Festival Napa Valley: One More Reason to Visit Napa in Summer

Published on: February 7, 2017 | Last Updated on October 8, 2019
Summer Vineyards (Photo credit: Bob McClenahan for Visit Napa Valley
Festival Napa Valley

Festival Napa Valley

Summer Vineyards (Photo credit: Bob McClenahan for Visit Napa Valley

Summer Vineyards (Photo credit: Bob McClenahan for Visit Napa Valley

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.
Festival Napa Valley

Festival Napa Valley

  • Reply
    Sand In My Suitcase
    February 8, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    We don’t need an excuse to visit Napa! And what could be better than classical music and wine? Sounds like the festival season would be a great time to visit – if you could snag a hotel room, that is :-).

    • Reply
      Irene S. Levine
      February 8, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      We’ve been there during Napa Flavor, a culinary festival, and it seems like there are so many properties that there is always an option off the long stretch of Route 29 that traverses the Valley.

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