Art & Garden Festival @ Downtown Petaluma
Jul 9 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Art & Garden Festival turns Sweet 16

Sunday, July 9th

The Art & Garden festival, one of Petaluma’s most loved events turns sweet sixteen this year and celebrating the SUMMER OF LOVE!  Join us from 11 am to 5 pm, on July 9th, 2017, for a fun filled day for all the family. Once again we’ll host fine local crafters, artisans, gardeners, live music on two stages and an array of local wineries, breweries, restaurants & fine food purveyors will offer tastings.
This event is free to attend, but you have to purchase a Tasting Package in order to partake in all the great wine, craft beer, cocktails and food tasting.

Not the typical street fair, vendors are handpicked quality vendors with creative home and garden décor, jewelry, arts and more. With 145 booths of unusual, unique, handmade items this event has something for everyone’s taste and budget. 

Experts will be on hand from The Petaluma Garden Club and Sonoma County Master Gardeners to answer gardening questions. Figure out how to grow vegetables in tricky Petaluma adobe soil and what makes a garden organic. 

While the parents are eating and dancing, the kids can enjoy will the children’s corner, were the Casa Cheer Teamwill FREE hands-on arts and crafts, face painting, hair tinsel, bounce house, and sing-along’s with the Princesses of Hope, Love & Magic. Artful Arrangements will have a booth for parents and their children to bond with parallel play. 

Bring your own washable chalk and have fun with your friends, your kids or just by yourself at the free Chalk Art competition, taking place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can enter anytime after 10:45 a.m. at the booth on the corner of “B” and Fourth streets. Adults and children of all ages and abilities can enter. Voting will end at 3pm and is by public choice; winners will be announced onstage at 4 p.m.

On the Main Stage
 3-5pm The Soul Section is a Bay Area band with its primary focus on the great funk and soul music of the 60’s and 70’s. They also draw favorites from the deep well of the entire Rock era.

 1:30-2:45pm The HOTS is not your MAMAS cover band.  The Hots area a really fun band that take the songs you know and love and make them come alive in a whole new way – old school rock with wheels!  Just great dance music!

12-1:15pm LUVPLANET persuasive, genre bending songs blending Rock, Pop, Jam, Blues and Country sounds are wrapped together in a melodic swirl of heartfelt ear candy. 

11-11:50am Don Trotta a blend of original and select cover tunes.

On the Acoustic Stage

11-1pm Francis Hayhurst & Preston – Classic Rock

1-2pm James K – Music for kids and Families

2-4pm Gary Grubb and Preston Bailey – County Rock

Although gardeners and shoppers will have a lot to keep themselves busy, they will also be swirling fine wines from local wineries like Adobe Road, Karah Estate, Barber Cellars, Sonoma Portworks and Sonoma Coast Spirits. Local favorite brews from Lagunitas, 101 North Brewing and Dempsey’s will be poured and sampling culinary food delights from a wide variety of local restaurants. Premier Sponsors Rocky and Rosie Chicken will be serving delicious sweet and spicy chicken wings and bourbon blackened chicken skewers. 

Be sure to bring your taste buds as you are in for a real treat,  Preferred Sonoma Caterers are serving a yummy Greek taco’s and their famous chocolate chip cookies. Fit for a King serving a delicious chicken arugula salad, Nick’s Cove will be presenting their memorable prawn Louis, Sauced bringing their BBQ magic, Berts Deserts, Wine by the Slice and there is so much more!

Tastings From Our Restaurant’s Finest:
 Paired with Your Favorite Decadent  Sponsoring Wine or Local Beer
Grocery Outlet – Wine department
Incavo Wine Lounge & Collective
Sonoma Coast Spirits
Adobe Road Winery
Barber Cellars

The festival is free to attend, food, beer and wine tasting packages are available for $25, including a commemorative wine or beer glass designed by local artist Lisa Krieshok, featuring the festival’s artwork. Individual wine and beer glasses are $5 with additional tickets 4 for $6.

Sonoma County Fire Relief Beer Event @ Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Apr 7 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Sonoma County Fire Relief Beer Event, brought to you by Battle of the Brews in conjunction with the Active 20-30 Clubof Santa Rosa #50, was envisioned following the devastating wildfires that ravaged Sonoma County in October 2017.

In partnership with Sonoma County’s three major beer distributors: Columbia Distributing, Eagle Distributing and Morris Distributing, the groups came together to see how they could partner to bring a one-of-a-kind experience celebrating Sonoma County and all things craft beer, while benefitting those affected by the Sonoma County wildfires.

The result, the Sonoma County Fire Relief Beer Event, will build upon the tradition of Battle of the Brews, Sonoma County’s Premier Craft Beer Event™, by incorporating elements of the VIP Craft Cup Competition, a BJCP-Certified Commercial Beer Competition (beers will also be on tap to sample by Craft Cup attendees) featuring special edition, limited release and popular craft brews, with the People’s Choice Main Event, an affordable beer tasting alternative featuring dozens of craft brew tasting opportunities. And with increased demand, the Sonoma County Fire Relief Beer Event will take this one-time event to new heights, with the event to be held beyond the walls of the Grace Pavilion, all within the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.


This year’s event proceeds will be distributed to groups and organizations that are assisting survivors of last year’s Sonoma County wildfires, with a youth focus in mind. The Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa #50 is collaborating with Columbia Distributing, Eagle Distributing and Morris Distributing to designate beneficiaries for this year’s event.

At this time, these groups have preliminarily identified the following organizations as a few of what we expect to be several beneficiaries of the Sonoma County Fire Relief Beer Event:

  • Redwood Empire Food Bank
  • Committee on the Shelterless (COTS)
  • Sonoma County YMCA
  • Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa #50 (funds will be disbursed by the club to local non-profit or charitable organizations that are providing assistance or services to youth affected by the fires). While event proceeds will be allocated after the event, the Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa #50 has already invested funds to help fire survivors by providing:
    • $5,000 to Shoes 4 Kidz, which helped the organization buy $5,000 worth of new shoes for children whose homes were destroyed in the fires
    • Volunteers of the Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa #50 came together to assemble bicycles, which were then given away to fire survivors whose homes were destroyed in the fires

We welcome any suggestions you may have for additional beneficiaries of our event. Please contact us if you’d like to recommend an organization or non-profit for us to consider as a beneficiary.

Sports Basement presents 5th Annual Brewfest @ Santa Rosa Sports Basement
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Sports Basement is hosting their 5th annual Brewfest at Santa Rosa Sports Basement on Sunday, April 15th from 2:00pm to 5:00pm. Brewfest is a celebration of Sports Basement’s Bay Area roots, centered on one thing the Bay Area does best: craft beer! The store will be hosting local breweries including Sufferfest, Lagunitas, Anderson Valley, T.W. Pitchers’, Eel River, Cloverdale & Woodfour Brewing, as well as food from local food trucks. As with all Sports Basement hosted events, 100% of proceeds from ticket sales are donated to a local beneficiary.

This year’s funds from Brewfest in Santa Rosa will be donated to Humane Society of Sonoma County & Fit For Equality.

Tickets are $8.00 online and $10 cash at the door. Anyone can attend Brewfest, but you must be 21 years of age or older (with valid ID) to drink. Tickets and more information can be found here: Brewfest

Mother’s Day Vineyard Brunch @ Emeritus Vineyards
May 13 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Show your mom how much you love her by treating her to the quintessential wine country experience this Mother’s Day:  a vineyard brunch at award-winning Emeritus Vineyards. We’ve enlisted the talented team at Pascaline to create a delicious three-course menu of fresh, local cuisine to perfectly complement a selection of our limited-edition Pinots. She’ll dine among the vines of our historic Hallberg Ranch, in the heart of the Russian River Valley. There’s no better way to celebrate moms!

Pliny The Younger Release @ Russian River Brewing Company
Feb 1 – Feb 14 all-day

Pliny the Younger will make his 15th Annual return to Russian River Brewing Company February 1st through February 14th, 2019! For the first time Younger will be available at our new Windsor brewery as well as the original Downtown Santa Rosa location!  It will be available on draft each day at our brewpubs until we run out of that day’s allocation. Younger is neither bottled nor available in growlers so more people will have the opportunity to enjoy it right from the source, or at a handful of select draft accounts.

Pliny the Younger is considered a “triple” IPA, simply meaning that it is higher in alcohol and has tons of hops. The alcohol should finish at about 10.25%, although it is remarkably dry for the amount of malt used in the recipe. It is loaded with hop flavors, bitterness, and aromatics. The hops used in this year’s recipe are of excellent quality from the 2018 harvest: Warrior, Amarillo, Simcoe, Centennial, CTZ, Chinook, Crystal, and Citra.  We brewed Younger for the first time in 2005 as a winter seasonal, building upon the Pliny the Elder recipe while pushing the envelope with malt, hops, and alcohol just to see how far we could go! It is always brewed only once a year and released the first Friday in February, rain or shine.

Pliny the Younger was the nephew and adopted son of Pliny the Elder. He was a lawyer and an author in Ancient Rome and witnessed the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD, which took the life of his uncle. Pliny the Younger lived from 61 AD to 112 AD. He wrote many letters which survive today and have great historical value. We thought it appropriate to also pay tribute to Pliny the Elder’s nephew by naming this special beer after him!

THIS JUST IN: The Town of Windsor is providing a FREE shuttle from the Airport Blvd. train stop to our Windsor location as well as other breweries, bars, restaurants and local hotels every day during the release and hopefully beyond!  More info coming soon!  

Battle of the Brews @ Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Apr 26 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Battle of the Brews event, to be held Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, will celebrate all things craft beer at the biggest beer event Sonoma County’s ever seen! Brought to you by the group that has hosted Battle of the Brews since 1996, the Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa #50.

With the event expecting record crowds, be sure to get your tickets today!