Occidental Fools Day Parade
Date:  April Fools Day
Cost:
Description:
After one tough winter in 2004, local resident Kate Price thought “enough is enough.” So, she decided to generate some joy in her community and create a celebration that would honor the creative, fun loving, artistic spirit in the town she loved and lived in, Occidental.
What about a Fool’s Day Parade? As she talked to people in the community and the idea developed, the event started sounding a lot like the old “Silly Day” celebration that Zero the Clown (aka Ramon Sender) started in Occidental back in 1973. Obviously, that spirit of silliness and tomfoolery lives in Occidental, because everyone was quick to embrace this newest incarnation of the fun-loving celebration. Within a few short years, the Occidental Fool’s Day Parade has grown into a much-loved Sonoma County event.
Come in costume and march in the parade. Or, come in costume and cheer from the sidelines. Or don’t come in costume. Do what you want; do what makes your silly spirit soar–this is Occidental.
Parade starts at 1 pm at the Community Center, winds it’s way through downtown Occidental and ends up at OCA for Lunapillar rides, refreshments, spontaneous entertainment including music and clowns and other surprises.
Address: Downtown
City: Occidental
Phone number: 707.869.9883
E-mail: email: info@occidentalcenterforthearts.org
Web page: Occidental Center for the Arts

Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival
Date: September
Cost: V
aries Description:
Bring your chair, blankets, sunscreen and picnic foods and head down to Johnson’s Beach for the Russian  River  Blues  Festival situated on the warm Russian River with giant Redwoods surrounding you. Sit in an easy chair on the rivers edge and enjoy music from top name acts on the main stage. In between sets go to the wine garden and enjoy music and dancing there too. Or you can just wade around in the Russian River. Whatever the case, The Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival is unique because it mixes great music with the natural beauty of the outdoors.
Lots of food and drinks available for sale at reasonable prices, check out the International Food Court where you will find world-class cuisine. While dining on your favorite grub, browse the surrounding Vendor Village featuring art, apparel and unique gifts.
Address: 16241 First Street
City: Guerneville
Phone number: 707.869.1595
E-mail: tickets@omegaevents.com
Web page: Russian River Jazz and Blues Festival

Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival
Date: April
Cost: Varies
Description:
Festival season in Sonoma County kicks off with the Sebastopol  Apple  Blossom  Festival, a two-day celebration of everyone’s favorite fruit, which has deep roots in this west Sonoma County enclave. The festival begins Saturday morning with a festive parade down Main Street in Sebastopol and continues with food, drinks, crafts, and all-day entertainment (both days) at Ives Park. There are plenty of activities for the whole family. This parade has a very special small town feel to it and should bring a smile to your face!
City: Sebastopol
Phone number: 877-828-4748
E-mail: chamber@sebastopol.org
Web page: Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival

California Herdeljezi Roma Festival
Date:  May
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies
Description:
California  Herdeljezi  Roma  Festival is a benefit for the Roma of Kosovo. The California Herdeljezi Roma Festival celebrates the folk art traditions of Gypsies with live music, songs, dance, and story telling, with an additional evening concert the night of the festival. Also featured is a wide selection of foods, crafts, and customs of the Roma.
Address: 7400 Willow Street
City: Sebastopol
Phone number: (707) 823-7941
E-mail: voiceofroma@gmail.com
Web page: Herdeljezi Roma Festival

Castles and Kites Doran Beach

Date: May
Time: Varies
Cost: Free
Description:
The annual Castles & Kites celebration in Bodega Bay has everything it takes to be a crowd pleaser, the festivities take place at Doran Regional Park. It’s not for the faint of heart, however, castle building can be a serious undertaking. But don’t worry park representatives are on hand to give you the tools and molds to make your castle the best it can be. Also on hand are expert sand castle artists that make huge sand castles.
And for kite officionados, the sky’s the limit. Local kite shops come to Castles & Kites and supply some incredible kites. You can fly your own kite, design a new one, or watch stunt kite demonstrations. All for free.
Address: 201 Doran Beach Road
City: Bodega Bay
Phone number: 707.565.2041
Web page: Castles & Kites Celebration

Kows-A-Palooza Halloween Ball
Date: October Time: Varies Cost: Varies Description:
Erupting in Occidental in October, is the 1st Annual Kows-A-Palooza Halloween Ball. Featuring a horde of hot local music and strolling ambient performers including Jug Dealers, The Coast Pilots, Beso Negro, Samba Freestone, Bellydancers, Strolling Cirque Performers, Magicians, Tarot Readers, Jugglers and Stiltwalkers! Come dressed in your Halloween finery and enter the Costume Contest! Enjoy all kinds of yummy local foods, Halloween treats and games, as well as an eclectic array of booths, curios, local art and crafts.
This family-friendly event is a benefit for Kows community radio in Occidental, a non-profit all volunteer, community radio station broadcasting on 107.3 FM. All profits raised from the event go to keeping its unique local programming on the air and a special fund for the new broadcasting tower necessary to reach a wider audience.
Address: 3920 Bohemian Hwy. at Graton Rd.
City: Occidental
Phone number: 707-874-1073
E-mail: kows@sonic.net
Web page: Occidental Events

ARTrails Open Studios
Date: October Time: Varies Cost: Free Description:
ARTrails  Open  Studios is a way to see incredible art, meet the artists, and tour the beautiful Sonoma County countryside all at the same time. The event, held in various locations throughout Sonoma County, allows visitors to see artists at work in their studios. ARTrails Open Studios, sponsored by the Arts Council of Sonoma County, is scheduled for two weekends every October. Pick up the artist directory/map at locations county-wide, or view it online at www.artrails.org. ARTrails is a program of the Arts Council of Sonoma County, who invites you to come for the wine and stay for the art!
Address: 529 5th St.
City: Santa Rosa
Phone number: (707)579-2787
E-mail: artrails@sonomaarts.com
Web page: ARTrails

Levi Leipheimers Granfondo/FondoSonoma Festival
Date: October
Time: Varies
Cost: Free
Description:
Levi Leipheimer’s King Ridge GranFondo is a challenging, long distance, mass-participation cycling event that welcomes professional, amateur, and recreational cyclists of all abilities. While not strictly competitive, our rides are timed to ensure cyclists complete the entire course and have some way to gauge their performance along the route. This is not a race, but it is expected that people will push themselves and others to excel within the bounds of safety. It is an opportunity to excel in some of the greatest cycling country this continent has to offer. Best of all? You get to ride with Levi himself!
Part of the world’s largest mass cycling event, The FondoSonoma Festival is located at the Finley Center, event central where riders will Start and Finish the GranFondo. Everyone in the community is invited—the FondoSonoma Festival is free to all, whether you’re riding the GranFondo, waiting for someone to finish the GranFondo, or a local resident who has no idea what the GranFondo is.
Address: Ride: Throughout West Sonoma County.
Event: Santa Rosa City: Santa Rosa
Phone number: (707) 560-1122
E-mail: levisGranFondo@bikemonkey.net
Web page: Levi’s Gran Fondo

Russian River Wine & Food Affair
Date: November Time: Varies Cost: Varies
Description:
Russian  River Wine  &  Food  Affair – “Tasting along the Wine Road” is an event put on by the Russian River Wine Road. This is a great excuse to go out and taste wine. What adds extra oomph to the Russian River Wine and Food Affair is that included with the price of admission is a cook book of the recipes that are provided by the wineries. On top of that, the wineries serve the food with their wines making a perfect pairing. Ticket holders will receive a cookbook, tasting glass and wristband upon check-in.
City: Healdsburg
Phone number: 800.723.6336
E-mail: beth@wineroad.com
Web page: Wine Road

Gray Whale Watch at Bodega Head
Date: January – April Weekends
Cost: FREE
Description:
The yearly migration of the Pacific Gray Whales is a much-anticipated and awe-inspiring sight. And one of the best places in the world to whale watch is at Bodega Head on the Sonoma Coast. Not only is it a prime vantage point because of the way Bodega Head juts out into the ocean, but the other great thing is that there are volunteers out there on weekends from January through April (weather permitting) ready to help you spot these incredible animals and to answer your questions. (Note: Sonoma Coast Whale Watch is not at the Head during the Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival weekend or Easter weekend.)
Address: Bodega Head
City: Bodega Bay
Phone number: (707) 869-9177
Web page: Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods

Winter Wineland
Date:  January
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies
Description:
Winter  Wineland is a great opportunity to meet winemakers, taste limited production wines, new releases, barrel tastings or library wines. Some of the participating wineries are not typically open to the public and open their doors just for the festival. Some wineries will offer food pairings, music, entertainment and tours. It all depends on which ones you choose to visit. Pay for entry at any of the participating wineries and receive a wristband that gives you access to Winter Wineland. Winter Wineland does not take place at one location. Instead, you go from winery to winery, visiting the ones you are interested in exploring. This is a very free-form type of festival, meaning there are no hard and fast rules on what to do. The crowd that comes to Winter Wineland is always friendly and in a festive mood, so there is a good chance you might chat it up and meet some new friends. All in all, Winter Wineland is a great way to get to see many wineries in a couple of days and also to spend some quality time with friends and family.
Address: Sonoma County
Phone number: 800.723.6336
E-mail: beth@wineroad.com
Web page: Wine Road Winter Wineland

Bodega Bay Grange Annual Crab Cioppino Feed
Date:  January
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies
Description:
Bodega Bay Grange hosts their annual Crab Cioppino Feed in the January. This tradition has been enjoyed by many since first being carried out in 1953. Last year, the Grange served up 670 dinners in little more than six hours.
Address: 1370 Bodega Ave
City: Bodega Bay
Phone number: (707) 875.3616
E-mail:
Web page: Bodega Bay Grange

Chowder Day in Bodega Bay
Date: February
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies
Description:

Be a food critic for the day! Taste and then vote for the best chowders in Bodega Bay at this very popular annual event. Stop at the Sonoma Coast Visitor’s Center on Highway 1 to pick up a complimentary map showing participating restaurants. This is a fun event and a great way to learn (and eat!) your way around Bodega Bay and the West County.
Address: 850 Coast Highway 1
City: Bodega Bay
Phone number: (707) 875-3866
Web page: Bodega Bay News

Sonoma County Restaurant Week
Date: Late February – Early March
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies depending on restaurant
Description:
Sonoma County Restaurant Week is a great opportunity to try out many of end restaurants in Sonoma County at a fraction of the cost. Over 50 fine throughout Sonoma County participate and offer a fixed price dinner menu. In participating Sonoma County restaurants offered a dinner at one of three price tiers; $39 per person, gratuity not included.
Address: Various Restaurants
Phone number: 707-565-6411
E-mail: restaurantweek@sonoma-county.org
Web page:  Sonoma County Restaurant Week

Barrel Tasting Weekends
Date: March
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies
Description:
More than 100 wineries in the Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander Valley will participate in the annual barrel tasting along the Wine Road. This is the largest wine tasting event in Sonoma County, and due to popular demand has been stretched to two weekends. Barrel tasting is a unique opportunity to taste barrel samples (and often the same wine already in the bottle, from an earlier vintage) at the wineries, enjoy music, entertainment, and lots of great local food.
Phone number: 800-723-6336
Web page: Barrel Tasting

Sonoma County Bluegrass and Folk Festival
Date: March
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies
Description:
Sonoma  County Bluegrass and  Folk  Festival  is an all day event that takes place every year at the Sebastopol Community Center. Folks come from all over the West Coast to enjoy the Sonoma County spring weather and listen to several international and national touring bluegrass and “Old Time” musicians. It’s a general admission show, so you can sit wherever you want and come and go as you please. The great thing about the Sonoma Bluegrass Festival is that there are many impromptu jams scattered outside that take place all day long. Pickers trade off licks with each other and folks join in to sing. There is a real sense of community and mutual respect among the musicians which always makes for a good time.
Address: 390 Morris Street
City: Sebastopol
Phone number: 707-829-8012
E-mail: hogiemoon@comcast.net
Web page: Sonoma Bluegrass Festival

Art at the Source
Date: June
Time: Varies
Cost: Free
Description:
Art  at  the  Source features a look at many professional artists’ studios in two weekends. During this free event people can visit studios in Sebastopol, Forestville, Occidental, Bodega Bay, Guerneville, and Santa Rosa. Art at the Source gives everyone an inside view of artists at work with a bonus – you can buy art right at the source. The artists will be working in a variety of different mediums – from painting to pottery, and fabric to photography.
Address: Various Art Studios
City: Occidental/West County Art Studios
Phone number: (707) 829-4797
E-mail: info@sebarts.org
Web page: Art at the Source

Russian River Rodeo and Parade
Date: June
Time: Varies
Description:
This year’s Russian  River  Rodeo  and  Parade features many fun activities. Normally the performances start at 1 p.m. daily, but don’t miss the Cowboy Breakfast served up by the Russian River Rotary Club from 7:00am – noon. Young cowboys and cowgirls can learn the essence of rodeo roping at the Russian River Rodeo and Parade, a fun Wine Country event.
City: Duncan Mills
Phone number: 707.865.9854
E-mail: postmaster@russianriverrodeo.org
Web page:  Russian River Rodeo

Peggy Sue’s All American Cruise
Date: June
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies
Description:
Do you like vintage cars? Well Peggy Sue’s All American Cruise is for you. With a car show for vehicles made from 1900-1976, you get a taste of each era, including the Horseless Carriage, the restored Vintage and Antique cars and trucks, street stock and street modified. Hotrods, Roadsters, and Customs that not only take you back in time but show the workmanship and dedication it takes to recreate any one of these classic cars or trucks. Peggy Sue’s All American Cruise also features a chili and pasta cook off and beer and wine tasting.
The main events for Peggy Sue’s All American Cruise take place over the weekend. Saturday and Sunday there usually is a classic car show with hundreds of cars flooding A Place to Play Park on W 3rd Street in Santa Rosa. If you are a car nut this is a can’t miss event. 50′s music, an Elvis Impersonator, a Wolfman Jack impersonator, and many festival goers dressed up in 50′s attire makes this festival much more than just a classic car show.
Address: A Place to Play Park: 2375 W. 3rd St.
City: Santa Rosa
Phone number: 707.575.3267
E-mail:
Web page:  Peggy Sue’s Cruise

Russian River Passport to Pinot
Date: June
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies
Description:
Russian  River  Passport is an annual event showcasing the wineries, vineyards, and exceptional beauty of Russian River Valley. Over 150 wineries and 300 growers work in the Russian River Valley. At this truly special event many of them, some not usually open to the public, invite you inside as special guests where they showcase their wine and their people. Each winery will offer special foods they select to complement their wines. Some larger locations will feature live entertainment as well. Since Russian River Passport is limited to only a small number of participants and offers access to many smaller wineries that normally have no public access, it allows participants a chance to speak to and connect with the winemakers and vineyard owners on a personal level, and learn more about the history and topography of Russian River Valley and its wines. Russian River Passport Weekend features unlimited wine tasting at over 50 Russian River wineries. Enjoy great food, barrel tastings, preferred access to pre-release, library and limited edition, winery-only wines, artist demonstrations, entertainment, and more!
Address: Throughout Russian River Valley
City: Sonoma County
Phone number: 707-521-2534
E-mail: shannon@rrvw.org
Web page: Russian River Passport to Pinot

Fireworks Over Bodega Bay
Date: July
Time: Varies
Cost: Free
Description:
Enjoy fireworks in Bodega Bay before the 4th of July. Fireworks  over  the  Bay  is a free event, but donations are welcome. The Bodega Bay fireworks display is fairly small but the location is world class. Plan a full day of fun in West Sonoma County and cap it off with a fireworks display.
Address: 2400 Westshore Road
City: Bodega Bay
Phone number: (707) 875-3866
Web page: Bodega Bay Fireworks

Civil War Days – Duncans Mills
Date: July
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies
Description:
Civil  War  Days in Duncans Mills is an re-enactment of life and times in Virginia in 1863. A blacksmith is on site as well as many other activities from that time period. Of course the Civil War Days battle re-enactment is the big feature, with 2 showings a day.
Address: Freezeout Road
City: Duncans Mills
Phone number: (707) 922-5901
E-mail:
Web page: Duncans Mills Civil War Re-Enactment

Enmanji Temple Teriyaki BBQ and Bazaar
Date: July
Time: Varies
Cost: Free
Description:
Enjoy traditional Japanese food and culture at the Enmanji Temple BBQ and Bazaar, which attracts thousands of Bay Area residents to Sebastopol. During the event, you can enjoy a hot or cold barbecued teriyaki chicken lunch as well as other Japanese foods such as imagawa yaki (a sweetened bean-filled pastry) sushi, kushi yaki and locally made desserts. Cultural activities at the day long event include Ikebana flower arranging and sale, bonsai display from the Redwood Empire Bonsai Society, an extensive outdoor plant sale, Buddhist dharma talk, games for the kids, handicrafts, raffle drawing, bingo, cultural arts displays, martial arts demonstrations and the popular taiko drumming.
Address: 1200 Gravenstein
City: Sebastopol
Phone number: (707) 823-2252
E-mail: enmanji@sonic.net
Web page: Enmanji Temple BBQ and Bazaar

Gravenstein Apple Fair
Date: August
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies
Description:
The Gravenstein Apple Fair is hosted by Sonoma County Farm Trails. The Gravenstein Apple Fair features live music, arts and crafts, a petting zoo, a mini train and so much more. The music stages offer top entertainment. One stage is in an Oak Grove and makes for an incredible venue to hear live music. There are many vendors selling food, wine and beer as well as a potpourri of other vendors selling various wares. Also unique to this festival are the displays of antique farm equipment and everyone’s favorite, the throw the dart at the apple game. Hit the apple and win a bag of Gravensteins! There is no doubt that the Gravenstein Apple Fair is one of the most kid- friendly festivals of the year, but it’s fun for adults as well. Highly recommended for all ages.
Address: 500 Ragle Road
City: Sebastopol
Phone number: 707.837.8337
E-mail: apples@gravensteinapplefair.com
Web page: Gravenstein Apple Fair

Russian River Beer Revival & BBQ Cookoff
Date: August
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies
Description:
The Russian  River  Beer  Revival  &  BBQ  Cookoff is an area favorite. It’s got that laid back “river” feel to it. The wish is they would consider making it a 2 day event as the one day always sells out. So make sure to get your tickets early. You pay your entrance fee and then roam around filling up on fine micro brews and great barbecue. There’s live music and of course the Russian River Beer Revival & BBQ Cookoff is right on the banks of Russian River. So if it gets hot, it’s easy to just take a quick dip in the shallow, warm and welcoming Russian River. The Russian River Beer Revival & BBQ Cookoff is hosted by the Stumptown Brewery and really brings in a friendly crowd. Pack up the car with some good friends and have a memorable experience!
Address: 15045 River Road
City: Guerneville
E-mail: beerrevival@stumptown.com
Web page: Russian River Beer Revival & BBQ Cookoff

Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival
Date: August
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies
Description:
The Bodega  Seafood,  Art  and  Wine  Festival is a fantastic way to enjoy a day in Sonoma Wine Country. The promoters of the event always book top notch music acts that always get people up on their feet and dancing. Sonoma Wineries from all over the county pour wines as well as several microbreweries. Barbecued oysters? Of course! And many other great dishes are abound. The Bodega Seafood, Art and Wine Festival is very kid friendly and always has special entertainers for them, from juggling acts to magicians. The promoters really go out of their way to keep the kids entertained. Of course one of the main attractions is the art. Several rows of booths are lined up with a huge selection of quality paintings, crafts and clothes. Address: 16855 Bodega Highway
City: Bodega
Phone number: 707.792.0288
E-mail: wcfestivals@sbcglobal.net
Web page: Bodega Seafood, Art and Wine Festival

West of West Wine Festival
Date: August
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies
Description:
West Sonoma Coast Vintners, an association of wineries on Sonoma’s coastline, will host the second annual West of West Wine Festival this August. The event will be held in the coastal hamlet of Occidental and will feature some of the most acclaimed Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Syrahs on the market today.
The Festival begins with Welcome Dinners hosted by member wineries on the first night. These dinners offer a rare opportunity to dine with winemakers in their home or winery. Saturday begins with morning seminars, interviews and flight tastings, followed by the first of two Grand Tastings on Saturday afternoon and Whole Hog Feast Celebration in the evening. The second Grand Tasting will be on Sunday afternoon in the tasting tent.
The West of West Wine Festival is your best opportunity to experience the extraordinary wine, food and culture of the West Sonoma Coast right here in Occidental.
City: Occidental
Phone number: 707-824-9000
E-mail: info@westsonomacoast.com
Web page: West of West Festival

Grill 116 Classic Car and BBQ
Date: August
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies
Description:
Experience the gifts of the grill along Route 116. Receive a souvenir logo wine glass, enjoy grilled food bites and delicious wines while checking out the cool classic cars featured at each of the six participating winery locations.
Address: Locations vary – check participating wineries City: Sebastopol, Graton, Forestville
Phone number: 707-823-3040
E-mail: sue@gratonridge.com
Web page: Graton Ridge Winery

Old Grove Festival
Date: September
Time: Varies
Cost: Varies
Description:
This is a great opportunity to experience the incredible acoustic space in Armstrong Woods. Magical moments await! The Armstrong Woods Old Grove Festival is a unique experience and is a rare opportunity to listen and enjoy great music in a magical setting. The performances take place in the Redwood Theater, which consists of rows upon rows of wooden benches and of course is surrounded by large redwoods. Snacks and drinks are available at the back of the theater, however it is OK to pack a picnic and bring it in as long as you pack it out.
The atmosphere is very laid back, and seating is first come first served. The venue is so large that it is possible to hang out in the back and just lie down on a bench to look up at tree tops and stars while listening to the music.
People firmly recommend the Old Grove Festival and say without hesitation that there is nothing else like it in the world. A truly unique, relaxing, and fun, one of a kind experience.
Address: Armstrong Woods
City: Guerneville
Phone number: (707) 869-9177
Web page: Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods