Yep - and we have you covered! Kudos to our 2018 exclusive series sponsors - Kenwood Vineyards and HenHouse Brewing Company.
Every Friday night fine wines and assorted tap beers are available. All alcoholic beverages will be available for guests with ID's - 21 years of age or older. Water and non-alcoholic beverages will also be offered by various food vendors.
NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ALLOWED AT THESE EVENTS – IT’S THE LAW
"The special event liquor license obtained for Funky Fridays by the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation does not allow attendees to bring their own alcoholic beverages onto the site during the event. We must abide by the rules of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
We are sorry for any disappointment or inconvenience this may cause, and we appreciate your understanding. We hope you continue to come out and enjoy the LIVE music and support our parks by purchasing the alcoholic beverages we are licensed to sell on the premises."
-- Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation & Funky Fridays Event Coordinators
The best time is early! Gates open 5:30 PM / Showtime 7 PM. Admission lines may form as early as 6 PM - an hour before showtime.
Reminder - we have a lot more for you to check-out before showtime at The Hood Mansion. Beginning at 5:30 PM every Friday, enjoy scrumptous favorites from TIPS Tri-Tips Trolley, Picazo Cafe Food Truck, Rainy Day Chocolates, Sweet Scoops Ice Cream, and The Kettle Corn Show. And, of course, Funky Fridays shirts and hats shopping is a must.
Funky Fridays has two exclusive series sponsors this season offering the best of the best - Kenwood Vineyards have donated a variety of fine wines for our wine pourings and Henhouse Brewing Company have donated their favorite ice-cold tapped beers, too - all for the cause, supporting our parks thru live music.
So come out early - pick a spot for your chairs or blanket, take a stroll around this historical landmark or enjoy a pre-show production of Wine Country Dancers before showtime!
YES! We have a 'Square' Station on site for your convenience. Any of our friendly volunteers will point you in the right direction!
Bring your own low-back chair or blanket for sitting on the lawn. There are no benches or chairs available @ The Hood. No umbrellas. High-back chairs must be placed on the perimeter of the seating area. Courtesy rule applies - if you are blocking someone's view, you may be asked to relocate by a crowd control supervisor.
From Santa Rosa - GPS address: 389 Casa Manana Road, Santa Rosa CA 95409
Take Highway 12 East to the traffic light at Pythian Road. Turn left and go past the entrance to St. Francis Winery. Continue straight ahead, follow and make slight curve to the left, then make an immediate right turn on Casa Manana Road. Parking lot up ahead a short distance on the left.
From Sonoma - GPS address: 389 Casa Manana Road, Santa Rosa CA 95409
Take Highway 12 West to the traffic light at Pythian Road. Turn right and go past the entrance to St. Francis Winery. Continue straight ahead, follow and make slight curve to the left, then make an immediate right turn on Casa Manana Road. Parking lot up ahead a short distance on the left.
Uh-huh, you bet - there will be no going-hungry, for sure! Click on the 'food & beverage' tab to visit each vendors website to learn more.
Coming back for 2018 - The ever-popular TIPS Tri-Tips Trolley - Home of the World Famous "Cubed" Tri-Tip Sando - will be with us each Friday offering a full menu to our guests including salads, desserts and drinks. And you must experience the taste of handmade, hand-dipped truffles made by our friends from Rainy Day Chocolates, at each event throughout the summer.
New for 2018 - The Kettle Corn Show will be serving up Sonoma Countys freshest kettled popped corn - both the 'original sweet and salty' and 'caramel'. Soft drinks and water will also be for sale. The Picazo Cafe Food Truck serving 'the best burger in Sonoma County' plus more menu items will compliment our food offerings except for the last Friday of each month. Then get ready for the best-ever homemade ice cream by Scoops Ice Cream of Sonoma at the Gator Nation and Soul Fuse shows in July.
We welcome new volunteers! Signing up is easy. On this website, click on the volunteer tab and read about the positions available each week. Then simply click on the sign-up button and make your choice. We always need new volunteers!
Yes. During the summer, ask any Funky Fridays volunteer where the office is located at the event to check for lost items. After hours, make inquiries about lost items by either emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 707.833.6288. Valuables will be held throughout the summer months and then given to a local charity. Funky Fridays will not be held liable for any unclaimed items.
By entering any Funky Fridays event, you understand that you may be photographed, filmed or videotaped, and you authorize the organizers the unqualified right to take pictures and/or recordings of you and grant the perpetual right to take use your likeness, image, photo without compensation, for broadcast or exhibition in any medium.
2018 ~ FREE PARKING ~ 2018
This venue has an ample amount of parking space available for everyone attending the summer concert series at the Hood Mansion. This includes designated parking areas (follow the signage) for volunteers and band members, specific and convenient parking spaces for ADA guests with disabilities, and an area specified for drop-offs only.
No, with an exception for patrons with service animals. We dearly love our pets, but this is not a comfortable environment for our four-legged friends.
Of course - there are no rules when it comes to satisfying your comfort zone. If you choose to tote your own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages to the event, do bring a blanket or similar ground cover to share with family or friends.
There are restrooms, including ADA accessible, located on the premises. Ask any volunteer for directions.
Advance ticket purchases are not mandatory - only a convenience. No waiting in line - just wave those tickets in the air and we guarantee you 'top priority service' at all entrances.
All entrances/exits are accessible for our patrons with disabilities. There is a parking lot specifically for ADA patrons and a drop-off point for our elderly patrons. When you arrive, follow the signage to these designated areas. The event site is wheelchair accessible. Need assistance? Our volunteers at each entrance would love to lend a helping hand.
William Hood (1818-1903), one of the area’s earliest settlers, purchased the 18,833 acre Los Guilicos Rancho with a partner in 1849, began construction of the mansion in 1857 and married Eliza Shaw in 1858. Their mansion was foreclosed and sold at auction in 1877, but in the 1880s Eliza ran the on-site winery that became the largest producer of any single-grower winery in California. Utah Senator Thomas Kerns owned the property from 1905 to 1918 as his summer home, and in 1925 the Knights of Pythias bought the Kearns Ranch as a self-supporting farm and home for the aged. The State of California purchased the property in 1945 for use as the Los Guilicos School for Girls, and the County of Sonoma bought it in the 1970s to use as a juvenile hall and junior college. Hood Mansion is on the national register of historic places and is the only existing brick building from the pre-civil war era in Sonoma County.
Master planning efforts for the property requires public engagement, and we hope that Funky Fridays will increase public awareness and also awake a sense of excitement and community pride in the future of The Hood Mansion.
The Hood Mansion is just off Highway 12 on North Pythian Road about 1 mile west of Kenwood.