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Well, that went quick. Winter is gone and spring's days are numbered. Here comes summer. Are you ready? We are. We even made this guide for you so you won't miss any of the good times. Have fun out there.

MAY

Oysterpalooza Celebrate the bivalve by eating everything oyster, with a heavy bent on the cuisine of New Orleans. Live music by the T Sisters, Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic, Arann Harris & the Farm Band and others make this an event to remember. May 24 at Rocker Oysterfeller's. 14415 Hwy. 1, Valley Ford. Noon. $20 (does not include food). 707.876.1983.

BottleRock The biggest concert festival to hit Napa since, well, last year, returns. This year includes headliners Imagine Dragons, No Doubt, Robert Plant, Foster the People, Passion Pit, Snoop Dogg and others. Too many groups to list here. May 29–31 at the Napa Valley Expo Center. 575 Third St., Napa. $129–$3,000. bottlerocknapavalley.com.

Free Concerts at Montgomery Village Santa Rosa's Montgomery Village Shopping Center offers a free, three-month-long music series that kicks off May 23 with Santana tribute band Caravanserai. Look for afternoon and evening shows with bands like Sh-Boom, Paperback Writer, Lavay Smith and Wonderbread 5. Go to mvshops.com for a full list or call 707.545.3844.

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Sound the trumpets and walk that bass right on up to Healdsburg for the 16th annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival. There are over a dozen concerts scheduled, and this year features the Ed Reed Quartet: Tribute to John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman, the Cookers: An All-Star Group, Wayne Wallace Latin Jazz Quintet with Jackie Ryan and others. The festival ends on Sunday with the St. Gabriel's Celestial Brass Band, the Dixie Giants, the Russian River Ramblers at Dry Creek Vineyard, and the George Cables Trio with guest Craig Handy at the Raven Theater. Concerts take place May 29–June 7 at various locations in and around Healdsburg. Prices vary. 707.433.4633. healdsburgjazzfestival.org.

Long Meadow Ranch Concert Series This music series leans toward folk and Americana, with a lineup that includes Brett Dennen (May 30), an Independence Day concert and fireworks with Cabinet (July 4), Hot Buttered Rum (Aug. 16) and the Infamous Stringdusters (Aug. 20). June 15–Aug. 24 at Long Meadow Ranch Winery. 738 Main St., St. Helena. 3:30pm each day. $25–$45. 877.963.4555.

Sonoma Arts Live Community musicals and plays produced by local companies take center stage at this series of performances. Noises Off! runs through May 31 and Little Murders follows will shows running June 11–28. Then it's Jake's Women by Neil Simon, July 9–26, and Proof from Aug. 20–Sept. 6. Performances at the Rotary Stage in Andrews Hall at the Sonoma Community Center, 276 E. Napa St., Sonoma. sonomaartslive.org.

Mill Valley Wine & Gourmet Food Tasting Organizers predict the 34th year of this festival will break attendance records, with over a thousand people expected to peruse the latest food trends and fine wines Mill Valley has to offer. Live music, too! Proceeds benefit local nonprofits. May 31 at Depot Plaza. Downtown Mill Valley. 1–4pm. $50–$60. Age 21 and over only. 415.388.9700. millvalley.org.

JUNE

Sonoma County Pride Celebration What's not to love about a party whose theme is "Equality Everywhere"? Festivities start on Friday, June 5, with a First Friday Art Walk through downtown Guerneville and continue on Saturday with canoe, barbecue, music, games and flicks at the Rio Beach Party and Rio Theater. The Equality Everywhere Celebration parade and pride festival take place on Sunday 11am–6pm. $5. sonomacountypride.org.

Live at Lagunitas Everyone's favorite Sonoma County brewery has lots of music on tap this summer. Starting out the season June 1 is Trampled by Turtles. Other performers include James McMurtry, Delta Spirit, Shovels & Rope, Pokey Lafarge and an extra-special secret show Aug. 10. Tickets on sale three weeks before each show on the bands' websites. 707.769.4495. lagunitas.com/live for more info.

KICK UP YOUR HEELS The Donkeys are one of many bands stomping into town for Gundlach Bunschu’s Huichica Festival June 12–13.
  • KICK UP YOUR HEELS The Donkeys are one of many bands stomping into town for Gundlach Bunschu’s Huichica Festival June 12–13.

Country Summer Now in its third year, County Summer is the biggest country music event in the North Bay and it runs June 5–7 this year. The event will be held at the five-acre carnival field at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, and features musicians like Jake Owen, the Band Perry, Cassadee Pope and Trace Adkins. One-day passes start at $69. 707.543.0100. countrysummer.com.

Railroad Square Music Festival North Bay Hootenanny brings back the Railroad Square Music Festival for its fifth year on June 7. The Brothers Comatose headline the show with support from the T Sisters, Frankie Boots & the County Line, John Courage, Rainbow Girls and many more. Free entry. Food, beer, stuff to buy and a circus tent too. Come on down. 707.326.5274. railroadsquaremusicfestival.com

Art at the Source More than 160 artists in dozens of studios throughout western Sonoma County are open to the public during two weekends, June 6–7 and June 13–14. Celebrating its 21st anniversary, Art at the Source invites artists to open their studios for the public to see their creative processes. Maps can be found at www.artatthesource.org or at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, 6780 Depot St., Sebastopol. Free. 707.829.4797.

Peggy Sue's All-American Cruise Four days of classic Ameri–car–na in Santa Rosa begins Thursday with a cruise-in at 4pm followed by a chili and pasta cook-off Friday at 6pm, with entertainment that includes the Hot Rods Band and Peggy Sue's Pin–Up Contest. Saturday starts with a pancake breakfast and continues with classic cars on display. Saturday and Sunday feature hundreds of classic cars, '50s music, Elvis and Wolfman Jack impersonators and more. Many festival goers dress in '50s attire. June 11–14. at A Place to Play Park. 2375 W. Third St., Santa Rosa. Times vary each day. $6–$30. peggysuescruise.com.

Huichica Festival Two days of music, food and wine with a folk lineup that includes Allah-Las, Amen Dunes, Jessica Pratt, Sonny & the Sunsets, the Fresh and Onlys, the Donkeys, DJ Andy Cabic and others. KronnerBurger, Q Craft, Bicycle Banh Mi and Happy Moose Juice highlight the culinary options. June 12–13 at Gundlach Bundschu Winery. 2000 Denmark St., Sonoma. June 13, 6pm; June 14, noon. $30–$120. 707.938.5277.

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