Sonoma Wine County: Family Trip Ideas for Fall 2010

I will frankly admit that a leisurely stroll through lush vineyards, a tour of distilleries and enjoying a glass of pinot noir on a freshly-mowed lawn somewhere in the warmer regions of the world sounds like my slice of heaven.

Sonoma Wine County seems to raise the bar on the idea of Nirvana, especially this summer and fall? (remember it’s just 45 minutes from San Francisco, and a leisurely car ride away from the airport). There are farm markets for fresh produce, family wineries, charming almost Sideways and Under the Tuscan Sun quality to these destinations. If you’re wondering what you and your family can do this summer in Sonoma Wine County, the list of activities is almost as endless as Vegas’.

Take a look at some of the fun that’s going on, book your tickets and jet set!

Dangerous Liaisons with Vampires’
Through Aug. 3
Burbank Auditorium
Santa Rosa Junior College
1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa
This new adaptation of the 1782 French novel imagines the Vicomte de Valmont and the Marquise do Mertueil as immortals that play their vicious game over centuries.
707-527-4343
www.summerrep.com

‘Peter Pan’
Through Aug. 4
Summer Repertory Theatre
Burbank Auditorium
Santa Rosa Junior College
1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa
Join young Peter on his adventure to Neverland, a magical island where there are no parents, no rules, and where fairies and pirates rule.
707-527-4343
summerrep.com

‘The Full Monty’
Through Aug. 7
Summer Repertory Theatre
Burbank Auditorium
Santa Rosa Junior College
1501 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa
Seeing how much their wives enjoy watching male strippers, unemployed steelworkers come up with a bold way to make some quick cash.
707-527-4343
www.summerrep.com

‘All Things Red’ Gallery Show
Through Aug. 8
Windsor Arts Council Gallery
Hembree House Cultural Center
9231 Foxwood Drive, Windsor
“All Things Red” will be exhibited at the Hembree House Cultural Center Gallery in Windsor. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
707-836-8852
www.windsorartscouncil.com

‘Sojourns: Paintings and Drawings,
1988-2010′ Gallery Show
Through Aug. 15
The Quicksilver Mine Co
6671 Front St., Forestville
One-woman exhibition by Louisa King Fraser. Gallery Talk: Thursday, Aug. 5, 7 p.m.
707-887-0799
quicksilvermineco.com

Pop Culture in Peanuts
Through Sept. 20
Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
From Beatnik cool to the grunge movement, Charles Schulz frequently referenced the latest fad, trend, technology, or slang in American pop culture. Relive the decades of “Peanuts” in this exhibition of 70 original strips.
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

Schulz and the Game of Golf
Through Sept. 27
Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
Sports were important to Charles Schulz. This exhibition features photographs and memorabilia of his game and also looks at how he portrayed golf in “Peanuts,” with Snoopy assuming the role of “World Famous Golf Pro.”
707-579-4452
www.schulzmuseum.org

Cloverdale Sculpture Exhibit
Through September
Downtown Cloverdale
The Cloverdale Plaza is transformed into a sculpture garden with works by professional sculptors for the eighth annual Cloverdale Sculpture Exhibit, running daily through September.
707-894-4410
www.cloverdaleartsalliance.org

Wine Country Baseball ? Inaugural Season
Through September
Various Locations, Sonoma County
Bring out the family for a great day of picnic-style baseball. Wine Country Old Fashioned Baseball is a new league with 12 teams playing for a 16-week season, June 12 ? Oct. 2.
www.winecountrybaseball.com

Lyle Lovett and his Large Band
July 20
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
One of the all-time great American singer/songwriters, Lyle Lovett’s voice is unique, but his antecedents are recognizable.
707-546-3600
wellsfargocenterarts.org

Winemaker Dinner at Sant?
Anaba ? July 22
Moon Mountain ? Aug. 12
Gundlach Bundschu ? Sept. 9
Sant? Resaturant at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma
Chef Andrew Cain, with many of Sonoma Valley’s finest wineries, invites you to a meritage of winemaker dinners at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn’s signature dining room.
707-939-2415
www.fairmont.com/sonoma

Everett Ridge / Esterlina
Winemaker Dinner
July 22
John Ash & Company / Vintners Inn
4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa
Enjoy dinner paired with wines by Everett Ridge and sister winery Esterlina, and meet the winemaker.
707-575-7350
www.vintnersinn.com

NHRA Division 7 Races,
presented by Korbel
July 23 ? 25
Infineon Raceway
Highways 37 and 121, Sonoma
Fans will be treated to more than 450 cars battling for victory on the quarter-mile drag strip during the NHRA Division 7 Drag Races.
800-870-RACE
www.infineonraceway.com

18th Annual Catalan Festival
July 24 ? 25
Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards
23555 Carneros Highway 121, Sonoma
Gloria Ferrer Winery’s annual Catalan Festival is all about good food, wine, music and dancing.
707-933-1999
www.gloriaferrer.com

Pinot and Pizza at Lynmar Estate
July 24
Lynmar Estate
3909 Frei Road, Sebastopol
Watch Michael toss his homemade dough. Sip Pinot Noir and watch the sun set while enjoying locovore pizza with seasonal toppings from the Estate gardens.
707-829-3374, ext. 102
www.lynmarwinery.com

DuNah Winery Second Annual
Lobster Lunch
July 24
Cellars of Sonoma
133 Fourth Street
Railroad Square, Santa Rosa
Oysters on the half shell, artisan cheeses, fresh Maine lobster, prawns, corn on the cob, and more. Meet the winery owners and drink their wines.
707-578-1826
www.cellarsofsonoma.com

Hot Graton Nights Car Show and Barbecue
July 24
Graton Ridge Cellars
3561 Gravenstein Highway North, Sebastopol
Join Graton Ridge Cellars for a classic cars show, barbecue and wine. Event sale specials, raffle and vote for your favorite car. DJ Music spinning the classics. Pre-sale tickets only.
707-823-3040
www.gratonridge.com

Jewels and J
July 24
J Vineyards & Winery
11447 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg
Dilek Sezen’s superior handcrafted exquisite jewelry paired with J Vineyards dazzling experience of fine wine in the contemporary jewel-box surroundings of the J Visitor Center.
707-431-3646
www.jwine.com

Moonlight Adventure at Jack’s
July 24
Jack London State Park
2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen
As part of the 50th Anniversary of Jack London State Park, spend an evening at Jack’s. Enjoy supper in the Old Winery Ruins, behind-the-scenes cottage tour, readings, and live music. Take a sneak peak at rare artifacts and participate in the silent auction.
707-938-4827
www.jacklondon50th.com

Rivertown Revival Festival and Boat Race
July 24
Petaluma Blvd. South and D Street, Petaluma
The Rivertown Revival Festival celebrates the artists and the river that flow through Petaluma. There will be art on land and slough, live music, sideshows and shenanigans. Don’t miss the first annual Rivertown art boat races.
707-548-8077
rivertownrevival.com

Petaluma Art and Equestrian Festival
July 25
San Francisco Polo Club Ranch
7650 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma
Art and horse lovers come together to indulge both passions beside the beautiful Petaluma River. Featuring food, wine and beer tasting, great music, an art exhibit, a polo match and equestrian demonstrations.
707-778-4798
paefestival.com

Museum Mondays for Little Ones
July 26
Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
A fun morning for the whole family at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Enjoy stories, movement games, and arts and crafts especially designed for children ages 1-5.
707-284-1263
schulzmuseum.org

Jamie Cullum
July 27
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
English jazz/pop, singer/songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Jamie Cullum is well known for his charismatic and eclectic live shows where he performs his own hits and covers artists ranging from Pussycat Dolls to Justin Timberlake.
707-546-3600
wellsfargocenterarts.org

Sonoma County Fair
July 27 ? Aug. 8
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa
Grape Escape is this year’s theme. See the largest themed flower show in the country, horse racing, live music, a rodeo, livestock show, and an incredible array of attractions.
707-545-4200
www.sonomacountyfair.com

REO Speedwagon
July 28
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
Expect ’80s hits galore from this famous and still hard-working classic rock band. Relive number one singles “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” “Keep On Loving You,” and “Take It On the Run,” as well as new music from REO’s 2007 release “Find Your Own Way Home” album.
707-546-3600
wellsfargocenterarts.org

Monte Rio Variety Show
July 29
Monte Rio Amphitheater
9925 Main Street, Monte Rio
The 99th annual Monte Rio Variety Show will have musicians and special acts to please spectators of all ages. Show begins at 7 p.m. with a barbecue at 5 p.m.
707-865-2234
www.mrrpd.org

Michael McDonald
July 30
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
Michael McDonald, of the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan fame, brings his distinctive, instantly recognizable voice and a suitcase full of hits to Santa Rosa.
707-546-3600
wellsfargocenterarts.org

Sonoma County Blues Festival
July 31
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa
In conjunction with the Sonoma County Fair, the Sonoma County Blues Festival is now in its 30th year and bringing you the best in blues from around the country.
707-545-4200
www.sonomacountyfair.com/nscf_concerts.php

Fort Ross Cultural Heritage Day
July 31
Fort Ross State Historic Park
19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner
The annual celebration of Russian America at Fort Ross features traditional Russian activities, music and dance, and musket and cannon demonstrations.
707-847-3286
www.fortrossstatepark.org/chd.htm

John Legend
July 31
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
American pop/soul singer-songwriter-performer-social activist John Legend has established himself as a multi-Grammy winner with R&B hits such as “Save Room,” “Heaven,” “Family Affair.”
707-546-3600
wellsfargocenterarts.org

AUGUST 2010

David Crowder Band
Aug. 3
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
This Dove Award-winning, six-piece worship band crafts compelling, inimitably progressive electronic rock.
707-546-3600
wellsfargocenterarts.org

Blondie
Aug. 5
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
Blondie is back and better than ever. Thirty years after acclaimed “Parallel Lines” LP, Deborah Harry and the boys hit the road for a concert featuring their hits, as well as music from recent CDs, “No Exit” and “The Curse of Blondie.”
707-546-3600
wellsfargocenterarts.org

An Evening with Mary Chapin Carpenter
Aug. 6
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
Five-time Grammy-winning artist Mary Chapin Carpenter returns to the stage with a new album, “The Age of Miracles.”
707-546-3600
wellsfargocenterarts.org

Pizzas and ‘Yappy’ Hour
at Lambert Bridge
Aug. 6
Lambert Bridge Winery
4085 West Dry Creek Road Healdsburg
Take along your favorite four-legged friend for an evening of casual fun. Taste some Lambert Bridge wines, indulge in an assortment of wood-fired pizzas, and let your dog be social.
707-431-4670
www.lambertbridge.com

Summer Nights ?
Railroad Square
Aug. 6
Historic Railroad Square
Fourth Street and Wilson, Santa Rosa
From 6 p.m. you’ll find a fun-filled evening of outdoor dining, wine tasting, fine arts and crafts, and live music on Fourth Street in Santa Rosa’s Historic Railroad Square. Purchase tickets online or at the event.
707-490-5039
snrrs.com

Kendall-Jackson Farm Stand
Aug. 7
Kendall-Jackson Wine Center
5007 Fulton Road, Fulton
Visit Kendall-Jackson Wine Center and purchase the finest fresh produce straight from their gardens. While you browse, enjoy cooking demonstrations, wine and food pairings, gardening seminars and a visit to the gardens.
707-571-7500
www.kj.com/events/farm-stand/

7th Annual Summer BBQ Festival
Aug. 7
Seghesio Family Vineyards
14730 Grove Street, Healdsburg
The Seghesio pit crew has perfected their secret recipe, and now they’re ready to put it to the test with an All-Star BBQ Rib Showdown. Live music, award-winning Zins, and barbecue fare.
707-433-7764
www.seghesio.com

Summer Concert Series at Rodney Strong, Dave Koz and Jonathan Butler Together Again Tour featuring Sheila E.
Aug. 7
Rodney Strong Vineyards
11455 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg
Dave Koz has established himself as a platinum-selling artist. Jonathan Butler has a unique ability to blend his roots in African music with western pop. Sheila E. is a multi-faceted drummer, percussionist and vocalist.
707-869-1595, ext. 4
www.omegaevents.com/rodneystrong

Petaluma Music Festival
Aug. 7
Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds
175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma
The third annual Petaluma Music Festival features an exceptional variety of music as well as the fine beers of the Lagunitas Brewing Co., premium wine tasting, and specialty food vendors.
707-769-9650
www.petalumamusicfestival.org

Eighth Street Wineries Open House
Aug. 7
21481 Eighth Street East, Sonoma
Discover a secret enclave of 10 artisanal wineries as they open their cellar doors and welcome the public to taste limited production wines, current and new releases, library offerings, barrel tastings, and food pairings.
707-996-4480
eighthsteetwineries.com

Hike and Taste at Kunde Family Estate
Aug. 7
Kunde Family Estate
9825 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood
Sonoma Valley docent Bill Myers leads a casual hike through the Kunde Family Estate. The moderately strenuous hike lasts about four hours and concludes with a wine tasting.
707-833-5501
www.kunde.com

Hot August Weekend at Bella
Aug. 7 ? 8
Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves
9711 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg
Grab a picnic and head up to Bella Vineyards for a weekend of new release wines, food bites, and live music. The wine cave will be open for guests to stroll by the barrels.
866-572-3552
www.bellawinery.com

Summer Fun Film Festival: ‘Swingers’
Aug. 7
Gundlach Bundschu Winery
2000 Denmark Street, Sonoma
In 1996, “Swingers” introduced us to Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. This annual night under the stars features a high-energy local band followed by the movie at dusk. Gourmet picnics are available for purchase.
707-939-3019
www.gunbun.com

Natalie Merchant
Aug. 10
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
Natalie Merchant is returning to the stage after a two-year break from the U.S. touring circuit to perform fan favorites and new music from “Leave Your Sleep,” her first studio album in nearly seven years.
707-546-3600
wellsfargocenterarts.org

Winemaker Dinner at Sant?
Moon Mountain ? Aug. 12
Sant? Resaturant at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma
Chef Andrew Cain, with many of Sonoma Valley’s finest wineries, invites you to a meritage of winemaker dinners at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn’s signature dining room.
707-939-2415
www.fairmont.com/sonoma

Elizabeth Spencer Winemaker Dinner
Aug. 13
Sea Ranch Lodge and Village
60 Sea Walk Drive, The Sea Ranch
Enjoy a five-course dinner paired with Elizabeth Spencer wines and meet the winemaker.
707-785-2371
www.searanchlodge.com

Dog Days of Summer at Mutt Lynch Winery
Aug. 14
Mutt Lynch Winery
602 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg
Taste the newest release wines, enjoy gourmet treats for humans and dogs alike (don’t get them confused.), enjoy the most dog friendly event in the county.
707-478-1722
www.muttlynchwinery.com

‘The Art of Wood-Fired Cooking’
Class and Cookbook Signing
Aug. 14
Lambert Bridge Winery
4085 West Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg
Lambert Bridge proudly hosts Andrea Mugnaini’s new cookbook release classes for “The Art of Wood Fired Cooking.”
707-431-4670
www.lambertbridge.com

Petaluma’s Second Saturday Art Walk
Aug. 14
Downtown Petaluma
2nd and C Streets, Petaluma
The Petaluma Downtown Association presents Second Saturday Art Walks through historic Downtown Petaluma. Visit the galleries and merchants who dedicate wall space to visual art.
707-562-9348
www.petalumadowntown.com

Lobster Feed at Sbragia Family Vineyards
Aug. 14
Sbragia Family Vineyards
9990 Dry Creek Road, Geyserville
Enjoy wonderful lobster, wine, and a spectacular sunset on the terrace at Sbragia Family Vineyards’ Lobster Feed.
707-473-2992, ext. 10
www.sbragia.com

Gravenstein Apple Fair
Aug. 14 ? 15
Ragle Ranch Park
500 Ragle Rd., Sebastopol
This two-day fair brings together regional artists and performers, agricultural tradition, and culinary demonstration. You’ll find everything from apple fritters to pottery, with 100 artisans, food, wine, brews, music, kids’ activities and farm life.
707-837-8337
www.gravensteinapplefair.com

Hands-on-Grilling with Chef John Ash
Aug. 16
Vintners Inn Events Center
4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa
Chef John Ash will share several of his favorite grilled recipes paired with wines and other drinks..
707-566-2611
www.vintnersinn.com/cookingclassash.html

Pinot and Pizza at Lynmar Estate
Aug. 18
Lynmar Estate
3909 Frei Road, Sebastopol
Watch Michael toss his homemade dough. Sip Pinot Noir and watch the sun set while enjoying locovore pizza with seasonal toppings from the Estate gardens.
707-829-3374, ext. 102
www.lynmarwinery.com

Sebastopol Shakespeare Festival –
‘The Comedy of Errors’
Aug. 18 ? Sept. 5
Ives Park
7400 Willow St., Sebastopol
In Shakespeare’s hilarious tale of mistaken
identity, two sets of twins try to find their long-lost twin brothers. As the search narrows, mistaken identity reigns supreme.
707-823-0177
the-rep.com

Mutt Lynch Winery Yappy Hour
Aug. 19
Mutt Lynch Winery
602 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg
Punch out at 5 p.m. and go play with the big dogs at Mutt Lynch Winery. Hound lounge, doggie sit-up bar, people snacks ? yum.
707-942-6180
www.muttlynchwinery.com

21st Annual Petaluma Summer Music Festival
Aug. 19 ? Sept. 12
Various Locations, Petaluma
Cinnabar Theater hosts Petaluma’s annual summer musical festival event, featuring a variety of music in favorite venues and outdoor locations, with something to please any age.
707-763-8920
www.cinnabartheater.org

‘Ella: The American Dream’
Aug. 19 ? Sept. 12
Cinnabar Theater
3333 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma
Jazz singer Kim Nalley reprises her sell-out musical, the essential American story of Ella Fitzgerald’s rise from homeless New York street dancer to America’s First Lady of Song.
707-763-8920
www.cinnabartheater.org

Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma
Aug. 20 ? 22
Infineon Raceway
Highways 37 and 121, Sonoma
High speed meets high technology at the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma. Who will take the checkers: Defending champion Dario Franchitti, Helio Castroneves, Danica Patrick, or another high-octane driver?
800-870-RACE
www.infineonraceway.com

Hanna Winery’s Summer Sunset Concert Series, Lisa Buchelle
Aug. 20
Hanna Winery Alexander Valley Hospitality Center
9280 Highway 128, Healdsburg
Hanna Winery is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Join them for great music, fun, and estate-grown and produced wines. Live music by Lisa Buchelle.
707-431-4310
www.hannawinery.com

Jazz and Martini Night at Timber Cove Inn
Aug. 20
Timber Cove Inn
21780 Highway 1, Jenner
The Timber Cove Inn features live jazz along with martini and menu specials on the third Friday of every month in the Sequoia Lounge.
707-847-3231
www.timbercoveinn.com

Grape to Glass
Aug. 20 ? 22
Russian River Valley
Three days in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley mixing with the artisans of wine, food, hospitality, and fine art. A weekend of wine and food tasting, music, kayaking, cycling.
707-521-2535
www.rrvw.org

Wings over Wine Country Air Show
Aug. 21 ? 22
Sonoma County Airport, Santa Rosa
Witness an amazing display of aircrafts in the sky and on the ground at the Pacific Coast Air Museum’s annual show.
707-566-8380
www.wingsoverwinecountry.org

Sausal Family Winemaker Tasting
Aug. 21
Gourmet au Bay
913 Highway 1, Bodega Bay
Gourmet au Bay welcomes Sausal Family Winery. Taste their wines on the deck overlooking Bodega Bay.
707-875-9875
www.gourmetaubay.com

Summer Concert Series at Rodney Strong, featuring John Hiatt and Los Lobos
Aug. 21
Rodney Strong Vineyards
11455 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg
The KRUSH presents blues and roots by John Hiatt and Los Lobos.
707-869-1595, ext. 4
www.omegaevents.com/rodneystrong

Art in the Redwoods Festival
Aug. 21 ? 22
Gualala Arts Center
46501 Gualala Road, Gualala
The 49th annual Art in the Redwoods Festival features entertainment, fine arts and crafts, vendor booths, and an array of food and drink. The fine art exhibit will remain on display through Sept. 5.
707-884-1138
www.gualalaarts.org

Cotati Accordion Festival
Aug. 21 ? 22
Downtown Cotati
1818 La Plaza, Cotati
20th annual Cotati Accordion Festival features rotating acts playing a range of styles, Zydeco dancing, and accordion “jams.”
707-664-0444
www.cotatifest.com/index.htm

Museum Mondays for Little Ones
Aug. 23
Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
A fun morning for the whole family at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Enjoy stories, movement games, and arts and crafts especially designed for children ages 1-5.
707-284-1263
schulzmuseum.org

Melissa Etheridge Live
Aug. 27
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
Grammy and Academy award-winning artist Melissa Etheridge rocks Santa Rosa for one-night only, celebrating the release of her new album “Fearless Love.”
707-546-3600
wellsfargocenterarts.org

12th Annual Russian River Car Show
Aug. 28
Highway 116, Monte Rio
Featuring stock and modified American cars built before 1973, the Russian River Car Show offers fun for the family with the poker walk, raffle, barbecue, and live music.
707-865-9956
www.mrrpd.org

16th Annual Bodega Seafood Art and Wine Festival
Aug. 28 ? 29
16855 Bodega Highway, Bodega
The festival features a juried fine arts and craft marketplace, fine foods with an emphasis on seafood, live music, dancing, kids’ entertainment and games.
707-824-8717
www.winecountryfestivals.com

Summer Concert Series at Rodney Strong, featuring Chris Isaak
Aug. 29
Rodney Strong Vineyards
11455 Old Redwood Highway, Healdsburg
Chris Isaak stirs up the Green with his latest masterpiece “Mr. Lucky.”
707-869-1595 x4
www.omegaevents.com/rodneystrong

SEPTEMBER 2010

Summer Nights ?
Railroad Square
Sept. 3
Historic Railroad Square
Fourth Street and Wilson, Santa Rosa
From 6 p.m. you’ll find a fun-filled evening of outdoor dining, wine tasting, fine arts and crafts, and live music on Fourth Street in Santa Rosa’s Historic Railroad Square. Purchase tickets online or at the event.
707-490-5039
snrrs.com

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
Sept. 3 ? 5
Various Locations, Sonoma County
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 for three unforgettable days of celebration.
800-939-7666
www.sonomawinecountryweekend.com/default.asp

Studio Discovery Tour
Sept. 4-6, 11-12
Redwood Coast
Enjoy some of the most beautiful scenery that the northern California coast has to offer while visiting the personal studios of many of the area’s most unique and talented artists.
studio-tours.com/2010/index.html

Labor Day Pizza on the Patio at Imagery
Sept. 6
Imagery Estate Winery and Art Gallery
14335 Sonoma Highway 12, Glen Ellen
Enjoy wine by the glass, pizzas and live music on the patio at Imagery Estate Winery.
877-550-4278
www.imagerywinery.com

Labor Day Pizza on the Terrace at Benziger
Sept. 6
Benziger Family Winery
1883 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen
Enjoy wine by the glass, pizzas and live music on the terrace at Benziger.
888-490-2739
www.benziger.com

Gary Allan
Sept. 8
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
Allan’s new album, “Get Off the Pain,” Gary reveals that this multi-platinum singer/songwriter not only rocks with bluster but is tough enough to show a tender side.
707-546-3600
wellsfargocenterarts.org

Winemaker Dinner at Sant?
Gundlach Bundschu ? Sept. 9
Sant? Resaturant at Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn
100 Boyes Blvd., Sonoma
Chef Andrew Cain, with many of Sonoma Valley’s finest wineries, invites you to a meritage of winemaker dinners at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn’s signature dining room.
707-939-2415
www.fairmont.com/sonoma

Petaluma’s Second Saturday Art Walk
Sept. 11
Downtown Petaluma
2nd and C Streets, Petaluma
The Petaluma Downtown Association presents Second Saturday Art Walks through historic Downtown Petaluma. Visit the galleries and merchants who dedicate wall space to visual art.
707-562-9348
www.petalumadowntown.com

Petaluma Art in the Park
Sept. 11 ? 12
Walnut Park
D Street and Petaluma Blvd., Petaluma
Art show and sale in Walnut Park with art, music, food, and raffles.
707-793-1113
www.petalumaarts.org

Cajun-Zydeco Festival
Sept. 11
Ives Park, 7400 Willow Road, Sebastopol
The 15th annual Sebastopol Cajun-Zydeco Festival features vendors, fine local beers and wine, hurricanes and margaritas, live crawfish, Cajun cuisine and barbecue, and the best Zydeco bands west of Louisiana.
707-823-3631
www.winecountrycajun.com

London Film Screening at Jack London State Park
Sept. 11
Jack London State Park
2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen
Jack London State Park is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Join them for a film screening in the Old Winery Ruins.
707-938-4827
www.jacklondon50th.com

Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival
Sept. 11
Kendall-Jackson Wine Center
5007 Fulton Road, Fulton
The 14th annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival features more than 170 varieties of heirloom tomatoes. Tastes from gourmet food purveyors, a chef’s challenge, wine education seminars, garden tours, and live entertainment.
866-287-9818
www.kj.com/events/tomato-festival

Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival
Sept. 11 ? 12
Johnson’s Beach and Resort
16241 1st Street, Guerneville
The 34th annual Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival features a great day of jazz on Saturday and offers blues fans a legendary experience on Sunday.
707-869-1595
www.russianriverfestivals.com

Creedence Clearwater Revisited
Sept. 15
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road
Santa Rosa
From “Proud Mary,” to “Midnight Special,” Creedence Clearwater Revisited is more than a rock concert ? it’s a celebration
created by founding members and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Stu Cook and
Doug “Cosmo” Clifford.
707-546-3600
wellsfargocenterarts.org

Sonoma Valley Crush
Sept. 15 ? 19
Various Locations, Sonoma Valley
Find out what it’s like to get involved in a wine harvest and crush during the Heart of Sonoma Valley’s second annual Sonoma Valley Crush Festival. You’ll have access to harvest activities, wine tastings at select tasting rooms..
866-794-9463
www.heartofsonomavalley.com

Mutt Lynch Winery Yappy Hour
Sept. 16
Mutt Lynch Winery
602 Limerick Lane, Healdsburg
Punch out at 5 p.m. and go play with the big dogs at Mutt Lynch Winery. Hound lounge, doggie sit-up bar, people snacks ? yum.
707-942-6180
www.muttlynchwinery.com

Hands-on-Grilling with Chef John Ash
Sept. 16
Vintners Inn Events Center
4350 Barnes Road, Santa Rosa
Chef John Ash will share several of his favorite grilled recipes paired with wines and other drinks..
707-566-2611
www.vintnersinn.com/cookingclassash.html

Engelbert Humperdinck
Sept. 16
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
Known as “The King of Romance” to millions of fans around the world, experience Engelbert Humperdinck at his romantic best as his Legacy of Love Tour comes to Santa Rosa.
707-546-3600
wellsfargocenterarts.org

PINKS All Out at Infineon
Sept. 17-18
Infineon Raceway
Highways 37 and 121, Sonoma
The popular television show on speed makes a return to the Sonoma Valley. More than 400 grassroots drag racers will take to the quarter-mile drag strip in a battle for bragging rights and a share of the purse.
800-870-RACE
www.infineonraceway.com

Jazz and Martini Night at Timber Cove Inn
Sept. 17
Timber Cove Inn
21780 Highway 1, Jenner
The Timber Cove Inn features live jazz along with martini and menu specials on the third Friday of every month in the Sequoia Lounge.
707-847-3231
www.timbercoveinn.com

Bric Cellars Winemaker Tasting
Sept. 18
Gourmet au Bay
913 Highway 1, Bodega Bay
Gourmet au Bay welcomes Bric Cellars. Taste their wines on the deck overlooking Bodega Bay.
707-875-9875
www.gourmetaubay.com

Art for Life
Sept. 18
Mary Agatha Furth Center
8400 Old Redwood Highway, Windsor
This annual art auction benefits every man, woman, and child living with HIV in Sonoma County, ensuring they have access to compassionate care and support. Join in the auction or just enjoy the exhibit.
707-544-1581
www.f2f.org

September Wine Release Party
Sept. 18
Seghesio Family Vineyards
14730 Grove Street, Healdsburg
Enjoy a beautiful late summer day at Seghesio Family Vineyards as they start crush at the winery. Watch the action live on the crush pad. They’ll be firing up the grills for a festival of 10 types of regional sausage and grilled veggies.
707-433-7764
www.seghesio.com

An Evening with Garrison Keillor
Sept. 19
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
America’s foremost humorist and social pundit, Garrison Keillor shares hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon and “late-life fatherhood” ? all delivered with his signature class, charisma and wisdom.
707-546-3600
wellsfargocenterarts.org

Tony Bennett
Sept. 21
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
Tony Bennett has been touching the souls of audiences for more than half a century.
707-546-3600
wellsfargocenterarts.org

‘Fat Pig’
Sept. 22 ? Oct. 24
Sonoma County Repertory Theater
104 N. Main St., Sebastopol
In Neil LaBute’s biting romantic comedy, “Fat Pig,” Tom falls for Helen, who happens to be plus-sized. Forced to endure society’s obsession with physical beauty, he grapples his own preconceptions of the importance of conventional good looks.
707-823-0177
the-rep.com

Heart
Sept. 23
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
With songs like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man” and “Barracuda,” Ann and Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women could rock.
707-546-3600
wellsfargocenterarts.org

‘Travels with My Aunt’
Sept. 24 ? Oct. 17
Cinnabar Theater
3333 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma
In this theatrical distillation of Graham Greene’s novel, retired bank manager Henry Pulling is so bound to habit that even the death and funeral of his mother offer an exciting change in routine.
707-763-8920
www.cinnabartheater.org

Old Grove Festival
Sept. 24 ? 25
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Guerneville
Enjoy an outstanding variety of musical productions from Bluegrass to Hawaiian in Armstrong Redwoods’ beautiful open-air theater.
707-869-9177
www.oldgrovefestival.org

16th Annual Sebastopol
Celtic World Music Festival
Sept. 24-26
Sebastopol Community Cultural Center
390 Morris Street, Sebastopol
Celebrating “Sweet Sixteen,” this festival highlights some of the best musicians of the genre, while showcasing local talent as well.

Pinot and Pizza at Lynmar Estate
Sept. 25
Lynmar Estate
3909 Frei Road, Sebastopol
Watch Michael toss his homemade dough. Sip Pinot Noir and watch the sun set while enjoying locovore pizza with seasonal toppings from the Estate gardens.
707-829-3374, ext. 102
www.lynmarwinery.com

Weekend Along Farm Trails
Sept. 25-26
Various Locations, Sonoma County
Farms will be open to visitors, with special events to showcase the bounty of fall in Sonoma County.
800-207-9464
www.farmtrails.org

The Great Handcar Regatta
Sept. 26
Historic Railroad Square
Fourth and Wilson Streets, Santa Rosa
Watch hand-built railcar races and enjoy arts, performance, live music, fine foods, crafts, and more in Santa Rosa’s Historic Railroad Square.
handcar-regatta.com

24th Annual Petaluma
Fall Antique Faire
Sept. 26
Fourth and Kentucky Streets
Historic Downtown Petaluma
Amid the beautiful, historic buildings of Petaluma, you’ll find an incomparable selection of affordable antiques from more than 180 dealers.
707-762-9348
www.petalumadowntown.com

Museum Mondays for Little Ones
Sept. 27
Charles M. Schulz Museum
2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa
A fun morning for the whole family at the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Enjoy stories, movement games, and arts and crafts especially designed for children ages 1-5.
707-284-1263
schulzmuseum.org

MercyMe
Sept. 28
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
The platinum-selling group that brought you “I Can Only Imagine” and “Word Of God Speak,” performing live in Santa Rosa. Theirs is a worshipful heart placed in progressive pop/rock structure.
707-546-3600
wellsfargocenterarts.org

Bayanihan Philippine Dance Company
Sept. 29
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa
From the faraway slopes of the Luzon Mountains to the splendor of Mindanao; the clamor of gongs, flash of weaponry as warriors prime for battle and maidens in exquisite garments promise a spectacle for the senses ? all brought to life through dance, acrobatics and song.
707-546-3600
wellsfargocenterarts.org

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