Things to do this week in Sonoma County, Sept. 8-17

Transcendence Theatre Company ends its season this weekend with its Gala Celebration, Sept. 8-10. (Photo by Robbi Pengelly/Index-Tribune)


This weekend, stay cool at these hot events. Transcendence Theater Company wraps up their summer series of Broadway Under the Stars with their Gala Celebration. The Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival is taking over Johnson's Beach. Spring Lake is going to the dogs for its season ender, Water Bark. All this and more is in our list of things to do.

Sept. 8-10
Transcendence’s Gala Celebration: The Transcendence Theater Company wraps up their summer series of Broadway Under the Stars with a celebration performance this weekend, highlighting the season’s favorite numbers in one fun night. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at Jack London State Park, but come early for pre-show picnicking, starting at 5 p.m. Tickets are $45 to $150. Find out more at

Saturday, Sept. 9
West Coast Diesels Tractor Pull: This Saturday, the action will be nonstop as more than 70 vehicles pull heavy sleds in the 2nd annual tractor pull at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. The event starts with a “Show & Shine” truck show from 2-6 p.m., followed by the tractor pull at 6-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15-$20, plus $8 parking. Find out more at

Sept. 9-10
Art in the Park: Artists, sculptors, jewelers and more will showcase their work in a free event at Walnut Park in Petaluma this weekend. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, peruse beautiful art, create art, or find a few new pieces for your home. Find out more at

Sept. 9-10
Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival: With class acts from Stephanie Mills, Tower of Power, Beth Hart and more, this weekend’s festival at Johnson’s Beach will get you up and dancing. Tickets are $55-$190 pre-sale. More details at

Sept. 9-10
Spring Lake Water Bark: This weekend, Spring Lake is going to the dogs. The swimming lagoon opens Saturday and Sunday for dog-filled water play, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are available online, or at the park, and start at $5-$7 per dog, plus a $7 parking fee. Find out more at

Other upcoming events:

Friday, Sept. 8

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

George Benson & Kenny G: ‘Breezin’ and Breathless Tour,’ 7:30 tonight, Weill Hall and Lawn, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $45 to $85. 866-955-6040,

Saturday, Sept. 9

‘The Magician Is In’: Stage magic by Nick Federoff, 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 282 High St., Sebastopol. $20. 530-264-5105,

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

Concert in the Hub: Peace and Justice Center fundraiser, Midnight Sun Massive, Dream Farmers, Dylan Black Project, 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 9, La Plaza Park, Cotati. Free. 707-575-8902.

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

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

Sunday, Sept. 10

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

Monday, Sept. 11

Steve Winwood: Pop, rock, soul, jazz and rhythm and blues vocalist and instrumentalist, 8 p.m. Monday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $79 to $129. 707-546-3600,

Tuesday, Sept. 12

‘May it Last – A Portrait of the Avett Brothers’: Documentary about musicians Seth and Scott Avett, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol. $15. 707-829-3456,

Wednesday, Sept. 13

Matt Wilson Quintet: ‘Honey and Salt’ parlor jazz tribute to Carl Sandberg, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg. $30. 800-838-3006,

Thursday, Sept. 14

The Best Intentions: Motown mania, Russian River Rotary Foundation’s Rockin’ the River summer season finale concert, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Guerneville Plaza. Free.

Amy Stewart: Books on Stage series and literary salon, ‘Girl Waits with Gun’ local author, 7 p.m. Thursday, Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. $10 suggested donation.

Kenny Metcalf’s Elton John Tribute: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-545-3844,

Friday, Sept. 15

‘Unpacked’: New exhibit of contemporary works from private collections, opens 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15, Art Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa. $7 to $10. Through Nov. 26. 707-579-1500,

Tribal Seeds & Pepper: Reggae and rock, plus surf pop band, 6 p.m. Sept. 15, SOMO Village Event Center, Rohnert Park. $35. 707-664-6314,

‘Masters of Illusion – Believe the Impossible’: Touring magic show, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $35 to $49. 707-546-3600,

Saturday, Sept. 16

Sonoma Plein Air Festival: Art show and sale, live music, arts demonstrations, hands-on arts activities, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 16, Sonoma Plaza. Free.

Old Grove Festival: Americana and bluegrass concert, headliner Dead Winter Carpenters, 4:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 16, Armstrong Woods, Guerneville. $35-$80, kids $10. 707-869-9177,

Art for Life: 30th annual art auction benefitting Face to Face, 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 16, Sebastopol Center for the Arts. $50. 707-544-1581,

Common: Golden Globe, Grammy Award and Academy Award-winning rap singer and songwriter, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16, Weill Hall and Lawn, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $45 to $85. 866-955-6040,

Gregory Wolfe: Rod Stewart tribute, noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 16, Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-545-3844,

Sunday, Sept. 17

Fiesta de Independencia: Latino Heritage Month celebration with music, exhibits and entertainment, 1 to 7 p.m. Sept. 17, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-800-7512,

Sonoma Valley Uncorked: Food and wine tasting, Sonoma Home Winemakers, live music, 2 to 5 p.m. Sept. 17, Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building. $40 to $50.