Every year, visitors descend on Napa Valley for winery tours and wine tasting experience as it is one of the most well-known wine regions in the world. Napa Valley has been producing great-tasting and world-famous wines for some time now. This is mainly the reason why people have been returning to the area time and time again.
But Napa Valley is not just all about wines. Most wineries and other local organizations now hold events which give more well-rounded as well as one-of-a-kind experiences to their guests. Fantesca Estate & Winery, for example, offers a number of different opportunities to enjoy wine along with other fun and indulgent activities. So if you are planning to go to Napa Valley anytime soon, don’t just stop with winery tours. Look out for great upcoming events that might tickle your fancy.
The great thing about Napa Valley is that whatever month you plan on going, it is highly likely that you might stumble upon an ongoing event. Napa is known for its rich culture and love for the arts and there are numerous festivals and events that showcase them.
During the month of January, get to witness the outstanding artworks created by local and international artists using lights and technology at the Napa Lighted Art Festival. You might also want to check out the Napa Truffle Festival where you will get to know more about the prized ingredient and have a chance to sample truffle dishes made by chefs. In February, participate in a unique walking food and wine tours in Downtown Napa during Napa’s Culinary Crawl event and taste dishes from the region’s best culinary destinations and local wines. If you are a fan of short films, the Yountville International Short Film Festival might be up your street.
Every March, Napa Valley annually holds the Napa Valley Marathon and Napa Valley Women’s Half Marathon for runners who want to run with a scenic view. Another popular Napa Valley event during March is Yountville Live where guests can enjoy exclusive musical performances from rising artists while savoring exquisite dishes made by master chefs and tasting various Napa wineries’ specialties.
In April, Napa celebrates the month-long festival, Arts in April, which is dedicated to the local art scene. This event includes showcases of live music, art exhibitions, culinary arts, theater performances, storytelling, and more. There are also cycling events held during the month namely CampoVelo and Wine Valley Cycle for Sight.
BottleRock Napa Valley is also a popular Napa Valley event held during the month of May in the city of Napa. During this three-day event, you will be treated to a variety of music, wine, and food.
If you are going to Napa Valley in June and happen to be a wine lover, check out the Auction Napa Valley which is the well-known charity wine auction and community fundraiser. Music lovers are also in for a treat as during the months of July to August, there will be several music events in different cities such as Napa City Nights concert series, St. Helena concert series, and Calistoga Concerts in the Park. One of the well-known events in Napa, the Festival Napa Valley, is also held during July.
During September, participate in Calistoga’s Harvest Table where local restaurants and wineries gather at the city center. Discover art at the Open Studios Napa Valley event and meet various artists who will showcase their own artworks.
Safeway Open in October is a must-attend for golfers and golf lovers alike. Aside from the sport, there will also be music, food, and wine. This month also marks the height of harvest season for local wineries. If you want to take part in winemaking from the very first step, check out the Hands on Harvest at Fantesca Estate & Winery.
During the months of November and December, prepare to be greeted by the holiday cheer during the events such as Holidays in Yountville, Napa’s Christmas Parade, and Reindeer Run. November also hosts the annual Napa Valley Film Festival where you get a chance to watch independent films and talk to filmmakers, writers, and directors.
All of these Napa Valley events go to show that the region is not just about visiting wineries for tours and tasting. Wine is also best partnered with the rich culture and tradition of Napa. The place has a seamless integration of their wine, food, music, and art industries which only makes Napa Valley a worthwhile destination.