Best Things to Do in Sonoma County This May

“M” is for May and this month means Mother’s Day and Memorial Day Weekend to mark the unofficial start of summer. And lots of “mmm” food festivals, too. We’ve done the deep research for you on the best things to do in Sonoma County including museums, cultural events and food tours and more. Speaking of food, we also have an extensive list of our best restaurants in Sonoma County, and if you’re planning a weekend, the best places to stay.

May is warm in Sonoma County, with temperatures in the 70s and 80s.

Featured Photo: Healdsburg Wine & Food Festival
Photo: The Jim Henson Exhibit

Kendall-Jackson Inaugural Kentucky Derby® Party

Date TBD

Celebrate the 149th Run for the Roses in Sonoma County Wine Country! Planned festivities include large-screen viewing of Kentucky Derby day races, an on-site milliner creating unique hats, Southern cuisine, and of course, wine. Event proceeds benefit Sonoma County’s Meals on Wheels program.

More info: kj.com

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Photo: Kelly J Owen

California Artisan Cheese Festival

May 24 – 26

This delicious celebration of California artisan cheese returns to Santa Rosa for it’s 17th year. Come hungry, there will be more than 100 award-winning cheeses to taste!

More info: artisancheesefestival.com

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Photo: Will Bucquoy

Stars of the Sonoma Serengeti at Safari West

Date TBD

This annual fundraiser in Santa Rosa — complete with wine, bites and wild encounters — supports educational programming for underserved children in schools and hospitals across the country. In-person tickets are limited, but folks are also welcome to tune in virtually.

More info: safariwest.com

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Photo: Kristen Green

Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience

May 18 – 21

Celebrating the best of Sonoma County, this festival will showcase winemakers, chefs, farmers, and more. Events will be take place at a number of locations including the Montage Healdsburg.

More info: healdsburgwineandfood.com

Event Venues

Looking to see what’s happening right now in Sonoma County? Our comprehensive list of venues across the city below will help you find what you need to know what’s going on.

Looking for more things to do in the area?

Visit our What to Do in Northern California page!

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