Fall is a time of color and beauty in the valley and it all starts when the last of the grapes come in and harvest comes to an end in October. In November, the Napa Valley is covered with yellow and red fall foliage and the aroma of fermenting grapes seeps out of their tanks and fills the air with the smell of blueberries and yeast. Besides the complete and utter beauty of Napa Valley, there are also a lot of fall happenings to check out.

Here is your fall to-do list:

  1. Blues Brews & BBQs 
    One of downtown Napa’s favorite events is back this October! With live music at multiple stages, amazing beers, and dozens of Bay Area BBQ restaurants, the toughest part of your day will be deciding what to listen to, eat, and drink.
  2. Harvest Festivals  
    From family-friendly farm bashes to paella parties and wine pairing harvest dinners, everyone’s celebrating the season and the wrap of the grape harvest. Check the event calendar for the full list of harvest fun. 
  3. Murder Mystery World of Wizardry 
    All aboard the Napa Valley Wine Train for a spooky Harry Potter-themed murder mystery adventure!
  4. Napa Valley Dreaming  
    October is St. Helena Dreaming month, and November is Yountville Dreaming month - visit and share your very best photos using #StHelenaDreaming in October and #YountvilleDreaming in November for a chance to win a dream vacation package.  
  5. Thanksgiving Dining 
    There’s simply no better place to savor the Thanksgiving holiday than in the haven for heavenly food and wine. Whether you're seeking a Michelin-rated meal or a family-friendly buffet, many Napa Valley restaurants pull out all the stops for Thanksgiving. Reservations sell out quickly so be sure to plan early.

Planning a fall visit? Be sure to check out What to Pack & Wear, and also add Where to Spot Fall Colors in Napa Valley to your itinerary. We'll see you soon!