Sonoma Events in November

2018 Festivals, Wine Tasting Parties & More

Sonoma events in November 2018 include an olive oil festival, a wine safari and several on-site winery tasting events. You can also enjoy some tree lighting ceremonies and other holiday events.

Read on for events throughout the county including Healdsburg, Petaluma, Santa Rosa and more.

Sonoma Events in November

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Sonoma Extra Virgin Festival at B.R. Cohn

Dates: 11/3

Spend the day at B.R. Cohn for their annual olive oil festival. This is one of the Sonoma events in November that features several local producers. You can sample a variety of olive oils, watch them hand harvest from the trees, and enjoy cooking demonstrations.

The event also features live music, food, wine, and fun. The event runs from 11am to 4pm.

>> Visit their site for ticketing information

Wine & Food Affair

Dates: 11/3 & 11/4

One of the premier Sonoma County wine and food experiences, this two day event includes wine tasting, food made specifically for pairing with each wine, and the ability to taste wines from the Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys all for one price.

Many wineries offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten free treats too. This event has a reduced price designated driver ticket if our non-alcohol drinking friends want to come along.

>> More about this year's event

Geyserville Tree Lighting and Tractor Parade of Lights

Date: 11/24

This annual family friendly event is a joy for all. Santa arrives at 5 pm, the tree lighting is at 6 pm, and the parade starts at 6:30 pm. The Tractor Parade is always a treat as many massive tractors, and cool trucks, fully decorated with lights and other displays are on hand to amaze the crowd. Food and drink are also served before and after the event.

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Veteran's Day Parade

Date: 11/11

Petaluma is home to this beautiful Veteran's Day Parade each year. It all starts at noon, with live music in the downtown gazebo, and then the parade which includes Clydesdale horses and the Marin's Sheriffs Posse. There is a helicopter fly over that will thrill young and old alike. Food and drink will be available at local restaurants and you can do some early holiday shopping at local merchants.

Sonoma Valley Holiday Open House

Date: TBD

Start the holiday season in the beautiful Sonoma County wine country. Fifteen wineries are open and welcome you to taste their best wines, sample delicious treats, meet the wine makers and check out their caves and cellars during this full Thanksgiving weekend event.

Starting at 11 am and ending at 4 pm both days, there are also a few wineries that are open for your tasting on Friday. There are discounted tickets for designated drivers.

>> More on this year's event

Wine Tasting Deals

  • Dry Creek Vineyard: Wine Tasting with Optional Private Tasting and Tour for One or Two, up to 42% off, located north of Healdsburg in Dry Creek Valley, check for availability

  • Family Wineries Dry Creek: Wine Tasting for Two or Four, up to 71% off in Healdsburg, check for availability

  • 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

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

Lighting of the Plaza

Date: 11/17

One of the best family friendly Sonoma events in November is an experience you won't want to miss. Starting at 5 pm, and continuing until 8 pm, there will be music, stories and other events during the night.

Not only will the plaza be lit, but over 8 blocks of the town will also with more than 100,000 lights. Adding to the celebration, hot cider, cookies and snacks are complimentary. You are welcome to bring your own drinks or purchase them at local stores and restaurants located around the plaza.

Healdsburg Turkey Trot

Date: 11/29

The quaint city of Healdsburg, well known for incredible restaurants, wineries, and festivals is home to this year's Turkey Trot. Starting at 8 am, this 5K walk/run meanders thought the town. This race will also be raising money for the people affected by this year's fires and disaster in Sonoma County. Food donations are also welcome if you want to give more support. A T-shirt will be included with your registration fee if you enter before November 9th.

This is one of the Sonoma events in November on Thanksgiving Day.

>> Find additional Turkey Trots around the SF Bay Area

Cirque de Boheme Presents "Yesterday"

Dates: 11/23 - 12/16

Go back in time to see the classic Cirque de Boheme at Cornerstone Sonoma. This intimate event only allows 150 people and is set in the 1920s where jugglers, clowns, acrobats, and aerialist entertain and amaze you with their skills and feats of magic.

The circus is held under a tent so you don't have to worry about rain dampening your experience in this gorgeous garden setting. You do not want to miss this annual holiday tradition in Sonoma so make sure to book in advance.

>> Visit their site for details and ticketing information

Holiday Arts & Crafts Faire

Dates: 11/23-11/24

Rohnert Park is home to one of the top free Sonoma events in November, the Holiday Arts & Crafts Faire, every year. Now in it's 39th year, you can let the kids play in the Little Elves' Workshop as you get a jump on all your holiday shopping. Starting at 10 am and ending at 4 pm, the faire is a great way to escape the Black Friday crowds at the mall and experience a more family friendly atmosphere. There is also caroling, food and drink, other crafts for kids of all ages.

Festival of Trees

Dates: 11/23 & 11/24

The tiny town of Gualala is home to the annual Festival of Trees and is a must see for anyone that hasn't visited it. Free to all, this two day experience includes a gingerbread house, many artisans and merchants selling their wares, and lots of cookies, breads, cakes and many more tasty treats for your enjoyment.

Make sure to see when Santa, and Mrs. Claus, will make their daily appearance and look out for the Grinch as he returns to ruin everyone's Christmas. The tree lighting is at 5 pm on Friday, the 23th.

Santa's Riverboat Arrival

Date: 11/24

Santa, and Mrs. Claus, have decided to leave their sleigh at the North Pole and instead take a riverboat as they visit the city of Petaluma each year. There is live music, dancing, food and drink for all and performers from the local ballet school's Nutcracker. Afterward, you are invited to do all your holiday shopping downtown as many local merchants are offering discounts and special deals all.

Santa Rosa Events in November

Find some fun Sonoma events in November in Santa Rosa. Click the links below for ticketing information.

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Sonoma County Wine Events 2018

Discover top Sonoma events in November at local wineries. Below you will find fun events to celebrate the holidays, buy wine at a discount, and sample new releases. You can also enjoy an intimate dinner with local wine makers or a more casual party with pizza and wine.

Buena Vista Winery: Stellar Cellar Sale (11/3 & 11/4), get deals on Buena Vista wines all weekend long, no RSVP required

Chateau Diana: 1/2 off on Black Oak on Black Friday (11/23)

Cline Family Cellars & Jacuzzi Wines: Sip, Swirl & Shop (11/17), this event is complimentary and is from 11 am to 3 pm, no RSVP required

DeLoach Vineyards: Stellar Cellar Sale (11/3 & 11/4), stop by for great deals between 11am and 4pm, no reservations required

Jordan Wines: Olive Harvest Celebration & Lunch (11/2), starts with a reception, following is an interactive olive varietal demonstration and olive oil tasting, this is followed by a 3-course meal, 11am to 3pm, $125 per person

Simi Winery: Harvest Celebration Wine makers Dinner (11/10), the wine is picked and resting in the cellar, so it's time to party, enjoy food, wine, and fun starting at 6pm, $126 per person

More Things to Do in Sonoma in November

In addition to these fun Sonoma events in November, you will also find dozens of fun activities from hot air balloon rides over the county to food tours. These are just some of the other fun things to do this month all around Sonoma wine country.

  • 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.

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