2020 Must-Attend Events & Festivals
Life may be a cabaret (or, as we prefer hereabouts, a Cabernet) but, in the Napa Valley, life is also a year-round festival – or feast, or concert, or art show. Here’s a partial list of all the annual events being held in the valley each month.
January - Napa Valley Restaurant Week, held from January 26 to February 1, allows locals and visitors alike to experience multi-course, prix-fixe lunches and dinners at some of the valley’s finest restaurants. Also, check out the Napa Truffle Festival, the Lighted Art Festival, and the Napa Valley Resolution Run.
February – Napa’s Culinary Crawl is a walking food and wine tour among downtown Napa's finest culinary destinations.
March – Yountville Live, from March 19 to 22, is three days featuring rock-star chefs, chart-topping music, and award-winning wines. Or, if you’re more athletic-minded, there’s the 42nd annual Napa Valley Marathon on March 1.
May – Bottlerock, held this year from May 22 to 24, has quickly become one of the West Coast’s most popular music, food, wine, and brew festivals.
June – Auction Napa Valley, from June 4 to 7, is easily one of the country’s premier wine auctions, combining artisanal cuisine and auction lots featuring bucket-list experiences and collections of Napa Valley's most exclusive wines. Or enjoy some great music at Napa Valley Jazz Getaway, Napa City Nights, or Musical Picnics in St. Helena’s Lyman Park (which continue through August).
July – Festival Napa Valley, scheduled for July 17 to 26, packs ten days with more than 60 events, 100 wineries, Napa Valley wines and cuisine, including major stars of music, dance, and theater. The proceeds go to enrich local arts and community programs. Or check out the Robert Mondavi Summer Concert Series or Napa Porchfest on July 26.
August - Send off the summer with live music. Napa City Nights concert series, Calistoga Concerts in the Park, and the St. Helena Summer Concert Series all bring a variety of local favorites to the valley each weekend.
September – Harvest Table, held this year on September 13, features 10+ local restaurants and 40+ wineries, with dinner at a thousand-foot-long table down Calistoga's main street. Book early – this event always sells out immediately.
October – The Safeway Open, dates to be announced, is held at the Silverado Resort and Spa, isn’t just a PGA golf tournament. It’s also a concert series and food-and-wine festival spread over four venues. Or participate in the Angwin to Anguish Trail Run or St. Helena’s Pet Parade and Hometown Harvest Festival.
November – The Napa Valley Film Festival, now ranks among the top cinema fests in the country, featuring previews and premieres of films from small indies to potential Oscar-nominees. Also, check out the Napa Turkey Trot and the Lighting of the Napa Christmas Tree.
December – During the Holidays in Yountville, the town glows with thousands of twinkling lights and seasonal music fills the air. There’s a long list of popular events, including free carriage rides, a holiday movie series, SantaCon, photos with Santa, wreath-making and other workshops, and of course, excellent food and wine. Also check out Calistoga’s Lighted Tractor Parade, the Reindeer Run, or the Winter in the Wineries Passport.
*Disclaimer: This story was first posted on visitnapavalley.com on January 6, 2020. https://www.visitnapavalley.com/blog/post/must-attend-events-festivals/