Things to Do in Sonoma County this Weekend

If you're looking for fun things to do in Sonoma County this weekend, you've come to the right place!


If you’re looking for fun things to do this weekend, you’ve come to the right place.

On Friday, take a step back in time for Howarth Park’s ’70s themed Family Night. On Sunday, taste Gold Medal wines at the Press Democrat’s North Coast Wine Challenge. And both Saturday and Sunday is the Sunset Magazine celebration at Cornerstone Sonoma. All this and more is in our list of things to do.

FRIDAY, May 13

Howarth Park Family Night
This Friday, travel back in time for a pop culture party right out of the ’70s. From 5-8 p.m., the whole family can enjoy K-Land rides and rentals from the boathouse. If you wear funky clothes from the 1970s, you’ll receive 50% off all rides and rentals. Find out more at

Join the party at Cornerstone Sonoma when Sunset Magazine unveils their test gardens with a wide variety of events.


Sunset Celebration Weekend (Saturday & Sunday)
This weekend, join the party at Cornerstone Sonoma when Sunset Magazine unveils their test gardens with a wide variety of events. The celebration will include presentations by editors, celebrity chefs, vintners, craft beer brewers and lifestyle experts, including Ayesha Curry, Ludo Lefebvre, Cindy Pawlcyn, Andy Ricker and more. The event is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and $35 for general admission. VIP tickets are $125. Seminar and tasting tickets are also available. Find out all the details at

Living History Day
Travel back in time at Petaluma Adobe State Park for a day of historical skits, children’s games, dancing and music. Volunteers will be dressed in clothing that would have been worn in the 1840s, and will demonstrate crafts from the past, such as basket weaving and candle making. Bring your picnic lunch and plan to stay for the day. The event begins at 10 a.m., and admission is $3. Find out more at

Enjoy a night of lobster, local wines and micro brews at the 2nd annual Windsor Lobster Feed.

Windsor Lobster Feed
Enjoy a night of lobster, local wines and micro brews at the 2nd annual Windsor Lobster Feed, a benefit hosted by the Windsor Rotary. This annual event raises funds for the community’s at-risk youth, high school scholarships, school program improvements and a variety of projects. Highlights of the evening will include live music and dancing to the Unauthorized Rolling Stones, and silent and live auctions. The event starts at 4 p.m. at the Windsor Golf Club, and tickets are $125. Find out more at

Star Party in Sugarloaf
Get an expansive view of the night sky this Saturday when the Robert Ferguson Observatory’s three main telescopes will be open for nighttime viewing. Ongoing presentations on astronomy will be shared, and docents will answer any questions. The event begins at 3 p.m. at the observatory, and admission is $3 for adults 18 and over. Parking is $8. Find out all the details at

Artists Reception at Riverfront
This Saturday, enjoy an evening of fine art of various mediums and live music by folk Americana band, Half Bad Neighbor at an artists reception at the Riverfront Art Gallery in Petaluma. The event will be a chance to meet local artists and view their art, and enjoy local wines and tasty treats. The event takes place 5- 9 p.m., and admission is free. Find out more at

north coast wine challenge 2 sonoma county

SUNDAY, May 15

North Coast Wine Challenge
This Sunday, taste the winning wines in this year’s North Coast Wine Challenge, the Press Democrat’s annual tasting event. 80 Gold Medal wines will be served alongside gourmet bites from wine country’s leading chefs. The event takes place 1-4 p.m. at the Sonoma Mountain Village in Rohnert Park. Tickets are $95. Find out all the details at

More Upcoming Events…

Revered pianist Jura Margulis performs May 26 at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum. (Courtesy Photo)
Revered pianist Jura Margulis performs May 26 at the Petaluma Historical Library and Museum. (Courtesy Photo)

FRIDAY, May 13

Pilobolus: Diverse modern dance company known for its ‘Shadowland’ production, 8 tonight, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $20-$50. 546-3600,

Holly Near: Singer-songwriter and social activist, plus musicians Barbara Higbie and Jan Martinelli, 8 tonight, Occidental Center for the Arts. $20-$23. 874-9392,

Friedman/Hart Quartet: Jazz standards and Latin jazz at ‘Jazz in the Neighborhood,’ 6 tonight, Copperfield’s Books, Healdsburg. Free. 433-9270,

‘Godspell’: Cinnabar Young Rep production of the timeless musical, opening performance 7:30 tonight, Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma. $10-$15. 763-8920,

‘The Importance of Being Earnest’: Oscar Wilde’s comic jewel, opening performance, 7:30 tonight, Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. $12-$22. 894-2214,


Jura Margulis: World-renowned virtuoso pianist performs on restored 1899 concert grand piano, 8 p.m. Saturday, Petaluma Historical Library & Museum. $25-$40. 778-4398,

Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Celebration of conductor Nicholas McGegan’s 30th anniversary, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$85. 866-955-6040,

Frankie Boots and the County Line: Folk rock/Americana band, 8 p.m. Saturday, Phoenix Theater, Petaluma. $17-$20. 762-3565,

Yuna: Contemporary pop, acoustic folk and soulful rhythm and blues artist from Malaysia, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma. $19-$21. 765-2121,

SUNDAY, May 15

Amanecer Flamenco: Two 45-minute sets of passionate Spanish flamenco song and dance, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma. $15-$25. 763-8920,

Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra: Award-winning ensemble, 3 p.m. Sunday, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $12-$17. 546-8742,

Hank Levine: CD release party, several performers, 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Redwood Café, Cotati. $25 (includes CD). 795-7868,

MONDAY, May 16

‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’: Vintage film series, 1951 sci-fi classic, 7 p.m. Monday, Sebastiani Theatre, Sonoma. $9. 996-2020,


John Prine: Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $47.50-$100. 546-3600,


Art & Architecture: ‘Leonardo da Vinci – The Genius in Milan,’ 1 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol. $15. 525-4840,


Dana Gioia: Poetry reading with the California Poet Laureate, 7 p.m. Thursday, SHED Grange, Healdsburg. $10. 431-7433,

FRIDAY, May 20

Sonoma Bach Choir: Fifty-member ‘Voices and Pipes: Tongues of Fire’ concert, 8 p.m. May 20, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $15-$25. (877) 914-2224,

Salute to ‘American Graffiti’: Hotrods and screamin’ machines, ‘Cruise-in’ and kickoff social, 4-8 p.m. May 20, Petaluma Plaza and Plaza North shopping centers. Free. 762-3394,

Los Lonely Boys: Texas rock-blues-soul-country trio of musician brothers, 8 p.m. May 20, Uptown Theatre, Napa. $40-$50. 259-0123,

Tommy Castro and The Painkillers: Classic rock, blues and soul, 8 p.m. May 20, HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol. $20. 829-7300,

Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival: Winemakers, pinot and barbecue, 5-8 p.m. May 20, Pennyroyal Farm, Boonville. $50, sold out. Festival continues through Sunday, May 22. 895-9463,

Guarneri Jazz Quartet: Jazz in the Neighborhood concert series, 7 p.m. May 20, Copperfield’s Books, Santa Rosa. Free. 578-8938,


Andre Nickatina: Hip-hop/rap artist (formerly Dre Dog), plus Husalah, 8 p.m. May 21, Phoenix Theater, Petaluma. $25. 762-3565,

Fête de la Fleur: Wine tasting in the gardens blooming with spring flowers, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. May 21, Chateau St. Jean Winery, Kenwood. Free admission, food and wine for purchase. 257-5784,

VOENA: ‘Voices of Broadway’ youth choir, 7 p.m. May 21, Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater, Yountville. $25. 944-9900,

Amgen Tour: Men’s and women’s cycling road races and Lifestyle Festival with live music and entertainment, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. May 21, downtown Santa Rosa. Free.

Luther Burbank Rose Parade: Floats, bands, horses and units march from Sonoma Avenue and E Street, 12:15 p.m. May 21, downtown Santa Rosa. Free. 542-7673,

SUNDAY, May 22

Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus: Mozart’s ‘Requiem,’ 3 p.m. May 22, Glaser Center, Santa Rosa. $15. 527-4999, ext. 9228,

‘Double Take’ Gala: First-birthday celebration and fundraiser for the Museums of Sonoma County, 5 p.m. May 22, Vintners Inn, Santa Rosa. $200. 579-1500,

Wavy Gravy’s 80th Birthday: Benefit for Seva Foundation’s global sight restoration programs; live music, art, entertainment, 2-10 p.m. May 22, Sonoma Mountain Village Event Center, Rohnert Park. $20-$150.

Leon Russell and Lee Gallagher & The Hallelujah: Music legend plus up-and-coming Bay Area band, 8:30 p.m. May 22, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma. $36-$41. 765-2121,

Guy Gavriel Kay: ‘Children of Earth and Sky’ author at Brave New Worlds series, 2 p.m. May 22, Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma. Free. 762-0563,