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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Summer 2014 Events in Sonoma County

Following are some of the bigger wine-focused and non-wine events during June, July, and August in Sonoma County, California for 2014.

Summer in Sonoma Valley

Wine events 

June

28 Grill 116
Grilled food and wine at about a dozen wineries along Highway 116. Info

July

4  Many wineries are closed. Others will close early for the holiday.
All American Zin Day
Grilled meats and Zinfandel in Dry Creek. Info

August

1-3 West of West Wine Festival
It's all about west Sonoma County cool climate wines with winemaker dinners, seminars and a tasting. Info
29-31  Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
The big event is the Taste of Sonoma on Saturday. Info

Non-wine events
Although you'll find wine available at most of these. 


June

30-7 (begins May 30)  Healdsburg Jazz Festival.
7   Beerfest. Northern California's micro-beer scene.
12-15 Peggy Sue's All American Car Cruise. Hundreds of old cars highlighted by a Saturday evening cruise in downtown Santa Rosa.
13-14 Country Summer music festival at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.
13-14 Huichica Music Festival at Gundlach-Bundschu Winery.
14-15 Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic. You have to get up early for this one!
15  Father's Day car show at Julliard Park in Santa Rosa.
18-22 Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma. Evening concerts, ugly dog contest, destruction derby.
20-22 NASCAR at Sonoma Raceway. If you're going to Sonoma or Napa this weekend stay away from the racetrack--there will be huge traffic jams.
21-22 Russian River Rodeo in Duncans Mills.
27 Broadway Under the Stars live theater in Jack London State Park. Performances into early September.
28-29 Sonoma Lavender Festival in Kenwood. Local wineries will be pouring.

July

    Beginning July 1st independent league professional baseball comes to Sonoma. For special seating  you can choose the Cline Cellars Club or the Lagunitas Lounge.
4  Lots of fireworks shows on or near the 4th. The big one is at the county fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. 
12 Wine Country Big Q. Barbecue, beer, and music sponsored by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.
19 Rivertown Revival, Petaluma. Music, art, food, boat races.
20-21 Civil War re-enactment in Duncans Mills.  
24-Aug10 Sonoma County Fair. Rides, corn dogs, concerts and thoroughbred horse racing.
25-27 NHRA Nationals at Sonoma Raceway.

August

1-10 Sonoma County Fair continues.
23  Taste of Petaluma with local wines, beers, foods along with art and entertainment.
23-24 Bodega Seafood, Art and Wine Festival
22-24 Indy Cars at Sonoma Raceway.

Ongoing   

Tuesday: Farmers' market in Sonoma. Evening concerts in the Healdsburg plaza
Wednesday: Morning: farmers' market in Santa Rosa at the Vets Building and at the Wells Fargo Center. Evenings: Santa Rosa downtown market, Wines & Sunsets at Paradise Ridge Winery, Petaluma Farmers Market.
Thursday: Windsor farmers' market and concerts.
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. West End Farmers' Market, Santa Rosa

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