Things to Do this Week in Sonoma County, Oct. 20-30

This weekend, you can have pancakes and support a good cause at Windsor High Boosters and Windsor VFW fundraising Pancake Breakfast. (The pancakes in the picture are served at Wishbone in Petaluma)
This weekend, you can have pancakes and support a good cause at Windsor High Boosters and Windsor VFW fundraising Pancake Breakfast. (The pancakes in the picture are served at Wishbone in Petaluma)

Ready for some fun? We have a few ideas. This weekend, enjoy a live performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the Funkendank Oktoberfest beer and music festival, Petaluma’s River Heritage Celebration and more. It’s all in our list of things to do!

FRIDAY, Oct. 21

Sonoma Laughfest: Laugh yourself silly with 14 shows over four nights of comedy at the Sonoma Community Center. 100+ comedians will take the stage, tickling your funny bone throughout the weekend. Tickets are $14 in advance. Find out all the details at (Oct. 20-23)

Alexander Valley Film Festival: This weekend, watch more than two dozen vetted films for the 2nd annual Alexander Valley Film Festival. The event will include an opening night film and block party at Clover Theater on Friday, a classic film under the stars at Francis Ford Coppola Winery on Saturday, and a closing night film and awards reception at the Raven Film Center on Sunday. For tickets and information, visit (Oct. 20-23)

Live performance of Rocky Horror Picture Show: The 6th Street players present a live-action performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Every line and song is true to the original for this Santa Rosa tradition. Performances are Thursdays through Sunday. Admission is $10-$26. Purchase tickets at (Oct. 21-Nov. 13)

River Heritage Celebration: This weekend, enjoy a full slate of events celebrating Petaluma’s past as a river town. The three days of fun will include a barn dance and dinner, a flotilla ride down the river, movie night on the Alma in the Turning Basin and more. Many events this weekend are free. Find out all the details at (Oct. 21-23)

Paula Poundstone: The Luther Burbank Center for the Arts presents comedian Paula Poundstone for a night of hilarious comedy. Tickets to the 8 p.m. show are $29-$39. Find out more information at

(Photo by John Burgess)
This weekend, enjoy a full slate of events celebrating Petaluma’s past as a river town at River Heritage Days. (Photo by John Burgess)


Funkendank: In its season finale of concert pop-up festivals, SOMO Concerts is bringing down the house with Funkendank Oktoberfest, a brand new beer and music experience. The event will celebrate some of the nation’s top brewers, including several local favorites. There will also be live music and gourmet appetizers for all tastes. This 21-plus event runs 2-8 p.m., and tickets are $49-$140. Find out all the details at

Tolay Fall Festival: Enjoy the final weekend of family fun with hay rides, a giant pumpkin patch, a “creatures” barn, straw maze and more at Tolay Lake Regional Park in Petaluma. Admission is $3-$5 with $7 parking. Purchase tickets at (Oct. 22-23)

YMCA Halloween Carnival: Dress up and enjoy some family fun entertainment from 4-7 p.m. at the Sonoma County YMCA in Santa Rosa for their annual Halloween Carnival. Admission is $5 adults, $5 kids. Kids under 2 free. More information at

North Bay Ukulele Festival: This Saturday, bring your ukulele to the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa for their inaugural Ukulele Festival. Starting at 4 p.m., the afternoon will include jam sessions, performances, workshops and more. Admission is free. Find out more at


SUNDAY, Oct. 23

Pancakes!: Get your fill of pancakes when the Windsor High Boosters and Windsor VFW hold a fundraising Pancake Breakfast this Sunday at the Windsor Town Green Stage area. The menu includes pancakes, pumpkin pancakes, eggs, sausage and more. The breakfast takes place 9 a.m. to noon, and prices are $2-$10. Find out more at their Facebook page.

Tomatito: Flamenco guitarist José Fernández Torres, Tomatito to fans, 7 p.m. Sunday, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$85. (866) 955-6040,

More Upcoming Events…

Friday, Oct. 21

Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown: British blues-rock institution, 8 p.m., HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol. $25-$50. 829-7300,

Rudolf Budginas: ‘Piano Unlimited,’ Santa Rosa Junior College Chamber Concert series, 7:30 p.m., Ellis Auditorium, SRJC Petaluma campus. $15-$26. (415) 392-4400,

Saturday, Oct. 22

‘Floribunda’: Opening reception for exhibit showcasing Hunt Institute botanicals, 5-7 Saturday, Petaluma Arts Center. Free. Runs through Dec. 11. 762-5600,

Banshee Fest: Pinot tasting and exploration, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Healdsburg SHED. $90. Lord Huron 1 p.m. concert sold out.

Denis Matsuev: Piano virtuoso, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$85. (866) 955-6040,

Sunday, Oct. 23

Pinot on the River: Grand Tasting, 100-plus wineries and artisan food, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Healdsburg Plaza. $75-$90.

Santa Rosa Symphony Pops: Maestro Michael Berkowitz leads a program of greatest musical hits, 3 p.m. Sunday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $37-$80. 546-3600,

Monday, Oct. 24

Mike Love: Book signing and discussion with the Beach Boys frontman and ‘Good Vibrations’ author, 7 p.m. Monday, Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma. $30.31 book and pass. 762-0563,

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Chris Botti: Jazz trumpeter opens new jazz club, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Blue Note Napa. Also 8:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Opera House Ballroom, Napa. $65-$125. 603-1258,

Jethro Tull: Ian Anderson, rock band’s singer and flutist, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $55-$69. 546-3600,

Wednesday, Oct. 26

‘Don Giovanni’: Metropolitan Opera Live screening of the Mozart opera, 1 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol. $18-$25. 829-3456,

Thursday, Oct. 27

Mario Batali: Restaurateur and ‘Big American Cookbook’ author, 7 p.m. Thursday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $66 includes signed cookbook. 546-3600,

‘John, Paul, George & Django’: The Hot Club of San Francisco CD release concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma. $20-$25. 763-8920,

Friday, Oct. 28

Ice-T: ‘Overcoming the Impossible’ lecture with the gangster rapper, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $40. (866) 955-6040,

Petaluma International Film Festival: Independent feature and short films, various times Oct. 28-30, Boulevard Cinemas, Petaluma. $12-$180. (415) 251-8433,

Cirque du Sebastopol: Vintage circus days, live music and entertainment, 8:45 p.m. Oct. 28 and 9 p.m. Oct. 29, HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol. $15-$35. 829-7300,

Supernatural Soiree: Sea-bound voyage theme, live music, 9:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Bergamot Alley, Healdsburg. $50. 433-8720,

Saturday, Oct. 29

Richard Thompson & The Blind Boys of Alabama: Renowned guitarist and roots music band, 8 p.m. Oct. 29, Uptown Theatre, Napa. $45-$65. 259-0123,

‘Bouquets to the Dead’: Artistic displays honoring late ancestors, dawn to dusk, Oct. 29-30, Sonoma Mountain Cemetery. Free.

Halloween Party: Come in costume for dancing to Frobeck, Mr. Music & Love Choir, 7:30 p.m.-midnight Oct. 29, Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. $12-$15. 823-1511,

Foreverland: San Francisco-based 14-piece Michael Jackson tribute band, 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma. $22. 765-2121,

Halloween at Howarth: Trick-or-treating and activities for costumed kids 12 and younger, 11:30 a.m., 12:45 and 2 p.m. Oct. 29, Howarth Park, Santa Rosa. $5-$12. 543-3737,

Sonoma County Farm Trails: Fall Feast Fundraiser, Dinner and Auction, featuring the 4-H Heritage Turkey Auction
Tresch Barn at Olympia’s Valley Estate in Petaluma. The event takes place this Saturday, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets start at $150.

Sunday, Oct. 30

Will Durst: ‘Elect to Laugh’ standup comedy and theater show poking fun at the presidential election, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30, Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma. $25-$30. 763-8920,

Zakir Hussain Niladri Kumar: World musicians on the tabla and sitar, 3 p.m. Oct. 30, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$85. (866) 955-6040,

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