Sonoma events in October 2019 include Pinot on the River, the Harvest Fair, and the Alexander Valley Film Festival. Other highlights include outdoor concerts at Gundlach Bundschu, Laughfest, and the Geyserville Beer, Wine, & Spirits Festival.
My calendar includes top things to do in Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Rohnert Park, and other towns all around the county. In addition, I've included a few of the top deals for this month for wine tasting, hotels, and other fun things to do.
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Dates: 10/4 - 10/5
One of the first big Sonoma events in October is the harvest fair. This event offers the best of Sonoma County with award winning wines, beer, and locally produced food. For two days, there are dinners, a wine country marketplace, and several tasting and pairing options.
The most popular is the Grand Harvest Tasting Pavilion. More than 100 wineries will be on hand serving up their Sonoma wines. You can also sample goodies from the winners of the Professional Wine, Food and Restaurant competitions. The Grand Harvest Tasting Pavilion is open all three days.
One of the best outdoor Sonoma events in October is at Gundlach Bundschu. This Sonoma Valley winery has one outdoor concerts on Halloween. Catch Whitney live. Doors open at 6pm.
If you plan to attend one or more of these Sonoma events in October, then make sure to spend a night or two to enjoy this lovely Northern California wine region. Click the links below for some great deals and to read recent guest reviews on Sonoma's top hotels.
Dates: 10/12 & 10/13 + 10/19 & 20
Sonoma County Art Trails is a way to learn about and support local artists. For four days in October, you will get the chance to step inside their studios, learn about how their create their art, and ask the artists questions. If you love some of their work, you can even pick up a piece or two for your own home.
Studios will be open from 10am to 5pm all four days. You can pick up a map at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.
Ride your bicycle through the beautiful back roads of Sonoma County on the Asti Tour de Vine. Cruise past colorful vineyards, next to the Russian River, and through cute rural towns. The event includes 25k, 50k, 100k, and 100m routes.
All four end up in the town of Cloverdale at the historic Asti Winery. Your ride ends with a hearty lunch with some local Sonoma County wine.
One of the top Sonoma events in October for movie lovers is the Alexander Valley Film Festival. It features both locally produced and independent shows from up-and-coming directors. It will include both domestic and international documentaries and short films.
Shows will be at the Raven Film Center in Healdsburg, The Clover Theatre in Cloverdale and other locations around Sonoma County.
In addition to all of these fun Sonoma events in October, you will also find so many other great things to do from heading out on a hot air balloon ride over the valley to bike riding tours. Click the links below to learn more.
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.
Dates: 10/25 - 10/27
The Gem Faire is coming to Santa Rosa this October. It will feature more than 80 importers, wholesalers, and manufactures at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. You will find thousands of high quality gems, beads, crystals and more.
One of the best places to find high quality Pinot Noir wines is in the Russian River Valley. Pinot on the River features around 100 wineries from the region serving up their top Pinot wines. The event takes place in the Healdsburg Plaza and runs from 12pm to 4pm (VIP access starts at 11am).
The event helps to raise money for the local Boys & Girls Clubs.
Date: 10/25 - 10/26
Run through two of the most beautiful wine regions during the Healdsburg Wine Country Half Marathon. This is one of the Sonoma events in October that will get your heart pumping and then allow you to cool down with some tasty local wines.
During the race, you will head through both Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys. You can also dress up in costume to enter the costume contest and enjoy food, wine, and fun at the end of the race.
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.
In addition to these larger Sonoma events in October, you will also find some great, small events at local wineries. Most required advanced registration so visit the winery websites for details.
Amista Vineyards: Amista Harvest Lunch (10/21)
Buena Vista Winery: Annual Harvest Masquerade Ball (10/20), head back to 1864 when the Count of Buena Vista hosted his first wine release with a masquerade ball, dancing, light appetizers and wine, dress in your favorite masquerade gown with mask for this special annual event, 7 pm to 10 pm
Cline Family Cellars: Halloween Party(10/26), annual Halloween party with treats in the tasting room, a chance to visit the "lab" and a chance to show off your dancing skills, 2pm to 5pm
Coppola: Harvest & Halloween Carnival (10/28), family-friendly event with games, music, magic, costumes, and more, reservations are required
Dutton-Goldfield: Harvest Party (10/19), Meet the winery team, club members and other wine lovers, enjoy a flight of the newest releases, be the best grape stomper in the competition, and learn about everything winery related at this wonderful party, live music by Sebastian St. James, reservations are recommended, starts at 11 am and ends at 4 pm, public tickets are $20 and wine club members are complimentary
Emeritus Vineyards: Harvest Trail (10/20), learn about the wines while walking through the vineyard with the founder, wine maker, and other members of the company, tables with food and wine pairings throughout the walk, 1 pm to 3:30 pm
Francis Ford Coppola Winery: 11th Annual Halloween Carnival (10/27), wine, costume party, and more
Gary Farrell Winery: Annual Harvest Dinner (10/5), dinner, wines and more, limited attendance and tickets required, 21 and older only, starts at 6 pm
Gary Farrell Winery: SOMM SERIES Pair Like a Somm (10/13), Learn from the estate sommelier how to make the perfect pairing of wine and food just in time for the holidays, reservations required and limited to 16 guests total, $55 for general admission and $35 for club members, starts at 10:30 am
Geyser Peak Winery: 2019 Summer Concert (10/12) featuring Majestic the Journey Tribute Band, delicious wine and you are welcome to bring a picnic lunch doors open at 10 am with music from 12:30 to 3 pm, $10 per person, club members and one guest are complimentary
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards: Succulent Pumpkin Workshop #1 and #2 (10/20), create your own pumpkin table centerpiece while drinking wine and eating light bites, there are two seatings with the first at 11 am to 12:30 pm and the second at 1 pm to 2:30 pm, prices for general admission are $65, club members are either $55 or $60 depending on level
J Vineyards & Winery: Eastside Knoll Vineyard Dinner (10/12), eat in the vineyard with a meal by the Executive Chef Carl Shelton paired with wines, from 5 pm to 10 pm, general admission is $250 and $220 for club members
Jacuzzi Winery: Harvest Lunch and Grape Stomp (10/5) from 11:30 am to 3:30
Jordan Winery: Farm-To-Table Interactive Cooking Luncheon (10/5), farm to table foods paired with wines at Jordan Winery, you can pick the fruit and veggies for the lunch to be made out of during your tour, starts at 9:45 am and finishes at 3 pm, tickets are $200 per person and limited to 18 guests total
Jordan Winery: Fall Vineyard Hike (10/23 and 10/24), start with a continental breakfast at the chateau before a easy 4 mile hike in the vineyards, see great views from different areas of the vineyards, and finish with a small bite and wine pairing on the terrace, starts at 9:45 am and ends at 2 pm, tickets are $110 and limited to 18 guests
Lambert Bridge Winery: Chef's Table Series (10/18 & 10/19), food from the local chef at Boon Eat + Drink
Landmark Vineyards: Harvest Festival (10/5), celebrate the harvest and enjoy Landmark wines paired with food from local vendors, 11am to 3pm, Landmark Courtyard, $60 for the public, $40 for club members
Larson Family Winery: Canine Costume Contest (10/27), a fun day of dogs in costumes and wine tasting
Ledson Winery: Corvettes at the Castle (10/19), check out the coolest corvettes as you taste wine and eat small bites, from 10 am to 4 pm
Merriam Vineyards: Lobster Boil (9/14), lobster, corn on the cob, potato salad and more including blueberry pie paired with wines, reservations required, from 6 pm to 8 pm
Papapietro Perry: Sip & Eat - Pilon Kitchen (10/5), Enjoy Venezuelan cuisine with wine, from 11 am to 4 pm
Pech Merle Winery: Pech, Love, & Paella (10/6), paella, fresh salads and flan, 5pm to 8pm, $85 general admission and $65 for club members
Red Car Wine: Fall Estate Release at Red Car Wine (10/12), taste the newest releases of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, eat small bites at the tasting room, from 4 pm to 6 pm, $30 for non-members and 2 free tickets for members
Rodney Strong Vineyard: Single Vineyard Release Dinner (10/12), learn about three different wines as they are paired with food in the vineyard, meet with special wine guests, starts at 4:30 to 8:30, tickets are $155 per person and $125 for members
Schug Carneros Estate Winery: Oktoberfest (10/6) under the tent starting at 10am
Seghesio Family Vineyards: Italian Heritage Dinner (10/12), share wine, food and more as Chef Peter Janiak prepares classic Italian food for you to enjoy, from 6 pm to 9 pm, tickets are $125 for general public and $100 for members
Simi Vineyards: Simi Select Party (10/12), drink wine and eat small bites as you listen to live music on the terrace, starts at 1 pm and ends at 4 pm, tickets are $35 per person general admission and $25 for wine members
Sonoma-Cutrer: Winemaker for a Day Harvest Lunch (10/19), family style lunch with perfectly paired wines, located in the vineyard and led by Winemaker Cara Morrison, views of their 400 acre property, $75 plus tax
Get some great deals on wine tasting either before or after these fun Sonoma events in October. Click the links below for some of the best deals around.
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 up to 40% off wine and cheese tasting plates for one, two or four people, near Santa Rosa, check for availability
Williamson Wines: Wine and Food Pairing for Two or Four at Williamson Wines in Healdsburg (Up to 48% Off), check for deal availability
*Note: Most deals last for 120 days after purchase, so make sure to check the exact terms before purchasing.
Head over to Geyserville for another chance to sample the best local beer, wine and spirits. This event is limited to just 500 people, so everyone gets the best experience possible. All proceeds go to support the Geyserville Education Foundation. The event is held at the Geyserville Inn and runs from 12pm to 4pm.