Things to do this week in Sonoma County, Sept. 23-Oct. 2

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This weekend is packed with fun events! Get ready for Much Ado About Sebastopol coming to Ives Park this Saturday and Sunday. Wings Over Wine Country is back at the Pacific Coast Air Museum in Santa Rosa. The Santa Rosa Toy & Comic Con is taking over the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. All this and more is in our list of things to do.

Starting Friday, Sept. 23
Sweeney Todd: The story of a murderous barber will slay the audience at Raven Performing Arts Theater with “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” starting this Friday and running through Oct. 9. On Saturday, enjoy the Opening Night Bubbly after the show. On Sunday, stick around for post-show discussions. Tickets are $10-$30. Find out more at

Sept. 23-24
Valley of the Moon Vintage Sip and Shop: In its 119th year, this time-honored tradition celebrates Sonoma Valley’s bounty, community and local culture. The weekend kicks off on Friday with an evening gala where you can taste wine, sample foods and dance to live music. The celebration continues Saturday with the Blessing of the Grapes, the Firefighters Bucket Brigade Challenge, the grape stomp competition, art, music and more. Free to attend. More details at

Saturday, Sept. 24
Halloween and Vine: If you’re into all things Halloween, this art show is for you. On Saturday at Hermann Sons Hall in Petaluma, the Halloween and Vine show will feature a wide variety of Halloween art, sure to complete any dark and spooky collection. The show is from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and admission is $5. More information at

Saturday, Sept 24
Redwood Writers Open Mic: Come to Gaia’s Garden in Santa Rosa from 2-4 p.m. to hear featured authors, Crissi Langwell and Meta Strauss, read from their books. Bring your own writing to share at this open mic. Sign-ups start at 1:30 p.m. Event is free to attend with a minimum $5 purchase of food. Find out more at

Sept. 24-25
Wings Over Wine Country: This Saturday and Sunday, bring the whole family to the Pacific Coast Air Museum for jet demonstrations, aerobatic performances, warbirds, vintage aircraft and more at the annual Wings Over Wine County Airshow. Each day will hold flybys, parachute jumps and other exciting events. The event takes place 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Find out more information at

Sept. 24-25
Much Ado About Sebastopol: Travel back in time for Sebastopol’s annual Renaissance Faire. On Saturday and Sunday, Ives Park in Sebastopol will be transformed into the English countryside of Fenford. Enjoy an afternoon of acting, traditional food and brews, handcrafted wares and more. Admission is $16. Find out more at

Sept. 24-25
Weekend Along the Farm Trails: Experience life on the farm when participating farmers open their gates for tours, demonstrations, food samples and more. Most stops are free. Visit for a map and details.

Saturday, Sept. 24
Santa Rosa Toy Con: This Saturday, the Sonoma County Fairgrounds will be the place for fans of anime, toys, comics and cosplay. The annual Santa Rosa Toy & Comic Con will feature more than 200 booths of collectibles, a cosplay competition, a panel and Q&A with toy designers and comic creators, as well as appearances with actors from “The Walking Dead,” “Power Rangers,” “Justice League” and more. The show takes place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and tickets are $15-$25. Find out more at

Sunday, Sept. 25
Petaluma’s Fall Antique Faire: This Sunday, view vintage collectibles from over 180 dealers at an antique marketplace in downtown Petaluma. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., find a wide array of estate jewelry, linens, furniture, art and more. Admission is free. Details at

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Other Upcoming Events:

Friday, Sept. 23

‘Run for your Wife’: Farce about a cabbie with two wives, opens 7:30 tonight, Cloverdale Performing Arts Center. Runs through Oct. 9. $12-$22.

Terrie Odabi: Blues and soul singer and the Evolution Blues Band, 7 tonight, Studio Barndiva Gallery, Healdsburg. $40.

Art Trails Preview: Exhibit featuring one piece by each Art Trails artist, opening reception 6-8 tonight, Sebastopol Center for the Arts. Through Oct. 16. 829-4797,

Saturday, Sept. 24

Havana Nights: Casino games, Cuban music, dinner, dancing and auctions, 6-11 p.m. Saturday, Cloverdale Citrus Fairgrounds. $150, benefits Cloverdale Arts Alliance. 894-4410,

Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival: Food, wine, live music and 150-plus heritage tomato varieties, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens, Fulton. $95.

Chris Young: Country singer-songwriter, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Weill Hall and Lawn, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $45-$85. (866) 955-6040,

Sunday, Sept. 25

Elizabeth Pitcairn and the Red Violin: Benefit recital and reception with the virtuoso violinist, 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. $175. 939-7862,

‘Shakespeare’s 400th’: ‘Measure for Measure’ readings plus Folger Consort musicians, 7 p.m. Sunday, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $35-$75. (866) 955-6040,

Sonoma County Harvest Fair Awards Night: Gourmet dinner, awards and agricultural honorees, 4 p.m. Sunday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $125. 545-4200,

Shanghai Acrobats: More than 100 of China’s top acrobats, 2 p.m. Sunday, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $25-$85. (866) 955-6040,

Monday, Sept. 26

DJ Beset ‘Berfday Bash’: WBLK’s Monday Night Edutainment dance music, 10 p.m. Monday, HopMonk Tavern, Sebastopol. $10. 829-7300,

Tuesday, Sept. 27

Amy Stewart: ‘Lady Cop Makes Trouble’ author, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Copperfield’s Books, Calistoga, book signing and signature cocktail follow at nearby Susie’s Bar. Free. 942-1616,

Wednesday, Sept. 28

Jay McInerney: ‘Bright, Precious Days’ author, book signing, Q&A and wine reception, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Hotel Healdsburg. $40 includes book. 433-9270,

Thursday, Sept. 29

Sol Horizon: World and reggae music, 5-8 p.m. Thursday, The Barlow Street Fair, Sebastopol. Season closer. Free. 824-5600,

Friday, Sept. 30

Wesla Whitfield: ‘Music From the Movies,’ Sonoma Film Institute fundraiser, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, Schroeder Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $30. 664-2606,

Emmylou Harris: Thirteen-time Grammy-winning country-Americana singer-songwriter, 8 p.m. Sept. 30, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $49-$69. 546-3600,

Sonoma County Harvest Fair: Food, wine, microbrews, artisans, demonstrations, 4-9 p.m. Sept. 30, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 1-2, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa. $5. 545-4200,

‘Threepenny Opera’: Musical satire with mayhem and madness, opens 8 p.m. Sept. 30, runs through Oct. 23, 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa. $15-$38. 523-4185,

Saturday, Oct. 1

Tracy Morgan: ‘Picking Up the Pieces’ stand-up comedy tour, 8 p.m. Oct. 1, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. $49-$65. 546-3600,

Johnny Vegas & The High Rollers: Disco, soul, Motown and classic rock, noon-3 p.m. Oct. 1, Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 545-3844,

Nef the Pharaoh: ‘Big Tymin’’ rap artist from Vallejo, 8 p.m. Oct. 1, Phoenix Theater, Petaluma. $20. 762-3565,

Sunday, Oct. 2

‘Calabash’: A festival of gourds, art and the garden, fine food, wine and music, 1-5 p.m. Oct. 2, Food for Thought, Forestville. $50-$55. 887-1647,

Jami Jamison Band: Jazz, blues and swing, 1-4 p.m. Oct. 2, Village Terrace, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 545-3844,

Omara Portuondo: Latin jazz and balladry with the 85-year-old Cuban performer, 7 p.m. Oct. 2, Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $40-$95. (866) 955-6040,

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