Y’all. A couple of weeks ago I attended the Sonoma Harvest Music Festival and it was EVERYTHING! I roped my friend Miya into going with me and I’m so glad we made it! Let me tell you about it.
The Festival Experience
Held at B.R. Cohn Winery in Glen Ellen, the Sonoma Harvest Music Festival is perfect for those who want everything a festival can offer without the crowds, lines and feeling like you’re lost in a sea of people. *raises hand*
I have to admit, I didn’t even know the event was happening until a month beforehand and was pretty amazed by what a HUGE production it was. This year marked the second year and I am so impressed; it’s as if the event has been happening for years. With its capacity limited to just 4,000 guests, it felt like a big party that you’re so glad you had the opportunity to attend! Because the event is smaller but the stage is just as phenomenal as the one you’d experience at BottleRock, it’s a premium experience for all guests. Instead of fairgrounds, the stage is located in the middle of rolling vineyards and lush farmland.
We had VIP tickets, which afforded us a special parking lot, elevated viewing deck, VIP restrooms and premium open bars (with VERY minimal lines). We heard that VIP or not, parking was pretty easy, but if you choose not to drive, you can take a ridesharing service or take advantage of one of their bus services.
This year’s festival was broken out into two weekends, and they didn’t ask me, but I think that was GENIUS! They were able to appeal to a wide variety of audiences by having such a diverse lineup. I went on Sunday of Weekend 1 and arrived just in time for Ceelo Green to hit the stage! He got EVERYONE moving and while I had a premium view of the stage with my VIP ticket, I couldn’t help myself – I had to jump in with the crowd.
A few hours later, Ms. Lauryn Hill graced us all with her presence and it was the perfect way to close out the day. Do I know the words to her songs? Almost all. Almost. haha. Those who were following on my Instagram stories know which ones I missed. While Lauryn sang quite a bit, she also shared some of her heart with us. My favorite quote from her that day was, “Fame is cool, but love is better. Real-life is better.” I think that in the influencer world this quote can resonate because there is such a fine line between what you’re sharing and what you’re keeping for yourself and loved ones. Plus, really putting what is important into perspective.
If you’re in Sonoma, you’re not only going to enjoy good wine but great eats as well. The festival perfectly paired music with the best in the region. Beverage wise, we were able to enjoy B.R. Cohn’s selection of wines, Northern California craft beer, and other premium beverages. Some of the amazing vendors like William Tell House, The Farmer’s Wife, and the girl + the fig. Remember when tg+tf catered the Dry Creek Vineyard dinner? Nom nom…you know I tore that up! 🙂
If you’re wondering if I’m planning to go next year, the answer is YES and for the entire weekend. Will I see you there? To stay in the know about next year’s festival, make sure you visit the festival’s website, sign up for the email list and of course, follow them on Instagram!
Thank you to B.R. Cohn and the Sonoma Harvest Music Festival for hosting me! It was an incredible experience.