Sipping a smooth pinot noir in the Sonoma Valley. Eating al fresco in Healdsburg. Hiking through the open meadows of Glen Ellen.

Sonoma is one of the most fabulous and family-friendly places to spend summer in Northern California. Not only is it stunning — open space, rolling hills and thousands of acres of vineyards to woo your spirit — but there are a ton of activities of the food, wine and beer variety.

And in typical Sonoma fashion, most of them are low in cost, laid-back and feature fabulous entertainment.

Alexander Film Society Summer Drive-In Series

Pack up the family and head over to the grounds of the Cloverdale Citrus Fair for a warm Sonoma night of cult classic movie screenings and food from Falafel Fix and Fruity Moto, wines from the AVFS cellar and beer from Bear Republic Brewery and Cloverdale Ale. “Jaws” and “Grease” sold out last year. We have a feeling this summer’s lineup will, too.

Details: 6:30 p.m.-12 a.m. “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (June 9), “Back to the Future” (July 21) and “The Wizard of Oz” (Aug. 18). 1 Citrus Fair Drive, Cloverdale. Tickets: Cars are $40, individual tickets (bring your own chair) are $12 in advance;

Friday Nights at Charles M. Schulz Museum

The museum devoted to the work of Peanuts creator Charles M. Schulz is rolling out a series of 21-and-older Friday night events that’ll delight hipsters of the foodie variety. Beer and wine drinkers? You’ll like it, too.

The series, which runs through July, pairs Peanuts-themed food (May’s Pigpen in a Croissant Blanket with fried chicken was all kinds of adorable) with local alcohol and creative activities, like cartooning and animation. Upcoming purveyors include The Whole Pie and St. Florian’s Brewery. Guests will also enjoy access to the museum galleries and an outdoor fire pit. Good grief — need we say more?

Details: 6 to 9 p.m. June 29 (a taco bar for Tacos, Tequila, and Trivia!) and July 27 (Pies and Pints) at Charles M. Schulz Museum, 2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa; Tickets: Members, $24; nonmembers, $30;

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