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Hot Summer Guide 2013

Every which way to spend your time in the summertime months

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Catalan Festival The fastest possible trip to Barcelona, the annual festival at Gloria Ferrer features live flamenco, sparkling wine and tastings from many Spanish-influenced eateries, cooking demonstrations, along with a festive grape stomp and traditional folklore surprises. July 20–21. Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves, 23555 Carneros Hwy., Sonoma. $45–$55. 707.933.1931.

Sonoma County Fair Celebrating 77 years, this year's theme is "Homespun Fun," offering the largest themed flower show in the country and more horse racing, rodeos, destruction derbies, Farmers Day activities than you can shake a 4-H kid at. The Harvest Fair is included in this year's county fair. Separate admission is required for Hunter Hayes (Aug. 6), Florida Georgia Line (Aug. 7), Bridgit Mendler (Aug. 8) and Intocable (Aug. 9). Fair runs July 25-Aug. 12. 1375 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa.

KWMR Eighth Annual Far West Fest Voted best music festival in Marin County, this annual green festival boasts three stages with several genres including funk, blues, country, rock and experimental. Bands include Zigaboo Modeliste & the New Aahkesstra, John Doe, Lebo and friends, Beso Negro and others. July 27, 11am–7pm. Love Field, 11191 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Point Reyes Station. $25–$75.

Fifteenth Annual San Rafael Twilight Criterium Downtown San Rafael is transformed into a bike racetrack as pros take over the main downtown streets. Look for an expo on Fourth Street and plenty of kids' stuff. July 27.


Reggae on the River Annual festival features Julian Marley & the Uprising Band, Morgan Heritage, Tarrus Riley & Black Soil, J Boog & Hot Rain, Natural Black and many others. Aug. 1–4 at French's Camp, Highway 101, Piercy. $190 (three-day) to $250 (four-day) 707.923.3368.

Petaluma Music Festival Besides hosting a ton of great bands, this festival raises money for music programs in schools. Acts on the three stages include: Xavier Rudd, Sean Hayes, the Pimps of Joytime, the Soul Rebels, Stroke 9, the Brothers Comatose, the Easy Leaves, David Luning, Dgiin, the Incubators, Victoria George and the Grain. Aug. 3 at noon. Sonoma Marin Fairgrounds, 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. $15-$30.

San Rafael Food & Wine Festival The Falkirk Cultural Center hosts the fifth annual San Rafael Food and Wine Festival with 25 regional wineries, local brew folks and plenty of food purveyors. What would wine be without art and music? Plan for Aug. 10 at the Falkirk Cultural Center, 1408 Mission Ave., San Rafael. $25, all-day food and winetasting. 800.310.6563.

Patti LaBelle The soul diva makes her Santa Rosa debut, four-octave voice included. See "Lady Marmalade" take the stage Aug. 16 at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $79–$119. 707.546.3600.

Solfest The Hopland solar-power hootenanny is back with workshops, music and speakers. Solar Living Center, Aug. 17. 10am. 13771 S. Hwy. 101, Hopland. 707.472.2450.

Napa Valley Art Festival Sixth annual juried art exhibit and sale features several representational artists from around the country. Sip Napa Valley wines and taste other delicacies while listening to live music. Aug. 17 at the Yountville Community Center, 6516 Washington St., Yountville. 707.256.3828.

Grape to Glass Pre-Harvest Party The Russian River Valley celebrates its 18th annual wine gala with more than 50 wineries, restaurants and food purveyors, a silent auction, a barbecue dinner and fresh, warm Gravenstein apple pie for dessert. Aug. 17 at Richard's Grove and Saralee's Vineyard, 3575 Slusser Road, Windsor. 4pm. $85. 707.521.2534.

Cotati Accordion Festival Use an accordion—go to Cotati! This year marks the 22nd festival of keys and bellows. Italy's jazz accordion legend, Renzo Ruggieri, comes to the festival to play his squeezebox, as do Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, the Mad Maggies, Jet Black Pearl, The Internationals and many others. Aug. 18–19. La Plaza Park, Cotati. $15–$25; under 15, free. 707.664.0444.

Randy Travis Country music's distinctive baritone touches even the coldest of hearts. Aug. 21 at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. 50 Mark West Springs Road, Santa Rosa. 8pm. $45–$59. 707.546.3600.

Goat Rodeo Sessions Yo-Yo Ma returns to Rohnert Park, but this time he trades the suit for a straw hat. This bluegrass-classical ensemble features fiddle, bass, mandolin, vocals and, of course, cello. Back wall open for lawn seating. Aug. 23. Green Music Center. 1801, East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 7:30pm. $25–$100. 866.955.6040.


Seafood Art & Wine Festival Bodega Bay celebrates for the 19th time with seafood and music. Benefits Stewards of the Coasts and Redwoods and the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department. Aug. 24–25. 16855 Bodega Hwy., just east of the town of Bodega. $8–$15; under 12, free. No dogs this year. 707.824.8717.

Chris Botti This jazz trumpeter has 12 solo albums, including collaborations with Andrea Bocelli, Paul Simon and Sting. His pop instrumental style has garnered him huge success. Back wall open for lawn seating. Aug. 25 at the Green Music Center. 1801 East Cotati Ave., Rohnert Park. 4pm. $25–$85. 866.955.6040.

Sonoma Wine Country Weekend Three-day foodie love fest, Aug. 30–Sep. 1, features the 34th annual celebration starting with the Sonoma Starlight Supper Club (Aug. 30) at the Francis Ford Coppola Winery followed by various winery lunches and dinners (Aug. 31–Sep. 1) and the Sonoma Valley Wine Auction (Sept. 1).

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