Sonoma Events in August 2021: Winery Parties, Festivals, and Other Fun Things to Do

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: August 2, 2021

Sonoma events in August 2021 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.

Sonoma Events in August

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Lazy Bear Weekend

Dates: 7/26 - 8/2

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.

Sonoma County Fair

Dates: 7/28 - 8/1 & 8/4 - 8/8

This 10-day event is one of the biggest Sonoma events in August. Opening at 12 pm and closing at 10 pm weekdays (11 pm on Friday and Saturday), 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.

Broadway Under the Stars: Road Trip!

Dates: 8/6 - 8/29

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 Road Trip!

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. These shows are throughout August on almost all Fridays, Saturdays, and Sunday, but check the link below for the full calendar.

>> Visit their site for ticketing information

Petaluma Music Fest

Date: 8/7

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 bands such as The Motet, Monophonics, Full Moonalice, and T Sisters, 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. Ticket prices depend on age, so check the link below for information.

>> Visit Eventbrite for ticketing information

NorCal Brew Fest

Date: TBD for 2021

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 bud's content!

Art in the Redwoods

Dates: 8/19 - 8/22

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.

Hotel Deals in Sonoma County

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Wine & BBQ Open House: Taste Destination 128

Date: 8/21

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.

>> More details on their site

Gravenstein Apple Fair in Sebastopol

Dates: 8/14

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  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 11 am and ends at 5 pm each day. It is a must attend if you want to experience a truly classic down home country festival. Tickets range in price depending on age.

St. George's Greek & Middle Eastern Food Festival

Dates: TBD for 2021

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!

Left Bank Alexander Valley Wine Tasting

Date: 8/21

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 $20 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.

Wine Tasting Deals in Sonoma

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.

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.

Concerts in Rohnert Park

Dates: Restarting in September 2021

You will find several concerts this summer at the Weill Hall at Green Music Center in Rohnert Park. Top Sonoma events in August include Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan at Weill Hall at Green Music Center. The show starts at 7 pm

Santa Rosa Marathon

Dates: 8/28 and 8/29

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.

Saturday and Sunday 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 Santa Rosa Beer Festival is only on Saturday so plan accordingly. There is also a post-race festival for both runners and non-runners to enjoy.

Santa Rosa Beer Fest

Dates: 8/28 & 8/29

As mentioned in the Santa Rosa Marathon section above, the Santa Rosa 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 two day event runs from 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday and 9:30 am to 3 pm on Sunday. You get a complimentary tasting glass for your present, and future, drinking pleasure.

Red & White Ball

Date: TBD for 2021

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!

Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival

Dates: Canceled for 2021

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.

Sonoma Events in August: Wine Tasting at Local Wineries

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.

Bacigalupi Vineyards: Vineyard Dinner (8/21), Dinner with Helen Bacigalupi, winemaker Ashley Herzberg, new releases, food pairing from 4 pm

B.R. Cohn Winery & Olive Oil Company: Summer BBQ (8/22), full afternoon of food, wine & live music

Buena Vista Winery: Shakespeare Under the Stars (8/4 to 8/15), 2 weeks Shakespeare festival at Buena Vista Winery, Every Wednesday through Sunday, RSVP required, $25 to $35 per person

Cline Family Cellars: Traditional Jazz Mini-Fest (8/29), live music, wine and an afternoon in the sun, 1 pm to 5 pm

Jordan Winery: Thrill of the Grill (8/14), live fire cooking dinner party with Jordan wines

Lambert Bridge: Chambers Vineyard and Picnic (8/7 & 8/8) from 11 am to 2 pm

Paul Mathew Vineyards: Gold Tournament (8/23), Teams of 4 play "best ball" with a wine happy hour that follows, starts at 2 pm

Rodney Strong Vineyards: Americana Music Festival: John Courage trio (8/28), wine by the glass and pizzas available for purchase, 4 pm to 7 pm, $10 for adults, free for kids under 15

Trione Vineyards & Winery: Winemaker Dinner (8/21), three-course meal, wine tasting, and fun, 5pm to 9pm

Viansa: Summer Music Series (8/1 - 8/29), Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12 pm to 3 pm, features local and traveling artists, listen to music as you sample tasty Viansa wines

2019 Events

These events are usually held annually and last took place in 2019. This will give you an idea on what to expect when the wineries are fully up to speed on events in 2022.

Amphora Wines: Blending Seminar and Family Dinner (8/17), blending seminar led by winemaker Rick Hutchinson, enjoy a South of France outdoor style dinner afterwards, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm, $110 general admission, $90 club members

B.R. Cohn Winery & Olive Oil Company: Farm to Table Dinner (8/17), live music, food and wine pairing, and more

Cline Family Cellars: Family Day on the Great Lawn (8/25), bring the family and enjoy a picnic lunch, great wines, and free family photos, from 11 am until 4 pm weather permitting, this is a free event for all ages

Dutton-Goldfield: National Pinot Noir Weekend (8/17 and 8/18), Special vintage and highly-limited wines usually reserved only for club members, flight of five Pinot Noirs and cheese and meat plate, $30 for general admission and free for club members, starts at 10 am and ends at 4 pm

Dutton-Goldfield: Vineyard Walk - Weekend 1 (8/25), Learn more about winegrowing by taking a walk in the vineyard followed by wine and small bites, 16 guests only, $50 for general admission and $25 for club members

Emeritus Vineyards: Winemaker Cellar Dinner (8/9), four-course dinner in the barrel cellar with the Winemaker David Lattin, limited production Pinot Noirs and other library wines, $180 per person and $160 for club members

Francis Ford Coppola Winery: Splish Splash Coppola Bash (8/10), silent disco, pool party, neon lights, food paired with new rose wines, starts at 7 pm and ends at 10 pm, $75 per person

Francis Ford Coppola Winery: Dancing Under The Stars (8/17), learn how to salsa dance, drink wine, and eat delicious food during the sunset on the outdoor pavilion, lessons start at 6:30 pm to 7 pm by Santa Rosa Salsa, live music from 7 pm to 10 pm, $39 per person

Gary Farrell Winery: SOMM SERIES Blind Tasting "Taste Like A Somm" (8/4), Learn how the estate sommelier at Gary Farrell teach you about the format for blind tasting, reservations required, $55 for general admission, $35 for club members, starts at 10:30 am

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards: National Pinot Day / Pinot in the Arbor (8/18), Celebration of National Pinot Day, sample exclusive Pinot wines, food, and listen to live music from 12 noon to 4 pm, general admission is $40 and club members are $45

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards: 3rd Annual La Fiesta de la Paella (8/22), enjoy Paella, flamingo dancing, and saber demonstrations at the vineyard, tickets are $100 for general admissions, $90 or $95 for club members depending on level, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Hawkes Wines: Pyramid Vineyard Hike and Lunch (8/3), walk through the vineyards and learn more from Paco, the vineyard foreman, lunch paired with Hawkes wine, begins at 10:30 am, $45 for general public and $25 for members

J Vineyards & Winery: J Pink Party (8/24), tour the vineyard, enjoy an amazing meal paired with wines, live music, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, general admission is $125 per person, club members are $110

J Vineyards & Winery: Bounty of Sonoma County Wine Dinner (8/17), Lots of meats, fruits, and other foods paired with wine to enjoy during this dinner party, begins at 5:30 pm to 9 pm

Kokomo Wines: Birds & Bubbles (8/16), lunch with tasty fried chicken paired with sparkling wine, located in the vineyard, from 12pm to 3pm, tickets are $75 per person and $60 for club members

Martinelli Winery: Harvest Celebration Dinner (8/24), 6pm dinner with the Martinelli's to celebrate this year's harvest, gourmet sit down dinner

Martorana Family Winery: Jerry Day 2019 (8/3), wine and a music from the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia from 11 am to 4 pm, receive 10% off if you tell them your favorite Jerry Garcia song!

Martorana Family Winery: Farm to Table Dinner 2019 (8/17), estate grown organic dinner in the vineyards, food paired with wines from 5 pm to 8 pm, $155 for general public and $125 for club members

Papapietro Perry: Sip & Eat - Got Balls Meatball Factory (8/3), Hand-made meatballs with wine, 11 am to 4 pm

Seghesio Winery: Chef's Dinner (8/30), Five-course meal with paired wine on the Tuscan Terrace, local ingredients and discussions with chef and winemaker from 6 pm to 10 pm, $175 for general admission and $150 for club members

Twomey: Silver Oak 2015 Alexander Valley Release Day (8/3) 10 am to 3:30 pm

Additional Things to Do in Sonoma in August

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.

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

Foodies on Foot: Walking and food tour of Sonoma which stops at top-rated restaurants, check for availability on Groupon

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

August Sonoma Event Calendar: Wine Tasting, Festivals and More

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