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Top Events in Spring 2019

Stomp, speed, and sip your way through harvest season in Wine Country.

Photo by Steve Knudsen

California Artisan Cheese Festival

March 23–24
Sonoma County Event Center
1350 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa
A celebration of artisan cheesemaking. $25–$150. artisancheesefestival.com.

Napa Valley Women’s Half Marathon/5K

March 24
Oxbow Commons Park
1268 McKinstry St., Napa
The inaugural run offers a prize purse for top finishers. $1–$200. napawomenshalf.events.

Sonoma International Film Festival

March 27–31
Various locations around Sonoma Plaza
Five days of hand-selected independent films, with renowned attendees. $250–$2,400. sonomafilmfest.org.

Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival

March 28–31
Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol
6868 McKinley St., Sebastopol
An independent nonfiction film festival. $15–$750. sebastopolfilmfestival.org.

Reflectivity: Artists on Climate Change

April 20–June 2
Healdsburg Center for the Arts
130 Plaza St., Healdsburg
Environmental education mingles with art. healdsburgcenterforthearts.org.


April 26–28
Various locations, Napa Valley
World-class cycling event hosted by chef Chris Cosentino. $755 for a three-day pass; tickets for individual events start at $35. campovelo.com.

Butter and Egg Days Parade and Festival

April 27
Downtown Petaluma
Celebrate Clover Sonoma mascot Clo the Cow’s 50th anniversary with a parade, festival, and cutest chick contest. Free. petalumadowntown.com.

Cabernet Cookoff

April 27
Hall St. Helena
401 St. Helena Hwy. S., St. Helena
Teams of star chefs compete for charities of their choice. $125. hallwines.com.

Earth Day On Stage

April 27
Old Courthouse Square
Fourth St. and Santa Rosa Ave., Santa Rosa
Family-friendly environment-centric festival. Free. srcity.org.

Inspire Napa Valley Wine Weekend

May 3–5
Various locations, Napa County
Wine weekend and Alzheimer’s fundraising event. $1,000. inspirenapavalley.org.

Signature Sonoma Valley

May 16–19
Various locations, Sonoma Valley
Immersive weekend tasting of Sonoma Valley wines. $1,500 for full weekend package; tickets for individual events start at $65. sonomavalleywine.com.

BottleRock Napa Valley

May 24–26
Napa Valley Expo
575 Third St., Napa
Annual music festival featuring Imagine Dragons, Neil Young, and Mumford and Sons this year. One-day passes available from $159. bottlerocknapavalley.com.

Auction Napa Valley

May 30–June 2
Various locations, Napa Valley
Taste and bid on Napa Valley wines. From $500. auctionnapavalley.org.

Russian River Blues Festival

June 10
Johnson’s Beach
16215 and 16217 First St., Guerneville
Riverside music festival with live blues performances. Price TBA. russianriverfestivals.com.

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Top Events

Stomp, speed, and sip your way through harvest season in Wine Country.

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