Sonoma Events in September 2022: Festivals, Wine Tasting Parties, and More

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: August 4, 2022

Sonoma events in September 2022 include the Rodney Strong Summer Concert Series, the Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival, and the Valley of the Moon Vintage Fest. Other top activities include wine tasting parties at local wineries, a few fun nightlife options, and other large festivals this month.

My calendar includes things to do in Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Rohnert Park, and other locations in Sonoma County. Read on for a full schedule of events this month.

Sonoma Events in September

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Sonoma County Art Trails

Dates: 9/24, 9/25, 10/1 & 10/2

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 10 am to 5 pm all four days. You can pick up a map at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts.

The National Heirloom Expo

Dates: Postponed to 2023

This event is the largest Heirloom Expo of its kind and will be held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. You will find more than 4,000 varieties of heirloom products from tomatoes to watermelon to squash.

In addition to vendors, you can also enjoy speakers that will talk about pure foods, buying local, and what happens to some of the food at larger commercial operations. Doors are open from 9am to 9pm all three days. Tickets are available at the door or in advance and range from one-day to three-day.

Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival

Date: 9/10

Sample hand-crafted beers from more than 20 local brewers at this annual beer tasting event. It's one of my favorite sudsy Sonoma events in September where you can support local producers in historic downtown Petaluma. The event is along the river and also includes food and entertainment. They start pouring beer at 1pm and will close at 5pm.

St. George's Greek & Middle Eastern Food Festival

Dates: 9/10 & 9/11

Sonoma County is known mostly for the gorgeous valleys, the great wines, and the local fairs. However, they also know how to live life to the fullest and enjoy a great Middle Eastern food festival.

As would be expected this festival is dolma-packed (how could someone write jam-packed?) with the best middle eastern food this side of the old country.

This is another one of the Sonoma events in August that has DJs and live music, church tours, and live dance performances for everyone to enjoy. And, again, it has middle eastern and Greek food!

It is located in Rohnert Park just about an hour north of San Francisco and runs from 11 am to 9 pm each day. OPA!

Wine Tasting Parties 

You will find plenty of wine tasting parties on this calendar of Sonoma events in September. You will get the chance to taste exclusive library wines, eat paella, and celebrate harvest. Other fun events include picking parties, hikes in the vineyard, and lobster boils.

Alexander Valley Vineyards: Harvest Party (9/10), biggest party of the year, grape picking, stomping, and more

B.R. Cohn: Wine Country Yoga (9/17), 60 minutes of yoga and a glass of wine with some chocolates to end the event

Buena Vista Winery: Annual Harvest Brunch (9/25)

Cline Family Cellars: 40th Anniversary Celebration (9/4)

Gloria Ferrer: Paella Lunch (9/18) from 1 pm to 3 pm

Hawkes Wine: Summer Garden Party in Alexander Valley (9/3) from 4 pm to 7 pm with Paella, Korean BBQ, and wine

Rodney Strong: Americana Festival with Davie Luning (9/24) from 5 pm to 7 pm

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards: Labor Day Weekend Kick-Off BBQ (9/2)

Simi Winery: Wine is Food Series - Lobster Boil (9/17), Lobster dinner with wood fried side dishes, all paired with great wines starting at 6:30 pm, tickets for general admission are $145, members are $125

Book Your Hotel in Sonoma County

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Rodney Strong Summer Concerts

Date: 9/10

The September head over to Rodney Strong for their final show of their summer concert series. 

This month, you get the chance to see Blues Traveler on stage.

Gates open at 4 pm with the show starting at 5 pm with the opener followed by an intermission. After that, Blues Traveler will take the stage! 

It's one of the best outdoor Sonoma events in September.

Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival

Dates: No event in 2022

Another one of the most anticipated Sonoma events in September is the two-day Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival. The event features dozens of performers along the banks of the Russian River.

Make sure to bring along blankets and low back chairs for seating. High back chairs and umbrellas are allowed but need to be set up in an area that doesn't block other attendees.

More Fun Things to Do in Sonoma

In addition to all of these great Sonoma events in September, you will also find several fun things to do all around this gorgeous wine region every day. These are just a few of my favorites.

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

Sonoma County Wine Auction

Dates: 9/15 - 9/17

The annual Sonoma County Wine Auction offers you a chance to sample tasty local wines as you help raise money for the community. This event features a Preview Party, Vintner Dinners, and a large auction. This year's events are held at the gorgeous La Crema Estate at Saralee's Vineyard. Pick up your tickets early.

>> Find tickets on their website

Petaluma Antique Faire

Date: 9/25

Antique collectors and lovers will once again enjoy the selection at this year's Antique Faire. Petaluma has a lot of the top Sonoma events in September, and this is another great one. Head downtown to admire antiques from more than 150 dealers.

The event runs from 8am to 4pm and is free for all to attend.

Sonoma Events in September: Live Music & Nightlife

The two best places in Sonoma to see larger name bands on stage are in Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park. Click the links below for ticketing details for each show.

Santa Rosa

Rohnert Park

Tasting Deals in Sonoma

If you miss these Sonoma events in September, but still plan to do some tasting during your stay, make sure to check out these great deals. They give you a chance to do even more tasting without breaking the bank.

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 September: Festivals, Events, & Fun Things to Do

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