How to Autumn in Sonoma – Part 1

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Autumn is on the horizon, which in wine country means crisp mornings, warm days, golden sunshine and, of course, the exciting start of harvest season in Sonoma. The much-anticipated harvest and crush of the year’s grape crop is celebrated in Sonoma with music festivals, seasonal dinners and community gatherings. Some of our favorite upcoming events, all within minutes of MacArthur Place, are highlighted below.

Harvest Season Events in Sonoma

Harvest Brunch at Buena Vista Winery
September 24, 2023

Partake in the magnificent celebration of the illustrious Boisset Collection harvest! Luxuriate in the abundant and opulent treasures bestowed upon us by wine country and enjoy an elegant Sunday brunch set amidst the enchanting Fountain Courtyard at Buena Vista. Your beloved wines from the Boisset Collection will be available to enhance and elevate your experience. You will have the opportunity to embark on an enlightening tour to acquire a firsthand comprehension of the intricate grape crushing and sorting procedures, taste from a barrel or relax and enjoy the live music.

Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
September 29 – 30, 2023

Since 1897, the Vintage Festival has brought the community together to celebrate the annual harvest season in Sonoma Valley. Immerse yourself and revel in the most anticipated time of year, harvest. Our wine community looks forward to hosting you at some of Sonoma Valley’s most historic and captivating locations, raising a glass (or two) alongside some of the most talented individuals in winemaking and winegrowing, and sharing in the excitement of another incredible Sonoma Valley vintage.

Farmer’s Market in Sonoma Plaza
Tuesdays, May-September

Catch the final weeks of this quintessential event which combines a healthy dose of community spirit with an eclectic mix of fresh produce and flowers from local vendors, live music, gourmet food trucks, beer and wine (+ BYOB!). Take a short stroll from MacArthur Place or borrow a Blix bike for this Tuesday tradition.

Harvest Festival at Landmark
October 7, 2023

We are excited to welcome you to celebrate the 2023 harvest season with us at Landmark’s Kenwood Estate on Saturday, October 7th! Sip on specially selected Landmark Chardonnay and Pinot Noir paired with a delicious barbecue lunch. The afternoon will also feature live music in addition to exclusive wine promotions.

Harvest Festival at Kenwood Estate
October 7, 2023 

We are excited to welcome you to celebrate the 2023 harvest season with us at Landmark’s Kenwood Estate on Saturday, October 7th! Sip on specially selected Landmark Chardonnay and Pinot Noir paired with a delicious barbecue lunch. The afternoon will also feature live music in addition to exclusive wine promotions.

Sonoma Harvest Music Festival at B.R. Cohn
October 8-9, 2023

Run by the masterminds behind Bottlerock, The Sonoma Harvest Music Festival is a more intimate festival (limited to 4k guests) held at a stunning and storied Sonoma winery. This year’s amazing lineup includes Anderson East, Thievery Corporation, Phantogram, Gary Clark Jr, Portugal, The Man and many more. In addition to incredible music, the festival features local wine, craft beer, and food in the beautiful B.R. Cohn vineyard near the hamlet of Glen Ellen.

“…the festival perfectly pairs great music with the best of what Sonoma Valley has to offer, artisanal foods from Sonoma’s acclaimed chefs plus B.R. Cohn’s selection of premium wines and Northern California craft beer.”

Sonoma County Harvest Fair
October 14, 2023 

The Harvest Fair showcases Sonoma County’s grand harvest which continues to result in world-class wines, award winning beer and a plethora of culinary wealth. Each October, thirsty travelers from across the entire US, are beckoned to Santa Rosa to participate in a complete farm to table experience, inspired by the county’s hard working farmers, ranchers, vintners and producers. 


Fall Music Events in Sonoma

Friday Night Music at Sebastiani
Now – October 6, 2023 

Save the date for the Friday Night Music Series at Sebastiani! Kick back on the patio and enjoy the music of local bands and musicians on the first Friday of each month, May – October from 6pm-8:30pm. Your ticket includes entry to the event and a welcome glass of Sebastiani wine in a reusable cup. Wines by the glass or bottle and charcuterie boards will be available for purchase. 

Live Music on the Lawn at the Fairmont
Now – October 27, 2023

Sonoma visitors and locals alike are invited to gather Fridays and Saturdays from 5pm – 8pm on the front lawn for the Live Music Series! Cozy up at one of the outdoor firepits, enjoy seasonal bites from a signature food truck. CaliFornoStreet Eats, and sip on your favorite cocktails and Sonoma wines from 38º North Bar!

MacArthur Place Harvest Events

Pours at the Porch

Join us this fall for our new series, “Pours at the Porch”, in which we’ll highlight a local Sonoma winery partner every other Friday afternoon in the Porch for a tasting of select wines & bites. Guests will have the opportunity to order these unique wines by the glass in the Bar at MacArthur or Layla for two weeks following the tasting.

Behind the Cellar Door 

Finish an autumn day with a glass of wine while watching the vineyards change and prepare for the upcoming season. MacArthur Place has partnered with Bohemian Highway Travel Co.— experts in crafting off-the-beaten-path itineraries to wineries that don’t normally open their doors to the general public. Plan an afternoon wine tasting excursion that will bring you to the heart of the excitement of harvest season at three boutique wineries.



For a restful and relaxing stay during your harvest festival circuit, look no further than MacArthur Place. Our guestrooms and suites offer ample space and privacy, as well as luxe amenities, all within our lush six-acre property in the heart of Sonoma.


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