Sonoma County Events Happening This Week

Written by Crissi Langwell & Dan Taylor for The Press Democrat.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are a few ideas. This weekend, celebrate the start of salmon fishing season with the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival. On Saturday, discover your new favorite beer at Battle of Brews. Or you can run in your skivvies for a good cause at this Saturday’s Underwear Run. All this and more is in our list of things to do.

Saturday, April 9
Battle of the Brews: This Saturday, taste the best of the best beers at the annual Battle of the Brews, held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Starting at 4 p.m., the main event features over 50 beers and food vendors hoping for your vote. Also happening is a competition between craft brews at the Craft Cup and the search for the best ‘wich at the Sandwich Showdown. Tickets are $50-$95. Find out all the info at

Saturday, April 9
Yoga Hike in Sugarloaf: Enjoy a mix of hiking and gentle yoga and meditative practices on this scenic and tranquil 2-mile hike. The Sugarloaf hike will begin at 10 a.m., and the $20 fee includes parking when bought in advance. Find out more at

Saturday, April 9
Bubbles & Blooms: Celebrate spring with a glass of bubbly while surrounded by plant and floral arrangements at Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards. Meet with floral professionals to learn new tricks for your own home decorating, and peruse the on-site garden market for inspiration and to get you off to a spring start. The afternoon will be enhanced by Gloria Ferrer wines and chef-prepared tasty bites. The event is from 12-4 p.m. at the Sonoma winery, and is $80 with code LOCALSBB. Find out more at

Saturday, April 9
Taste of Olivet: Experience a fun day of tasting at the various wineries on Olivet Road in Santa Rosa this Saturday. The event is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and tickets are $30-$40 advance. Find out more at

Saturday, April 9
Underwear Run: This Saturday, strip down to your skivvies and run for a good cause when Scope For Hope holds their 5K/10K fun run to increase colon cancer awareness in Sonoma County. The run starts rain or shine 9:30 a.m. at Julliard Park in Santa Rosa. Underwear costumes and teams are encouraged. Registration is $30-$40. Kids 6-17 are $20, and kids 5 and under are free. Find out more at

April 9-10
Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival: Celebrate this year’s salmon season at this time-honored festival held at Westside Park in Bodega Bay. The event includes the traditional blessing of the fleet on Sunday, and events and entertainment for all ages all weekend long. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, enjoy live music, wine tasting, local cuisine, arts and crafts, exhibits and more. Admission is $10-$20, and kids under 12 are free. Find out more at

Other upcoming events:

Friday, April 8
Bennett Friedman Jazz Quartet: Benefit SRJC jazz concert, 8 p.m., Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa campus. $5-$10 at the door only, $4 parking.

Mean Girls: Rock unicore band, 9 p.m., HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol. $10. 829-7300,

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center: Program of Strauss, Dvorak and Brahms, 7:30 p.m. April 8, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$85. 866-955-6040,

‘All My Sons’: Raven Players production of Arthur Miller’s first play, opens 8 p.m. April 8, Raven Performing Arts Theater, Healdsburg. $10-$25. 433-6335,

Saturday, April 9

Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings: Slide guitarist, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma. $26. 765-2121,

Circus Maximus: New family-friendly ‘Juxtapose’ production from Sonoma County circus troupe, 5 p.m. Saturday, The Glaser Center, Santa Rosa. $20-$25.

Michael McDonald & Friends: Rural Health Rocks fundraiser, 8 p.m. April 9, Mendocino College Center Theatre, Ukiah. Sold out, wait list full.

Roy Rogers & The Delta Rhythm Kings: Slide guitarist, 8:30 p.m. April 9, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma. $26. 765-2121,

Sunday, April 10

Sonoma County Philharmonic: ‘Spanish Gardens’ concert, 2 p.m. April 10, Santa Rosa High School Performing Arts Auditorium. $10-$15. 206-6775,

‘Story Pirates’: Comic sketches and mini-musicals for all ages, 3 p.m. April 10, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa. $12-$17. 546-3600,

Otep: Heavy metal band, 7 p.m. April 10, Phoenix Theater, Petaluma. $22-$25. 762-3565,

Big Art Treasure Hunt: Original art hidden around Sonoma County for finders to keep, party noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Pie Eyed Open Studio, Sebastopol. See the Facebook Events page.

Monday, April 11

‘Snoopy & the Red Baron’: Exhibit of the famous dog and his nemesis, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa. $5-$10. 579-4452,

Stephen O’Connor: ‘Thomas Jefferson Dreams of Sally Hemings’ author, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Book Passage, Corte Madera. Free. (415) 927-0960,

Wednesday, April 13

Jessica Knoll: Copperfield’s Books’ ‘Debut Brew’ series with ‘Luckiest Girl Alive’ author, 6 p.m. Wednesday, HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol. Free.

Miki Agrawal: Women in Leadership talk with social entrepreneur and ‘Do Cool Sh*t’ author, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $25. (866) 955-6040,

Thursday, April 14

Todd Snider: Gypsy singer-songwriter solo performance, 8 p.m. Thursday, HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol. $30-$45, sold out. 829-7300,

Gary Soto: Shakespeare-inspired poetry at ‘Luminarias II’ visiting author series, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, SHED Grange, Healdsburg. $10. 431-7433,

Friday, April 15

‘Breaking Legs’: Madcap mobster comedy from North Bay Stage Company, opens 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $24. 546-3600,

Next Level: Three stages showcase a wide genre of local and regional musical talent, 7 p.m. Friday, April 15, Arlene Francis Center, Santa Rosa. $16.99-$22.

Paul McCandless/Christian Foley-Beining Collaboration: Original compositions by jazz quartet, 8 p.m. Friday, April 15, Occidental Center for the Arts. $20. 874-9392,

Chanticleer: Twelve-voice San Francisco men’s ensemble ‘Over the Moon’ program, 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$85. (866) 955-6040,

Saturday, April 16

‘Come As You Art’: Sonoma Community Center centennial celebration with Vitamin Girl, food, full bar, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, April 16, Andrews Hall, Sonoma. $100. 938-4626,

Earth Day Celebration: Plant sale, art, entertainment, activities and demonstrations, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 16, Quarryhill Botanical Garden, Glen Ellen. Free admission, $5 parking. 996-3166,

Anoushka Shankar: Sitar performance, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 16, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$85. (866) 955-6040,

Sunday, April 17

An Afternoon of Poetry: Outdoor readings with current and former Sonoma County Poets Laureate Iris Jamahl Dunkle and Katherine Hastings, respectively, 1-2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 17, Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen. Free, $10 parking, $5 bike- or walk-in. 938-5216,

‘April in Carneros’: Wine, food and live entertainment at 15 award-winning wineries, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, April 17, southern Sonoma Valley. $15-$75.

Sonoma Bach Consort: ‘Sacred Realms: Song of Songs’ concert with Green Mountain Singers, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17, St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church, Santa Rosa. $15-$25. (877) 914-2224,

James David Christie: Organist performs works of 16th- to 18th-century masters of the ‘king of instrument,’ 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $30. (866) 955-6040,

Santa Rosa Symphony Pops: ‘The King: The Music of Elvis,’ 3 p.m. Sunday, April 17, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $37-$80. 546-3600,