From unique wine experiences to traditional harvest festivals to world-class art and culture events, there’s something to suit everyone on Sonoma’s annual calendar. Here are 15 yearly highlights not to miss, ordered from January through December. 

1. Sonoma Valley Delicious: From corkage-free fine-dining to exclusive prix fixe meals to discounts on special food and wine pairings, Sonoma Valley Delicious offers gourmet-lovers a range of tasty treats and deals throughout the month of January. Plus, you’ll find money off at attractions, boutiques and more, making it easy to splash out for less on a start-the-year getaway.

Where: Sonoma Valley
When: January 1-31

2. Sonoma International Film Festival: Featuring over 90 hand-selected films screened in intimate venues around the plaza, the Sonoma International Film Festival is a must on any indie movie-lover’s bucket-list. From world cinema to documentaries to short films, this unique 5-day event transforms Sonoma’s plaza into a red carpet wonderland, attracting renowned filmmakers, industry leaders and celebrities alike. 

Where: Sonoma Plaza
When: March 

3. Savor Sonoma Valley: For the ultimate barrel tasting experience, look no further than Savor Sonoma, held at 20 different wineries in Kenwood and Glen Ellen, over one weekend. With a mission to take barrel tasting to the next level, sample new releases, mingle with the vintners, and hangout with fellow wine-lovers in intimate tasting rooms. From classics to favorites to hard-to-find blends, enjoy your favorite varietals paired with lunch from local food trucks and delis.

Where: Kenwood, Glen Ellen
When: March

4. Signature Sonoma Valley: There’s nothing quite like this exclusive, behind-the-scenes immersion into the award-winning vineyards, wines, and viticulture communities of Sonoma Valley. Join passionate vintners and growers over one weekend of unique immersion experiences, featuring proprietor-led estate tours, intimate winemaker-led tastings, and much more. A legendary wine event that soon sells out - be sure to book well in advance. 

Where: Sonoma Valley
When: April

5. NASCAR at Sonoma Raceway: One of only five road races on the NASCAR annual schedule, fans from near and far flock to year-round motorsports complex, Sonoma Raceway, for this action-packed event each year. Not a NASCAR fan? With one of the most comprehensive schedules in the country, including Indycar and MotoAmerica Superbike races, it’s well worth checking what’s happening during your travel dates.  

Where: Sonoma Raceway
When: June 

6. Broadway Under The Stars : For a cultural night out with a difference, book seats for Broadway Under the Stars - an award-winning seasonal program of live, outdoor concerts and musicals, held in the beautiful surroundings of Jack London State Park. Set in the open-air ruins of the Kohler & Frohling Winery, this diverse Broadway-inspired program runs from June through September each year, and its memorable shows are the perfect way to top off a day of wine-tasting.

Where: Jack London State Park
When: June through September

7. 4th of July Parade & Fireworks: One of America’s ‘Top Ten July 4th celebrations’ - as voted by Travel + Leisure Magazine - Sonoma far from disappoints when it comes to honoring the nation’s independence day. The festivities kick-off with a colorful, morning parade, winding its way around the historic plaza; continues with an old-fashioned fare - complete with food, drink, and traditional game booths; and finally ends with a spectacular, 45-minute fireworks show over General Vallejo’s field. July 4th just as it should be.

Where: Sonoma Plaza
When: July 4

8. Gay Wine Weekend: Every July, Out in the VIneyard's LGBTQ events charm visitors with Gay Wine Weekend, a three-day event among some of the world’s most renowned vineyards, restaurants and wineries. Led by local gay community insiders, this world-class event features unforgettable cuisine, a champagne brunch, pool parties, and more. It's the LGBTQ "Event of the Year!"

Where: Sonoma Valley
When: July 

9. Valley of the Moon Music Festival: The Valley of the Moon Music Festival is the first and only festival in the U.S. dedicated entirely to presenting Classical and Romantic-era chamber music, performed on period instruments. Over two weeks, enjoy music from Mozart and Beethoven to Brahms, hearing your favorite 18th and 19th century pieces performed as they would have been originally - more delicately, on woodier pianos and violins and cellos with  gut strings. Not to be missed!

Where: Hanna Boys Center, Sonoma
When: July 

10. Plein Air Festival: Acclaimed artists congregate in Sonoma for a week every August to paint, show, and sell their work for charity, making the Plein Air Festival is a unique experience for art lovers. Watch Sonoma-inspired works come to life in quick-draw competitions and out-and-about in Sonoma, bid on your favorite limited-edition art at a special dinner and gala, and browse previous festival winner creations in the 15th Anniversary Invitational Exhibit. 

Where: Sonoma Valley
When: August (anniversary exhibit), September (festival events) 

11. Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival: Held over three days at the end of September, Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival has been a beloved Sonoma tradition for more than a century! Founded in 1897, it’s California’s oldest festival, an unmissable celebration of the best of the county’s wine, food, culture, and heritage. From wine-tastings and grape stomps to art exhibits and live music - plus parades, food stalls, kids zone, and more - it’s well worth timing your trip to coincide with this legendary Sonoma event. 

Where: Sonoma Plaza
When: September 

12. Sonoma County Harvest Fair: Delighting visitors for almost 50 years, Sonoma County’s Harvest Fair showcases the best of the region’s bounty, from world-class wines to award-winning beer to celebrated culinary specialties. Taste and buy more than 500 champion wines, peruse the art show, cheer on the teams in the World Championship Grape Stomp, and get hands-on with grown-up harvest activities. Voted the best festival in the county!

Where: Santa Rosa
When: October

13. HOSVA Holiday Open House: The ultimate way for wine-lovers to toast the start of the holiday season, Heart of Sonoma Valley’s open house sees over 20 wineries in the region throw open their doors - for wine tastings, meet-the-winemaker events, and plenty of wine-inspired gift ideas.
 
Where: Sonoma Valley
When: November 

14. Sonoma Plaza Holiday Tree LightingThis beloved community tradition features a program of inspiring messages, festival seasonal music and dance, followed by the lighting itself. Featuring free hot chocolate, cider and cookies, as well as food, wine and beer for purchase, there’s no better way to mark the start of the holiday season than at Sonoma Plaza Tree Lighting! Bedecked with 150,000+ twinkling lights, Sonoma's historic Plaza offers a night of fun to usher in a season of good cheer!

Where: Sonoma Plaza
When: November 

15. Sonoma Valley Authors Festival: During the course of 3 days, authors from around the world convene to discuss their books, their lives, and their ideas with an audience of over 500 attendees. The authors will reflect a variety of topics and include fiction and non-fiction, biographies, history, politics, adventure, medicine, and science. Also participating are thought leaders who are transforming lives through medicine, technology, communication and philanthropy. The festival features several keynote speakers, as well as a couple of dozen break-out sessions.  

Where: Sonoma
When: May