Five Sonoma County festivals, including the Country Summer Music Festival, have been postponed due to the coronavirus. The Sonoma International Film Festival, Sonoma Valley Authors Festival and the Flatbed Music Festival in Sebastopol all have been moved to dates later this year. The Healdsburg Jazz Festival has been indefinitely postponed.
Here are the details about the new dates:
— The Country Summer Music Festival, billed as Northern California’s biggest annual country music festival, has been rescheduled for Oct. 23-25, from its original dates of June 19-21.
“With input from county officials, a festival of Country Summer’s size is not feasible for June of this year,” organizers said on the festival’s website.
The executive producer of the event, Alan Jacoby, said much of the lineup will stay in place, but that there will be some changes. An updated lineup for the festival, to be held at the Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds, will be announced in the next few weeks, he said. Organizers then will contact ticket holders about their options, including exchanges and refunds. Previously purchased tickets, passes, Country Club memberships and upgraded parking will be honored for the new dates. For information, visit countrysummer.com, email [email protected] or call 1-800-514-3849.
— New dates have been announced for the 23rd annual Sonoma International Film Festival, originally scheduled for March 25-29. It now will held July 30-Aug. 2 in and around Sonoma Plaza.
“We expect many of the films which were in our original film guide will remain in our upcoming program this summer, organizers said on the festival website. “We have left this program up on our website for your reference. Dates, times and venues are all subject to change as we work on rescheduling.”
Check sonomafilmfest.org for updates. Subscribe to the festival email newsletter for access to trailers from some of the films.
— The third annual Sonoma Valley Authors Festival, previously set for May 1-3, has been postponed until Aug. 21-23 at the Fairmont Mission Inn. The festival also includes Students Day on Aug. 21, with authors visiting area schools, and Authors on the Plaza on Aug. 22.
“We are in the process of reconfirming the availability of the authors and speakers,” festival co-founders Ginny and David Freeman said in a news release. “So far, we are thankful to be able to confirm that Isabel Allende, Erik Larson, Billy Collins, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Dacher Keltner will be with us. We will be sending out notices of the speaker lineup as they are reconfirmed.”
For those who have made hotel reservations at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn for the festival, reservations will be automatically transferred to the new dates. Reservations can be canceled without penalty up to Aug. 16. To make any changes, call reservations at 707-938-9000 or 866-540-4499 and reference your confirmation number.
For festival information, email [email protected], call 707-282-9028 or go to svauthorsfest.org.
— The 22nd annual Healdsburg Jazz Festival, scheduled for various venues in and near Healdsburg, has been postponed from its planned date of May 29-June 7 and may now happen in 2021. Ticket sales had not yet begun.
The festival still tentatively plans to honor community leaders Carrie Brown, Gina Gallo and Circe Sher at its gala Sept. 11 at the Vintners Inn in Santa Rosa.
“We are considering the possibility of presenting live music concerts in late summer and fall,” said Jessica Felix, founder and artistic director of the Healdsburg Jazz Festival. “Depending on how things go, it is possible we will have concerts and even a small festival this year and will be planning a full festival in 2021. We have created a section of our website now called Staying Connected to interact with our fans.“
Check for updates at healdsburgjazz.org.
— The inaugural Flatbed Music Festival in Sebastopol has been moved to the weekend of Sept. 11–13. The original dates were June 4-6.
“We had stopped short of launching the ticket sales, but all early bird passes will be refunded for the original June dates,” said festival organizer Jann Eyrich. “In the interim, this long-awaited grassroots festival — a tribute to local musicians — will continue with live-streamed concerts each Friday through mid-June, while in the works, the Flatbed Pit Crew is planning for small venue shows to pop up throughout the summer when safe to do so.”
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