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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

May

6

The Gravel Spreaders

The Gravel Spreaders is what happens when a metal-head hopped up on moonshine, spite and Hank Williams III uses sweet talk and coercion to coax three musicians into wearing coveralls and playing twang instrumentals of hair-metal covers. Singing lead and slapping the hell out of his trusty Bandit, Bud Hole leads a motley crew consisting of mandolin masher and jaw harpist, Dr. Buck Knife, dobro-slider and gitter-picker, Uncle Mungar, and banjoleer and high-pitched harmonizer, Buzzy “secret sauce” Do-Well through a debut album consisting of 13 songs of lust, remorse, Satan, beer, and the trailer-park hits of yesteryear, blue-grass style. The result: the birth of Gravel-Billy. With a set list that covers Johnny Cash, Ozzy, Rage Against the Machine and everything in between, the Spreaders remind us that nothing is sacred.

Times:
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM

Location:
Rossi's 1906

Website:
www.rossis1906.com

Phone:
707-343-0044

6

Kathleen Madigan: The Mermaid Lady Tour

One of the funniest stand-up comedians in the country, is bringing her Mermaid Lady Tour to Sonoma County's Luther Burbank Center. Over Kathleen Madigan's 25 year career she has performed on nearly every standup television show ever made: Leno, Letterman, Conan, Ferguson and so on. Now she copuld be performing for you.

Times:
8:00 PM

Price:
$35

Location:
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts - Person Theater

Website:
http://tickets.lutherburbankcenter.org/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=2037

Phone:
707.546.3600

7

Castles and Kites

Castles and Kites is our annual celebration of sandcastle building and kite flying at Doran Beach in Bodega Bay. At Castles and Kites, amateurs and experts are welcome to join in the fun. For kite flying, you can bring your own kite or sit back and watch others show off their kite-handling skills. Plus, local shops will have colorful kites on display and for sale. For sandcastle building, free tools and molds are on loan from Regional Parks, and long-time sand sculptors will be at work on elaborate creations. Castles and Kites is a spring tradition!

Times:
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Price:
Free, $7 Parking

Location:
Doran Regional Park

Website:
http://parksstg.sonomacounty.ca.gov/_templates_parks/EventDetail.aspx?id=2147514560

7

Matsuri! Japanese Arts Festival

The mission of Sonoma County Matsuri Festival is to share and promote Japanese Arts & Culture by providing educational opportunities and better intercultural understanding in the greater Bay Area. The festival's events include Taiko drumming perforormances, martial arts demonstrations, Japanaese folk dancing, Art exhibits, Japanese food and much more.

Fundraising efforts provide scholarships to schools and students working in projects related to Japanese Culture.

Times:
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location:
Julliard Park

Website:
http://www.sonomamatsuri.com/

14

Spring at Jordan

To celebrate the release of Jordan Wines' new vintages, you are invited to an East Meets West Spring at Jordan. This year, the sounds, sights, flowers and flavors of spring in Japan descend upon Sonoma. The lively affair, inspired by the Orient, features nventive cuisine, premier purveyors, live entertainment, delicious wines and Jordan Wines' first olive oil experience. The 2014 Jordan Chardonnay, 2012 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon and 2015 Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil will debut.

Times:
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Price:
$75

Location:
Jordan Winery

Website:
https://www.jordanwinery.com/events/spring-at-jordan-winery-healdsburg

Phone:
800.654.1213

14

RFO Solar and Star Party

The Robert Ferguson Observatory (RFO) is open to the public at least once a month, usually on a Saturday near the time of the New Moon. Solar telescopes are set up so you can safely look at and listen to our favorite star, the Sun. Presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the Observatory's three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions.

Times:
Open all day, arrive before 10:00 PM

Price:
Free Solar Observing, $3 Star Part, $7 Parking

Location:
The Robert Ferguson Observatory

Website:
http://rfo.org/public-astronomy.html

Phone:
707.833.6979

15

Third North Coast Wine Challenge

Here's your chance to taste the best wines from the North Coast AVA*. These are wines that achieve both a Gold Medal status and 90+ points in The Press Democrat North Coast Wine Competition. The winning wines are selected by prestigious judges in a blind taste test. They will be thoughtfully presented by taste profile. Top local chefs will prepare food tastings that will delight your palate, and showcase these overachievers.

Times:
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Price:
$95, $25 (Designated Driver)

Location:
SOMO Village Event Center

Website:
http://www.northcoastwineevent.com/

19

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science” the follow-up to the smash “Edible Inevitable” tour, comes to Sonoma County's Luther Burbank Center. Fans can expect more comedy, talk show antics, multimedia presentations and music, but Brown is adding a slew of fresh ingredients including new puppets, songs and bigger and potentially more dangerous experiments.

Times:
8:00 PM

Price:
$100 (VIP), $65, $55

Location:
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts - Person Theater

Website:
http://tickets.lutherburbankcenter.org/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=2035

Phone:
707.546.3600

19

Buena Vista Winery Presents: Winemaker Dinner featuring Brian Maloney and David Ramey

This amazing dinner takes place in Buena Vista’s Main Cave, in the back of the Champagne Cellars, deep within the Mayacamas Mountains that separate Sonoma from Napa. It features extraordinary cuisine prepared by Chef Michel Cornu, and special Buena Vista wine. In addition, both Buena Vista winemakers, Brian Maloney and David Ramey, will explain their winemaking philosophies and techniques, along with fascinating tales of their lives in the world of wine. It’s sure to be a remarkably entertaining evening.

Times:
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Price:
$150, $135 Club Members

Location:
Buena Vista Winery

Website:
http://www.buenavistawinery.com/eventdetail/winemaker-dinner-featuring-brian-maloney-and-david-ramey

Phone:
800.926.1266

21

Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival

Re-Cycling Into The Future… is the fast-paced theme for the 122nd Annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival.  The community is invited to join in for an exciting event in Rose Parade history: both the Parade and the Amgen Tour of California cycling competition will take place on Saturday, May 21st, 2016 as we all celebrate the best of the North Bay. 

Times:
10:00 AM

Price:
Free

Location:
Downtown Santa Rosa

Website:
http://roseparadefestival.com/

21

Cruisin the Boulevard - Petaluma's Salute to American Graffiti

Come on down to the 12th Annual Cruisin the Boulevard, a local non-profit tribute to George Lucas' classic film, American Graffiti and the town in which it was filmed.

Times:
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Price:
Free

Location:
Downtown Petaluma

Website:
http://www.americangraffiti.net/

Phone:
707.762.3394

28

Oysterpalooza!

Celebrate the bivalve! Five amazing bands on two stages, BBQ oysters, fried oyster po boys, smoked brisket tacos, tacos dorados, Lagunitas beers on draught, local wines, hurricanes and much more. Spend your Memorial Day weekend on the Sonoma Coast and come see a one of a kind music and food festival that you'll never forget!

Times:
1:30 PM, 12:30 PM Doors

Location:
Rocker Oysterfeller's

Website:
http://www.rockeroysterfellers.com/

Phone:
707.876.1983

29

Stephen "Ragga" Marley

Stephen "Ragga" Marley is the second eldest son of reggae legend Bob Marley and Rita Marley. He was raised in Kingston, Jamaica and started singing professionally at seven-years old with his elder siblings Ziggy, Sharon and Cedella as The Melody Makers. As a singer/songwriter/musician/producer, he has landed at #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album Chart for all of his solo albums and has earned a total of eight Grammys for Best Reggae Album. 

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

Price:
$38

Location:
McNear's Mystic Theatre

Website:
http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=6531575&pl=mystic

Phone:
707.765.2121

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12

Healdsburg Jazz Festival

The Healdsburg Jazz Festival is a celebration of the indigenous American art form known as Jazz. Over the past decade-plus, the Healdsburg Jazz Festival has become a favorite local tradition with a growing national reputation. This 10-day festival of public performances by world-renowned musicians in diverse settings, including the historic Raven Theater, the glamorous Hotel Healdsburg, and several boutique restaurants and wineries, has grown into one of the North Bay’s most celebrated annual musical events.

Times:
Varies by day

Price:
Varies by event

Location:
Various

Website:
http://www.healdsburgjazzfestival.org/

Phone:
800.838.3006

4

An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin

Get together with Lily Tomlin for an unforgettable night of fun and sidesplitting laughter. This unique comic artist takes her audience on what the Washington Post calls a “wise and howlingly funny” trip with more than a dozen of her timeless characters - from Ernestine to Mrs. Beasley to Edith Ann. Don’t miss this warm and uniquely affecting experience filled with comical insights and wildly, witty observations about the human condition.

Times:
8:00 PM

Price:
$79, $59

Location:
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts - Person Theater

Website:
http://tickets.lutherburbankcenter.org/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=2075

Phone:
707.546.3600

11

Peggy Sue Car Show and Cruise

Enjoy the 14th annual Peggy Sue Car Show & Cruise. Hundreds of classic, stock and custom All-American Cars will be on display. There will be food, alcohol and live music during the show held at Sonoma Mountain Village.  And be sure to bring your family (and folding chairs) to downtown Santa Rosa to enjoy the cruise. This part of the event will be restricted to registered cars, but the route along 4th and 5th, Mendocino and B Street is the place to be for spectators. All parking garages will be open, so there will be plenty of parking downtown. Please note there is No Parking dowtown on the cruise route from 3:00 PM - 9:00 PM.

Times:
All day

Price:
Free

Location:
Sonoma Mountain Village

Website:
http://www.cruiseforpeggysue.com/

Phone:
707.703.9616

11

Beerfest - The Good One

Beerfest brings 50+ breweries to a great tasting event, held outdoors on the lawn at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in beautiful Sonoma County. The brewers will be serving some of the most creative and diverse beers from around the county and beyond at this wonderful event (see participating breweries). Attendees will receive a commemorative glass and enjoy unlimited samples of new, rare and classic beers.  Expect mouth puckering sour beers, hop bombs, barrel-aged brews, and a wide range of other beers that make Northern California one of the best beer producing regions in the world. Net proceeds from Beerfest - The Good One! benefit Face to Face, whose mission is "...ending HIV ending Sonoma while supporting people living with HIV/AIDS.

Times:
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Price:
$60 VIP, $50 general admission

Location:
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Website:
http://www.beerfestthegoodone.com/

Phone:
707.544.1581

24

Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes has been called "one of the funniest stand-up comics" by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand up has sent her career in many different areas. She is a performer, writer, and actress. 

Times:
8:00 PM

Price:
$200 (VIP), $59.50, $49.50

Location:
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts - Person Theater

Website:
http://tickets.lutherburbankcenter.org/single/eventDetail.aspx?p=2157

Phone:
707.546.3600

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