Your Guide to BottleRock Napa Valley

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  • by HANA-LEE SEDGWICK
  • on MAY 27, 2021
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Delicious food, local wine, and some of the biggest names in music together for one long weekend in Napa Valley? You know you’ve waited long enough! Finally, the uber-popular BottleRock Napa Valley festival returns September 3 – 5, 2021 to bid adieu to 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 (AKA they’re already sold out)

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 Labor Day weekend in Napa Valley, you can bet that tickets sell out quickly… especially since the pandemic put last year’s event on hold. Unfortunately for those who didn’t act fast, tickets are already sold out for this year’s event. If you missed out, be sure to check the BottleRock website later this year/early next to see when you can buy tickets for BottleRock 2022.

Planes, trains, and automobiles

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, Fairfield, Sonoma, Mill Valley, Paso 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 yourself, though, it’s wise to bring your friends with you — if you arrive at the festival with four or more in your car, you’ll be eligible for a VIP upgrade (winners are selected at random upon arrival).

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.

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, September 3, Stevie Nicks, G-Eazy, Brandi Carlile, Maren Morris, and many more will perform, while Saturday finds Guns N’ Roses, Miley Cyrus, Young the Giant, and Milky Chance taking the stage, to name just a few. On Sunday, September 5, enjoy the sounds of Cage the Elephant, Megan Thee Stallion, Foo Fighters, Jimmy Eat World, Jon Batiste… the list goes on. Check out the full line-up here.

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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, palate-pleasing rosé, or acclaimed cabernet sauvignon, 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 beers on hand, as well as craft cocktails and yes, plenty of coffee, for those who favor a jolt of caffeine over booze.

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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 dishing up gourmet selections, while over at the Culinary Stage, renowned chefs and musical performers will team up for mouthwatering entertainment.

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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.

Jam with JaM Cellars

BottleRock Napa Valley is better with Butter! Napa’s JaM Cellars is the presenting sponsor of BottleRock for the fifth year in a row, and you can bet they are bringing it. Rock out with Guns N’ Roses, Stevie Nicks, and Foo Fighters on the JaM Cellars stage. Or for stripped-down sound, head over to the JaMPad for up-close-and-personal acoustic sets and chats with your favorite emerging artists. Besides music, the JaMPad will have the full JaM Cellars line up for you to try: Butter, JaM Cab, Toast Sparkling, and the new-to-BottleRock Sugar Sweet White. Now that’s what we call worthy of your #LastSipofSummer!

Safety First

Since COVID-19 is still an ongoing part of our world, your safety is of the utmost importance. Know that the BottleRock team is working in close coordination with local and state authorities to ensure things are as safe as possible for attendees of this year’s festival. They’ll be following all health and safety guidelines in place at the time of the festival, so be sure to check out their website for health and safety updates as the event draws nearer.


Courtesy of BottleRock / Julian Bajsel

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Author

Hana-Lee Sedgwick

Hana-Lee Sedgwick is a writer and editor based in her hometown of Santa Barbara, California. A Certified Specialist of Wine and Sommelier, Hana-Lee specializes in all things wine, food, and travel, and her work regularly appears in publications such as The Tasting Panel, Edible, and Food & Home. Whether for work or play, she never tires of exploring California wine country. Follow her on Instagram at @wanderandwine or visit her blog, wanderandwine.com.

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