Outdoor Events: Summer in NapaValley

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When the weather’s glorious, it’s time to head outside. From concerts in the vineyards, train rides and BBQ eatin’ contests, Napa Valley is celebrating the sweet vibes of summer. We’ll see you at these awesome events with a glass of wine in hand! What to make it a weekend getaway? Check out our special Napa Valley lodging deals!

Napa City Nights
June 9 -August 18, 2017
Downtown Napa

The Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater features terraced seating, great lighting and views of the Napa River and, on Friday Nights during the summer, it’s also one of the hottest venues for live performances of jazz, rock, country, world music, pop, blues and folk. Concerts start on June 9 with Nuclear Blonde, The Special Guests and Anthony Presti and run through Aug. 18 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Each Friday night concert features three different acts.

Insider’s tip: Jonesin’ for more outdoor music? Check out Musical Picnics in St Helena and Concerts In The Park in Calistoga, throughout the summer!

Downtown Napa Porchfest
July 30, 2017

Oh man, Porchfest is back in 2017, meaning dozens of bands will be playing on porches throughout Napa on Sunday, July 30 from noon to 6 p.m. This year brings a food truck roundup at Fuller Park, too, so bring an appetite along with your love of music. Also bring a blanket or a lawn chair to do some Olympic style relaxin’ while listening to a band rock out on someone’s porch. Did you fall in love with downtown? Explore our Napa Foodie Tour!

Insider’s tip: Pick up a convenient to carry 3-pack crowler(can/growler) at Fieldworks in Oxbow. Easy to carry as they come with a carrying case as you bike between porches.

Music in The Vineyards
August 4th – August 27th
Throughout Napa Valley

It’s not often that one gets the chance to hear musicians of the exceptionally high caliber of those who will converge upon the Napa Valley in August for our 23rd season. We know, because we get to handpick them; musicians who are world-renowned in their field as soloists, chamber musicians, orchestra musicians and master teachers. The schedule is your guide to hearing them, in programs they’’ve selected specifically for the unique ambiance of their 12 winery hosts: Charles Krug, Chimney Rock, Clos Pegase, Domaine Carneros, Freemark Abbey, Frog’s Leap, The Hess Collection, Inglenook, Jamieson Ranch, Merryvale, Robert Mondavi and Silverado Vineyards. Concerts take place on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays through to August 27th.

Insider Tip: Unable to make the weekend dates or looking for something less formal? You’re also invited to drop into their four free open rehearsals on Thursday afternoons.

Festa Italiana
August 12, 2017
Inglenook Estate

Mid-August marks Inglenook’s annual Harvest Party, and this year they’re celebrating the event in the exuberant style of an Italian Street Festival! Under a canopy of sparkly lights crisscrossed with small banners of red, white and green, the Chateau’s Courtyard will be brimming with the same bustle as any one of the numerous public squares throughout Italy honoring the very same occasion in the very same way. Sip Inglenook wines while exploring the food booths that will line the Courtyard’s pathways.

You’ll be able to indulge in a range of Italian taste sensations, such as wood fired pizza, “Uncle Mikey’s” sausage and peppers, spiedini, hand-pulled mozzarella, fresh fruit, and a variety of desserts—-all while enjoying the strains of popular Italian favorites, as an accordion player roams the Courtyard with a repertoire rich enough to accept your requests. Later in the evening we’ll all be dancing to the exhilarating rhythms of Neon Velvet, a group known for playing favorite oldies and current hit songs to deliver a Dance Party bar none.

Insider Tip: Ferragosto, the August Holidays, is a tradition rooted in ancient Roman custom that recognizes the end of the harvest season and the start of summer relaxation.

Main Street Reunion Car Show
August 19th, 2017
Downtown Napa

Love yourself some classic rides? The Main Street Reunion is an ongoing car show in downtown Napa where you can catch a glimpse of cars from before 1976 at two different events. There’s a Show ‘n Shine on Friday, Aug. 19 from 5 to 8:30 p.m. for a sneak preview of the cars at City Parking lot X. There will be 150 cars, food, beer, wine and live music. Then, the next day on Saturday, Aug. 19, starting at 10 a.m., check out the car show on Main Street. On the big day, there’ll be 400 different vehicles and more nostalgia than you can shake a stick at. Both events are free.

Insider Tip: We’re not vintage car aficionados we did a little research on what you should look for when you’re viewing your next line up of hot rods, courtesy of the Seattle Times.

Blues, Brews & BBQ
August 26th, 2017
Downtown Napa

From noon to 9 p.m. — it’s Blues, Brews and BBQ! This festival attracts world-class beers and blues musicians in equal measure. Not to mention master BBQ chefs. The fun’s going down at the Oxbow Commons in downtown Napa this year. Featuring Live Blues music from some of the Bay Area’s best blues musicians, over 30 hard to find micro-brewed beers in a large Beer Garden, Finger lickin’ BBQ food from great BBQ masters; plus the famous annual rib eating contest that you don’t want to miss!

Insider’s tip: Admission is free and the event is open to the public so head to Downtown Napa to enjoy a day of music, food and fun with family and friends!

Calistoga Wine Experience
September 9, 2017
Pioneer Park

Enjoy tastings with over 40 winery owners and winemakers while you pair varietals with gourmet bites from local chefs. Enjoy the music of local favorite, Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers.

In this one-of-a-kind experience dozens of wines grown or produced in the Calistoga AVA can be enjoyed that showcase the unique qualities of the Calistoga AVA. This is a perfect opportunity to taste wines that can only be purchased direct through the winery, or at select restaurants and retailers. For true oenophiles and straight forward wine lovers alike, this is the best way to taste exclusive wines and meet with winemakers and vintners. Last year’s event was an “over the top success” and Calistoga was just voted, “One of the top 10 wine destinations in the world!” by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, so book early and come enjoy an afternoon in an idyllic park setting.

Insider Tip: While Calistoga Harvest Table(held the next day) might’ve sold out visitors can still enjoy 4:30 wine bar social and strolling down main street. Join them downtown, it’s a magical evening!