Sonoma events in June 2017 include street fairs, beer festivals and wine tasting activities. Highlights include the Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Sonoma County Pride, and the Hot Air Balloon Classic.
Read on for details on the best things to do in this Northern California wine country region this month.
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Dates: 6/1 – 6/4
Get in on the action of this year's Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival. This four-day event features historic cars as they race around the track. This year will feature the super sporty 1960s while also including cars from WWII and up to today. Some of the cars you may see include Ferraris, Corvettes, Alfa-Romeos, Bugattis and many others.
Saturday is a really special day during this event. This is when a selection of race cars, under a California Highway Patrol escort cruise up to Sonoma, and have a public viewing for all to see.
Tickets are priced between $10-$60 dollars per day. Children 12 and under are free.
Dates: 6/2 – 6/11
One of the top Sonoma events in June is the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. This 10-day event features top jazz performers from across the county and from around the world. In addition, this event features everything from swing to Latin style jazz bands.
Located in the heart of the wine country, in the little town of Healdsburg, you can experience masterfully played music, taste award winning wines, and eat at top-rated restaurants all in the same area. While the Raven Theater is one of the main venues, you will find bands playing at some of the restaurants and hotels in town, so you can experience the scene up close and personally.
The festival also supports teaching local kids about jazz music with a four-day seminar every year. This is taught at 6 different schools in Sonoma County and your tickets help support these much-needed classes and learning experience.
Dates: 6/2 – 6/4
This year marks more than 30 years of celebrating Pride and supporting the LGBTQ Community in Sonoma County. This large celebration kicks off on Friday with a live concert at the Graton Resort and Casino. Other highlights this weekend include a Day at the River with canoes, an LGTBQ history exhibit, nightly dance parties, and more in the cute city of Guerneville.
Saturday is the LGBTQ Solidarity Rally and Sunday starts with the main event, the Unity March and Pride Parade in downtown Guerneville which starts at 11 am. After the parade ends, the Unity and Pride Festival begins which includes drinks, food and vendors selling their best wares.
In addition to the larger Sonoma events in June on our calendar, you will also find several smaller wine tasting parties at the wineries. These events are open to the public and wine club members.
Dates: 6/9 & 6/10
The Huichica Music Festival has been entertaining fans since 2010. It is famous for having great music, great food, and since it is located at the Gundlach-Bundschu winery in the city of Sonoma, great wines too.
This two-day event starts at 3 pm on Friday with numerous musicians playing on 2 different stages and ends at 10:30 pm. Saturday starts at 11 am and doubles the stages to 4 and ends at 10:30 pm. This music event has over 20 bands that play throughout the festival. Some are well-known headliners while others may be smaller known of even local bands.
Dates: 6/10 & 6/11
If you want to get up, and I mean WAY UP, you should visit the Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic in Windsor. This two day event starts with the Dawn Patrol at 5 am where the hot air balloons are lit up before the sun rises.To help you wake up, the food booths open at 4am with a variety of coffe and food options. The craft booths and kids’ area also open at 4 am.
If 5 am is too early, the Main Launch starts at 6:30 am and over 30 fun and exotic balloons take to the sky. Some of these balloons include Yoda, Darth Vader, a life like fish, Tweety Bird, and others. Lastly, if you want to see the world from a different viewpoint, they give tethered balloon rides from 6 am to 10:30 am.
Chairs and blankets are suggested as the grass may be wet from the morning dew.
The annual Beerfest: The Good One is another one of the top Sonoma events in June. For more than 25 years, this event has featured top local and national brewers at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts just north of Santa Rosa. The event helps raise money for Face to Face, which is a charity devoted to ending HIV in Sonoma County.
It runs from 1pm to 5pm on Saturday afternoon.
Another one of the large Sonoma events in June is the North Coast Wine & Food Festival. This one day event is held in Rohnert Park and includes the option to sample up to 90 different wines. Unlike most wine and food festivals, the wines that are chosen are selected from many different appellations including Sonoma county, Napa county and lesser known ones such as Mendocino County or Lake County.
More than 20 different chefs will also be on hand and you will get the chance to taste their delicious creations. The event also features live music all day long.
The Railroad Square Music Festival is a fun afternoon of free music in Santa Rosa. The event is in Santa Rosa's Railroad Square and runs from Noon to 7pm. The event is hosted by The North Bay Hootenanny and sponsored by many local businesses.
Dates: 6/16 - 7/2
This month's Broadway Under the Stars at Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen. This month's show is called Another Opening Another Show. It's a song and dance extravaganza that celebrates some of the best songs and shows ever written. The show runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from June 16 - July 2.
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Dates: 6/16 – 6/18
One of the interesting Sonoma events in June is the boot kickin', cowboy hat wearin', honky-tonk playin' Country Summer Festival. With 15 or more performers, this festival is the largest country music festivals in Northern California.
This three-day event is located at the 5-acre Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. Each year, it draws in more than 30,000 attendees. In addition to music, this event also features food stands, themed attractions, and a large selection ranging from beer to wine to spirits.
La Plaza Park in downtown Cotati is the place for this year's Cotati Jazz Festival. Spend the afternoon listening to a variety of artists from Noon to 6pm. In addition to music, you can also enjoy local beers, wine, and food. Artists will also be on hand to show their latest creation.
Entrance to the event is free. Make sure to stick around after the event to enjoy a night out on the town in downtown Cotati!
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Dates: 6/21 - 6/25
The Sonoma Marin Fair is a great place to learn more about and sample the wonderful agriculture from these two Northern California counties. The fair includes wine tasting, livestock shows, and the Worlds Ugliest Dog competition. In addition, there are carnival rides and live concerts each night.
Your ticket includes admission for the full day as well as unlimited carnival rides and entrance to that night's concert. The fair is held at the Petaluma Fair Grounds and Speedway.
Dates: 6/23 - 6/25
The Toyota/Save Mart 350 is revving up as one of the last big Sonoma events in June. This event is held at the Sonoma Motorsports racetrack and lasts for three days of fun, food, drinks, and full on pedal to the metal speed. Not only are there great races, with lots of cars, but there is an air show on Sunday.
It is a family friendly event with special sections and events, like the autograph area, that are just for kids. There are also stunt planes that always electrifies the crowd and other events that the whole family will enjoy and can participate in throughout the weekend.
Another one of the fun Sonoma events in June is the Giro Bello. This bike race offers three route through some of Sonoma County's most beautiful areas. The three routes include the Century (100.9 miles with 5,168 feet of climbing), the Metric Century (66.8 mile with 2,406 feet of climbing) and the Family Fun Route (27.6 miles with 896 miles of climbing).
Spend the day sampling wine and enjoying BBQ along Route 116. The route includes 11 wineries all within 12 miles of each other. The Russian River wineries along this route include places such as Dutton Estate, HANNA, Balletto, Hook & Ladder, and Russian River Winery.
Tickets to this year's event includes a wine tasting pass for the entire day. The event runs from 11am to 4pm and includes one logo wine glass per ticket.
There is so much to see and do in Sonoma. Here are a few additional fun activities for your stay.
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