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Sonoma Events in September 2024: Festivals, Wine Tasting Parties, and More

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: May 5, 2024

Sonoma events in September 2024 include the Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival, the Healdsburg Arts Festival, and the Petaluma Antique Faire. 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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Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival

Date: 9/7

Times: 1 - 5 pm

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 1 pm and will close at 5 pm.

Wine Tasting Parties in September 2024

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 (9/14): Let's Crush It 2024, from 9 am to 2 pm, pick grapes, grape stomping tournament, live music, lunch paired with wines

BR Cohn: Summer music series every Saturday & Sunday from 12-2:30 pm between May and October, for food, wine and live music.

Buena Vista Winery (9/22): Annual Harvest Brunch at 10:30 am

Cline Cellars (9/15): 2nd Annual Chili Challenge from 2 to 4:30 pm

Cline Cellars: Friday Jams Happy Hour Series live music and good food on every third Friday of the month between May 17 and September 20 from 5 to 7 pm

Dry Creek Vineyard (9/28): Endeavour Release Party from 12 pm to 4:30 pm, seasonal bites paired with the 2021 vintage Endeavour Cabernet Sauvignon

Dutton Goldfield (9/15): Exploring wine and mushrooms seminar and food

Gary Farrell Winery (9/22): Harvest Seminar from 11 am. Limited to 12 guests.

Gundlach Bundschu (9/14): Harvest Supper with the Bundschus

Hawkes Wine (9/28): Annual Pyramid Vineyard Dinner with great food and wine at 5:30 pm

Kendall-Jackson (9/14): Farm-to-table dinner at 5:30 pm - Caribbean theme

Medlock Ames (9/29): Backyard Nights: Live Music & Food Truck, from 5 pm to 7:30 pm, enjoy wine, bites and live music on the estate

Book Your Hotel in Sonoma County

Make sure to check out the deals available this month in Sonoma before you book your room. Options include discounts on your hotel room rate or free amenities such as breakfast or parking. By clicking on the links below, you can also read recent guest reviews to get a great feel for what it's like to stay at each hotel in Sonoma.

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

Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival

Dates: TBD

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.

Healdsburg Arts Festival

Dates: 9/28, Plaza Park

Spend the weekend in the Healdsburg Plaza for the annual Healdsburg Arts Festival. This event features fine art and crafts from more than 55 artists. They limit the number of artists in order to provide the best experience and products possible. Other highlights for this festival include art demonstrations, interactive experiences, live music, food, and, of course, wine.

The event takes place on Saturday and runs from 10 am to 7 pm.

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: 9/19 - 9/21

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: 9/29

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 200 dealers. You never know what you might find!

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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