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 January
Whale Watching Season Begins
January-May
Sonoma Coast
Whale watching season opens this month. The whales can be seen all along the sonoma coast. Bodega Bay and the Overlook above Jenner are great viewing locations.
Winter Wineland
www.wineroad.com
January 18-19, 2014
Wine Country
This is a great opportunity to visit, meet winemakers and taste limited production wines at wineries not generally open to the public. Make it a three-day weekend of wine tasting, meeting winemakers, touring wineries and participating in seminars.
 February
Whale Watching
January-May
Sonoma Coast
View the migrating whales as the pass close by the coast.
Citrus Fair
www.cloverdalecitrusfair.org
February 14-17, 2014
Cloverdale

Food, demonstrations, entertainment, livestock shows, bingo and more!

Wine Road's Barrel Tasting
www.wineroad.com
February 28 - March 2, 2014
Wine Country

Join us as we celebrate our 32nd annual Barrel Tasting along the Wine Road! 100+ Wineries!
 March
Whale Watching
January-May
Sonoma Coast
View the migrating whales as the pass close by the coast.

Wine Road's Barrel Tasting
www.wineroad.com
March 2, March 7-9, 2014
Wine Country

Join us as we celebrate our 32nd annual Barrel Tasting along the Wine Road! 100+ Wineries!
Sonoma County Bluegrass Festival
www.cbaontheweb.org
March
Sebastopol
Click on "our events" then "more info" under "Sonoma County Bluegrass Festival"

The Sonoma County Bluegrass Festival brings together top notch acts from around California for an entire day in the Sonoma area. Though only a single day, bluegrass music is jam packed into the event. Whether you're a local of the Sonoma area or just want to take a drive to this beautiful region, the Sonoma County Bluegrass Festival is a must for bluegrass lovers.
 April
Abalone Season
April - July
Sonoma County Abalone Network
Sonoma Coast

Although abalone are found in temperate nearshore waters throughout much of the world, California's indigenous "Red Abalone" (Haliotis rufenscens) is the largest species found anywhere in the world.

Also see http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/calendar.asp

Passport To Dry Creek Valley
www.wdcv.com
April
Dry Creek
Wineries up and down Dry Creek Valley celebrate the magic of their valley with wine, food, entertainment, and the hospitality for which Dry Creek Valley is famous during Passport to Dry Creek Valley. Many of the wineries involved in Passport create a theme around which they showcase their wine, paired with food and entertainment.
Apple Blossom Festival
April
Sebastopol
Sebastopol's celebration of apples dates back to 1910, when the first great Apple Shows capped the annual harvest with all the excitement of a state fair.
Fisherman's Festival
www.bbfishfest.org
April
Bodega Bay
The Festival began as a celebration of the opening of the Salmon fishing season. Boats are decorated and parade out of the harbor on Sunday morning, gathering outside the jetties to receive blessings of the fleet by a local clergyman. The festival is packed with music, food and entertainment.
 May
Abalone Season
April - July
Sonoma Coast
Although abalone are found in temperate nearshore waters throughout much of the world, California's indigenous "Red Abalone" (Haliotis rufenscens) is the largest species found anywhere in the world.

Luther Burbank Rose Parade
May
Santa Rosa
Each year the Luther Burbank Rose Parade & Festival draws more than 3,500 participants to downtown Santa Rosa with over 120 entries. After the parade, the festival kicks into high gear with music, food booths, Italian Street Painting and dozens of activities for kids.
Amgen Tour of California
May
Sonoma County
The Amgen Tour of California will bring the drama and excitement of a professional bicycle stage race to the California coast. The world's top professional teams will compete over an eight-day, 700-mile race on a route that includes the California redwoods, wine country and the Pacific Coast.

Women's Weekend
May
Guerneville
A long weekend of events celebrating women, including art shows, lectures, classes, a motorcycle run, lots of parties, and a crafts fair.
Taste Alexander Valley
www.tastealexandervalley.org
May
Alexander Valley
An hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge lies the Alexander Valley, the perfect blend of charm, sophistication, and the easy confidence of people (and grapes) comfortable in their own skin. If Mother Nature were a winemaker, this is where she would live. Located at the northern end of Sonoma County, the Alexander Valley is 22 miles long and varies in width from two to seven miles.

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival
May
Infineon Raceway, Sonoma

Representing each decade of the 20th Century, 13 historic race car groups will attack the very technical 2.52 mile road course. Over the weekend the roads in and around Sonoma will be traversed by classic sports cars and elegant grand touring vehicles as they shuttle their stylish passengers through rolling California hills, past vineyards and wineries on eucalyptus-lined roads that wind between the luxurious inns and restaurants of the Sonoma wine country and the track.
 June
Forestville Parade and Youth Park BBQ
June
Forestville
The Forestville Youth Park BBQ kicks off with a Carnival Friday evening. Saturday's festivities include a parade in downtown Forestville, ending at the Forestville Youth Park on Mirabel Road. There the fun and excitement of "a professional carnival," BBQ, and music from local bands for dancing continues through Sunday. Also don't miss the games, food, wine, beer, crafts, and other booths.
Annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival
May
Healdsburg

As always, the music springs forth in winery tasting rooms and open air greens, hotel lobbies to historic theaters. It’s still the best jazz festival north of San Francisco!

Sonoma County Beerfest - The Good One!
June
Santa Rosa

Beerfest is a festive microbrew and food tasting extravaganza with more than 35 of Northern California's best microbreweries and a matching number of exceptional, local gourmet food purveyors.

Russian River Rodeo
June
Duncan's Mills

Rodeo, trick riders, a horseshoe tournament, BBQ, Cowboy breakfasts, fun for the kids, and more!

Art at the Source
June
Locations throughout Sonoma County

Art at the Source and Sebastopol Center for the Arts have a commitment to making our open studios a premier county event. We have 109 first-rate artists exhibiting in studios throughout western Sonoma County.

Sonoma County Pride Parade and Celebration
June
Downtown Guerneville

The annual Sonoma County Pride Parade and Celebration begins with a parade along Main Street in downtown Guerneville, followed by a Celebration on the grounds of the Guerneville Lodge, with music, dancing, wine, beer, food, a children's area, vendors and information booths, and a Committment Ceremony.
Harmony Festival
June
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa

The Harmony Festival embodies leading-edge artistic and musical expression, environmental trends, new social ideas, emerging sustainable business models, and progressive cultural movements, to name a few.
Resorts in Bloom
June
Locations throughout western Sonoma County

Discover and experience the beautiful gardens, accommodations, spa experiences, and fine dining options available in western Sonoma County. Our Resorts in Bloom garden tour for charity offers exclusive access to 15 of the most spectacular properties that western Sonoma county has to offer. Immaculate gardens staffed and manicured to every last detail by master gardeners who tend to some of nature's most precious gifts. Proceeds to benefit West County Health Centers, River to Coast Children's Services, and West County Community Services
Fitch Mountain Foot Race
www.healdsburgkiwanis.org
June
Healdsburg
The run takes place in the Heart of Sonoma County's Wine Country. Both the 10K and 3K courses begin and end at the Historic Downtown Plaza. Come and enjoy a day in the wine country with great restaurants, world class wineries and the beautiful Russian River.
Annual Cotati Jazz Festival
June
Cotati

Share an afternoon and evening of Music, Antiques, Food & Fun with your family!! Jazz ensembles will be playing all over downtown Cotati.
Sonoma-Marin Fair
June
Petaluma Fairgrounds

Hundreds of events and attractions are rolled into five glorious summer days. You'll experience the magic of an old time fair from the carnival to the ag shows to the corndogs AND the excitement of 21st century attractions where you can join a YouTube Shoot or Text Messaging Competition, savor North of the Gate wines or assist a chef in the kitchen, make something, climb aboard a solar train, and much more.


Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon
Classic

June
Windsor
The Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic is a celebration of Wine Country's most beautiful sites: a parade of hot air balloons dotting the sky. This annual event is held at Keiser Park in Windsor and features two days of hot air ballooning, food, crafts, balloon rides (tethered to the ground, so the balloon goes only 50 feet up) and other fun.

Sonoma Lavender, Food & Wine
Festival

June 22 - 23, 2013
Kenwood
Festival, food & wine education: 10 top chefs present lavender inspired recipes, Sonoma Valley Wineries offer prized vintages, "Cooking with Lavender" talks by selected chefs, educational demos, lavender barn store, lavender specimen garden, lavender plant sale, craft pavillion, and more!
 
 July
Healdsburg Fireworks
July
Downtown Healdsburg

Fourth of July fireworks display at Healdsburg High School, sponsored by the American Legion.
Red, White & Boom
July
Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Kick back on the lawn and enjoy one of the largest fireworks displays in the North Bay. Picnic baskets, blankets and lawn chairs welcome. Food booths, entertainment and more.
Monte Rio Fireworks and Games
July
Monte Rio
Good, old-fashioned, small-town fun! Day-long games and barbecue on the beach, followed by a water carnival, boat parade and fireworks display.
Guerneville Fireworks
July
Downtown Guerneville

Enjoy watching a fireworks display over the Russian River at Johnson's Beach.
Wine Country BIG Q
July
Sonoma Academy, Santa Rosa
Wine Country Big Q BBQ Competition and Tasting - a Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) nationally sanctioned competition featuring pitmasters from throughout the West Coast. Sample some of the finest “authentic” barbecued meats, world class wines, award winning brews and delectable desserts while enjoying great country and blues music. Benefit for The Children's Museum of Sonoma County.
Civil War Days
July
Duncan's Mills
Each July, the quaint northern coastal town of Duncan's Mills, California, becomes the fields of Virginia circa 1863. Civil War Days will once again be on tap as one of the largest re-enactments west of the Mississippi. Over a thousand re-enactors will converge to ensure a very memorable experience for all who attend.
Sonoma County Fair
July
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
The biggest fair of the year, the Sonoma County Fair features the largest themed flower show in the U.S., wine country racing, two weeks of headline entertainment, huge junior & professional livestock show & more!
Vineman Triathalon
Several Events
Guerneville to Windsor
The point-to-point event begins at Johnson's Beach in Guerneville and takes entrants past literally hundreds of vineyards and dozens of wineries before it finishes up in at Windsor High School (just north of Santa Rosa).

Fort Ross Festival
July
Fort Ross

From 1812 to 1841 Russian American Company Settlement Ross was home to a unique blend of cultural groups—Russians, Creoles, Native Alaskans, and Kashaya and Coast Miwok Native Californians. Cultural Heritage Day celebrates this cultural diversity and the arts, crafts and traditional activities of the inhabitants of Fort Ross. Features music, food, canon and musket demonstration, and fort tours.
Occidental Arts & Ecology Center Garden Tour
July
Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center's annual tour begins at 10 am and will run approximately 1.5 hrs in duration. Tour participants will be introduced to the Center's organic gardens, which preserve thousands of varieties of rare and endangered food, medicinal, and ornamental plants. Sturdy shoes, brimmed hat or warm layers (depending on weather), and personal water bottles are recommended. Please note that the terrain is very hilly and unpaved with dirt or gravel paths.  A suggested donation of $10 per person is requested.
 August
Sonoma County Fair
July
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
The biggest fair of the year, the Sonoma County Fair features the largest themed flower show in the U.S., wine country racing, two weeks of headline entertainment, huge junior & professional livestock show & more!
Gravenstein Apple Fair
August
Sebastopol
The Gravenstein Apple Fair showcases the best in arts, crafts, food, wines and brews, games, entertainment and farm life activities. Brimming with tradition, visitors come every year to experience the unique flavor of an old-time country get-together and to celebrate the Gravenstein apple.
Bodega Big Event
August
Bodega
The Bodega Volunteer FIre Department's annual fundraiser. Includes a parade, a BBQ, a raffle, live music and dancing. Free.
Grape to Glass
August
Russian River Valley
Live like a local and indulge in world class Russian River Valley Wines, one of a kind Vineyard and Winery experiences and gourmet wine country dining – event includes a Winery Poker Run, “Sip n’ Cinema” at MacMurray Ranch, Lifestyle Activities (Ballooning over the valley, Kayaking down the river or the Tour de Vine Bike Ride), informative Behind the Wines Tours and Panel Discussions, “Hog in the Fog” Elegant BBQ & Silk Purse Auction and finish the weekend with “Wings, Wine and Wind-down” at the Wings over Wine Country Air Show.
Zucchini Festival
August
Healdsburg Farmers Market
Healdsburg's annual salute to the zucchini includes zucchini car races and a Giant Zucchini Contest. Free. 9 am to noon.
Rockin' and Rollin' on the River
August
Korbel Champagne Cellars

Korbel's annual summertime bash includes live rock-and-roll music, a BBQ lunch and a logo glass. Special discounts offered, along with tours of the winery and garden. 11:30 am to 4 pm (Lunch: 12:30 to 2 pm).
Beer Revival & BBQ Cook-Off
August
Stumptown Brewery Beach

Beer, cider and BBQ tastings with 30 breweries and 30 BBQ teams represented. Gates open at noon. Beer tasting from 1 to 5 pm. Live music until 6 pm. Sells out early every year!
Fall Biodiversity Plant Sale
August
Occidental Arts & Ecology Center
Choose from hundreds of varieties of heirloom brassicas, lettuces, salad greens, chards, leeks, and herbs as well as old-fashioned annual flowers, and ornamental and edible perennials too. This is a free event with Garden Tours at 11 am and 1 pm.
Cotati Accordion Festival
August
La Plaza Park
Wings Over Wine Country Air Show
August
Santa Rosa Airport
Antiques, war-birds, and contemporary aircraft will do flybys and will be parked on the ramp, as in years past, for an up close and personal look. One of the exciting features of the PCAM Airshow is the opportunity to touch and feel the awesome power and might of these historic machines which have meant so much to our history.
Bodega Bay Seafood, Art and Wine Festival
August
Bodega Bay

This ever popular festival showcases the best of California’s wineries, breweries, artists, and craftspeople. This event also features outstanding regional musicians and a delicious selection of seafood.
 September
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
August
Locations throughout Sonoma County

Appellation Experience, Winery Dinners, Winery Lunches, Sonoma County Live, Wine Auction and Dinner, The Taste of Sonoma County. This even takes place labor day weekend.
Cajun / Zydeco Festival
September
Sebastopol

The Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise is hosting its annual Cajun/Zydeco Festival. At Ives Park in Sebastopol, it will feature dancing under the redwoods, Cajun cuisine, gator sausage, beer, premium Sebastopol area wines, Hurricanes, live music and more. So come and enjoy yourself and do some good for the community at the same time.

Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival
September
Guerneville
A great weekend of jazz and blues on the Russian River! Get there early and stake out your special spot on the beach before the crowds arrive. The music starts flowing at 11 am and goes until 6 pm, with Jazz artists performing on Saturday, and Blues artists on Sunday.
Old Grove Festival
September
Guerneville
Enjoy music and theatrical performances in the midst of the Old Growth Redwoods at Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve in the historic Redwood Forest Theatre. Performances include music from different genres.
Annual Chautauqua Revue
September
Occidental
As unique as the stage on which it manifests, the Chautauqua Revue is a show of surprises, laughter, poignancy, and finger snapping fun like no other.  Last year's sold out run of the 10th annual addition of the Revue was a thunderous, energetic romp through a roster of musicians, poets, storytellers, circus performers, and clowns, concluding with a rousing all-in sing-a-long of “Let the Sun Shine In.”
EarleFest - Annual Americana Music Festival
September
Santa Rosa
EarleFest is Northern California’s premier Americana music festival! Located on the beautiful grounds of the Earle Baum Center in Santa Rosa, EarleFest features a stellar lineup of national and regional Americana musicians: Todd Snider, The Brothers Comatose, The Blues Broads and The Great Idea Band (Frankie Boots, John Courage, David Luning, Katie Phillips, Corinne West and more)! Hopmonk Tavern Stage - Spark and Whisper, One Grass Two Grass Red Grass Bluegrass and Galen Ash. A delightful array of Sonoma County edibles, beer and wine.
Great Music Great Food & Drink Terrific Vibes and a Really Great Cause!!

EarleFest is a fundraiser for the Earle Baum Center of the Blind. All event proceeds provide critically needed services to people with sight loss.

 October
Sonoma County Harvest Fair
October
Santa Rosa Fairgrounds
Come join us at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair for premier wine-tasting, food-tasting, art show and sale, pumpkin carving, hay rides, Haunted Room, jazz stage, and many more events and fun activities for the whole family - and don't miss our renowned World Championship Grape Stomp competition!
ARTrails Open Studio Tours
October
Russian River Area
Respected as one of the first and finest open studio programs, ARTrails artists have been inviting the public into their work spaces since 1985. This Sonoma County Open Studios program continues to educate visitors to the creative processes of professional artists. It also provides the opportunity to purchase unique fine arts and crafts.
Wine Country Marathon
October
Healdsburg

Wine Country Marathon and Half Marathon start and finish in beautiful historic downtown Healdsburg.
Pinot on the River
October
Healdsburg Plaza

Pinot On The River is a full-immersion weekend of Pinot Noir, featuring a full program of in-depth tastings and seminars, vineyard tours and sumptuous food. Sit with the winemakers and other Pinot-loving consumers as we focus on highly-allocated, limited production West Coast Pinot Noirs. From Friday's kickoff dinner to a Saturday of intimate Pinot seminars and tastings all the way through  Sunday's "Pinot Noir Grand Tasting," with ten Artisan Cheese Vendors if you love Pinot Noir, it's a weekend you must not miss.
Healdsburg Farmers Market Pumpkin Festival
October
Occidental
Pumpkin car races, pumpkin carving, and more!
 
Windsor Pumpkin Festival
October
Windsor
Parade of the Pumpkin Desserts-Bake Sale benefits WHS Culinary
Pumpkin Car Races • Biggest Pumpkin Contest
Pumpkin Bowling & Ring-Toss
Kidz Carve and Paint Pumpkins
Build a Scarecrow to take Home
Live music w/4th St. Jazz Band
 November
A Food and Wine Affair
November
Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian
River Valley Vineyards



Join us this weekend that has become the premier event for the Russian River Wine Road… Two fun-filled days of wine and food pairing in the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys.
Festival of the Trees
November
Gualala

Festival includes Gingerbread lane houses, the Fantasy Forest, food and drink, live entertainment, shoppers extravaganza raffle, art boths and more.
 December

Parade of Lights
December
Guerneville

Guerneville's brightest tradition, with colorful floats, and music by your favorite groups!

Santa Claus Fly-In
December
Santa Rosa

Santa Claus will be flying in on a Reach helicopter! Lighted aircraft display.

 

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