Best Things to Do in Wine Country This August

Looking to fill a couple hours of your day while in Wine Country? With so many offerings in the area, we’ve curated the top events this month. Less researching and more having fun. Enjoy!

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Adia Millett: Force of Nature at di Rosa Center for Contemporary Art

Now through October 30th

di Rosa is commemorating its 25th anniversary with a series of events including this exhibit by Oakland-based artist Adia Millett. She spent six months in intermittent residency at di Rosa to complete the exhibition.

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Music in the Vineyards

August 3rd – 21st

Chamber music concerts are held at wineries throughout Napa Valley. There are also a number of free, open rehearsals where everyone is welcome.

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Lobster Feed

August 6th

Lobsters, shrimp, artichokes, corn, and more paired with wine and beer, and served on The Village Lawn at Vista Collina at the Meritage in Napa.

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Russian River Valley Winegrowers Paulée Dinner

August 6th

This multi-course feast is served alongside Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc, poured by more than two-dozen Russian River Valley wineries. The dinner is a collaboration of chefs Crista Luedtke of boon eat + drink, Tracey Shepos Cenami of La Crema Winery, and Mark Stark of Stark Reality Restaurants.

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Wine Country Distillery Festival

August 13th

Get a taste of Sonoma’s exploding craft distillery scene all in one, outdoor location. There will be spirits, food and more. The event benefits the Robert Ferguson Observatory.

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Gravenstein Apple Festival

August 13th & 14th

After a two year pandemic pause, the Gravenstein Apple Festival is back. Think crafts, music, food, wine, kids’ activities and of course apples!

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NAPA NOLA: A Day of New Orleans Music and Food

August 27th

A joint venture of Blue Note Napa and the Charles Krug Winery Summer Sessions, the lineup boasts a half-dozen acts alongside creole and Cajun food.

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Cotati Accordion Festival

August 20th & 21st

Two stages, food, wine, beer, crafts, and lots of accordions. The Cotati Accordion Festival is a non-profit organization; proceeds benefit local youth service organizations.

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Project Zin

August 19 & 20th

Organized by Sonoma County vintner Clay Mauritson and chef Charlie Palmer, this weekend-long fundraiser pairs Zinfandel with dishes prepared by some of Sonoma County’s favorite chefs. Proceeds benefit the Down Syndrome Association North Bay.

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Bodega Seafood Art & Wine Festival

August 27th & 28th

Now in its 26th year, there will be art, wine, beer, food, live music and fun for the kids. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Bodega Volunteer Fire Department and non-profit Stewards of the Coast & Redwoods.

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