Best Things to Do in Wine Country This April

Looking to fill a couple hours of your day while in Wine Country? With so many offerings in the area, we’ve curated some of the top events in April so you don’t have to. Less researching and more enjoying your time in the area. Enjoy!

Featured Photo: Stags Leap District Vineyard to Vintner, courtesy of Bob McClenahan
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Photo: Pliny the Younger release line

Pliny the Younger Release by Russian River Brewing Company

Now through April 7

This year’s Pliny the Younger will be released at both the Santa Rosa and Windsor brewpubs on draft and in bottles. Be prepared to wait in line for the coveted beer. 2022 is only the third time RRBC has bottled the Triple IPA; there will be a two-bottle limit per person.

More info: russianriverbrewing.com

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Photo: Courtesy of Napa Valley Wine Train

Afternoon Tea on the Napa Valley Wine Train

Every weekend in April and May

Ride the rails while sipping tea and munching on finger sandwiches, scones, and strawberries with Chantilly cream.

More info: winetrain.com

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Photo: Courtesy of Appellation St. Helena bASH

bASH: Appellation St. Helena’s Wine & Food Pairing Competition

April 2

The annual event hosted by Appellation St. Helena (ASH) is returning to the historic barrel room at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena. Wines from ASH wineries will be paired with bites prepared by CIA students and local chefs.

More info: appellationsthelena.com

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Photo: Courtesy of Sonoma County Tourism

Fool’s Parade

April 2

A tradition for more than a decade, save the date for this festive parade through town, followed by live performances and activities for kids.

More info: occidentalcenterforthearts.org

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Photo: Courtesy of SVMA

Cold-Fusion Creatures Workshop at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art

April 9

In celebration of the Out of Our Minds: Clayton Bailey & Tony Natsoulas exhibit on display through April 24, the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art is offering a variety of adult workshops. Cold-Fusion Creatures, taught by local sculptor, Josanna Zavala, is inspired by the work of Clayton Bailey.

More info: svma.org

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Photo: Courtesy of Jack London State Historic Park

Wildflowers 101 — Not Just Another Pretty Face!

April 16

Hikers will learn how to identify wildflowers on the approximately three-mile hike at Jack London State Historic Park. To help visitors make the most of colorful season, the park will update its “Blooming Now” guide to wildflowers every two weeks (through May 31) with wildflower names, photos, and recently spotted locations.

More info: jacklondonpark.com

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Photo: Courtesy of Visit Calistoga

Calistoga Wellness Week

April 18 – April 24

Visit one of Calistoga’s hot springs resorts and dip yourself in the mud, spread it on yourself or have the spa paint it on for you. There are many ways to muddy up in Calistoga. Your skin and body will thank you. But there’s more to Calistoga than just mud. Enjoy a special nod to nature on Earth Day, April 22nd, including flora, fauna and earth related hikes, and a concert in the park with Maya and sustainable and Napa Green certified wines.

More info: visitcalistoga.com/wellness-week/

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Photo: Courtesy of Jordan Winery

Earth Week Nature Hike at Jordan Winery

April 22 – 24

The four-mile guided hike boasts sweeping mountain views and a trek through the winery’s new pollinator sanctuary before ending on the winery terrace with a wine and cheese pairing.

More info: jordanwinery.com

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Photo: Courtesy of Bob McClenahan

Stags Leap District Vineyard to Vintner

April 22 – 24

Spend an entire weekend in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District learning about its unique wines and the people who craft them. The weekend immersion includes vineyard walks, seminars, gourmet meals and wine tastings.

More info: stagsleapdistrict.com

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Photo: Courtesy of HALL Napa Valley

HALL’s Cabernet Cookoff

April 30

The star-studded 13th annual charity event features a lineup of renowned chefs competing for their favorite charities. 100% of event proceeds benefit non-profit 501c3 organizations.

More info: hallwines.com

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Photo: Courtesy of Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival

Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival

April 30 – May 1

Along with the annual Blessing of the Fleet, you’ll want to catch the Wooden Boat Challenge. Teams of four people have just a few hours to build a wooden boat using limited materials and tools, before racing it around a course in the bay.

More info: bbfishfest.org

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