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.

April

April 2014
NCAA Basketball Tournament Final is April 7, 2014Easter Sunday is April 20, 2014Earth Day is April 22, 2014

Friday Morning Farmers Market

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Every Friday

Open Fridays 9:00 AM – 12:00 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.

Sonoma International
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April 2-6

Set a midst 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 in April, pairing great food, fine wine and more than 90 new independent films from around the world. More Info.

Echelon Ride to RevelEchelon Ride to Revel Sonoma Napa April 26 Experience the culture of cycling paired perfectly with the local artisanal cuisine of a premier destination.Three routes, one suitable for families and beginner riders. the second for beginner to intermediate riders and the third for intermediate to experienced riders. More Info.
Celebrate at Quarry Hill Botanical Garden

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April 26 Quarry Hill Botanical Garden will be celebrating Earth Day on April 26 (the official Earth Day is April 22) with fun activities for all ages and FREE Admission. Arts & Crafts, Lion Dance and Tai Chi, Archery for all agges, Scavenger Hunt, and more. 11:00am top 3:00pm. Springtime flowers will be peaking!! More Info.

April in Carneros

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 Apr 26-27 Join the wineries of Carneros for this exciting multi-winery open house event. Taste wines, including new releases and exciting bottles pulled from the cellars. Each participating winery will offer their own special blend of activities to April in Carneros attendees. More Info.

May

May 2014
Cinco de Mayo is May 5,2014Mother’s Day is May 11, 2014Memorial Day is May 26, 2014

Friday Morning Farmers Market

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Every Friday

Open Fridays 9:00 AM – 12:00 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.

Tuesday Evening Farmers Marketfarmers-3 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.
Cinco de Mayo Festivalcornerstone-cinco-de-mayo May 4 On Sunday, May 4, Cornerstone Gardens, located in the Schellville area, celebrates Cinco de Mayo with festivities that include live music, traditional Mexican folk dancing and children’s activities. Tickets purchased in advance are $20 for adults and $10 for kids 3-12, and include a full lunch and tamale tastings from all professional competitors. More Info.
French Flea MarketFrench Flea Market  May 24-25 French importers from around the Bay Area set-up a charming weekend flea market featuring vintage collectibles and antiques. Hosted in and around the Chateau Sonoma Sonoma home and garden store, just off the Plaza  More Info.

June

June 2014
Fathers Day is June 15, 2014

Tuesday Evening Farmers Market

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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

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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.

Huichica Music Festival

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

June 13-14

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

Gay Wine Weekend

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June 13-15

Enjoy 3 Full Days of LGBT events in Northern California’s magnificent Sonoma Valley – home to some of the world’s most prestigious wines and wineries. 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

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Various dates

Transcendence Theatre’s “Broadway Under The Stars in Jack London State Park” is a series of concerts featuring professional Broadway and Hollywood performers in the majestic open-air winery ruins in Sonoma’s Jack London State Historic Park. Each evening begins with pre-show picnicking on the great lawn, alongside the vineyards of the park (with multiple wineries pouring and food and wine available for purchase), and concludes with an evening of inspirational entertainment that Before It’s News dubbed …goosebumps all around. More Info.

July

July 2014
Independence Day is July 4!

Tuesday Evening Farmers Market

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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

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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.

Hometown July 4
Celebration

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July 4

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.

Broadway Under the Stars

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Various

Transcendence Theatre’s “Broadway Under The Stars in Jack London State Park” is a series of concerts featuring professional Broadway and Hollywood performers in the majestic open-air winery ruins in Sonoma’s Jack London State Historic Park. Each evening begins with pre-show picnicking on the great lawn, alongside the vineyards of the park (with multiple wineries pouring and food and wine available for purchase), and concludes with an evening of inspirational entertainment that Before It’s News dubbed “…goosebumps all around.”

More Info.

Sonoma City Party

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July tba

Sonoma City Party on the Plaza – sponsored by the Sonoma Community Center More Info.

August

August 2014
There are no national holidays in August.

Tuesday Evening Farmers Market

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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

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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.

Broadway Under the Stars

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Various

Transcendence Theatre’s “Broadway Under The Stars in Jack London State Park” is a series of concerts featuring professional Broadway and Hollywood performers in the majestic open-air winery ruins in Sonoma’s Jack London State Historic Park. Each evening begins with pre-show picnicking on the great lawn, alongside the vineyards of the park (with multiple wineries pouring and food and wine available for purchase), and concludes with an evening of inspirational entertainment that Before It’s News dubbed “…goosebumps all around.”

More Info.

Sonoma Indy
Grand Prix

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Aug 22-24

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.

Red & White Ball

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Aug tba

Dinner and dance fundraiser on Sonoma Plaza. More Info.

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend

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Aug 29-31

An epicurean event unlike any other, Sonoma Wine Country Weekend combines the elegance, sophistication, and style of Taste of Sonoma, with the festivity, frivolity and fundraising of the Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction. Three unforgettable days of celebration. More Info.

September

September 2014
Labor Day is September 1, 2014

Tues. Evening Farmers Market

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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

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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.

Red & White Ball

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Sept 6

A fundraiser for local schools, the Red and White Ball is a hugely popular, and colorful, dinner and dance party held on the Plaza.  The theme is fun, not necessarily formal. Don your favorite Red and White attire and dance the night away. More Info.

Sonoma Plein Air sonoma_plein_air

Sept 15-20

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.

B. R. Cohn Charity
Music Festival

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Sept 19-22

Annual B. R. Cohn Charity Fall Music Festival . Enjoy the ultimate wine pairing weekend: Great live music, paired with great food and wine. More Info.

Valley of the Moon
Vintage Festival

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Sept 26

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 Graps, Reenactment of the Bear Flag Revolt, Firefighters’ Water Fight, Grape Stomp, Parade, and 5k Run-Walk. More Info.

Sonoma Valley Crush

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October

October 2014
Columbus Day is October 13, Halloween is October 31

Tues. Evening Farmers Market

Sonoma Tuesday 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

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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.

Tolay Fall Festival

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Oct. tbd

The Tolay Fall Festival offers two weeks of old-time, nature-based fun each October at Tolay Lake Regional Park west of Sonoma. ($) More Info.

ARTrails  Open Studio Tour

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Oct tbd

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.

Annual Glen Ellen Village Fair

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Oct tbd

The Annual Glen Ellen Village Fair (Free) More Info.

Sonoma Valley Reserve

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Oct tbd

Experience an insider’s view of Sonoma Valley’s world-class wineries.   ($) More Info.

2nd Annual Sonoma Chili Cook-Off

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Oct tbd

Annual Chili Cook-Off at the Carneros Brewing Company, benefiting Meals on Wheels. (Free) More Info.

November

November 2014
Veterans Day is November 11, Thanksgiving is November 27

Friday Morning Farmers Market

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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.

Holiday in Carneros

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Nov tbd

Multi-winery open house featuring nearly 20 wineries in the Carneros region of the Sonoma and Napa Valleys. Each winery will open its doors to visitors to join in on a variety of activities, offering their own special variety of food and wine pairings, live music, art or craft shows, special tastings (barrel, reserve, library and new release), discounts or special pricing and more activities that are unique to each winery. More Info.

Heart of Sonoma Wineries Open House

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Nov tbd

Join twenty-three wineries throughout the heart of Sonoma Valley for this annual celebration and enjoy wine tastings, meet winemakers, mingle in our caves & cellars, stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays.This event takes place at each winery, and as you travel from winery to winery you will enjoy award-winning wines, wine discounts, gift packages, holiday entertainment and holiday cheer. ($) More Info.

December

December 2014
Christmas Day is December 25th

Friday Morning Farmers Market

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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.

Christmas by Candlelight in the Sonoma Mission

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Dec tbd

Annual holiday celebration at Sonoma State Historic Park. There will be readings and song and all done by candlelight in the Mission Chapel. Afterward, refreshments will be available and a warm, crackling fire to enjoy in the Barracks courtyard. Bring the entire family and friends to this “Spirit of the Season” program. More Info.

January

January 2015
Martin Luther King Day is January 19, 2015

Friday Morning Farmers Market

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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.(Free).  More Info.

Blessing of the Olives

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Jan tbd

A beautiful, traditional ceremony at the historic Mission San Francisco Solano de Sonoma.Harvested olives are blessed.  Live music, tradition, and refreshments. (Free). More Info.

Martini Madness

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Jan tbd

Eat, drink and exalt the enchantments of Sonoma’s famed green fruit at this year’s Feast of the Olive Dinner. The best local chefs and winemakers pair up to prepare unique menus for each candlelit table of guests. More Info.

Feast of the Olive

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Jan tbd

Eat, drink and exalt the enchantments of Sonoma’s famed green fruit at this year’s Feast of the Olive Dinner. The best local chefs and winemakers pair up to prepare unique menus for each candlelit table of guests. More Info.

February

February 2015
NFL Super Bowl is Feb. 1, 2015Valentine’s Day is Feb. 14, 2015

Presidents’ Day is Feb. 16, 2015

Friday Farmers Marketfarmers_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(Free).  More Info.
VinOlivo  Weekendolivio_finale-weekend Feb tbd Celebrate President’s Day weekend with special olive themed events, concerts, cooking classes, seminars and artisan markets including olive infused spa treatments and lodging packages. The VinOlivo Ticket to Sonoma Valley gives you special access to over 40 Sonoma Valley wineries!  Ticket holders will receive a menu of special offers that differ from winery to winery including complimentary tastings, discounted wine purchases, barrel tastings or winery tours! ($) More Info.

March

March 2015
St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, 2015

Friday Morning Farmers Market

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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.

Savor Sonoma Valley

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Mar tbd

Join 25+ wineries throughout Sonoma Valley this March for a Food & Wine Experience! Wineries will be showcasing 2014 vintage wines straight from the barrels, sampling new releases, and offering award-winning wines paired with culinary creations prepared by local chefs and restaurants.   More Info.

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