Things to do this week in Sonoma County, Sept. 1-10

Wineries and chefs will bring out their best at the Taste of Sonoma this Saturday at the Green Music Center. (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)


Stay cool this weekend with these hot events happening around Sonoma County. This Friday, attend the final Funky Friday concert event of the season at Hood Mountain. Also on Friday, kick back at Howarth Park for a free showing of Disney’s “Moana.” Then on Saturday, taste the best of Sonoma County at the annual Taste of Sonoma event. All this and more is in our list of things to do.

Friday, Sept. 1
Funky Friday: It’s the final concert of the season at Hood Mansion, this time with live funk music from A Case of the Willys. This Friday, enjoy an evening of dancing, community and food trucks and vendors from 7-9 p.m. Admission is $10. Find out more at

Friday, Sept. 1
Author Louise Penny: New York Times bestselling author Louise Penny will be at the Luther Burbank Center this Friday for a Copperfield’s Books event, and will share from her latest novel, Glass Houses. The event starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 with a book, and $25 without. More information at

Friday, Sept. 1
Movies in the Park: See the screen as it shines in Howarth Park, it calls you. This Friday’s free movie is Disney’s “Moana,” starting around 7:45 p.m. Show up early to get a seat, and enjoy snacks from local vendors. What can we say except “You’re welcome.” Find out details at

Saturday, Sept. 2
Taste of Sonoma: This Saturday, taste your way through Sonoma County’s bounty of flavor at the Green Music Center, including local wineries, gourmet foods, locally grown produce and more. Gates are open noon to 4 p.m. Tickets start at $150. Find out more at

Saturday, Sept. 2
Author Jay Asher: The second season of Netflix series “13 Reasons Why,” is midway through film production here in Sonoma County. Would you like to meet the author behind the series? Jay Asher, who wrote the book that inspired the Netflix series, will be at the Charles Schulz Museum on Saturday to talk about his latest young adult novels, “The Future of Us” (coauthored with Printz-honor winner Carolyn Mackler) and “What Light,” plus his soon-to-be-released graphic novel, “Piper.” Starting at 2 p.m., admission to the event is free with museum admission, which is $5 students, $8 seniors and $12 adults. Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis, starting at 10 a.m. Find out more at

Saturday, Sept. 2
Fermentation Festival: Get pickled at the Fermentation Festival, happening this Saturday at the Petaluma Fairgrounds. The event will include 75 vendors, including beer, cider, wine, cheese, pickles, chocolate, kombucha and more. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and tickets start at $20. Find out more at

Other upcoming events:

Friday, Sept. 1

‘Imparables, El Show’: Omar Chaparro and Adrian Uribe, top comedians from Mexico, 8 tonight, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $51-$111. 707-546-3600,

‘Man of La Mancha’: Musical with romance, humor and tragedy, opens 8 tonight, Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma. $25-$45. Through Sept. 24. 707-763-8920,

Charlie Musselwhite: Blues harmonica star, Friday Night Live summer concerts season finale, 6:30 tonight, Cloverdale Plaza. Free. 707-894-4410,

Saturday, Sept. 2

Sonoma County Cajun Zydeco & Delta Rhythm Festival: Live music, food and art vendors, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Ives Park, Sebastopol. $25-$50.

Golden State/Lone Star Revue: Featuring Blues Award winner Mark Hummel and guitarist Anson Funderburgh, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Redwood Café, Cotati. $15. 707-795-7868,

Martin Barre: Longtime Jethro Tull guitarist performs the rock band’s classics, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma. $25. 707-765-2121,

Sunday, Sept. 3

Rick Lenzi and Roustabout: Tribute to Elvis Presley (and others), noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-545-3844,

Monday, Sept. 4

Flynn Creek Circus: Nostalgic big-top acts, ‘Inter-Active’ showcase, end-of-season finale, 1:30 p.m. Monday, Paul Bunyan Days Festival next to Mendocino College, Fort Bragg. $12-$50.

Tuesday, Sept. 5

National Heirloom Expo: Food vendors, speakers, exhibitors, demo gardens, 4,000 heirloom varieties, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa. $10, kids free.

Wednesday, Sept. 6

Poor Man’s Whiskey: Peacetown summer concert series season finale, 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Ives Park, Sebastopol. Free. 707-508-5449,

Thursday, Sept. 7

The Gipsy Kings: Grammy Award-winning flamenco, rumba, salsa and pop band, with special guest Simi Stone, 8 p.m. Thursday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $59-$79. 707-546-3600,

Western Centuries: Original country music, plus Americana with Sara Petite, Krush Backyard Concert Series, 6 p.m. Thursday, KRSH radio, Santa Rosa. Free.

Slim Man: Rat Pack songs, 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-545-3844,

Grace’: Tragicomedy opens 8 p.m. Thursday, Main Stage West, Sebastopol. $15-$30. Through Sept. 24. 707-823--0177, mainstagewest.

Friday, Sept. 8

Kansas: ‘Leftoverture’ 40th anniversary tour, 8 p.m. Sept. 8, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $59-$95. 707-546-3600,

Sonoma Valley Crush: Intimate, hands-on harvest experience, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 8-10 at 12 boutique wineries in Kenwood and Glen Ellen. $35-$55. 707-431-1137,

‘Constellations’: Love story opens 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8, 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa. $18-$28. Through Sept. 24. 707-523-4185,

‘Gala Celebration’: Broadway Under the Stars season-ending performances, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8-10, Jack London Park, Glen Ellen. $45-$150. 877-424-1414,

‘The Spitfire Grill’: Musical starting over, opens 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8, Sonoma Community Center. $22-$43. Through Sept. 24.

George Benson & Kenny G: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8, Weill Hall and Lawn, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $45-$85. 866-955-6040,

Saturday, Sept. 9

Vicious Rumors: Power metal band, plus thrash metal band Kill Ritual, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9, House of Rock, Santa Rosa. $25-$30. 707-791-3482,

Living History Tour: Immersive tour set in the summer of 1916, 10:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 9, Jack London Park, Glen Ellen. $50. Reservations required. 707-938-5216,

Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival: Six performances daily, Stephanie Mills and Tower of Power headline, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 9-10, Johnson’s Beach, Guerneville. $55-$190. 949-360-7800,

Kool & the Gang: Grammy-winning, chart-topping rhythm and blues band, summer concert series season finale, 5 p.m. Sept. 9, Rodney Strong Vineyards, Healdsburg. $89-$129. 800-514-3849,

Pete Escovedo Latin Jazz Orchestra: Tribute with Shelia E., Juan Escovedo and Peter Michael, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $25-$65. 866-955-6040,

Art in the Park: Petaluma Arts Association 60th annual art show and sale, live music and food, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 9-10, Walnut Park, Petaluma. Free.

The Abba Show: Abba tribute band, noon-3 p.m. Sept. 9, Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-545-3844,

Sunday, Sept. 10

Jami Jamison Band: Blues and jazz, 1-4 p.m. Sept. 10, Village Terrace, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-545-3844,

Joyful Noise’: New York Times bestselling author/illustrator John Agee draws stories as Gio Benedetti and The Brothers Comatose perform, 2 p.m. Sept. 10, Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma. Free.