Use an Accordion, Go to Cotati: The 24th Annual Cotati Accordion Festival takes place this weekend in La Plaza Park.
Dozens of performers take the stage during this two-day fete; a full schedule is available at cotatifest.com.
Don’t miss the Polka/Zydeco tent, where you’ll find a polka dance party from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
New this year is a stage for students.
You’ve got to leave your pups at home and cannot bring in outside food or beverages, except for one bottle of water per person. There is plenty to eat and drink in the park.
Tickets are $15 in advance for a single day and $25 for both days. They are available at all Oliver’s Market locations, at the Last Record Store in Santa Rosa and at People’s Music in Sebastopol. You may also purchase tickets by calling (888) 559-2576 and by visiting the website.
Parking has always been a challenge at this popular event but organizers are trying something new this year, with parking available at the CalTrans lot at the corner of Old Redwood Highway and St. Joseph’s Way. A free shuttle will be available throughout the festival.
Wine & Swine: On Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Santa Rosa’s Railroad Square hosts a street fete, Sonoma County Wine and Swine, with live music, art and artisans and plenty of good things to drink and eat, including spicy barbecued pork.
Musicians include the Easy Leaves, the Sam Chase and Misisipi Mike,with Misisipi Mike Wolf and the Midnight Gamblers playing their outlaw honky tonk tunes.
The fete takes place during Railroad Square’s sidewalk sale, which continues on Sunday but without the pork or vino.
Admission is free but the eating and drinking are not, so don’t forget to bring cash.
Harvest of the Heart: As of press time, tickets were still available for Harvest of the Heart, a benefit for Ceres Community Project, which takes place on Saturday, August 16.
Chefs John Ash and Barbara Hom will be at the helm, with Ceres teen chefs and gardeners doing most of the heavy lifting.
The fete takes place in the Ceres Community Garden, located behind O’Reilly Media in Sebastopol.
The evening begins at 5 p.m. in the garden, with nibbles paired with both wine and cider. There will also be a smoothie bar.
Dinner takes place in a nearby outdoor pavilion and will be followed by a live auction and stories from both Ceres clients and teens.
Following the auction, there will be a dessert buffet.
Auction items include a party for eight at Vintners Inn, an all-access ticket to the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival, four lower-box seat tickets to a Giants game, dinners at a huge array of local restaurants, outings, wine adventures, photo portraits and much more.
Admission is $150 per person. This is the organization’s major annual fundraiser.
For tickets, visit ceresproject.org.
Block Party! On Sunday, August 17, from 4 to 8 p.m., The Sonoma County Museum (425 Seventh St., Santa Rosa) hosts a Block Party Beer Bash Fundraiser, with live music by Soul Mechanix and Tocayo Son.
Participating breweries include BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse, Carneros Brewing Company, Henhouse Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, North Coast Brewing Company, St. Lorian’s Brewing, Strike Brewing Co., 21st Amendment Brewing and Tedeschi Family Winery.