3 cool things

Three best bets for weekend fun.

Going public

As a hobby, home winemaking is certainly more convivial than knitting or stamp collecting. Imagine the scene, then, when 30 so-called amateurs gather to share their finest hand-crafted wines at the sixth annual Sonoma Home Winemakers Celebration on Saturday, October 1. The tasting, with food, will be from 3 to 6 p.m. on the back patio of the Swiss Hotel. Hosted by the Sonoma Home Winemakers (VOMDES), all proceeds will benefit the Sonoma Valley High School Boosters. $35. Sonomacommunitycenter.org.

Harvest hoedown

On Saturday, October 1, the Larson Family Winery throws its annual Harvest Hoedown, an evening of food and fun for all ages, to celebrate of the arrival of harvest in Sonoma. Guests will get a tour through the vineyards, into the barrel room and through the bottling line, with a juice and barrel tasting included. Then it’s a ‘South of the Border BBQ,’ plus dancing and live music by the band Tudo Bem, caricaturist portraits, raffles and a jumpy house for the kids. 5 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $30-$40, $15 for under 21. To order call 938-3031 x18.

The stein way

In Munich, as they have for 200 years, folks throw a two-week party every fall with beer, beer, food and beer. In Sonoma, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Bear Flag Post 1943 is a bit more prudent, limiting its Octoberfest bash to just one day, and laying out lots of food with all the suds. The annual fundraiser takes over Little Switzerland on Sunday, October 2, with games, prizes, beer tasting and live music with Showcase The Band from 4 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 general, and $20 to add an authentic German buffet. Children under 12 are free, and there’s a special $5 kid’s dinner. 19080 Riverside Dr. 938.9990.

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