Savoring it all in Sonoma County
February in Sonoma County is a time for savoring favorite tastes and discovering new delights, for relaxation and rejuvenation, and - of course - for romance. People come here to get away, to reconnect, to experience, and to simply enjoy.
Everything kicks off with the Pliny the Younger release at Russian River Brewing Company from Feb. 1 to 14, and Visit Santa Rosa offers a "beer passport" activity throughout the month of " FeBREWary."
For seafood fans, there's the Tides Wharf Crab Feed (Feb. 1 and 22, March 1 and 25) in Bodega Bay and the Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest (Feb. 2) in Santa Rosa. For those who love artisan spirits, the Wine Country Distillery Festival debuts Feb. 9 with a cocktail competition, food bites, and live music.
Valentine's activities vary from the Little Red Haired Girl celebration (Feb. 14) at the Charles M. Schulz Museum to the Whole Lotta Love: Led Zeppelin Burlesque (Feb. 9) at the Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, and the Wild Jungle Love special tour at Safari West Wildlife Preserve & African Tent Camp (Feb. 16-17). And of course, nothing says romance quite like fine wine paired with chocolates and other gourmet goodies at one of Sonoma County's more than 425 wineries.
Be sure to mark your calendar and get ready for Restaurant Week 2019, March 1 to 10. It's a great opportunity for locals as well as visitors to discover favorite new eateries. Learn more at

More than 320 events are on our calendar in the next two months. A few  highlights are listed below, and y ou can view the complete list  at We also list  all the wonderful things to do in Sonoma County at .
Tina Luster
Sonoma County Tourism

Pliny the Younger Release
Feb. 1
Russian River Brewing Company's phenomenally popular Pliny the Younger is released the first Friday of February and is available for just two weeks, Feb. 1-14, 2019.
Russian River Brewing Company, Santa Rosa & Windsor |
FeBREWary - Santa Rosa Beer Passport
Feb. 1-28
Take your passport to each of the participating breweries and receive a stamp. Collect at least nine stamps and then head to the California Welcome Center and choose a prize.
Participating Breweries, Santa Rosa |
The Tides Wharf Crab Feed in Bodega Bay
Feb. 1 and 22, March 1 and 15
Enjoy chilled Dungeness crab with cocktail sauce, drawn butter, Tides mustard sauce, clam chowder, pasta, green salad, and french bread. Reduced room rates for Crab Feed attendees.
The Tides Wharf Restaurant
, Bodega Bay |
Great Sonoma Crab and Wine Fest
Feb. 2
The premier Crab and Wine event of the North Bay Area features medal-winning wines, local cuisine and impressive live and silent auctions to support scholarships and education programs.
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa |
Standup Comedy Showcase - Rising Stars of Comedy
Feb. 2
The Laugh Cellar has invited a handful of talented comedians who've been given the accolade of a comic to watch!
The Flamingo Resort, Santa Rosa |
Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival
Feb. 9
California's largest celebration of the migration of Steelhead Trout! See the fish hatchery, wildlife and conservation exhibits, and enjoy arts and crafts, archery, live music, and fishing.
Milt Brandt Visitors Center at Lake Sonoma, Geyserville |
Wine Country Distillery Festival
Feb. 9
The first annual Wine Country Distillery Festival features craft distilleries from Sonoma and nearby. Vote for your favorite in the cocktail competition and enjoy food bites and live music.
Sally Tomatoes, Rohnert Park |
Whole Lotta Love Burlesque Valentine to Zeppelin
Feb. 9
The sauciest Valentine's celebration this side of The Misty Mountains! The meanderings of hearts and the extremes of love are explored through burlesque acts set to live music.
Mystic Theater, Petlauma |
Santa Rosa Symphony - Love Letters
Feb. 9-11
February's concert series celebrates love with works by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann, and Felix Mendelssohn.
Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert
Calling All Little Red-Haired Girls
Feb. 14
If you are a little (or not so little!) red-haired girl or boy then you will receive FREE admission in celebration of Valentine's Day and Charlie Brown's affection for a certain Little Red-Haired Girl.
Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa |
Valentine's Days Poetry, Truffles, and Wine
Feb. 14
Celebrate romance with a wine tasting at Benovia's ranch house and receive an original keepsake poem and roses. Call for reservations.
Benovia Winery, Santa Rosa |
Citrus Fair and Parade
Feb. 15-18
Cloverdale's bright, fun Citrus Fair features 3-D exhibits made of citrus fruit and other food products, gourmet food, arts, crafts, a parade, and carnival fun for the whole family.
Citrus Fairgrounds, Cloverdale |
Valentine Wine & Food Pairing in the Cave
Feb. 16
Enjoy a sumptuous six course wine and food pairing in the Wine Cave. Reservations required.
Simoncini Vineyards, Healdsburg |
Valentine's Day Wild Jungle Love
Feb. 16-17
After a romantic meal, set off on a private Animal Amour tour - an adults only adventure that delves deep into the romantic lives of animals.
Safari West, Santa Rosa |
Experience Route 116
Feb. 16-17
Family-owned wineries creating captivating experiences, from the vineyard to your glass! Learn the fine details of winemaking, vineyard management, blind tastings and much more.
Various Locations along Hwy 116 near Sebastopol |
President's Weekend Pinot Road Trip Flight
Feb. 16-18
Taste single-vineyard wines from the southernmost to northernmost locations. Wines paired with a mini cheese and charcuterie plate.
Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Sebastopol |
Annual Santa Rosa Tattoos and Blues
Feb. 22-24
Live blues bands, world-renowned tattoo artists, competitions, and contests. This is the 28th annual Tattoos and Blues, the second longest running tattoo convention in the United States!
Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa, Santa Rosa |
Eighth Street Wineries Annual Open House
Feb. 23
Eight wineries open their cellars for a special afternoon of tastings and pairings. Wander through the cellars, glass in hand, and savor various pairings by local chefs.
Eighth Street Wineries, Sonoma |
Red Carpet Evening
Feb. 24
The Alexander Valley Film Society is bringing Hollywood glamour to Sonoma County with the Fifth Annual Red Carpet Evening, a celebration of the 91st Academy Awards® and a fundraising gala.
Soda Rock Winery, Healdsburg |
Annual Barrel Tasting - Two Weekends
Mar. 1-3, 8-10
This annual double weekend event is all about the WINE. Sample wines from the barrel, talk to winemakers and explore the beautiful Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys.
Wine Road - Northern Sonoma County, |
Sonoma County Restaurant Week
Mar. 2-10
The annual Sonoma County Restaurant Week continues the tradition of celebrating the finest Sonoma County food! Participating restaurants will present fantastic food at fantastic prices.
Participating Sonoma County Restaurants, Santa Rosa |
Sonoma County Bluegrass and Folk Festival
March 9
Catch bluegrass, old time, and folk acts and then check out the workshops and enjoy hearing some musicians just jamming.
Sebastopol Community Center, Sebastopol |
Emerald Isle, Emerald Ridge Pinot Noir
March 16
Celebrate St. Patrick's Weekend with Dutton-Goldfield's own slice of the Emerald Isle. They will be pouring a three-year vertical of this lush pinot noir, paired with mini corned beef Ruebens.
Dutton-Goldfield Winery, Sebastopol |
Santa Rosa Symphony - American Dreams
March 16-18
Conductor Emeritus Jeffrey Kahane returns for "American Dreams," featuring works by Gershwin, Barber, and Copland. March's guest artist is violinist Elena Urioste.
Weill Hall, Green Music Center, Rohnert Park |
13th Annual California Artisan Cheese Festival
March 22-24
A weekend filled with scrumptious cheeses, chef demonstrations, farm tours, educational sessions by industry experts, cheesemongers, cheese experts, authors, and cheesemakers.
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa |
Hitchcock Film Festival
March 23
The Master of Suspense, who had a penchant for Sonoma County, is honored each year in Bodega and Bodega Bay; both towns were featured in "The Birds."
Bodega Bay Grange Hall, Bodega Bay |
Sonoma International Film Festival
March 27-31
Named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World by Movie Maker Magazine, SIFF showcases over 100 hand-selected films screened in six state-of-the-art, intimate venues all within walking distance of the historic Sonoma Plaza.
SIFF Village, Sonoma |
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
March 28-31
A four-day celebration of non-fiction film, featuring extraordinary documentaries to be shown at different venues in downtown Sebastopol.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Sebastopol |
16th Annual Sonoma Mendocino Coast Whale & Jazz Festival
This highly regarded festival captures inspired jazz art work, whale education, jazz films, poetry, live music, and a Chowder Challenge in atmospheric and beautiful coastal settings.
Gualala Arts Center and Special Venues, Gualala |

Of course, this is just a short summary of a few highlights of the more than 320  events scheduled in Sonoma County in the next two months. For the full list, please go to Check back, as it is updated daily by the wonderful Jen.
Bodega Bay Area Chamber
Bohemian Connection
Cloverdale Chamber & Visitors Center
126 N. Cloverdale Blvd., Cloverdale
Cotati Chamber and Visitors Center
216 E. School St., Cotati
Forestville Chamber
6652 Front St., Forestville
Fort Ross State Historic Park Visitors Center and Museum
19005 Highway 1, Jenner
Geyserville Chamber
Healdsburg Chamber
& Visitors Bureau
217 Healdsburg Ave., Healdsburg
Hispanic Chamber
3033 Cleveland Ave., Ste. 306, Santa Rosa
Jenner Visitors Center
10439 Highway 1, Jenner
Lake Sonoma Visitors Center & Fish Hatchery
3333 Skaggs Springs Road, Geyserville
Mark West Area Chamber
& Visitors Center
4787 Old Redwood Highway, Santa Rosa
Monte Rio Chamber
20406 Church St., Monte Rio
North Bay Black Chamber
Santa Rosa
Occidental Chamber
P. O. Box 159, Occidental
Petaluma Area Chamber
6 Petaluma Blvd. North, Ste. A2, Petaluma
Petaluma Visitors Program
210 Lakeville St./Hwy. 116, Petaluma
Redwood Coast Chamber & CVB
39150 South Highway 1, Unit 4
Rohnert Park Chamber
101 Golf Course Drive, Ste. C7, Rohnert Park

Russian River Chamber & Visitor Center
16209 1st St., Guerneville
Russian River Visitor Center at Korbel
13250 River Road, Guerneville
Santa Rosa Metro Chamber
50 Old Courthouse Square, Ste. 110, Santa Rosa
Visit Santa Rosa & California Welcome Center
9 4th St., Santa Rosa
Sebastopol Area Chamber & Visitors Center
265 S. Main St., Sebastopol
Sonoma Coast Visitors Center
913 Coast Highway 1, Bodega Bay
Sonoma Valley Chamber
651 Broadway, #A, Sonoma
Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau
453 1st St. E., Sonoma
Windsor Chamber & Visitors Center
9001 Windsor Road,  Windsor