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Hot Summer Guide 2013

Every which way to spend your time in the summertime months

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Sierra Nevada World Music Fest Slightly outside the North Bay but of avid interest to locals is this three-day roots reggae and world-music festival at Booneville's Mendocino County Fairgrounds, running this year June 21–23. Acts include Damian Marley and Stephen Marley with Ghetto Youths Crew, Alpha Blondy, K'naan, Marcia Griffiths and many others, plus late-night dancehall. All three days, $170; limited camping available. 916.777.5550.

Rodney Strong Concert Series The 23rd annual Summer Concert Series in the sunny grasslands behind the Rodney Strong features adult contemporary favorites and music legends. June 22, Michael McDonald; Aug. 2, BWB (Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Nora Brown); Aug. 4, Dwight Yoakam; Aug. 17, Dave Koz with Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot; Sept. 1, BB King. Rodney Strong Vineyards, 11455 Old Redwood Hwy., Healdsburg. $60–$115. 707.869.1595.

San Anselmo Art & Wine Festival Over 60,000 folks converge on downtown San Anselmo each year—hungry, thirsty, craft-starved folks. As usual, a section of the fest will include over 200 artists and their various works. There will also be food booths, wine, a merchant marketplace, an emphasis on live music and a kids area. June 22–23. San Anselmo Avenue between Bolinas and Tamalpais streets. 10am–6pm. 415.454.2510.

Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting Now in its 32nd year, this event was founded by Jim Canepa, the late owner of the Mill Valley Market, and has evolved over the years into a fest noted for its large selection of boutique wines and new food trends. Live music, too! June 23 at Depot Plaza, downtown Mill Valley. 1–4pm. 415.388.9700.


Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival A fantastic lineup appears at this festival's 18th year honoring the work of late singer-songwriter Kate Wolf. Artist highlights include performances by the Brothers Comatose, Angelique Kidjo, Iris Dement, Pool Man's Whiskey and many others. Plan to camp. June 28–30. Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville. Full festival pass, including three nights camping, is $80–$225. Daily tickets available, $40–$90. Under six, free.

Broadway Under the Stars Presented each year by Transcendence Theatre Company, some of the brightest stars in Hollywood and on Broadway come to perform in the comfortable night air in Jack London State Park. June 28–30 and July 5–6, "Fly Me to the Moon"; July 19–20, "Fantastical Family Night"; Aug. 9–10, 15–17, "Dancing Through Life"; Aug. 30–31, "Gala Celebration." Pre-show picnic at 5pm; concerts begin at 7:30pm in the outdoor winery ruins. 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen. $29–$117. 877.424.1414.

California Beer Festival The best brewers in the Golden State face off with over 70 beers on tap. There's music by Petty Theft, Monophonics and Metalshop with a barbecue cook-off. June 29, 12:30 to 5pm. Stafford Lake, Novato Blvd., Novato. $40.

Marin County Fair The annual Marin County Fair is back, and, as always, the music and fine art are stellar, with fireworks ending every night. Things kick off with Kingston Trio and Eddie Money (July 4). Disney Channel star, Zendaya entertains (July 5), the Wailers take the stage (July 6) and The Pointed Sisters get excited (July 7). July 3–7. Marin County Fairgrounds, adjacent to the Marin Center, Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. $13–$15; under four, free. June 30, 12 and under, free. 415.499.6400.

Mondavi Winery Summer Music Fest The 43rd edition of this festival includes Martina McBride (June 29); Lifehouse (July 6); Huey Lewis & the News (July 12); Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers (July 13); and ZZ Ward and Delta Rae (July 20); Highway 29, Oakville. Dinner available. $50–$225. 888.769.5299.


Fourth of July with Santa Rosa Symphony Reviving a past tradition dating back to the pre-Green Music Center days, this concert culminates in an explosive celebration of America with a choreographed fireworks display. The back of the main hall will be open for maximum awesomeness. Thursday, July 4, Green Music Center. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30pm. $25–$85. 866.955.6040.

B.R. Cohn Winery Charity Car Classic Now in its fifth year, this free event with live music, an auction and raffle takes place Sunday, July 7, and features a classic-car exhibit that includes handpicked vintage, rare, sport and collectable cars. Donation proceeds benefit the Redwood Empire Food Bank of Santa Rosa. 15000 Hwy. 12 in Glen Ellen. 707.938.4064, ext. 136.


Festival del Sole An astounding success in fine music, the Festival del Sole is back for its seventh year with a flourish July 12–21. The slate includes Audra McDonald, Sarah Chang, the Russian National Orchestra, pianist Andrew von Oeyen, cellist Nina Kotova, youth ensembles, ballet, theatrics, festive meals and much more. Tickets run from $45 to $150. At various venues.

Pink Martini This retro-pop orchestra crosses genres like a Bach-themed burlesque show, but it always gets those bon-bons shaking. Back wall open to allow lawn seating. Sunday, July 14, Green Music Center. 1801, East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 4pm. $25-$85. 866.955.6040.

Rivertown Revival Petaluma honors its woefully underloved waterway with art boat races, aerial acts, a deliciously mysterious "river monster" and a DIY art fair aesthetic that this year salutes an old-timey Coney Island feel. Featuring 27 bands, including the Crux, Frankie Boots, Steve Pile, Highway Poets, Hubbub Club and others. July 20, 11am to 7pm, at McNear Landing (Steamer Landing parking lot, follow the trail). $5.

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