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Located just 45 minutes from San Francisco, the beautiful, 17-mile Sonoma Valley is a destination sought by visitors from around the world for its wine, food, culture, and scenery, and a community loved by residents for its charm and vitality.

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Located just 45 minutes north of San Francisco, the beautiful, 17-mile Sonoma Valley is a destination sought by visitors from around the world for its wine, food, and culture, and a community loved by residents and workers for its charm and vitality.

Sonoma is an incorporated General Law City within Sonoma Valley and governed by a five-member City Council. The remainder of Sonoma Valley comprises an unincorporated area that includes the communities of Boyes Hot Springs, Eldridge, El Verano, Fetters Hot Springs, Agua Caliente, Glen Ellen, Kenwood, Oakmont, Schellville, and Vineburg (see below for more information on these communities.)


    The climate and geography of the Sonoma Valley make it not only a delightful place to live year-round, but also one of the world’s great grape-growing regions. Averaging 29 inches of rainfall per year, it is one of the driest areas in Sonoma County. The Mayacamas and Sonoma mountain ranges on either side isolate the Valley, allowing in just enough coastal fog to cool the vineyards on summer nights.

Festivals & Events
From the Sonoma International Film Festival in the spring to the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival in the fall, events are special in Sonoma Valley, attracting visitors from the San Francisco Bay area and beyond.  Timing (subject to change) for some of the Valley's traditions are shown below.

Farmers’ Market
Fridays 8:30 a.m. - noon, Depot Park, 538-7023

March (Third Weekend)
Heart of the Valley Barrel Tasting
Passport food and wine pairings at the wineries of Kenwood and Glen Ellen, 939-0708

April (Beginning of the Month)
Sonoma Valley International Film Festival
Celebration of independent filmmaking that captures the richness of the human experience, set amidst Sonoma’s epicurean pleasures of fine food, award-winning wine, and unparalleled natural beauty,

April (Third Weekend)
April in Carneros
Annual open house for Carneros appellation wineries, 935-4310

April to October (during Daylight Savings Time)
Farmers’ Market
Tuesdays 5 p.m. - dusk, Sonoma Plaza, 538-7023

May (First Sunday)
Cinco de Mayo
Food, games, and entertainment celebrating Mexican-American culture, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sonoma Plaza, 938-5131
June (First Saturday)
Vintage Car Festival
Wine, gourmet foods, and vintage cars, 5 p.m., Sonoma Plaza, 996-1090

June (First Sunday)
Ox Roast
Barbecue, art (also Saturday), and Sonoma Valley wines benefiting Sonoma Community Center, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sonoma Plaza, 938-4626

June (First Sunday)
Hit the Road Jack

2.3 mile/10K run benefiting local charities, 938-8544

July (Fourth of July)
Independence Day and General Mariano G. Vallejo’s Birthday
Sonoma Community Celebration
Parade at 10 a.m., followed by food, wine, games, and entertainment on Sonoma Plaza, plus fireworks at dusk at Vallejo home, 938-4626

July (Fourth of July)
World Championship Pillow Fights and Independence Day Celebration

Parade at 10 a.m., followed by chili cook-off, live music, and pillow fights, Kenwood, 833-2440

July (Third Weekend) – August (Second Weekend)
Wine Country Film Festival
Sebastiani Theatre and Jack London State Park, 996-2536

September (Labor Day Weekend)
Sonoma Valley Harvest Wine Auction
Benefit for local nonprofits, The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, Valley wineries, 935-0803

September (Last Weekend)
Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
Oldest wine festival in California, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sonoma Plaza, 996-2109

October 25 - 30
Charles Schwab Cup Championship
ProAm golf tournament, Sonoma Golf Club, 939-4131

December (First Friday)
Sonoma Downtown Holiday Celebration
Santa’s arrival, tree-lighting, and more, 5:30 p.m., Sonoma Plaza, 996-1033

December (Second Weekend)
Christmas at the Mission

procession from Sonoma Barracks to Mission San Francisco Solano,

followed by nondenominational service at 5, 6, and 7 p.m., admission

free with reservations, 938-1519

December - February
Sonoma Valley Olive Festival
Multi-event celebration of valley olive crops and products, 996-1090



2010 11,100
2004 9,675
2003 9,550
2000 9,128
1990 8,025
1980 6,054

Median age (2010) 46.8
Median household income (2010) $84,900
Households (2010) 5,320


2008 494, 470
2004 472,700
2000 458,614
1990 383,222
1980 292,190

Median age (2008) 39.1
Median household income (2008) $63,768
Households (2008) 197,238

    Community Profiles
    The City of Sonoma
    The City of Sonoma is the hub of Sonoma Valley life. » read more...
    The Springs
    The communities of El Verano, Boyes Hot Springs, Agua Caliente (Spanish for “hot water”), and Fetters Hot Springs. » read more...
    Glen Ellen
    The quaint village just up the road from Sonoma » read more...
    A quiet town with rich Sonoma Valley history. » read more...