The Sonoma County Fair is back this week with all the rides, food, live music and horse racing that everyone loves, though the event is not resting on its laurels, and debuts a new one-day celebration of beer and cider this year at the inaugural NorCal Brew Fest. Over 50 purveyors, large and small, from throughout Northern California and the country, will offer unlimited tastings while they compete for the judges’ approval. A ticket to the NorCal Brew Fest also gets you into the fair to enjoy the full experience on Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. 1pm. $55. 707.545.4200.