Things to Do in Sonoma County this Weekend

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? We have a few ideas.


Looking for something fun to do this weekend? We have a few ideas. This Friday starts the 3-day Country Summer music festival at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Friday is also the start of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. Saturday, watch or partake in the action at the Great Russian River Race in Guerneville. And on Sunday is the Railroad Square Music Festival. All this and more is in our life of things to do.

FRIDAY, June 3

Country Summer: Join country fans from all over for this year’s Country Summer music festival at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa. Headlining the festival is Lady Antebellum on Friday, The Band Perry on Saturday and Billy Currington on Sunday. Gates open each day at noon, with music starting at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $79 per day, or $209 for all three days. Reserved seating prices are also available. Find out more at (June 3 -5)

Healdsburg Jazz Festival: The ten-day festival opens with Julian Lage Trio, 7 and 9 p.m. this Friday at Healdsburg SHED. This show is sold out, but there are still a few tickets left for a few of the other shows through June 12. 433-4633,

The Bohemian Highway: Americana and pop songs at inaugural ‘Local Talent Friday,’ 7-9 tonight, Occidental Center for the Arts. $10. 874-9392,

Tony Redhouse: Native American multimedia concert with music, drumming and dance in full regalia, 7:30 tonight, Petaluma Museum. $10. 778-4398,

Yarn: Original Americana music, ‘Friday Night Live’ summer concert series opener, 7 tonight, Cloverdale Plaza. Free. 894-4410,

Pulsators: Rhythm and blues, rock ’n’ roll and reggae at ‘Funky Fridays,’ 7 tonight, Hood Mansion, Santa Rosa. $10, $10 parking. 833-6288,

Families race to their kayaks for the start of the double kayak division of The Great Russian River Race at Rio Lindo Beach. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)
Families race to their kayaks for the start of the double kayak division of The Great Russian River Race at Rio Lindo Beach. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)


Great Russian River Race: The postponed race is back on this Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville. Along with the races, there will be live music and food trucks, and plenty of opportunity for fun in the sun. Find out all the details at

Star Party: Head over to the Robert Ferguson Observatory in Sugarloaf this Saturday to get an up close view of the stars. Starting at 8 pm., all three of the observatory’s main telescopes will be open for viewing, along with additional other telescopes. Admission is $3 for 18-plus, free for kids. Parking is $8. Find out all the details at

‘Sculpture Trail’: Artists’ reception with music and videos of sculptors at work, 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. Free. 894-4410,

Lily Tomlin: An evening with the comedienne’s timeless characters, 8 p.m. Saturday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. Sold out. 546-3600,

Caravanserai: Santana tribute band featuring Tony Lindsay, ‘Rockin’ Concerts’ series, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 545-3844,

Arann Harris: Americana and soul, plus openers Hillstomp and Sean Hayes, 8 p.m. Saturday, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma. $14-$16. 765-2121,

Petaluma hosts Day on the River on Sunday.

SUNDAY, June 5

Railroad Square Music Festival: This Sunday, Railroad Square presents a free day of music, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event will shine a spotlight on the local music scene, with performances by favorite North Bay bands including John Courage, Dixie Giants, The Bootleg Honeys and more. While there, enjoy the bounty of the West End Farmers Market, Santa Rosa’s Shop Party and a pop-up art gallery by Free Art Friday SR artists. Circus Maximus will also bring lots of family fun. Find out all the details at

Day on the River: Round out your weekend on Sunday with a day on the Petaluma River. For $10, you can rent a number of small water crafts and peruse the town’s river. Always wanted to try a stand up paddle board? How about a pedal boat or a hydrobike? Sunday is your chance to try something new. Find out more at

Bennett Valley Grange Picnic: In its 144th continuous year, the oldest active Grange in the United States invites you to take part in their annual picnic, noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday. This year’s traditional features include the Cherry Pit Spitting Contest, farm animals, a silent auction and more. Live music will be performed by the Jami Jamison Band. And the meal is BBQ chicken, homemade desserts, beer and wine for purchase and more. Meal tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for kids 11-16. Under 11 are free with paying adult. Find out all the details at

The Disorderly House Band: Americana/folk rock, ‘Music on the Lawn’ summer music series opener, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday, St. Francis Winery, Santa Rosa. Free. 538-9463,

The Peelers: Cover band, music from the ’70s to today, summer music series opener, noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Chateau St. Jean Winery, Kenwood. $30-$40. 257-5784,

Wine Country Quilt Show: Quilting exhibit with vendors and boutique, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building. $10.

Beatles Flashback: ‘Terrace Concert’ series, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Village Terrace, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 545-3844,

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All-American cars, live music, food and vendors at Peggy Sue’s Car Show on Saturday, June 11 in Santa Rosa.

MONDAY, June 6

Summer classes: Art, science and LEGO classes on Monday open summertime series offered through Aug. 12, Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa. Various times, fees. 284-1272,


Grupo Falso Baiano: Brazilian, choro, jazz and samba, ‘Tuesdays in the Plaza,’ 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Healdsburg Plaza. Free. 431-3301,

Guitar exhibit: ‘Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the Guitar,’ 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, History Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa. $7-$10. 579-1500,


Afroman: Rap music with ‘Because I Got High’ Grammy nominee, 8 p.m. Wednesday, Phoenix Theater, Petaluma. $20. 762-3565,


SuperHuey: Huey Lewis and the News tribute band, ‘Summer Nights on the Green’ concert season opener, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Windsor Town Green. Free. 838-1260,

Soft White Sixties: Rock and pop, plus blues with Adia Victoria, ‘Krush Backyard Concert Series,’ 6 p.m. Thursday, KRSH radio, Santa Rosa. Free.

FRIDAY, June 10

Huichica Music Festival: Seven diverse bands, food and wine, 3-11 p.m. June 10, Old Redwood Barn, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma. $40.

Emma Straub: ‘Modern Lovers’ author, 7 p.m. June 10, Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma. Free. 762-0563,

Zigaboo Modeliste: King of the funky drums and the New Aahkesstra, ‘Friday Night Live,’ 7 p.m. June 10, Cloverdale Plaza. 894-4410,

Hour of Tower: Tower of Power tribute band, 7 p.m. June 10, ‘Funky Fridays’ outdoor concert series, Hood Mansion, Santa Rosa. $10, $10 parking. 833-6288,

Brian Culbertson’s Napa Valley Jazz Getaway: ‘Friday Night Funk Night,’ 7:30 p.m. June 10, Napa Valley Performing Arts Center, Yountville. $149. 944-9900,

‘The Magic Flute’: Opening night of Mozart’s opera with laughter, romance and adventure, 8 p.m. June 10, Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma. $9-$40. 763-8920,


Peggy Sue’s Car Show & Cruise: All-American cars, live music, food and vendors, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. June 11, Sonoma Mountain Village, Rohnert Park. $5. 703-9616,

‘Beerfest – The Good One’: Face to Face benefit with 60-plus craft breweries, plus food, noon-5 p.m. June 11, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $50. 544-1581,

Jackie Greene: Singer-songwriter plus Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, 8 p.m. June 11, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma. $50-$60. 765-2121,

Stacy Jones: Blues musician with mild Americana and subtle country, 8:45 p.m. June 11, HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol. $10. 829-7300,

SUNDAY, June 12

Rhythm Future Quartet: ‘Gypsy Jazz!,’ 5-7 p.m. June 12, Occidental Center for the Arts. $25. 874-9392,

Brenda Reed: Collaboration Jazz Band, ‘Sunday Terrace’ concert series, 1-4 p.m. June 12, Village Terrace, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 545-3844,

Healdsburg Jazz Festival: ‘New Orleans Day on the Green,’ 5 p.m. June 12, Dry Creek Vineyard, Healdsburg. $45. (800) 838-3006,

Art at the Source’: Final day of self-guided tour of 87 open arts studios, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, June 12 (runs June 4-5 and 11-12), west Sonoma County. Free. 829-4797,