Events in Napa in August 2023: Wine Tasting, Festivals, & More

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: Aug 3, 2023

Events in Napa in August 2023 include several wine tasting celebrations at local wineries, food festivals, and the Napa Town & Country Fair. You will also find some fun things to do at night at the Uptown Theatre and the Blue Note.

In addition, I've included a few of the best deals this month so you can save during your stay. Read on for more ideas on what to do this month in the Napa Valley.

Events in Napa in August

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Heritage Fire Napa Valley

Date: 8/20

Located at the gorgeous Charles Krug Winery, the Heritage Fire Napa Valley is a must for anyone that loves fine wine and mouth-watering delicacies. Over 20 of the best chefs cook responsibly raised foods and meat in the open air with lots of wine, ciders and other beverages from the best local producers.

Add to this that the scenery and location cannot be beat, and this is a must attend this one time only event. The event runs from 4:45 pm to 7 pm (with VIP tickets gaining access an hour early at 4 pm). There are three different tickets levels so make sure to pick the one that is right for you.

>> Find out more here

Annual Crush Challenge

Date: 8/26

This unique event gives visitors a taste of Napa's best features⁠—food, wine, cycling—against a picturesque backdrop. Since 2014, several award-winning wineries and restaurants have been hosting this all-day extravaganza to benefit causes like cancer research and teens at the local Boys and Girls Club. 

The ride starts at 9 am in Yountville, where cycling pros will take participants on a private tour of Napa Valley. There are 17-, 25- and 37-mile options. Following the ride, you'll celebrate with live music and enjoy the all-inclusive Food and Wine Marketplace from 12 to 3 pm. 

As an alternative to the morning bike ride, you can get tickets to enjoy barrel tasting and light food pairings at ZD Wines in Rutherford, and then head over to the Food and Wine Marketplace included in your ticket. 

L'Chaim Napa Valley

Date: 8/27

This fun annual event began 15 years ago as a way to raise funds for the local synagogue. Now, the festival offers 16 different wines from Jewish vintners, plus a great selection of local craft brews.

They also serve tasty bites including lox and bagels, latkes, and deli sandwiches. In addition to tasting, you’ll have the chance to participate in Jewish cooking classes.

The afternoon event will take place at CIA at Copia (the Culinary Institute of America) in downtown Napa from 3:30 - 7pm. L’Chaim!

Napa Town & Country Fair

Dates: 8/10 - 8/13

This August, the Napa Town and Country Fair celebrates 86 years of exhibits, competitions, entertainment, and community events that bring local artists, crafts people, farmers, and youth together. Enjoy all of the displays, carnival rides, great food, and more during these five days at the Napa Valley Expo.

>> All about the fair

Taste of Mount Veeder

Date: 8/12

Spend the day sampling wines from 30+ Mount Veeder wineries at the 24th annual event in Napa Valley.

This annual event features wines from world class wineries such as the Hess Collection and others. Some of the wineries that participate in this event are not open to the public, so it's an excellent opportunity to try something new! 

The event runs from 1 to 4 pm. It takes place at Charles Krug Winery 2800 Main Street St. Helena. 

>> Find tickets for this event

Main Street Reunion Car Show

Dates: 8/18 & 8/19

On Friday there's the "Show and Shine" event where you can 150 vintage cars from 5 pm to 8:30 pm. The main "Car Show" event will be held on Saturday, when the lovely downtown Napa streets will be lined with 400 pre-1976 antique cars from 10 am to 3 pm.

40 prizes will be given to the 'Best Of' cars. You'll also find food and drinks for sale.

This is one of the admission-free events in Napa in August.

Hotel Deals in Napa in August

Are you looking to save on your stay? If so, then check out the best deals this month by clicking on the links below. You will find discounts on your nightly rate as well as some great complimentary amenities.

TripAdvisor: What's the #1 hotel in the Napa Valley? Read reviews & find hotel deals on TripAdvisor!

Booking.comSave on your Hotel in Napa with, Planet Earth's #1 Accommodation Site. No booking fees ever!

VRBO: Another great lodging option is VRBO. You can stay at a local's house, apartment, or even just rent a room. It's a great way to feel more like a local while visiting. Find a great place to stay on VRBO.

Uptown Theatre in Napa

One of the fun places to go for nightlife in Napa is the Uptown Theatre. Here is their calendar of events in Napa in August.

Calistoga Concerts in the Park

Dates: 6/15 - 8/17

This month concludes the free summer concert series at Pioneer Park in Calistoga. Every Thursday evening from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm between June and August, the town gathers for picnics on the lawn set to great live music. These events are accompanied by wonderful local wines, as each week features a different winery.

This August there'll be performances by the LC Diamonds (8/3), The Boys of Summer (8/10) and Maya (8/17).

Wine Tasting Events in Napa in August 2023

Enjoy these wine tasting events in Napa in August. Most of the events are on the weekends and you will find a few during the week too.

Cliff Lede Vineyards (8/19): Annual Poetry Summer Dinner in the Vineyard

Cosentino, The Winery (8/20): Summer BBQ, afternoon of food and wine, 4 pm to 6 pm

Ehlers Estate (8/5): Winemaker dinner limited to 30 guests

Hall Wines (8/3 - 8/6): 25th Anniversary: V Foundation Wine Celebration, 5 pm to 9 pm, wine, food and auction

Hess Persson Estates (8/26): Harvest Release Party from 6 pm to 8 pm

Merryvale (8/5): Lobster Feed at Merryvale from 6 pm to 9 pm, live music, lobster, wine and more

Miner Family Winery (8/12): Benedetto Concert & Release Party from 6 to 9:30 pm

Raymond (8/19): Summer dinner and movie 

Schweiger Vineyards (8/19): Harvest Celebration Dinner

Stag's Leap Wine Cellars (8/19): Dinner in the Vineyard, from 6 pm to 10 pm, walk through the vineyard and then enjoy a 3-course meal with wine pairing

ZD Wines (8/26): Crush Challenge

Wine Tasting Deals

Check out some of the best wine tasting deals this month in Napa. They are a great addition to the days you are enjoying these events in Napa in August.

Vintage Sweet Shoppe: Chocolate and Wine Pairing Package for Two or Four at Vintage Sweet Shoppe (Up to 44% Off), check for availability

Envy Wines: Wine Tasting for Two or Four with a Take Home Bottle of Wine (Up to 50% Off), check for availability

*Note: Most deals last for 120 days after purchase, so make sure to check the exact terms before purchasing.

Shows at the Blue Note

Another one of the best nightlife options in Napa is the Blue Note. They feature several concerts each month on the first floor of the Napa Valley Opera House.

>> Find tickets for all of their shows on sale on Ticketmaster

August Events in Napa: Festivals, Nightlife, and Wine Tasting

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