Best Annual Events in the North Bay

Looking for something to do in the North Bay? With so many offerings in the area, we’ve curated five of the annual events you can’t miss. Less researching and more enjoying your time in the area. Enjoy!

Featured Photo: Lech Naumovich
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Photo: Courtesy of Sonoma International Film Festival

Sonoma International Film Festival

One of the premiere Bay Area festivals, this is an entirely walkable five-day annual event. The 25th annual Sonoma International fFilm Festival (March 23-27, 2022) represents the best in film, food, wine and fun.” Hear panel discussions, meet the filmmakers, vote for your favorite films, join after-parties.

More info: sonomafilmfest.org

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BottleRock

Over the past few years, BottleRock has evolved into a major music festival with a stellar artist lineup and an equally impressive culinary stage. Held outdoors over three days in late May at Napa Valley Expo, its a short walk from Downtown Napa.

More info: bottlerocknapavalley.com

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Festival Napa Valley

Over 10 days in July, world-class performances are staged in iconic Napa Valley settings, featuring renowned artists and emerging talent. More than 200 artists, wineries, resorts, theaters, restaurants, chefs, and vintners participate each year. Gala fundraiser events benefit arts education for youth. Save the dates: July 15-24, 2022.

More info: festivalnapavalley.org

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Sausalito Art Festival

For more than 65 years, Labor Day Weekend has meant the Sausalito Art Festival, largest of its kind in the U.S. More than 30,000 art, music, and food lovers gather outdoors on the waterfront at this premier event where juried artists show quality artwork for sale. Music from more than 20 local and nationally recognized bands includes everything from rock to pop to blues. 

More info: sausalitoartfestival.org

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Mill Valley Film Festival

Founded in 1977, the internationally renowned Mill Valley Film Festival typically takes place over 10 days in early to mid-October. Californias oldest film festival attracts Oscar contenders and indie films for a mix of high-profile screenings, often with filmmakers in attendance.

More info: mvff.com

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