Sonoma events in August 2018 include Taste Destination 128, Left Bank Alexander Valley Wine Tasting, and Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival. You can also catch live music in the vineyards and celebrate summer activities at many of the local wineries.
My calendar includes top picks in Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, the city of Sonoma, and other small towns around these Northern California wine regions.
You will also find some great deals on hotels and wine tasting this time of year as well as a few additional fun things to do this month.
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Dates: 8/1 - 8/6
Way more than just a weekend, this party runs for 6 days in a row. Located in the quaint town of Guerneville, the term "bear" refers to gay men that have a lot of hair, but all are welcome to this week long event. The "weekend" has more than you could ever imagine including live music, DJs, pool parties, tasty food, great drinks and even a bonfire.
This event also features wine tasting tours, coffee socials, guided tours of Armstrong Woods ("Bears in the Woods"), and guided tours of the nearby beaches ("Bears on the Bluffs").
It's one of the Sonoma events in August that offers shuttles from the SF Bay Area. Tickets to this event sell our extremely fast, so plan ahead and book now.
Dates: 8/2 - 8/12
This 10-day event is one of the biggest Sonoma events in August. Opening at 11 am and closing at 9 pm every day, you can enjoy everything from live music, to family friendly carnival rides, to horse racing, to games and contests and so much more.
Beyond the list above there is also a beautiful flower show and display, a tasty beer festival, and a livestock area and auction, where you will find all the best meats. Tickets prices are different depending on the day and what you decide to do during your time here.
Dates: 8/3 - 8/19
The scene for one of the best Sonoma events in August is Jack London Park in Sonoma Valley. The sun sets as you picnic with your friends and family and are entertained by live music. The show starts and the stars appear above you. This is what you can expect when you see the toe-tapping and exhilarating live dance performance by the award winning Transcendence Theater Company as they perform Shall We Dance.
Broadway Under the Stars also has food trucks, if you don't want to bother bringing your own food, and wine available for purchase. Not only will you have a great time, your purchases will help support keeping the gorgeous Jack London Park open as well as other charities. Ticket prices range from general to VIP depending on what you want to experience during this magical night under the stars.
Located at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, this event is jam packed with some of the best live music you can find anywhere. With 14 bands, on 4 different stages, scattered around the fairgrounds, you will be able to enjoy music all day long as you eat some of the best food, and drink some the best beer and wine from around the north bay.
Gates open at 11:30 am, with music beginning at noon and ending at 9:30 pm. Some of the headliners include band such as The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Scott Law & Ross James, Poor Man's Whiskey and many more to rock your day away. There is also a silent auction with donations from many businesses around the North Bay and San Francisco.
If you are a beer lover, you will love the next entry on our list of the best Sonoma events in August. It offers 3 full hours to taste UNLIMITED pours of the best beers and ciders from the North Bay and beyond! With more than 20 different breweries, you will have plenty of options to choose from.
This festival occurs during the Sonoma County Fair so you will also get a complimentary ticket, and a beer mug, when you buy your tickets to the brew fest. Feel free to play carnival games and listen to live music as you drink to your taste buds content!
Dates: 8/16 - 8/19
This annual festival starts out with the Hats off Dinner on Thursday, a Champagne preview on Friday, and the general festival on Saturday and Sunday. This is the largest and most popular Sonoma events in August and art and crafts show in California with a huge draw every year.
This event highlights different styles of art, ranging from jewelry, to textiles, to pottery, to paintings and sculptures and more. You will also find many fine foods and drinks to choose from as you enjoy your time looking at, and possibly buying, some of the exquisite art pieces all around you. There is also live music, and dance performances, for when you want to relax and take a break. Ticket prices vary depending on date and other options.
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Dates: 8/23 - 8/27
One of the most unique Sonoma events in September is Circus Vargas' Steam Cirque. It offers a steampunk spin on the traditional traveling circus. You'll see daring acrobats, funky clowns and more. This event is one your entire family will enjoy. All performances are at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma.
This Wine & BBQ Open House is one of the top Sonoma events in August in the Alexander Valley wine region. It's along this region's Highway 128, which is where this event gets its name.
The event features food and wine pairing from four different family owned wineries along this Highway. This region is well known for its tasty Cabernet Sauvignon wines and this event is your chance to taste some of the best. Stop by between 11am and 4pm for Cabs and BBQ. You can pick up your tickets to the event at any of the participating wineries.
Dates: 8/11 & 8/12
The Rangle Ranch Park in the quaint town of Sebastopol is home to this long running annual fair. If you are looking for variety, this is the perfect two-day party for you as there are so many options to choose from when you visit. Some of these include live music on two different stages, a children's corner for the little ones to play around in, an artisan's tasting lounge for the adults to enjoy, and especially the world famous Gravenstein apples!
The Gravenstein Apple Fair starts at 10 am and ends at 6 pm each day. It is a must attend if you want to experience a truly classic down home country festival.
You will find several shows, concerts, and other fun nightlife activities this month in Santa Rosa. Top picks include a concert by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and comedy by Jim Gaffigan. The Harlem Globetrotters will also be in town for two performances at the Santa Rosa Junior College.
Dates: 8/11 & 8/12
Sonoma County is known mostly for the gorgeous valleys, the great wines, and the local fairs. However, they also know how to live life to the fullest and enjoy a great Middle Eastern food festival. As would be expected this festival is dolma-packed (how could someone write jam-packed?) with the best middle eastern food this side of the old country.
This is another one of the Sonoma events in August that has DJs and live music, church tours, and live dance performances for everyone to enjoy. And, again, it has middle eastern and Greek food! It is located in Rohnert Park just about an hour north of San Francisco and runs from noon to 9 each day. OPA!
Spend the day at Cline Cellars with more than 50 California wineries. Sample a variety of different Zinfandel wines from regions around the state. Sample food from local vineyards as you learn more about this popular wine variety. Meet some of wine countries top winemakers. This is one of the Sonoma events in August you do not want to miss!
Another way to taste delicious wine, and see the gorgeous Alexander Valley, is during this mouth watering event. Six different wineries open their doors so you can experience their wines, and their food, off the beaten path.
Running from 11 am to 4 pm, this self guided tour is limited to only 150 people. Each ticket includes a logo glass and a coupon for $15 worth of wine purchases. Compared to how much it would cost for tastings at these six wineries, and adding in the food, it is an incredible bargain.
As you cruise around this gorgeous wine region enjoying these Sonoma events in August, make sure to do some wine tasting on your own too. Below are some of the best deals all around this region.
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Dates: 8/10, 8/12, 8/16, and 8/23
You will find several concerts this summer at the Weill Hall at Green Music Center in Rohnert Park. Top Sonoma events in August include shows by Hunter Hayes, Chris Botti, and Boyz II Men. Shows start at around 7pm or 7:30pm.
One of the best Sonoma events in August for runners is the Santa Rosa Marathon. It includes a full marathon, a 5K and a 10K. It also includes a dinner at the beautiful DeLoach Vineyard and a brew festival too! The full marathon meanders through the lovely Sonoma County, while the 5K and 10K allow you to cruise along with Charles Schulz's famous "Peanut Gang" characters from his famous comic books.
Friday and Saturday include an expo with many vendors selling their products so you can be in the best shape possible for your race, including free samples for you to enjoy. The Ready, Set, Growl beer festival is only on Saturday so plan accordingly. There is also a post race festival for both runners and non-runners to enjoy.
As mentioned in the Santa Rosa Marathon section above, the Ready, Set, Growl beer festival is a great way to spend your day, even if you didn't run or attend the marathon. You will find more than 35 different breweries and lots of delicious food.
Many of the breweries are local to Sonoma County, but this beer fest tries to include all the best from around the USA. This one day event runs from 11 am to 3 pm and you get a complimentary 32-ounce growler for your present, and future, drinking pleasure.
Want to enjoy one of the more popular Sonoma events in August this summer and help a worthwhile charity at the same time? The Red & White Ball is the event for you! Your night will start out with the fantastic Invino Sparkling Reception, then you can stroll on over to the Crush Beauty Bar before moving on to some dancing or sampling the delicious food.
With more than 15 wineries participating, you will definitely get to taste the best Sonoma County wines. Make sure to wear your fanciest outfit for this fantastic ball!
Dates: 8/25 & 8/26
Another one of the top Sonoma events in August is the annual Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival. The vendors are all hand selected, so you can enjoy the best of the best with the highest quality wine, food, and art.
You will also find 10 vendors with cuisines inspired from countries all over the world. You can also enjoy beverages from more than 50 wineries, breweries and cider makers. Most of them are from the North Bay. For art lovers, there are so many artists that it is impossible to count. There is also live entertainment both days.
The Temptations and the Four Tops perform this August at the stunning Rodney Strong Vineyards just over an hour north of San Francisco.
The gate opens at 4 pm, and the concert starts at 5 pm, so you will be able to watch the sun set as you enjoy listening to his music. Food, as well as drinks from two different Rodney Strong wine bars, are available. You are also welcome to bring your own picnic along but they do not allow either glass or outside alcohol. They will perform rain or sunshine.
Additional Sonoma events in August are held at each individual winery. These parties are smaller, more intimate gatherings that celebrate wine releases, harvest, spring, and more.
Most are held on the weekends. All of these events are open to the public and usually include special discounts for wine club members. Many require advanced tickets, so make sure to visit the wineries sites for more details.
Amista Vineyards: Amista Dinner in the Vineyard (8/4)
DeLoach Vineyards: Lobster Fest (8/4), feast on Maine lobster in the vineyards as you sample and enjoy DeLoach wines, 5:30pm to 8pm
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards: Pinot in the Arbor (8/18), Celebration of National Pinot Day, sample Pinot wines, food, and listen to live music
J Vineyards & Winery: The Pink Party (8/18), sample roses and enjoy a evening in wine country, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Kokomo Wines: Birds & Bubbles (8/17), from 12pm to 3pm, lunch with tasty fried chicken and sparkling wine
Landmark Vineyards: Lobster Feed (8/10), at the Sonoma Valley property, full lobster feed with all the fixings, Landmark wines, 6pm to 9pm
Martinelli Winery: Harvest Celebration Dinner (8/25), 6pm dinner with the Martinell's to celebrate this year's harvest, gourmet sit down dinner
Trione Vineyards & Winery: Pig Roast Winemaker Dinner & Bocce Tournament (8/11), pig roast, wine tasting, and a chance to show off your Bocce ball skills, 4pm to 9pm
White Oak Winery: Wine & BBQ Open House (8/18), fun event with four family-owned wineries, BBQ, wine and fun, 11am to 4pm
In addition to these top Sonoma events in August, you will find a variety of other fun things to do. Click the links below for details and to get your tickets for more fun activities for your stay.
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