Top events in Napa in July 2018 include a July 4th celebration at the county fairgrounds in Calistoga, Festival Napa Valley, and several wine tasting events at wineries all around the valley. You can also enjoy some outdoor summer concerts as well as some great shows at the Uptown Theatre and the Blue Note.
You will also find some great deals for your visit. Read on for details and more things to do during your stay.
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Every year, the Napa County Fair in Calistoga coincides with the Fourth of July holiday, meaning Independence Day will be packed full of fun and entertainment for the whole family from morning until night. Start out by taking all the red, white, and blue that you can to the streets for the annual patriotic parade. Throughout the day, enjoy demonstrations by wine country's favorite chefs and bakers, as well as carnival rides, giant lawn games, arts and crafts, live music, and more. And don't forget to stick around for the show-stopping fireworks!
This year's Fourth of July parade in Napa starts at 10am. The parade is in historic downtown Napa. It starts by heading east down 2nd Street. It then heads west on 3rd Street. The parade lasts until around noon. This year's theme is "Celebrating Our Home Town Heroes."
If you are looking for something fun to do at night, then head over to the Uptown Theatre in downtown Napa. Here are their top shows this month.
This month, California's wine region comes alive with Festival Napa Valley, 10 days of more than 60 events spread out among the area's most stunning estates, vineyards, theaters, and restaurants. Over 100 wineries will participate. A few events are free, while others are fundraisers, but they are all designed to highlight Napa's fine wine and cuisine, and its enriching art, fitness, and community programs.
Run from one gorgeous wine region to the next during this half marathon event. The race starts at Cuvaison Carneros Winery and ends in the historic Sonoma Plaza in front of City Hall. Bring the entire family as there are fun activities planned around the race.
Find a great place to stay at a good price as you enjoy these events in Napa in July.
Dates: 7/7, 7/14, 7/21, & 7/28
For nearly 50 years, the Robert Mondavi Winery has been hosting some of the best events in Napa in July--their annual summer concert series. They've welcomed artists such as Ingrid Michaelson, Melissa Etheridge, Five for Fighting, Martina McBride, O.A.R., and so many more. The kick-off concert for this season will take place this July at their beautiful outdoor concert venue surrounded by vineyards, where you can purchase lawn, patio, or dinner seating.
7/7: Citizen Cope with Vintage Trouble
7/14: Brandi Carlile with Magic Giant, SOLD OUT, find tickets on StubHub
7/21: X Ambassadors with Cobi
7/28: Fitz and the Tantrums with The Mowgli's
This fun live music festival is one of the free events in Napa in July. Festivities last all afternoon and are designed to bring the community outside and into the neighborhood. At Porchfest, homeowners volunteer their porches as stages for talented musicians to show off their work. Maps will be provided so you'll be sure not to miss anything, and while you can certainly explore on foot, bicycling is encouraged as a means of transportation between venues.
Dates: Friday nights all month from 6/8 to 8/24
Take advantage of the summer weather by heading to the Riverwalk on Friday nights for free live music concerts. The recently renovated Veterans Memorial Park Ampitheater is the perfect place to have a picnic with the family and relax along the terraced seating areas with views of the Napa River. Shows are every Friday evening from 6:30 to 10pm from June to August.
Dates: Thursday nights all month, 6/14-8/16
While Napa has its free outdoor concerts on Friday nights, nearby Calistoga offers free concerts in the park on Thursday nights from from 6:30 to 8:30pm between June and August. Check out the schedule and set out for Pioneer Park with your picnic basket and blankets. There will be local wines available for purchase, each week featuring a different winery.
Discover a calendar of the top wine tasting events in Napa in July. These are winery events where you can pay a fee to celebrate with wine tastings, food, and live entertainment.
New events are scheduled each week so check back for updates before your stay.
Castello di Amorosa: Hot Havana Nights (27th), an evening of food, wine, and dancing, authentic Cuban food paired with their wines, 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Mumm Napa: Lobster Dinner on the Vineyard Green (7/14), spend the evening eating Maine Lobster and enjoying Mumm's sparkling wines, 7pm to 10pm
Pine Ridge Vineyards: Summer Cabernet Dinner (7/28), enjoy wine country seasonal favorites paired with Pine Ridge Vineyards, meal prepared by Winery Chef Susan Lassalette, live music all evening long, 6pm to 9pm, $250 per person, $225 for members
Schweiger Vineyards: Annual Lobster Feast (7/14), fun and festival party with a lobster feast
V. Sattui Winery: Festa Italiana, A Mid-Summer Italian Festival (7/28), 6pm to 9:30pm, food, dancing, live music, and wine tasting
Check out these wine tasting deals around Napa Valley in Groupon.
*Note: Most deals last for 120 days after purchase, so make sure to check the exact terms before purchasing.
The Blue Note offers a great place for live jazz entertainment several nights a month. Catch a show and enjoy some of their tasty food on the first floor of the Napa Valley Opera House.
Wineries to Visit