The Ultimate Guide to Festival Napa Valley

|June 9, 2017

Napa Valley has been a cultural hub in California for centuries. It’s known across the globe for its wines, vineyards and beautiful landscapes. Visit a single winery in the region and you’ll never want to leave! (Don’t worry, we have a day-trip guide to Napa ready for you!)  

Festival Napa Valley is a culmination of food, drink, music and a characteristic atmosphere you won’t find anywhere else in the country. The event spans ten days, includes one hundred wineries, and hosts over 60 events to make an unforgettable summer experience.

The goal of the festival is to enrich the cultural vitality of the community and make the arts accessible to all. Take advantage of everything the region has to offer by enjoying world-class performances with culinary and wine pursuits staged in iconic wine country settings.

Find out all you need to know with our guide to this year’s Festival Napa Valley!

Festival Napa Valley | July 14 – 23 | Buy passes

 

 

Buying Passes

The Festival Napa Valley website makes buying your passes easy. All you need to do is select the days and the events you want to experience and the itinerary page will tell you every pass option available — whether it’s the all-access pass, all-day pass, individual event registration and more.

To get the full experience, we suggest buying a multi-day pass. There are five different options ranging from $234 to $10,000, offering more access depending on your budget and your schedule.

Quartet Pass | $234 | This pass includes orchestra level tickets to four extraordinary performances at Lincoln Theater.

Quattro Allegro Pass | $749 | Enjoy all four performances at Lincoln Theater — complete with premium concert seating, Allegro Lounge access and exclusive after parties at Napa’s hottest destinations.

Weekend All Access Passes | $3,000 | Access to all Opening or Closing Weekend events July 14-16 or July 21-23.

Superpass | $5,500 | Mix and match to create your ideal 5-day festival experience. Enjoy preferred access to the world’s finest artists, celebrities, music, wine and culinary events.

Passport | $10,000 | Complete access to every Season 12 performance and event, including the best seats in the house for concerts, preferred dinner seating, and dedicated concierge services.

Getting There

Festival Napa Valley 2017

Festival Napa Valley takes place in venues throughout the valley. To get there from San Francisco, the quickest route is through Marin County, but you can also take a route through East Bay or go further east and come up through Pleasant Hill. Any of these routes will get you to the valley in just over 1.5 hours from SF.

Once at the festival, you’ll be having a lot of fun and probably tasting plenty of wine. To avoid drinking and driving, the festival recommends a designated driver or the car service, Napa Valley Tours and Transportation, who will be offering a 15% discount for attendees.

Uber and Lyft are also available in Napa Valley.

Where to Stay

Meadowood Napa Valley St. Helena Hotels

Photo courtesy of Meadowood Napa Valley

For the Lover of Luxury

Meadowood Napa Valley | St. Helena | Meadowood, the Napa Valley’s first ultimate country resort, offers the region’s most robust collection of amenities, activities and services including golf, tennis, croquet, hiking, swimming, fitness, spa, wine education and a Michelin three-star restaurant across 250 acres.

For Foodies

Solage Napa Valley | Calistoga | Surrounded by panoramic mountains and picturesque vineyards in the heart of California wine country, Solage Napa Valley features 89 contemporary guest studios and a seven-time Michelin Star-rated restaurant, which features both farm-fresh and organic fare from Chef Massimo Falsini’s seasonal menus.

For a Forest Getaway

Calistoga Ranch | Calistoga | Tucked into a private canyon on 157 acres marked by ancient oaks, majestic hills, a rock-hewn stream and a private lake, Calistoga Ranch was designed with relaxation in mind.

For Quiet Romance

Wine Country Inn | St. Helena | This romantic, secluded bed and breakfast is one of the only St. Helena boutique hotels offering a panoramic view of Napa Valley.

Where to Dine

Lucy Restaurant Napa Valley

Photo courtesy of Lucy Restaurant & Bar

With purchase of the Passport, you’ll have access to every meal at Festival Napa Valley, but those are limited to lunches and dinners. Outside of festival events, you’ll want to get a taste for a few Napa Valley mainstays!

Breakfast

Boon Fly Cafe | Napa | This modern, rustic cafe is located inside a charming red barn and serves breakfast, dinner and everything in between; don’t miss their signature Boon Fly donuts!

Lucy Restaurant & Bar | Yountville | The menu at this upscale spot is fresh, innovative, garden-inspired cuisine and includes artisanal cocktails.

Lunch

Mustard’s Grill | Napa | The Mustard’s name is rooted in Napa Valley history — and so is the 30-year-old local restaurant!

Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen | St. Helena | Cindy’s combines the sophistication of a supper club with the flair of a speakeasy to create the perfect upscale eatery and neighborhood hang-out.

Dinner

Farm at Carneros | Napa | This fine-dining restaurant showcases simple, elegant food based on the natural abundance of the Napa Valley Wine Country.

La Toque | Napa | Chef Ken Frank’s landmark restaurant, La Toque has earned a Michelin Star every year they have been awarded in Wine Country.

Can’t Miss Events  

Taste of Napa | Saturday, July 15, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Taste of Napa Festival Napa Valley

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Festival Napa Valley’s Taste of Napa is the region’s definitive food and wine happening. More than 70 local wineries, restaurants and food artisans join together to share their most coveted wines and recipes. A few of the participating wineries aren’t even open to the public during the year! Add in live music and it’s the perfect way to experience the region.

You can buy individual passes; The Main Floor Pass is $99 and the VIP experience at Reserve Salon is $225. An All Day Patron Pass or Opening Weekend All Access Pass will also grant you access.

5k and 10k Sun Run | Saturday, July 15, 8 a.m.

Start Saturday morning off right with a quick run through Yountville. The third annual run, walk or jog begins at The Community Center and continues through the city, along the Vine Trail and into the surrounding vineyards. Anyone in the community can register for the run, but it’s a great way to add a one-of-a-kind experience to your 2017 festival!

Arts for All Gala 2017 | Sunday, July 16, 5:30 p.m.

The Arts for All Gala is one of the festival’s most prominent events. This year, the fundraiser will fill St. Helena’s HALL Winery — complete with a gourmet dinner, exquisite wines from HALL and Sonoma’s WALT Wines, a live auction featuring once-in-a-lifetime luxury lots, and a special performance by Gloria Estefan!

An Evening Only Patron Pass, Opening Weekend All Access Pass, Superpass and Festival Passport will grant you access to the gala.

Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends — New Worlds | Thursday, July 20, 6 p.m.

Festival Napa Valley 2017

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This year’s most-anticipated event is New Worlds featuring actor, comedian and literature connoisseur Bill Murray. In addition to being one of the funniest people on the planet, he is a longtime lover of poetry and prose. And, through his friendship with acclaimed cellist Jan Vogler, they’ll be creating a night of great music and great literature. Hear poems by Whitman, passages from Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast and Capote’s Breakfast at Tiffany read by Murray — interspersed with instrumental pieces by Bach, Ravel and Piazzolla as well as classic songs by the Gershwins, Bernstein and Stephen Foster.

You can buy tickets to the concert only or add the patron dinner with an Evening Only Patron Pass. The All Day Patron Pass, Superpass and Passport will also allow access to this event.

Free Events  

Festival Napa Valley 2017

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The following events are offered as part of the Festival Napa Valley Arts for All program and are completely free. Registration is required for a couple of these; click the individual links to save your spot!

Sunday at the Symphony | Sunday, 1 p.m. | Register

Revel in the symphonic sound of the Festival Napa Valley Music Academy Orchestra at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center. This professional training ensemble is brimming with emerging talent and will be performing two captivating works fusing music with film and video.

Concert for Kids: Havana Chamber Orchestra | Monday, 2 p.m.

Over 200 students from Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley will be treated to a private concert featuring the celebrated Havana Chamber Orchestra performing a rich program of classical and Cuban music. Registration is not required.

Community Concert: Napa Regional Dance Company | Saturday, 1 p.m. | Register

The festival’s Community Concert showcases dancers from the Napa Regional Dance Company, performing works by celebrated contemporary choreographers Robert Dekkers and Luis Napoles at Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center.

Enjoy!

There’s so much happening during this ten-day celebration and every detail you need is available on the Festival Napa Valley website. Let us know what you’re looking forward to most this year and tag us on Twitter (@mcguire_re) to share your experiences!

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