Not long after the winter solstice, when the days are shorter and darker, the city of Napa will be lightening things up in a big way. For the second year, it will celebrate the new year with the Napa Lighted Arts Festival. This event was first held last year with 9 nights, 9 locations, 9 art installations, and 11 artists. This year it hopes to expand to 15 locations where light installations — representing a mix of local, U.S., and international artists — will spectacularly illuminate the exteriors of local buildings.

The festival is designed to be a walkable, interactive experience and can only be fully experienced on foot — many of the installations have music or sound that may not be heard from a vehicle. Live entertainment and food/drink from local venues is being coordinated, and a symposium series, with some of the artists discussing their art, is also in development.

Napa Lighted Art Festival

The Napa Lighted Arts Festival and Napa After Dark
January 12 to 20, 2019
Monday through Thursday 6 to 9 pm
Friday through Sunday 6 to 10 pm

Here are the locations that have been firmed up thus far:

*  Blue Note/Napa Valley Opera House, 1030 Main Street
*  Riverfront Building, 700 Main Street
*  CIA at Copia (outside in the back amphitheater), 500 Main Street
*  CIA at Copia II (interior), 500 Main Street
*  First Presbyterian Church, 1333 3rd Street
*  Napa River Inn/Silo’s, 500 Main Street
*  Napa Square, 1455 1st Street
*  Native Sons, 937 Coombs Street
*  John Anthony Vineyards/York House, 1005 Jefferson Street
*  Goodman Library, 1219 1st Street
*  Vintner's Collective, 1245 Main Street

In addition, several related events are worth checking out:

Art After Dark with RAD
See all the latest Rails Art District (RAD) murals at night – take a short stroll along the Vine Trail between Vallejo Street and Jackson Street to see RAD’s six latest murals that glow in the night sky.

Night Bloom at Oxbow Commons
7 pm Saturdays, January 12 and 19, and Sundays, January 13 and 20
Napa Valley’s majestic hot air balloons will be uniquely displayed as part of this year’s Art After Dark experience. Several tethered hot air balloons will light up the sky at Oxbow Commons on both weekends of the festival.

Lantern Parade
This fun-filled people parade will start and finish at Veteran’s Park, weaving through the various art installations in downtown Napa. All ages are encouraged to create a lantern and walk in the parade. (Note that no fire is allowed, so please use battery-operated lights.) Friday, January 18  at 6:30 pm.

Constellation Light Sculpture at The Village at Vista Collina Resort
January 12 - 20
Sit, sip wine and stay awhile in cozy chairs underneath this LED overhead sculpture to marvel in its beauty and to invoke your curiosity. Artist Christopher Schardt is inspiring audiences by transforming a space beyond something that is ordinary into something that sparkles with life. This stunning installation is further enhanced by wine and beer tastings from The Village's 9 tasting rooms, as well as free shuttle service from downtown Napa.