Mark your calendar. Festival Napa Valley, now in its 12th season, will take place this year from July 14-23, 2017. Once you take a peek at the program, I bet you won’t be able to resist. Some of this season’s headliners will include superstars like Bill Murray, Gloria Estefan and Joshua Bell.
On the other hand, it isn’t likely that one needs an excuse to visit Napa, an all-season destination that doesn’t disappoint whatever your age or interests. Yes, they call it wine country but even teetotalers enjoy the spectacular art, outdoors, culture and food scene. The valley offers accommodations suited to couples, singles and families at a range of price points. Whether you visit for a long weekend or a week, you’re only likely to be able to skim the surface in view of all there is to see and do.
However, if you are a lover of food, wine and music, summer may be one of the most appealing times to visit. Festival Napa Valley, sponsored by the nonprofit Festival Napa Valley Association that supports arts education, is an annual summer event that draws more than 10,000 visitors from all over the world. The 10-day festival is collaboration among more than 200 artists, 100 wineries, and resorts, theaters, restaurants and vintners.
Some of this year’s festival highlights include:
Friday, July 14th
Opening Night Gala
The opening night gala—featuring al fresco dining and a concert headlined by two, up-and-coming opera singers (Danielle de Niese and Lucas Meachem)—will be held at Meadowood Napa Valley’s brand new venue, Redwood Lawn. This beautiful Relais & Chateaux resort is set on 250 private acres.
Saturday, July 15th
Cuban Night with Joshua Bell
Celebrated violinist Joshua Bell and The Chamber Orchestra of Havana, Aldo Lopez-Gavilan and others will take over Far Niente Winery for a night of music that inspired the PBS special “Joshua Bell’s Seasons of Cuba.”
Sunday, July 16th
Gloria Estefan in Concert
Legendary Gloria Estefan (whose story is the basis for the Broadway hit, On Your Feet) will perform with a full symphony orchestra at The Green Music Center at Sonoma State University.
Tuesday, July 18th
Hot Havana Nights at Blue Note
Musicians Aldo Lopez-Gavilan and friends, young musicians discovered in Cuba, perform at the new Blue Note Napa. This jazz club/gourmet restaurant venue occupies the first floor of the historic Napa Valley Opera House.
Wednesday, July 19th
Symphony Night: An All American Celebration with Andre Watts at Lincoln Theater
One of the world’s most celebrated pianists will perform at the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater.
Thursday July 20th
Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends at Lincoln Theater
Bill Murray will headline a show with 4 musicians (including famous cellist Jan Vogler), offering an eclectic mix of song and spoken word. This will be the U.S. debut of a show that was first performed in Berlin.
The festival will also other events including a 5K and 10K Sun Run, a fashion show and luncheon, vintner’s luncheons, a dance gala, and other parties and dinners.
Check out the full program for Festival Napa Valley:
- Calendar list view
- Day by Day view
- Multi-Day Passes
- Additional information about artists and venues.
- For additional information to help plan a visit, see