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Sonoma Events in October 2022: Harvest Activities, Wine Tasting, & More

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: August 4, 2022

Sonoma events in October 2022 include Pinot on the River, the Harvest Fair, and Healdsburg Crush. Other highlights include outdoor concerts at Gundlach Bundschu and individual winery events.

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.

Sonoma Events in October

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Sonoma Harvest Music Festival

Dates: 10/8 & 10/9

BottleRock presents this year's Sonoma Harvest Music Festival at the B.R. Cohn Winery. This two-weekend event features live music in the vineyards. There will be a different line-up each day and each weekend.

In addition, enjoy local food and wine all throughout the shows. This music festival is different from most in the fact that they limit the crowds to just 3,000 people per day.

Healdsburg Crush

Date: 10/16

Spend the day in the Healdsburg Plaza enjoying wine from more than 60 local wineries. You can sample Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, sparkling wine, and so much more. 

Proceeds from this event benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sonoma & Marin. 

Head over between  12 pm and 4 pm. This event is for those 21 and older only.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair

Dates: 10/15

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.

It runs from 1 pm to 4 pm.

>> Visit their site to learn more

Live Music at Gundlach Bundschu

Dates: 10/16 & 10/24

One of the best outdoor Sonoma events in October is at Gundlach Bundschu. This Sonoma Valley winery has two outdoor concerts.

The first one is on 10/16 and features Marco Benevento. The second is on 10/24 and features Plains.

Doors open at 5:30 pm and the show runs until around 10 pm.

Places to Stay in Sonoma

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.

Booking.com: Save on your Hotel in Sonoma with Booking.com, Planet Earth's #1 Accommodation Site. No booking fees ever!

TripAdvisor: What's the #1 hotel in Sonoma County? Read reviews & find hotel deals on TripAdvisor!

VRBO: You can also find some great places to stay on VRBO. They offer apartments, houses, cottages, and rooms for rent all around Sonoma County. Find some great places to stay here

Asti Tour de Vine

Dates: 10/8

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.

More Fun Things to Do in Sonoma in October

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.

Sonoma Wine Country Bike Tour: Ride through Sonoma Wine Country on this 4.5 hour tour, starts in Santa Rosa and takes you to visit two to three wineries, entire trip is about 16-miles (25.7 km), route is mostly flat, check for availability

Food & Wine Walking Tour: Walking and food tour of Sonoma which stops at several gourmet spots for tastings, check for availability

Gem Faire in Santa Rosa

Dates: 10/28 - 10/30

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.

Pinot on the River

Date: 10/8

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 at the Old Courthouse Square in Santa Rosa and runs from 11 am to 3 pm.

The event helps to raise money for Sonoma County Pride.

Clo Cow Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k

Date: 10/16

This fun, annual footrace offers different distances for different levels, all beginning and ending in downtown Petaluma. 

This is one of the great family-friendly Sonoma events in October, featuring meet-and-greet opportunities with Clo the Cow herself! Wearing your cowbell finisher medal, how could you say no to a glass of Clover chocolate milk in your post-race celebration?

Sonoma Events in October 2022: Wine Tasting Parties

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.

Alexander Valley Vineyards: Fall Garden Lunch (10/1)

B.R. Cohn: Sonoma Harvest Music Festival (10/8 & 10/9)

B.R. Cohn: Portraits and Pinot (10/16), fall photography mini sessions, enjoy a glass of Pinot after

Benzinger: Harvest Hikes (10/8), 10 am and 2 pm

Buena Vista Winery: Annual Harvest Masquerade Ball (10/29), 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

Emeritus Vineyards (10/8): Harvest Trail, follow the trail of the grapes from vine to crush pad, sample current releases and enjoy some small bites, 11:30 am to 3:30 pm

Gary Farrell Winery (10/1): Harvest Dinner, family style meal with local celebrity chef Duskie Estes, paired with Gary Farrell wines

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards: Blessing of the Animals (10/3), annual fundraising event

Seghesio: Harvest Dinner at Home Ranch (10/15)

Trione Winery: Dinner Under the Starts (10/2), from 5 pm to 8 pm

Wine Tasting Deals in Sonoma County

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 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.

Sonoma in October: Events, Festivals, & Wine Tasting Parties

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