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21 Ways to Enjoy Napa Valley This Summer!

Posted by on May 26, 2014

Summertime in the vineyards is one of the best times to be out and about in Napa Valley, also one of the busiest times.

Looking to plan your trip to Napa Valley?  Keep an eye out for these special events while you’re in town or mark a special excursion while here:

1) BottleRock Napa

BottleRock Napa

The 2nd Annual BottleRock Napa truly kicks off Summer in Napa Valley May 30th through June 1st.  Bands performing live onstage in a beautiful outdoor setting this year include: The Cure, OutKast, Gin Blossoms, Third Eye Blind, Bare Naked Ladies and many other performers during this 3 day festival next weekend.

2) Spend a Day on the Napa Wine Train

Truly one of the best ways to spend a day on Napa as you take in the beautiful scenic views of the surrounding vineyards as you enjoy a lovely lunch or dinner.

And this 4th of July, there’s a special train running that will include the fireworks spectacular at the end.  A not to miss event.

3) Auction Napa Valley (June 5th through 7th)

Lunch under the Big Top Tent

A huge event that takes place every year in Napa is the Auction Napa Valley event.  Every year the beautiful Napa Vineyards come together to offer this live auction event taking place Saturday, June 7th.  Amazing things are auctioned off each year that go to benefit the healthcare and youth education programs within the area.

4) The 19th Annual Taste of Howell Mountain (June 14th)

Enjoy an afternoon out in Napa Valley as you taste over 35 Wineries from the Howell Mountain Region.  An event not to be missed this summer.

Where: Charles Krug Winery

When: Saturday, June 14th:

Time: 12 to 5pm

Tickets can be found here.

5) Partake in the Heritage Wine Trail Weekend (June 14th through 16th)

If you want to make it a truly wonderful wine country getaway, the weekend of June 13th through 16th is the perfect weekend to do it.  After spending an afternoon trying out those wines from Howell Mountain, head to the Heritage Wine Trail Weekend.

This weekend will focus on 5 distinct wineries within the region: Acacia Vineyards, Beaulieu Vineyards, Hewitt Vineyards, Provenance Vineyards and Sterling Vineyards.

The Heritage Trail Wine Weekend 2 Day Pass includes visits and wine tastings at all 4 iconic Wineries, a full schedule of special events, a wine country picnic lunch on the day of your choosing, a Heritage Wine Trail Cooler bag for your lunch and a keepsake wine glass to take home with you.

There is also a pass included with the lobster feed which will be taking place Saturday Night from 6pm to 9pm at Hewitt Vineyards and Provenance Vineyards.

6) Jazz Weekend Getaway (June 12th through 15th)

Every year Brian Culbertson escapes to Napa Valley to put on this great weekend for all Jazz lovers.  Events happen throughout the region the entire weekend.  Great musical artists adorn the area to put on great performances.  A favorite annual event within the area.

More information can be found here.

7) 24th Annual Father’s Day Car Show at V Marketplace (June 15th)

If the weekend wasn’t busy enough, it’s also a great time to Celebrate Dad right in Napa Valley.  Stop off in Yountville at the end of your weekend to take in this spectacular car show along the V Marketplace.

Time: 10:30am to 3:30pm

8) Castello di Amorosa’s Midsummer Medieval Festival (June 21st)

One of the most spectacular vineyards within Napa Valley wants to take you back in time for a weekend at their annual Midsummer Medieval Festival.

With live jousting, and games taking place around the castle.  After the games are done, adjourn in the courtyard for a wonderful medieval feast.  Bound to be a great time

Time: 6:45 to 11pm

Tickets.

9) Buy a Taste of Downtown Tasting Card

Downtown Napa is filling up with great tasting rooms along the main streets of Downtown so purchase a wine tasting card and spend a day wondering from tasting room to tasting room while you’re in town.

Then eat at one of the great eating establishments found around Downtown.

10) Explore the Petrified Forest

Spend a day at the Petrified Forest, these year old trees tell the history of the surrounding area.

11) Watch the Old Faithful Geyser

Head to Calistoga for the day and stop into the Old Faithful Geyser to watch the Geyser go off every half hour or so.  A truly amazing site to see.

12) All American 4th of July at the Napa Valley Fairgrounds

4th of July Napa Valley

Every year on the 4th of July the Napa County Fairgrounds comes alive as all days events happen.  From 11am to 11pm partake in the days festivities.  Fireworks begin at 9:30pm.

13) Take a Kayak along the Napa River

Rent a Kayak for the day and spend some time along the Napa River.

14) Rent a Bike for the Day

Another fun thing to do is to rent a bike for the day and take on some of the scenic trails bikeside.  Bring a picnic lunch with you as you stop into wineries along the way.

15) Festival del Sole (July 11th through 20th)

The ten-day summer celebration artfully blends the world’s best music, dance, theater and wellness with the region’s fine wine and cuisine.

More information can be found here.

16) Robert Mondavi’s Summer Concert Series

Think about it.  Beautiful Vineyard Settings, Musical Performances, and amazing wine to drink.

Don’t miss your chance this year:

Saturday: June 28th: Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Saturday, July 5th: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Saturday, July 12th: Five for Fighting

Friday, July 18th: Dave Koz and Friends

Saturday, July 19th: Colbie Caillet

More info and tickets can be found here.

17) Attend the Annual Napa and Country Fair (July 16th through 20th)

July 16 thru 20
Wednesday – Saturday: Noon – Midnight
Sunday: Noon – 10pm

Don’t miss this fun, family friendly event at the Napa Valley Expo.  Every year this fair comes alive with fun rides, games and entertainment.  A fun summer fair to partake in.

18) Festa Italia at V. Sattui Vineyards (July 26th)

A fun annual event that truly celebrates their Italian heritage.  Watch as the picnic grounds transform into a fun festival environment, and join in during the evening for a great Italian feast.  An event not to miss this summer.

19) Music in the Vineyards (August 1st through 24th)

This month long celebration looks upon the beautiful Chamber Music within Napa Valley, and not only that, really embraces it.  Bringing spectacular events and performances throughout the month of August.

More information can be found here.

20) Peju Annual Grape Stomp (August 23rd)

If you’re anything like me, you may be drawn to attending a grape stomp, and one vineyard just happens to have an annual event.  This August 23rd, stop into Peju Vineyards for this fun festival, and if you’re brave enough, dare to get your feet wet.

Attend this year’s Grape Stomp.

21) Labor Day BBQ Festival: Oxbow Market

No one’s ready to say good-bye to summer, but every year it must come to an end.  Say good-bye at this Labor Day BBQ at one of the best places in Napa Valley: The Oxbow Market.

 Stop by next week as we explore summer activities to partake in on the Sonoma County side.

Performances Announced for 2014

SATURDAY, JUNE 28, 2014
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
details & tickets »

SATURDAY, JULY 5, 2014
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
details & tickets »

SATURDAY, JULY 12, 2014
Five For Fighting
details & tickets »

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014
Dave Koz and Friends
details & tickets »

SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014
Colbie Caillat
details & tickets »

– See more at: http://www.robertmondaviwinery.com/index.cfm?method=pages.showPage&PageID=6FF4E4F6-BB70-23A3-B368-E0F2012E74FD&originalMarketingURL=Visit-Us/Concerts#sthash.sL5D5gwn.dpuf

 

 

 

The Heritage Wine Trail Weekend Two-Day pass includes Visits and Wine Tasting throughout the weekend at our 4 Iconic Napa Valley wineries, a full
schedule of special events, a Wine Country picnic lunch on the day of your choosing, a Heritage Wine Trail logo cooler bag for your lunch and a keepsake
wine glass to take home with you.
The Heritage Wine Trail Weekend Two-Day pass plus Lobster Feed includes all of the above and a Lobster Feed at Hewitt Vineyard and Provenance Vineyards
on Saturday night from 6:00PM-9:00PM

– See more at: http://www.heritagewinetrail.com/Weekend-Event#sthash.IIavb9S8.dpuf

The Heritage Wine Trail Weekend Two-Day pass includes Visits and Wine Tasting throughout the weekend at our 4 Iconic Napa Valley wineries, a full
schedule of special events, a Wine Country picnic lunch on the day of your choosing, a Heritage Wine Trail logo cooler bag for your lunch and a keepsake
wine glass to take home with you.
The Heritage Wine Trail Weekend Two-Day pass plus Lobster Feed includes all of the above and a Lobster Feed at Hewitt Vineyard and Provenance Vineyards
on Saturday night from 6:00PM-9:00PM

– See more at: http://www.heritagewinetrail.com/Weekend-Event#sthash.IIavb9S8.dpuf

The Heritage Wine Trail Weekend Two-Day pass includes Visits and Wine Tasting throughout the weekend at our 4 Iconic Napa Valley wineries, a full
schedule of special events, a Wine Country picnic lunch on the day of your choosing, a Heritage Wine Trail logo cooler bag for your lunch and a keepsake
wine glass to take home with you.
The Heritage Wine Trail Weekend Two-Day pass plus Lobster Feed includes all of the above and a Lobster Feed at Hewitt Vineyard and Provenance Vineyards
on Saturday night from 6:00PM-9:00PM

– See more at: http://www.heritagewinetrail.com/Weekend-Event#sthash.IIavb9S8.dpuf

The Heritage Wine Trail Weekend Two-Day pass includes Visits and Wine Tasting throughout the weekend at our 4 Iconic Napa Valley wineries, a full
schedule of special events, a Wine Country picnic lunch on the day of your choosing, a Heritage Wine Trail logo cooler bag for your lunch and a keepsake
wine glass to take home with you. – See more at: http://www.heritagewinetrail.com/Weekend-Event#sthash.IIavb9S8.dpuf

2 Responses to 21 Ways to Enjoy Napa Valley This Summer!

  1. Raquel

    Oh so many fun things to do! I think I have to plan a few weeks to go up there and visit. 🙂 I have been to V.Sattui Winery and loved it – such a beautiful location. Thanks for this great summer list!

    • Jamie

      I’ll be up here when you decide to come up =) lol… lots of fun to partake in…

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