Sonoma Events in April 2023: Wine Tasting, Festivals, and More

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: January 8, 2023

Sonoma events in April 2023 include the Battle of the Brews, 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.

Sonoma Events in April: Festivals, Wine Tasting & More

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Alexander Valley Film Festival

Dates: 4/29 - 5/7

One of the top Sonoma events in April for movie lovers is the Alexander Valley Film Festival. It features both locally produced and independent shows from up-and-coming directors. It will include both domestic and international documentaries and short films.

Shows will be at locations around Sonoma County.

>> Visit their site for this year's schedule of films

Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival

Dates: 4/22 - 4/23

The annual Bodega Bay Fisherman's Festival lasts all weekend long, hosting live music, dozens of arts and crafts vendors, and kids activities, as well as wine and beer booths featuring some of Sonoma County's best. 

As it is a fish fest, you bet there will be good, fresh seafood to try, too, including barbecued oysters, fish and chips, clam chowder, and more. 

The festival celebrates the opening of salmon season with the Blessing of the Fleet and a wooden boat race. Proceeds benefit 22 local non-profit organizations.

Garagiste Festival Northern Exposure

Date: 4/29

The Garagiste Festival in Northern California is right here in Sonoma County! This event celebrates 40 wines from lesser known wineries producing a small number, but highly tasty wines.

The festival is held at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Hall from 11:30 am until 5 pm, depending on type of ticket purchased.

Napa Valley Wine Library Annual Tasting

Date: 4/30

Taste wines from more than 50 of the valley's world-class wineries. This grand tasting event happens once per year with the aim of preserving the region's rich history of winemaking.

At this event, you'll be sure to come across varieties and vintages that you've never tasted before, in the beautiful outdoors setting of the Grove at Silverado. 

Sonoma County Wine Events in April 2022 (TBD For 2023)

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 are smaller Sonoma events in April, yet very popular and are open to the public. You will also usually receive discounted ticket prices to the event if you are a member of the winery.

Buena Vista Winery: Spring Cleaning Sale Friends & Family Wine Sale (4/2 and 4/3), Deals on library and large format wines and wines from sister wineries, club members early access at 10 am, anyone from 11 am to 4 pm

DeLoach Vineyards: Spring Cleaning Sale (4/2 & 4/3), find some great deals on DeLoach wines all weekend long between 11am and 4pm each day

Emeritus: Annual End of Frost Party (4/16), taste the release of their 2021 vintage and other wines, celebrate the budding vines from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

Jordan Winery: Earth Week Nature Hike (4/22 - 4/24), breathtaking hike around the Jordan property with mountain views, woods, vineyards, and more, ends with a wine pairing lunch, 9:45 am to 2 pm

Viansa: Easter Celebration (4/17), no reservation required, food and wine available for purchase

IPA 10K and Beer Mile Invitational

Date: 4/15

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.

This is one of the Sonoma events in April that also offers a one day expo, the day before the race, at The Barlow in Sebastopol.

Occidental Fool's Day Parade

Date: Saturday, April 1

Head over to the Occidental Center for the Arts for the annual Occidental Fool's Day Parade. 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!

This is one of the Sonoma events in April that also has a BBQ and other fun events throughout the festival. The proceeds go to benefit their art center, so it's a fun way to show your support. This event is located at the Occidental Community Center. Activities run from 1pm to 3pm.

April Event Calendar for Santa Rosa

Click the links below for tickets to these Sonoma events in April 2022.

Battle of the Brews

Date: 4/1

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 help the needy and disadvantaged kids in Sonoma County.

The event is located 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!

Taste of Olivet

Date: TBD

Learn more and taste wines from the Olivet District in the Russian River Valley. This district includes wineries in Windsor and Santa Rosa. The event features wineries including Battaglini, De Loach, Harvest Moon, Hook & Ladder, and others.

The wine tasting runs on Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm. This is one of the Sonoma events in April where each ticket holder receives a logoed wine glass and special offers from participating wineries.

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Earth Day Festival

Date: 4/22

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.

Apple Blossom Festival

Dates: 4/29 & 4/30

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.

This is one of the Sonoma events in April where there are different prices depending on age or if you purchase for one or two days. Kids under 10 are free.

Wine Tasting Deals

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.

Battaglini Winery & Vineyard: $5 Buys You a Coupon for $5 Off a Wine Tasting for Two Plus 20% Off a Bottle of Wine, near Santa Rosa, check for availability

Harvest Moon Estate And Winery: Save on their wine and cheese tasting plates for one, two or four people, near Santa Rosa, check for availability

*Note: Most deals last for 120 days after purchase, so make sure to check the exact terms before purchasing.

Earth and Wellness Day

Date: TBD

Visit the City of Windsor on TBD 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 10 am to 1 pm.

Healdsburg Pink Party

Date: TBD

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 Barndiva Gardens at 237 Center Street in Healdsburg. This is one of the newer and more popular Sonoma events in April, so get your tickets early!

Passport to Dry Creek

Date: 4/29 - 4/30

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.

This is my favorite Sonoma events in April and one you will not want to miss! It runs from 11 am to 4 pm all three days.

Butter & Egg Days

Date: 4/29

Just 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.

Spring Antique Faire

Date: 4/30

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.

It's one of the larger Sonoma events in April with around 8,000 people in attendance each year. 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 4 pm. This breakfast costs 8 dollars but the Spring Antique Faire is always free.

Other Fun Things to Do in Sonoma

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.

Sonoma Wine Country Bike Tour: Ride through Sonoma Wine Country on this 4.5 hour tour, starts in Santa Rosa and takes you to visit two to three wineries, entire trip is about 16-miles (25.7 km), route is mostly flat, check for availability

Food & Wine Walking Tour: Walking and food tour of Sonoma which stops at several gourmet spots for tastings, check for availability

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