Sonoma Events in July 2020: Wine Tasting, Festivals, and Other Fun Things to Do

Sonoma events in July 2020 include several Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks displays, outdoor summer concerts, and several festivals. My calendar includes events in towns north of San Francisco such as Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, and Petaluma.

Highlights this month include All American Zin Day, Gay Wine Weekend, and NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals. Read on for details about these and other fun things to do this month all around Sonoma.

Sonoma Events in July

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Fourth of July

Some of the biggest Sonoma events in July include celebrating the Fourth of July holiday. Here are just a few of the top places for festivals, parades, and fireworks this year.

  • Monte Rio: Monte Rio Big Rocky Games are three days of fun with games for kids of all ages. The fireworks are on Friday, 7/5 beginning at dusk.
  • Sebastopol: July 3rd Fireworks & Music Festival, doors open at 5:30pm with music starting at 6pm, fireworks display at 9:40pm. Located at the Analy High School football field, admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids, 5 and under free
  • Windsor: The Kaboom celebration is on July 3 at Keiser Park with gates opening at 4pm and music starting at 5pm. Fireworks start at 9:45pm and tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids, and 2 and under are free.

The remaining events are all on Saturday, July 4.

  • Cloverdale: Fireworks start at 9pm over the Cloverdale High School Football field.
  • Healdsburg: The always fun Kiddie Parade & Duck Dash at the Healdsburg Plaza from 10am to 1pm and Fireworks display at around 9pm at the Healdsburg High School Athletic Field.
  • Kenwood: The day starts with a pancake breakfast from 7am to 10:30am, 10k & 3k race at 7:30am, parade at 10:30am at Kenwood Park Plaza, and Rotary Club BBQ & Family Fun event starting at 11:30am.
  • Santa Rosa: Red, White & Boom featuring live music and fireworks to end the day, runs from 3:30pm to 10pm, find tickets on their site.
  • Sonoma: Fourth of July on the Plaza starts at 10am with a parade, all day of music, fun, and food, and ends at dusk with a fireworks display that lasts for about 45 minutes.

>> More SF Bay Area Fourth of July celebrations

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All American Zin Day 2020

Date: TBD

If you love Zinfandel as much as I do, you are going to love the first event on my calendar. All American Zin Day features tasty local Zinfandel wines from producers in the Dry Creek Valley.

Wineries participating this year include Kokomo, Mazzocco-Sonoma, Rued, Wilson and Family Wineries Dry Creek Cooperative. All-inclusive at $60 for the day, you can enjoy tasty treats at each of these wineries as well as more than a dozen different Zinfandel wines.

Rodney Strong Vineyards Summer Concerts

Date: TBDHead to Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg for their Summer outdoor concerts. Doors open at 5pm and the show starts at 6pm.

Sonoma County Wine Events


Are you looking for a full list of the best Sonoma events in July at local wineries? These events offer you the chance to celebrate Summer with wine tastings, food pairings, hikes, and so much more.

Alexander Valley Vineyards: Summer Estate Garden Brunch (7/11) at 10am, features locally grown ingredients for brunch with views overlooking the Wetzel Family Estate, the day will end with iced coffee and tea on the patio starting at 10 am

Bacigalupi Vineyards: Vineyard Designate Tasting Event (7/11), Annual event with numerous wineries, food pairings, live music, and silent auction from 3 pm to 4 pm, the full event runs from 1 pm to 4 pm

B.R. Cohn Winery & Olive Oil Company: Farm to Table Dinner (7/25), enjoy a sunset dinner on the estate, food and wine pairing, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm

Cast Wines: Part 2: Pinkies Up (7/25), live music, wine, and fun at the winery, 5:30 pm to 8 pm

Cline Family Cellars: Dixieland Jazz Festival (7/11), Live music from numerous bands, great wines, yummy food and dancing from 11 am to 6 pm

Cline Family Cellars: Family Day on the Great Lawn (7/26), Family picnic at the winery, bring your own food or buy from a local food truck, complimentary family photos, rain permitting only, from 11 am to 4 pm and free to attend

Family Wineries Dry Creek Cooperative: 14th All American Zin Day 2020 (7/4), Numerous wineries from the Dry Creek Valley pouring their best and paired with food, special wine glass, 11 am to 4 pm

Hawkes Wine: Vineyard Dinner (7/11) eat delicious food and drink wine as you enjoy live music, starts at 5 pm and ends at 8 pm

Imagery Estate Wines: French Connection Dinner (7/18), appetizer reception, seated family-style dinner, and pastries for dessert all paired with wine, 5:30pm to 8pm

Jordan Winery: Picnic Day at Jordan (7/24 & 7/25), welcome toast, gourmet picnic lunch, and a bottle of Chardonnay includes with each purchase of two lunches, runs from 11:45 am to 2 pm

Lambert Bridge: Chef's Table Series (7/16 & 7/17), enjoy a wine and food pairing experience with local chef, $95 members/$125 for non-members, 12pm to 2pm

Landmark Vineyards: Pig, Pinot, & Pizza Festival (7/18), whole roasted pig and pizza by girl and the fig paired with Landmark wines, 11am to 3pm in the Landmark Courtyard, $70 per person, $50 for club members

Papapietro Perry: Sip & Eat - Damn Dogs! (7/4), hot dogs and wine, starts at 11 am and ends at 4 pm

Papapietro Perry: Chardonnay and Lobster (7/18), Lobster, shrimp, sausage and more, wine and desserts, starts at 6 pm to 8 pm

Simi Winery: Vino e Cibo Anno Sesto Summer Festival (7/18), a multi-course dinner with Simi Winery winemakers paired with Simi wines, music and dancing after dinner, starts at 6pm, general admission is $125 and members at $105

Viansa Sonoma: 30th Anniversary Celebration (7/25), wine, food and fun, including the return of the Sebastiani family who founded the winery 30 years ago


These events are from 2019. The wineries are still in the works on planning and finalizing the details for these for 2020, but I wanted to give you an idea on what to expect for this year too. There are always tons of great activities and most of these are yearly events. More details to follow soon!

Buena Vista Winery: Winemaker Cave Dinner with Brian Maloney (7/13), Enjoy dinner in the Buena Vista caves paired with food, starts at 6 pm

Buena Vista Winery: Living History Faire at Buena Vista Winery (7/27), historical performances and costumes, learn about the history of the winery, live music, from 2 pm to 6 pm

Francis Ford Coppola Winery: 1st Annual Lobster Fest (7/20), a traditional lobster fest on the outdoor pavilion starting with wine and small bites, limited to 8 tickets per person and 21+ only, starts at 6:30 pm and ends at 9:30 pm, $165 per person, $145 club members (limit of 2 tickets per member)

Francis Ford Coppola Winery: Dancing Under The Stars (7/27), wine, food and salsa dancing during the sunset on the outdoor pavilion, salsa lessons by Santa Rosa Salsa start at 6:30 until 7 pm, 7 pm to 10 pm has live music, $39 per person

Hartford Family Winery: 25th Anniversary Celebration (7/20), live band, food pairing with special wines to enjoy, from 1 pm to 4 pm, general public is $60 and wine club members are $50

J. Rickards Winery: Jug July (7/27), fill up your jug with Zinfandel wines during this annual event, bbq, live music, and more, $30 ticket includes lunch and full wine tasting, 11 am to 4 pm

J Vineyards & Winery: Bow Tie Vineyard Dinner (7/20), multi-course dinner paired with wines designed by Executive Chef Shelton, starts at 5 pm, $250 for general admission and $220 for club members

Joseph Jewell: Dinner in Starscape Vineyard (7/20), 4-course meal preprared by Executive Chef Francesco Torre of Cannetti Roadhouse Italiana paired with wine, talk by Winemaker Adrian Jewell Manspeaker and panoramic views of the vineyards from 7:30 pm to 10 pm, $155 per person

KORBEL Champagne Cellars: A Fan Favorite - Dinner with our Winemaker (7/27), appetizers by the champagne bottle shaped pool and then dinner inside with food and wine pairing, 5 pm to 9 pm, $95 for general admission and $85 for club members

Martinelli Winery & Vineyards: Take a Walk, Vineyard Experience (7/27), late morning walk through the vineyards, learn about the history and wines as well as enjoy a tasting at the end

Paul Mathew Vineyards: Backyard BBQ (7/20), enjoy outdoor dining of bbq with meat and veggies paired with wines, from 6 pm, $60 per person

Pech Merle Winery: Vertical Tasting of Cabernet Franc (7/6) with Winemaker John Pepe and dinner starting at 5 pm and ending at 8 pm, general admission is $80 and club members is $65

Pech Merle Winery: Pups & Pinot (7/28), Yappy Hour for wine lovers and their pets, 3pm to 6pm, $25 per person

Rodney Strong Vineyards: Summer Concert series featuring Rick Springfield and Richard Marx (7/14), they will perform their hits live at the winery, starts at 6 pm, tickets start at $89

Russian River Vineyards: Summer Celebration (7/6 and 7/7), meet the winemaker and celebrate the season with great wines, $40 per person

Seghesio Winery: Zin & BBQ Festival "County Fair" (7/20), Celebrate summer with a fantastic BBQ with loads of food, wine and live music. Meet the winemaking team from 4 pm to 7 pm, tickets are $75 for general public and $60 for club members

St. Francis Winery and Vineyards: Zin-Din (7/27), enjoy a barbeque and paired wines with winemaker Katie Madigan, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm, tickets are $160 for general public and $128 for club members

Petaluma Art & Garden Festival

Date: TBD

Spend the day in Petaluma at their annual Art & Garden Festival. The event runs from 11 am to 4 pm and features local entertainment, gardeners, artisans, and crafters. This part of the event is free.

They will also be featuring a variety of wines, craft beers, food, and cocktails. You will need to buy a ticket to enjoy this part of the festival.

Additional Shows at Weill Hall and Lawn

In addition to the Bluegrass Festival, you will also find some other great acts on stage this month at Weill Hall and Lawn. Here is a current schedule of performers this month.

Gay Wine Weekend

Dates: TBD

This year's Gay Wine Weekend is set for July 16 to the 22nd in Sonoma County. This event offers 3 days of LGBT activities in Sonoma Valley. Highlights of this weekend include winemaker dinners, wine tours, wine tasting, and so much fun!

>> Visit their site today for details

Valley of the Moon Music Festival

Dates: TBD

The Valley of the Moon Music Festival focused on chamber music from both the Classical and Romantic eras. It's the first and only music festival of its kind in the world. All pieces are played with period instruments. This is one of the Sonoma events in July that is held at the Hanna Center in Sonoma.

>> Visit their site for more details

Napa Sonoma Half-Marathon

Date: 7/17 - 7/18, 2021

Run from Napa to Sonoma during this annual Wine Country Half-Marathon event. The race starts at Cuvaison Carneros Winery and finishes in the historic plaza in the city of Sonoma. At the end of the race, enjoy a wine and music festival in the plaza. This event fills up quickly so head to their site to grab your spot today.

>> The Run Sip Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon website

Broadway Under the Stars

Dates: TDB

Broadway Under the Stars is one of the most popular Sonoma events in July. Held at Jack London State Historical Park, you will spend the evening outdoors as you enjoy a Broadway show. This July, you will find two special shows on the calendar. The first is the final few performances of the hit musical Chicago.

The second show for July is Fantastical Family Night. There are different tickets levels and choices so make sure to click the link below and find the ones that are best for you.

>> Visit their site for tickets

Rivertown Revival

Date: TBD

Rivertown Revival is a chance to celebrate Petaluma. This one-day event includes music, boat races, local food & beer, and craft vendors. There is also a great area for kids where they can show their creative side with hands on activities. Make sure to enter your boat in Grand Revival Riverboat Regatta for a chance to win up to $500!

More Fun Sonoma Events in July

In addition to all of these fun Sonoma events in July, make sure to check out these other fun activities this month.

Hot Air Balloon Ride: Admire Sonoma County from above on a Hot Air Balloon Ride, you will spend an hour cruising high above the vineyards as you learn more about the region, the entire experience is about 3 to 4 hours with set up, an hour in the balloon, landing and deflation, and a champagne toast to celebrate the day, find discount availability for this tour on Groupon

Sonoma Food Tour: Sample some of Sonoma's tastiest dishes on this 3-hour food walking tour around the Sonoma Square, it will include tastes at up to seven stops, tours are available Tuesday - Saturday and start at 11am, find discount availability on Groupon

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

Wine Country Comedy Fest

Dates: TBD

Laugh all weekend long at this year's Wine Country Comedy Fest. One of the funniest Sonoma events in July, this six-day event features several local and national comedians.

You will find shows at local wineries including Landmark Vineyards, Charles Krug Winery, and Deerfield Ranch Winery.

>> Visit their site for more details and for ticketing information

Fort Ross Festival

Date: TBD

The final item on my Sonoma events in July calendar is the Fort Ross Festival. This one-day event celebrates the people that have called this area home for hundreds of years. It includes horse & buggy rides, hands-on crafts, and costumed historical vignettes. You can also enjoy music and dancing as well as an International Food Bazaar. Plus, you won't want to miss out on the Fort Ross Beer Garden.The cost is $20 per car and lasts from 10 am to 6:30 pm. You can buy tickets at the gate.

Live Music Outdoors Around Sonoma

One of the best Sonoma events in July is the outdoor summer concerts and live music. These are just a few places offering concerts this month around Sonoma. Most are postponed due to COVID-19.

Viansa: Every Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 2pm, Viansa provides free, live music on their estate. Grab some wine and a seat outside to enjoy the music. These concerts are free.

Windsor Town Green: This city of Windsor offers free live music on Thursday nights from 6pm to 8pm.

Funky Fridays at Hood Mansion: Head to Santa Rosa's Hood Mansion on Friday nights for live music. The cost is $10 per person and local bands will take the stage between 7pm and 9pm.

July Calendar for Sonoma: Festivals, Wine Tasting, & More

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