July 4Napa County Fair & Fireworks – Calistoga
12 p.m. – 11 p.m; $20 for adults, $15 for youth 6 – 12, children ages 5 and under are free
July brings the return of the annual Napa County Fair & Fireworks in Calistoga! Kick off the day at 11 a.m. with a patriotic parade in downtown Calistoga, then head to the fairgrounds to sample some of Napa’s award-winning wines at the Wine & Beer pavilion, followed by a few go-rounds on the Zipper. Cap off the evening at 9:30 p.m. with a spectacular fireworks display celebrating our nation’s independence. Skip the lines at all rides and attractions for a $5 Premium Access upgrade (limited to the first 500 sold). Get updates and last minute info on the Fair’s Facebook page.
July 5HALL St. Helena Wine Country Backyard BBQ “Red, Wine and Blue” – St. Helena
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.; $125
Part of HALL’s signature food and wine pairing workshop, during this two-hour event you will taste three different newly released HALL or WALT wines paired with three superbly prepared courses of varying texture and flavor. By describing how the food pairing affects the taste of the wine, you’ll learn which wines work best with which flavors. Take a taste of HALL home with you by preparing some of their signature recipes at home.
July 11Annual BBQ at Black Stallion Winery – Napa
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.; $45 for General Admission, $40 for Napa neighbors, $30 for Wine Club Members, two complementary tickets for Brucephalus Members
Bring your appetite to the Oak Knoll District this July 11, because Black Stallion Winery’s annual BBQ is always a feast full of flavors. Their “distinctive yet approachable” winemaking philosophy is the perfect pairing for an outdoor BBQ under Napa Valley’s sweet summer sun.
July 11L’Italia in Vigneto at Andretti Winery – Napa
Guests arrive at 7 p.m.; $90 (club members receive a 20% discount)
Revel in Andretti Winery’s Cal-Ital style wines and taste authentic Italian dishes below the Cypress trees amid their gorgeous, old world Tuscan setting during “L’Italia in Vigneto” or “Vineyard in Italy.” Reserve your space right away, because this exclusive and unforgettable event has a limit of 16 guests.
July 18Summer Winemaker Dinner & White Party at Markham Vineyards – St. Helena
6:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.; $125 for General Admission, $110 for Club Members
Don your crispest whites and prepare to party at this year’s Summer Winemaker Dinner & White Party at Markam Vineyards. Join a guest chef from Juban’s Restaurant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a flavorful night of food, wine and dancing in one of Napa’s oldest continuously operating wineries. Choice wines from Markham Vineyards’ cellars will complement an authentic creole gumbo and a Louisiana-style ribeye chateaubriand. RSVP before July 7.
July 15 – 26Festival del Sole – Napa
$3000 (Opening or Closing weekend passes), $10,000 (Full festival access), Various Prices (Bespoke Patron Passes, any combination of three or more festival day passes), $449 (Multi-evening Allegro pass – four Lincoln Theater concerts, four Allegro after parties), or Various Prices for single event tickets
Napa Valley’s Festival del Sole bills itself as “10 of the Best Days of Your Life” and we’re inclined to agree. With over 60 events featuring wine, food, music, dance, and theater, Festival de Sole brings world-class performers to the heart of Napa Valley. The festival’s ten days are packed with performances, tastings, and cuisine pairings including highlights like actor Kevin Spacey at the Annual Festival Gala at Meadowood Napa Valley on July 19 (admittance available exclusively with Opening Weekend or Bespoke Passes), the Vintner’s Luncheon at Charles Krug (July 21), and Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at Castello di Amorosa (July 23).
The festival will also feature free performances and screenings, including:
- Film Screening at 500 First Street (July 21, 6:30 p.m. Admission is free but all guests must have a ticket)
- Russian National Orchestra in Concert at the Green Music Center (July 21, 6:30 p.m.)
- Moscow Nights with Dmitri Hvorostovsky and the RNO at Castello di Amorosa (July 22, 6:30 p.m.)
- Community Concert: Angel Heart at Lincoln Theater (July 26, 1 p.m. Admission is free but all guests must have a ticket)
Image source: Napa County Fair