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Sonoma Events in July 2017

Wine Tasting, Festivals, and Other Fun Things to Do

Sonoma events in July 2017 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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11th All American Zin Day 2017

Date: 7/1

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.

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.

  • Bodega Bay: The fireworks show is on Sunday, July 2 at 9:30pm over the bay near Westside Park. You will be able to view the fireworks from anywhere in the area as long as you can see the water.

  • Monte Rio: Monte Rio Big Rocky Games are on July 2nd & 3rd with games for kids of all ages. The fireworks are on July 2 at 9pm.

  • 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 .

The remaining events are all on Tuesday, 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 9:30 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.

  • Rohnert Park: The Fourth of July Spectacular with Kathy Mattea and the Santa Rosa Symphony at Weill Hall and Lawn which starts at 7:30pm, find tickets on

  • 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

Sonoma County Yoga Festival

Date: 7/8 & 7/9

Spend the weekend with other yoga lovers at the Sonoma County Yoga Festival. Enjoy two days and one night of yoga with more than 30 classes throughout the weekend. Bring in the new day with a midnight yoga class. Other fun activities include a Kids Yoga Zone and Ecstatic Dance Competition. You can also camp overnight.

The event is held at the SOMO Village Event Center in Rohnert Park.

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Rodney Strong Vineyards Summer Concerts

Date: 7/8 & 7/23

Head to Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg for their Summer outdoor concerts. In July, they have two performances. Catch local singer Chris Isaak on July 8 and Kenny Loggins on July 23. 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.

>> Visit my Sonoma County wine tasting events page for a list of winery specific events this July

Wine Country Big Q

Date: 7/8

If you love both BBQ and wine, you must attend this year's Wine Country Big Q. Hosted by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, this annual event features authentic BBQ meats. Top Pit Masters will also compete to see who can make the most mouth watering smoked barbecue.

All afternoon long, you can also sample the best local wines plus award winning craft beers, ciders, and spirits. The day will also be filled with the sounds of live bands playing rock and blues music. This event runs from 1pm to 5pm.

Petaluma Art & Garden Festival

Date: 7/9

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

GMC Bluegrass Festival & Craft Beer Fest

Date: 7/9

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 3rd year. This event features Del and Dawg Bluegrass Band Mark O'Connor and the O'Connor Family Band, and Sierra Hull.

On the same day, and at the same location, you will also find the GMC 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.

Gay Wine Weekend

Dates: 7/14 - 7/16

This year's Gay Wine Weekend is set for July 14 - 16 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: 7/15 - 7/30

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 event in July that is held at the Hanna Center in Sonoma.

>> Visit their site for more details

Napa Sonoma Half-Marathon

Date: 7/16

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.

>> Visit the Napa Sonoma Half-Marathon site

Events at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

You will find several Sonoma events in July at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Rohnert Park. Click the links below for ticketing information.

Broadway Under the Stars

Dates: Several in July

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 shows on the schedule.

The first is Another Opening Another Show. It runs from June 16 - July 2. The second show this month is Fantastical Family Night. It is shown on July 14 & 15.

>> Visit their site for tickets

Rivertown Revival

Date: 7/22

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!

NHRA Toyota Sonoma Nationals

Dates: 7/28 - 7/30

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!

Tickets: Find your tickets on Ticketmaster

Sold out tickets! Click the links below for tickets to sold out days.

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

  • Electric Bike Tour in Sonoma: Enjoy a day wine tasting on a "pedal assist" bike near Healdsburg, during the tour you will ride around 8 to 17 miles, but your electric bike will make it easier to get around, stop by 3 to 4 wineries, learn more about each one and eat a gourmet picnic lunch at one of them as well, leaves daily at 10am, tasting fees not included, find availability for this tour on Viator

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

Ironman Santa Rosa

Date: 7/29

The Ironman is coming to Santa Rosa this July. The race offers you the chance to run and ride your way through the beautiful vineyards around Sonoma County. The race begins with the swim in Lake Sonoma. Once you hop on your bike, you will cruise past vineyards and small towns throughout wine country. You will then transition to the running portion on the race in the town of Sonoma and you will run along the Santa Rosa Creek Trail. The race finishes just outside the courthouse in downtown Santa Rosa.

>> Visit the official Ironman website for registration details

Fort Ross Festival

Date: 7/29

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 10am to 6:30pm. You can buy tickets at the gate.

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