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9 Unique California Wedding Weekend Activities

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Finding wedding weekend activities can be difficult to research- that’s what we’re here for! California has stunning views, breathtaking nature, and great weather that offers a variety of different wedding weekend activities to keep you busy. Whether you need a spa day, some wine, or time in nature- we are here to give you options that suit who you are. Need help planning your wedding weekend or even the big day? Lucky for you we also do event coordination!

If you’re interested in getting hitched in California, we have an ultimate guide here to finding a venue for your big day! Now let’s dive in to some of the wedding weekend activities in Northern California. 

St. Francis Winery can function as a wedding venue or wedding weekend activity.

Wine Tasting

What else says California like a wine tasting? This has to be your top wedding weekend activity. A popular venue is St. Francis Winery, which has stunning views of the mountainside along with vineyards.Their Tasting Room features their own wines and was voted “#1 in America” in 2013 and 2015 by OpenTable diners. They also have a 2-acre Estate Garden which is used for food in their own kitchen for a farm-to-table experience in their Wine & Food pairing sessions. 

Another winery to see is Pellegrini Wine Company.This winery is lined with olive trees and full of breathtaking views. They also offer a variety of different tours and wine tasting including classic tastings, catered tastings, and estate tours. 

Russian River Vineyards is a dog friendly winery if you want your favorite family members to spend time with you on your wedding weekend. Their “Sunday Funday” events fall right during wedding season and have games, local food vendors, live music, and obviously wines and local craft beers. This is a perfect way to relax and end your wedding weekend. If you’re looking for more wineries to see- we represent plenty of beautiful wineries which would be happy to coordinate your wedding weekend activities! 

Hot air balloon ride through the mountains of California.

Napa Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride

Something that may have always been on your bucket list, is a hot air balloon ride. Balloons Above The Valley offers hot air balloon rides above Napa Valley to give you a unique experience of overseeing mountains, farms, and wineries. I can’t think of a more memorable wedding weekend activity than doing something as unexpected as a hot air balloon ride. Lucky for you, this company thinks of it all! They can provide transportation to and from hotels, coffee & pastries before takeoff, and photos! Their upgraded package even includes brunch with champagne. If you’re looking for a fun and unique way to start your morning, they definitely have you covered! 

Napa Valley Wine Train

The Napa Valley Wine Train is a century-old rail car that has a 36-mile round trip scenic route to St. Helena and back. The train stops at a variety of vineyards such as Charles Krug Winery and V. Sattui Winery. On your trip you can expect a four-course meal with fresh local produce and meats and seasonal menus! If you are looking to take the train for your wedding weekend, they work with parties to create a custom & tailored experience- some of the locations can’t even be found on a map! 

Five women having a spa day with champagne in white robes.

Spa Day

One of the best wedding weekend activities will always be going to the spa. Whether you’re getting ready for the big day or decompressing after all that stress, you just can’t go wrong. Spa Terra is located in Napa and is in an underground cave beneath a vineyard at the Meritage Resort and Spa. This beautiful spa also features local sources such as  Sonoma grown lavender, local organic products, and stone massages. Services include massages, facials, and chemical peels. 

Another unique spa is  Osmosis Day Spa in Freestone, California. Their signature treatment is a cedar enzyme bath. This treatment originates in Japan and during it the body is immersed in a fermenting mixture of soft and fragrant ground cedar and rice bran. The cedar enzyme bath is meant to improve circulation, alleviating joint and muscle pain, and cleaning & exfoliating  your skin. They also offer massages, facials, and multiple zen gardens. If you are interested in going as a group, they have multiple group rates and custom packages! 

Get Active 

Getaway Adventures is a premier company for Sonoma & Napa adventure tours. The services include kayaking, hiking, and van tours of the Valley. Their tour guides take care of everything from route planning, kayaks, hiking poles, and hip belts. They offer group rates if a lot of people in your party are interested in getting active- this one of a few wedding weekend activities for you! If you are from out of town or just want to get out and explore the beautiful views of Napa & Sonoma, you are in the right place. 

Two people zip lining through California forests as a wedding weekend activity.


Sonoma Ziplining Adventures has zip-lines, sky bridges, and rappelling. There are two different courses that are each two-and-a-half hours and provide an eco tour of Northern California. Both courses feature multiple zip lines, sky bridges, a majestic spiral staircase and rappel to the forest floor, you will be immersed in the unparalleled beauty of the world famous California Coastal Redwoods. 

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You always need tee time, even during your wedding weekend. Try hitting the links at Chardonnay Golf Club. This golf club has 18-holes and is semi-private. Located in the city of Napa, the course takes you through over 150 acres of Chardonnay, Merlot & Pinot Noir vineyards. 

There are no private residences along the course, leaving you just with the game and nature. The course lays out six par fives, six par fours and six par threes. 

Three students learning from a chef how to cook in a cooking class.

Cooking Class

The CIA at Copia offers private dining experiences such as private cooking and wine classes. This is a memorable wedding weekend activity to bring your wedding party together, try something new, and take home new skills- and eat of course! Classes are led and curated by CIA experts in stunning spaces like their 10,000-square-foot Hestan Kitchen, private dining rooms, gardens, and balconies. 

Museum Day

The Petaluma Museum is located in Petaluma, California, and educates the public with exhibits on Petaluma poultry, dairy, and Miwok Indian history exhibits from the 1850s. The building is a former library and is also home to one of the largest free standing stained glass domes in Northern California.  

To make this an even better option compared to other wedding weekend activities, they also have an exhibit of over forty vintage handmade wedding gowns from the Belle Epoque and early 20th century fashion. What could be better to get you excited about the big day? 

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