Sonoma events in July 2019 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.
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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.
The remaining events are all on Thursday, July 4.
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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.
Head to Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg for their Summer outdoor concerts. Doors open at 5pm and the show starts at 6pm.
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 (7/13) 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 (7/13), Annual event with numerous wineries, food pairings, live music, and silent auction from 3 pm to 4 pm
Banshee Wines: (7/9), Board Games and Beats, 5 pm to 8 pm
Benziger Family Winery: (7/13 and 7/14), stock up on wines and full up your cellar, 50% off some Benziger and Imagery wine and merchandise, 10 am to 5 pm
B.R. Cohn Winery & Olive Oil Company: Farm to Table Dinner (7/6), enjoy a sunset dinner on the estate, food and wine pairing, from 5:30 pm to 8 pm, $90 for general admission, $75 for club members
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
Cast Wines: Paella Party (7/28), eat paella with paired wines, $65 per person, starts at 5:30 pm and ends at $75
Cline Family Cellars: Dixieland Jazz Festival (7/13), Live music from numerous bands, great wines, yummy food and dancing from 11 am to 6 pm, $45 for general admission, $40 for club members
Clines Family Cellars: Family Day on the Great Lawn (7/27), Family picnic at the winery, bring your own food or buy from a local food truck, complimentary family photos, rain permiting only, from 11 am to 4 pm and free to attend
Family Wineries Dry Creek Cooperative: 13th All American Zin Day 2019 (7/6), Numerous wineries from the Dry Creek Valley pouring their best and paired with food, special wine glass, 11 am to 4 pm, pre-sale tickets $45 and day of event $55, designated driver ticket (18+ only) is $25
Geyser Peak Winery: Summer Concert Series (7/20), Live music by the Illeagles, an Eagles tribute band, doors open at 10 am and concert starts 12:30 pm to 3 pm, $10 per person, club members are free with one guest
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
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards: 3rd Annual La Fiesta de la Paella (7/13), 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
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
Hawkes Wine: Vineyard Lunch (7/6, 7/13 and 7/20) eat delicious food and drink wine as you enjoy live music in one of three different vineyards, starts at 12 noon and ends at 3 pm, $95 for general admission, $80.75 for club members
Imagery Estate Wines: French Connection Dinner (7/20), appetizer reception, seated family-style dinner, and pastries for dessert all paired with wine, 5:30pm to 8pm, $85 for club members, $100 general admission
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
Jordan Winery: Bastille Day Brunch (7/14), all things French in honor of Bastille Day, brunch buffet served on the terrace with a variety of Jordan wines, coffee and tea also provided starting at 11 am to 2 pm, $200 per person
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
Lambert Bridge: Chef's Table Series (7/18 & 7/19), enjoy a wine and food pairing experience with local chef from Spoonbar, $95 members/$125 for non-members, 12pm to 2pm
Landmark Vineyards: Pig, Pinot, & Pizza Festival (7/20), 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
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
Papapietro Perry: Sip & Eat - Wing Man (7/6), chicken wings and wine, starts at 11 am and ends at 4 pm
Papapietro Perry: Chardonnay and Lobster (7/13), Lobster, shrimp, sausage and more, wine and desserts, starts at 6 pm to 8 pm
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
Schug Carnero Estate Winery: Schug Carneros Summer BBQ (7/27) BBQ at the winery
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
Simi Winery: Vino e Cibo Anno Sesto Summer Festival (7/20), 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
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
Viansa Sonoma: Lobster Feast on the Terrace (7/18), Lobster in the vineyard with wine and more from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, $125 for general admission and $100 for club members
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.
Two more of the great Sonoma events in July at Weill Hall and Lawn in Rohnert Park are the GMC Bluegrass Festival and the GMC Craft Beer Fest. The Bluegrass Festival is heading into it's 4th year. Performers include The Dawg Trio with David Grisman, Sam Grisman, and Danny Barns and the Steep Canyon Rangers. The first act takes the stage at 2pm.
On the same day, and at the same location, you will also find the Craft Beer Fest. This event features a number of local breweries. Tickets to this event include unlimited tastings. This event is $30 in addition to your tickets to the Bluegrass Festival.
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.
Dates: 7/18 - 7/21
This year's Gay Wine Weekend is set for July 18 to the 21st 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!
Dates: 7/13 - 7/28
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.
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.
Dates: 7/19 & 7/20
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 one special show on the calendar.
The show for July is Fantastical Family Night and it is on both July 19th and July 20th. There are different tickets levels and choices so make sure to click the link below and find the ones that are best for you.
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!
The Toyota NHRA rolls into Sonoma the last weekend in July. The Mello Yello Drag Racing series is three-days of high energy fun. Friday features two rounds of pro qualifying. Saturday has several final rounds of qualifying for Pro categories, Top Fuel, Funny Car, Pro Stock and Pro Stock Bike.
Sunday is the main event with finals for all of the top categories. Get your tickets today as they are sure to sell out early!
In addition to all of these fun Sonoma events in July, make sure to check out these other fun activities this month.
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Dates: 7/13, 7/18 - 7/20, 7/26, 7/27
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. In addition to stand-up, this festival also features several after show parties and other fun activities. Check it out at The Laugh Cellar in Santa Rosa.
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.
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 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 (except July 4) 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.
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