Your Guide to BottleRock Napa Valley

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Your Guide to BottleRock Napa Valley

By Hana-Lee Sedgwick January 18, 2024

Delicious food, local wine, and some of the biggest names in music together for one long weekend in Napa Valley? Yes, please! Get excited, because the uber-popular BottleRock Napa Valley festival returns May 24 – 26, 2024 to kick off summer in style, bringing amazing live music, good food, and plenty of fun together for one epic three-day festival. Here’s what you need to know before you go.

Tickets go fast

Naturally, anything that combines live music with high quality food, craft beer, and incredible wine in the middle of Wine Country will draw crowds. And when it happens to take place over Memorial Day weekend in Napa Valley, you can bet that tickets sell out quickly. We suggest dropping what you’re doing (after reading this, of course) to purchase your tickets ASAP, as three-day general admission tickets have already sold out for this year’s event. (Then set a calendar reminder to check the BottleRock website later this year to see when tickets go on sale for 2025).

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Regardless of where you’re coming from, you’ll want to have a plan (in advance) for getting to and from the event, as missing your favorite band because you’re stranded would be a major bummer. BottleRock buses operate daily from San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland, San Jose, Sonoma, Mill Valley, Palo Alto, and Santa Rosa. Locally, Napa Valley’s VINE Transit offers free rides and extended, late-night service all weekend, including regional express service to BART. If traveling from outside the Bay Area, you could arrive by Amtrak train or by airplane, as the Charles M. Schultz – Sonoma County Airport is right smack in the middle of Wine Country. If you do plan on driving, though, it’s wise to bring your friends with you to reduce the number of cars on the road and in parking lots. Carpooling to BottleRock is way more fun, anyways.

All-day street parking will be available in downtown Napa, and at the event there will be General Admission parking available for purchase, plus VIP parking, as well. Just note that there is no overnight parking in the BottleRock lots, so plan accordingly.

Bottlerock

Music, music, and more music

Yes, there’s great scenery. And yes, there’s great food and drink. But let’s be honest… BottleRock is about the music. On Friday, May 24, Stevie Nicks, Megan Thee Stallion, Nelly, Bebe Rexha, and many more will perform, while Saturday finds Pearl Jam, My Morning Jacket, T-Pain, and Kali Uchis all taking the stage, to name just a few. On Sunday, May 26, enjoy the sounds of Ed Sheeran, Queens of the Stone Age, Norah Jones, Cannons, Stephen Marley… the list goes on. Check out the full line-up here.

Spirited Libations

This festival does take place in Napa Valley, so it’s to be expected that the wine offerings will be top-notch. Whether reaching for a crisp sauvignon blanc from Acumen, a bubbly delight from Mumm, or an acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon from Duckhorn, the staff of BottleRock sommeliers and wine experts will be there to make sure your glass is always full. Not a wine drinker? There will be plenty of cold and refreshing craft beer on hand, as well as craft cocktails and yes, coffee, for those who favor a jolt of caffeine over booze.

culinary delights of Bottlerock
Photo Courtesy of BottleRock / Michael Drummon

Culinary Dreamin’

With a culinary program to match the vibrant food scene in Napa Valley, BottleRock over delivers when it comes to festival food. Expect a who’s who of Napa eateries (like La Toque, Morimoto, and Compline) dishing up gourmet selections, while over at the Culinary Stage, renowned chefs and musical performers will team up for mouthwatering entertainment.

Bottlerock
Photo Courtesy of BottleRock / Tim Hans

Rest and rejuvenate… at a music festival?

You read that right—in between all that standing and dancing, you can partake in foot and body massages, mini facials, and even hydration therapies at BottleRock. We promise, taking a moment to pamper yourself will make your BottleRock experience even that much more amazing.

A Sustainable Festival

Did you know that BottleRock is stiving to be one of the most sustainable festivals around? Some of their sustainability efforts include increasing compost, decreasing landfill waste by recycling cans and glass, offering refillable water stations and reusable wine glasses, and eliminating all single use plastic at the event. Cheers to that!

concert at Bottlerock
Photo Courtesy of BottleRock / Julian Bajsel