The Festival attracts people who are committed to lifelong learning; many are at a stage in life where experiences are of more value than things and they enjoy vacations with a purpose. Speakers discuss advances being made in science, technology, and medicine, as well as current issues in a “TED-talk” style format.

The 2022 Festival will take place from August 26-28, 2022 at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn.

Secure your attendance now and get ready with the Festival’s reading list!

Preliminary Festival Schedule

11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Registration and welcome

12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

Lunch served on the front lawn under umbrellas – complimentary for all pass holders, authors, speakers, and guests

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

A combination of

  • Main Tent speakers in the Pavilion, just across the lawn from lunch
  • Breakout Sessions in the three Fairmont ballroom/conference rooms
  • followed by book sales/signings and photos with the authors in the Bookstore Suite & Patio next to the Pavilion

Open to all pass holders

7:15 pm to 9 pm

Sponsor/Author/Speaker Dinner 7:15-9:00 in the Pavilion. Buffet/food stations with open seating that will allow everyone to circulate and enjoy a delicious dinner at their leisure. Business casual attire

7:30 am – 8:45 am

Continental breakfast served on the front lawn under umbrellas – complimentary for all pass holders, authors, speakers, and guests

8:00 am – 8:45 am

Early Bird Breakout Sessions in the Fairmont Ballrooms. Guests are welcome to take their breakfasts to the ballrooms to watch the sessions

9:00 am to 12:00 noon

A combination of

  • Main Tent speakers in the Pavilion, just across the lawn from breakfast
  • Breakout Sessions in the three Fairmont ballroom/conference rooms
  • followed by book sales/signings and photos with the authors in the Bookstore Suite & Patio next to the Pavilion

Open to all pass holders

12:00 noon to 1:00 pm

Lunch served on the front lawn under umbrellas – complimentary for all pass holders, authors, speakers, and guests

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

A combination of

  • Main Tent speakers in the Pavilion, just across the lawn from lunch
  • Breakout Sessions in the three Fairmont ballroom/conference rooms
  • followed by book sales/signings and photos with the authors in the Bookstore Suite & Patio next to the Pavilion

Open to all pass holders

7:30 am – 8:45 am

Continental breakfast served on the front lawn under umbrellas – complimentary for all pass holders, authors, speakers, and guests

8:00 am – 8:45 am

Early Bird Breakout Sessions in the Fairmont Ballrooms. Guests are welcome to take their breakfasts to the ballrooms to watch the sessions.

9:00 am to 12:00 noon

A combination of

  • Main Tent speakers in the Pavilion, just across the lawn from breakfast
  • Breakout Sessions in the three Fairmont ballroom/conference rooms
  • followed by book sales/signings and photos with the authors in the Bookstore Suite & Patio next to the Pavilion

Open to all pass holders

1:00 pm

The Festival closes