Out, About and Around the County
Wines and Sunsets at Paradise Ridge
Enjoy your Wednesday evenings this summer at Paradise Ridge for entertainment and artisan wines. Every Wednesday from June 2 to Oct. 27, Paradise Ridge will be hosting their award-winning event, “Wines and Sunsets,” which features gourmet local food trucks and live music to enjoy while taking in the wine country sunset. Artisan wines from Rockpile and the Russian River will also be sold and served. Every Wednesday offers a different group of musicians and food trucks, so make sure to visit often. Tickets are available online, in advance at $10 for wine club members and $15 for general admission. Tickets are $20 at the door, but there are limited seats and tickets may sell out.
6th Street Playhouse announces new season
The 6th Street Playhouse 2021-22 season subscription packages are on sale now. This season will mark a return to and celebration of live theater, with ten subscription packages available for the new season. Just recently, the Playhouse was voted “Best Live Theatre Venue” by the readers of the Press Democrat. The first show of the season will run from August 12–19; called “Love, Loss, and What I Wore,” it is a collection of stories about the memories that certain clothes can evoke, written by the writers of “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail.”
Tickets and Packages: www.6thstreetplayhouse.com/2021-22-shows-and-events
Guided virtual hike through Buckeye and Howlett Forests
Sonoma Land Trust will guide you over Zoom through a hike of Buckeye and Howlett Forests. These forests, located in northwest Sonoma County, are two of the most important conservation projects in the county’s history. Buckeye Forest is nearly 20,000 acres and protects many endangered species that can only live in the habitat the forest provides. Howlett Forest, which is located next to Buckeye Forest, is one of the largest remaining environments of old-growth redwoods in the county. This event is free to register and takes place on July 6, 13, and 27.
Junior wilderness survival series
Enjoy hands-on training with wilderness experts who will teach you how to be just like the hosts of survivalist TV shows on July 8, from 3-5 p.m., at Ragle Ranch Regional Park in Sebastopol. This wilderness survival training will cover several basic but important skills, including shelter building, knot tying, foraging, and more. The event will also provide themed games and crafts for children ages 7-12 to add to the fun. This event was previously hosted in June at Spring Lake Regional Park, and will also be hosted at Cloverdale River Park in late August if you are not able to make it in July. The cost is $15 per person, with pre-registration required.
Dixieland Jazz Festival
On July 10 at 11 a.m. every year, Cline Family Cellars in Sonoma hosts an amazing assembly of bands for their Wine and Dixieland Jazz Festival. The summer day will feature fine wine and music for the many guests who come every year. Wine, beer, and food are available for purchase and guests are also welcome to set up a picnic to ejoy the outdoors. The Cline Family Cellars has been open in Sonoma County since 1989, and now owns many vineyards across the county offering award-winning wines. Festival tickets are on sale now on the Cline Cellars website.
Valley of the Moon Music Festival
The seventh annual season of the Valley of the Moon Music Festival will be held virtually over four days in July. Nestled in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, this music festival is the first in the United States to feature classical and romantic music played on period instruments from the era when the music was composed, meaning many antique instruments will be showcased at this event. The music tells stories of separation and coming together, with famous composers such as Clara Schumann and Harry Burleigh at the reins. Tickets are on sale now for July 17, 18, 21, and 22 virtual concerts.
Head West Marketplace opens second Saturday
Head West, a local outdoor retail marketplace, will be hosted at The Barlow in Sebastopol on the second Saturday and Sunday of the month, July 10 and 11. Many craft-makers, designers, artists, and local brands and shops participate in the marketplace to sell their handmade products. The Barlow is a venue where Sonoma County’s best chefs and artisans work together to create local products that can only be found there. Over 30 merchants attend the marketplace every month.