Sonoma events in July 2021 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 have traditionally included celebrations for the Independence Day holiday. This year, most places have canceled their annual parades and events, but Sonoma does still plan to host its stunning fireworks display.
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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.
Date: 7/31, 8/28 and 9/25
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. Doors open at 4 pm for the 5 to 7 pm show. $10 per adult, free for children under 15.
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: Spring Bash (7/10), more details to come
B.R. Cohn Winery & Olive Oil Company: Summer Music Series (June through October), enjoy an afternoon of panoramic views, live music, and wine from 1 to 3:30 pm on select dates, by reservation
Buena Vista Winery: Midsummer Mozart Festival (7/10), an outdoor courtyard concert with wine and the Mashallah Halal food truck, food offerings begin at 6 pm, concert starts at 7 pm
Buena Vista Winery: Living History Faire at Buena Vista Winery (7/17), historical performances and costumes, learn about the history of the winery, live music and food truck, begins at 11 am with two free 30-minute plays at 12 and 2 pm
Dry Creek Vineyard: Summer Vineyard Dinner (7/24), a fun evening that starts with appetizers and bocce, followed by delicious food paire with wine, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, 21 and older, $150 per person ($130 for members)
Jordan Winery: Winery Dinner with a View (7/17), have an intimate dinner at one of the tables on the two outdoor terraces that overlook the gardens and rolling hills of the Jordan estate, with a five-course meal paired with multiple vintages, 5:30 to 9 pm, 21 and older
Paul Mathew Vineyards: Backyard BBQ (7/17), enjoy a summer BBQ, buffet style, with a Giant Jenga competition and wine, from 5:30 pm, $75 per person
Simi Winery: Wine is Food Series - Summer Festival (7/31), wine and dine under the stars on he Landslide Patio, 6:30 to 9 pm, $125 per person ($105 for members)
The following events are from 2019. The wineries are still planning and finalizing the details for these mostly annual events, but I wanted to give you an idea on what to expect for 2021 too. More details to follow soon!
Bacigalupi Vineyards: Vineyard Designate Tasting Event (7/11), Annual event with numerous wineries, food pairings, live music, and silent auction from 3 pm to 4 pm, the full event runs from 1 pm to 4 pm
Cast Wines: Part 2: Pinkies Up (7/25), live music, wine, and fun at the winery, 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Cline Family Cellars: Dixieland Jazz Festival (7/11), Live music from numerous bands, great wines, yummy food and dancing from 11 am to 6 pm
Cline Family Cellars: Family Day on the Great Lawn (7/26), Family picnic at the winery, bring your own food or buy from a local food truck, complimentary family photos, rain permitting only, from 11 am to 4 pm and free to attend
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
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 Dinner (7/11) eat delicious food and drink wine as you enjoy live music, starts at 5 pm and ends at 8 pm
Imagery Estate Wines: French Connection Dinner (7/18), appetizer reception, seated family-style dinner, and pastries for dessert all paired with wine, 5:30pm to 8pm
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
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 (7/16 & 7/17), enjoy a wine and food pairing experience with local chef, $95 members/$125 for non-members, 12pm to 2pm
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 - Damn Dogs! (7/4), hot dogs and wine, starts at 11 am and ends at 4 pm
Papapietro Perry: Chardonnay and Lobster (7/18), Lobster, shrimp, sausage and more, wine and desserts, starts at 6 pm to 8 pm
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
Russian River Vineyards: Summer Celebration (7/6 and 7/7), meet the winemaker and celebrate the season with great wines, $40 per person
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
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: 30th Anniversary Celebration (7/25), wine, food and fun, including the return of the Sebastiani family who founded the winery 30 years ago
Date: Postponed to 2022
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.
Dates: 6/19 - 8/22
This year's big annual Gay Wine Weekend has been expanded to several Covid-conscious weekends over a 12-week period from June to August in Sonoma County. This event offers days of LGBT activities in Sonoma Valley, complete with winemaker dinners, wine tours, wine tasting, and so much fun!
Dates: 7/17 - 8/1
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.
Date: 12/11 and 12/12
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: 8/6 - 8/29 and 9/10 - 9/19
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.
Watch "Road Trip!" in August or "The Gala" in September. 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!
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
*Note: Most Groupon deals last for 120 days after purchase, so make sure to check the exact terms before purchasing.
Date: 7/16, 7/23 and 7/24
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.
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 (No Concerts in 2021): 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 (None in July, will have a reduced schedule starting in August 2021): This city of Windsor offers free live music on Thursday nights from 6pm to 8pm.