Sonoma Events in July 2018

Wine Tasting, Festivals, and Other Fun Things to Do

Sonoma events in July 2018 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.

  • Bodega Bay: The fireworks show is on Sunday, July 1 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 June 30 & July 1 with games for kids of all ages. The fireworks are on July 1 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 free.

The remaining events are all on Wednesday, 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 (2017 Details): 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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Rodney Strong Vineyards Summer Concerts

Date: 7/8 & 7/22

Head to Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg for their Summer outdoor concerts. In July, they have two performances. Catch Michael McDonald on July 8 and Melissa Etheridge on July 22. 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.

Bacigalupi Vineyards: 7th Annual Vineyard Designate Tasting (7/14), sample wines made exclusively from the vineyards at Bacigalupi, producers include Cast Winery, Dutcher Crossing, Gary Ferrell, and others

Buena Vista Winery: Living History Celebration (7/28), step back into the 1860s at Buena Vista Winery, enjoy a day full of wine tasting, food, and history, feel free to dress in period detail for the event

Chateau Diana: Sunflower Festival (7/28), the sunflowers are in full bloom, enjoy music, food, wine slushies, and other fun activities all day long on the 28th at Chateau Diana

Cline Family Cellars: Dixieland Jazz Festival (7/14), sip wine and enjoy live jazz music all day long, around a dozen bands are on this year's line up, $45 for tickets, $40 for members (online prices, $5 more at the door)

Clos du Bois: Blue Hawaii Burger Bash (7/21), listen to the King as you enjoy a burger with the perfect wine pairing, 12pm to 3pm, $20 per person, $10 for members

DeLoach Vineyards: Bastille Day Dinner (7/14), wines from Burgundy plus supreme French cuisine,starts at 5pm

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards: La Fiesta de la Paella (7/14), from 6:30pm to 8:30pm enjoy Paella, flamingo dancing, and saber demonstrations at the vineyard

J Vineyards & Winery: Bow Tie Vineyard Dinner (7/14), 5pm to 9pm

Lambert Bridge: Chef's Table Series (7/19 & 7/20), 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 (7/21), whole roasted pig and pizza paired with Landmark wines, 11am to 3pm in the Landmark Courtyard, $60 per person, $45 for club members

Papapietro-Perry: Chardonnay and Lobster (7/7), sip Chardonnay and sample small bites in the tasting room to start the evening, then head to the cellar for more Chardonnay and a full lobster dinner, 6pm to 8:30pm

Pech Merle Winery: Pups & Pinot (7/29), Yappy Hour for wine lovers and their pets, 3pm to 6pm

Robledo Family Winery: Paella Dinner (7/21), dinner, wine tasting and more from 6pm to 9pm, $65 for club members, $75 for non-club members

Schrug Carneros Estate Winery: Pig & Pinot Midsummer's Feast (7/28) from 10am to 5pm

Seghesio: Zin & BBQ Festival (7/21), eat BBQ treats paired with the best Seghesio Zinfandel wines, 4pm to 7pm

Walt Wines: Walt Lobster Feed (7/14), spend the morning walking through the vineyards and learning more about Walt Wine's wine making process, after the walk you will enjoy a family style lobster boil, 11am to 2pm

Wine Country Big Q

Date: 7/7

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: 7/8

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.

Bluegrass & Craft Beer Festival

Date: 7/15

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. The headliner this year is Ricky Scaggs & Kentucky Thunder. Other performers include Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands and Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers. The first act takes the stage at 2pm and Ricky Scaggs plays at 4:45pm.

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.

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: 7/20 - 7/22

This year's Gay Wine Weekend is set for July 20 - 22 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 - 7/29

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: 7/15

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

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 Stairway to Paradise. It runs from June 15 - July 1. The second show this month is Fantastical Family Night. It is shown on July 13 & 14.

>> Visit their site for tickets

Rivertown Revival

Date: 7/14

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: 7/27 - 7/29

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

  • Healdsburg All Day Biking & Wine Tasting Tour: Enjoy a day wine tasting near Healdsburg around Dry Creek Valley, during the tour you will ride a hybrid bike around 20 miles (32km) at a leisurely pace, stop by 3 to 4 wineries, learn more about each one and eat a picnic lunch at one of them as well, leaves daily at 10am and returns around 3:30pm, 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.

Wine Country Comedy Fest

Dates: 7/19-7/22

Laugh all weekend long at this year's Wine Country Comedy Fest. One of the funniest Sonoma events in July, this four-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.

Healdsburg Arts Festival

Dates: 7/27-7/29

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.

Fort Ross Festival

Date: 7/28

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.

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 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.

B.R. Cohn: Every Sunday afternoon from 2pm to 4:30pm, B.R. Cohn offers live music under their gorgeous olive trees. Sample some wine and enjoy the music of local bands. 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.

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