Sonoma Events Calendar

Sonoma Valley hosts many popular events every year, giving you a special reason for a day trip, weekend getaway, or part of a longer vacation. If like you wine, food, and/or art events, there’s something for you. Many events raise needed funds for non-profit services in the area. Come join the fun! We’ve listed our favorite major events here – be sure to check with your favorite wineries, restaurants, and art venues for smaller and non-recurring events during the year. Our What’s New page also includes notices of upcoming events.

OCTOBER Sonoma Event Calendar

October 2017
Columbus Day is October 9

Halloween is October 31

ARTrails  Open Studio Tour

art-trails

Oct. 8-9 & Oct. 15-16, 2017

Grab an ARTrails catalog with maps and spend a day or two sampling some of the very best art Sonoma County has to offer. Drive the country lanes, coastal highways, and pastoral vistas or the urban centers of Sonoma County on this self-guided free tour. ARTrails provides that rare glimpse into the artist’s studio.(Free) More Info.

Glen Ellen Village Fair

 GE Village Fair

Oct. 8, 2017

The Annual Glen Ellen Village Fair lets the locals strut their stuff. More Info.

Friday Morning Farmers Market

Every Friday

Open Fridays 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, year ’round, in the Arnold Field parking lot, just one block north of Sonoma Plaza. More Info.

NOVEMBER Sonoma Event Calendar

November 2017
Veterans Day is November 11, 2017

Thanksgiving Day is November 23, 2017

Lighting of the PlazaPhoto of Holidays in Sonoma

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The holiday magic begins with the lighting of 100,000 lights on the Plaza! Bring your kids, wine and beer for this evening of free fun and entertainment. . More info.

Victorian Crafts Workshop

vallejo house

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Bring your kids along to the Annual Victorian Craft Workshop where they can make ornaments and gifts and say hi to Santa. More info.

“Heart of Sonoma” heart of sonoma holiday open house

TBD

Celebrate the holidays at two dozen wineries in and around Glen Ellen and Kenwood. More info.

Cirque de Bohème

 TBD  Enjoy a 1920’s style circus based on the French tradition at Cornerstone Gardens. This intimate gathering is limited to 130 guests per show under a tent in the Cornerstone gardens. Performers include a magician, contortionist, hat juggler, ball spinner, unicyclist, mime, an eccentric clown, knife-thrower and other assorted denizens of Paris of the 1920’s. More info.

Holidays in Sonoma

Photo of Holidays in Sonoma

November and December

Ditch the shopping mall sprawl this year for the rolling vineyards and historic towns of real wine country. Fill your stockings in the artisan boutiques, wineries and galleries of Sonoma’s legendary Plaza. You’re bound to one-up Santa with delicious olive oils, world-class wines, spa certificates, antiques, gourmet goods and more. More info.

Friday Morning Farmers Market

Photo of Sonoma Farmers Market

Every Friday

Open Fridays 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, year ’round, in the Arnold Field parking lot, just one block north of Sonoma Plaza. More info.

DECEMBER Sonoma Event Calendar

December 2017
Christmas Day is December 25th

Cirque de Bohème

TBD

Enjoy a 1920’s style circus based on the French tradition at Cornerstone Gardens. Le Cirque de Bohème is an intimate gathering limited to 130 guests per show under a tent in the Cornerstone gardens. Performers include a magician, contortionist, hat juggler, ball spinner, unicyclist, mime, an eccentric clown, knife-thrower and other assorted denizens of Paris of the 1920’s. More info.

Lighting of the Snowmensnowmen

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There is something particularly gleeful about seeing hundreds of snowmen marching in a row; it’s enough to put a holiday twinkle in the eye of the most recalcitrant Scrooge. This event features free live music and a dance performance; pictures with Santa; classic holiday films and even a traditional German Beer Garden. More info.

Holidays in Sonoma

holidays-in-sonoma

All month

Ditch the shopping mall sprawl this year for the rolling vineyards and historic towns of real wine country. Fill your stockings in the artisan boutiques, wineries and galleries of Sonoma’s legendary Plaza. You’re bound to one-up Santa with delicious olive oils, world-class wines, spa certificates, antiques, gourmet goods and more. More info.

Friday Morning Farmers Market

Photo of Sonoma Farmers Market

Every Friday

Open Fridays 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, year ’round, in the Arnold Field parking lot, just one block north of Sonoma Plaza. More info.

JANUARY Sonoma Event Calendar

January 2018
Martin Luther King Day is January 15, 2018
Sonoma Valley Delicious!

Image Strawberries

 Month of January

For the entire month of January, enjoy special offers, including prix fixe menus, special food & wine pairings, signature dishes and cocktails, and more at restaurants, tasting rooms, and wineries! Fantastic time to come to Sonoma. More info.

 Martini MadnessImage Martini glass  TBD

Bartenders from ten local Sonoma Valley restaurants, bars and pubs will present their martini concoctions at this annual affair that also includes music and delicious appetizers. More info.

Christmas Birdcount for Kids

Image Bird Count

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If you have a budding naturalist or wish to spend more time in nature with your kids, bring the family to the annual Christmas Bird Counts for Kids, started in Sonoma Valley in 2007 after several kids were turned away from the century-old Audubon tradition of counting winter birds. More info.

Annual Crab & Chard Feast

Image Crab

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Locals know that when winter rolls around it’s Dungeness crab season. What better pairing could there be than crab and chardonnay? Reserve well in advance for this special event at Chateau St. Jean Winery. More info.

Friday Morning Farmers Market

Every Friday

Open Fridays 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, year ’round, in the Arnold Field parking lot, just one block north of Sonoma Plaza. More info.

FEBRUARY Sonoma Event Calendar

February 2018
Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14, 2018

Presidents’ Day is Feb. 19, 2018

Eighth St. Open HouseImage Eighth St. Open House  TBD Insiders know that this annual wine tasting event features some of Sonoma’s very best wines. Off the beaten path yet just 5 minutes from Sonoma Plaza, eight wineries open their cellar doors for this special annual wine tasting event. More info.
Friday Farmers Marketbell-peppers Every Friday Open Fridays 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, year ’round in the Arnold Field parking lot just one block north of Sonoma Plaza. More info.

MARCH Sonoma Event Calendar

March 2018
Daylight Savings Time begins March 11, 2018

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, 2018

Caesar Chavez Day is March 31, 2018

Sonoma Valley Girlfriends Getaways

girlfriends

Month of March

Ain’t no better place for girls to have fun than Sonoma Valley! Yes, all month long… More info!

Savor Sonoma Valley

heart-of-sonoma-valley-map

TBD 2018

Join 19+ wineries throughout Sonoma Valley for barrel tasting, sampling of new wine releases, food pairing, and much more.  More Info.

Trashion Fashion ShowImage Trashion TBD 2018

Fun, fun fun! Where else can you find such outrageous, beautiful and humorous fashions created from recycled materials. This annual event brings out the best in local creativity. More info

Sonoma International Film FestivalFilm Festival

March 21-25, 2018

The annual Sonoma International Film Festival showcases more than 90 new independent films from around the world. More info.

Friday Morning Farmers Market

Every Friday

Open Fridays 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, year ’round, in the Arnold Field parking lot, just one block north of Sonoma Plaza. More Info.

APRIL Sonoma Event Calendar

April 2018
Earth Day is April 22, 2018
 Sonoma Film FestivalFilm Festival TBD 2018 Set amidst the unparalleled beauty of the Sonoma Valley wine country, the annual Sonoma International Film Festival welcomes filmmakers and film lovers to a sun-drenched, luxurious extended weekend, pairing great food, fine wine and more than 90 new independent films from around the world. More info.

Earth Day at Quarryhill Botanical Garden

Quarry Hill Botanical Garden

April 22, 2018

Celebrate Earth Day at this exquisite Botanical Garden. This free family event features hula hoops, reptiles, a Lion dance, origami, bee keepers, fire truck tours, live music ,and arts and crafts.  Purchase rare plants from the garden. More info.

Farm Trails

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TBD 2018

Tour your way through Sonoma County’s farms! Activities include farm tours, demos, animal petting, games and crafts for kids, tastings, cooking demos, flower arranging, and more. Most stops are free. More info.

Friday Morning Farmers Market

Every Friday

Open Fridays 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, year ’round, in the Arnold Field parking lot, just one block north of Sonoma Plaza. More info.

MAY Sonoma Event Calendar

May 2018
Cinco de Mayo is May 5, 2018

Mother’s Day is May 13, 2018

Memorial Day is May 28, 2018

Sunset Celebration Weekend

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TBD 2018 Sunset Magazine’s Annual Celebration takes place at Cornerstone. Learn about the latest trends in wine and food; check out smart home technology; get inspired for glamping; tour the Test Gardens; and attend celebrity chef demonstrations. Always a winning event! More info.
Tuesday Evening Farmers Market

Photo of Sonoma Farmers Market

Every Tuesday evening Centrally located in the Town Square, Tuesday evenings, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, May through October. The weekly events doubles as an unofficial weekly town picnic. Food, crafts, nonprofit booths, local produce, seasonal flowers, and live music. More Info.

Friday Morning Farmers Market

bell-peppers

Every Friday morning

Open Fridays 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, year ’round, in the Arnold Field parking lot, just one block north of Sonoma Plaza. More info.

JUNE Sonoma Event Calendar

June 2017
Fathers Day is June 17, 2018
Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festivalsonoma-historic-race-car-festival TBD 2018  The celebration of fine cars and fine wine at the Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival continues into the evening at the Sonoma Plaza. In addition to the fine wine and food, attendees can enjoy a stroll through the Sonoma Plaza and get an up-close look at more than 30 historic race cars. More Info.

Annual Hit the Road Jack Run

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TBD 2018

Join locals in this 10K and Family Fun Run. Course runs through town and surrounding back roads. More info.

Huichica Music Festival

Huichica Music Festival, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma, CA, 6/2/12

TBD 2018

An all day indie-rock music festival conceived by winery owner Jeff Bundschu and Fruit Bats front man, Eric D. Johnson. More info.

NASCAR 350 at Sonoma Raceway

Image Sonoma Raceway

TBD 2018

The Toyota/Save Mart 350 race plus auctions, air-show, contests, and more. Add a visit to Sonoma Plaza using the free shuttle bus. More Info.

Broadway Under the Stars

 June -Sept, 2018

Transcendence Theatre’s “Broadway Under The Stars”  is a series of concerts featuring professional Broadway and Hollywood performers in the majestic open-air winery ruins in Jack London State Park. Magical in every way! More info.

Tuesday Evening Farmers Market

Photo of Sonoma Farmers Market

 

Tuesdays

Centrally located in the Town Square, Tuesday evenings, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, May through October. The weekly events doubles as an unofficial weekly town picnic. Food, crafts, nonprofit booths, local produce, seasonal flowers, and live music. More info.

Sebastiani Friday Night Music Series

Image guitar

Fridays

Enjoy live music from a variety of talented musicians in the tasting room or on the courtyard, April thru Sept. Wines by-the-glass or by-the-bottle available for purchase along with gourmet sandwiches and salads. Guests are also welcome to bring a picnic dinner or snacks. Children and well-behaved pets are welcome! The last Friday of each month is “Food Truck Friday.”  More info.

Friday Morning Farmers Market

Fridays

Open Fridays 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, year ’round, in the Arnold Field parking lot, just one block north of Sonoma Plaza. Fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan breads, cheeses, and arts and crafts. More info.

JULY Sonoma Event Calendar

July 2018
Independence Day is July 4!
Hometown July 4th Celebration

Photo of Sonoma July 4

 July 4, 2018

The Sonoma Plaza is center stage for a fun filled day of celebration featuring the annual parade with entries including floats, horses. Food booths, live music, and more. Sponsored by the Sonoma Community Center and the City of Sonoma. Fireworks as the sky darkens delight all. (Free) More Info.

Out in the Vineyard

Photo of Gay Wine Weekend

TBD 2018

Now you can celebrate PRIDE in Out In The Vineyard for 3 Full Days of LGBT 3 in magnificent Sonoma Valley. Celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP Receptions, wine tasting excursions, champagne brunch and wine auction in one of the most famous luxury wine destinations in the world. More Info.

Broadway Under the Stars

Image Broadway

TBD 2018

Transcendence Theatre’s “Broadway Under The Stars”  is a series of concerts featuring professional Broadway and Hollywood performers in the majestic open-air winery ruins in Jack London State Park. Magical in every way! More info.

Sonoma Valley Music Festival

 

TBD 2018

A Classical and Romantic chamber music festival exploring the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and more, performed by the world’s experts in historical performance on the instruments of the period. More info.

Napa-to-Sonoma Wine Country Half MarathonImage Half Marathon

TBD 2018

You simply could not ask for a more beautiful backdrop for a marathon. The race begins in Napa Valley at Domaine Carneros winery — a classic French chateau — and continues down a back country road past several miles of vineyards, sheep and horse ranches.. More info.

 Sonoma City PartyImage of plaza party

TBD 2018

Each year the city of Sonoma puts on a down-home party that brings the locals out in droves for dancing in the streets, food, drink, and live music. Don’t miss it! More info.

Tuesday Evening Farmers MarketPhoto of Sonoma Farmers Market

Tuesdays

Centrally located in the Town Square, Tuesday evenings, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, May through October. The weekly events doubles as an unofficial weekly town picnic. Food, crafts, nonprofit booths, local produce, seasonal flowers, and live music. More Info.

Friday Morning Farmers Market

bell-peppers

Fridays

Open Fridays 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, year ’round, in the Arnold Field parking lot, just one block north of Sonoma Plaza. Fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan breads, cheeses, and arts and crafts. More Info.

AUGUST Sonoma Event Calendar

August 2018
There are no national holidays in August.

Broadway Under the Stars

Image for Transcendence Theater

TBD 2018

 Transcendence Theatre’s “Broadway Under The Stars”  is a series of concerts featuring professional Broadway and Hollywood performers in the majestic open-air winery ruins in Jack London State Park. Magical in every way! More info.

Red and White BallPhoto of Red and White Ball TBD 2018

Throw on some red and white clothes and join the locals for a party on the Plaza.  More Info.

Tuesday Evening Farmers Market

Photo of Sonoma Farmers Market

Tuesdays

Centrally located in the Town Square, Tuesday evenings, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, May through October. The weekly events doubles as an unofficial weekly town picnic. Food, crafts, nonprofit booths, local produce, seasonal flowers, and live music. More Info.

Friday Morning Farmers Market

Fridays

Open Fridays 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, year ’round, in the Arnold Field parking lot, just one block north of Sonoma Plaza. Fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan breads, cheeses, and arts and crafts. More Info.

SEPTEMBER Sonoma Event Calendar

September 2018
Labor Day is September 3, 2018

Sonoma Wine Country WeekendPhoto of Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

TBD

Over 200 of Sonoma County’s top winemakers and grapegrowers come together for this annual Labor Day Weekend charity event. Three unforgettable days of celebration. More info.

Broadway Under the StarsImage for Transcendence Theater June – Sept. 2018

Transcendence Theatre’s “Broadway Under The Stars”  is a series of concerts featuring professional Broadway and Hollywood performers in the majestic open-air winery ruins in Jack London State Park. Magical in every way! More info.

Sonoma Plein Air Image Sonoma Plein Air

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Sonoma Plein Air is a week long event celebrating the century-old technique of outdoor painting. The annual gathering of artists culminates at Sonoma’s Historic Plaza for The Art Exhibition and Sale on Saturday. More Info.

Wine Country Optics and Nature Festival White-breasted Nuthatch on a Camera

TBD

An extravaganza for nature lovers, this annual event has it all: nature photography; optics equipment; Bay Area conservation groups; stunning landscaped gardens; live bats, owls and hawks; live music; and food and wine. Free entry and parking! More info.

Sonoma Valley Crush FestivalPhoto of Sonoma Valley Crush

TBD  The annual Sonoma Valley Crush Festival celebrates some of California’s best known as well as most secluded vineyards and winemakers in and around the villages of Kenwood and Glen Ellen. A wide range of hands-on activities lets you get your hands dirty in the vineyards and cellars. More info.
 GoPro Grand Prix of SonomaSonoma Raceway

TBD

Serpentine Sonoma circuit. Open-wheel cars. All-star drivers. Twelve turns and 85 laps to make it to the front of the pack.More Info.

Valley of the Moon
Vintage Festival

TBD

California’s oldest festival, this Sonoma tradition is held on the historic town square and is fun for all ages. Festivities include Opening Night Gala, Blessing of the Grapes, Reenactment of the Bear Flag Revolt, Firefighters’ Water Fight, Grape Stomp, Parade, and 5k Run-Walk. More Info.

Tues. Evening Farmers Market

Photo of Sonoma Farmers Market

Every Tuesday

Centrally located in the Town Square, Tuesday evenings, from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, May through October. The weekly events doubles as an unofficial weekly town picnic. Food, crafts, nonprofit booths, local produce, seasonal flowers, and live music. More Info.

Friday Morning Farmers Market

Every Friday

Open Fridays 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM, year ’round, in the Arnold Field parking lot, just one block north of Sonoma Plaza. Fresh fruits and vegetables, artisan breads, cheeses, and arts and crafts. More Info.

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