Best Annual Events in Napa Valley

Best Annual Events in Napa Valley

Looking for something to do in Wine Country? With so many offerings in Napa Valley, weve curated some of the annual events you can’t miss. Less researching and more enjoying your time in the area. Enjoy!

*Things change, so please check in with the organizers of these events for details.

January

A large artificial moon installation is displayed outside a modern, curved glass building at twilight during one of the Best Annual Events in Napa Valley. People gather around, admiring the art piece. The foreground features tiered concrete seating and grassy areas, and a few children are playing.
Photo: Infinity Visuals, Napa Lighted Art Festival

Check out a stunning walking path of artwork as light displays that are projected onto a variety of buildings throughout Downtown Napa at the Napa Lighted Art Festival.

Read more about the best things to do in Napa Valley in January here.

February

A sophisticated setup for one of the best annual events in Napa Valley, featuring an industrial-style venue with large metal tanks and red lighting. Elegant tables boast white floral arrangements, neatly arranged silverware, glassware, and black tablecloths. Tall heaters and chandeliers enhance the ambiance.
Photo: Cliff Lede Vineyards

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the striking Cliff Lede tank room with a multi-course dinner paired with the winery’s award-winning Platinum wines.

Read more about the best things to do in Napa Valley in February here.

March

People seated at tables in a large, industrial-style dining hall with exposed brick walls, wooden beams, and a high ceiling. The dimly lit space features hanging lights and blurred areas suggesting motion and activity, reminiscent of the atmosphere at some of Napa Valley's best annual events.
Photo: Courtesy of Appellation St. Helena

bASH, the annual food and wine competition is hosted by Appellation St. Helena (ASH) in the historic barrel room at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena.

Read more about the best things to do in Napa Valley in March here.

April

A group of people is holding a large check for $26,500 awarded to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. They are smiling and standing outdoors at one of Napa Valley's best annual events, the Hall Cabernet Cookoff, on April 22, 2023. One person is holding a wine bottle and microphone.
Photo: Courtesy of HALL Wines

Two longtime vintner competitions are held this month, and are likely to strike your fancy: bASH — Appellation St. Helena’s Wine & Food Pairing Competition — and HALL’s Cabernet Cookoff.

Read more about the best things to do in Napa Valley in April here.

May

A band performs on stage with a colorful "Jon Paradise" sign in the background, featuring a smiling sun and palm trees. Band members play various instruments, and an enthusiastic crowd raises their hands. Stage lighting and smoke add to the lively atmosphere at one of Napa Valley's best annual events.
Photo: Courtesy of @bottlerocknapa

BottleRock Napa Valley is a three-day music, wine, food and craft brew festival taking place in the heart of the City of Napa at the Napa Valley Expo.

Read more about the best things to do in Napa Valley in May here.

June

A group of people seated at an elegantly set outdoor table in Napa Valley, raising their wine glasses in a toast. The table is adorned with red tablecloths, floral arrangements, and set with glassware and plates. The background features greenery and patio heaters. Everyone looks cheerful at one of the best annual events.
Photo: Courtesy of Alexander Rubin

Getting halfway through the year calls for celebration — vintner-hosted Barrel Weekend for starters. Plus, Halloween comes early on the Napa Valley Wine Train, where everyone dresses up for a 1920s affair.

Read more about the best things to do in Napa Valley in June here.

July

Outdoor evening event with a large crowd seated on chairs facing a stage under a white tent. String lights are draped across the area, creating a magical atmosphere. People are mingling near a pool and a white gazebo, surrounded by greenery, with hills in the background under a colorful sky—one of Napa Valley's best annual events.
Photo: Courtesy of Paul Richardson

World-class performances paired with culinary and wine pursuits staged in iconic wine country settings come together at Festival Napa Valley.

Read more about the best things to do in Napa Valley in July here.

August

A string quartet performs on a stage in front of an attentive audience seated in rows. The setting, part of the best annual events in Napa Valley, is an industrial space with large steel tanks on either side, suggesting a winery or brewery. The musicians are fully immersed in their performance.
Photo: Courtesy of Music in the Vineyards

Almost 30 years in the works, Music in the Vineyards concerts are held at wineries throughout Napa Valley. 

Read more about the best things to do in Napa Valley in August here.

September

A woman stands in front of an art display featuring various colorful paintings, including birds, a rooster, a boat, and a dog. Wearing a purple jacket and smiling at the camera, she enjoys one of Napa Valley's best annual events. The artwork is hung on a gray wall.
Photo: Courtesy of Art Association Napa Valley Facebook

Enjoy the finest of Napa Valley’s art scene via Open Studios Napa Valley.

Read more about the best things to do in Napa Valley in September here.

October

Two people are stomping grapes in a large white container outdoors. Both wear sunhats and sunglasses. Others in casual attire are nearby, with trees and greenery in the background. The bright, sunny scene suggests a festive event, possibly one of the best annual events in Napa Valley.
Photo: Courtesy of Bouchaine Vineyards

It’s that time of year — time to stomp some grapes! Many vineyards offer vine to glass experiences this month, where, yes, stomping grapes in wooden barrels is a thing.

Read more about the best things to do in Napa Valley in October here.

November

An auditorium filled with many seated people, attentively facing the front. The audience comprises a diverse group, dressed in formal and semi-formal attire, likely attending one of the best annual events in Napa Valley. The setting appears to be a conference or formal presentation. The room is well-lit.
Photo: Courtesy of @napafilmfest

Check out premieres of films ranging from small indies to potential Oscar nominees at the Napa Valley Film Festival.

Read more about the best things to do in Napa Valley in November here.

December

A large truck adorned with colorful Christmas lights and decorations is parked on a street during nighttime. A person in a red plaid shirt and Santa hat waves cheerfully beside the truck. In the background, one of Napa Valley's best annual events, a festive parade with more lights and decorations, is visible.
Photo: Courtesy of @CalistogaVisitors

Ice skating, Bardessono Hotel & Spa’s Latke Throw Down, and Calistoga Lighted Tractor Display — the  ultimate small-town holiday parade in celebration of Calistoga’s agricultural heritage — lift all spirits during the shorter days this month.

Read more about the best things to do in Napa Valley in December here.

Event Venues

Looking to see what’s happening right now in Napa Valley? Our comprehensive list of venues across the city below will help you find what you need to know what’s going on.

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