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Friday, March 10, 2017

Spring 2017 Events in Sonoma County

Listed below are major wine and non-wine events in Sonoma County for March into June 2017.

It's a perfect time in the wine country with warming temperatures, vines starting the new year's growth, wildflowers, and lots of exciting events to tempt you.

Vines in April
Wine-related events


3-5 and 10-12  Wine Road Barrel Tasting
This is an annual winery open house on Friday through Sunday the first two weekends of March. Over 100 wineries in Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys participate. It's a very popular, and very crowded, event.

18-19  Savor Sonoma
This open house is similar to the Wine Road Barrel Tasting event on the previous two weekends, but in a different part of Sonoma County. About 20 wineries in Sonoma Valley will be offering barrel tasting, new releases, wine sales, food and wine pairings, etc.

17-18  Pigs and Pinot
Celebrity chefs and sommeliers at Charlie Palmer's Dry Creek Kitchen. Pork and Pinot Noir go together like pizza and beer!


7-8 Signature Sonoma Valley
A new event including owners and winemakers from 30 wineries with dinners, tastings, and parties.

Taste of Olivet
Winery open house along Olivet Road in the Russian River Valley.

16  Easter Sunday
Most wineries will be closed.

29-30  Passport to Dry Creek Valley
About 45 wineries open their doors with food, wine, music, and vineyard tours--usually hosted by the winemakers. A bit pricey, but it's a great event.


Taste Alexander Valley
Will not be happening this year, but will return in June 2018 as Experience Alexander Valley.


10  North Coast Wine Challenge
A judging of North Coast AVA wines (Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Marin and Solano counties). This is the public tasting of the winners.

Non-wine events


6-12  Sonoma County Restaurant Week
Participating restaurants throughout the county offer fixed-price lunch and dinner menu specials.

24-26  Artisan Cheese Festival
Chef demos, pairings, and meet the cheese makers in the Petaluma area.

29-Apr 2  Sonoma International Film Festival
"A celebration of cinema, food, and wine."


Battle of the Brews
Food and beer tasting. A local fund-raiser.

8-9  Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival
Blessing of the fleet, seafood, wine & beer, music, and boat races.

22-23  Apple Blossom Festival
A parade, music, food, beer, wine, and, of course, apple cider. All in Sebastopol where the apple crop used to be bigger than the grape crop.


Great Petaluma Chili Cook-off
Annual chili cook-off with salsa and beer tasting.

18-20  Cruisin' the Boulevard
Petaluma's salute to American Graffiti (much of the movie was filmed here).

20  Rose Parade
The 123rd Rose Parade and Festival in Santa Rosa.

25-27  Healdsburg Future Farmers Fair
The highlight is the Twilight Parade on the first evening.

26-28  Bottle Rock
The Woodstock of Napa.


2-4  Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
Some old, expensive, historic race cars on the track. Tired of wine? Check out the "nose" on that old Jaguar going by.

2-11  Healdsburg Jazz Festival
At various venues.

10  Beerfest
The biggest micro-beer tasting in Sonoma County. According to website Eyewitness Travel this is one of the best beer festivals in the country.

10  Peggy Sue Car Show and Cruise
Downtown Santa Rosa car cruise

16-18  Country Summer
Billed as the area's largest country music festival.