We are moving the show start time up 15 minutes this year. Because of this time change the PRE-SHOW WILL BEGIN AT 6:15 PM and our MAIN SHOW WILL START AT 7:45 PM.  

UPDATE (released 7/8/2018)

Elvin Bishop, will also be performing at the 107th Monte Rio Variety Show on July 26th. A veteran guitarist, singer, songwriter Elvin is a 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a 2016 Blues Hall of Fame inductee.

Great News!

Peter Sagal, the renowned host of the NPR show WAIT WAIT… DON’T TELL ME! will be the MC at the July 26, 2018 – 107th Monte Rio Variety Show.

Kix Brooks, of Brooks and Dunn fame, is also returning. Don’t wait to long to buy your tickets as they are going fast at

Check back regularly for more updates.

   The 107th Anniversary Monte Rio Community Variety Show!

The Annual Monte Rio Variety Show marks its 107th anniversary on July 26, 2018. Join us for a special evening of music, comedy and theater to celebrate with Monte Rio and the Russian River communities. All proceeds raise funds for local charities. Past shows have featured such stars as Art Linkletter, Merv Griffin, Bing Crosby and Phil Harris and current shows have starred Kix Brooks, Clint Black, Zac Brown, Tom Scott, Steve Miller, Jerry Lopez, Big Al Anderson and Shelly Berg. Together they carry on the show tradition every July on the banks of the Russian River.

The recent spring edition of Sonoma Magazine named the Monte Rio Variety Show one of “11 Sonoma County Festivals You Need on Your Radar This Summer.” As the article noted, “Over the years household names from Bing Crosby and Merv Griffith to Zac Brown, Steve Miller and Clint Black have been among the surprise guests. The event is shrouded in secrecy, so there’s no telling who’ll be onstage this year, but for $30 ($15 for kids), it’s a steal of a deal. Proceeds go to schools, churches and fire services. $30, Monte Rio Amphitheater, 9925 Main St, Monte Rio.”

With a uniquely wide range of acts, from Jazz to Classical, from Country to Rock, the Monte Rio Variety Show has been a Russian River tradition for 107 years.

The 107th “Monte Rio Variety Show” begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at the Monte Rio Amphitheater. Beginning at 4:30 p.m. join your neighbors and friends for barbeque, hosted by the Monte Rio Fire Services Foundation, and a fantastic dessert bar, hosted by the Monte Rio School Foundation. Wine and beer is also available for purchase. All proceeds from the food vendors go directly back into the local Community.

The Monte Rio Amphitheater affords the perfect setting to relax and enjoy top rated entertainment among mature majestic Redwood trees surrounding a gently sloping meadow located in the heart of Monte Rio, California.

You are invited to bring your lawn and beach chairs on the day of the show.  On the morning of the show, Thursday, July 26th CHAIR SET UP starts at 7:00 am. Chair set up is on a first come, first served basis. The gates close at 3:00 pm and reopen at 4:30 pm when barbeque, desserts and the no host wine and beer bar’s open.

Its easy to “Get Your Tickets!” with one of these four methods:


Brown Paper Tickets

Show tickets are $30 per Adult and $15 for Youth (Aged 13-17) when accompanied by a paying Adult. Children 12 and under are free with a paying Adult. To reserve and pay for tickets by mail please fill out this attached form. Your tickets will be available at the Will Call desk at 4:30pm on the day of the show.

The barbeque begins at 4:30pm next to the Monte Rio Amphitheater. Chicken or Ribs dinner will be served and veggie Burgers will also be available as a meat alternative. Hot dogs, popcorn, baked goods, beer, and wine, will also be offered for sale near show time.

All proceeds from the show and barbeque go to benefit St. Catherine’s Church, the Monte Rio School Foundation, and the Monte Rio Fire Services Foundation.

dt.common.streams.StreamServer3Scene from our July 27, 2017 Variety Show