One of the most acclaimed fairs in the North Bay, the 43rd annual Sonoma County Harvest Fair packs in a thousand acres' worth of wine, beer, food and fun into a three-day affair.
The traditional attractions, like the world championship grape stomp, pumpkin patch and art show and sale are all on hand, and the fair's recent additions, like the Wine Country Marketplace and tasting pavilion, feed the masses with the best of Sonoma County's bounty.
Over a hundred wineries set up shop this year, selling their award-winning bottles at deep discounts; homebrewers enter their far-reaching styles of beer, cider, mead and more; and celebrated chefs demonstrate techniques and offer tastings in culinary showdowns. Each day also features its own food and wine pairings, meaning that food lovers may want to come back for more throughout the weekend.
Among the tasty highlights, there are local bands like the Pulsators and Royal Jelly Jive, a classic cars show, Halloween displays, kids' activities and more.
Head to the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, Oct. 6–8, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. Friday, 4–9pm; Saturday–Sunday, 11am–5pm. Gate admission, $5; tastings and seminars are extra. harvestfair.org.