June 2019 – Are you looking for something fun to do? You will find lots of great ideas right here. Find exciting wine events throughout California: Lake Tahoe, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles, Sonoma County, and Carmel.
Experience fun wine tastings, enjoy live musical performances, and browse fine art and crafts. Treat yourself to gourmet treats. It’s all happening this month!
Wine Events – June 2019
May 31-June 9: Healdsburg Jazz Festival
The Healdsburg Jazz Festival is celebrating its 21st year with a fabulous variety of live jazz events. Experience indoor and outdoor concerts at this 10 day event. Some venues are quite large and others are small and intimate. All offer unique fun for music lovers.
Healdsburg is located in northern Sonoma County, right in the heart of the Wine Country. It’s the perfect destination for exploring the wineries of Dry Creek Valley, the Russian River, and the Alexander Valley.
Learn more about Healdsburg
Telephone: (707) 620-4412
June 8: Toast of the Coast Wine Festival – San Diego
Taste more than 130 wines from around the world. Enjoy cheese stations, wine and food pairings., special wine maker tastings. Browse goods from a variety of unique vendors. Admission into the San Diego County Fair is included. Experience exhibits, rides, and all the fun at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
A souvenir glass is included and unlimited tastes are as well!
While in the area, check out the Top 25 Things to Do in San Diego.
Del Mar Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, California 92014
June 9: Ojai Wine Festival
Spread along the shoreline Lake Casitas, the Ojai Wine Festival is a wine tasting event not to be missed. Enjoy wine and beer tasting, a silent auction, a boat ride on the lake, as well as fine art and craft vendors. Live music will be provided by the popular band, Area 51.
Lake Casitas 12-4 PM
11093 Santa Ana Road Ventura, CA 93001
June 15: Tahoe City Food and Wine Classic
Taste wine and beer from local producers and gourmet bites from North Lake Tahoe’s top restaurants and catering companies. Browse the local boutiques for unique items. Explore beautiful Lake Tahoe. This truly is wine tasting with a view!
North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City
June 20-22: Roll Our the Barrels – San Luis Obispo
Explore the San Luis Obipo Wine Country during their annual Roll Out the Barrels Weekend. On Thursday, June 20th at Barrels in the Plaza in downtown SLO, more than 30 wineries and local chefs will be serving wine and food. On Friday and Saturday, visit the wineries of your choice. Walk the vineyards, barrel sample the new vintage, and enjoy open houses, wine tastings and festivities.
While in the area, check out Top 15 Things to Do in San Luis Obipo. This guide includes links to information on all of the local wineries.
June 21: Wine Tasting at Pixie Woods – Stockton
Find out why this annual wine and beer tasting is such a popular event. Enjoy gourmet hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment, and silent auctions. This is the 33rd year for this wine tasting with proceeds going toward improvements to the children’s amusement park.
This event is for adults only. However, if you have young children you will want to plan a visit for them to enjoy the charming park. Run by the City of Stockton, Pixie Woods is a fabulous park that is very reasonably priced. They offer different kid-themed play areas, a water play area, a train ride, boat ride, and a carousel.
More information on Pixie Woods
3121 Monte Diablo Avenue, Stockton, CA 95203
June 21-22: Garagiste Wine Festival “Urban Exposure” – Glendale
The focus at this festival is on small production wines. This is the place to taste some of the best handcrafted wines you can find. Sample wine from more than sixty winemakers who produce 1500 cases or less each year. Winemakers and owners will be pouring the wine themselves. Over 20 different varieties will be poured. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that benefits the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Program.
Glendale Civic Auditorium
1401 North Verdugo Road, Glendale, CA 91208
June 22: 15th Annual Carmel Valley Art & Wine Celebration
Taste wine from local wineries, listen to live music, and enjoy delicious food. Local artists will showcase their original works to include glass blowing, wood sculptures, jewelry, clothing, painting, photography and more. Carmel Valley Village is located 12 miles east of Highway One on Carmel Valley Road. A picturesque area known for its outstanding wineries.
Carmel Valley Village, Carmel Valley, California
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There’s many reasons to choose Healdsburg, California as your next Wine Country destination. Learn about fun things to do in Healdsburg and get practical tips on where to stay and where to eat while visiting this small city located in northern Sonoma County.
Healdsburg offers the charms of a small town combined with incredible restaurants and world class wineries to please the most particular foodie and wine connoisseur. Drive the uncrowded country roads through breathtaking Wine Country scenery. Healdsburg is centrally located between three major wine regions: Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, and Alexander Valley
Healdsburg California: Where to Stay
If you are on a budget, stay at Dry Creek Inn. You can frequently find special deals on websites such as Travel Zoo and Groupon. This hotel is conveniently located just off of Highway 101 and just a short distance in every direction to wineries.
There’s two swimming pools, an outdoor jacuzzi tub, an outdoor fire pit, water fountains, as well as a sauna. Casa Siena are the standard rooms. They charge slightly more to upgrade to a Tuscan room, which includes a fireplace and spa tub. All of the rooms have very comfortable beds. Breakfast is complimentary and is better than most free breakfasts. If you plan on wine tasting at local wineries, ask at the lobby for free wine tasting coupons.
Honor Mansion is the place to go if you want to be spoiled. This is an upscale bed and breakfast located near downtown Healdsburg. Swim, play croquet, tennis, bocce, or basketball. Practice your putting. Arrange for a poolside massage. Listen to the sounds of the waterfall cascading into the koi pond. Gorgeous rooms, amazing happy hour with beverages and appetizers, and a delicious breakfast in the morning. Staff is friendly and they go out of their way to make sure you are enjoying your stay.
Healdsburg California: Where to Eat
Willi’s Seafood and Raw Bar If you don’t care for raw seafood, don’t let the name scare you. Willi’s has an extensive menu that includes a variety of delicious small plates. Some of my favorites include raw oysters, hanger steak, minted lamb, fish tacos, and pan roasted Duncan’s mushrooms. They have the best sour dough bread, served warm with garlic parsley butter. Dine indoors or outside on the patio. Willi’s is located just north of the Healdsburg Plaza on Healdsburg Avenue.
This outstanding Healdsburg restaurant uses fresh local ingredients to create scrumptious seasonally inspired dishes. Barn diva is known for their creative cocktails as well as their delicious food. Treat yourself to lunch, dinner, or a Sunday brunch. Barn diva is located in downtown Healdsburg a few blocks south of Healdsburg Plaza.
This restaurant is located on Healdsburg Avenue north of the Healdsburg Plaza. Enjoy lunch or dinner indoors or on the outside patio. This is the place to enjoy delicious Italian food in a casual atmosphere. Favorites here include Tomasso’s Sugo Calabrese and Nonna’s Chicken served with sauteed greens and soft polenta. Make reservations well in advance!
Baci Cafe & Wine Bar
Baci’s is an incredible Italian restaurant located north of the Healdsburg Plaza on Healdsburg Avenue. Everything about this restaurant is amazing. The service is friendly and attentive. Waiters are knowledgeable about both the food and the wine. The food is full of fabulous flavors. Favorites at this restaurant include Stinco d’Agnello al Forno, a slow braised lamb shank and Pollo alla Livornese, pan sauteed chicken breast served with polenta and fresh vegetables. Don’t leave without trying the flourless chocolate cake topped with vanilla bean gelato!
Charlie Palmer’s Dry Creek Kitchen has the perfect blend of wine country charm and elegance. Dine outdoors on the vine-covered terrace or indoors in their elegant dining room. Along with their delicious food, enjoy contemporary and classic jazz on Monday and Tuesday evenings featuring local Sonoma County musicians. As a bonus, the corkage fee is waived for your first two bottles of Sonoma County wines.
Dry Creek Kitchen is located just across the street from the tree-lined Healdsburg Plaza in downtown Healdsburg.
Healdsburg California: Fun Things to Do
Wine Tasting at Wineries
Healdsburg is surrounded by some of the best wine regions: Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, and the Alexander Valley. It’s a short drive from Healdsburg to visit any of these wine regions. Click on each of these links to learn about the wineries in each region.
The Dry Creek Valley is northwest of Healdsburg. Some wineries, such as Truest-Hurst, have views of Dry Creek, a tributary of the Russian River. Dry Creek produces outstanding Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. The Russian River Valley is a scenic region well known for producing high quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley, located north of Healdsburg, is recognized for producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. All are worth exploring!
Downtown Walking Wine Tour
More than a dozen wineries have wine tasting rooms located in downtown Healdsburg. Park near the Healdsburg Plaza and walk from winery to winery.
Located on Healdsburg Avenue:
Rockville Vineyards, GrapeSeed Wines, Hartford Family Wines, S, Stonestreet, La Creama, and Stephen & Walter.
Located on Center Street: Banshee Wines, Cartograph, JCB Tasting Lounge, Roadhouse Winery, and Selby Wines.
Located on Matheson Street: Thumbprint Cellars, Lioco Wine Company, and Williamson Wines. Plaza Street: Ferrari-Carano.
Canoe Down the Russian River
It’s a blast to kayak or canoe down the Russian River. There are a number of businesses that offer rentals right on the river. Pack your lunch and you’re ready for a relaxing day on the river.
We booked a 10 mile self-guided trip through Burke’s Canoes. Burke’s has a shuttle that picked us up and returned us back to where we started. There a many beaches along the way. Sometimes we could park the canoes and take a break on the beach. What a great day we had outdoors on the river!
Ride a Segway
Tour Healdsburg on a segway. Enjoy the beautiful scenery as roll along the river and through vineyards. If you have not ridden a segway before, there’s time to practice before you start. There are different segway tours to choose from. Our tour took us to three different wineries where we stopped for wine tasting. Learn More
Visit Lake Sonoma
Visit Lake Sonoma for fishing, swimming, boating, kayaking, hiking, camping, horseback riding, mountain biking, and picnicking. This lake is just 10 miles west of downtown Healdsburg. Take time to visit the Fish Hatchery and Visitor’s Center, which are open throughout the year.
The Lake Sonoma Steelhead Festival takes place every February. This annual event offers fun activities for the entire family. Learn More
Have you visited Healdsburg California? We would love to hear what you like to do in Healdsburg, where you like to stay and eat.
Please comment below.
May 2019 is here and there are lots of fun things happening throughout California. Make plans now to attend these events as many of them will sell out.
Go wine tasting along the beautiful California Coast or in the rugged foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Learn about fun things happening throughout the state from San Diego to Mendocino County.
Participate in an adult wine camp, wine seminars and cooking demonstrations. Attend a barbecue and dance. Experience both wine and art. Listen to live musical performance. Interact with winemakers and others who love to drink wine.
If you know of an event happening this May that we don’t have on this list, please scroll down and leave a comment. We’d love to add to our list to make it complete.
Don’t Miss the Fun – Upcoming Events
May 4: Spring Weekend – Santa Barbara
Taste wines from over 100 Santa Barbara wineries. Drop by the Bubble Lounge to relax and sample sparkling wines from the area. Watch live cooking demonstrations and sample organic foods. Note: Discounted tickets are available to residents of Santa Barbara County.
Take a look at How to Have Fun in Santa Barbara
May 4-5: Hopland Passport Weekend – Mendocino County
Ten wine tasting venues will offer wine tasting paired with small bites, plus special bargains on wine purchases. This two day May 2019 event is the ideal time to explore the Hopland area of Mendocino County. Plan to also attend the the Hopland Firefighter’s Annual BBQ & Dance featuring retro-rockabilly sensation Derek Irving & His Combo. Sure to be a fun way to spend a Saturday evening!
May 5: Valley Public Radio’s Annual Wine Tasting – Fresno
Sample wine from over 40 vintners at the gorgeous Lester Estate overlooking the scenic San Joaquin River. Enjoy food, a silent auction, and a raffle. The proceeds from this charity event will benefit Valley Public Radio. Fresno is located in the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley, a rich agricultural area.
May 7-9: Adult Wine Camp – Murphys
It’s a camp just for adults! Wine Campers participate in hands-on learning experiences working with winery owners and winemakers. Taste fabulous wines from Calaveras County and delicious food as well. Enjoy two days and two nights of fun that is also educational.
The historic mining town of Murphys is worth exploring. More than a dozen wineries have wine tasting rooms in this Sierra foothills town with many more wineries in the area. Learn about Wineries in Calaveras County
May 11: Junior League of San Diego’s Food & Wine Festival – La Jolla
Enjoy the spectacular scenery of the La Jolla Cove while sipping wine and beer and munching on gourmet bites. There will be live music and a silent auction with exciting items on which to bid at this May 2019 event.
La Jolla is a charming seaside community located in San Diego. Well known for its sandy beaches and rocky coastline, it’s hard to beat the ocean views. Enjoy great restaurants and upscale shopping as well. Click Here to check out the other things you don’t want to miss in and around San Diego.
May 11-12: El Dorado Hills Art, Beer, and Wine Festival
This annual festival is a two day event that features more than 80 artists from both near and far, displaying their fine art. There will be plenty of delicious food and live music. The event is free, but you will need to purchase tickets to sample the award-winning wine and beer.
May 16-19 Signature Sonoma Valley
Discover the Sonoma Valley wine region at the weekend event. Attend wine seminars. Enjoy special wine tastings, live music, and gourmet food prepared by chefs in the area. Tour vineyards. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the wines, terroir, and people of the Sonoma Valley.
The Sonoma Valley is located in the southeastern corner of Sonoma County adjacent to the Napa Valley. Many world class wineries are located in this region. Experience Sonoma Valley wineries.
May 16-19: Paso Robles Wine Festival
There are a wide range of wine tasting events packed into 4 days of fun. More than 70 wineries will be pouring their wines at the Grand Tasting at the Paso Robles Downtown City Park. Wineries at the Grand Tasting will be arranged by regions: Bordeaux-style, Rhône-style, Zinfandel, Burgundian-style, Italian varieties and Other Wild Wines for your tasting pleasure.
Special dinners are being planned at local restaurants. Individual wineries are planning their own fun. You’re sure to enjoy live music, wine tasting, and gorgeous scenery. Click Here to learn more about Paso Robles Wineries.
May 17-19: Zinfest – Lodi
Taste more than 200 Lodi wines at The ZinFest Grand Tasting at Lodi Lake on Saturday, May 18. Take in a fun and educational session at the wine or BBQ schools, play lawn games, hang out in the ZinFest Music Lounge or at the Main Stage, and meet the local winemakers.
Special dinners and wine tastings are available by reservation only for Friday evening. The weekend concludes on Sunday with special events at local wineries. Find out why we love Lodi Wineries.
May 17-19: Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Festival
Sample Anderson Valley Pinot Noir (plus rosé and sparkling wines) from more than 40 producers, enjoy food pairings by local chefs, and listen to live music. Enjoy educational seminars, winemaker dinners, a BBQ, grand tasting, a silent auction, and free winery open houses.
Anderson Valley is worth exploring and this is the weekend to do it!
May 18: Downtown Livermore Street Fest
This is your opportunity to explore the boutiques and restaurants of downtown Livermore while tasting both wine and craft beers from the local area. Interact with Livermore wine and beer experts. Enjoy live entertainment. Bring the kids to enjoy the fun and games being planned for them.
May 24-26: BottleRock Music & Food Festival – Napa Valley
This popular Napa Valley event usually sells out. So, get your tickets early! More than 80 bands will perform during the 3 day event on five different stages. Chefs will perform on the Culinary Stage. Enjoy wine, craft beer, and specialty cocktails. Check the website for the various ticket options and to learn more about the performers.
May 25: Rotary’s Art & Wine Festival – Mariposa
Enjoy art and wine on the courthouse lawn. This historic courthouse was built in 1854. Proceeds from this annual event go to support local non-profit causes in Mariposa. Mariposa is a small town located in the rugged Sierra Nevada foothills not far from Yosemite National Park.
If you attend any of these May 2019 events, please leave a comment below. We’d love to hear about your experience!
January 2019 has started out with a bang. The fun continues throughout the month. There are many fun things happening throughout California that are sure to be loads of fun.
Attend special wine tastings and dinners, discover unique artwork, participate in a Champagne seminar, enjoy live music, go crab fishing, and more!
Top Ten Wine Events for January 2019
January 16: Bubbles for Every Occasion – Napa
Attend a wine tasting class at the CIA at Copia where you explore sparkling wines from around the world. Taste the differences between Champagne and other wines made in the same style. Discover your favorites as you explore sparkling wines in a variety of price ranges.
The CIA at Copia is a branch campus of the Culinary Institute of America. Located in the Napa Valley, it’s the place to go for cooking classes, wine and beverage explorations, chef demonstrations, and wine tasting classes. Check out their schedule for a full list of upcoming events!
January 17-19: Zinfandel Experience – San Francisco
If you love Zinfandel, you won’t want to miss this annual event. Imagine three days devoted entirely to Zinfandel. A variety of options are available including seminars, special dinners, auctions, and wine tastings. This is your chance to taste a wide variety of Zinfandel and experience delicious food in beautiful San Francisco.
Attention all mushroom lovers! If you love mushrooms (or want to know more about them), this is the event you don’t want to miss.
This annual event benefits local healthcare services in the Big Sur area and focus on mushrooms. Plans for this January 2019 event include fund-raising dinners, a special raffle, a Fungus Face Off, Mushroom Walks, and seminars.
January 18-27: Crab Feast – Mendocino County
Head to beautiful Mendocino County for a ten day celebration of crab. Enjoy crab-themed dinners, crab and wine pairings, whale watching, and crab fishing. Participate in the Crab Cake Cook Off.
Mendocino offers spectacular scenery, world class wineries, uncrowded beaches, and charming towns to explore.
January 19-20: Winter Wineland – Healdsburg
Travel from winery to winery tasting wine on Northern Sonoma County’s “WineRoad”. This popular event is in its 27th year. Wineries are in the Healdsburg/Geyserville area.
This is your chance to meet the winemakers, taste limited production wines, new releases or library wines. All participating wineries will highlight a Vintage, Varietal or Vertical tasting for the weekend.
January 19: Santa Cruz Mountains Wine Passport
Passport Days are held quarterly throughout the year at Santa Cruz wineries. January 2019 is a great time to go wine tasting in this beautiful region. Some wineries that are not normally open to the public will open their doors to visitors for passport days.
Special events are planned at participating wineries . Discover the great wine being produced here on the Central Coast! Click here to learn about Santa Cruz wineries.
January 19: Art & Wine With Something More – Placerville
Enjoy tastes from 20 local wineries, breweries & distilleries with food from 20 of El Dorado Counties best restaurants & caterers. There’s also a raffle, live and silent auctions, music and the best part …. unique, original art pieces created by our talented artists. The artists are developmentally disabled adults and the proceeds go directly to the artists.
This event takes place in historic Placerville. A fun town to explore! There are many great wineries scattered in and around Placerville.
January 25: Cambria Art and Wine Festival
Enjoy three full days of fun in the charming coastal village of Cambria. The activities are all about art and wine. There’s an art show, silent auction, and demonstrating artists spread throughout the village. Taste delicious wines while enjoying fabulous ocean views. Take a walk along the beach and visit the unique shops.
I always enjoy staying at the Blue Whale Inn when visiting Cambria. It’s right across from Moonstone Beach!
January 26: Uncorked: LA Wine Festival
This is your opportunity to sample over 200 wines in one location. Dance to the music of a live band and a D.J. Gourmet food trucks will be on hand for an evening of fun.
Funds raised will benefit the Rose City Crystals Figure Skating Team of Pasadena. Tip: Use code WINE for $10 off the price of tickets.
January 28-29: Annual Barrel Tasting – Temecula ValleyTour and taste wine at Temecula wineries at this once a year event. Each winery will provide food paired to go with their wines. You can purchase a single day or a two-day ticket. Visit participating wineries that you select and go at your own pace. A great way to explore the Temecula Valley!
If you attend any of these January 2019 events, please scroll down and leave a comment. Our visitors really would like to hear about your experiences!
November 2017 is going to be a busy month. There are many California Wine Country events that you do not want to miss. Exciting things are happening throughout the state; from San Diego to Mendocino.
Run through the wine county. Attend special wine and beer tastings. Eat mushroom ice cream and learn more about mushrooms at a Mushroom Festival. Mingle with celebrity chefs and winemakers. Visit the beautiful Yosemite National Park.
November 2017 – Upcoming Events
November 3-12: Mushroom, Wine, & Beer Festival – Mendocino County
Once the rains begin, more than 3,000 different varieties of mushrooms grow abundantly in Mendocino County. It’s a time of celebration. Enjoy special meals that include mushrooms. Treat yourself to mushroom ice cream made with fresh local ice cream. Taste wine and beer, attend workshops, cooking classes, and winemaker dinners.
Participate in guided mushroom foraging. Other activities include riding the Skunk Train, horseback riding, live music, and canoeing. Check out Mendocino Wineries before you go.
November 3-5: Passport Weekend in Downtown Paso Robles Go wine tasting in downtown Paso Robles. Enjoy incredible wines, snacks, and live entertainment. Explore the shops, restaurants, and art galleries of this historic downtown. More than 10 wineries now have tasting rooms downtown; so there will be plenty of wine to taste.
November 4: Howell Mountain Harvest Celebration – Napa Valley
34 Howell Mountain wineries will be pouring their wines at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater. Enjoy world-class wines, gourmet food, and a live auction at this annual event in Yountville. Most of these wineries are not generally open to the public. This is an opportunity to taste wines that you may not have tasted anywhere else.
November 5: Vine to Wine Run – Lake County
Enter to run in the 5K or 10K runs. Entry fee includes a long sleeve tech shirt, a logo wine glass with a 5 ounce wine pour, and a boxed California wine country lunch. Spots are limited; so register early. This event will take place at Cache Creek Winery in Clearlake Oaks. While in the area, take time to visit some of the other Lake County Wineries
Nov.5-Dec.1: The Grand Grape Celebration – Yosemite National Park The Grand Grape Celebration is an annual event that takes place in Yosemite National Park. It’s an elegant event in a truly breathtaking location. Participants attend a vintners reception, four wine tasting session, and a 5-course winemaker dinner prepared by The Majestic Yosemite Hotel’s culinary team.
This weekend-long event is happening all five weekends in November. A variety of packages are available that include lodging. A great opportunity to combine a Yosemite getaway from unforgettable wine experiences!
November 12: People’s Choice Blind Tasting & Awards – Temecula
Sample some of Temecula’s best wines. You won’t know the identity of the wines you are tasting until they are revealed later. Rates each wine as you taste. Votes will be tabulated and awards will be given to those wines receiving the most votes. An evening of fun at Leoness Cellars.
November 12-19: San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival
This is one of the largest food and wine festivals in the United States. Taste world-class wines. Enjoy a variety of culinary experiences with celebrity chefs. Explore the beautiful city of San Diego. Play a round of golf. Enjoy gourmet food. Attend food and wine seminars and participate in special wine tastings.
November 18: Passport Day – Santa Cruz
More than 50 wineries open their tasting rooms for this quarterly event. Most wineries that are generally closed to the public will be open on Passport Day. This is a great day to head to the participating Santa Cruz Wineries for a fun day of wine tasting.
Bring your camera; this is a beautiful area. On a clear day you will even be able to the Pacific Ocean off in the distance. While in the area, think about checking out Big Basin Redwoods State Park This state park is the place to go for hiking or camping in this area. Visit here in November 2017 or any time of the year!
November 24: Alexander Valley Holiday Open House – Hwy. 128 near Healdsburg Six wineries in the Alexander Valley will be hosting special wine tastings, food and wine pairings, festive fare, and shopping for unique wine country gifts. Participating wineries are Alexander Valley Vineyards, deLormier, HANNA Winery, Medlock Ames, Soda Rock Winery, and White Oak Vineyards. It’s a Black Friday event to start the holiday season!