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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sonoma County Events - Summer 2013

Following are wine-focused and non-wine events during June, July, August, and through Labor Day Weekend in Sonoma County California for 2013. There are many others at specific wineries during the summer -- check with your favorites.

Mid-summer in Sonoma Valley

Wine-themed events 

June

8-9  Russian River Valley Passport to Pinot
Wine, food, and music at about two dozen Russian River Valley wineries. Info

23  Pinot Family Reunion
Afternoon tasting and an evening dinner. Info

July

4  Many wineries are closed. Others will close early for the holiday. The best place to be is in the Sonoma town plaza for the annual 4th of July Parade and Celebration.

5  Summerfest in Railroad Square, Santa Rosa
First Friday of June-Sept. Food, wine, music. Info

All American Zin Day
Grilled meats and Zinfandel in Dry Creek. Info

August

2  Summerfest in Railroad Square, Santa Rosa
First Friday of June-Sept. Food, wine, music. Info 

2-4  West of West Wine Festival
In Sebastopol. It's all about west Sonoma County cool climate wines with winemaker dinners, seminars and a tasting. Info

17  Grape to Glass
A Russian River Valley pre-harvest party. Wine, food, dancing with winemakers and grape-growers. Harvest is coming so it's their last chance to have fun until November! Info

24  Taste of Petaluma
Local wines, beers, foods along with art and entertainment. Info
Salmon anyone? Bodega Seafood Festival

24-25 Bodega Seafood, Art and Wine Festival
Arts, crafts, food, live entertainment. Info

30-Sep1  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
"A wine, cuisine, and cultural event" presented by Visa Signature--check their website for discount tickets. Info


Non-wine events
Although you'll find wine available at most of these. 
After all, it's the wine country and we don't want to miss an opportunity to let you sample our wares.

June
Peggy Sue Car Cruise

1-9 (begins May 31)  Healdsburg Jazz Festival.
1   Beerfest. Northern California's micro-beer scene.
2   Ox Roast Community BBQ in the Sonoma Plaza
6-9 Peggy Sue's All American Car Cruise. Hundreds of old cars highlighted by a Saturday evening cruise in downtown Santa Rosa.
14   Huichica Music Festival at Gundlach-Bundschu Winery.
15-16 Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic. You have to get up early for this one!
16  Father's Day car show at Julliard Park in Santa Rosa.
19-23 Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma. Evening concerts, ugly dog contest, destruction derby.
21-23 NASCAR at Sears Point Raceway/Infineon/Sonoma Raceway/whatever it's called now. If you're going to Sonoma or Napa this weekend stay away from the racetrack--there will be huge traffic jams.
22 Michael McDonald at the Rodney Strong Winery summer concert series.
22-23 Sonoma Lavender Festival in Kenwood. Lots of purple. Local wineries will be pouring.
22-23 Russian River Rodeo and Parade in Duncans Mills.

July

Lunch at the fair while checking out the racing form
4  Lots of fireworks shows on or near the 4th. The big one is at the county fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. 
13 Wine Country Big Q. Barbecue, beer, and music sponsored by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Sounds like a perfect summer afternoon.
20 Rivertown Revival, Petaluma. Music, art, food, boat races.
20-21 Civil War re-enactment in Duncans Mills.
25-Aug11 Sonoma County Fair. Rides, corn dogs, concerts and thoroughbred horse racing.
26-28 NHRA Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

August

1-11 Sonoma County Fair continues.
4  Dwight Yoakam in concert at Rodney Strong Winery
17-18 Wings Over Wine Country air show at the Sonoma County Airport.
23-25 Indy Cars at Sonoma Raceway.

Ongoing   

Tuesday: Farmers' market in Sonoma. Farmers' market and kids outdoor movies in Windsor, concerts in the Healdsburg plaza
Wednesday: Farmers' market in Santa Rosa at the Vets Building and at the Wells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa downtown market, Wines & Sunsets at Paradise Ridge Winery, Petaluma evening Farmers Market
Thursday: Wine Down Thursdays at Santa Rosa Vintners Square, St. Francis Winery outdoor film festival
Friday: Cloverdale Farmers' Market and music in the plaza
Saturday: Farmers' Markets in Sonoma, Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Healdsburg. Music in Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa.
Sunday: Music in Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa.

Gundlach-Bundschu, Moshin, and St. Francis Wineries all offer movie nights during the summer. Check their web sites for info.