Things to Do in Sonoma County This Week

On Saturday and Sunday, fancy felines will strut their stuff at a cat show being held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)


Written by Crissi Langwell and Dan Taylor for the Press Democrat.

Looking for some fun this weekend? Here’s what you have to look forward to. This Saturday, amateur to professional builders will construct elaborate structures out of donated cans of food at the annual Canstruction event at Coddingtown. Plus, all weekend long is the Santa Rosa Cat Show at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, and a children’s book sale at the Petaluma library. All this and more is in our list of things to do.

Friday, Feb. 19
Charlie Musselwhite: The famed bluesman performs live at Uptown Theatre in Napa this Friday with the North Mississippi All-Stars. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $40-$60. Read more about this concert here.

Feb. 19-20
Children’s book sale: Find new-to-you books at the library sale being held this weekend at the Petaluma Regional Library. On Friday, find children’s books from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. And on Saturday, all of these books are 50% off from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The general sale will take place Wednesday, Feb. 24 to Saturday, Feb. 27. Find out all the details here.

Feb. 20-21
Santa Rosa Cat Show: This weekend, fancy felines will strut their stuff at a cat show being held at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The show will feature over 100 pedigreed cats and kittens, as well as shelter cats that are ready for adoption. The weekend will also include feline agility, a raffle and silent auction, a costumed cat contest and more. Admission is $5 adults, $3 kids 6-12 and free for kids 5 and under. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Find out more at

Saturday, Feb. 20
Canstruction at Coddingtown: Fight hunger in Sonoma County through the annual Canstruction competition at Coddingtown this Saturday. Whether a professional architect or an amateur builder, anyone is invited to participate in creating unique sculptured using only canned foods. Building starts at 9 a.m., and the structures will remain on display all week long, with the awards ceremony happening on Feb. 28. This year’s theme is Love Where You Live. To register for this free event, plus see examples from previous years, click here.

Saturday, Feb. 20
Fairy Tale Father & Daughters Ball: Dads and their daughters are invited to this special fairy tale-themed dance at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa on Saturday for a night of royal fun. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event will include fun activities, refreshments, a princess visit and more. Admission is $30 per couple, and $10 for each additional youth. Find out all the details at

Sunday, Feb. 21
Rickie Lee Jones: The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter is performing live at the Mystic Theater in Petaluma this Sunday night. Doors open at 8 p.m. for this 21-plus show, and tickets are $41 general, and $96 for VIP. Find out more at

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Friday, Feb. 19

David Arora: Copperfield’s books presents forager/author of ‘Mushrooms Demystified’ at 7:30 p.m. Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. $10; $30 for two, plus book. 823-1511,,

Jim Jefferies: Australian-born stand-up comic brings his ‘Freedumb Tour’ to Wells Fargo Center at 8 p.m. $39.50-$49.50. 546-3600,

The King’s Singers: Classical vocal ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Weill Hall, Green Music Center. $35 & up., 866-955-6040.

‘Art Shapes the World’: Opening reception for youth art exhibit. 4-7 p.m. Friday. Exhibit ends March 5. Petaluma Arts Center. Free. 762-5600,

Scott Capurro: SOMO Concerts presents the stand-up comedian 8 p.m. Sally Tomatoes, Rohnert Park. $20. 665-9472,

Saturday, Feb. 20

Wvrth: Northern California metal band tops five-group roster. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Phoenix Theatre, Petaluma. $10-$12. 762-3565,
Hearth Tales: ‘How Art Shaped My World,’ 7:30 p.m. Saturday.. Petaluma Arts Center. $20. 762-5600,

Govinda: Gypsy roots & world music, plus Kaminanda, Psymbionic. 10 p.m. Saturday. HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol. $20. 829-7300,

Chinese New Year Parade: Celebrate the Year of the Monkey as the parade travels from Second and Market streets through Chinatown, 5:15 p.m. Saturday, San Francisco.

SOCO Dance Theater: Dynamic dance and original music, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, , Ives Hall at Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park. $10-$17. 664-4246,

Sunday, Feb. 21

Rickie Lee Jones: Grammy-winning singer-songwriter. 8 p.m. Sunday. Mystic Theatre, Petaluma. $41-$96. 765-2121,

‘BFG’: Roald Dahl’s play, by Dallas Children’s Theater. 3 p.m. Sunday. Wells Fargo Center. $12-$17; $5 under 2. 546-3600,

Chamber Concert Series: Violinist Ian Swensen, pianist Jeffrey LaDeur. 4 p.m. Sunday. Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College. $15-$26. 415-392-4400,

Santa Rosa Junior College Wine Classic: More than 50 wines from 30 Sonoma County winemakers. 2-5 p.m. Sunday. Bertolini Student Center, Santa Rosa campus. $75.

Monday, Feb. 22

Santa Rosa Symphony: Violinist Rachel Batron Pine featured. 8 p.m. Saturday and Monday; 3 p.m. Sunday. $20-$80. Weill Hall, Green Music Center.

Tuesday, Feb. 23

Mira Sorvino: Social justice lecture series. Actress speaks on human trafficking. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Weill Hall, Green Music Center. $10. 866-955-6040,

Wednesday, Feb. 24

Bill Callahan: Baritone vocalist. 8 p.m. Wednesday in the 100-year-old redwood barn at Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma. $41, $10 parking (carpoolers free).

Thursday, Feb. 25

Jazz on the Menu: Live jazz and food food at 12 Healdsburg-Geyserville area restaurants, 6-9 p.m. Thursday. Benefits music education in local schools. Prices vary.

Friday, Feb. 26

Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen: Folk duo. 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Occidental Center for the Arts. $12-$15. 874-9392,

Tattoo & Blues Festival: 25th annual. Noon-10 p.m. Feb. 26, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Feb. 27, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Feb. 28. Flamingo Resort, Santa Rosa. $20-$35. 253-306-0170,

Royal Marines Band: Pipes, drums and Highland dancers of the Scots Guards. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26. Weill Hall, Green Music Center. $40 & up. $40 & up. 866-955-6040,

‘Next Women of Country’: Jennifer Nettles, Brandy Clark, Lindsay Ell and Tara Thompson perform 8 p.m. Feb. 26. Wells Fargo Center, Santa Rosa. $58-78. 546-3600,

Rubber Soul: Beatles tribute band. 7-10 p.m. Feb. 26. Rossi’s 1906, Sonoma. Free. 343-0044,

Saturday, Feb. 27

Bonnie Brooks: Jazz singer. accompanied by pianist John Simon, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Sebastopol Center for the Arts. $15. 829-4797,

Paddy Moloney & The Chieftains: Irish folk band. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $60 & up. 866-955-6040,

Sons of Champlin & David Luning: R&B, jazz and Americana, 8:30 p.m. Feb. 27. Mystic Theatre, Petaluma. $36. 765-2121,

Sunday, Feb. 28

Academy Awards: Watch the Oscars on the big screen at Food for Thought benefit. 5 p.m. Feb. 28, Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol. $25, $45 VIP. 887-1647,

‘Red Carpet Evening’: Black-tie Oscar night viewing benefits the Alexander Valley Film Society. 4 p.m. Feb. 28. Clover Theater, Cloverdale. $100, $200 VIP.

‘The Envelope, Please’: Academy Awards show, food and drinks 4 p.m. Feb. 28. Mystic Theatre, Petaluma. $50, $75 VIP, benefits KPCA Radio. 765-2121,

Noise Pop: DIIV, Dirty Ghosts, Creative Adult and Fine Points play the indie music fest 8 p.m. Feb. 28. The Independent, San Francisco. $20; $22 at the door.

Cypress Cypress String Quartet: San Francisco ensemble performs beloved favorites, 3 p.m. Feb. 28, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $30. 866-955-6040,