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The Sonoma Valley cradled between two mountainous ranges only 45 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge, welcomes you with the best that California has to offer. Though close to San Francisco, this is an easy-going place, where festivities range from ox roasts to wine auctions, and people are as comfortable in cowboy boots as they are in designer jeans.

The birthplace of the California wine industry, the valley may be best known today for its award-winning wines produced in dozens of wineries of all sizes.

Numerous small farms, many of them welcoming visitors, raise almost everything from poultry to Christmas trees.

The 17 mile long valley is lined with hundreds of acres of vineyard lands where many of the state's world class wines are created.

Location: Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, 453 First Street East, Sonoma California 95476 Telephone 707-996-1090 Fax 707-996-9212

(Sacramento) California State Capitol Grounds
(Sonoma) California Wine Tours & Transportation
(St. Helena) Charles Krug Winery
(Sacramento) Crest Theatre
(Petaluma) Garden Valley Ranch Nursery
(Santa Rosa) Luther Burbank Home and Gardens

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01/18 Coming to The Sonoma area
Arden Fair Sacramento CA March30-April18 Open the doors to Arden Fair and step inside. Here you'll find contemporary fashions, jewelry, accessories and brand name merchandise at over 165 specialty stores, plus Nordstrom's, Macy's, Sears, and JC Penney. Arden Fair also has a number of terrific restaurants, everything from fast food to fine dining. And it's completely enclosed, so it's always a comfortable 70 degrees inside no matter what it's like outside.
Santa Cruz Baroque Festival Santa Cruz CA April13-May11 A festival of baroque music.
Oakland Greek Festival Oakland CA May17-19 Wonderful aromas of Souklavia and Loukoumades waft through the air and the sounds of traditional Greek music and shouts of OPA! resonate in the hills of Oakland.
California Exposition & State Fair Sacramento CA June12-28 The Cal Expo is the site of the California State Fair. All year Satellite Wagering, Waterworld USA, Paradise Island Fun Center and an RV Park are just a few of the features of the Cal Expo.The first State Fair was held in 1854 in San Francisco at the old Music Hall. The fair offered premiums (prizes) for its competitions and included such agricultural exhibits such as 2-inch-long peanuts, 72-pound beets and a 10-pound carrot that was longer than 3 feet. Horseracing was part of that first fair and has continued to be a part of the fair ever since.
Midsummer Mozart Festival San Francisco CA July18-28 Organized in 1974, the Festival is the only music festival in North America dedicated exclusively to Mozart.
Gilroy Garlic Festival Gilroy CA July26-28 The internationally acclaimed Great Garlic Cook-off, the signature event of the Gilroy Garlic Festival has increased the top prize in the July 27th competition to $5,000.