Things to do this weekend in Sonoma County

Much Ado About Sebastopol takes place this Saturday in Ives Park. (FACEBOOK)


Hold on to your hats, folks. This weekend is filled with all sorts of fun. This weekend, vintage warplanes will be flying the friendly skies at the Pacific Coast Air Museum for Wings Over Wine Country. Also happening is the ye olde Much Ado About Sebastopol Renaissance Faire. Plus, you can find a replacement for all those cool toys you had growing up (that mom donated when you weren't looking!) at the Santa Rosa Toy Con. All this and more is in our list of Things To Do.

Friday, Sept. 25
Kristin Chenoweth at Weill Hall: Fresh off Broadway, this petite singer and actress is anything but petite in her talent. Kristin Chenoweth will be closing out the Green Music Center’s summer concert series with amazing ballads and showtunes, providing a night to truly remember. The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets start at $35. Find out more at

Sept. 25 & 26
Stories for Children: The Imaginists will perform three original short pieces, using puppets, animated landscapes and live actors to bring their imagined worlds to life. However, these shows really aren’t meant for kids. These children’s stories are really aimed at adults. All performances start at 8 p.m. at The Imaginists theater. Performances will also be held on Oct. 1-3 and 9-11. Tickets are sliding scale, $5-$25. Find out more at

Sept. 26 & 27
Much Ado About Sebastopol: Take a step into Elizabethan times when Ives Park in Sebastopol transforms into the the mythical hamlet of Fenford of the 16th century. This annual Renaissance Faire features local performers, live entertainment, a marketplace filled with baubles and curios, delicious faire food and libations, and more. Admission is $8-$14 presale, and $10-$16 at the gate. Kids 10 and under are free. Find out all the details at

Saturday, Sept. 26
Toy Con: Taking over three buildings at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, this year’s Toy Con is bound to be overflowing with toys. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., over 200 booths will take over the Grace Pavilion, Finley Hall and the Showcase Cafe, featuring vintage and collectible toys and comics, toy designers, comic writers, costume competitions, Magic tournaments and more. Many side events will take place around the vendor buildings, and special guests will be making an appearance. Admission is $15, and free for kids 5 and under. Get in early at 9 a.m. for $25. Find out more at

Saturday, Sept. 26
Earle Fest: The annual Americana festival takes place this Saturday on the grounds of the Earle Baum Center of the Blind. In its 8th year benefitting the center, acts include John Hiatt and The Combo, John Courage and more. Gates open at 11 a.m., and music goes from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $45 pre-sale, or $50 day of the show. Kids under 10 are free. More information is at

Sept. 26-27
Wings Over Wine Country: For two days, the Pacific Coast Air Museum presents their annual air show, featuring vintage warbirds, aerobatic performers, climb-aboard aircraft and more. Gates open at 9 a.m., and the show goes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $18, and kids 10 and under are free. Find out more at

Sept. 26-27
Weekend Along the Farm Trails: Find out where your food came from with a visit to the farm! This weekend, many of Sonoma County’s farms are inviting the public to tours, demonstrations, animal petting, activities, games, crafts and more. Farm stands will be open throughout the event, and many farms will offer snacks or delicious lunches. The event is free, and kicks off at 10 a.m. For a list of all participating farms, visit

Saturday, Sept. 26
Halloween & Vine: in its 20th year, expect some spooky creativity at the annual crafts fair dedicated to all things Halloween. Visitors can expect to find ceramics, leather work, paintings, jewelry and more at Herman Sons Hall in Petaluma. Doors open at 9 a.m., and admission is $5. Find out all the details at

Saturday, Sept. 26
Adult Parkour Workshop: This Saturday, Flying Frog Academy is offering a free class for adults on parkour, a method of movement that uses your surroundings as your obstacle course. This low-impact class will teach a new way to stay active, and will help you discover your inner athlete. The class is from 5:30 to 7 p.m., and requires a reservations. Find out all the details at

Sunday, Sept. 27
Lunar eclipse hike: Take an evening hike to Bald Mountain in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, guided by the light of the lunar eclipse. The Robert Ferguson Observatory will provide telescopes to get a better view of the moon. Bring binoculars and a picnic dinner. This is a strenuous 6.5 mile hike with 1500 feet of climbing. Hikers should arrive before 5 p.m. Cost is $5. Reserve your spot and get more details at

Sunday, Sept. 27
Petaluma’s Fall Antique Faire: This Sunday, downtown Petaluma will be filled to the brim with collectables and nostalgic items for the 29th annual Fall Antique Faire. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., discover unique treasures among a selection of vintage jewelry, decor, art, furniture and more. More information at


What to see: Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway star in 'The Intern' – a comedy about a 70-year-old widower who leaves retirement to intern at an online fashion site. While the storyline isn’t as flashy as many movies currently at the box office, the charm will leave audiences more than satisfied.

What to eat: Heather Irwin of Bite Club Eats scoured the supermarkets this week to find the best item on the shelves, and came away with a mouthful of Comet Corn. Made locally with Straus Creamer butter and a plethora of flavors (Bloody Mary, Coconut Curry, Hippie Dust…), this mouthwatering snack is the perfect fix for an insane case of the munchies. Read all about her find at

Where to play: This week, take a walk on the wacky side with one of our suggestions for “Cheap Dates Around Sonoma County.” You don’t even need to be coupled to enjoy these fun activities. Our tips include taking a stroll through the art galleries in the SOFA Arts District, stretch $10 at the Sunday flea market in Santa Rosa, hitting up Happy Hour at Stark’s and more. See all of our suggestions at

Other upcoming events:

Friday, Sept. 25

Sonoma Valley Crush: Experience the wine grape harvest, hands-on, with tours and samplings at 13 wineries in Kenwood, Glen Ellen. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. $35.

Valley of the Moon Festival: Evening gala Friday at the Sonoma Barracks on Sonoma Plaza. $75. Continues Sept. 26. 996-2109,

George Thorogood & The Destroyers: Rockin’ blues. 8 p.m. Wells Fargo Center. $36-$46. 546-3600,

Saturday, Sept. 26

Heirloom Tomato Festival: Kendall Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. $95-$175. 5007 Fulton Road, Fulton. 433-6000.

“Lobster Feast”: Wine Club harvest winemaker dinner. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Members, $95; guests, $110. Trentadue Winery, Geyserville. 433-3104,

Chicago Tribute Authority: Chicago tribute concert. Noon-3 p.m. Saturday. Montgomery Village. Free.

Sunday, Sept. 27

Chris Amberger: Jazz bassist. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. Montgomery Village. Free.

Sonoma County Harvest Fair Awards Gala: Reception, 4:30 p.m. Sunday; awards ceremony, 5:30 p.m.; formal dinner. 6:30 p.m. Wells Fargo Center. $125., 707-545-4200.

Monday, Sept. 28

‘Museum Mondays for Little Ones’: Games, stories, arts & crafts. Ages 1-5 & their caregivers. 10 a.m.-noon Monday. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa. $5 per child; 2 adults free before 11 a.m. 579-4452,

Tuesday, Sept. 29

Amy Stewart: Author of ‘Girl Waits With Gun,” about female deputy sheriff in 1914 New Jersey. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma.

Wednesday, Sept. 30

Egyptian Children’s Tapestries: Images woven by village children ages 5-10. Wednesdays through Sundays until Dec. 6. Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Sonoma. $5; $8 per family; 18 & under free.

Thursday, Oct. 1

Beth Hart: LA singer-songwriter. 8 p.m. Thursday. City Winery, Napa. Check in advance for ticket availability at