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2018’s Ultimate Summer Bucket List for Wine Country Families

This comprehensive list is brought to you by our friends and partners, the Sonoma County Fair.

We are thrilled to partner with the 2018 Sonoma County Fair to bring you our Ultimate Guide to Summer Activities. Every year we search for items that would make a perfect “bucket list” for you and your kids to tackle during the summer season and this year we are proud to share a list with well over 100 activities, events, and sight-seeing experiences, most of which are cheap or free!


We included anchor links at the top and bottom of our content so you are able to jump to any section you’re interested in re-reading. Otherwise, scroll and enjoy! Most of our images are linked to more great summer friendly content. First, check out what the fair has to offer this year!

Salute To Heroes:: The 2018 Sonoma County Fair

Plan Your Fair Days Now:

  • Participate in Pre-Fair Contests to win Fair tickets and carnival ride passes for the Sonoma County Fair. (Entries due by June 29th)
  • Every THURSDAY is Kid’s Day at the Sonoma County Fair! Children 12 and younger receive free General Admission to the Fair every THURSDAY. (August 2 & 9)
  • Visit the FREE Kids Area. Packed full with craft projects and hands-on activities plus plenty of grass and shade to relax. The Parent’s Rest Station is a clean and comfortable place for changing diapers and nursing.
  • Rock out with one of our FREE Community Concerts every night of the Fair. All live music is FREE with Fair Admission.

2018 Concert Line Up:

  1. Queen Nation (August 2),
  2. Batalla de Bandas (August 3),
  3. Blues Festival featuring Joe Louis Walker, Carolyn Wonderland and Grady Champion (August 4),
  4. Ismael Gallegos and Uri Ceballos (August 5),
  5. John Michael Montgomery (August 6),
  6. Blood Sweat and Tears (August 7),
  7. Super Diamond (August 8),
  8. La Raza Obrera del Gurrumino y El Viejito (August 9),
  9. Sawyer Brown (August 10),
  10. Elvis Singing Contest (August 11),
  11. Arkangel R-15 (August 12).
  • You don’t have to be a Farmer to love Farmers Day, August 5th, at the Sonoma County Fair. Bring the whole family to enjoy an afternoon of barnyard events for all ages. And, like so many great shows, it’s free with your general admission.
  • Don’t miss out on this year’s most popular carnival rides! Pre-sale carnival tickets are available through August 1 at the Box Office.
  • Stop by Sweet Lil’s for lots of ag-tivities! Visit with baby animals and learn about life on the Farm.
  • Have a Mom’s Day Out at the Sonoma County Fair’s Wine Country Races!
  • Dress up, don your most fashionable hat and come to the track for Hat Day at Wine County Racing. Trackside lunch and wine make this afternoon of elegance even more enjoyable.

Quick Links By Activity

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Take A Dip or a Dive

FREE Library Events:

Fun Local “Field Trips”!

Sign Up for a Summer Camp!

Our Summer Camp guide is a comprehensive resource for all parents who are looking for north bay camps. Simply click the above image and check it out!

Find A Fair


Explore Uniquely Wine Country Experiences

  • Take your toddler to Train Town and enjoy a little locomotive action!
  • Come to Doran Beach Campgrounds in Bodega Bay the Friday Night Kite Fly with demonstration kites, or bring your own.
  • Get Coastal in Tomales Bay with a Picnic and Oysters. When you book a picnic table with a grill, they provide oyster shucking tools, lemons, hot sauce, fresh grated horseradish, Hogwash and a complimentary shucking lesson (just ask).
  • Get your mom-chill on at two of the most mild beaches in the crisp and salty NorCal: Heart’s Desire (Tomales) and Doran (Bodega).
  • Grab Some Taffy at Patrick’s Taffy in Bodega Bay.
  • Stroll down Florence Avenue in Sebastapol and enjoy all the funky junk art from local artists, Patrick Amiot and Brigitte Laurent.
  • Grab your binoculars and check out the Harbor Seals at Jenner and Goat Rock Beach.
  • Feed the Ducks at Howarth Park.
  • Root for the home team and go to a baseball game, in HealdsburgSonoma, and Napa!

Eat Fresh at a Farmer’s Market Near You

Beat the Heat with these Air-Conditioned Activities

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Get Out of Town

Free and Cheap Movies


  • American Canyon Movies in the Park every 2nd and 4th Saturdays June 9th to September 22nd! Showtime at dusk.
  • Enjoy the cheapest movie theater experience with Summer Movie Clubhouse in Napa AND Vallejo where movies are only 1 dollar per person or $5 for 10!
  • The Town of Yountville Parks and Recreation Department is thrilled to announce their “Hot Summer Movie Night Series” Once a month on Fridays from June to September.


  • FREE Beat the afternoon summer heat and chill out in the library with our Summer Cinema in Healdsburg.
  • Reel Kids Summer Movie Series at Reading Cinemas, offers discounted tickets in Rohnert Park.
  • Bring our blankets for Outdoor Movies at Howarth Park- FREE, East Santa Rosa.
  • Free Movies on the Green at the Green Music Center in Rohnert Park
  • Tuesday Night free movies, on the Green in Windsor.


Host a Picnic at a Local Winery


Great Local Music & Night Markets


  • Napa City Nights Concerts downtown from 6:30-10 pm every Friday.
  • Yountville Music in the Park at Veteran’s Memorial Park on Sundays once a month from June to September.


  • Dance your cares away at Live at Julliard: Now celebrating its 25th season, this FREE concert series brings some of the Bay Area’s finest bands to Julliard Park.
  • The Peacetown Summer Concert Series at Ives Park (Sebastapol) is just around the corner, FREE, beginning July and continues all summer on Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m.
  • Head to Healdsburg for Tuesdays in the Plaza: A true community gathering, bring blankets, chairs, and a picnic, FREE!
  • Downtown Cloverdale comes alive every Friday evening throughout the summer, with Friday Night Live at the Plaza and the Cloverdale Farmers Market, FREE.
  • Windsor Summer Nights hosts the The Windsor Farmers Market, complete with food trucks and lawn games, concert starts at 6 p.m, FREE.
  • Rockin’ Concerts take place each Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. in Village Court, FREE.
  • The Wednesday Night Market is back in full force this year for downtown Santa Rosa, have you been?


Exercise Options for the Kids

  • Zumba at the Petaluma library FREE for ages 5 and up.
  • Enjoy the gentlest of the giants at Armstrong Redwoods Preserves.
  • Hike the Bouverie Preserve, where four hour guided nature walks only come with a $20 per person suggested donation.
  • Walk and Learn at the PlanetWalk,  a scale model of the solar system designed to fit within the boundaries of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Trails and signs were severely damaged in the recent fires, restoration and some re-routing are in progress, with an expected completion in July.
  • Enjoy a FREE docent-led tour at Jack London State Park and learn about the man behind Call of the Wild.
  • Hike Helen Putnam in Petaluma.
  • Do a Peanut’s inspired treasure hunt and find all the Snoopy Characters around Sonoma County!
  • Download a Geochaching app, and start digging!


Other Summer Fun, for Home and Beyond

Make it a Game!

Print out our Summer Bucket List and see how many you check off before school starts back up!

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