Free things to do this summer in Sonoma County

The 24th season of Sunday night outdoor concerts opens at Juilliard Park July 2-Aug. 13. (PD FILE)


In the summer season, Sonoma County offers plenty of free shows, most of them outdoors. Listed below are some of the free options available this summer.

Now through Aug. 16 — Wednesday Night Market, Santa Rosa: More street fair than produce market, the Santa Rosa Farmers Market attracts a crowd with live music, food trucks and vendors Wednesdays from 5-8:30 p.m. surrounding the newly remodeled Old Courthouse Square in downtown Santa Rosa. 707-524-2123.

Now through Sept. 29 — Summer Music Series and Food Truck Fridays, Sonoma: Sebastiani Vineyards & Winery hosts a summer concert series, with live rock and blues from 6-9 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 29, with wine available to purchase. The last Friday of every month is Food Truck Friday, with a selection of gourmet nibbles available for purchase. 707-933-3230.

May 18-Oct. 19 — Festivals at the Barlow, Sebastopol: Starting May 18, The Barlow will host Third Thursday Festivals, an evening of dancing to live music, food vendors, craft booths and more. The event takes place 4-8 p.m. every third Thursday, ending Oct. 19.

May 30-Aug. 29 — Tuesdays in the Plaza, Healdsburg: Enjoy concerts each Tuesday, in the Healdsburg Plaza. Food vendors set up at 5 p.m., concerts run from 6-8 p.m. 707-431-0331. Concert-Series

June 1-4 — Community Art and Flower Show, Windsor: Peruse and purchase floral exhibits and visual arts at Huerta Gymnasium from 6-8 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The show is presented by the Windsor Garden Club and Windsor Parks and Rec. 707-931-4769.

June 1-Oct. 8 — Montgomery Village Concert Series, Santa Rosa: Through Oct. 8, Montgomery Village Shopping Center offers free outdoor concerts from 1-4 p.m. most Sundays at the Village Terrace by Cattleman’s restaurant and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 5:30-8 p.m. Thursdays in the Village Court. 707-545-3844.

June 2-Sept. 1 — Friday Night Live at the Plaza, Cloverdale: Cloverdale opens its town plaza each Friday for summertime outdoor concerts that start at 7 p.m. Pop over to the adjacent Farmers Market for food, vendors and kids’ activities. 707-894-4410.

June 4-25 — Music on the Lawn, Santa Rosa: Listen to local bands while enjoying scenic vineyard views every Sunday in June from 2-4 p.m. at St. Francis Winery. Wines by the glass or wine and cheese pairings available for purchase. 707-538-9463.

June 6-Aug. 1 — Tuesday Kids Movies, Windsor: The Windsor Town Green becomes an outdoor movie theater each summer, showing family movies 15 minutes after sunset on Tuesday nights through Aug. 1.

June 8-Aug. 31 — Summer Nights on the Green, Windsor: Thursday live concerts start at 6 p.m. weekly in the Windsor Town Green, opening with Carolyn Wonderland. Grab a bite to eat from the adjacent farmers market from 5-8 p.m.

June 11 — Railroad Square Music Festival, Santa Rosa: Enjoy live entertainment from noon to 7 p.m. June 11 as the North Bay Hootenanny hosts the David Luning Band, John Courage, B and the Hive, Black Sheep Brass Band and more, plus artisan crafts, visual artists, circus acts, a family area, food and beverages.

June 17 — Cotati Jazz Festival: Downtown Cotati’s La Plaza Park heats up from noon to 6 p.m. as the Cotati Chamber of Commerce sponsors the 37th annual jazz festival. Live acts keep the main stage hopping, with music spilling over to the Redwood Cafe and other nearby clubs. 707-795-5508.

June 22-Sept. 14 — Rockin’ the River, Guerneville: A family-friendly series of dancin’-in-the-street parties opens June 22 and runs on alternate Thursdays through Sept. 14 at Guerneville Plaza. This year’s lineup includes Roy Rogers and The Delta Rhythm Kings, The Highway Poets, Zepparella and more. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. 707-869-9403.

June 28-Aug. 30 — Peacetown Summer Concert Series, Sebastopol: Jim “Mr. Music” Corbett presents a variety of popular local bands, Wednesdays at Ives Park from 5-8 p.m.

June 29-Sept.21 — KRUSH Backyard Concerts, Santa Rosa: The popular radio station hosts live concerts behind its building starting at 3565 Standish Ave., Santa Rosa. The pre-party kicks off with the Railroad Square Music Festival on June 8, then continues on alternating Thursdays at 6 p.m., starting with Keller Williams on June 29 and ending with Los Straitjackets on Sept. 21. 707-588-0707.

July 2-Aug. 13 — Live at Juilliard, Santa Rosa: The 24th season of Sunday night outdoor concerts opens at Juilliard Park on July 2. Music runs from 5-7 p.m. Food vendors and face painting available.

July 6-27 — Stars Under the Stars, Santa Rosa: Pack a blanket and join the crowd on the St. Francis Winery lawn for a film under the stars. Every Thursday in July doors open at 7 p.m. for live music and wine with movies to follow at dusk. This year’s lineup includes “The Breakfast Club,” “Grease” and more. Wines are sold by the glass and food is available for purchase. 707-538-9463.

Aug. 11-Sept. 15 — Movies in the Park, Santa Rosa: Each year Santa Rosa Recreation and Parks shows free family movies Friday nights in Howarth Park beginning at dusk. Beforehand, enjoy live entertainment and food vendors.