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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Autumn 2016 Events in Sonoma County

It's harvest season and there's lots to see. You can even smell the harvest! Great weather, great wine, great food, and great music.

There are many events going on during the autumn season. Enjoy the bounty of Sonoma County.


2-4 Sonoma Wine Country Weekend - Wine tasting at the beautiful MacMurray Ranch, plus an auction, winemaker lunches and dinners, BBQs, all at various locations around Sonoma County. Info

3-4 Cajun/Zydeco Festival in Sebastopol. Food, beer, wine, and lots of dance music. Info

6-8 National Heirloom Exposition at the Sonoma County fairgrounds. It's about the small, local farmer. Info

10  Beer in the Plaza in Healdsburg.  About 35 microbreweries. Info

10-11 Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival on the beach in Guerneville. Info

16-18 Sonoma Valley Crush. Harvest activities at various wineries. You may get your hands dirty. Info

18  Indy Cars at Sonoma Raceway. Info

22-25 Wine Country Film Festival in Kenwood. Info

23-25 Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival in Sonoma is the oldest festival in the state. Art, music, grape stomp, parade, activities for the kids, and lots of wine. Info

24  Heirloom Tomato Festival at Kendall-Jackson. Info

24-25 Wings Over Wine Country. Air show at Sonoma County Airport. Info


Sep30-2  Sonoma County Harvest Fair in Santa Rosa - Food, award-winning wines, beer, music, and the "World Championship" Grape Stomp. Info

Cotati Oktoberfest - Food, beer, yodeling contest, and oom-pah bands. Info

23  Pinot on the River in Healdsburg. It's actually in downtown Healdsburg which isn't on the river, but after a few sips of Pinot Noir you won't care. Info


5-6 Wine and Food Affair - A northern Sonoma County food and wine event weekend with over 100 participating wineries. Info

27-28  Holiday Open House at about two dozen Sonoma Valley wineries. Info

Other Info

The harvest / crush / vintage - Grape harvest season this year started in late August  and should run into October with the busiest time being the month of September, but it's really up to Mother Nature.

Individual winery harvest events - Many wineries have their own harvest parties and winemaker dinners. Check with your favorites to see if they have anything going on.

Thanksgiving weekend - Wineries are closed on Thanksgiving Day. The rest of the weekend is usually very busy with many putting on holiday open houses.  Check with your favorites to see if they have a special event. Be prepared for big crowds on Friday and Saturday.