Welcome to the 2016 Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival
Our 119th Year!
Since 1897 the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival has been celebrating the Sonoma Valley’s bounty, community, and local culture. California’s oldest festival, this Sonoma tradition takes place the last full weekend of September in downtown Sonoma’s historic Plaza. The Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival benefits many Sonoma Valley community projects and non-profits. This three day event is organized and presented by a group of local volunteers, including an all volunteer Board of Directors.
This year we are excited to kick things off with our Friday night gala event. Taste great wine, sample delicious food and dance under the stars to live music. It’s summer in Sonoma and the fun keeps going throughout the entire weekend on the plaza including family fun in our Kid Zone on Saturday and Sunday.
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144 days, 5 hours, 37 minutes
Valley of the Moon
September 23, 2016
The Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival 12K and the historic 5K runs will take you through some of the most scenic areas of downtown Sonoma, through vineyards, and majestic tree covered roads. This event is open to individual runners, families, groups, and even those that would just like to take a morning walk. Special discounted package deals are available for the Friday night opening gala and other weekend events.
Toss off your shoes, roll up your pants and get ready for the Great Grape Stomp at the Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival! You’ll be stomping with the best so come show off your footwork talent in the wine barrel. Choose to enter one of three different grape stomps: (1) Family Grape Stomp, (2) Corporate Grape Stomp or (3) Grape STOMPede!
Toss down a blanket and enjoy the music of some of the best Sonoma County bands as well as a special Friday night headliner! The main stage behind City Hall is where you can find live music and dancing. Special weekend VIP music passes are available.
Strike up the band, dress up the kids & light up your float! Continuing the tradition of California’s second longest running parade, the Vintage Festival night parade is a fun event for the entire family. The festivities begin at 7pm with a re-enactment of the Bear Flag Revolt, the story of how the California Republic was born right here in Sonoma. Then at 8pm the Get Your Glow On night parade begins. Join the fun and enjoy the show!
We regret to inform the public that due to the draw down on available firefighter personnel who are out combatting wildland fires state wide the annual Firefighters Bucket Brigade Challenge has been postponed this year. The Sonoma Valley fire department alone has had an average of 9 personnel out on assignments for the past two months and they are currently assigned to the Valley Fire in Lake County. This type of activity is unprecedented and has really taxed all of the Sonoma Valley fire agencies at different levels.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to take care of some holiday shopping and support the arts at the same time! This year we feature some of the finest artists from the Bay Area – some returning artists as well as many new exhibitors. We are privileged to have such a creative community in our own, proverbial ‘back yard’ and we are honored to showcase them during the Festival.