Celebrating fall in wine country with color walks, fall festivals, and more!
Fall Hikes and Walks
To experience the fall colors of the vineyards – vistas glowing in yellow-gold, crimson, and deep burgundy – take part in The ‘Sonoma County Vineyard Adventures’ program, operated by the Sonoma County Winegrowers. You can enjoy free, no-appointment needed, self-guided vineyard tours. Walk among the vine rows and discover each winery’s unique story. You will learn about the history of the region, the influence of soil types and microclimates, various viticulture techniques, and sustainable farming practices such as the use of wind technology and water conservation.
Have you visited all of Sonoma County’s Regional Parks? Meda Freeman, Communications Manager for Sonoma County Regional Parks, shares some of her favorites for fall:
North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve, Santa Rosa
A section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail in the park begins in the ferns and redwoods on the south fork of Matanzas Creek, then climbs to nearly 2,000 feet through forests of colorful oaks and bay laurels, treating hikers to stunning views of autumn-hued vineyards and peaks surrounding Santa Rosa and Sonoma Valley.
Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, Windsor
In late fall, big leaf maple and oaks display vibrant fall colors against the evergreens in this mixed forest, and the bark of the madrones shows subtle shades of green, orange, and red.
Sonoma Valley Regional Park, Glen Ellen
Surrounded by the brilliantly colored vineyards of the Valley of the Moon, you can hear acorns drop as you walk the oak-lined trail.
Spring Lake RegionalPark, Santa Rosa
You’ll see a surprisingly ample display of fall colors on the easy, paved path around the lake and crossing the dams.
The Sonoma Coast
Autumn on the coast brings spectacular weather, with clear skies and an average high temperature of 77 degrees in October. All of Regional Parks’ coastal beaches and trails are dog-friendly. Meda suggests Gualala Point, The Sea Ranch, and Doran Regional Park.
Native oaks and maples display fall color alongside golden grasses and evergreen foliage, California Bay Laurel and cattails. Hike around Lake Ilsanjo and along the creeks. Note: Dogs are not allowed on trails, only on paved Channel Drive.
This wild Asian woodland is a beautiful place to visit year-round, but in autumn the garden offers fall foliage walks celebrating its incredible collection of maples—over 40 species, all with exceptional autumn color. While maples will take center stage, you’ll also learn about other colorful plants in the Garden. Saturdays, Oct. 5—Nov. 19. Free with Garden admission ($8-12). Please pre-register: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall on the Farm
Don’t miss Weekend Along The Farm Trails
on Oct 12 – Oct 13, when Sonoma County farmers open their gates and barn doors to offer a behind-the-scenes peek at life on the farm! Meet your farmers & vintners, shop from delicious farmstands, see how cheese is made, pick pumpkins and apples, meet farm animals, learn about beekeeping, sample delicious food & libations and discover some of Sonoma County’s best kept secrets! Register to receive a detailed program and a link to an interactive online map.
Fall Events in Sonoma County
From wine to pumpkins, find harvest-time fun for all ages! Don’t miss the
Sonoma County Harvest Fair Grand Tasting & Grape Stomp, Tolay Fall Festival, Fort Ross Harvest Festival, Oktoberfest celebrations, and more!
Other fall events:
33rd Annual Petaluma Fall Antique Faire, Sun, Sept. 29.
Sonoma County Art Trails Open Studios, Saturdays & Sundays, Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 19-20.
Engage with artists in their own studios, and collect beautiful art.
Healdsburg Crush, Sun, Oct. 20, featuring 60+ wineries as well as several local food vendors.
Graton Community Club Fall Flower Show, Sat, Oct. 19.
Fanciful floral displays, novelties, crafts, raffle, lunch, live music.
Farm-fresh Fall Food in Sonoma County
Visit your local farmers market to find figs, persimmons, pomegranates, and apples; artichokes, broccoli, bok choy and brussels sprouts; heirloom tomatoes; winter squash and pumpkins; and greens of all kinds!