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Sonoma Family Life Magazine

Dad’s Day Off

May 26, 2019 05:15PM ● By Donna Production
Dads dedicate their lives to supporting their kids. From reading endless goodnight stories to slogging through sleep-deprived days, fathers work hard. On your guy’s special day, show him he’s appreciated with the help of these local events.

Santa Rosa Does Dad turn his radio dial to country? Then he might find the Country Music Festival to be a bit of aural nirvana. The sounds of Jake Owen, Tim McGraw, and Old Dominion, among many others, will fill the air at the bash, which will be held June 14–16 at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. See for a complete lineup or to purchase tickets, which are $89–$129 for one day or $249–$369 for three days. Camping is available for additional fees.

Cotati Celebrating Dad doesn’t have to mean an expensive outing. At Cotati Music Festival, the man of the hour can listen to a wide variety of music—from the Hangman’s Daughter’s Americana to Gator Nation’s zydeco to the Big Fit’s funk—all for free. In addition to tunes, there’ll be beer, wine, food, and vendors selling artisanal crafts. The event will be held on June 15, noon–6 p.m., in La Plaza Park. Find out more at

Kenwood The stages of New York City may be thousands of miles from Sonoma County, but Transcendence Theatre wants to give locals a taste of their magic. Every summer, the theater company brings Broadway dancers and actors to the outdoor set at Jack London State Park to create award-winning revues. This year the company is putting on its first production of a full-length musical, A Chorus Line. Take Dad on any weekend, June 14–30, to see it. Tickets are $49–$154 and may be purchased at

Petaluma Fathers who have a fondness for cheese can nibble on their favorite indulgence, and find out how it is made, at the Achadinha Cheese Company’s farm and cheese tour. The tour will be held on June 15, 11 a.m.–12:45 p.m., and will include a look-see of the cheese plant, milking parlor, and the loafing barns (where “the girls” hang out), as well as a cheese tasting. Admission is $30 for adults or $5–$10 for children. See for more information.

Santa Rosa & Healdsburg If tops on Pop’s list is to spend more time outside, he might enjoy a hike with Bill and Dave, two avid outdoorsmen that regularly lead trail walkers through Sonoma County parklands. On June 15, they will be leading a nine-mile hike that highlights the expansive vistas of North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve. Hikers should arrive at 9:45 a.m. for a prompt 10 a.m. departure. The hike is free; parking is $7. If your guy prefers water rather than land adventures, he might like the Full Moon Paddle, which will be held on June 16, 7:30­–10 p.m., at Riverfront Regional Park in Healdsburg. Registration is $45 and parking is $7. For more information, contact Shelly Spriggs at [email protected] or call 539-2865.