Things to do this week in Sonoma County, Sept. 15-24

Enjoy a Saturday afternoon of local food and beer tasting by the Petaluma River at this annual benefit event. $40 will get you entrance, a souvenir mug, beer and food tastings, plus live music. (Victoria Webb/For The Argus-Courier)


It's all about the fun this weekend. On Saturday, head south for the annual Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival. Take drive over to Sonoma Raceway for a weekend filled with GoPro Grand Prix racing. Plus, score some deals at this weekend's semi-annual Just Between Friends consignment sale. All this and more is in our list of things to do.

Through Sept. 17
Just Between Friends: This semi-annual consignment sale takes place this weekend at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, with more than 100,000 new and gently-used items for growing families. The event is 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and admission is $2 Friday, and free on Saturday and Sunday. Find out all the details at

Sept. 15-17
GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma: Rev your engines, because this weekend is going to be a fast one at Sonoma Raceway. The GoPro Grand Prix ends the Verizon IndyCar Series with a bang, and takes place Friday through Sunday with a full weekend of racing. This year’s race fun includes the Patriots Jet Team Air Show, autograph sessions and more. Tickets are $15-$75. Find out more at

Friday, Sept. 15
Oktoberfest: Santa Rosa Rec & Parks is hosting an Oktoberfest celebration for the 50+ crowd at Finley Community Center this Friday. From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. enjoy a BBQ lunch, beer and dancing. Find out more at the Facebook events page.

Through Sept. 18
Steamcirque by Circus Vargas: This weekend at the Petaluma Fairgrounds, spend a day under the big top with an exciting steampunk-inspired circus odyssey. Tickets are $22-$72. Find out more at

Saturday, Sept. 16
LGBTQ Summit: This Saturday, SSU is hosting a free summit event for Sonoma County residents who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, and their allies, offering interactive breakout sessions, narratives, panels, education and direct action takeaways that individuals can bring to their communities and workplaces. More details are at

Saturday, Sept. 16
Petaluma River Craft Beer Festival: Enjoy a Saturday afternoon of local food and beer tasting by the Petaluma River at this annual benefit event. $40 will get you entrance, a souvenir mug, beer and food tastings, plus live music. Everything happens 1-4 p.m. Find out more at

Saturday, Sept. 16
Author Robin Sloan in Petaluma: Fresh on the heels of his bestselling novel, “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” Robin Sloan is coming to Copperfield’s in Petaluma to present his new novel, “Sourdough.” The event takes place 7-8:30 p.m., and is free to attend. Reservations required. Find out more at

Saturday, Sept. 16
Comic Mike Capozzola in Healdsburg: Catch Mike Capozzola, a San Francisco-based stand-up comedian & actor, at the Raven Film Center this Saturday. Capozzola is also a cartoonist & illustrator whose work has appeared in Mad Magazine, TED Talks, McSweeney's, WIRED, The Humor Times and more. The Healdsburg event starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $10. Find out more at

More upcoming events:

Friday, Sept. 15

‘Unpacked’: New exhibit of contemporary works from private collections, opens 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Art Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa. $7-$10. Through Nov. 26. 707-579-1500,

Tribal Seeds & Pepper: Reggae and rock, plus surf pop band, 6 p.m., SOMO Village Event Center, Rohnert Park. $35. 707-664-6314,

Saturday, Sept. 16

Sonoma Plein Air Festival: Art show and sale, live music, arts demonstrations, hands-on arts activities, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sonoma Plaza. Free.

Agrarian Games & Farmers Market: Food, live music, contests and farm-themed games, noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds, Petaluma. $10-$15.

Old Grove Festival: Americana and bluegrass concert, headliner Dead Winter Carpenters, 4:30-9 p.m. Saturday, Armstrong Woods, Guerneville. $35-$80, kids $10. 707-869-9177,

Art for Life: 13th annual art auction benefitting Face to Face, 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sebastopol Center for the Arts. $50. 707-544-1581,

Sunday, Sept. 17

Fiesta de Independencia: Music, exhibits and entertainment, 1-7 p.m. Sunday, Luther Burbank Center, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-800-7512,

Sonoma Valley Uncorked: Food and wine tasting, Sonoma Home Winemakers, live music, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sonoma Valley Veterans Memorial Building. $40-$50.

Twang Ditty: Classic country, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Village Terrace, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-545-3844,

Monday, Sept. 18

‘MASH’: 1970 satireset in a surgical hospital during the Korean War, 7 p.m. Monday, Sebastiani Theatre, Sonoma. $10. 707-996-9756,

Tuesday, Sept. 19

Elizabeth Singer Hunt: New York Times bestselling author of the ‘Jack Stalwart’ series, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma. Free. 707-762-0563,

Wednesday, Sept. 20

‘Bittersweet Harvest’: Exhibit exploring The Bracero Program, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Napa Valley Museum, Yountville. $5-$10. Through Nov. 12. 707-944-0500,

Thursday, Sept. 21

Awesome Hotcakes: Third Thursday Festival, 4-8 p.m. Thursday, The Barlow, Sebastopol. Free. 707-824-5600,

Doug Morton and Del Sol: Jazz classics 6 p.m. Thursday, Deerfield Ranch Winery, Kenwood. $50.

Los Straitjackets and Marshall Crenshaw: Instrumental guitar band and pop-rock musician, Krush Backyard Concerts season finale, 6 p.m. Thursday, KRSH radio, Santa Rosa. Free.

Unauthorized Rolling Stones: Tribute band, 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Village Court, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-545-3844,

Sheila E: ‘Rock the Rails,’ wine and dine aboard Napa Valley Wine Train, 5 and 5:45 p.m., concert at Grgich Hills Estate, Rutherford. $189-$349. 800-427-4124,

Friday, Sept. 22

Wine Country Film Festival: International and independent films and events, Sept. 22-24 in Kenwood and Glen Ellen. Film tickets: $10-$25. 707-935-3456,

‘Cinderella, Cinderella’: A Theater for Children’s audience-participation play, opens 7 p.m., Steele Lane Community Center, Santa Rosa. $5. Through Oct. 1.

Joyce Maynard: New York Times bestselling author of ‘The Best of Us,’ 7 p.m., Copperfield’s Books, Montgomery Village, Santa Rosa. Free. 707-578-8938,

Saturday, Sept. 23

Earle Fest: Los Lobos, California Honeydrops, six others, 3 to 10 p.m., SOMO Village Event Center, Rohnert Park. $55. 707-664-6314,

Vintage Festival: Live music, art, wine tasting, kids’ activities, Sonoma Plaza. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Lighted parade 8 p.m. Free.

Santa Rosa Toy & Comic Con: Vendors, games, panels, exhibits, cosplay, special guests, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa. $15-$25.

6th Street Playhouse Gala: Reception, dinner, jazz, auctions, mansion tours and guest Chris Noth, 5 p.m., McDonald Mansion, Santa Rosa. $250-$750. 707-523-4185, ext. 103,

Los Tigres del Norte: Masters of regional Mexican music, 7:30 p.m., Weill Hall and Lawn, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $25-$80. 866-955-6040,

Call of the Wild Gala: Wine, dinner and storytelling within recreated Heinold’s Saloon, 6 to 10 p.m., Jack London Park, Glen Ellen. $200. 707-938-1003,

Sunday, Sept. 24

Martial Artists and Acrobats of Tianjin, People’s Republic of China: High-flying stunts, 100-plus performers, 3 p.m., Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park. $25-$75. 866-955-6040,