Napa Valley is a feast for the senses, and for the ears, there’s plenty of outdoor live music concerts year-round. Open-air concerts come in a variety of options, from large-scale music festivals to small-town band nights, intimate lounge-style acts to one-of-a-kind outdoor winery stages.
Like many high-end destinations, Napa Valley has embraced several large-format outdoor live music concerts in recent years.
The largest of these is without question BottleRock, a three-day music (and food!) festival held at the Napa Valley Expo in downtown Napa on Memorial Day weekend (May 27–29).
The lineups comprise some of the biggest names in the music business – this year's headliners are Metallica, Twenty One Pilots, P!nk, and Luke Combs. Every year the show runs multiple stages simultaneously.
BottleRock also is a festival of food and wine, as dozens of Napa Valley restaurateurs and wineries get in on the fun to sell their wares. Perhaps the most famous food item year after year: A bucket of fried chicken from Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc restaurant.
BottleRock also plans after parties and after concerts every year, and these shows are just as exciting as the main events. JaM Cellars Ballroom is hosting indoor BottleRock AfterDark concerts each night of the weekend this year.
Napa Valley has several other large-format concert programs throughout the summer every year.
One of the most popular, Oxbow RiverStage, is an open-air performing arts venue set up along the banks of the Oxbow River in downtown Napa. Every year this stage welcomes about a half-dozen different artists. Food trucks and other food and wine vendors work these shows, as well. The 2022 lineup includes:
- Brandi Carlile on June 19
- Norah Jones with Regina Spektor on June 25
- A-ha on July 29
- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave on August 12
- Robert Plant & Alison Krauss on August 23
- Widespread Panic on August 26–28
- Leon Bridges on September 4
- Bonnie Raitt with Mavis Staples on September 17
Farther north, in St. Helena, the Blue Note Napa puts on a surprisingly eclectic lineup of concerts on a relatively modest stage at Charles Krug Winery. These concerts are mostly on weekends, spanning the entire summer. Find the full list of concerts here. Just some of the bands performing in 2022 are:
- Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on June 18
- Ani DiFranco on June 25
- Bebel Gilberto on July 29
- The Psychedelic Furs on August 12
- George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic on August 21
- Rodrigo y Gabriela on September 15
- moe. on September 23–24
- many more
Special Outdoor Music Events
Napa Valley hosts several special outdoor music events every year, as well – multiday programs designed to extend and amplify the appreciation of music and culture throughout the Bay Area.
Festival Napa Valley, which takes place every summer, comprises 10 nights’ worth of music and dance performances, held at various locations up and down the Valley. Some of these performances are outdoors, and because they’re at night, the outdoor performances often unfold under the stars. Other outdoor Festival performances take place at wineries, amongst the vineyards. Several Festival events also are held in the outdoor amphitheater at CIA Copia. In 2022, Festival Napa Valley headliners include Trisha Yearwood performing outside at Nickel & Nickel, and Grammy-award violinist Joshua Bell and soprano Larissa Martinez performing on the outdoor stage at Charles Krug Winery.
Also this summer is the Broadway & Vine series, featuring four Broadway stars performing outdoors on four different nights (all concerts include entertainment and a vintner dinner at an additional cost):
- Lea Michele at Carneros Resort on June 7
- Nasia Thomas and Jelani Remy at Tre Posti in St. Helena on July 11
- Ciara Renee and Natalie Tenenbaum at Tre Posti on August 10
- Abby Mueller at Tre Posti on September 20
Finally, the Blue Note Jazz Festival will be held at Charles Krug Estate Winery July 30–31.
Town Concert Series
Most of the towns in Napa Valley have their own concert summer series as well. These tend to be more modest affairs – intimate gatherings that attract an even number of locals and visitors to the region.
Calistoga — Thursdays are concert days in Calistoga’s Pioneer Park, thanks to the summertime Calistoga Concerts in the Park program. Guests can bring their own wines, and local wines are available for purchase.
St. Helena — Lyman Park is St. Helena is thumping on Thursdays as well – Thursdays in July. This is part of the St. Helena Summer Concert series, which takes place under the gazebo. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets, and picnics. Most restaurants in town offer take-out meal options on concert nights, too.
Yountville — At Yountville Music in the Park, music lovers gather on blankets and lawn chairs in Veterans Memorial Park to listen to local bands play under a gazebo. Different bands and food trucks are scheduled for each week. The concerts are held every other week from June 12 – August 28.
Downtown Napa — Perhaps the most happening city concert series is in downtown Napa every Friday, as the Napa City Nights Summer Concerts take place in Veterans Memorial Park along the river. Hundreds of people show up to the amphitheater along the Napa Riverwalk Promenade every week, and there’s nothing more peaceful than watching live music as the sun sets behind you. Be sure to bring a picnic dinner, and – of course – don’t forget the wine.
Other Venues with Music
Another option for great live music: the Music in the Vineyards series, a nationally acclaimed chamber music festival held at different wineries and other event venues every August.
Napa Valley is a great place to see live music indoors, too, and we’d be remiss if we didn’t at least mention a few of the most notable venues for inside shows. At the top of the indoor list is Blue Note Napa in downtown Napa, and the Uptown Theatre, which hosts big-name acts year-round.
Many wineries, hotels, and restaurants have live music nights, as well. Among the best:
- JaM Cellars JaM Sessions (Thursdays – Saturdays)
- Busters Southern BBQ live jazz & blues (Sundays)
- Merryvale Vineyards music on the terrace (1st & 3rd Fridays)
- Picayune Cellars live music (Fridays)
- Andaz Napa live music (Wednesdays & Saturdays)
- FARM at Carneros live music (Sundays – Thursdays)
- Embassy Suites live music (Tuesdays)
- River Terrace Inn live music (Fridays & Saturdays)
Check out our events calendar online to discover what's happening when you're in town.