Sonoma events in March offer you the chance to sample a variety of wines from top producers. Top events include their Annual Barrel Tasting and several events right at the wineries.
Other top things to do include their International Film Festival and the Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest. I've also included some other fun activities as well as tips on where to find some great hotel deals.
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Head over to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds - Hall of Flowers & Grace Pavilion for the 32nd Annual Great Sonoma Crab & Wine Fest. Thievent features a reception, a crab dinner, and both a silent & live auction.
At the reception, you can enjoy award winning Sonoma wines paired with appetizers created by top local chefs. You can also walk around to check out all the great goodies for the silent auction.
The entire event starts at 4 pm with dinner and the live auction beginning at 6:30 pm. All proceeds benefit the Sonoma County Farm Bureau's agricultural education activities.
Dates: 3/23 - 3/27
Known as one top 10 film festivals in the world, the Sonoma International Film Festival returns this March. Running for more than 20 years and featuring more than 90 different independent movies the Sonoma International Film Festival is a must attend during your stay. All shows are at venues around downtown Sonoma.
Schedule in advance as tickets often sell out and there are different prices depending on how many movies, and how many events, you want to visit and you don't want to miss out.
If you plan to spend a night or two in Sonoma, make sure to check out the great hotels deals available. You can find discounts on your room rate, free breakfast and more. Click the links below for details.
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This 5k footrace in charming Santa Rosa is a fun annual community event benefitting the local Parks & Rec scholarship fund, which provides summer camp experiences and swimming lessons for local children.
The race is chip-timed and open to all ages and abilities. Participants receive a finisher's medal. Join in on the post-run fun with music, giveaways, a costume contest, and more!
The cost to register is $55 for adults and $30 for youth 17 and under, with discounts for early registration before 2/12.
This is one of the more unique half marathons you'll find, offering a beautiful course along the Santa Rosa Creek Trail, and ending with a taste of local beers and kombucha, paired with delicious cheese! In addition, the post-race festivities will include food trucks, music, and more.
There are 10k and 5k options for those looking to participate in a shorter route, with the start times for each race staggered by half-hour intervals. The registration costs are $120, $75, and $55 for the respective distances.
All finishers receive a T-shirt and medal, and the half marathon finishers receive a Beer City tasting glass.
For those who love handcrafted goods with a personal touch, this market has just what you're looking for. There's nothing like finding that perfect gift or accessory for your home, and purchasing it directly from the artist who created it!
At this all-day Saturday event at the Old Courthouse Square in downtown Santa Rosa, you'll have the chance to browse through booths from over 50 local makers, enjoy good food and drinks, live entertainment, kids' activities, and more.
One of the best Sonoma events in October for kids is the North Bay Science Discover Day. The event features more than 150 hands-on exhibits and it's a chance for your kids to meet local engineers and scientists. The event is at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. It runs from 10am to 4pm and the event is free for everyone.
Dates: 3/4 - 3/6
One of the biggest Sonoma events in March is the Annual Barrel Tasting Event. It runs two days in March and offers you the chance to sample a variety of wines including those still maturing in the barrels.
This event is all about the wine (not about food pairing). You will get the chance to not only sample the wines, but also to buy futures. It runs from 11 am to 4 pm all three days.
Jordan Winery: Spring Winery Dinner (3/11 & 3/12), spend an evening in Jordan's gorgeous dinning room with other wine lovers
Papapietro-Perry: VinoPaint & Sip (3/24), fun night of painting and sipping!
Viansa: Festa della Donna (3/6), celebrate International Women's Day with mimosas
You will find a variety of fun events in Santa Rosa this March. These are some of my top picks.
The Cloverdale Fiddle Festival is a one day event that started as a way to spread the history, and love, of fiddling to anyone that enjoys it. In addition to listening to live music all afternoon long, this is one of the Sonoma events in April where you get the chance to watch as contestants compete against each other and a winner is selected at the end of the day.
Professional bands will also be on hand and playing throughout the event. Tickets are all general admission and children under 6 are free.
In addition to all of these fun Sonoma events in March, you will also find some great wine tasting deals all around the county. Here are just a few of the top deals currently offers.
Battaglini Winery & Vineyard: $5 Buys You a Coupon for $5 Off a Wine Tasting for Two Plus 20% Off a Bottle of Wine, near Santa Rosa, check for availability
Harvest Moon Estate And Winery: Save on their wine and cheese tasting plates for one, two or four people, near Santa Rosa, check for availability
*Note: Most deals last for 120 days after purchase, so make sure to check the exact terms before purchasing.