Sonoma events in October 2018 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: 10/5 - 10/7
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 three 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.
Dates: 10/7, 10/11, & 10/18
One of the best outdoor Sonoma events in October is at Gundlach Bundschu. This Sonoma Valley winery has four outdoor concerts this October. This month's performers include Conor Oberst (10/7), Ty Segall & White Fence (10/11), and Lykke Li (10/18).
Date: 10/19, 10/20, & 10/21
Spend the weekend with other yoga lovers at the Sonoma County Yoga Festival. Enjoy two days and one night of yoga with more than 30 classes throughout the weekend. Bring in the new day with a midnight yoga class. Other fun activities include a Kids Yoga Zone and Ecstatic Dance Competition. You can also camp overnight.
The event is held at the SOMO Village Event Center in Rohnert Park.
Dates: 10/12 - 10/14
More than 100 comedians will be on hand this year for Sonoma Laughfest. The event runs for three nights and includes 9 one-hour performances. The first night is in Sonoma, night two is in Santa Rosa, and the final night of performances are in Healdsburg. Shows include stand-up, improv, sketch comedy, and more.
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: 10/13 & 10/14 + 10/20 & 21
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.
Dates: 10/13 & 10/14
One of the free Sonoma events in October is the Santa Rosa Mystic Fair. More than 60 exhibitors will be on hand including those that specialize in numerology, massage therapy, and energy work. You will also find vendors selling jewelry, candles, books, henna, and so much more.
The event also features live music, belly dancers and plenty of food. This two-day event runs from 9am to 5pm and is at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building.
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.
*Note: Most Groupon deals last for 120 days after purchase, so make sure to check the exact terms before purchasing.
Dates: 10/26 - 10/28
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.
Celebrate Oktoberfest with this four-hour music and craft beer show. The event will be held at the Somo Village Event Center. This year, several bands will take the stage including Galactic, The Pimps of Joytime, Big Sam's Funky Nation, The Dixie Giants, and Royal Jelly Jive.
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.
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)
Benziger Family Winery: Harvest Estate Hike (10/7), hike through the vineyards with their changing colors and hear stories about the estate, one hour long hike, extend your day and order lunch in advance
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
Cline Family Cellars: Mad Scientist Party (10/27), 2pm to 5pm, annual Halloween party with treats in the tasting room, a chance to visit the "lab" and a chance to show off your dancing skills
DeLoach Vineyards: Oysters & Bubbles (10/13), enjoy fresh oysters with JCB Bubbles and DeLoach wines, 2pm to 4pm
Coppola: Harvest & Halloween Carnival (10/28), family-friendly event with games, music, magic, costumes, and more, reservations are required
KORBEL Champagne Cellars: Halloween Happy Hour (10/27), festive cocktails and spooky appetizers and a haunted house, 4pm to 7pm
Imagery Estate Winery: Italian Affair (10/6), enjoy an Italian fest at their annual event, 6pm to 9pm
Lambert Bridge Winery: Chef's Table Series (10/18 & 10/19), food from the local chef at Boon Eat + Drink
Landmark Vineyards: Harvest Festival (10/6), celebrate the harvest and enjoy Landmark wines paired with food from local vendors, 11am to 3pm, Landmark Courtyard, $55 for the public, $40 for club members
Pech Merle Winery: Pech, Love, & Paella (10/6), paella, fresh salads and flan, 5pm to 8pm
Robledo Family Winery: Harvest Festival (10/13), grape stomping, live entertainment, delicious food and more, 12pm to 4pm
Schrug Carneros Estate Winery: Oktoberfest (10/6) under the tent starting at 10am
Sonoma-Cutrer: Family Style Harvest Lunch (10/13), family style lunch with perfectly paired wines, 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.
*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.