Tours & Events
Visitors are welcome to take a Self-Guided Tour to navigate through the rich history of the cemetery. Printed Self-Guided Tour brochures are available at the kiosks near the entrances.
2018 Tours & Events
Friday, April 13 - Darkside ToursIt's Friday the 13th! Take a walk on the dark side at the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery with all new graveside reenactments featuring grisly tales of murders, suicides and other tragedies. Not suitable for children under 10. Pre-registration required. Tickets go on sale February 15, and hurry, they sell out FAST! $35.
Saturday, April 14 - History Walking Tours
Learn the stories of the people of Sonoma County and California during an 80 minute docent-led walk. Tours depart from Franklin Gate every 20 minutes from 10 - 11am. Free admission.
Monday, May 28 - Memorial Day Ceremony
Honor the day with special guests, refreshments, and tours of veterans' graves, in recognition of the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day and the 150th anniversary of Santa Rosa. 12pm at the Franklin Gate. Free admission.
Saturday, June 9 - Walking Down Cemetery Lane
Introducing a new tour as a fundraiser to help Barney Hoen (one of Santa Rosa's Founding Fathers) get his long-awaited tombstone. Come take a walk down Cemetery Lane and meet Mr. Hoen himself, and let him tell you why Hoen Avenue is named for him and why he deserves a tombstone! You will find out about many of Santa Rosa's early citizens for whom our streets are named. $20. Purchase tickets online here or by phone at (707) 543-3737. Tickets will also be available at the Franklin Gate before each tour. Start times are 10am, 10:30am, 11am, and 11:30am.
Saturday, July 7 - Hoen Memorial Unveiling
Join us to commemorate Berthold (Barney) and Mary Hoen’s contributions to the history of the City of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County. After a short talk on their lives, descendants of the Hoens will unveil their new memorial tombstone. Santa Rosa's founding fathers themselves may even make an appearance. 10am at the Hoen plot located to the right of the McDonald Avenue entrance to the Cemetery.
Saturday, August 11 - History Walking ToursLearn the stories of the people of Sonoma County and California during an 80 minute docent-led walk. Tours depart from Franklin Gate every 20 minutes from 10 - 11am. Free admission.
Friday & Saturday, September 14 & 15 - Lamplight Tours
Walk at night through Santa Rosa's oldest cemetery to see and hear all new dramatic portrayals of some of our town's early settlers. This year marks Santa Rosa's sesquicentennial, which will guide this year's theme. Lights, costumes and stage settings create a magical time as characters from the past depict a scene from their lives in the history of Santa Rosa, California and the United States. Children must be age 8 or over. Tours last about 90 minutes. Pre-registration required. Book early--tours sell out by midsummer! $40. Purchase tickets online here or by phone at (707) 543-3737.
Watch our Graveyard Vignettes video about the popular Lamplight Tours.
Tombstones & Tales
Four small volumes of stories about people buried in the cemetery are available for purchase at tours and events. ($4 each or $14 for all four).