Things to Do in Sonoma County this Weekend

This weekend, it's all about having fun.


This weekend, it’s all about having fun. On Saturday, support Petaluma schools and hear great music at the same time when you attend the Petaluma Music Festival. On Sunday, tap your feet at the Sonoma County Blues Festival. And this weekend is the final days of the Sonoma County Fair. All this and more is in our list of things to do.

FRIDAY, Aug. 5

Party for Art: In a fundraiser for Artstart, the community art program concludes their summer program this Friday with a celebration, and you are invited. View and purchase artwork by apprentices and professionals, bid on artistic pieces and fun adventures in the live auction, and enjoy music, food and fun in Artstart’s outdoor studio. The event is from 6-10 p.m., and tickets are $45 single, and $85 pair. Find out all the details at

Movie Under the Oak: Hope Chapel in Santa Rosa is hosting a free movie night under their big oak tree, showing the film, “A Night at the Museum.” El Coronel Mexican Food Truck will be on site from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with food to purchase. Popcorn and candy will also be for sale. The movie starts at sunset. Find out all the details at

“Valley of the Moon”: Bay Area transplant and New York Times best selling author Melanie Gideon presents her latest book, “Valley of the Moon,” at Copperfield’s Books in Montgomery Village. Just like the title suggests, the Sonoma Valley plays a central role in the storyline. Come at 7 p.m. to meet the author and hear her read from her book. Find out more at

The Pool Cafe at Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville.


Petaluma Music Festival: In a benefit for music programs at Petaluma schools, this annual event at the Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds is not one to miss. This year’s headliners are Jackie Greene, Steve Kimock & Friends, The Mother Hips and more. The event starts at noon, and tickets are $45-$110. Find out all the details at

Windsor Kids Festival: This Saturday, low-income families are invited to Windsor Town Green to help get their kids ready for school. The event will include free backpacks and school supplies, plus food, activities and more. Registration is required to receive backpacks and supplies. The event begins at 11 a.m. For more information, visit

Grammar Workshop with the Grammar Diva: Arlene Miller, the Grammar Diva, will share tips and tricks at Copperfield’s Books in Petaluma in a witty presentation based on her popular book, “The Best Little Grammar Book Ever!” The event is at 1 p.m. Find out more at

Live Music by Coppola’s Pool: Relax poolside at Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville with a drink in hand and the music of Ivy Hill in your ears. On Saturday nights from 6:30-9:30 p.m., the winery offers free entertainment by the Pool Cafe. Find out all the details at



Sonoma County Blues Fest: In its 35th year, the Sonoma County Blues Festival returns to SOMO Village, shining a spotlight on both established and emerging artists in the blues music scene. This year’s lineup includes Sonny Landreth, recent winner of the Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist Guitar, award winning blues vocalist Janiva Magness, cutting edge bluesman Lightinin Malcolm and rising locals HowellDevine. Tickets are $35, and the event starts at 1 p.m. Find out all the details at

Final Day of the Sonoma County Fair: This year’s fair ends on Sunday with Monster Trucks in the Chris Beck Arena, horse racing, the Derby Dog Dash and more. Sunday is also Carnival Pay-One-Price Day, with unlimited rides for $35. Plan your day with info from the website at


CLOVERDALE: Friday Night Live at the Plaza, Downtown Cloverdale, from June 3 through September 2, 2016.(John Burgess / The Press Democrat)
Cody Canada & The Departed, country rock at Friday Night Live at the Plaza, downtown Cloverdale. (Photo by John Burgess)

Friday, Aug. 5

Monster Trucks: TRAXXAS Destruction Tour, 7 p.m., Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa. $10-$15 plus fair admission of $6-$12. 545-4200,

French Oak Gypsy Band: Jazz combo, ‘Local Talent Friday,’ 8-10 p.m., Occidental Center for the Arts. $10. 874-9392,

Cody Canada & The Departed: Country rock, ‘Friday Night Live’ outdoor concert series, 7 p.m., Cloverdale Plaza. Free. 894-4410,

Tommy Thomsen: Sonoma’s Americana musician, ‘Funky Fridays’ outdoor concert, 7 p.m., Hood Mansion, Santa Rosa. $10. 833-6288,

Broadway Under the Stars: ‘Dance the Night Away’ opener, 5 p.m. picnicking, performance 7:30 p.m., Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen. $42-$134. (877) 424-1414,

Los Tigres del Norte: Latin music, 7:30 p.m., Weill Hall and Lawn, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $25-$80. (866) 955-6040,

Saturday, Aug. 6

George Winston: Solo piano concert, 8 p.m. Saturday, Dance Palace, Point Reyes Station. $35-$40 plus suggested canned food donation. (415) 663-1075,

Guy Slater: Mix of modern guitar styles, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Museums of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa. Free with admission of $7-$10. 579-1500,

SH-BOOM: Rock ’n’ roll oldies, ‘Rockin’ Concerts’ series, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 545-3844,

Hellbender: Headliner for Petaluma Metal Fest, six bands, 7 p.m. Saturday, Phoenix Theater, Petaluma. $10. 762-3565,

Sunday, Aug. 7

The Bootleg Honeys: Americana, ‘Live at Juilliard’ summer concert series, 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Juilliard Park, Santa Rosa. Free. 543-4512,

Rodrigo y Gabriela: Mexican acoustic rock guitar duo, 8 p.m. Sunday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $69-$89. 546-3600,

Mixed Nuts: Dance band, pop, rock, country and standards, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 545-3844,

Alan Broadbent and Darek Oles Duo: Jazz performance, 7 p.m. Sunday, Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg. $25. 433-4633,

Monday, Aug. 8

‘Closet Monster’: Alexander Valley Film Society’s ‘Out in Alexander Valley: Celebrating LGBT Stories,’ 7 p.m. Monday, The Clover Theater, Cloverdale. $12.

Tuesday, Aug. 9

Culture Club: Top 1980s pop band, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $79-$149. 546-3600,

Bey Paule Band: Eight-piece soul-blues band, ‘Tuesdays in the Plaza’ outdoor concert series, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Healdsburg Plaza. Free.

Wednesday, Aug. 10

‘Puff Puff Beer for President’: Summer tour, rock, jazz, funk and soul, 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, Lagunitas Brewery, Petaluma. Free. 769-4495,

‘Twelfth Night’: Sonoma Shakespeare, Avalon Players’ ‘Shakespeare Under the Stars,’ season opener, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Buena Vista Winery, Sonoma. $20-$35.

Onye and the Messengers: World music dance band, ‘Peacetown Summer Concert Series,’ 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Ives Park, Sebastopol. Free. 823-1511,

Thursday, Aug. 11

Violinist Lindsey Stirling: Classical, pop, rock and electronic dance music, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Weill Hall and Lawn, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $25-$55. (866) 955-6040,

‘Richard III’: London’s Almeida Theatre live Shakespearean screening, 7 p.m. Thursday, Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol. $18-$25. 525-4840,

‘The Taming of the Shrew’: Raven Players’ opening night outdoor Shakespearean performance, 8 p.m. Thursday, Bear Republic courtyard, Healdsburg. $10-$25. 433-6335,

The Soulshine Blues Band: Blues standards and original tunes, ‘Summer Nights on the Green’ outdoor concert, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Windsor Town Green. Free. 838-1260,

The Rev. Shawn Amos: Blues performer, ‘Krush Backyard Concert Series,’ 6 p.m. Thursday, KRSH radio, Santa Rosa. Free.

Kalimba: Earth, Wind and Fire tribute, ‘Concert Under the Stars,’ 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 545-3844,

10,000 Maniacs: Multi-platinum alternative rock band, ‘Greatest Hits Live Tour,’ 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma. $25. 765-2121,

Friday, Aug. 12

Global Guitar Summit: Three international acoustic guitar virtuosos, 8 p.m. Aug. 12, Sebastopol Community Cultural Center Annex. $20-$23. 823-1511,

Mingo Fishtrap: Austin-based soul and funk band, ‘Friday Night Live’ outdoor concert series, 7 p.m. Aug. 12, Cloverdale Plaza. Free. 894-4410,

‘The Plot Against Shakespeare’: Sonoma County playwright David Beckman’s new play, ‘Shakespeare in the Cannery’ performance, 7 p.m. Aug. 12, Railroad Square, Santa Rosa. $5-$28.

David Helfand & Justin Lader: ‘Journeys Beyond the Borders’ transcendental original music, 8 p.m. Aug. 12, Occidental Center for the Arts. $12. 874-9392,

‘Big Fish’: North Bay premiere of the Broadway musical, 8 p.m. Aug. 12, Spreckels Performing Arts Center, Rohnert Park. $16-$26. 588-3400,

‘Official Blues Brothers Revue,’: Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty. 8 p.m. Aug. 12, House of Rock, Santa Rosa. $45-$60. 791-3482,

Saturday, Aug. 13

‘CigarBQ’: Beer, wine, food, cigars and music, benefits Sonoma County veterans, 4-8 p.m. Aug. 13, Robert Young Estate Winery, Geyserville. $175.

Fruition: Bluegrass, rock, soul, blues, British Invasion-era pop, 8:30 p.m. Aug. 13, Long Meadow Ranch, St. Helena. $35-$45. 963-4555,

Gravenstein Apple Fair: The 43rd event takes place Aug. 13 & 14 at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol, with live music, local food, cider, microbrews, family fun and more. $8-$20. Kids 5 and under free.

Dave Koz & David Sanborn: Saxophonists ‘Side by Side,’ 5 p.m. Aug. 13, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Healdsburg. $89-$129. 431-1533,

Sunday, Aug. 14

McKenna Faith: Nashville country musician from Ukiah, ‘Sundays in the Park’ season finale, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 14. Todd Grove Park, Ukiah. Free. 463-6231,

Rabia Chaudry: Author of ‘Adnan’s Story’ in conversation with Press Democrat columnist Chris Smith 2 p.m. Aug. 14. Copperfield’s Books. Petaluma. Free. 762-0563,