Things to Do in Sonoma County This Week

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

Looking for something to do this weekend? We have a few ideas. Enjoy the Petaluma Butter & Egg Days Festival with a parade on Saturday and the annual Spring Antiques Faire on Sunday. Celebrate Earth Day in Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa with live music and fun activities. Or get in touch with your creative side when 100 Thousand Poets for Change present poetry and music at Gaia’s Garden. All this and more is in our list of things to do.

Friday, April 22
Beatles Sing-a-Long & Dance: Join in singing your favorite Beatles tunes when three tribute bands perform live at the Sebastopol Community Center this Friday. Taking the stage will be Pepperland, A Band of Hippies and the Love Choir. Wear your favorite Fab 5 costume, or just don your old hippie duds. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $12-$18. Find out more at

Friday, April 22
100 Thousand Poets for Change: This Friday, join poets and musicians for an Earth Day celebration at Gaia’s Garden in Santa Rosa. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., the event will be hosed by Susan Lamont and feature live poetry readings and music performances. Admission is a $5 minimum purchase from the restaurant. Find out all the details at

April 22 & 24
To Kill a Mockingbird: This Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m., the Sonoma Film Institute at SSU will offer a showing of classic film, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” adapted from the novel by Harper Lee, and starring Gregory Peck. Admission to the screening is a $5 donation, plus a $5 parking fee. Find out more at

April 23 & 24
Butter & Egg Days Festival: This weekend, celebrate the heritage and history of Petaluma at the town’s 35th annual Butter & Egg Days Parade & Festival. On Saturday, the festival events will include the traditional parade, the Cutest Chick Contest, the Cow Pie Throwing Contest and more. On Sunday, enjoy the annual Spring Antique Faire in downtown Petaluma. Plus, Petaluma Transit will offer free rides to the parade on Saturday. Find out all the details at

Saturday, April 23
Grand Opening of the Laguna Discovery Trail: This Saturday morning, discover Laguna de Santa Rosa’s newest trail that offers uninterrupted views of wildlife and a deeper connection with the watershed. Walks take place at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. A donation of $10 is requested. Find out more at the Facebook Events Page.

Saturday, April 23
Hike Around Sugarloaf: Up for a more challenging hike? Dave Chalk will lead avid hikers on a 13-plus-mile trek around Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Kenwood this Saturday, starting at 9 a.m. at White Barn. Following the journey, enjoy a BBQ. Hike costs $20 and includes a t-shirt. Register at

Saturday, April 23
Earth Day on Stage: Celebrate Earth Day this Saturday in downtown Santa Rosa with a free family-friendly festival in Courthouse Square. From noon to 4 p.m., guests are invited to walk, bike or take the City Bus to the event to enjoy live performances and activities throughout the day. The event will include food and beverage to purchase, music, a kids’ eco-activity area and more. Find out more at

Saturday, April 23
Windsor Chili Cook-Off: The 3rd annual Windsor Chili Cook-Off will heat things up on the Windsor Town Green this Saturday. From noon to 4 p.m., enjoy 23 servicing of homemade chili paired with corn bread, and live music from several popular local bands. Tasting tickets are $20. Find out more at the Facebook Events Page.

Saturday, April 23
Evening with the All-Stars: This Saturday evening, celebrate the magic of Hanna Boys Center at their 10th annual fundraising gala. The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. and will include a gourmet dinner, a magic show, dancing to music from Pride & Joy and more. Tickets are $20 per person. Find out all the details at

Saturday, April 23
Earth Laugh: Comedy of Crushers presents a 21-plus event with Earth Day comedy performances at the Sonoma Valley Inn. This Saturday at 8 p.m., kick back for a good chuckle with comedians Zahra Noorbakhsh, Ronn Vigh and Natasha Muse. Admission is $25. Find out more at

Saturday, April 23
SRJC College Preview Day: High School students are invited to the SRJC campus in Santa Rosa to learn more about college programs and services, embark on a campus tour and attend college application and financial aid workshops. Free parking will be in the Emeritus “E” parking lot and the Zumwalt Parking Pavilion. The event starts at 10 a.m. RSVP at

Saturday, April 23
Casa Grande’s 24-Hour Play Festival: This weekend, student playwrights, directors, actors and crew will write, produce, direct and perform brand new plays for a waiting audience. On Saturday at 7:45 p.m., you can watch these freshly created plays and be witness to the talent within this student-run production. All performances will be held in the NMU at Casa Grande High School in Petaluma. Find out more at

Sunday, April 24
Earth Day in Peacetown: This Sunday, enjoy a wide schedule of free events at the Sebastopol Community Cultural Center in honor of Earth Day. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., events will include gardening activities, poetry readings, fairy house building, a dance party and more. Find out all the details at

Other Upcoming Events:

Friday, April 22

Chris Robinson Brotherhood: Rock band, 8:30 tonight, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma. $35-$39, sold out. 765-2121,

Crary, Evans & Spurgin: Bluegrass songs and stories, 8 tonight, Sebastopol Community Cultural Center Annex-Main Room, $22-$25. 824-1858,

Prelude to Passport Weekend: Vineyard-tour lunches and winemaker dinners open weekend Passport event, various times and wineries, today, Dry Creek Valley, Healdsburg. $76-$155.

San Francisco Opera Adler Fellows: Chamber concert with rising young opera singers, 7:30 tonight, Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College Petaluma campus. $15-$26. (415) 392-4400,

Saturday, April 23

San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers: Songs and jigs with 100 fiddlers, 7 p.m. Saturday, Napa Valley Performing Arts Center, Yountville. $20-$35. 944-9900,

Sessions: Reggae, hip-hop and rhythm and blues, 9 p.m. Saturday, HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol. $5. 829-7300,

Midori: Violin program of Bach, Schubert, Brahms and Tchaikovsky, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$85. 866-955-6040,

Sunday, April 24

Stephane Wrembel: Multi-faceted master guitarist and composer and his band, 8 p.m. Sunday, Occidental Center for the Arts. $25. 874-9392,

Matthias Goerne: Baritone performance of Schubert’s ‘Die Schöne Müllerin,’ 3 p.m. Sunday, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$85. 866-955-6040,

Jackson Browne: Solo acoustic performance by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $56-$76. 546-3600,

Jesca Hoop: Concert and cocktails annual venue fundraiser, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Main Stage West, Sebastopol. $60. 823-0177,

‘Twelfth Night’: Shakespearean comedy with a true-to-the-period all-male cast, 2 p.m. Sunday, Burbank Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa campus. $12-$18. 527-4307,

Monday, April 25

Jennifer Siebel Newsom: ‘Redefining Leadership,’ Women in Leadership series, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $25. 866-955-6040,

Tuesday, April 26

Nick Swardson: Stand-up comedy, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $25-$45. 866-955-6040,

Wednesday, April 27

Todd Rundgren: Multi-instrumentalist rocker, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Uptown Theatre, Napa. $45-$85. 259-0123,

Thursday, April 28

William Carlsen: Journalist and ‘Jungle of Stone’ author, 7 p.m. Thursday, Book Passage, Corte Madera. Free. (415) 927-0960,

Friday, April 29

Juanito Pascual: Flamenco guitarist with his New Flamenco Trio, 8 p.m. Friday, April 29, Occidental Center for the Arts. $15-$20. 874-9392,

Saturday, April 30

‘Grease’ the Sing-Along: Alexander Valley Film Society drive-in movie fundraiser, 6:30 p.m. gates, 7:45 p.m. movie, Saturday, April 30, Citrus Fairgrounds, Cloverdale. $15-$50. 893-7150,

Tortoise: Chicago-based quintet plus multi-instrumentalist Chris Cohen, 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma. $35-$40.

Jean Hegland: ‘Into the Forest’ and ‘Still Time’ author, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Copperfield’s Books, Santa Rosa. Free. 578-8938,

‘Day on the Green’: Art show, music and activities, beverage sales benefit Food for Thought, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free.

Paula West: Jazz and cabaret artist, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $30. 866-955-6040,

Sunday, May 1

‘Blossoms, Bees & Barnyard Babies’: Sonoma County Farm Trails tours, activities and demonstrations, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 1, various farms and venues. Free to nominal admission. 837-8896,

Occidental Community Choir: ‘A West County Home Companion’ of songs and stories, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, Sebastopol Center for the Arts. $15-$20. 874-8622,

Margaret Leng Tan: ‘Ode to Schroeder’ performance on toy pianos and other toy instruments, 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $30. 866-955-6040,

Tom Holland: ‘Five Decades of Art’ exhibit opening, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, May 1, Art Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa. $7-$10. 579-1500,

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