went on to become one of the band's most popular tracks, gaining exposure through use as the theme song for the American cult television show Veronica Mars.

Times:
8:30 PM, 7:30 Doors

Price:
$25

Location:
McNear's Mystic Theatre

Website:
www.mystictheatre.com

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Peter and the Starcatcher

Tony-winning Peter and the Starcatcher up ends the century-old story of how a miserable orphan comes to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up (a.k.a. Peter Pan). A wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels, the play was conceived for the stage by directors Roger Rees and Alex Timbers and written by Rick Elice with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, Peter and the Starcatcher playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship, duty, and love.

Times:
Thu 7:30 PM, Fri & Sat 8:00 PM, Sun 2:00 PM

Price:
$26

Location:
Spreckels Performing Arts Center

Website:
http://www.ci.rohnert-park.ca.us/city_hall/departments/spreckels_performing_arts_center/

16

Na Leo Holiday Show

Na Leo Pillmehana, which in Hawaiian means the voices blending together in warmth, are the most popular, award winning and biggest selling female Hawaiian group in the World. Na Leo consists of three childhood friends, Nalani Choy, Lehua Kalima and Angela Morales.

Na Leo returns to the Green Music Center with their popular family holiday show, performing a combination of their island contemporary hits and holiday favorites, many choreographed to the art of hula.

Times:
7:30 PM

Price:
$35

Location:
Weill Hall at the Green Music Center

Website:
http://gmc.sonoma.edu/

17

Holiday Lighted Boat Parade

Watch a magical parade of beautifully decorated boats stream into the Petaluma River Turning Basin in the heart of historic downtown Petaluma.

 

Times:
6:00 PM

Price:
Free

Location:
The Petaluma River Turning Basin

Website:
http://www.petalumadowntown.com/holiday-happenings.html

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Le Cirque de Bohème - A Winter Circus for the Holidays

“Somewhere” is a travel through time with an original main character called the Bohemian of Paris. The story takes place during the beginning of the 20th century in Paris. Created in Paris during a period called "les Années Folles," this 1920’s old style Circus is based on the French tradition and will transport you and your family to a mysterious dream world. Delight in work of world class performers including a Unicycle, Hand to Hand acrobats, Mime, Clown, Tight-Rope funambule, Hand Chair Balancing, Trapeze and Hooper Aerialists and more! Enjoy this French Holiday Tradition in the beautiful gardens at Cornerstone Sonoma. Le Cirque de Bohème is an intimate gathering limited to 140 guests per show under the charming circus tent in the gardens at Cornerstone.

Times:
3:00 PM & 5:00 PM

Price:
$30, $22 Children

Location:
Cornerstone Sonoma

Website:
www.cornerstonesonoma.com/events/2016/11/25/cirque-de-boheme

17

Christmas with Aaron Neville

Ringing in the season with soulful holiday cheer, Aaron Neville brings his angelic falsetto to Christmas carols, R&B favorites, some classic pop tunes, as well as songs from his latest recording, My True Story.

Times:
8:00 PM

Price:
$49, $69

Location:
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Website:
https://lutherburbankcenter.org/

18

Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker

The biggest Christmas experience of the year! The original, direct from Russia, Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker! Enchant the whole family with larger than life magical props, a 60 foot growing Christmas tree and spectacular Russian-made costumes and sets. A must-see event, witness the world’s best dancers on stage in Wine Country!

Times:
3:00 PM & 7:00 PM

Price:
$34, $43.50, $54, $74, $108 (Gold Circle), $181 (Platinum)

Location:
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Website:
https://lutherburbankcenter.org/

18

Handel's Messiah - American Bach Soloists and American Bach Choir

Handel’s beloved oratorio, Messiah is a cherished and transcendental holiday tradition. Comprised of authentic period-instrument performers and some of the world’s finest vocalists, the American Bach Soloists are “a flawless ensemble...a level of musical finesse one rarely encounters.”

Times:
3:00 PM

Price:
$40

Location:
Weill Hall at the Green Music Center

Website:
http://gmc.sonoma.edu/

20

Dave Koz Christmas Tour 2016 With Special Guests Jonathan Butler, Kenny Lattimore, and Ashford & Simpson’s Valerie Simpson

Saxophonist Dave Koz is one of the most recognizable and acclaimed figures in contemporary jazz. Joining him for this holiday spectacular are R&B superstars Valerie Simpson, Jonathan Butler and Kenny Lattimore.

Times:
7:30 PM

Price:
$40

Location:
Weill Hall at the Green Music Center

Website:
http://gmc.sonoma.edu/

22

Sweet Honey in the Rock: Celebrating the Holydays

This treasured ensemble has maintained a distinguished legacy for the past forty years while taking a cappella in new and exciting directions. Mixing a variety of genres including blues, jazz, African and gospel, their excellent “Holyday” program is a multicultural celebration of good tidings for the season.

Times:
7:30 PM

Price:
$25

Location:
Weill Hall at the Green Music Center

Website:
http://gmc.sonoma.edu/

23

Frankie Boots And The County Line

Frankie Boots And The County Line are a folk-rock/Americana band roaring out of the San Francisco Bay Area with a penchant for painting vivid images of late nights, lost love, and the grittier side of life. Whether it be country, rock, blues, gospel, bluegrass, or any other true form of great American music, the band throws it all into the recipe for a dish that's always served hot. Frankie Boots And The County Line's captivating live performances keep a crowd jumping and their magnetic songs earned them the North Bay Bohemian's award for best Country/Americana band in the Bay Area two years in a row and they were written in as the best overall band for 2016 by their readership.

Times:
9:00 PM, 8:00 PM Doors

Price:
$23

Location:
HopMonk Tavern - Sebastopol

Website:
http://www.hopmonk.com/sebastopol/

29

SiriusXM Presents The Brian Setzer Orchestra's 13th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour

The iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and three-time Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer and his 19-piece orchestra whip up a huge dose of retro holiday cheer with their Christmas Rocks! Tour presented by SiriusXM. The acclaimed show also features music from their latest Christmas album, “Rockin’ Rudolph,” their three other best-selling holiday albums, as well as original Brian Setzer hits. Consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, Setzer’s trademark guitar work and vocal stylings are matched with the Brian Setzer Orchestra’s rockin' big-band horn arrangements—an unbeatable combination guaranteed to rock you into the holiday spirit!

Times:
8:00 PM

Price:
$65, $85

Location:
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Website:
https://lutherburbankcenter.org/

29

Jackie Greene Band

Back to Birth – Greene’s seventh album and his Yep Roc Records debut – is more than worthy of some serious attention.  The 11-song set showcases the multitalented artist’s uncanny knack for synthesizing his deep affinity for  American roots styles into timeless, personally-charged music.  Armed with a persuasive voice, a vivid songwriting skill and an instinctive mastery of several instruments, Greene has carved out a unique musical niche, and the album marks another creative landmark in his already compelling body of work.

Times:
8:30 PM, 7:30 Doors

Price:
$37

Location:
McNear's Mystic Theatre

Website:
www.mystictheatre.com

31

First Annual Bubble Ball

The Bay Area’s premier New Years Eve Gala featuring Wonderbread 5, Kingsborough, and The Pat Jordan Band, your favorite local food, wine, beer and champagne and many exciting surprises throughout the night.

General Admission includes: Two (2) drink vouchers, one (1) food voucher, and champagne toast.

Times:
8:00 PM

Price:
$95

Location:
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Website:
https://lutherburbankcenter.org/

January

6

Ronstadt Generations

Representing five generations in North America, Ronstadt Generations continues the family’s musical traditions. Started by Michael J. Ronstadt (younger brother of Linda) and his sons, Michael G. and Petie. Multi-instrumentalists and solo performers in their own right, they present an exciting repertoire that preserves the traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs of their heritage while offering innovative original material. New compositions place them on the cutting edge of multiple, blended genres, stretching the boundaries of folk, blues, jazz and beyond. Rich harmonies sung in English and Spanish are accompanied by outstanding cello and guitars. Individually and together, Stateside and across the pond, the trio’s worldwide touring and recording credits include such diverse artists as Linda Ronstadt, Los Lobos, Dixie Hummingbirds, David Bromberg, Nydia Rojas, Tish Hinojosa, Muriel Anderson, and Mariachi Vargas, to name a few.

Times:
8:00 PM, 7:00 PM Doors

Price:
$15

Location:
HopMonk Tavern - Sebastopol

Website:
http://www.hopmonk.com/sebastopol/

7

Tommy Castro

Over the course of his four-decade career Tommy Castro – a six-time Blues Music Award-winner – has played thousands of shows to hundreds of thousands of fans, packing seats and dance floors, always leaving them screaming for more. Hailing from the San Francisco area, Castro, along with his band, The Painkillers (featuring bassist Randy McDonald, keyboardist Michael Emerson and drummer Bowen Brown), play music that is guaranteed to fire up fans and leave critics searching for new words of praise. 

Times:
8:30 PM, 7:30 Doors

Price:
$27

Location:
McNear's Mystic Theatre

Website:
www.mystictheatre.com

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