Things to Do in Sonoma County this Weekend

Looking for something to do this weekend? There's plenty to choose from!

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Looking for something to do this weekend? There’s plenty to choose from! Travel back in time while sipping some wine at Buena Vista Winery’s Living History Extravaganza, enjoy mouthwatering meats at Wine Country Big Q and jam to some jazz, blues and bluegrass. All this – and more – is in our list of things to do.

FRIDAY, July 8

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars: World and African music, ‘Friday Night Live’ outdoor concert series, 7 p.m. July 8, Cloverdale Plaza. Free. 894-4410,

The Tubes featuring Fee Waybill: San Francisco-based rock band, 8 p.m. July 8, House of Rock, Santa Rosa. $50-$70. 791-3482,

The Soulshine Blues Band: Blues standards and original tunes, ‘Funky Fridays’ outdoor concert series, 7 p.m. July 8, Hood Mansion, Santa Rosa. $10. 833-6288,

Gaia String Trio: Bach’s moving ‘Goldberg Variations,’ 7 p.m., Chroma Gallery, Santa Rosa. $10. 293-6051,

(Photo by Buena Vista Winery)
Travel back in time while sipping some wine at Buena Vista Winery’s Living History Extravaganza.(Photo by Buena Vista Winery)


Buena Vista Winery Living History Extravaganza
This Saturday from 11 a.m-3 p.m., Buena Vista Winery will bring the 1860’s to life with wine, food, and music. Living historical figures will be wandering the grounds telling stories and giving tours of the historic stone winery buildings and wine caves. Guests are invited to dress in period attire and join in on the fun while tasting a selection of Buena Vista current release wines. Wine Club Member tickets are $25 per person, General tickets are $35. Purchase tickets at here or call 800-325-2764. 18000 Old Winery Road, Sonoma, CA 95476.

Wine Country Big Q: This Saturday from 1-5 p.m., enjoy mouthwatering BBQ from some of the best Pit Masters around at the 6th annual Wine Country Big Q competition at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. Sample delicious meats and vote for your favorites while also enjoying award-winning brews and world class wines. This year’s live entertainment is Soul to Soul and Purple Haze. Find out more at

(John Burgess / The Press Democrat)
Enjoy  mouthwatering meats at at Wine Country Big Q. (John Burgess / The Press Democrat)

Wine & Dixieland Jazz Festival: Hear music from some of Sonoma County’s favorite jazz bands while enjoying great wine, dancing, food and more at Cline Cellars in Sonoma. Tickets are $40-$45. Find out more at

Cotati Kids Day: Join a free family event this Saturday at La Plaza Park in Cotati. The annual Cotati Kids Day starts with a pancake breakfast 7-9 a.m. Then the parade kicks off at 10 a.m. The day continues with a fun festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., filled with vendors, games, music and more. Find out all the details at

Pet Adoption Weekend: 9 local adoption agencies are coming to Airport Stadium in Santa Rosa to help four-legged friends find their forever human. The event will include free hot dogs, lots of prizes, a silent auction and more. Plus, all adoptions come with free movie tickets. The event will take place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is free to attend. Find out more at the Facebook events page.

The Kut-Ups Radio Hour: Saturday at 1 p.m., the signature show series opens for this senior musical troupe performing broadway, blues, motown, rock and more at Spreckels Performing Arts Center in Rohnert Park. The ensemble consists of a full band, singers, dancers and comedians, and will keep you entertained from start to curtain close. Tickets are $20. Find out all the details at

Concert goers to the Green Music center enjoy the music on the lawn during the Dawg Day Afternoon July 12, 2015 concert. Will Bucquoy
Enjoy some bluegrass at the Green Music Center Bluegrass Festival. (Will Bucquoy / The Press Democrat)

SUNDAY, July 10

GMC Bluegrass Festival: The 2nd annual Bluegrass Festival is coming to the Green Music Center this Sunday. Starting at 3 p.m., musical acts will include The Mando Kings, The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Sam Bush and the Jeff Austin Band. Tickets are $25-$45. Find out all the details at

Local Author Launch: Listen as 20 Sonoma County authors share from their newly published books at the Flamingo Hotel this Sunday. From 2-4:30 p.m., Redwood Writers authors will read from works of fiction, memoir, self-help, poetry and more. This is your chance to meet authors from your community and become familiar with what they are writing. Admission is free. Find out more at

A-G16_poster16Petaluma’s Art & Garden Festival: This Sunday from 11-5 p..m., downtown Petaluma will be filled with fine local crafters, artisans, gardeners, food & wine and more. The free event will also feature live music from Foxes in the Henhouse, Soul Section, Hot Grubb and Kevin Durkin & Friends. Find out all the details at

Street Printing Festival: Booklovers, artists and printmakers will love this event at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts. This Sunday, a variety of artists will be selling original printed art and offering interactive activities. The main event is the Street Printing, a method that involves a 4,000 pound pavement roller and handcarved linoleum blocks. This event is free, and starts at 11 a.m. Find out all the details at

Brit Floyd at SOMO Village: This Sunday, Brit Floyd offers the Pink Floyd tribute experience you’ve been waiting for. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m., with the highlight being a new million dollar light show, state of the art video design and a massive stage production. Tickets are $42.50 for general admission, and $72.50 for reserved seating. Find out all the details at

A Peek at Next Week…

San Francisco/Sonoma County band Royal Jelly Jive plays at the Cloverdale Plaza "Friday Night Live."
San Francisco/Sonoma County band Royal Jelly Jive plays at the Cloverdale Plaza “Friday Night Live,” July 15.

Monday, July 11

The Blues Defenders Pro Jam: Gritty West Coast blues, 8 p.m. Monday, Twin Oaks Roadhouse, Penngrove. Free. 795-5118,

Tuesday, July 12

The Sorentinos: West Coast rock, ‘Tuesdays in the Plaza’ outdoor concert series, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Healdsburg Plaza. Free.

Wednesday, July 13

Frobeck: Funky rock, pop and soul, ‘Peacetown Summer Concert Series,’ 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Ives Park, Sebastopol. Free. 823-1511,

Twang Ditty: Country, honky-tonk, western swing and rockabilly, 5-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Wednesday Night Market, downtown Santa Rosa. Free. 524-2123,

Thursday, July 14

‘Palate to Palette’: Imagery Estate Winery collection with wine label artwork, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday (through July 31), University Art Gallery, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park. Free. 664-2295,

Eleanor Brown: Bastille Day celebration with ‘The Light of Paris’ author, 6 p.m. Thursday, Copperfield’s Books, Healdsburg; wine and cheese sampling follows at Thumbprint Cellars. Free. 433-9270,

Boz Scaggs: Rhythm and blues musician plus The Robert Cray Band, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Weill Hall and Lawn, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $25-$85. (866) 955-6040,

Rockin’ Jason D. Williams: Rockabilly Roadhouse presentation, ‘Krush Backyard Concert Series,’ 6 p.m. Thursday, KRSH radio, Santa Rosa. Free.

Flynn Creek Circus: Acrobats, aerialists and daredevils under the big-top tent, 7 p.m. Thursday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $12-$50. (510) 381-4004,

Lavay Smith: Classic jazz and blues, ‘Concert Under the Stars,’ 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 545-3844,

Lumberyard: 1960s, ’70s and ’80s rock, ‘Summer Nights on the Green’ outdoor concert series, 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Windsor Town Green. Free. 838-1260,

Friday, July 15

Greenhouse: Celtic fusion, music of Ireland and the British Isles with a world beat, 8 p.m. July 15, Occidental Center for the Arts. $10. 874-9392,

Festival Napa Valley: Ten-day festival opener, Kristin Chenoweth recital, 6 p.m. July 15, Castello di Amorosa, Calistoga. Sold out. 346-5052,

Royal Jelly Jive: Swingin’ soul jive, ‘Friday Night Live’ outdoor concert series, 7 p.m. July 15, Cloverdale Plaza. Free. 894-4410,

The Deer: Austin-based avant-folk group, 9 p.m. July 15, HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol. $10. 829-7300,

The Rock Collection: Melvin Seals, Greg Anton, Stu Allen, Lebo and J.P. McLean, 8:30 p.m. July 15, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma. $25. 765-2121,

Paralysis: Thrash-metal band plus Santa Rosa-based Trecelence, 8 p.m. July 15, Phoenix Theater, Petaluma. $8. 762-3565,

‘Merrily We Roll Along’: Opening night, Stephen Sondheim musical, Summer Repertory Theatre, 8 p.m. July 15, Burbank Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa. $15-$25. 527-4307,

‘Fantastical Family Night’: ‘Broadway Under the Stars’ series, 5 p.m. picnicking, 7:30 p.m. performance, July 15, Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen. $29-$134. (877) 424-1414,

Saturday, July 16

Alive!: All-women’s jazz quintet reunion concert, 8 p.m. July 16, Occidental Center for the Arts. $25. 874-9392,

Midsummer Garden Tea: Song of Sonoma Chorus, hat contest, 1-3 p.m. July 16, Luther Burbank Home & Gardens, Santa Rosa. $50. 524-5445,

Nathan Owens & Legends of Motown: ‘Rockin’ Concerts’ series, noon-3 p.m. July 16, Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 545-3844,

Crushers of Comedy: Sonoma County Comedy Fest, 7 p.m. July 16, Flamingo Resort Hotel, Santa Rosa. $40. (415) 350-6433,

Rivertown Revival: Art boat regatta, live music, kids’ activities, vendors, sculpture walk, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. July 16, McNear Peninsula/Steamer Landing Park, Petaluma. $5-$10.

The Bootleg Honeys: Americana, ‘KRCB Concerts in the Garden’ series, 4-6 p.m. July 16, Chroma Gallery, Santa Rosa. Free. 293-6051,

The Babys: British rock group, plus local rock duo V², 8 p.m. July 16, House of Rock, Santa Rosa. $40-$55. 791-3482,

Sunday, July 17

Trevor McSpadden: Country musician/acoustic guitarist, 5-8 p.m. July 17, Rossi’s 1906, Sonoma. Free. 343-0044,

Astrofunk Experience: World, funk and soul music, ‘Live at Juilliard’ summer concert series, 5-7 p.m. July 17, Juilliard Park, Santa Rosa. Free. 543-4512,

Jess Petty: Trumpeter and vocalist, the Michael Brandeburg Jazz Trio, 1-4 p.m. July 17, Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 545-3844,

Valley of the Moon Music Festival: Sixteen-day chamber music festival opener, 4 p.m. July 17, Hanna Boys Center, Sonoma. $20-$40.

Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line: Boogie-blues-bluegrass, Mendocino Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. July 17, Tent Concert Hall, Main Street, Mendocino. $12-$49. 937-2044,