It’s that time of year again—Sonoma County takes flight with Wings Over Wine Country, the annual air show hosted by the Pacific Coast Air Museum. Kids and adults alike become captivated at this local tradition of loop-de-loops and fancy dives. A genuine USAF U-2 takes to the sky, with other aircraft piloted by Patty Wagstaff, Kirby Chambliss and “Team Rocket.” Believe your eyes Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20–21, at the Sonoma County Airport. 2200 Airport Blvd., Santa Rosa. $5–$20. 9am–4pm. 707.566.8380.
Bike power! Bikes for sale, new bike trails, a guided ride and even bike-themed earrings can be found at the second annual Northern California Bicycle Expo. Add in food, brew, live music and fun kids’ activities, and you have it all. Show up at 8:30am to mingle on the guided 10-mile ride, or come later for the rest of the activities. Five bands play, the Whiskeydrome is in effect, the Imaginists perform and more. Bike over to Santa Rosa City Hall, Saturday, Aug. 20. Free. Ride, 8:30–10am; Expo, 10am–4pm. 707.545.0153.
A Sonoma County classic, the Cotati Accordion Festival is in its 21st year of playing, celebrating and giving back through the wheezing sound of the bellows. The festival raises money to support performing-arts programs for local youth, all while raising the spirit of Myron Floren and clustering for a group rendition of “Lady of Spain.” This year’s extravaganza features Those Darn Accordions, Polkacide, the Mad Maggies and many others on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20–21, at La Plaza Park. Old Redwood Highway and West Sierra Avenue, Cotati. $15–$17. 9:45am–8:30pm.www.cotatifest.com.
Help keep music in the schools and rock out to bands like the Devil Makes Three, the Mother Hips, Cornmeal and Big Sam’s Funky Nation? It’s definitely a win-win at The Petaluma Music Festival, which features 16 bands on three stages as well as wine and food tasting and artist meet-and-greets. Proceeds to go to Petaluma schools; spend your day jamming on Saturday, August 6, at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds. 175 Fairgrounds Drive, Petaluma. 11am. $25–30. 707.769.9650.
They’ve been around a while, and they’ve still got wooden sidewalks to prove it. The city of Calistoga celebrates the 125th anniversary of its founding with live music, a wine and beer garden and an extended farmers market. Bouncy houses, dunk tanks, barbecued oysters and even a commemorative postage stamp offered for one day only round out the festivities. Stop by and congratulate Calistoga at its 125th anniversary celebration on Saturday, July 16, in Downtown Calistoga and Pioneer Park. 308 Cedar St., Calistoga. 11am–5pm. Free. 707.942.6333.
Enjoying one of the region’s state parks while supporting it at the same time has never been so easy. This weekend, the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods host a three-quarter–mile Gourmet Hike at Armstrong Redwoods to benefit the park, which is among many threatened with closure. During the less-than-a-mile stretch, hikers can nosh on appetizers and wines; at the end of the walk, bands Edge of Town and Sticky Notes provide the musical backdrop to the meal’s final course and dessert. Head to the trail on Saturday, July 9, at Armstrong Redwoods National State Reserve. 17000 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville. 1–4:30pm. $35 per person; $65 for two. 707.869.9177.
Local music and local food? Yes, please. This weekend, Long Meadow Ranch and Winery teams up with the Outside Lands Festival to bring Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers to its new event space. The evening centers around the fresh food of Farmstead restaurant and new chef Stephen Barber, as guests can choose between a farm-to-table meal and a picnic for four, each with wine. The meals come with different perks depending on price, ranging from winetasting to the morning-long “Napa Valley Dream Experience.” It all gets underway on Saturday, July 9, at Long Meadow Ranch Winery and Farmstead. 738 Main St., St. Helena. 4:30pm. $20–$200. 877.627.2645