Brimming with vibrant wine, art, music, food, and entertainment scenes, there is never a dull moment to be had in Sonoma County. The region stays busy with activity year-round, but there may be no better time to take in the breathtaking landscape than the spring season. As the vineyards come alive again with color and blooms, the temperatures begin to warm up, and the streets start to fill with locals and tourists, some of the area’s most anticipated happenings are scheduled to take place. Below are a few of the best Sonoma County spring events to mark on your calendar.

Savor Sonoma Valley

Location: Various Wineries in Glen Ellen & Kenwood, CA
When: March 18-19, 2017 from 11AM-4PM

The Heart of Sonoma Valley Association is pleased to be holding the annual Savor Sonoma Valley event with barrel and fine wine tastings from 17 wineries located throughout Glen Ellen and Kenwood. Award-winning wines, vintage barrels, and new releases will be made available to attendees in between meeting winemakers, exploring vineyards, and listening to live music.

Sonoma International Film Festival

Location: 126 First Street West
Sonoma, CA 95476
When: March 29-April 2, 2017

Recognized by Movie Maker Magazine as one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World,” the five-day Sonoma International Film Festival is proud to be in its 20th year. More than 90 films, covering a diverse range of genres, are featured in different venues around the city. The event has attracted the likes of heavy Hollywood influencers in the past, such as Robin Williams, Bruce Willis, and Susan Sarandon. There are also plenty of special events occurring amid the film showings.

Kunde Family Winery Hike

Location: 9825 Sonoma Hwy
Kenwood, CA 95452
When: April 9, 2017

While hiking the region’s numerous parks and designated trails is a favorite pastime in Sonoma County, there’s nothing quite like hiking the grounds of a vineyard in the illustrious wine country. Kunde Family Winery offers a unique hiking program that takes place on a few select dates at different times of the year. Hikers will take a guided walk along the property, which provides the opportunity to see winegrowing practices firsthand, as well as a variety of ecosystems and habitats native to the land, all while wine tasting along the way.

Healdsburg Bicycle Tour

Location: 1557 Healdsburg Ave
Healdsburg, CA 95448
When: April 29, 2017 from 6:30AM-2PM

The annual Healdsburg Bicycle Tour is a one-of-a-kind way to trek through the area’s scenic terrain. For its 31st year, the event will take cyclists on a ride through the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys. There are three different mapped out routes, varying in length and degree of difficulty. Sonoma County has been named one of “The 7 Greatest Rides on Earth” by Bicycling Magazine, proving that participants can expect to go on a journey like they’ve never experienced before.

Passport to Dry Creek Valley

Location: Dry Creek Valley, CA
Healdsburg, CA 95448
When: April 29-30, 2017

When it comes to wine events, it doesn’t get much better than the Passport to Dry Creek Valley. Successfully running for the past 28 years, it includes more than 45 wineries with each one showcasing intricate themes and exquisite grape-to-glass tastings in beautifully landscaped vineyards. The weekend also highlights live entertainment, splendid food and wine pairings, and gourmet samples from the region’s top chefs.

No matter what your particular interests are, you will always be able to find something fun and exciting going on in Northern California’s wine country. With the changing season comes bud break in the vineyard, multi-hued gardens, new wine releases, and the best Sonoma County spring events.

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