“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
Kendall-Jackson Inaugural Kentucky Derby® Party
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
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
Stars of the Sonoma Serengeti at Safari West
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
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