August Events and Activities for Wine Country Families

This Guide to Events is brought to you with special thanks for our sponsor: Gravenstein Apple Fair
School may be around the corner, but there is still plenty of summer fun to be had in Wine Country! We have carefully curated the funnest looking activities for August in Sonoma and Napa Counties, so you don’t have to scroll through the calendars and find it yourself. Who’s meeting us at the fair?

GUIDE SPONSOR

Pack up the family and take a bite out of the Gravenstein Apple Fair at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol.  This year’s theme, “In Praise of Pollinators”, celebrates the bees that pollinate Gravenstein apples and much of our food supply.  Learn from bee experts what we can all do to help pollinators thrive, while enjoying Sonoma County’s best farm-to-table food, local libations, live music, arts & crafts vendors, DIY workshops, chef demonstrations, and “unplugged” kid activities.

Advance tickets for the Gravenstein Apple Fair are available now for $12 for adults and $8 for children.  For more information please visit GravensteinAppleFair.com.

MORE AUGUST EVENTS

Wednesday, August 9, 2017  

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Animal Signs & Homes Calling all kids! Unravel the mysteries of wildlife by checking out the clues animals leave behind to discover who makes the park their home on this 3-4 mile hike at Doran Regional Park. This bilingual (Spanish/English) program is for 6-9 year olds accompanied by an adult. Please wear appropriate attire for the weather and bring water and a snack. Free. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, call Regional Parks at (707) 565-7888.

Thursday, August 10, 2017 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. | Bilingual Storytelling at The Shed This August, step inside for some cool summer reading in the SHED Grange with this special installment of The Healdsburg Literary Guild’s Luminarias series. Co-sponsored with The Sonoma County Library and The City of Healdsburg, SHED presents an afternoon of bilingual storytelling with Salvadoran/American Children’s Author René Colato Laínez, author of  Mamá the Alien/Mamá la Extraterrestre.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. | Hikes with Hounds Calling all canines and their humans for a scenic walk at Sonoma Valley Regional Park! Friendly, well-behaved dogs will meet new friends and get great exercise on a hike. Help us meet our goal of having 50 legs on each hike in honor of Regional Parks’ 50th Anniversary. Bring water (for you and your pup), dog waste bags, and a leash no longer than 6 feet. Please refrain from bringing dogs that may be uncomfortable and/or aggressive in large groups.

Friday, August 11, 2016

10:30 a.m. | Short Stories at di Rosa  Each week a di Rosa educator pairs a colorful story and a simple hands-on art project with a work of art on view in the Gatehouse Gallery. Young children and their caregivers will listen, look, laugh, create, and learn during this program designed just for them. Recommended for ages 2-5; active participation is requested of everyone attending. $5 per person / Free for members and children under 12 Drop-ins welcome; reservations not required

5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. | Funky Fridays @ the Hood Support parks through live music at this popular outdoor concert series at Hood Mountain Regional Park. Bring a blanket or low back chair, food for picnicking and your dance moves. Admission is $10 per person; free for kids 18 years and younger. Beer and wine available for purchase (please no outside alcohol). Parking is available at the Los Guilicos complex off of Pythian Road for $10 or free for members. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit funkyfridays.info.

6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. | Star Party: Perseid Meteor Shower The Robert Ferguson Observatory is open to the public at least once a month, usually on a Saturday near the time of the New Moon. Star Parties begin at dusk, when the Observatory’s three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building, and presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom. On August 11, it will be time to look for the Perseid Meteor Shower!

7:30 p.m.-10 p.m. | Secret Life of Pets This fun-loving event series is back in Howarth Park for another season! Bring the family, a picnic and a blanket for a lovely evening of film-enjoyment under the stars in our park! About the Movie Lost in New York, Max, a spoiled terrier, and Duke, a former stray, must put aside their differences to find their way home. They must navigate the streets to avoid Snowball and his band of abandoned pets. Starring: Louis C.K. and Kevin Hart.

 

Friday, August 18, 2016

10:30 a.m. | Short Stories at di Rosa  Each week a di Rosa educator pairs a colorful story and a simple hands-on art project with a work of art on view in the Gatehouse Gallery. Young children and their caregivers will listen, look, laugh, create, and learn during this program designed just for them. Recommended for ages 2-5; active participation is requested of everyone attending. $5 per person / Free for members and children under 12 Drop-ins welcome; reservations not required

7:30- 10:00 p.m. | Lego Batman Movie This fun-loving event series is back in Howarth Park for another season! Bring the family, a picnic and a blanket for a lovely evening of film-enjoyment under the stars in our park! To stop the Joker from taking over Gotham, Batman must loosen up and work with others. Robin and Alfred are there to help show him the ropes of teamwork. Starring: Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Zach Galifianakis, Ralph Fiennes and Rosario Dawson. Food will be available for purchase from vendors onsite.

Saturday August 19th

1-7 p.m. | Yountville Teen Pool Party Meet new friends, make a splash, enjoy food and drinks.

Friday, August 25th, 2017

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Trails for Tots Join us for a morning of fun and learning at this bilingual, outdoor program designed for children ages 3-4 with an adult. This month at Sunset Beach River Park, we will read stories, sing songs, go on a short walk, and create a nature-themed craft. Please wear appropriate attire for the weather and bring water and a snack. Free. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, call (707) 565-7888.

10:30 a.m. | Short Stories at di Rosa  Each week a di Rosa educator pairs a colorful story and a simple hands-on art project with a work of art on view in the Gatehouse Gallery. Young children and their caregivers will listen, look, laugh, create, and learn during this program designed just for them. Recommended for ages 2-5; active participation is requested of everyone attending. $5 per person / Free for members and children under 12 Drop-ins welcome; reservations not required

5 p.m. Tent Set-Up-9 a.m. breakdown | Annual Summer Movie and Campout:: Zootopia Come early and enjoy listening to music, snacks from our concessions stand and dinner from delicious food truck (will vary each month). All concession sales and a percentage of the food truck sales will benefit our Youth Subsidy Program. Please bring only low back lawn chairs, blankets, warm clothes and flashlight for after the movie. Food Trucks and Concessions will all start at 6 – Movies will begin at dusk. Please leave pets at home.

7:30-10:00 p.m. | Finding Dory This fun-loving event series is back in Howarth Park for another season! Bring the family, a picnic and a blanket for a lovely evening of film-enjoyment under the stars in our park! About the Movie: Dory embarks on a journey to find her parents with the help of Marlin and Nemo. Evading predators and remembering what she is doing are just a few of the obstacles between her and the Monterey Marine Life Institute. Starring: Ellen DeGeneres, Diane Keaton and Ty Burrell.

6:00 p.m. | Marvel Movie Marathon Weekend at the GMC! The biggest heros of the Marvel Universe hit the big screen out side beautiful Weill Hall! Get ready for this action packed movie marathon event, featuring five installments of one of the most venerable movie franchises in history! Friday, August 26: Iron Man (2008) – 6 p.m. and Ant-Man (2015) – 8:15 p.m. Saturday, August 27: The Avengers (2012) – 3 p.m., Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – 5:30 p.m. and Captain America: Civil War (2016) – 8 p.m.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

12:00 p.m.-9 p.m. | Napa Blues, Brews and BBQ Featuring Live Blues music from some of the Bay Area’s best blues musicians, including Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, over 30 hard to find micro-brewed beers in a large Beer Garden, Finger lickin’ BBQ food from great BBQ masters; plus the famous annual rib eating contest that you don’t want to miss! This year in the Oxbow Commons, with the music and fun going until 9 pm.

6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. | Star Party The Robert Ferguson Observatory is open to the public at least once a month, usually on a Saturday near the time of the New Moon. Star Parties begin at dusk, when the Observatory’s three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building, and presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom. Visitors must arrive by 9 p.m. in winter and 10 p.m. in summer. On the same day each month, solar viewings are usually offered 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Nature Storytime Relax with the family for nature-inspired children’s stories with an ocean view from the Visitor Center at Gualala Point Regional Park.  Then, create a craft based on the books’ themes. Please wear appropriate attire for the weather and bring water and a snack. Free. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members. For more information, call (707) 565-7888.

5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. | Red & White Ball Please join the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation’s biggest fundraiser of the year, The Red & White Ball. The evening features a gourmet buffet dinner and dessert by Stellar Catering in partnership with Glen Ellen Star and Park Avenue Catering, the finest Sonoma Valley red and white wines and to finish the evening, a live band behind City Hall to dance the night away. Please join us for an evening of dinner and dancing to benefit every Sonoma Valley public school student from preschool to high school in your red & white best!

August 27th

4 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. | Cochon555 Heritage Fire Napa Created in 2008, Heritage Fire Napa is a showcase over 50 notable chefs and butchers, each grilling heritage-breed animals en plein air against the a stunning vineyard backdrop. The event features responsibly raised food and traditional outdoor cooking inspired by global food cultures. It is all paired with free-flowing wines from boutique producers, craft beers, and small-batch artisan ciders. The list of heritage and heirloom foods includes dry-aged beef, whole pigs, lamb, goat, squab, rabbit, duck, fish, chicken, artisan cheeses, oysters, and heirloom vegetables

August 30th, 2017

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Winging It Wednesday We’ll be “Winging It” the last Wednesday of each month, exploring Sonoma County’s birding parklands along wheelchair accessible routes. August 30, join our experienced birding guide, Dave LaCasse, at Wohler Bridge River Accessas he helps you identify and learn more about our local birds. The walk lasts 2 hours, moves at an easy pace, is free, interactive and fun for all ages. If you cannot stay the entire time, you may return to the starting location at your convenience. Bring your own binoculars or borrow ours. Carpooling is encouraged. Heavy rain cancels. Parking $7 or free with a Regional Parks membership.

6:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. | The Santa Rosa Full and Half Marathon and Downton 5K and 10K The largest city in Northern California’s wine growing region opens up the pathways along its Santa Rosa Creek and Prince Memorial Greenway park areas for the Santa Rosa Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K, which marks its 8th annual running on August 28, 2016. The Santa Rosa Marathon was the 4th Top Marathon to qualify for Boston (year to date) at 24.5%. The Post-Race Festival will be held at Juilliard Park in downtown Santa Rosa from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with food and fun for all including a farmers market and kids’ activities. Don’t miss the 3rd Annual Ready Set Growl Beer Festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.!

WEEKEND OR LONGER EVENTS

Sonoma County Fair

Ends Sunday, August 13, 2017

11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Closed Mondays. Was that a pig racing down the red carpet? A Hitchcock movie-inspired floral exhibit? A new Community Concert Series takes center stage with several exciting acts, FREE with Fair admission. Young fair-goers (ages 10 and under) can become actors in shows three times a day in the Kids Area, where the theme is “Let’s Put on a Show!” More Info

Napa Valley Fair:: Wheels & Squeels 

August 9-13

For 84 years artists, craftspeople, farmers and youth have entered competitions at the Annual Napa Town & Country Fair. Carnival Rides split by age groups: For the little ones we have Cub Country, a kid-friendly zone with rides and amenities just their size. For the slightly bigger kids there are plenty of wholesome fun rides in the Family Ride department. If you’re looking for something in the Papa Bearcategory then you want to try one of our Thrill Rides. TICKETS

Cotati Accordion Festival

Saturday, August 19th, 2017 – August 20th, 2017

9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. | The annual Cotati Accordion Festival is a non-stop multicultural, multi-generational extravaganza of accordion music, polka dancing, food, drink, and crafts. There will be 70 vendors with accordions for sale, music books, food, beer, and wine. The festival is family friendly wholesome fun and there is even a playground on the plaza for the kids! More Info

Seafood Art and Wine Festival

Saturday, August 26, 2017 – August 27, 2017

The annual Bodega Seafood Art and Wine Festival showcases wineries and breweries, artists and craftspeople, as well as featuring outstanding entertainment, and of course a delicious selection of seafood vendors. Enjoy mouth watering BBQ oysters, crab cakes, or cedar plank salmon, to name just a few of the entrees served up at the festival. The wine and micro brewed beer tasting will feature over two dozen wineries and a dozen microbreweries. There will be entertainment on three stages, plus a juried art/craft marketplace, and kids’ activities. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. More Info

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One Response to August Events and Activities for Wine Country Families

  1. Sonia August 14, 2017 at 4:43 pm #

    Great list of events. I will try going on the 26th to the Green Centre such a beautiful venue. Next year I will add a few to my list!!!

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