Events at Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen

The stage setup for series of outdoor revues and performances at the winery ruins at Jack London State Park. 2012 HO


Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen has many events planned throughout the year and in commemoration of the centennial of author Jack London’s death. For more information on park visits, visit or call 938-5216.

May 28-29

Ranch tour: Take a free docent-led tour of the ranch on weekends. One tour covers the Jack London Grave Site and Wolf House, leaving at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from the House of Happy Walls Museum. A second tour focuses on the Beauty Ranch at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. No reservations required.

June 4

Book talk: Take part in a lively discussion of London’s epic tale, “The Sea-Wolf,” during the park’s quarterly book discussion group led by London scholars Iris Jamahl Dunkle and Susan Nuernberg. They are held at the House of Happy Walls Museum. Admission is free, but make a reservation in advance. The group meets again Oct. 7 (“White Fang”) and Dec. 3 (“The Valley of the Moon”).

June 11-Aug. 6

Fitness hike: Enjoy the outdoors while getting back into shape during the “Hiking for Fitness Series,” which runs Saturdays through Aug. 6. Learn the benefits of stretching, join a nutritionist on a hike while discussing the value of eating well, learn how mindfulness and yoga can enhance your hiking experience, and meet new friends while gradually getting into shape. Saturdays: $15 per hike (price includes parking). 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., meet in ranch parking lot.

June 17-Sept. 11

Broadway Under the Stars: Marvel over Broadway show tunes amidst the majestic, open-air ruins of Jack London’s former winery with Transcendence Theatre Company’s “Broadway Under the Stars” performances. Pre-show picnicking begins at 5 p.m., followed by a 7:30 show time. Tickets begin at $37. Performance dates are June 17-18, 24-26; July 1-3, 15-16; Aug. 5-6, 12-14, 19-21; Sept. 9-11. More information:

Aug. 27

Aleta George: Meet author Aleta George as she presents Ina Coolbrith, the Oakland librarian who played an influential role in the literary development of young Jack London and who was part of the Oakland Bohemia. 2 to 4 p.m. at the House of Happy Walls Museum. $15 includes parking. More details available in July.

Sept. 10

Mindful walk: Take a “Journey Into a Mindful Walk” with Jeff Falconer, who will lead participants on a relaxed 1.5-mile hike to Jack London’s Lake, culminating in a mindful, deep, calm journey that increases your sense of belonging in the natural world. 9:30 to 11 a.m. (meet in ranch parking lot). $15 includes parking. Learn more details and register in August.

Oct. 8

Ragtime festival: Join in the fun and great music at the fourth annual Jack London Wine Country Ragtime Festival at the House of Happy Walls Museum, with musicians from around the nation. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is free, but a $10 parking fee applies.

Oct. 22

Autumn hike: Celebrate the autumn season with “A Hike Into Fall,” exploring the park as plants and wildlife get ready for winter. Naturalist John Lynch will lead participants on a 4-mile hike. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; meet in the ranch parking lot. $10, plus parking fee. Learn more details and register in September.

Nov. 3-5

Film festival: Get set for great movies during the Jack London Film Festival, a joint effort of the park and Sonoma Community Center. The lineup is based on Jack London novels: “The Sea-Wolf” (Nov. 3), “The Call of the Wild” (Nov. 4), and “White Fang” (Nov. 5). VIP ticket-holders will attend a special dinner inspired by London’s favorite foods. Learn more details and register in early October.

Nov. 19

Fall watercolors: Join local watercolorist Valerie Bader during “Fall Watercolors at the Beauty Ranch,” a class that will focus on the vibrant fall palette of the vineyards. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; meet in the upper ranch parking lot. $20 fee includes parking.

Nov. 19

Grave site readings: Pay your respects to Jack London by attending readings at his grave site. Learn more details in October.

Nov. 25

Turkey Waddle Walk: Burn off that big turkey dinner with a “Turkey Waddle Walk,” a post-Thanksgiving hike, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Meet in the ranch parking lot. $10 plus parking fee.

Nov. 26

Holiday lights: Get a jump on the season at the “Holiday Lights Festival,” with holiday music, caroling, hot cocoa, spiced cider, mulled wine and holiday lights. Tours of the Beauty Ranch by horse-drawn carriage take place 2 to 4 p.m., with a special lighting ceremony at the House of Happy Walls at 5:30 p.m. Food vendors and holiday activities add to the fun. This is a free event, but the $10 parking fee applies.

Dec. 4

Holiday concert: Get into the holiday spirit by attending a lively Holiday Concert at the House of Happy Walls Museum, 2 to 4 p.m. $20 fee includes parking. Learn more details in early November.