Shakespeare Under the Stars Sonoma International Film Festival Fourteenth annual Petaluma Music Festival Robert Ferguson Observatory docent training In-PersonJurassic Park Gravenstein Apple Fair benefit concert
Registration has opened for REI’s “Dirt, Sweat & Beers” event, which is part of a run and clean-up series taking place from June to November. In Sonoma County, there is a 5K course at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park or a 10K course at Spring Lake Regional Park. Participants have 60 days to complete either or both courses and DIY clean-up, from Aug. 1 to Sept. 29. Runners can complete the course as many times as they’d like to achieve their best time. Multiple prizes are available for participants to win as well. Registration is free for all on the REI website.
Registration: www.reidirtsweatandbeers. splashthat.com
Shakespeare Under the Stars
From Aug. 4 to 15, the Buena Vista Winery will present an evening performance of Taming of the Shrew. One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, it is a witty romantic comedy about the battle of the sexes. The Sonoma Shakespeare Avalon Players will be acting out the play with their well-known improvisational skills. Doors for the play will open at 6 p.m., with wine available for purchase at the Press House Tasting Room onsite. The performance will take place at 7 p.m. in the Fountain Courtyard. Tickets are $35 per adult and $25 for people under 18.
Tickets: www.exploretock.com/buenavistawinery/ event/283517/shakespeare-under-the-stars-at-buena-vistawinery- taming-of-the-shrew
Sonoma International Film Festival
The Sebastiani Theatre, along with Andrews Hall, will host the Sonoma International Film Festival for Summer Fest Aug. 5 – 8. This will be one of the first live, in-person events in Sonoma since the pandemic began. Forty new films from 15 countries will be screened during the festival, including two outdoor winery screenings, live music, and a special “Screen and Cuisine” event. Two of the most popular events, the UFO program and the Sonoma Valley High School Media Arts Showcase, will also be returning for Summer Fest, free to the public. Patron (all films and events) and Film Passes are now available for purchase.
Fourteenth annual Petaluma Music Festival
The 14th annual Petaluma Music Festival will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 7 at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma. The music festival is run by a nonprofit organization that donates a protion the profits from the festival to music programs in public schools around Petaluma. In 2019, the Petaluma Music Festival donated over $60,000 to the music programs in all Petaluma-area public schools. The festival will consist of 15 bands, including nationally recognized artists, hand-crafted beers from Lagunitas Brewing Company and Two Rock Brewing, and local vendors selling a variety of specialty foods. General admission tickets are on sale now for $55.
Robert Ferguson Observatory docent training
The Robert Ferguson Observatory (RFO) will be hosting three virtual sessions on Aug. 12, 19, and 26 for people who want to become a docent and train to operate their three telescopes in person. The entire observatory was built and is maintained by volunteers, including all events and classes. No prior knowledge of astronomy is required to become a volunteer. As a benefit of volunteering, RFO docents can sign up for any RFO classes for free, along with free, private access to the observatory. Please fill out the volunteer application form to apply and sign up for training or contact Stephanie at [email protected] with any questions.
Application: www.rfo.org/index.php/ volunteer
In-Person Jurassic Park
concert and screening by Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra
On Aug. 21 at the Green Music Center at Sonoma State University, the Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra (SRS) will return to the Weill Hall stage to perform the iconic Jurassic Park soundtrack alongside a screening of the film. The 80-person orchestra will be conducted by Francesco Lecce-Chong, who conducted all of the concerts streamed over YouTube. Food and drink, including wine and beer, will be available for the performance from on-site concessions and food trucks. SRS will be performing a full season at the Green Music Center, with subscription packages available. Tickets for the Jurassic Park concert are available now starting at $30 on the Green Music Center website.
Tickets: www.gmc.sonoma.edu/ jurassicparkinconcert
Gravenstein Apple Fair benefit concert
The Gravenstein Apple Fair is hosting a benefit concert on Aug. 14 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ragle Ranch Park to raise funds for the fair’s grand reopening in 2022. The festival will celebrate the spirit of the Gravenstein Apple Fair, with live music and food and drink vendors to help people connect with others in their community post-pandemic. Headlining musicians include T Sisters, Whiskey Family Band with Alison Harris, and more. Tickets are limited and interested parties are encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible.
Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Pepperwood Preserve will once again present the acclaimed Wild and Scenic Film Festival from 4-8:30 p.m. on Aug. 14. This in-person event at Pepperwood will also be offered through video-on-demand to allow you to enjoy the event from the comfort of your own home. It will consist of an inspiring collection of short films that address some of the most pressing environmental issues from a variety of perspectives. The ticket includes an optional hike at 4 p.m. and food and drinks from a local food truck in addition to the film program. Tickets are $105 for in-person admission and $20 for video-on-demand.
Tickets: www.pepperwoodpreserve.org/?event=wild-scenicfilm- festival-on-tour& event_date=2021-08-14
Sunset “Sip and Stroll” at Stone Barn Farm
The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is hosting their “Great Places | Great Spaces” series once again, showcasing the art, architecture, and design of local destinations. Their first event takes place on Aug. 14 from 5–7 p.m. at Stone Barn Farm, a historic vineyard and orchard located less than a mile from Sonoma Plaza. One of Sonoma’s oldest working farms, it also features a new, modern home designed by architect Chris Cahill. Cahill, along with owners Gail and John Diseren, will lead a casual tour through the property as drinks and hors d’oeuvres are served. Tickets are $175 per person, with only 40 tickets available.
Tickets: www.svma.charityproud.org/EventRegistration/ Index/6548