Sonoma Events in July 2022: Wine Tasting, Festivals, and Other Fun Things to Do

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: June 30, 2022

Sonoma events in July 2022 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 in Sonoma 2022

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 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 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.

Santa Rosa: Red, White & Boom featuring live music and fireworks to end the day, runs from 3:30 pm to 10 pm, find tickets on their site.

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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Giro Vignetti Healdsburg Bicycle Tour

Date: 7/25

Healdsburg is known for fantastic hotels, amazing meals, and world class wines, but it is also known for one of the best bicycle rides in the world. There are many options for you to choose from; the rides start at 25 miles, progress to 39.1 and 59.6 and max out at 82.5 miles. 

One of the reasons that this is one of the most popular Sonoma events in July is that you get to cruise through the beautiful wine area, but moreover you get a glass of wine when you finish the ride. Your registration also includes fruit and baked good for breakfast, snacks and water at rest stops, a catered lunch, and best of all, a special Healdsburg Bicycle Tour bandana with a map of all three courses!

All four distances have the same price so you can choose which distance you want to ride on the day of the event! Healdsburg is usually quite busy during the spring so make sure to plan and book this cycling tour and your lodging in advance.

Rodney Strong Vineyards Summer Concerts

Date: 7/9

This winery offers a beautifully expansive concert green where outdoor summer concerts are held each year. Grab your chairs and blankets and head to Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg.

This July, listen to the music from Tower of Power. Doors open at 5 pm. The opener starts at 6 pm. 

Sonoma County Wine Events 2022

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: Sixty Years of Family Farming at AVV (7/16), celebration on the history and tradition of farming at Alexander Valley Vineyards with a 3-course meal, lots of wine, and more

Amphora Winery: Paella Party (7/23) from 5 pm to 8 pm, enjoy a taste of Spain paired with their award-winning Tempranillo and other Spanish wines

B.R. Cohn: Wine Country Yoga (7/16), 60 minute vinyasa yoga class with wine and some chocolate samples after

Bartholomew Estate: Pups, Popcorn, & Pics (7/29)

Buena Vista Winery: Midsummer Mozart Festival (7/16), enjoy live Mozart music in the courtyard with some Buena Vista wines

DeLoach Vineyards: Franco-American Day (7/9), celebrate with three local French wineries

Emeritus Vineyards: Sips & Sounds (7/10), live music on the lawn, bring a blanket or your own chair

Hawkes Wine: Summer Garden Party (7/2)

Imagery Winery: Gallery Days, Behind the Label (7/10) from 1 pm to 3 pm

Jacuzzi Wines: Inside the Mediterranean Diet (7/30), 4 pm to 7 pm, learn tips and tricks from the experiences about the Mediterranean Diet, enjoy tasty food and wine

Jordan Winery: Epicurean Alfresco Lunch (7/1, 7/2, & 7/3)

Papapietro-Perry: Chardonnay & Lobster Dinner (7/9)

Rodney Strong: Red, White & BBQ featuring Hootenanny, starts at 11 am and runs until 3 pm with food, wines, and live music

Simi Winery: Simi Summer Music (7/3), enjoy live music, wine and soak in the beauty all around from 1 pm to 4 pm

Healdsburg Arts Festival

Dates: 7/15 - 7/17

Spend the weekend in the Healdsburg Plaza for the annual Healdsburg Arts Festival. This event features fine art and crafts from no more than 60 artists. They limit the number of artists in order to provide the best experience and products possible. Other highlights for this festival include art demonstrations, interactive experiences, live music, food, and, of course, wine.

The event starts on Friday night from 5pm to 9:30pm and will run in conjunction with Art After Dark. On Saturday, the festival is open from 10am to 6pm and on Sunday from 10am to 3pm.

Petaluma Art & Garden Festival

Date: 7/10

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. It runs from 11 am to 5 pm.

Gay Wine Weekend

Dates: 7/15 - 7/17

This year's Gay Wine Weekend is July 15 - July 17 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: 7/16 - 7/31

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.

>> Visit their site for more details

Napa Sonoma Half-Marathon

Date: 7/16 - 7/17

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: 7/20 - 7/23

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: 7/1 - 7/3, 7/29 - 7/31 (other performances in June and August as well)

Broadway Under the Stars is one of the most popular summer Sonoma events. Held at Jack London State Historical Park, 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: 7/23 - 7/24

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.

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: Postponed to 2023

Hosted by the Crushers of Comedy and the Laugh Cellar, this annual event will take place at three different venues on three different evenings this year: the Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa, then Landmark Vineyards and Deerfield Ranch Winery in Sonoma.

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

Fort Ross Festival

Date: 7/30

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.

Viansa: Every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 am to 2:30 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 (6/2 - 9/8): This city of Windsor offers free live music on Thursday nights from 6 pm to 8 pm.

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

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