Sonoma Events in September 2021: Festivals, Wine Tasting Parties, and More

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: August 4, 2021

Sonoma events in September 2021 include Wine Country Weekend, 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: 9/18, 9/19, 9/25, 9/26

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.

The National Heirloom Expo

Dates: Postponed to 2022

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.

Sonoma Harvest Music Festival

Dates: TBD for 2021

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.

Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival

Date: TBD for 2021

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.

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.

Landmark Vineyards: Lobster Feed (9/10), drink wine, eat lobster and more, while watching the sunset from 6 pm to 10 pm, $150 for general admission and $120 for wine club members

Rodney Strong Winery: Harvest Dinner (9/18) & Americana Music Festival with David Luning (9/25)

Simi: Wine is Food Series - Lobster Boil (9/18), 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

Sonoma Events in September 2019: Wine Tasting Parties

The parties listed below happened in 2019. I wanted to keep them here so you get an idea on what you can expect for 2022 and beyond! 

Cline Family Cellars: Family Day on the Great Lawn (9/22), A family event with wine, food and more, free family photos, all ages and wine permitting, starts at 11 am until 4 pm

Dutton-Goldfield: Vineyard Walk Weekend 2 (9/8) and Weekend 3 (9/15), take a morning vineyard walk with light brunch and wine tasting from 10 am to 11:30 am, reservations are suggested as it is limited to only 16 people, $50 per person and $25 for club member

Francis Ford Coppola Winery: Dancing Under The Stars (9/7), salsa lessons, live music, wine, and eat food during the sunset on the outdoor pavilion, salsa lessons start at 6:30 pm to 7 pm taught by Santa Rosa Salsa, live music begins at 7 pm to 10 pm, $39 per person

Gary Farrell Winery: SOMM SERIES "Talk Like a Somm" (9/22), learn all about the aromas hidden in wines by the estate sommelier using blends and special wines, reservations required, limited to 16 guests, $55 for general admission, $35 for members, starts at 10:30 am

Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards: Harvest Celebration Dinner (9/14), celebrate the 2019 harvest with 3-course meal, wine and entertainment, special guest winemaker Steven Urberg, starting at 5:30 pm and ending at 8:30 pm, General admission is $160 and club members are $150 or $155

Hartford Family Winery: 7th Annual Zinfandel BBQ (9/7), Enjoy their best Zinfandel wines paired with incredible BBQ, live music, library wines, starts at 4 pm and ends at 7 pm, general public price is $60 and club members $50

KORBEL Champagne Cellars: Flavors of Fall (9/7), sample champagne paired with small bites, tour the vineyards, check out the crush facilities, and take home your logoed glass, 10:30am to 2:30 pm, $25 for non-members and $20 for club members

Lambert Bridge: Chef's Table Series (9/12 & 9/20), wines paired with locally sourced and grown ingredients from 12 noon to 2 pm

Papapietro Perry: Sip & Eat - Double D's Double Barrel BBQ (9/7), Enjoy BBQ and bacon mac 'n cheese with wine, from 11 am to 4 pm

Red Car Wine: Red Car Harvest Party Lunch (10/12) Special wine and lunch pairing at Zephyr Farms Vineyard, from 4 pm to 6 pm, $30 for non-members, members receive 2 free tickets and additional tickets at discounted prices

Viszlay Vineyards: GRAPE STOMP (9/1), get your feet wet and you stomp along during the competition, drink wines and enjoy great foods, starts at 12 noon, $30 in advance and $45 at the door

Book Your Hotel in Sonoma County

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Rodney Strong Summer Concerts

Date: 9/25

This year's event is called the American Music Festival. It takes place in September at Rodney Strong Vineyards in Healdsburg.

This month, you can catch David Luning on stage between 5 pm and 7 pm.

Gates open at 4pm with the show starting at 5pm. It's one of the best outdoor Sonoma events in September.

Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival

Dates: TBD for 2021

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.

Petaluma Art in the Park

Dates: TBD for 2021

You can also spend the weekend in Petaluma at the annual Art in the Park event. It's held in the Historic Walnut Park and runs from 10am to 5pm both days. The event features art (for sale and just to admire), music, and food. The event supports arts in the Petaluma School District.

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

Foodies on Foot: Walking and food tour of Sonoma which stops at top-rated restaurants, check for availability on Groupon

*Note: Most Groupon deals last for 120 days after purchase, so make sure to check the exact terms before purchasing.

Sonoma County Wine Auction

Dates: 9/16 - 9/18

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

Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival

Dates: TBD for 2021

California's oldest festival takes place in the historic downtown square in the idyllic town of Sonoma. This event offers three days of fun. Highlights include an art festival, a grape stomp, a parade, concerts, and wine tasting.

Petaluma Antique Faire

Date: 9/26

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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