Napa Valley to host major festivals, concert series, and local events all summer long
When you think of Napa Valley, you might think of a glass of juicy Cabernet Sauvignon enjoyed with fresh, farm-to-table cuisine. But this summer, Napa Valley has more to offer than just world-class food and wine. Over the last decade, Napa Valley has become the premier destination for the biggest names in music to host intimate shows in stunning outdoor venues.
Festival Season is Here!
May is synonymous with music in the Napa Valley as BottleRock Napa Valley takes over Downtown Napa over Memorial Day (May 26-28) weekend. The festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with headliners Post Malone, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Lizzo.
EDM fans rejoice as Tycho takes over the Oxbow RiverStage in Downtown Napa for the Golden States Festival on July 15. The lineup includes Channel Tres, Panda Bear & Sonic Boom, Buscabulla, Washed Out, Brijean, and Kaelin Ellis.
The Blue Note Jazz Festival, hosted by comedian Dave Chappelle, features headliners Mary J. Blige, Nas, and Chance the Rapper. The festival takes place at Silverado Resort July 28-30 and passes are on sale now.
Celebrate harvest season at the Down in the Valley Festival at the Oxbow RiverStage on September 2-3. The lineup features indie darlings The Head and the Heart, Waxahatchee, Dawes, Faye Webster, Madison Cunningham, Rayland Baxter, Richy Mitch & The Coal Miners, Miya Folick, and Shaina Shepherd.
Concert Series Running All Summer Long
The Meritage Resort will host the Blue Note Summer Sessions from May through September, kicking off on May 19 with Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade Tour and features artists including Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Don McLean, and Tower of Power.
If you’re in the mood for something a little different, snag tickets to Savor After Hours, a wholly unique cabaret and wine tasting experience featuring Dancing with the Stars champions and brothers Maks and Valentin Chmerkovskiy. The show takes up residency at JaM Cellars Ballroom at the Napa Valley Opera House from June to September.
Festival Napa Valley’s runs from July 8 - 23 at venues up and down the Napa Valley, and features performances from everyone including country music star Carrie Underwood to opera superstars and modern dance troupes. The festival is presented by Napa Valley Festival Association, a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring arts to all through world-class performances and inspiring arts education programs.
Musical theater fans will love Broadway and Vine, where legendary performers stage concerts at venues all across Napa Valley. The series runs June through September and includes notable names like Tituss Burgess, Darren Criss, Sutton Foster, and Brooke Shields at venues with stunning Napa Valley views like Tre Posti and Carneros Resort.
In addition to hosting several festivals, the Oxbow RiverStage will present a diverse group of musicians and bands this summer, including Charlie Wilson with Chaka Khan, Train, Widespread Panic, The Pixies, and Modest Mouse.
Live Music Every Night
If you aren't able to snag a ticket or are in the mood for something a little more low-key, these music venues, restaurants, tasting rooms, and wine bars host a regular lineup of musicians on a weekly basis.
- Napa: Blue Note Napa, Uptown Theater, JaM Sessions @ JaM Cellars, Napa Valley Distillery, Alba Restaurant at River Terrace Inn, Empress M, Levendi Winery Tasting Room, AVOW, Trade Brewing, Grille 29 at Embassy Suites, Andaz Napa, Patio Sessions at Stanly Ranch, Studio Unplugged at Feast it Forward, Be Bubbly
- Yountville: Priest Ranch, Foley Johnson, Regiis Ova Caviar & Champagne Lounge
- St. Helena: The Saint Wine Bar, Merryvale Vineyards
- Calistoga: Buster’s Southern BBQ, Picayune Cellars, MoonshineTheater at Mount View Hotel
Community Music Events
Calistoga, St. Helena, Yountville, and Downtown Napa host free weekly concerts all summer long. Pack a picnic dinner and spread out a blanket to listen to local musicians at Pioneer Park in Calistoga, Lyman Park in St. Helena, or Veterans Memorial Parks in Yountville and Downtown Napa.
One local favorite event is Porchfest, where no tickets are required. Simply bring your own folding chair and enjoy a variety of musicians performing on the porches of private homes in Napa’s historic Fuller Park neighborhood on Sunday, July 30th.
For more information or the most up-to-date calendar of live music in Napa Valley, visit www.VisitNapaValley.com/Events. If you have any questions or would like to connect with Visit Napa Valley, please contact email@example.com.