The weather is warming up and summer is almost here, making it a great time to get out and explore Wine Country. From concerts to art tours, lavender fields to hot air balloons, there is something for everyone in June.
Rodney Strong Vineyard Summer Concert Series
There’s no better way to enjoy a Wine County summer day than at Rodney Strong’s Summer Concert Series in Healdsburg. This popular music concert series draws large audiences from across the region and beyond. Guests will find themselves surrounded by acres of beautiful vineyards providing a unique concert experience. Picnic on the winery’s luxurious greens while enjoying music from top performers such as Boney James, Smokey Robinson, Davis Sanborn and more. Runs June through September.
Art at the Source
Explore the art world of Wine Country at the Art at the Source Open Studio Tour. Sebastopol Center for the Arts sponsors the 22nd annual open studio event the first two weekends in June. This is a great way to see and purchase fine art from hundreds of experienced and emerging artists, while traveling the scenic byways of western Sonoma County. This year’s tour will feature 135 artists at 87 studios, representing a number of disciplines including painting, print-making, sculpture, ceramics, fiber arts, fine jewelry, art glass, assemblage, woodwork, mosaic and photography. Runs June 4-5 & June 11-12 (Saturday and Sunday) from 10am–5pm.
Join the fun at the 25th Annual Beerfest celebration. Beerfest is an extravaganza with more than 50 of Northern California’s best craft breweries featuring over 120 unique brews. VIP tickets holders will enjoy food pairings with specialty beers, plus our collectible mug. Benefits Face to Face, a local non-profit supporting the health and well-being of those living HIV/AIDS. Saturday, June 11 at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts. Must be 21 years or older to attend.
Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic
The annual Sonoma County Hot Air Balloon Classic is a 2-day event where spectators can experience balloons up close, watch them launch, and even take tethered rides. Early risers can experience “Dawn Patrol”, the breathtaking sights as pilots use heat to fill their balloons. While the balloons fly overhead, the park will be host to food, music, and crafts vendors who turn out to serve spectators and enjoy the festivities. Keiser Park in Windsor the weekend of June 18th & 19th.
June is Lavender month in Wine Country, showcased by two local events. Sonoma Lavender in Kenwood is holding open house, offering U-Cut fresh lavender as well as a wide variety of lavender products. No food is offered but there are many wineries and restaurants nearby. Runs the weekends of June 18-19 and 25-26.
Sip, smell and savor the beauty of Matanzas Creek’s exceptional wine portfolio and vibrant gardens at the Days of Wine & Lavender event. Enjoy live music, delicious food and wine pairings, vineyard tours and open house at the Lavender Barn with sweeping views of gardens, vineyards and Taylor Mountain to the south. Must be 21 years or older to attend. For more information visit their website. June 25.
So get outdoors and explore all that Wine Country has to offer in June.
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