Sonoma Events in July 2024: Wine Tasting, Festivals, and Other Fun Things to Do

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: July 3, 2024

Sonoma events in July 2024 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 the Petaluma Art & Garden Festival, Gay Wine Weekend, and Valley of the Moon Music Festival. 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 in Sonoma 2024

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.

Cloverdale: Fireworks start at 9 pm over the at Jack Hoffman Field. 

Healdsburg: The always fun Kiddie Parade & Duck Dash at the Healdsburg Plaza from 10 am to 1 pm and fireworks are cancelled for this year.

Kenwood: The day starts with a pancake breakfast from 7 am to 10:30 am, 10k & 3k race at 7:30 am, parade at 10:30 am at Kenwood Park Plaza, and Rotary Club BBQ & Family Fun event starting at 11:30 am.

Sebastopol: July 3rd Fireworks & Music Festival, music starts at 6:15 pm, fireworks display at 9:40pm. Located at the West County High School Football Field, admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids, 5 and under free

Sonoma: Fourth of July on the Plaza starts at 10 am 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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Sonoma County Wine Events in July 2024

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.

Amphora Wines (7/20): Paella Party. Enjoy the fabulous paella of Chef Fabiano Ramaci paired with our award-winning Tempranillo, and other varietal wines of Iberian heritage from 5 pm to 8 pm.

BR Cohn: Summer music series every Saturday & Sunday from 12-2:30 pm between May and October, for food, wine and live music.

Cline Cellars (7/13): Cline Country Bluegrass Festival. Relax, unwind, and reCLINE!

Cline Cellars: Friday Jams Happy Hour Series live music and good food on every third Friday of the month between May 17 and September 20 from 5 to 7 pm

Cline Cellars (7/27 & 7/28): 3rd Annual lobster feed served family-style. Tickets on sale soon.

DeLoach Vineyards (7/13): Franco-American Winemaker Dinner and Movie at 7:30 pm.

Dry Creek Vineyards (7/13): Motown Get Down inspired concert by The Lucky Devils from 12 pm to 4 pm

Dutton Goldfield (7/20 & 7/21): Library Tasting at Dutton Goldfield

Emeritus Vineyards (7/25 - 7/28): National wine and cheese day from 10 am to 5 pm

Emeritus Vineyards (7/28): Summer music series from 1 pm to 4 pm

Gary Farrell Winery (7/28): Summer soiree with small bites and live music from 1 pm to 3 pm

J. Richards Winery (7/20): Jugs in July - Jim’s special barbeque ribs and tasty side dishes with the Zinfandel blend, Brown Barn Red. Two seatings at 11 am and 1 pm.

Jacuzzi Wines (7/21): Handmade pasta 101 with chef Michelle Minori from 11 am to 3 pm

Kendall-Jackson (7/13): Farm-to-table dinner at 5:30 pm - Spanish theme

Lambert Bridge (7/19): Summer Sundowner Series, from 4:30 pm to 7 pm, live music, pizza and wines in their garden

Landmark Vineyards (7/20): Pigs, pizza and pinot dinner and wine from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Medlock Ames (7/28): Backyard Nights, Live Music & Food Truck from 5 pm to 7:30 pm, live music, wine and food

Papapietro (7/13): Chardonnay and lobster served in the cellar from 6 pm to 8:30 pm

Rodney Strong (7/13): Winemaker series: Sustainability and Viticulture from 11 am to 1 pm

Seghesio Family Vineyards (7/7): Summer Family Sunday

St. Francis Winery (7/26 & 7/27): Flavors of Spain flamenco wine dinner

Trione Winery (7/13): Summer Winemaker Series blending seminar from 11 am to 1:30 pm

Petaluma Art & Garden Festival

Date: 7/14

Spend the day in Petaluma at their annual Art & Garden Festival. The event runs from 11 am to 5 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.

Gay Wine Weekend

Dates: 7/19 - 7/21

This year's Gay Wine Weekend is July 19 - July 21 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

Petaluma Music Festival

Date: 7/27

Located at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, this event is jam packed with some of the best live music you can find anywhere.

With 13 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.

There is also a silent auction with donations from many businesses around the North Bay and San Francisco. Ticket prices depend on age ranging from $65 to $179.

Valley of the Moon Music Festival

Dates: 7/13 - 7/28

The Valley of the Moon Music Festival features 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.

Tickets on sale since April 1st.

>> Visit their site for more details

Napa Sonoma Half-Marathon

Date: 7/20 - 7/21

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

Songwriters in Paradise: Healdsburg

Date: 7/24 - 7/27

Songwriters in Paradise is a boutique music festival created by Nashville artist Patrick Davis. Don’t miss your opportunity to wine, dine, and mingle as you enjoy performances by some of the world’s best songwriters in Healdsburg this summer.

The festival runs for four days, each night offering an “in the round” show of songwriting and storytelling between two to four of the artists in the lineup. Meanwhile, guests enjoy heavy appetizers and wine from select local wineries.

This is an exclusive event with just 100 four-day passes and 100 three-day passes, so reserve your tickets early!

>> For more information, visit their website

Broadway Under the Stars

Dates: Most Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from June through to September

Broadway Under the Stars is one of the most popular summer Sonoma events. Held at the Sonoma Field of Dreams, you will spend the evening outdoors as you enjoy a Broadway show performed by the Transcendence Theatre Company. 

Catch a performance at several times this summer in Sonoma. 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: 7/19 & 7/20

Rivertown Revival is a chance to celebrate Petaluma. This two-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!

The event runs from 5 pm to 10 pm.

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.

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

Wine Country Comedy Fest

Date: 7/25 - 7/27

Hosted by the Crushers of Comedy and the Laugh Cellar, this annual event will take place at three different venues on three different evenings in July: the Balletto Vineyards in Santa Rosa, Deerfield Ranch Winery in Sonoma and Buena Vista Winery.

This award-winning local event features great talent and laughter paired with wine in beautiful settings. 

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

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.

Viansa: Every Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3:30 pm, 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 (5/30 - 8/29 - No concert 7/4): The city of Windsor offers free live music on Thursday nights from 5 to 8 pm.

Lazy Bear Weekend

Dates: 7/29 - 8/5

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 out extremely fast, so plan ahead and book now.

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

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