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2017 Guide to Fabulous Fall Festivals and Special Events (Music and More!)

Fabulous Fall Festivals wine country

I don’t know about you, but Fall is one of my favorite seasons around wine country. We have just the right kind of weather for all things fall: crisp mornings, multi-hued sunsets, and colorful leaves in our vineyards and forests. This season does not disappoint! Our region is also known for amazing food and spectacular parties! Check out the fun harvest fairs and fall festivals lined up for 2017!

Your Guide to Fabulous Fall Festivals

Kendall-Jackson Harvest Celebration

October 1st

5007 Fulton Road, Fulton, CA 95439

11 a.m. – 3 p.m. | After 20 years of hosting the Heirloom Tomato Festival each fall, we thought it was time for a change. Come join us and enjoy the best of Sonoma County at our inaugural Harvest Celebration at the Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens. Fans of our garden-grown heirloom tomatoes won’t be disappointed. But there’s so much more! Enjoy farm fresh produce straight from our garden (including the famous tomatoes), unique plates from select local purveyors, dynamic educational seminars featuring everything from bee hives to cheese making to barrel making, wine & food pairing demonstrations, outdoor painting sessions, live music, and – of course – exceptional Kendall-Jackson wines!

Sonoma County Harvest Fair

October 6th-October 8th

1350 Bennett Valley Rd. Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Multi-Day Event; Times Vary | The Harvest Fair marks it’s 43rd year of showcasing our county’s grand harvest which continues to result in world-class wines, award winning beer, and a plethora of culinary wealth. The epicenter of the Harvest Fair is still the Grand Tasting Pavilion, which features over one hundred Sonoma County wineries bringing forth their best varietals for sampling. Guests are invited to savor innovative cuisine from this year’s Professional Food Competition, award-winning wines, locally crafted brews, ciders and more. Each October, thirsty travelers from across the entire US are beckoned to Santa Rosa to participate in a complete farm-to-table experience, inspired by the county’s hard working farmers, ranchers, vintners and producers.


Fort Ross Harvest Festival

October 14th

19005 Coast Highway One, Jenner, CA 95450

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Join Fort Ross Conservancy, California State Parks, and the Fort Ross-Seaview Winegrowers Association at our Annual Fort Ross-Seaview Wine and Harvest Festival for an incredible day of world class Wine Tasting, delicious local foods, music and much more, all set on the spectacular Sonoma Coast at Fort Ross State Historic Park. Harvest is the time to enjoy autumn’s fresh air with friends and family, acknowledging all that the seasons provide us. Harvest Festival starts out with a morning of apple picking in the historic orchard, where we’ll gently harvest fruit while enjoying the Eastern European music and Kedry. Next are the windmill talk and Russian bell ringing. The celebration then moves to the historic Fort Ross compound, where we’ll enjoy the old-world charm of the 19th century Russian settlement.


Tolay Fall Festival

October 14-15th & 21-22nd  

Tolay Regional Park – 5869 Lakeville Highway, Petaluma, CA 94952

11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | More than just a pumpkin patch, the Tolay Fall Festival is a seasonal celebration  connecting visitors with the beauty and history of this special park. Fall Festival activities are low-key, hands-on, and educational by design. Regional Parks members get free, one-time admission for two adults and two children and free parking when they present their parking tag at the entrance.
$5 adults and teens/$3 kids 12 and under/$7 parking


St. Helena Harvest Festival

October 21st

Oak Ave., St. Helena, CA

8 a.m. – 4 p.m. | For 31 years the Harvest Festival has been St. Helena’s most-beloved Fall event for the young and old.  The day-long family event has something for everyone starting with the early morning Fun Run, followed by the legendary Pet Parade, and ending with the Harvest Festival itself. The Harvest Festival will feature live music, a kids carnival, a wine lounge, a food alley, and an array of arts and crafts.  Local artists, beer and wine makers, farmers, musicians, and non-profit organizations lend their talent each year to make this event a great success.


Pumpkins on Pikes

October 28th

3796 I St. EXT, Petaluma, CA 94952

2 p.m. – 10 p.m. | The festivities start in the afternoon with great food, music and pumpkin carving. Everyone will get the chance to display their Jack-O-Lantern on a pike in the corn field. When the sun goes down, the pumpkins are lit. It is a truly heart-warming feeling looking over the glowing corn field to see the individual creations of all who attended.
FREE pumpkin included with admission. $10 BBQ plate will be available for dinner.
Bring: Special carving tools, blanket (if staying after dark), Favorite dessert (if participating in dessert potluck) $20/Person, $15/Person for Farm Members, and Children 6 and under: FREE!

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