Get ready for some fun coming your way! This week we celebrate the 121st annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade with a storybook theme that is sure to bring out the bookworm in everyone. Also coming up is the 10th annual Salute to American Graffiti in Petaluma, a belly dance festival, the Color Me Rad 5K run, and Wavy Gravy’s 79th Birthday Bash. Find all this and many more events in our 10 Days of Fun!
May 14 - 16
Salute to American Graffiti: Back in 1972, George Lucas put Petaluma on the map by filming some of the most memorable scenes of movie American Graffiti in the Northern California town. The movie depicted what it was like to be a teen in the 50s and 60s, bringing Petaluma back in time with classic cars and hot rods, and starring actors and actresses that are now known as Hollywood icons. This year, Petaluma celebrates their 10th annual Salute to American Graffiti with a sock hop, a classic car cruise-in and car show, celebrity appearances, live music and more. Find out all the details and schedule of events at www.americangraffiti.net.
Tribal Fest 15: The annual belly dance festival is celebrating its theme, “A Tribal Family Reunion,” with 226 acts from 19 countries, all held at the Sebastopol Community and Cultural Center. Show times are noon-9:30 p.m. Friday, May 15; 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, May 17. Admission is $20 each day for the performances, and free to visit the daily market, a shopping experience with nearly 70 vendors. Following the event, be sure to visit HopMonk Tavern in Sebastopol for an after party (admission $25). More details are at blacksheepbellydance.com and hopmonk.com/sebastopol.
Taste of Alexander Valley: The 3-day wine and food event features the best of the Alexander Valley, showcasing the regions food and wine, and offering special access to more than 25 wineries. Ticket prices range from $60-$150. DD are $30-$60. All the details are at alexandervalley.org/taste-alexander-valley.
Russian River Women’s Weekend: It’s going to be a fantastic time in Guerneville for this weekend’s NorCal LGBTQI event. The femme-friendly retreat features fun at the pool, live music, drag king performances, comedy, dancing, burlesque and more. Advance tickets are $50, but will be more at the door. Find out all the details at womensweekendrussianriver.com.
Saturday, May 16
Rose Parade & Festival: Folks will be lining the streets of downtown Santa Rosa this Saturday for the annual Luther Burbank Rose Parade and Festival, a revered tradition that is now in its 121st year. The theme is ‘Out of a Storybook,’ promising a day of literary magic played out through each float or entry marching through the town. The parade will kick off at 10 a.m., followed by a celebration at Old Courthouse Square until 4 p.m. New and used books are also being collected now through the day of the parade, and will be used to increase literacy in the community. All of the details can be found at roseparadefestival.com.
Saturday, May 16
Color Me Rad: Who says running has to be a drag? Brighten up your 5K at this Saturday’s Color Me Rad, a fun run that is anything but boring. Starting at 9 a.m., runners will take their marks in racing heats, clean as the day is new. But by the end? Participants will cross the finish line in flashes of color, having been color bombed at various stations on the course. Registration for this year’s fun run is $15-$55 and begins and ends at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Find out more at bit.ly/colormesantarosa.
Climb Aboard Aircraft: Every third weekend, the Pacific Coast Air Museum opens their vintage aircraft to the public, inviting guests to climb aboard and learn about the history of these historic planes. This month, the museum is featuring four aircraft known for their speed: The T-38 Talon, the F-106 Delta Dart, the F-4C Phantom II, and the F-4 “Blue Angels” cockpit simulator. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, and admission is $5-$10, and free for kids under 6. Find out all the details at pacificcoastairmuseum.org.
If You Go
What: SSU Bluegrass and Craft Beer Festival
Who: Ricky Skaggs, Laurie Lewis and Phoebe Hunt
When: 2 p.m., Sunday, July 15 – beer fest starts at noon
Where: Green Music Center, 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park
Tickets: $25 to $55, discounts for SSU students and children; beer festival $30