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Fresh Green Sonoma!
Blue skies, blossoming trees, and budding hillside vineyards seem to roll on forever. The hills are alive with wildflowers after a wet March. The air is fresh and the trees are leafing out, it is the perfect time to get outside and explore! Download our Hike & Bike Guide to start your own expedition. Your Sonoma Valley visit this April might include a wildflower hike, our renowned Film Festival or the April in Carneros winery weekend. See our April calendar.

Easter’s on its way!
April 8
Whether you prefer your Easter eggs dyed, filled with treats, in a quiche, or atop grilled asparagus and prosciutto, Sonoma Valley has an Easter celebration for you. See all the Easter activities happening Easter Sunday, from a sunrise service to a winery egg hunt, on our calendar of events. But the fun doesn’t stop once the Easter basket is filled, there are plenty of wineries open for tasting and restaurants ready to serve a special holiday brunch or traditional lamb dinner. Photo: Painted eggs at Baksheesh Fair Trade.

Wineries open Easter Sunday Restaurants open Easter Sunday

Sonoma International Film Festival
April 11-15
The Sonoma International Film Festival welcomes filmmakers and film lovers to a luxurious extended weekend, pairing great food, fine wine and more than 120 new independent films from around the world. Enjoy world cinema, feature length narratives, documentaries, shorts and a student film program at a variety of venues including the historic Sebastiani Theater on the Sonoma Town Plaza.


Color Theory:
The Use of Color in Contemporary Art

Wed-Sun, 11am-5pm
Color is the essence of landscape, of mood, of our whole perception of the physical world. Whether scooped up off the palette, deployed as propaganda, or opening the doors of perception, color is central to art not only as an element but also as an idea. The work included in this exhibition celebrates the definitions and debates around the history, meaning and use of color in contemporary art.

$5 Adults, Children under 12 are free

Vineyard Report
Bud Break!
Bud break, also called ‘budburst’, is when the grapevines begin to form buds of leaves after being dormant during the winter months. Look closely on the vines in Sonoma Valley and you can see the beginnings of the 2012 vintage. Ever wonder what those big fans in the middle of the vineyards are? Grape growers may use them this time of year to protect the tender new growth from potential harm from frost by circulating the air and thus preventing the frost from settling on the vulnerable buds.

April in Carneros

April 21 – 22 / 10am - 4pm
This exciting multi-winery open house will feature nearly 20 wineries in the Carneros region of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. Each winery will open its doors to visitors to join in on a variety of activities, offering their own special variety of food and wine pairings, live music, art or craft shows, special tastings (barrel, reserve, library and new release), discounts or special pricing and more activities that are unique to each winery. Tickets are valid for both days.

$45 / $39 in advance

In Season
Spring Green
Radishes, leeks, greens, beets, asparagus, and artichokes have made it to the farmers’ market along with lilacs, tulips and daffodils. Farmers are beginning to sow summer seeds in green houses to ensure a timely crop. Celebrate the season at a market, nursery or tomato plant sale!

>Friday Morning Farmers’ Market, Depot Park (map it)
>Saturday Harvest Market, Sonoma Garden Park
>4/14-4/15 - TOMATOMANIA at Cornerstone Sonoma
>Sonoma Mission Gardens

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