How to Summer in Sonoma – Part 1

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Summer is here and the countless events in Sonoma are in full swing. If you’re looking to unplug and relax with spa treatments, good food, and warm weather, we’ve got you covered!  If you want to add a little unique fun to your itinerary, there is always something exciting to do, and below is a list of our favorite activities and suggestions for how to summer in Sonoma.

Live Music

Live Music Season At Cornerstone with Meadowcroft Wines
Now – September 2024

Experience live music at the Outdoor Kitchen Venue at Cornerstone every Saturday starting May 11th and lasting through September 2024.  Featuring an exciting lineup of local musicians alongside tasty cuisine for purchase and refreshing beverages. You can enjoy the gardens, shop pop-up vendors, grab a glass of wine at Meadowcroft, eat lunch outdoors at Folktable Restaurant, and stay for an afternoon of fun, cornhole with friends, and amazing music!

Live Music on the Lawn at the Fairmont
Now – September 2024

Visitors and locals alike are invited to gather on the front lawn every Friday & Saturday night through September for Sonoma’s favorite Summer Music Series! Cozy up at an outdoor firepit and enjoy seasonal bites from their signature food truck CaliForno Street Eats while you sip on your favorite cocktails and Sonoma wines! Weather permitting. Leashed dogs welcome.

Sunday Afternoon Music Series at Sebastiani
Now – October

Save the date for a Sunday Afternoon Music Series at Sebastiani! Kick back on their patio and enjoy the music of local bands and musicians on Sundays, July- October from 1pm- 4pm. Wines by the glass or bottle will be available for purchase. Guests are welcome to bring their own seating and blankets or utilize the existing picnic tables on a first come, first served basis. Outside alcohol is prohibited.


Broadway Under the Stars
June, July, August

Transcendence Theatre Company is California Wine Country’s premiere live entertainment experience, thirteen years and counting. With original outdoor musical revues every summer, an indoor holiday show every winter, and more, their mission is to create extraordinary evenings featuring the best talents from Broadway and beyond. Every season brings new shows. Every show hits new heights. Every person who joins us feels that singular sensation only possible from when music and movement lift us up beyond the everyday.

*Patrons of the MacArthur Place Hotel receive 15% off all ticket types for ALL Shows. (USE CODE: MPH)

Hot Summer Movie Night
August 3, 2024

Gather in the amphitheater for one of the oldest Gundlach Bundschu traditions: Hot summer movie night! This family-friendly event is one you won’t want to miss. Doors open at 6pm when you’re invited to bring a blanket and enjoy the warm summer night with wines by the glass and bottle, food for purchase + complimentary popcorn and candy for the whole family. 

Tasting the Bounty of Sonoma

Sonoma Farmers Market
Now – September

Each Tuesday the Sonoma community gathers to shop for what is grown, raised, and made locally. The town is dedicated to bringing farmers right to your kitchen, delicious foods to your table, and hand-crafted goods to your home. Walk rows of stalls lined with an array of fruits, vegetables, eggs, honey, flowers and plant starts. Choose from a variety of fresh-baked goods, specialty food and drinks, and hand-crafted gifts. Enjoy live local music, beer and wine, or a meal from one of the many food stands, often containing market ingredients.

Chateau St. Jean Summer Fête
July 20, 2024 @ 1:00 pm

Indulge in the romance of Chateau St. Jean during their enchanting Summer Fête celebration. A chic Garden party where Parisan charm meets French Country, set against the stunning backdrop of a French Chateau and Estate. You are invited to sip on an exquisite selection of Chateau St. Jean wines and enjoy delectable delicacies on the Grand Lawn whilst listening to live jazz. Stroll around the gardens, try your hand at croquet or simply lounge and take in the stunning views of Sonoma Valley.

Events at MacArthur Place

Burgers & Bordeaux at the Bar
Mondays & Tuesdays 

A build-your-own bar burger with a MacArthur twist! Featuring the classic burger with the basics (beginning at $10!) and the opportunity to add from delectable options such as candied bacon, fried egg, avocado, & a side of fries. For the perfect pairing, choose from a curated selection of Bordeaux wines by the glass.

Pours at the Porch
Fridays, Now – October

Join us for the return of “Pours at the Porch” for an exclusive wine tasting event in partnership with our local Sonoma winery partners. Sample three of their finest varietals, perfectly complemented by bites from Chef Francisco. This experience is complimentary to our guests and community members. 

Corkage Free Wednesdays

Layla is a celebration of food and wine in a communal atmosphere. All day every Wednesday, you are invited to bring your favorite bottle of wine* without a corkage fee to pair with the seasonal menus curated by the culinary team at Layla or The Bar at MacArthur Place.

Music Mondays at Mac 

Join us for a new weekly series offered from May 6 – October 14 on the Layla patio from 5pm – 8pm featuring bar bites & drinks for purchase and the sounds of Sonoma with Sean Carscadden, Clay Bell, Jacob Benning, and Jackson Allen.

Sonoma is home to endless activities, no matter what time of year you visit us. From arts & culture to wine tasting, hiking and biking to culinary exploration, Sonoma has it all – or if your ideal itinerary only includes relaxing with a glass or two (or three) of wine, MacArthur Place will welcome you and make you feel at home.

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