It’s already common knowledge that Napa Valley is home to some of the best wines and wineries in the world. Because of its status as a winemaking region, the valley has become a top tourist destination for wine lovers throughout the years.
But wines aren’t the only thing Napa Valley can offer. It has many attractions and places to explore which visitors should definitely check out. There are also events that you can participate in which will let you experience the culture of the region. If you are looking to make the most out of your Napa Valley trip, check out the events that will coincide with your travel dates.
Napa Valley holds events that cater to lovers of wine, food, music, and the arts. The place has a rich culture and it is beautifully shown through these events. It doesn’t matter what month you are planning to go to because there are events that are lined up each month.
In January, you might want to check out the Napa Lighted Art Festival wherein artists display their original artworks with the use of technology and lights. If you are a truffle lover, get up close and personal with this prized ingredient and taste truffle dishes during the Napa Truffle Festival. Food lovers can also get the chance to wine and dine in the valley’s culinary favorites and hotspots during Napa Valley Restaurant Week. In February, you can participate in a walking food and wine tour during Napa’s Culinary Crawl or you can also watch world class short films at the Yountville International Short Film Festival.
March is the month of marathons as runners can participate in the Napa Valley Marathon and the Napa Valley Women’s Half Marathon. If you are a music, food, and wine lover, Yountville Live is the event for you. Art enthusiasts might plan their Napa Valley trip during April because of Arts in April. On the other hand, music lovers will want to go during May for BottleRock Napa Valley which is a 3-day music, wine, food, and craft brew festival.
In June, wine lovers and winemakers participate in the annual Auction Napa Valley where renowned Napa Valley vintners celebrate their best wines. Every Friday evening in June, the Napa City Nights summer concert series are held downtown where families can enjoy the entertainment. July is also a month for music lovers as visitors can participate in the Festival Napa Valley, Margrit Mondavi Summer concert series, and Napa Porchfest. Jazz fans can enjoy the music in August during the Blues, Brews, and BBQ while chamber music fans are in for a treat during the Music in the Vineyards festival.
September is a great month for culinary and culture lovers as it is the month when Calistoga’s Harvest Table and the Open Studios Napa Valley are being held. Those who follow professional golf will want to attend the Safeway Open in October.
In November, you can attend the Napa Valley Film Festival where you can watch films and interact with filmmakers and actors while also enjoying food and wine. The rest of the events during November and December are sure to bring holiday cheer as you can participate in the Napa Christmas Parade, Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade, and the Reindeer Run.
Napa Valley is not just about wine but also food, art, music, and even sports. To have a well-rounded experience during your trip, you should also try to enjoy the various events. If you are mainly going to Napa for a wine tour, wineries also participate in events that will give you a taste of what’s Napa Valley like.
Fantesca Estate & Winery not only holds wine tours but also gives visitors a chance to participate in events such as the 9 Stars Culinary Experience, Mardi Gras, and the Kentucky Derby. Read more about these events here.