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THINGS TO DO IN GUERNEVILLE

'Rise Up' Rally at Sonoma County Pride

The North Bay's long-standing gay pride weekend, Sonoma County Pride, this year brings the LGBTQ+ community together in a brand-new event, the "Rise Up" solidarity rally. In addition to advocating for gay rights, this rally will rise to the occasion and call for action on women's rights, immigration rights and economic equality. The rally will feature over a dozen keynote speakers, including Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch and Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, as well as activists who represent a vast range of political and social groups looking to resist the current administration, Congress, and the courts seeking to roll back hard-fought civil rights. Saturday, June 3, Guerneville Lodge, 15905 River Rd, Guerneville. 1pm. sonomacountypride.org.

Unity Parade & Festival at Sonoma County Pride

After you've risen up at Saturday's rally, be sure to get a spot along downtown Guerneville's Unity Parade route on Sunday, as the popular parade showcases the vibrant LGBTQ+ community in the North Bay for a 30th year. This year's parade features Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Greg Sarris, Hopkins and nationally recognized transgender activist and motivational speaker Aydian Dowling as grand marshals. Once the parade traverses downtown Guerneville, the Unity Festival commences with Dowling presenting a keynote talk, "My Journey to Authenticity," as well as music from folk duo Mouths of Babes, who've recently relocated back to Sonoma County, and an array of exhibitors, food and drinks and celebratory fun for all. Sunday, June 4. Parade starts on Main St, Guerneville at 11am. Festival happens at Guerneville Lodge, 15905 River Rd, Guerneville. Noon to 7pm. sonomacountypride.org.

Rockin' the River

In the summer, Guerneville's picturesque plaza adjacent to the river park goes from quaint hangout spot to highly-charged concert venue when the Rockin' the River series brings electrified fun to town every other week. The family friendly street party features popular rock bands from throughout the Bay Area and beyond performing for crowds in the setting sun, and this year's series opens with a set by slide guitar master Roy Rogers and His Delta Rhythm Kings. Other acts scheduled for this summer include soul rockers the Highway Poets, the all-female powerhouse Led Zeppelin tribute band Zepparella, Los Angeles-based salsa dance band Invasion Latina and Motown masters the Best Intentions. Bring chairs or dancing shoes and enjoy this series every other Thursday, June 22 through Sept 14, at Guerneville Plaza, Armstrong and River Roads, Guerneville. 7pm. Free admission. rockintheriver.org.

Russian River Beer Revival

Reflecting the town's laidback and friendly vibe, the 15th annual Russian River Beer Revival will not let a record-breaking rainy season sully the shores of the Russian River where the beer tasting and barbecue cook-off take place. Hosted by West County microbrewers Stumptown Brewery, this year's event promises to revive your inner ale aficionado with beers and ciders from some 30 crafters, and two dozen barbecue teams facing off in a tasty competition. Live music and local color make for a special day under the sun on Saturday, Aug 19, at Stumptown Brewery, 15045 River Rd, Guerneville. Gates open at noon. $75-$100. Shuttle bus from Santa Rosa available. Pre-sale only, no tickets at the door. stumptown.com/revival.

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