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Posted July 2006

Summer Nights in Sonoma Wine Country

Sizzling Lineups of August Activities

SONOMA COUNTY—Though the days may be hot, Sonoma County's August nights are sizzling with a lineup of music, food and fun that will have you spreading your blanket on the cool, green grass all month. With a virtual guarantee of good weather (and mercifully temperate evenings), the end of summer is packed with after-dark activities for the whole family—from movies on the lawn to fairs, blues, barbeques and some good old shimmy shaking. So grab your lawn chairs and come along. Summer won't last forever!

Sonoma County Fair
July 24 - August 7
Rides, cotton candy, flowers, homemade apple pie and all the farm animals you can possibly stand, the Sonoma County Fair is an old-fashioned hoe-down. For those less interested in daytime fun, musical acts and grown-up fun last well into the night. Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa. (707) 545.4200

Windsor Summer Nights on the Green
Moonlight Movies 1st and 3rd Thursdays at Dusk
Live Music, BBQ 2nd and 4th Thursdays 5pm
Through August 31
A farmers market, music and vendors gear up at 5:30 to get you in the mood. Followed by a moonlight movie classic at 8:45pm. Bring a blanket and a picnic dinner, or dine in downtown Windsor. Free. For more information, call 707.838.5382.

Cloverdale Friday Night Live
August 4
A live, open-air performance in downtown Cloverdale Plaza, brought to you by the Cloverdale Arts Alliance. Performing: Plum Crazy, a music group that blends jazz fusion funk, alternative country, soulful vocals, sweet two-part harmonies and original songwriting skills to create hypnotizing melodies. Begins at 7:30pm. (707) 894.3167 or (707) 894.4410

Annual Jazz in the Meadow, Healdsburg
August 5 - 9
Three nights of hot jazz, featuring the Dave Miller Trio and Rebecca DuMaine. Advance reservations required. Stromberg Vineyards, 4250 Wallace Creek Road, Healdsburg. Tickets are $45. For more information, call 707.431.2992.

Movies in the Park, Petaluma
August 12
Get together with family and friends and enjoy "Mrs. Doubtfire" outdoors and under the stars at McNear Park in Petaluma. Concessionaires will offer dinner, drinks, snacks and desserts. Entertainment before the movie. Movie begins at dusk. Bring warm clothes, blankets and Low chairs. $4/adult. 707.765.8828

Healdsburg's Annual Street Dance
August 12
Get your groove on at this annual event. Food and novelty booths will be set up around the Plaza and the live music starts at 7 pm. A DJ will be making music in the gazebo for the younger set. Healdsburg Plaza Park, Healdsburg. The event happens from 5 to 11pm. Call 707.433.4479 for more details.

Cotati Accordion Festival
August 26 - 27
Whether you're an accordion player, or just someone who loves…well, accordion music, this historic event draws a huge crowd every year. Don't ask us why. The La Plaza Park, Cotati, starts at 9:45am. Call for details: 707.664.0444

For a full listing of Sonoma events, during August or any month, check out our event listings!

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