Things to do this weekend in Sonoma County

There's no excuse for being bored this weekend! Coming up is your very last chance to see the this season's Broadway Under the Stars performances by Transcendence Theater. In Petaluma, it's all about craft beer at the Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival. And all you Star Wars officianados, show off your knowledge at Copperfield's Star Wars Trivia night. All this and more is in our list of Things To Do.

Friday, Sept. 11Star Wars Trivia: If you can name how many toes Yoda has, and know it depends on which movie you're watching, this trivia event might just be for you. Copperfield's in Petaluma is hosting the Ultimate Star Wars Trivia For Kids of All Ages, with Star Wars historian, Cole Horton. The event is completely free, but tickets are still required. To attend the 7 p.m. event and get more information, visit

Friday, Sept. 11Bluegrass concert: This Friday, get your fill of bluegrass, gospel and classic country music when the Sebastopol Grange presents a concert with the Baker Family Bluegrass Concert. The event will not only feature music to stomp to, there will also be a lively auction filled with great items. Tickets to the even are $15 advance, and $20 at the door. Seniors and youth are $10, and kids under 12 are $5. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Find out all the details at in the Park: This week's movie is the Peter Pan almost-classic, Hook, starring the late Robin Williams in one of his greatest roles. The event is sponsored by Whole Foods on Yulupa Ave., and there will be delicious free snacks to enjoy with the free movie. Find out more at Theater: The 2015 season is coming to a close. Come out to Jack London State Historic Park on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday to experience this outdoor theater performance before it's all over. This weekend is the Gala Celebration, filled with community tributes, unforgettable performances and more. The grounds open up for picnicking at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $42-$77, or $129 for VIP. More information at River Jazz & Blues Festival: This year's lineup is nothing short of amazing, with Buddy Guy, Taj Mahal, Jackie Greene and more. Float on the river or pull up a lawn chair, and enjoy a weekend of really awesome music. Find out all the details at Cajun Zydeco Festival: Get your fill of gumbo and beignets, Zydeco music and dancing, and more at the 20th annual Cajun Zydeco Festival at Ives Park in Sebastopol this Saturday. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and admission is $22-$25. Find out more at River Craft Beer Festival: At this year's festival, craft beer is going to have to share the spotlight. 20 local brewers are not only pouring beer at the festival, but there will also be hard cider and kombucha as well. You won't want to miss out on tasty foods from several Petaluma purveyors, as well. It all happens from 1-5 p.m. in Historic Downtown Petaluma. Tickets are $40, or $20 for designated drivers. Find out all the details at Day: Don't forget your grandparents this Sunday! There are several ways you can show Grandma and Grandpa some love. Admission is free this Sunday at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa for grandparents visiting with their grandkids. Also free for grandparents is a visit to the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito. At Playland in El Cerrito, grandparents will get a $2 discount, and guests get to pay one price for all day fun. Search our events calendar for more Bay Area events to celebrate your grandparents at a Book in 30 Days: Have you ever thought you'd want to write a novel someday? Make someday happen today when Redwood Writers presents 'How to Write a Novel in 30 Day' at the Flamingo Resort in Santa Rosa. Author Crissi Langwell will give tips on writing fast, just in time for November's National Novel Writing Month. Admission to the 2:30 p.m. meeting is $5 for Redwood Writers members and $10 for non-members. Find out all the details at ~ EAT ~ PLAYWhat to see: Opening this Friday is 'The Perfect Guy,' starring Sanaa Lathan and Michael Ealy. The Perfect Guy follows a woman (Lathan) who meets an IT expert (Ealy), who seems to be the perfect guy. But after a sexually-charged courtship, she sees a violent side of him and dissolves the budding relationship. (Movie Insider)Where to eat: It's 5 o'clock somewhere, right? Bite Club Eats curated a list of the best Happy Hours in Sonoma County, with delicious suggestions for what to eat and drink on the cheap. Check out all her suggestions at to play: This week's hot temperatures will be slightly cooler this weekend. Still, you're going to want to escape the heat. If you're not soaking at the Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival or floating down the Petaluma River during the Craft Beer Festival, our suggestion is to take a shaded hike in Sugarloaf. One of our favorites is the Creekside Nature Trail, an easy 1-mile trail that is mostly in the shade. Park at the main lot and cross the road to the trail. Don't forget to bring water! Visit the Sugarloaf Visitor Center for a trail guide. More information at upcoming events: Friday, Sept., 866-955-6040. Saturday, Sept. 12, Sept. Monday, Sept. Tuesday, Sept., Sept., 935-3456. Thursday, Sept.,, Sept.

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Lewis Black: Caustic comedian rants. 8 p.m. Wells Fargo Center. $45-$65.

'Hills to Hollers': Bluegrass & more, by Laurie Lewis, Linda Tillery & Barbara Higbie. 8 p.m. Sebastopol Community Center. $23-$28.

Chris Botti: Jazz trumpeter plays at 7:30 p.m. at Weill Hall & lawn, Green Music Center. $27.50 & up.

'Kara Women Speak': Sonoma Valley photographer Jane Baldwin's portraits from Ethiopia, Kenya. Saturday through Dec. 6. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma.

Moustache Harbor: Soft rock. Noon-3 p.m. Saturday. Montgomery Village. Free.

'Art in the Park': Some 50 local arts show and sell their work in 58th annual event. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Walnut Park, Petaluma Boulevard and D Street, Petaluma.

Fiesta de Indendependecia: Mark Sept. 16 Mexican Independence Day early. Music, dance, food. 1-6 p.m. Sunday. Wells Fargo Center. Free. 546-3600,

Jami Jameson: Jazz, swing, boogie. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Montgomery Village. Free.

'Animating Comics': Focus on 'Peanuts' films & TV specials. Daily except Tuesdays 'til Oct. 18. Schulz Museum. $5-$10..

Sonoma Plein Air Week: Sept. 14-19, observe artists at work, enjoy displays, demos, market and four-day exhibit at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art in downtown Sonoma. Gala and auction Sept. 18 at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn.

'Focus on Photography': Work by Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, others. Tuesday through Sunday 'til Oct. 25. Sonoma State University Art Gallery. 664-2295,

Wine County Film Festival: Runs Sept. 16-21 in Kenwood and Glen Ellen. $8-$15; festival pass, $75.

Wynton Marsalis: Jazz at Lincoln Center ensemble. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Weill Hall, Green Music Center. $55 & up.

Slim Man: Live jazz. 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday. Montgomery Village. Free.

Tudo Bem: Brazilian, Tex-Mex & funk music. 6-8 p.m. Sept. 18. Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen. Free.

Highway Poets & Kingsborough: Sonoma County rock and blues. 9 p.m. Sept. 18. HopMonk Tavern, , Sebastopol. $10-$12. 829-7300,

Mark Knopfler: Solo show by Dire Straits star. 8 p.m. Sept. 18. Greek Theatre, UC Berkeley. $39.50-$105.50.

Mendocino County Fair & Apple Show: Going strong since 1924, one of the last hometown fairs of the season. Sept. 18-20. Booneville. $5-$9.

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