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It's smooth sailing in Sonoma County this weekend with these upcoming events. Levi's GranFondo comes to Sonoma County this Saturday, with festival events happening on Friday and Saturday. Vintage cars will take over the track at Sonoma Raceway all weekend long. Plus, celebrate the Summer of Love at B.R. Cohn's '60s-styled party this Saturday. All this and more is in our list of things to do.

Friday, Sept. 29
ARTSTART Party for Art: This Friday’s Party for Art event celebrates the Summer of Love. Come in your favorite duds from 1967, and enjoy music, food and drink, a silent auction, casino games and more, all at the Arthouse on Bennett Valley Road. A new event this year will be splatter art, which involves splattering paint on denim clothing, and an option to order custom-made splatter wear. Tickets for the event are $45 each, or $85 for two. More information at artstart.us/party-for-art.

Friday, Sept. 29
FondoSonoma Expo: Before Levi’s GranFondo on Saturday, get into the cycling mood with the FondoSonoma Expo at the Finley Center in Santa Rosa on Friday. The free event is open to the public, and will include local vendors, food and drinks, exhibitors, a kids area, bike shops and more, all while cyclists check in for Saturday’s main event. This expo will also be open on Saturday (see below). See details at levisgranfondo.com/expo-festival.

Saturday, Sept. 30
Levi’s GranFondo and FondoSonoma Music Festival: On Saturday, cyclists will take to Sonoma County streets for the 9th annual GranFondo. Following the race is the FondoSonoma Music Festival, a free event near the Finley Center in Santa Rosa that includes live music, food vendors, beer taps, a kid zone and more. Details are at levisgranfondo.com/expo-festival.

Saturday, Sept. 30
Summer of Love Celebration: Get groovy this Saturday as B.R. Cohn celebrates the Summer of Love, ‘60s style. Grab your bell bottoms and paisley threads, and enjoy an afternoon of live music, food truck cuisine, wine and far out fun. The free event starts at 11 a.m. Find out more at brcohn.com/summer-of-love.

Saturday, Sept. 30
Public Star Party: This Saturday, the Robert Ferguson Observatory invite the public to view the stars through the observatory’s three main telescopes, allowing an up-close view of the cosmos. The event starts at dusk. Admission is $3 adults and free for kids 18 and under. Parking is $8. Find out more at rfo.org.

Saturday, Sept. 30
Benefit for Mexico Rescuers: Summerfield Cinemas is partnering with Hola Mexico Film Festival and Hola Mexico Distribution to support Los Topos, the volunteers who have been working since the devastating earthquake in their search for survivors. To raise funds, the theater will screen film “La Vida Inmoral De La Pareja Ideal” this Saturday, with 100% of the proceeds going to this organization. Showtime is 1 p.m., and tickets are $9-$11. Purchase tickets by clicking here.

Sept. 30-Oct. 1
Vintage car racing: This weekend, the 14th annual Classic Sports Racing Group Charity Challenge takes over the racecourse at Sonoma Raceway. This three day event involves historic race cars from the ‘50s, ’60s and ’70s hitting the track while raising funds for Speedway Children’s Charities. Spectators can kick back and watch the show, or donate for a three-lap ride around the course. Tickets to the event are $25 each day, or $40 for a weekend pass, and discounted for pre-sales. Find out more at sonomaraceway.com.

Other upcoming events:

Friday, Sept. 29

Banned Book Week: Project Censored Director Mickey Huff, 7-8:30 p.m., Copperfield’s Books, Sebastopol. Free. 707-823-2618, copperfieldsbooks.com

Journey tribute: ‘Faithfully – Reliving the Glory Days of Journey,’ concert recreation with V-Squared, 7:30 p.m., House of Rock, Santa Rosa. $25-$35. 707-791-3482, rockstaruniversity.com

Andrew York: Grammy-winning classical guitarist-composer, 7:30 p.m., Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $8. 866-955-6040, gmc.sonoma.edu

Acrylics: Punk band from Santa Rosa, plus lobby show and art showcase, 8 tonight, Phoenix Theater, Petaluma. $8. 707-762-3565, thephoenixtheater.com

Saturday, Sept. 30

The Atomic Punks: Tribute to early Van Halen, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, House of Rock, Santa Rosa. $30-$40, benefits Anova School. 707-791-3482, rockstaruniversity.com

Onye & The Messengers: African world beat rhythm music, 8 p.m. Saturday, Occidental Center for the Arts. $12-$15. 707-874-9392, occidentalcenterforthearts.org

Sonoma County Philharmonic: ‘In Nature’s Realm’ concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Santa Rosa High School auditorium. $15, students free. 707-206-6775, socophil.org

Dav Pilkey: ‘Captain Underpants’ and ‘Dog Man’ series creator’s ‘Supa-Epic Tour O’Fun!,’ 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa. Free. schulzmuseum.org

Irma Thomas & The Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet: New Orleans soul, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $30-$50. 866-955-6040, gmc.sonoma.edu

Pop Rocks: Dance party hits, Rockin’ Concerts summer music series, noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-545-3844, mvshops.com

Sunday, Oct. 1

Chester Arnold: Artist discusses and signs his latest book, ‘Evidence,’ 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. $7-$15. 707-939-7862, svma.org

Sonoma State Symphony Orchestra: Mozart and Dvořák, 2 p.m. Sunday, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $8. 866-955-6040, gmc.sonoma.edu

Old Blind Dogs: Fiddle, bouzouki, Border pipes and whistles from the Scottish folk band, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. $22-27. 707-823-1511, seb.org

Harvest Celebration: Seminars, presentations, produce, live music, food and wine, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens, Fulton. $125, benefits Master Gardeners. kj.com

Dean Grech: Jazz vocalist and guitarist, Sunday Terrace Concerts summer music series, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Village Terrace, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-545-3844, mvshops.com

Monday, Oct. 2

Daniel Bennett Group: New York-based jazz trio performs Monday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at Petaluma Regional Library, 7-8 p.m. at Healdsburg Regional Library. Free. sonomalibrary.org

Tuesday, Oct. 3

San Francisco Symphony: Inaugural Oktoberfest celebration with Bavarian waltzes and polkas, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco. $29-$89. 415-864-6000, sfsymphony.org

Wednesday, Oct. 4

Dia de los Muertos: Exhibit opening,11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday, History Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa. $7-$10. Through Nov. 30. 707-579-1500, museumsc.org

Thursday, Oct. 5

Anton Schwartz: Jazz Club season opener, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Cloverdale Arts Alliance. $20. 707-894-4410, cloverdaleartsalliance.org

Matt Mauser’s Tribute to Sinatra: Concert Under the Stars season finale, 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-545-3844, mvshops.com

Friday, Oct. 6

Sonoma County Harvest Fair: Celebration of food, wine and craft beer, 4-9 p.m. Oct. 6, 11 a.m-5 p.m. Oct. 7-8, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa. $5. 707-545-4200, harvestfair.org

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill: Traditional Irish music, 8:15 p.m. Oct. 6, Sebastopol Community Cultural Center. $30-$35. 707-823-1511, seb.org.

Jo Koy: Stand-up comedian, 8 p.m. Oct. 6, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $40-$50. 707-546-3600, lutherburbankcenter.org

‘It Can’t Happen Here’: Cautionary dark satire, opens 8 p.m. Oct. 6, Newman Auditorium, Santa Rosa Junior College. $12-$18. Through Oct. 15. 707-527-4307, theatrearts.santarosa.edu

Saturday, Oct. 7

Dayna Stephens and Billy Childs: Duo in concert, Healdsburg Jazz’ Parlor Jazz Series, 7-9 p.m. Oct. 7, Paul Mahder Gallery, Healdsburg. $25. 800-838-3006, healdsburgjazz.org

Pride & Joy: Party band, Rockin’ Concerts season finale, noon-3 p.m. Oct. 7, Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-545-3844, mvshops.com

Sunday, Oct. 8

Poyntlyss Sistars: Dance band, Sunday Terrace Concerts season finale, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 8, Village Terrace, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-545-3844, mvshops.com

Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions: Singer-songwriter, 7 p.m. Oct. 8, Gundlach Bundschu Winery, Sonoma. $36. 707-938-5277, gunbun.com

Rising Appalachia: ‘Alive’ tour featuring Gill Landry, 8:30 p.m. Oct. 8, Mystic Theatre, Petaluma. $27-$77. 707-775-6048, mystictheatre.com

Nikolay Khozyainov: 20-something classical pianist, 1 p.m. Oct. 8, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $30. 866-955-6040, gmc.sonoma.edu

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