Best Things to Do in Wine Country This May

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. Cheers!

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Photo: Bacchus Landing

“Sip & Savor Sundays” Food Truck Series at Bacchus Landing

Sundays through October 23rd

Wine, food truck favorites, picnic tables, bocce ball courts, and lawn games. Sounds like a great way to spend a Sunday!

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Photo: The Jim Henson Exhibit

Kendall-Jackson Inaugural Kentucky Derby® Party

May 7th

Celebrate the 148th 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.

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Photo: Kelly J Owen

California Artisan Cheese Festival

May 7th

After a two-year hiatus, this delicious celebration of California artisan cheese returns to Santa Rosa. Come hungry, there will be more than 100 award-winning cheeses to taste!

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Photo: Ackerman Heritage House

Afternoon Tea at Ackerman Heritage House

May 7th – 8th

Sip organic tea while nibbling on finger sandwiches and sweet treats, steps from downtown Napa, at a Queen Anne Victorian that dates back to the late 1800s. Do we need to remind you Mother’s Day is coming?

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Photo: Misty Lane

The Grand Barrel Party at Castello di Amorosa

May 13th

Taste more than 30 wines, take part in a blind tasting challenge, and watch how wine barrels are made in a Tuscan-style castle. Along with seasonal bites, there will be live music and complimentary shuttles running to downtown Calistoga.

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Photo: Will Bucquoy

Stars of the Sonoma Serengeti at Safari West

May 14th

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.

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Photo: Kristen Green

Healdsburg Wine & Food Experience

May 20th – 22nd

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

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BottleRock Napa Valley

May 27th – 29th

The three-day music, wine and culinary festival features more than 75 musical acts, including headline artists Metallica, P!nk, Twenty One Pilots and Luke Combs.

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Photo: Meritage Collection

Chardonnay Classic

May 20th – 22nd

It’s an entire weekend in Napa dedicated to a single varietal. Along with educational sessions, they’ll be themed meals, and countless tasting opportunities. 

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Photo: Crimson Wine Group

Hike Pine Ridge Vineyards

May 21st

Learn about sustainable farming techniques during a moderately challenging hike through terraced hillside vineyards in Napa Valley’s Stags Leap District. The hike ends in the winery’s demonstration vineyard and includes a box lunch. Additional hikes are planned in June and July. 

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Photo: Art, Sip & Stroll Yountville

Yountville Art, Sip & Stroll

May 21st

Strolling Yountville is fun any day, but this annual event takes it up a notch. More than 50 artists, wineries, and musicians will take over Washington Street.

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Looking for more things to do in the area?

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