Sonoma County: Fall into Winter Upcoming Events

Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Oct. 6-8
Celebrate local food, wine, and beer at the annual Harvest Fair, showcasing locally grown agricultural products, culinary arts, and premium wines and microbrews.
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa
707-545-4200 | www.harvestfair.org/

El Dia de Los Muertos Petaluma
Oct. 7
Petaluma celebrates El Dia de Los Muertos throughout the month of October with a variety of happenings. Dont miss the special exhibit at the museum, on display Oct. 7-29.
Petaluma Historical Library and Museum, 20 Fourth St., Petaluma
707-778-4398 | http://petalumamuseum.com

SoCo Unplugged 6
Oct. 8
Enjoy a day of music, beer and wine, food, and good vibes surrounded by the redwoods.
boon hotel + spa, 14711 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville
707-869-2721 | http://boonhotels.com/

Jewish Film Festival
Oct. 10 – Nov. 28
The Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County presents the 22nd Annual Jewish Film Festival. All screenings are at Sebastopol’s Rialto Theater.
Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol
707-526-5538 | http://www.jccsoco.org/2017jff

Wine Country Spoken Word Festival
Oct. 13-15
An inaugural festival bringing both local storytellers and national and international spoken word artists together to celebrate storytelling.
Hotel Petaluma (and other venues), 205 Kentucky St., Petaluma
www.davepokornypresents.com/wine-country-spoken-word

Sonoma County Art Trails
Oct. 14-15, 21-22
For two weekends in October, you can have a look at some of the best art that Sonoma County has to offer on a self-guided studio tour.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 S. High St., Sebastopol
707-829-4797 | sonomacountyarttrails.org

Cotati Oktoberfest
Oct. 14
Get ready for wunderbar German food and beer, polka dancing, and hilarious contests including the world-famous wiener dog races, the tankard hoist, yodeling, and more.
La Plaza Park, Old Redwood Highway and W. Sierra Ave., Cotati
707-795-5508 | www.cotati.org/oktoberfest-2017

Fort Ross-Seaview Wine and Harvest Festival
Oct. 14
Join Fort Ross Conservancy and the Fort Ross-Seaview Winegrowers Association for world-class wine tasting, local foods, historic crafts and music, and seasonal family-friendly activities.
Fort Ross Historic State Park, 19005 Coast Highway, Jenner
707-847-3437 | www.fortross.org

Tolay Fall Festival
Oct. 14-15, 21-22
Take a hay ride to a giant pumpkin patch, explore a “creatures” barn, try farm crafts, enjoy fun, old-fashioned seasonal activities, and visit a replica Native American village.
Tolay Lake Regional Park, 5869 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma
707-565-2041 | parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Activities/Tolay_Fall_Festival.aspx

Weekend Along the Farm Trails
Oct. 14-15
Sonoma County farmers open their gates and barn doors to offer a behind-the-scenes peek at life on the farm. Register for free and then chart your own agricultural adventure!
Various Locations In Sonoma County
707-837-8896 | http://www.farmtrails.org

2017 Alexander Valley Film Festival
Oct. 19-22
AVFF has become a unique mix of local and independent cinema with a Hollywood flare. Screenings and events are at Cloverdale’s Clover Theater, Healdsburg’s Raven Film Center, and other Northern Sonoma County venues.
The Clover Theater, 121 East 1st St., Cloverdale
707-893-7150 | www.avfilmsociety.org/

Funkendank Oktoberfest
Oct. 21
This celebration fuses the unique convergence point of quality craft beer and outstanding live music. The nation’s top brewers focus their take on funky sours and danky, hop-forward ales.
Second Octave, 1100 Valley House Drive, Rohnert Park
707-664-6318 | www.somoconcerts.com

Pinot on the River
Oct. 22
Mingle with winemakers and other Pinot-lovers and focus on limited production West Coast Pinot Noirs. Sunday’s Grand Tasting features over 100 wineries and artisan food vendors in Healdsburg Plaza.
Pinot on the River, 240 Center St., Healdsburg
707-433-0433 | www.pinotfestival.com

Third Annual Native American Arts Expo
Oct. 28
Traditional and contemporary Native American artists come together to showcase their art, share their stories, and educate visitors about the American Indian Art market and what it means to identify as Native American in today’s world.
Gualala Arts, 46501 Old State Highway, Gualala
707-884-1138 | http://gualalaarts.org/

Healdsburg Half Marathon and Hallowine 5K
Oct. 28
An end of wine harvest and Halloween themed race through Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. Enter the costume contest, win wine awards, and enjoy wine, food, beer, live music, and more!
Trentadue Winery, 19170 Geyserville Ave., Geyserville
707-933-1769 | destinationraces.com/runhb/

Fall Colors Festival and Vintage Car Show
Oct. 29
Seasonal fun with a Vintage Car Show, wine and food booths, craft booths, ’50s music in the streets, a silent auction, scarecrows, biggest pumpkin contest, children’s games, and more.
Downtown Geyserville, Geyserville Avenue, Geyserville
707-857-3356 | www.geyservillecc.com

Sonoma Extra Virgin Festival
Nov. 4-5
Celebrate Sonoma’s olive harvest at B.R. Cohn Winery, where multiple olive oil and olive food producers will gather to share their wares.
B.R. Cohn Winery, 15000 Sonoma Highway, Glen Ellen
800-330-4064 | http://www.sonomaextravirginfestival.com

Salmon Creek ArtWalk Open Studios
Nov. 4-5
Wander the picturesque village of Salmon Creek by the beach, where 20 local artists will be exhibiting work in 10 open studios.
Salmon Creek Village, Highway 1 and Bean Avenue, Bodega Bay
707-875-3500 | www.salmoncreekartwalk.com

Wine and Food Affair
Nov. 4-5
Wine Road – Northern Sonoma County presents its annual premier event! A full weekend of wine and food pairings in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys.
Northern Sonoma County, multiple winery locations, Santa Rosa to Cloverdale
707-433-4335 | www.wineroad.com

Veterans Day Parade
Nov. 11
Watch as veterans, the US Air Force Band of the West, Clydesdales, and more parade proudly through the streets of Petaluma.
Walnut Park, 201 4th St., Petaluma
707-762-5710 | petalumaveteransparade.com/index.html

V2V Wine and Food Safari
Nov. 10-12
Complimentary tastings at wineries across Sonoma County, including a keepsake wine glass. Vineyards to Villages (V2V) works to bring clean water infrastructure to schools in East Africa.
Various Sonoma County Wineries, 9000 Windsor Road, Windsor
707-588-0550 | http://www.gpfd.org

Redwood Hill Farm Special Olive Harvest Tour
Nov. 11-12
Learn about Redwood Hill Farm’s sustainable, organic olive cultivation as you enjoy the fall splendor of the farm and spend time with the new baby goat kids.
Redwood Hill Farm, 5480 Thomas Road, Sebastopol
707-827-3366 | http://redwoodhillfarm.org

Holiday Crafterino
Nov. 12
This much anticipated tradition has grown to become the premier local handmade event, filled to the brim with cheer and goodwill.
Petaluma Veterans Memorial Building, 1094 Petaluma Blvd. S., Petaluma
707-583-3341 | http://www.holidaycrafterino.com/

Winterblast!
Nov. 18
SOFA’s largest open studio event of the year features the Sofa Parade, street performers, live music, fire dancers, and more. Free and family friendly.
SOFA Art District, 463 Sebastopol Ave., Santa Rosa
http://sofasantarosa.com/

Giving Thanks at the Gardens
Nov. 19
Join Artful Arrangements for the 4th annual free gathering and guided-grounds-tour of a 1915 homestead, which includes refreshments. Children are welcome.
Artful Arrangements Homestead Gardens, 205 Orchard Lane, Penngrove
707-664-8656 | http://www.artfularrangements.org

Healdsburg Turkey Trot
Nov. 23
Round up the family and head to downtown Healdsburg before your big meal! Take a 5K run/walk through Healdsburg Open Space Preserve.
Barbieri Brothers Park, 325 Bridle Path, Healdsburg
510-219-2941 | http://www.healdsburgturkeytrot.com

Alexander Valley Black Friday Open House
Nov. 24
Wineries in the renowned Alexander Valley open their doors for a day of wine tasting, food pairings, and Black Friday sales on your favorite wines and unique wine country gifts.
Participating Wineries, Alexander Valley, Highway 128, Healdsburg
707-433-7209 | http://www.tastedestination128.com/

Gualala Arts Festival of Trees
Nov. 24-25
An annual kick off for the holiday season with festively decorated booths, handcrafted wares, ornaments, food, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and even The Grinch!
Gualala Arts Center, 46501 Gualala Road, Gualala
707-884-1138 | http://gualalaarts.org

Geyserville Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade of Lights
Nov. 25
Start the holidays in Downtown Geyserville with the annual Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade! Enjoy caroling, warm winter fare, and a visit from Santa.
Downtown Geyserville, Park and Ride Plaza, Geyserville
707-276-6067 | http://www.geyservillecc.com

Gualala Lighted Truck Parade and the Arrival of Santa Claus
Nov. 25
A convoy of festively lit “big rig” trucks cruise Highway 1 through Gualala. Santa stops to visit for photo opportunities and to give out candy canes.
Downtown Gualala, Highway 1, Gualala
707-884-1080 | http://www.redwoodcoastchamber.com

Santa’s Riverboat Arrival
Nov. 25
Santa and Mrs. Claus sail up the Petaluma River on a tugboat, docking at River Plaza Shopping Center on E. Washington to the cheers of hundreds of excited children.
River Plaza Shopping Center, 72 E. Washington St., Petaluma
707-769-0429 | http://www.visitpetaluma.com

Sonoma Valley Holiday Open House
Nov. 25-26
Relish in wine country holiday cheer with 15 wineries in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Enjoy wine tastings, meet winemakers, and stock up on your favorite wines for the holidays.
Various Sonoma Valley Wineries, Highway 12, Kenwood
707-431-1137 | http://www.heartofsonomavalley.com

Korbel Holiday Shopping Spree Weekend
Dec. 1-3
Holiday cheer will be in full swing with discounts on Korbel California Champagnes, wines, and gifts, plus complimentary cider and cookies. Carolers will sing and Santa will visit!
Korbel Champagne Cellars, 13250 River Road, Guerneville
707-824-7316 | http://www.korbel.com

Lighting of the Snowmen
Dec. 2
See what the snowmen are up to this year! Live music and entertainment, photos with Santa, and the lighting of the snowmen. The display will be on view through December.
Cornerstone Sonoma, 23667 Highway 121, Sonoma
707-933-3010 | http://www.cornerstonesonoma.com

Luther Burbank Home and Gardens Holiday Open House
Dec. 2-3
Experience a charming reminder of bygone days when you tour Burbank’s home decked out in Victorian holiday finery. See the latest exhibit and shop for unique items. Free rides on Rosie the Trolley to and from the Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair.
Luther Burbank Home and Gardens, 204 Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa
707-524-5445 | http://www.lutherburbank.org

Handmade Holiday Crafts Fair
Dec. 2-3
This festive shopping experience features over 80 local artists. Shop for quality, hand-crafted holiday decor, home goods, jewelry, bath and body products, and more.
Finley Community Center, 2060 W. College Ave., Santa Rosa
707-543-3737 | http://srcity.org/2176/Handmade-Holiday-Crafts-Fair

Brick Palooza
Dec. 3
Northern California’s only LEGO Festival has a huge exhibition of LEGO art, play areas, and hands on activity booths.
Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave., Santa Rosa
707-575-4888 | http://www.thebrickhutt.com/

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ABOUT SONOMA COUNTY

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Sonoma County is conveniently located less than 30 miles north of San Francisco. Boasting over 200 of the world's most award-winning wineries, 76 miles of scenic coastline, pristine beaches, the mystical Russian River, majestic redwoods, 21 challenging golf courses, a thrilling road course and drag strip, more than 40 spas, outstanding theaters, fascinating museums, shopping, botanical gardens, galleries, diverse festivals, farm markets and incredible eateries, farmer's markets and ethnic restaurants.

This national and international first class meeting and leisure travel destination also includes miles of scenic Pacific Ocean coastline, pristine beaches, the mystical Russian River, majestic redwood groves, thriving wetlands, tranquil inland lakes and rolling mountain's natural splendor.

VALLEYS & VINEYARDS: Sonoma Country's vineyard-lined valleys open up creating wide expanses with abundant wineries and easy access to the area's towns and villages.

Sonoma County's northern-most town is Cloverdale. Located in the Alexander Valley, close to dozens of wineries and Lake Sonoma, Cloverdale features the largest public park on the Russian River and charming downtown with antique shops and multicultural events on the Plaza.

Situated between the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys, European ambiance abounds in the charming town of Healdsburg. World-class restaurants, art galleries, boutique shopping and luxurious accommodations welcome visitors any time of year.

For an old west feel, Geyserville features buildings dating from the 1800's and the first collective tasting room in California.

Windsor is the newest hot spot for dining and shopping in Sonoma Country. Clustered around the Town Green and Old Downtown, Windsor offers unique shops, restaurants, festivals, and musical entertainment for every age group.

Santa Rosa, home to the California welcome center and the perfect central headquarters to experience sonoma country. Santa Rosa's central location blends relaxed urban appeal and dozens of nearby wineries. A "must" stop for all visitors, the California Welcome Center is housed in the historic Railroad Square and features visitor information and expert staff to assist visitors. "Peanuts" fans will enjoy the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, giving visitors a chance to view original artwork and memorabilia. Snoopy's Home Ice Arena, Gallery and Gift shop are popular visitor stops.

From tranquil to thrilling, Sonoma Country offers a plethora of entertainment options. The Luther Burbank Home and Gardens and Luther Burbank Center for the Performing Arts blend musical talent with the famous horticulturalist's gardens and sculptures. Or take a ride on the wild side and experience the African Savannah in Sonoma Country. Safari West, a wildlife preserve where the whole family can experience and learn about animals in wild habitat, offers up close and personal encounters with giraffe, gazelle, oryx, ostrich, African antelope and cheetahs.

Founded in 1835, the town of Sonoma is the site of California's oldest Plaza. Stroll around the picturesque town square, visit the historic mission and enjoy chic boutiques and restaurants, art galleries and artisan food products including breads, cheeses and olive oils. The charming villages of Glen Ellen and Kenwood are home to award-winning wineries, eclectic shops and the famous Jack London State Park.

RUSSIAN RIVER REGION: The Russian River resort towns are defined by the meandering river, majestic redwood trees and an eclectic mix of people who celebrate diversity. The towns are full of history and local color abounds with unique festivals all year round.

The slow, flat river is a favorite summertime spot where lounging on the beach or drifting along on a flotilla of rafts gives visitors a chance to soak up the Sonoma Country sun. Explore the estuary where the river meets the ocean near Goat Rock State Beach and view the abundant marine life up close and personal. Or take an easy walk past wildlife on the Laguna de Santa Rosa Wetlands Trail. The Russian River Valley is a haven for outdoor adventurers where visitors can camp, hike, swim, canoe, kayak or fish at secluded spots along the river's shore.

Music and art abound in the Russian River Valley. Enjoy the many free summer concerts, or the famous Russian River Blues and Jazz Festivals, both held on the Russian River, Stumptown Daze, and a winter holiday parade of lights on the Main Street of Guerneville.

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