Sonoma events in April 2017 include the Sonoma International Film Festival, Earth Day festivals, and Passport to Dry Creek Valley. You will also find plenty of wine tasting events at local wineries and a few other fun things to do this month.
Read on for details on the best activities in Sonoma this April.
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Dates: March 29 - April 2
Known as one top 10 film festivals in the world, the Sonoma International Film Festival returns this March and April. Running for more than 20 years and featuring more than 90 different independent movies, the Sonoma International Film Festival is a must attend during your stay. All shows are at venues around downtown Sonoma.
Schedule in advance as tickets often sell out and there are different prices depending on how many movies, and how many events, you want to visit and you don't want to miss out.
Dates: March 31 - April 2
The Sonoma County Outdoor Expo & Travel show is a large annual event. This 3-day event will give you the chance to check out some of the most innovative RVs, boats, trucks and toys as well as learning more about travel and other adventures you can explore each day of the show. There is also live entertainment every day.
It's one of the Sonoma events in May that offer you the chance to can check out bikes, shoes and all kinds of fun collectibles as you talk to the vendors and learn more about their wares. One of the specialties of this convention is that almost all the vendors allow you to be hands on and get a real feel of what you find enjoyable and fun. Kids under 12 are free.
Date: April 1
Pick of the Vine is a fun one-day event where you can sample the best of Sonoma's wine and beer. The event will be held in Santa Rosa at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. More than 30 wineries and craft breweries will be serving up their creations from 6pm to 9pm.
Proceeds from this event go to benefit the Senior Advocacy Service.
Dates: Every weekend in April
Every weekend, you will find a variety of fun wine tasting events at wineries all around Sonoma County. They include wine tasting, food pairing and even hikes around the vineyards. These smaller, yet very popular events are open to the public. You will also usually receive discounted ticket prices to the event if you are a member of the winery.
Dates: April 1
The Cloverdale Fiddle Festival is a one day even that started as a way to spread the history, and love, of fiddling to anyone that enjoys it. In addition to listening to live music all afternoon long, you get the chance to watch as contestants complete against each other and a winner is selected at the end of the day.
Professional bands will also be on hand and playing throughout the event. Tickets are all general admission and children under 6 are free.
Date: April 1
If you want to be a bit of a fool on April Fool's day, check out the Occidental Center for the Hearts Parade and Festival. The laughs, and silliness, go on through the day as Zero the Clown presides over the parade and the king and queen are crowned along with Lunapillar rides!
There is also a BBQ and other fun events thorughout hte festival. The proceeds go to benefit their art center, so it's a fun way to show your support.
Date: April 2
Head over to Cotati's Friar Tucks Pub for the annual April Foolery event. Enjoy 6 hours of local dance music. You can also participate in the costume contest. Top prizes are awarded to the Clashiest Costume and the Best Jester.
This festival starts at 2 pm and ends at 8 pm. There will be a raffle, door prizes and all proceeds go to support the annual Sonoma County Dance Beats annual calendar.
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Dates: April 7 - 9
Enjoy three days of golf at the Windsor Golf Club during the POC Med Golf Classic. This This Pro-Am contest (Pro-Am means Professional and Amateur) starts on Thursday and continues through Sunday. It is a 4-person contest, with 3 amateurs and one professional golfer, and it is played in the scramble format.
The first 25 teams that register donate $1,000 of the $3,000 cost of the event to the charity of their choice. Winners of this 54-hole tournament take home a $100,000 prize.
If you don't want to play, you can either buy tickets to watch the event or you can volunteer to help. If you volunteer you will receive cool gear such as a competition t-shirt, ball cap, and other gifts.
Date: April 8
Battle of the Brews is a one day event featuring 50 different food and beer vendors. All of them are trying to get your vote to win the People's Choice award. Sample and vote for your favorites. It's sponsored by the 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa and proceeds to to help the needy and disadvantaged kids in Sonoma County.
The event is located at the Grace Pavilion at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. Tickets are available at varying locations, online and in person, and the event starts at 1 pm, so don't be late!
Dates: April 8 & 9
Ahoy Matey! Head over to Bodega Bay to see the blessing of the boats, some ship making, and a parade of boats during their annual Fisherman's Festival on April 8th and 9th. Other highlights include lots of seafood, craft booths, live music, and a kid zone for the youngsters. Everyone will also love the pet parade as many cute doggies cruise around with their humans following behind them.
Tickets range from $10 to $20 and two-day passes are available.
Are you planning to stay for a night or two? If so, make sure to check out the great deals on hotels all around Sonoma County.
Date: April 15
A 10k run (6.2 miles) and a beer festival? What could be a better way to celebrate Sonoma County's amazing craft brews? This event includes to types of races. The 10K runners will enjoy a brew before they set off on their scenic 10k run. After the run, they can enjoy additional beer at the festival.
The Beer Mile "race" is based on running (sort of) and drinking (definitely) as the race begins with each contestant drinking a beer, running a 1/4 mile lap, and then repeating this action 3 more times until the "winner" is announced. If you aren't running, being a spectator is also fun as you watch people stumble across the finishing line.
There is also a one day expo, the day before the race, at The Barlow in Sebastopol.
Date: April 22
The free Earthy Day Festival starts at noon and continues until 4 pm at the Santa Rosa City Hall. The festival is centered around conservation, community and protecting the Earth. Events include food, live events that focus on local and earth friendly products. There are also talks to help explain how you can also help create a healthier environment both at home and around the world.
Before the festival, make sure to help the environment with a group cleanup of Santa Rosa creek. You can help clean up the river, while saving native plants and doing some trail maintenance.
Dates: April 22 and 23
The two-day Apple Blossom Festival includes music, dancing, and a lot of fun. The event kicks off on Saturday with a parade at 10am on Main Street in the lovely town of Sebastopol. The parade includes marching bands, floats, horses, and many other participants.
In addition, there is also an art show and a special section for kids that include an animal farm for them to play in and explore. This area also has rides for the kids, a train station and games for them to enjoy. Tickets are available at the festival. There are different prices depending on age or if you purchase for one or two days. Kids under 10 are free.
Date: April 22
The sparkling wine winery of Gloria Ferrer gives us their Bubbles and Blooms event which celebrates both Earth day and Spring in the Sonoma Wine Country. Spring is a beautiful time in the wine country as this is when the vineyards start to bloom and the wineries can get ready for the summer season. Being able to celebrate, with sparkling wine, makes it a perfect time to visit and enjoy Earth Day.
There are a number of presentations during this event including how to protect the environment, floral workshops so you can have the beauty of the outside world in your own house, and tours through the vineyards.
They also have wine and food pairings for you to enjoy. The food will be made by Beth Sogaard Catering. The event runs from 12pm to 4pm.
After you enjoy these Sonoma events in April, make sure to visit some of our local wineries to sample our amazing wines. Here are just a few of the places that you can pick up discounts on Groupon before your tasting.
*Note: Most deals last for 120 days after purchase, so make sure to check the exact terms before purchasing.
Date: April 23
Visit the City of Windsor on April 23 to celebrate Earth and Wellness Day on the Windsor Town Green. This year's events include children's games and crafts. There are also plants for sale to spruce up your home.
The Earth and Wellness Day provides many choices for educational seminars and presentations that will inform, and excite, everyone. There are many choices for food and drink available too. The event runs from 10am to 2pm.
Date: April 23
Celebrate Earth Day with the wineries of the Green Valley in the Russian River Valley. Wineries attending this year's event include DeLoach Vineyard, Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Freeman Vineyard and Estate and many others. Chef Traci Des Jardins will also create the perfect veggie burger and you can stroll through a National Geographic food photography exhibit.
Proceeds for the event will go to support Sustainable Conservation. The event runs from 12pm to 3pm at Iron Horse Vineyards in Sebastopol. Tickets start at $65 per person.
Date: April 23
Enjoy a day of tasting rose wines at Barndiva Gardens in Healdsburg. This event features roses from Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino wineries.
In addition, this event includes food and an afternoon of fun. The event runs from 12pm to 3pm at 237 Center Street in Healsburg.
Date: April 29 & 30
Passport to Dry Creek is the premier wine tasting event in the Dry Creek Valley wine region every year. It's a chance to sample some of the best local wines paired with gourmet goodies from top local chefs. More than 45 wineries in the district participate every year.
For two days, you will go from winery to winery to sample wine, enjoy tasty goodies, listen to live music and participate in other fun activities. It's a great way to get to know the wines of this region as well as meet some of the winemakers and other Dry Creek Valley wine lovers along the way.
Date: April 29
Just half an hour north of San Francisco is the charming town of Petaluma. Back in the day, Petaluma was primarily known as a farming community, and therefore the Butter & Egg Day celebration to honor its heritage. This special celebration opens at 10 am and the parade starts at noon.
This is not one of your average festivals as it incorporates a lot of the old Petaluma day heritage including events such as Cow Chip throwing contest (if you don't know what that is, it is best to look it up before competing) and the Cutest Chick contest. As with many festivals, it does include food and beverages, art and craft vendors and kids' activities. If you want to support the locals, and enjoy a delicious breakfast, the Lions Club puts on one from 8 to 11 am on Main Street across from Putnam Plaza.
If you decide to spend the night, and extend your trip, there is also the Spring Antique Faire on Sunday. Both events are free to attend.
Date: April 29
Healdsburg is known for fantastic hotels, amazing meals, and world class wines, but it is also known for one of the best bicycle rides in the world. There are many options for you to choose from; the rides start at 20 miles, progress to 35 and max out at 60 miles. The 20 is primarily flat so most riders could easily do it, while the 35 and 60 are a bit more hilly and challenging.
One of the reasons that this is such a popular ride that you get to cruise through the beautiful Sonoma county wine area, but moreover you get a glass of wine when you finish the ride. Your registration also includes fruit and baked good for breakfast, snacks and water at rest stops, a catered lunch, and best of all, a special Healdsburg Bicycle Tour bandana with a map of all three courses!
All three distances have the same price so you can choose which distance you want to ride on the day of the event! Healdsburg is usually quite busy during the spring so make sure to plan and book this cycling tour and your lodging in advance.
Date: April 30
The day after the Petaluma Butter and Egg Days the city holds their annual Spring Antique Faire. Stroll the gorgeous streets of Petaluma as you admire their antiques including jewelry, furniture, art, books and so many other items.
Around 8,000 people attend this event every year, so make sure to arrive early to find the best items.
If you get want to grab a bit of breakfast before you start searching for your little bit of history, the Mason's prepare a wonderful breakfast, for $8, that starts at 8 am and continues until 11 am. This breakfast costs 8 dollars but the Spring Antique Faire is always free.
In addition to these Sonoma events in April, you will find a variety of other fun things to do from sunrise hot air balloon rides to cycling tours. Here are some of the best things to do in Sonoma this month.
*Note: Most Groupon deals last for 120 days after purchase, so make sure to check the exact terms before purchasing.