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ANNUAL FESTIVALS AND ONGOING EVENTS

Sonoma plays host to numerous annual events (not to be missed!) including:


April (Middle of the Month)

Sonoma International Film Festival ~ A celebration of independent filmmaking that captures the richness of the human experience, complete with Sonoma’s historic town Plaza as a backdrop for you to enjoy great film, food and wine. https://www.sonomafilmfest.org/


April (Third Weekend)
April in Carneros ~ Annual Open House
featuring more than 20 wineries in the Carneros appellation. Each winery will invite visitors to join in on a variety of activities, featuring food and wine pairings, live music, art/craft shows, and special tastings. www.carneroswineries.org/events


May to October (Tuesdays)
Farmers’ Market ~ Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m. to dusk, Sonoma Plaza


May (First Sunday)
Cinco de Mayo ~ Food, games, and entertainment celebrating Mexican-American culture, Sonoma Plaza, (707) 938-5131


June (First Saturday)
Vintage Car Festival ~ Enjoy local wine, gourmet foods, and a stroll around the Sonoma Plaza with an up-close look at more than 30 vintage race cars from the Wine Country Classic Historic Car Races, held at Infineon Raceway. 800-870-RACE


June (First Sunday)
Ox Roast ~ Barbecue, art (also Saturday), and Sonoma Valley wines benefiting Sonoma Community Center, Sonoma Plaza, (707) 938-4626


June (First Sunday)
Hit the Road Jack ~
A premiere wine country run, offering a 10K certified course, and also a 2.2 mile course, directly benefitting the Boys & Girls Clubs Valley of the Moon and Hospice By The Bay. An entire day of activities follows the Run at the Sonoma Plaza, including the traditional Ox Roast festival. www.hittheroadjack.org


July (Fourth of July)
Independence Day and Sonoma Community Celebration ~ Activities kick off with a morning Parade followed by food, wine, games, and entertainment on Sonoma Plaza, plus fireworks at dusk, (707) 938-4626


July (Third Weekend) – August (Second Weekend)
Wine Country Film Festival ~ This popular festival takes place outdoors in spectacular settings and in select theaters/venues in Sonoma Valley and Napa. www.winecountryfilmfest.com


July (Last Weekend)
Salute to the Arts ~ Showcasing food, wine and art on the Sonoma Plaza. This event raises funding for Sonoma Valley non-profit arts and cultural organizations, and funds scholarships for graduating seniors. www.artisanfoiegras.com


September (Labor Day Weekend)
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend, Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction ~ An epicurean event of wine and food with more than 200 world-class wineries and chefs showcasing their talents at winemaker lunches and dinners, a show-stopping Taste of Sonoma, and Wine Auction. https://www.sonomacounty.com/sonoma-events/sonoma-county-wine-auction


 

September (Last Weekend)
Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival ~ A celebration of the Harvest, including a
Patrons’ Night, the blessing of the grapes, the Bear Flag Revolt, a wedding re-enactment and parade, the Bottle and Glass Dash, and of course, wine tasting. www.sonomavinfest.org

 


November (mid to late November)
Holiday in Carneros ~ Annual Open House
featuring more than 20 wineries in the Carneros appellation. Each winery will invite visitors to join in on a variety of activities, featuring food and wine pairings, live music, art/craft shows, and special tastings. www.carneroswineries.org/events


December (First Friday)
Sonoma Downtown Holiday Celebration ~ Santa’s arrival, tree-lighting, and more, 5:30 p.m., Sonoma Plaza, (707) 996-1033


December (Second Weekend)
Christmas at the Mission ~ An annual Sonoma tradition, combining holiday spirit with community history. Sonoma Barracks to Mission San Francisco Solano, nondenominational services, free admission with reservations. (707) 938-1519