Napa Valley is best known for wine, of course, and farm fresh menus to complement the grape. However, there is a hunger and thirst for music as well, and summer in the Napa Valley provides a variety of opportunities to enjoy music, from the City of Napa to Calistoga. Live concert events are scheduled throughout the Napa Valley all season long, with something for every musical taste.
Festival Napa Valley – Celebrating its eleventh season, this high-end festival runs July 15 – 24, and features International luminaries in classical music, from vocalists to orchestral groups to dance. Scheduled to appear are Kristen Chenowith, Sergio Mendes, Kathleen Battle and more. Performances are held at some of the most spectacular wineries throughout the valley, accompanied by premium cuisine and wines. In ten days, more than 60 events are held at 100 wineries.
Robert Mondavi Winery Concerts – Now in its 47th year, the Mondavi concert series runs every Saturday in July and presents headliner performers on the sprawling grass terrace of the iconic winery. This year guest artists include American Authors, Blues Traveler, Ingrid Michaelson, and O.A.R.
Long Meadow Ranch’s Bluegrass-Fed Concerts – This intimate family venue in St. Helena features country, blues, and rock performers through October 1, 2016. The roster of performers includes Fruition, The Brothers Comatose, Trout Steak Revival, The Lil’ Smokies and more.
Music in the Vineyards Festival – If you’re more of a classical music buff, check out this popular festival, celebrating its 22nd season this summer. From July 29 to August 21, 2016 the series presents chamber music in intimate winery settings from Napa to Calistoga. This year’s program will include the complete quartets of Ludwig von Beethoven, performed in five concerts over five days by the Pacifica Quartet.
Musical Picnics in Lyman Park –This delightful series of free, family-friendly concerts is held in St. Helena’s charming Lyman Park. Pack a picnic dinner, a few (low) lawn chairs, and your kids (there’s often also a food truck and free ice cream), then sit back and enjoy an old-fashioned evening of eclectic music. Concerts are held from 6 to 8 p.m. every other Thursday through August 25, 2016.
Napa City Nights – With terraced seating and beautiful views of the Napa River, the Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater in downtown Napa is the perfect venue for an outdoor musical evening. Musical genres include jazz, rock, country, world, blues, pop and folk. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy free entertainment for the whole family, 6:30 to 10 p.m. every Friday all summer.
Bluegrass in the Grove – If you’re a fan of bluegrass or BBQ, reserve your spot for this delicious event on July 9, 2016 at Rutherford Grove Winery just south of St. Helena. Entertainment will be by the bluegrass band, The Faultliners, and dinner will be traditional southern barbecue topped off with peach pie and ice cream sundaes for dessert. Wines will be paired and provided by Rutherford Grove Winery.
Blues, Brews and BBQ – This event is in downtown Napa with two live stages for blues performing artists near First and Main Streets. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Saturday, August 27, 2016 from noon to 6 p.m.
Calistoga Concerts in the Park – This series of free concerts is scheduled every Thursday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. through August 25, 2016 in Pioneer Park in Calistoga. Families and friends bring blankets, chairs and picnic dinner to enjoy this Calistoga favorite summer celebration. Adult beverages are allowed (for those 21 and over) and select, local wines are available for purchase, highlighting a different winery each week. For boxed dinners to go, head to Brannan’s Grill, Buster’s BBQ, Checkers, Evangeline, Tanit Pan Asian, and Cal Mart.
Enjoy the glorious summer weather in the Napa Valley and get out to hear some music! NVL