Complete guide to Sonoma County's summertime arts and entertainment

The North Coast will be buzzing with summer fun, from outdoor concerts to free, family events.|


May 1-July 24 - “Tom Holland - Five Decades of Art,” Art Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa: Approximately fifty pieces of Holland’s art, dating from the 1950s to 2016 and utilizing simple materials like fiberglass and aluminum, will be on exhibit. Admission: $7-$10. Children 12 and under free. 579-1500.

May 29-Sept. 5 - “Medieval to Metal - The Art and Evolution of the Guitar,” History Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa: A traveling exhibition, organized by the National Guitar Museum, brings the design history of the guitar to visitors through objects, illustrations and photographs. Admission: $7-$10. Children 12 and under free. 579-1500.

June 4-5 & 11-12 - Art at the Source, West Sonoma County: Follow the yellow signs and travel the beautiful back roads of western Sonoma County during two weekends of free Open Studio Tours. More than 160 professional and emerging artists in 102 studios. Explore a variety of fine arts, meet the artists and learn about their methods and inspirations. 829-4797.

June 25 - “Tom Holland’s Studio Tour,” History Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa: Tour of Holland’s Studio at 2020 Stuart St., Berkeley, will add to the visitor’s understanding and enjoyment of the current exhibition, “Tom Holland: Five Decades of Work.” Admission: $15-$30. 579-1500.

July 2-Sept. 25 - “Surf Craft - Design and the Culture of Board Riding,” Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma: Traditional craft, cutting-edge engineering and minimalist art converge in this exhibition devoted to surfboards built from the late 1940s to the present day. Admission: $5-$8, 18 and under free. Every Wednesday free for all visitors. 939-7862.

July 23-Sept. 25 - “Journeys through Light and Dark - Dolls as Tellers of Stories,” Petaluma Arts Center, Petaluma: Exhibition of original artist dolls in all media creating an original interpretation of the power of the doll as an instrument to tell a story and convey emotion. Dolls carry stories and often touch on emotions such as joy, hope, sorrow and despair. Admission: $4-$5. 762-5600.


June 22-26 - Sonoma-Marin Fair & Ugly Dog Contest, Petaluma: Home of the internationally famous “World’s Ugliest Dog Contest,” this 5-day event also features agricultural exhibits, livestock shows, pig races, arts and crafts displays, chef demonstrations, wine tasting, carnival rides and fair food. Free concerts starring Tower of Power, Joe Nichols, Hinder and LeAnn Rimes. Admission: $10-$15. 283-3247

June 30-July 4 - Marin County Fair, San Rafael: Spectacular fireworks nightly, 28 free carnival rides, petting zoo, hands-on family activities, beer and wine tasting, arts and crafts. Entertainment includes Short Film & Video Festival, Chinese Circus of Beijing and free concerts starring The Wallflowers, Kool & the Gang, Sheila E, Plain White T’s and Foreigner. Admission: $12-$20, 4 and under free. 415-473-4381.

July 4 - Napa County Fair & Fireworks, Calistoga: All-American 4th of July Fair & Fireworks with a classic parade through downtown Calistoga, nostalgic games, antique tractors, live music, strolling entertainment, blue ribbon-winning exhibits and displays, arts and crafts, barbecue, wine tasting and Chef’s Showcase. Ticket info 942-5111.

July 8-24 - California State Fair, Sacramento: Showcasing the best of California, this 17-day Fair features plenty of live entertainment, championship livestock shows, horseracing, classic cars, educational exhibits, arts and crafts displays, fine art, numerous competitions, youth exhibits, carnival rides, mouthwatering food and the largest tasting anywhere of award-winning California wines. General Admission: $6-$10, 4 and under free. (916) 253-3247.

July 22-Aug. 7 - Sonoma County Fair, Santa Rosa: Come “Down on the Farm” for live horse racing, giant carnival and a magnificent floral show, along with livestock and agricultural education, youth and adult exhibits, live entertainment, delicious food, fun contests, wine tasting, destruction derby, monster trucks and a rodeo. General admission: $5-11, 6 and under free. 545-4200.

Aug. 13-14 - Gravenstein Apple Fair, Sebastopol: Celebrate the town’s signature fruit with two days of live music, food, beverages, kids’ activities, chefs’ tent, life on the farm arena and plenty of apples. Admission to Ragle Ranch Park is $10-$15, 5 and under free. 827-3044.


Children’s Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa: Hands-on fun for children focused on science, arts and nature. Exhibits, experiments, puppet shows and birthday parties for children to age 10. Outdoor playground has a replica of the Russian River, giant Styrofoam blocks and a converted farmhouse art studio. Admission: $10; members and children 12 months and under free. 546-4069.

Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa: Museum houses the largest collection of original Peanuts art work in the world. See a large wall mural of Snoopy and the gang made entirely of Peanuts comic strips. View a re-creation of Schulz’s art studio and watch animated Peanuts specials. Admission $5-$10, 4 and under free. 579-4452.

Train Town, Sonoma: Take the whole family for a train ride on this handicap-accessible quarter scale railroad. Visit the miniature town of Lakeville and its petting zoo. In addition, there are six amusement rides, including a carousel and Ferris Wheel. Ride tickets: $2.75-$6.75. Admission and parking are free. 938-3912.

Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito: Youngsters can nurture their creativity with a host of hands-on activities, like the Wave Workshop that recreates the habitat under the Golden Gate Bridge. There are tunnels and mazes to navigate, wooden boats to explore and a giant rope spider web to challenge their climbing skills. Admission $12.95-$13.95. (415) 339-3900.

Exploratorium, San Francisco: Internationally renowned museum of science, art, and human perception offering hundreds of explore-for-yourself exhibits, a website with over 50,000 pages of content; film screenings, workshops and numerous hands-on activities for all ages. Admission: $19.95-$29.95; CA Teachers and kids 3 and under are free. 415 528-4360.

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo: Animal theme park with a variety of roller coasters and other amusement rides along with a collection of sea mammals, animal exhibits and shows. Visitors can feed a giraffe, ride an elephant or maybe get splashed by a playful dolphin. General Admission $45.99-$66.99, 2 and under free. 644-4000.

Virginia & Truckee Railroad, Carson City: Step back in time with a ride on Nevada’s first short-line railroad between Carson City and Virginia City. Travel in vintage train cars pulled by either a steam or diesel locomotive that leaves from the original 1870 Virginia City Depot. Operates May-Oct. Tickets $5-$12.50, 4 and under free. (775) 847-0380.

June 23-Aug 28 - Flynn Creek Circus, Northern California venues: Knife throwers, Jugglers, Acrobats and Aerialists perform under the traditional big top tent. Performances in Ukiah, Mendocino, Santa Rosa, Morgan Hill, Calistoga, Point Arena, Fortuna, Windsor and Gilroy. Tickets $12-$50. 684-9389.


May 27-29 - BottleRock, Napa: Experience the first taste of summer at BottleRock Napa Valley, featuring the best in live music, wine, food and brew. Outrageous lineup of more than 70 bands and musical artists include Stevie Wonder, Florence + the Machine and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Culinary stage showcases some of Northern California’s most lauded chefs, vintners and sommeliers. General Admission: $139-$250.

June 3-12 - Healdsburg Jazz Festival, Healdsburg: Santa Rosa native Julian Lage, along with Scott Colley and Kenny Wollesen, will open the nationally recognized festival. This year’s special events include a two-day program “Honoring Billy Hart: A 40 Year Retrospective” and a “New Orleans on the Green” celebration. For tickets and venues, go to 433-4633.

June 3-5 - Country Summer, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa: Northern California’s largest County Music Festival takes place outside at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds and showcases top name country entertainers like Lady Antebellum, Craig Morgan, the Band Perry, Faith McKenna and Josh Turner. Also performing will be Chase Bryant, Grand Prize Winner of the Fender Contender Challenge. Tickets $79-$209. 543-0100.

June 7-19 - San Francisco Jazz Festival, San Francisco: World class jazz by artists Yemen Blues, Los Van Van, Joey Alexander, California Honeydrops, Ravi Coltrane, Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band and Fourplay will take center stage in the new San Francisco Jazz Center. Admission: $20.00-$80. Free Kick-Off Celebration June 7 in Hayes Valley. (415) 398-5655.

June 10-11 - Huichica Music Festival, Sonoma: Two days of music, food and wine in a gorgeous wine country setting. A carefully curated and hand-selected lineup of diverse bands will perform on three stages at Gundlach Bundschu Winery: the Cave Stage, Hillside Amphitheater and in the Old Redwood Barn. Admission: $40-$90. Children 12 and under free. 939-3042.

June 17-19 - Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Boonville: Summer Solstice & Peace Celebration uniting music and nature lovers from throughout the world and featuring an intriguing lineup of the best in roots, reggae and world music. Enjoy arts, crafts and food. Kids Zone offers special performances and workshops for children of all ages. Admission $60-$75. (916) 777-5550.

June 18-19 - Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic, Windsor: Early risers will be rewarded with a spectacular display of colorful hot air balloons filling the morning sky starting around 5 a.m., followed by tethered balloon rides for the general public. Kid-friendly event also features food, craft booths and a children’s play area. Admission: $5-$6, 5 and under free.

June 23-26 - Kate Wolf Festival, Laytonville: Four stages of music on 150 acres of the beautiful Black Oak Ranch, with artists like Eric Bibb, Harry Belafonte, Neko Case, k.d. Lang, Laura Veirs and The Brothers Comatose. Workshops, Open Mic, KidZone, Hatha Yoga, Tai-chi, music jamming, Hobo jungle and a food court. Tickets: $75-$325.

June 30-July 3 - High Sierra Music Festival, Quincy: Celebrating its 26th year, this family-friendly festival features an eclectic line-up of great talent, impromptu jam sessions, late night shows, daily audience-participation parades, arts & crafts booths, on-site camping and a children’s area with ongoing games and activities. For ticket prices and camping rates visit

July 9-23 - Mendocino Music Festival: Magical blend of fine music by outstanding performers, featuring orchestra concerts, Big Band, chamber music ensembles, dance, blues, jazz, world, folk, bluegrass and popular contemporary music, as well as small concerts in intimate venues throughout the historic towns of Mendocino and Fort Bragg. Tickets $12-$53. 937-2044.

July 15-17 - Northern Nights Music Festival, Eel River: Boutique camping and music festival nestled in the Eel River Valley among towering Redwoods features premier musical talent on four stages, jaw-dropping art, thought-provoking workshops, nightly burlesque, comedy, yoga and industry-leading sustainability initiatives. Free river front camping with each ticket purchased. $169-$279. 18 & up only.

July 15-24 - Festival Napa Valley, Napa Valley: Annual summer festival, described as an experience like no other, artfully blends the world’s finest classical, jazz, opera, theater and dance artists with curated culinary, wine and fitness pursuits, staged in Napa Valley’s most iconic settings. Full Season Pass $475-$10k. (888) 337-6272.

July 15-31 - Valley of the Moon Music Festival, Glen Ellen: Second annual season of the first and only festival in the U.S. devoted exclusively to presenting the chamber music of the Classical and Romantic eras. Three weekends of concerts at various venues in the heart of Sonoma will be performed on instruments built when the music was written. Tickets $20-$40.

July 16-30 - Carmel Bach Festival, Carmel-by-the-Sea: A series of concerts features the glorious music of Bach, Bohemia and Beyond, under the leadership of Paul Goodwin. Festival celebrates the works and ongoing influence of Johann Sebastian Bach as musicians from around the world perform in various venues. Tickets $30-$89. July 15 Gala $300-$5k. (831) 624-1521.

July 30 - Fort Ross Festival, Fort Ross: On a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, this picturesque festival features live music and dance, costumed re-enactments, historic hands-on crafts, militia cannon firings, horse and buggy rides, a multi-cultural food court and marketplace, children’s crafts and a beer garden. Admission: $20 per car. 847-3437.

July 26 – Aug. 13 - Summerfest Classical Concerts, Lake Tahoe: Classical music concerts under the direction of Maestro Joel Revzen played in an intimate setting with no amplification. Guest Artists include Daniel Khalikov, Concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, internationally renowned pianist Joyce Yang and internationally acclaimed soloist and recording artist Bella Hristova. General Admission $12.50-$100. (775) 298-0245.

July 29-Aug. 21 - Music in the Vineyards, Napa Valley: Music, ambience and wine share the stage at this nationally-acclaimed chamber music festival. Forty world-class artists-in-residence from around the world will be performing new and classic chamber music repertoire at 15 different Napa valley wineries. Complimentary wine tasting. General Admission $55; Sommerfest Gala $275; Closing Night $145. 258-5559.

Aug. 4-7 - Reggae on the River, French’s Camp in Garberville: Longest running reggae and world music festival in the U.S. features global luminaries like Kranium, Soul Syndicate, Sister Carol,7th Generation Rise and The Dubba Dubs. On the banks of the Eel River with more than 60 vendors, a kids’ area, on-site camping and opportunities to help with humanitarian outreach programs. Admission: $200-$500.

Aug. 5-7 - Outside Lands, San Francisco: Lionel Richie, Radiohead and Duran Duran headline an eclectic line-up of musical talent at this weekend festival in Golden Gate Park that also includes food, wine, beer, art and comedy. $145-$325.

Aug. 6 - Petaluma Music Festival, Petaluma: Festival at Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds features 14 nationally-recognized bands on 3 stages, silent auction, food, drink, festival merchandise and music artist booth for audience meet-and-greet, autographs, and artist merchandise. Proceeds benefit music education in Petaluma schools. $40-$95.

Aug. 20-21 - Cotati Accordian Festival, Cotati: The 25th annual Cotati Accordion Festival in La Plaza Park is a non-stop multicultural extravaganza of accordion music and polka dancing, with over 70 vendors, food, beer and wine. Bring your accordion to play in the Lady of Spain-a-Ring! Tickets: $17-$29, 15 and under free. 664-0444.

Aug. 27-28 - Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival, Bodega: Kid-friendly festival offers an eclectic array of musical talent, excellent seafood and high quality arts and crafts. Chef and Food Carving Demos. Festival’s Wine & Microbrewed Beer Tasting is touted as one of the top tastings in Sonoma County. Admission $8-$15, 12 and under free. 824-8717.

Sept. 3-5 - Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito: For more than 60 years, one of the most prestigious open-air art events in the country. Works include painting, sculpture, drawing, ceramics, glass, fiber and fashion, wood, photography and mixed media. Top name entertainment on two stages all day, each day. Tickets $5-$25, under 6 free. (415) 332-3555.

Sept. 9-10 - 40th Annual Russian River Jazz & Blues Festival, Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville: Voted “Best Music Festival in Sonoma County” four consecutive years. Enjoy outstanding live entertainment, cool off with a dip in the Russian River, visit the International Food Court and shop for unique gifts in the Vendor Village. General Admission $80. 869-1595.

Sept. 16-18 - Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey County Fairgrounds: The Branford Marsalis Quartet, Gregory Porter and Pat Matheny are among the top name entertainers at this year’s festival, the longest continuously running annual jazz event in the world. Features 500 artists on 8 stages, exhibitions, jazz conversations, workshops, food, drink, shopping. General Admission $22-$154. 2 and under free. (831) 373-3366.


May 27-Sept. 2 - Funky Fridays concert series, Historic Hood Mansion: Pythian at Highway 12, Santa Rosa. Enjoy live music and dancing under the stars every Friday evening from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends. Bands, including The Pulsators, Gator Nation, Funky Dozen and The Bruthas, will perform at this family-friendly summer-long fundraiser for Hood Mountain Regional Park and other county parks projects in the Sonoma Valley. Tickets $10, 18 and under free. 833-6288.

June 2 - An Evening with David Nelson Band, McNear’s Mystic Theatre: The David Nelson Band has been recording and performing around the country since 1994. Their broad musical palette spans the Almost Acoustic style that Nelson played with Jerry Garcia, through roots rock n’ roll and country-rock, to full blown psychedelic, jazz tinged space jams. 21 and older. Tickets $32. (866) 468-3399.

June 3-Sept. 2 - Friday Night Live at the Plaza, Cloverdale: Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, Mingo Fishtrap and Eric Lindell are among the eclectic list of the headliners slated for Cloverdale’s free summer-long concert series that plays alongside the Farmers Market in the Downtown Plaza every Friday night. Market begins at 6 p.m., music at 7 p.m. 894-4410.

June 4 -Andrea Bocelli, SAP Center, San Jose: Thrilling audiences for more than 20 years, legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli will present a unique performance featuring a new popular repertoire from his latest album, “Cinema,” along with his beloved repertoire of Arias, love songs, and crossover hits. Tickets $75-$365.

June 12 - KMEL Summer Jam, Oracle Arena, Oakland:> Radio station KMEL does it again by bringing together some of the best rappers in the industry for a one night concert. This year’s performers include Fetty Wap, YG, DJ Mustard, Rae Sremmurd, Yo Gotti, Kehlani, Kevin Gates and Lil Dicky, as well as a gathering of talented supporting acts. (415) 975-5555. For ticket information, visit

June 19-Aug. 21 - Stern Grove Festival, San Francisco: The Big Picnic starring Janelle Monáe will open the 79th Season of admission-free concerts held on Sunday afternoons in the amphitheater at Sigmund Stern Grove. (415) 252.6252.

June 18- Aug 21 - 26th annual Rodney Strong Vineyards Summer Concert Series, Healdsburg: The Summer Concert Series features performances by world class entertainers Boney James and Special Guest Morgan James, Smokey Robinson, Dave Koz and David Sanborn Side by Side and Huey Lewis and the News in a stunning vineyard setting. Tickets $89-$129. 431-1533.

June 28 - Kenny Rogers’ Final World Tour - The Gambler’s Last Deal, with Special Guest Linda Davis, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa: Grammy Award-winning superstar and Country Music Hall of Fame member Kenny Rogers has enjoyed great success during his storied career of nearly six decades, which will be celebrated during his final world tour: The Gambler’s Last Deal. Tickets $69-$129. 546-3600.

July 2-30 - Robert Mondavi Winery Summer Concert Series, Oakville: American Authors, whose triple-platinum #1 hit “Best Day of My Life” continues to resonate across the Top 40 nearly three years after its release, will kick-off the winery’s summer concerts season, along with a nighttime fireworks display. Rounding out the season will be Blues Traveler, Ingrid Michaelson and O.A.R. General Admission $80. (888) 766-6328.

July 4 - Fireworks Spectacular with Steve Tyrell and the Santa Rosa Symphony / Michael Berkowitz, conductor, Weill Hall Lawn, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park: Expect fireworks both on and off the stage when the Summer 2016 MasterCard Performance Series starts off with masterful vocalist Steve Tyrell, along with the Santa Rosa Symphony, performing renditions of everyone’s favorite classics from the American Songbook. Admission $25-$40 (866) 955-6040.

July 7-29 - Summer with the Symphony, San Francisco: Under the direction of Edwin Outwater, the music of John Williams, from Star Wars to Harry Potter, will open 2016 Summer with the Symphony series with its full range of offerings from the feature film Ratatouille to Pink Martini. (415) 864-6000.

July 9 - Bluegrass in the Grove, Rutherford Grove Winery, Rutherford: A down-home country picnic with entertainment by Blue Grass Stomp, a premier Bay Area bluegrass band featuring the young fiddling star, Annie Staninec. Dinner will be traditional southern barbecue topped off with peach pie and ice cream sundaes for dessert. Wines will be paired and provided by Rutherford Grove Winery. Tickets $200.

July 10 - Second Annual GMC Bluegrass Festival, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park: A star-studded bluegrass event with The Mando Kings, featuring The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Sam Bush and the Jeff Austin Band. The show-stopping, not-to-be-missed grand finale features all three groups. Tickets (855) 955-6040.

July 14 - Sting & Peter Gabriel - Rock Paper Scissors Tour, SAP Center, San Jose: A once in a lifetime concert by two iconic artists – Sting and Peter Gabriel. Having first toured together in the eighties for Amnesty International, the two will perform both separately and together, playing their own songs as well as melding their bands to explore each other’s most celebrated hits. $45-$250.

July 19 - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa: With unforgettable tunes like “Sherry,?? “Walk Like A Man,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “December ‘63 – Oh What A Night,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” and of course, “Grease,” the original Jersey boy, Frankie Valli, is a true American legend. Tickets $79-$125. 546-3600.

July 22-Aug. 7 - Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa: The Mikado, one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most-loved works, is presented cabaret-style, putting you inside the story as you experience a fictional seaside resort in time with the cast and crew, along with the exotic tastes and looks from around the world. Tickets $38. 546-3600.

Aug. 6 - Van’s Warped Tour, Shoreline, Mountain View: American gothic metal band Motionless in White leads a line-up of artists playing pop, rock, punk and alternative music on several stages simultaneously starting. Sponsored by the skateboard shoe manufacturer Vans, it is the largest traveling music festival in the United States. General Admission $41.50.

Aug. 15 - “Jerry Jeff Walker’s Napa Summer Camp,” Napa: For the fourth year in a row, country singer Jerry Jeff and the band are bringing your favorite JJW tunes to the Uptown Theater with shows and pickin’ parties. The theater has great acoustics so plan to tap your feet and sing along. Tickets $65-$75. 259-0123.

Aug. 17 - Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jeff Beck, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa: The Grammy award winning guitarist known for his incredible improvisations and jazz-infused rock albums brings his legendary live performance to the Center. Beck is considered one of the most influential guitarists in history. Tickets $79-$149. 546-3600.

Aug. 19 - The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park: Since 2000, The Silk Road Ensemble, founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, has been redefining classical music for 21st-century audiences. Representing a global array of cultures, Silk Road Ensemble members co-create art, performances, and ideas. Tickets (866) 955-6040.

Aug. 28 - Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa - The High Road Tour, Concord Pavilion, Concord: Performers include Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Jhene Aiko, Casey Veggies, and DJ Drama. Ticket info:

Aug. 28 - Hunter Hayes, Presented by OCP, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park: Country-rock-blues superstar Hunter Hayes is leading country music’s Youth Revolution. With hit singles including “Wanted” and “I Want Crazy, this multi-instrumentalist is the youngest male act ever to top the Billboard Hot country song chart. Tickets (866) 955-6040.

Sept. 3 - M.E. Live, Melissa Etheridge, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park: One of rock music’s great female icons, a breast cancer survivor, and an outspoken advocate of female empowerment, Melissa Etheridge is a multifaceted force of nature. With a string of hits including “Bring Me Some Water,” and “I’m the Only One” she has carved out a unique path to stardom with her unmistakable vocals and deeply personal lyrics. Tickets (866) 955-6040.

Sept. 10 - Carrie Underwood, The Storyteller Tour - Stories in the Round, SAP Center, San Jose: The Storyteller Tour, starring seven-time Grammy winner and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Carrie Underwood, will include special guests Easton Corbin and The Swon Brothers. Underwood, the first female artist to be twice named CMA’s Entertainer of the Year, has sold more than 58 million records worldwide. Tickets $46.50-$76.50.

Sept. 16 - Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; 50 Years of Dirt, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park: Celebrating 50 years of making hard hitting Country Rock and American Roots Music, the iconic Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will cement their legendary status through a riveting live performance and a string of unforgettable hits. Tickets (866) 955-6040


June 2-27 - “The Three Musketeers,” Pegasus Theater Company, Guerneville: Playwright Ken Ludwig’s rollicking adaptation of the classic swashbucking tale gets a lively outdoor production from the Pegasus Theater Company, complete with swordplay, at Riverkeeper Stewardship Park in Guerneville. $18-$25 Friday through Sunday; pay what you can on Thursdays. Information: Reservations:, 800-838-3006.

June 10-26 - “The Magic Flute,” Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma: Mozart’s classic opera, “The Magic Flute,” with stage direction by Elly Lichenstein and musical direction by Mary Chun. Tickets $25-$40. 763-8920.

Through Oct. 29 - Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland: Compelling mix of classic, contemporary and world premiere productions, featuring three plays by Shakespeare and eight by other classic writers, presented in three unique theaters and one outdoor venue. Enhance summer visits with backstage tours, park talks, lectures, classes, workshops and pre- and post-show conversations. Tickets: $30-$120 (800) 219-8161.

May 25-June 19 - California Shakespeare Theater, Orinda: “Much Ado About Nothing,” Shakespeare’s sharpest comedy about the thin line between love and hate is re-imagined through the eyes of Dogberry and his men, taking Beatrice and Benedick’s highfalutin “will-they-or-won’t-they” affair to a new level of hilarity. Tickets start at $35. (510) 548-9666.

June 2-27 - “The Three Musketeers,” Pegasus Theater Company, Guerneville: Playwright Ken Ludwig’s rollicking adaptation of the classic swashbucking tale gets a lively outdoor production from the Pegasus Theater Company, complete with swordplay, at Riverkeeper Stewardship Park in Guerneville. $18-$25 Friday through Sunday; pay what you can on Thursdays. Information: Reservations: 800-838-3006.

June 10-26 - “The Magic Flute,” Cinnabar Theater, Petaluma: Mozart’s classic opera, “The Magic Flute,” with stage direction by Elly Lichenstein and musical direction by Mary Chun. Tickets $25-$40. 763-8920.

June 17-Sept. 11 - “Broadway Under the Stars,” Glen Ellen: Transcendence Theater Company’s summer-long series of outdoor musical reviews at Jack London State Historic Park features top talent on one of the most beautiful stages around. The Park provides a perfect backdrop for an evening of entertainment, accompanied by fine wine and a pre-show picnic. Admission: $42-$134. (877) 424-1414.

June 24-Aug. 13 - Summer Repertory Theater, Santa Rosa Junior College, Santa Rosa: Season opens with Gershwin’s “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” the first of five plays to be presented in rotation in the Burbank Theater all summer. Other plays include “Rock of Ages,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Boeing Boeing” and “The Little Dog Laughed.” Tickets: $10-$25. 527-4419.

Through June 5 - “My Fair Lady,” 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa: My Fair Lady is triumphant with music and lyrics by Lerner and Loewe, featuring songs like “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” ”With a Little Bit of Luck,” ”The Rain in Spain,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “Get Me to the Church on Time” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.” Tickets: $15-37. 523-4185.

June 24-Sept. 25 - Marin Shakespeare Company, San Rafael: Three of Shakespeare’s plays will be presented in the beautiful Forest Meadows Amphitheater including “The Taming,” a rollicking comedy that tickles both brain and funny bone, “Twelfth Night,” a hilarious and touching exploration of romantic love in all its guises and disguises and “Othello,” a complex portrait of trust, deceit, love, jealousy and rage. Admission: $10-$35. (415) 499-4485.

June 2-Oct. 2 - San Francisco Shakespeare Festival: Multiple free performances of Shakespeare’s “The Winter’s Tale,” will be presented throughout the summer in five Bay Area venues including Pleasanton, Cupertino, Redwood City, and in San Francisco at the Presidio’s Main Post Parade Ground Lawn and McLaren Park’s Jerry Garcia Amphitheater. Donations welcome. (415) 558-0888.

July 1-Aug. 27 - Shakespeare in the Cannery, Santa Rosa: Weekend performances of Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” and David Beckman’s new comedy “The Plot Against Shakespeare” will take place in an open-air outdoor venue in Santa Rosa’s historic Railroad Square. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy while watching the sunset over the stage. Ticket info 529-0816.


June 1-5 - Auction Napa Valley in Napa Valley: A series of winemaking dinners, tastings and tours culminate with the live auction on June 4, from 2:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Package deals begin at $1,700. Full schedule and ticket information at:

June 11 - Beerfest: Fifty-plus breweries will be pouring at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa. There will be mouth puckering sour beers, hop bombs, barrel-aged brews, and a wide range of other beers. Full schedule and ticket information at

June 25 - Taste of Mendocino: Mendocino winegrowers are taking the event to San Francisco’s Gallery 308 building at Fort Mason. More than 30 Mendocino wineries will be pouring, while artisanal food producers will be serving up bites to complement the wines. Full schedule and ticket information at

July 22-August 7 - Sonoma County Fair: This year’s theme is “Lights, Camera, Fair!” The Hall of Flowers, the fair’s flagship exhibit, will celebrate the iconic films shot in Sonoma County, which showcase the region’s rugged coast and picturesque towns. There’s also a new Community Concert Series with several acts, free with fair admission. Young fairgoers (ages 10 and under) can become actors in shows three times a day in the Kids Area, where the theme is “Let’s Put on a Show!” Full schedule and ticket information at

Sept. 2-4 - Sonoma Wine Country Weekend in Healdsburg, Kenwood, Geyserville: Sonoma County’s top wine and food artists come together for winery lunches and dinners, al fresco barbecues, and the opening night “Starlight,” a supper club gathering at the famed Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville. Sunday’s Harvest Wine Auction concludes this incredible weekend. Full schedule and ticket information at

Sept. 10 - Winesong Charity Auction: The main attraction of the weekend is the charity auction, which features both silent and live auction lots. Offerings include large format bottlings, and trips to Tuscany, South Africa, France and Spain. Full schedule and ticket information at


June 1-Aug. 30 Sonoma Stompers Baseball, Sonoma: Tickets start at $66 for Grandstand Reserved 6 Pak. 938-7277.

June 3-19 - Wine Country Games (for seniors 50+), Sonoma County: Senior athletes compete in 20 different sports taking place at various venues around the county. 525-0143 Ext. 121.

June 5 - Hit the Road Jack, Sonoma: 2.2 Mile Run/Walk, the official USATF 10K Run or the Half Marathon. Post-Race entertainment, food, beer and wine. Entry fees $20-$65. 996-2102.

June 24-26 - NASCAR at Sonoma Raceway: Toyota/Save Mart 350, part of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. (800) 870-7223.

July 4 - 44th Annual Kenwood Footrace, Kenwood: Oldest running 10K footrace in California, the event also features a USATF Certified 3K race. Entry fees $5-$45. 481-5149.

July 30 - Ironman 70.3 Vineman Triathalon, Sonoma County: 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run triathlon. Course begins at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville and ends at Windsor High School in Windsor.

July 30 - International Champions Cup, Levi’s® Stadium, Santa Clara: Soccer match - Liverpool FC v AC Milan.

Aug. 28 - Santa Rosa Marathon: Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K through downtown Santa Rosa. Post-Race Festival at Julliard Park. Entry fees: $15-$158.

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