Healdsburg Things to Do


The charming town of Healdsburg, centered on a 19th-century plaza, occupies less than five square miles in Northern Sonoma County and has a population just over 11,000. Lined with boutiques, restaurants, tasting rooms, galleries, and bars, the Plaza is a central gathering place for locals and tourists alike. It holds an incredibly important geographical location as the spot where three of Sonoma’s major viticulture areas — Russian River, Alexander Valley, and Dry Creek AVAs — meet. Healdsburg has been continuously awarded one of the top 10 small towns in America and is sought after place to live. Opportunities for recreation and entertainment abound in Healdsburg, and the city has a large number of parks, including 11-acre Badger Park, the Carson Warner Memorial Skate Park, and a swim center that boasts a 25-meter, 8-lane competition pool with a diving board.

For art lovers, the monthly Healdsburg Artwalk highlights more than 20 downtown galleries from May to December. The Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society hosts exhibits about the rich history of Healdsburg and surrounding areas. The Healdsburg Center for the Arts features more than 100 local art exhibits a year, and summer concerts delight music-lovers in the city plaza. The Russian River runs through town and offers summer fun including the annual Healdsburg Water Carnival featuring Sonoma County’s only floating wine-barrel races, the “Zoom Floom” river slide, rides on the “Sandy the Swan” float, children’s games, live music, local foods, community booths, a rubber duck dash with prizes, pedal boat races, and kayak tours.