Events in Napa in May 2023: Wine Tasting, Activities, & Other Things to Do

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: January 5, 2023

The biggest events in Napa in May 2023 include BottleRock and special wine tasting activities at the wineries. You will also find some great shows throughout the month at the Blue Note.

In addition, I've included some great deals on tastings around Napa Valley as well as a few places to find the best rates on local hotels.

Events in Napa in May: BottleRock, CampoVelo Cycling Race & The Best Places to Taste

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BottleRock Napa Valley

Dates: 5/26 - 5/28

Tickets: Find tickets to all days

Of all the events in Napa in May, the BottleRock music festival is probably the most anticipated. This three-day celebration of great music, food, beer, and wine attracts lots of big name artists.

Headliners last year included Metallica, Pink, and Twenty One Pilots. You can also see Luke Combs, The Black Crowes, and Kygo on stage.

This lineup is truly hard to beat.

>> Full concert details

Chardonnay Classic

Dates: TBD

If you appreciate a good glass of white wine, you might enjoy this three-day event celebrating chardonnay in all its forms, from still to sparkling, light to oaky. Dive in deeper to the Napa Valley wine scene with seminars by industry experts at this gathering of sommoliers, winemakers, and enthusiasts. Enjoy a variety of tastings along with gourmet lunches and dinners by renowned chefs.

CampoVelo Napa Valley

Dates: TBD

CampoVelo Napa Valley is another cycling event this month. Activities and festivities for this one will last throughout the weekend in the town of St. Helena. Routes range from 12 to 80 miles on moderate terrain with some hills. Just think of how you will fully enjoy the region's world-class food and wine after burning all those calories!

>> Event details and map

Wine Tasting Events in Napa in May 2023

The following events are held at wineries all around Napa Valley. Many are open to the public and most have discounted rates or are complimentary for wine club members.

Most events in Napa in May land on the weekend, but there are a handful during the week too. These events are VERY popular, so I recommend planning in advance if you can and booking your tickets before you arrive.

Cliff Lede Vineyards: Rock Block Release Party (5/21), new release of their Rock Block Cabernet Sauvignon as well as FEL wine releases

Duckhorn: The Discussion Release Derby Party Weekend (5/6), watch the Kentucky Derby and enjoy the annual release of The Discussion wine with Winemaker Renee Ary, this year's event runs all weekend long

Judds Hill: Spring Release Party (5/7)

Uptown Theatre

Are you looking for some fun nightlife events in Napa in May? Check out these popular shows coming up this month at the Uptown Theatre.

Inspire Napa Valley

Dates: TBD

This is the second year for Inspire Napa Valley. It's a weekend long event with wine tasting, dinners, a VIP brunch and more. The proceeds from this event will go to support the Alzheimer's Association.

The event starts with a VIP dinner on Friday night. On Saturday, there is a seminar, wine tasting event, and a seated dinner. The event wraps up with a VIP brunch on Sunday morning.

Wine Tasting Deals for May

Here are a few great wine tasting deals in Napa Valley on Groupon.

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.

May Shows at the Blue Note

Check out the Blue Note for some of the best nightlife events in Napa in May. This jazz clubs bring live music to the stage most nights of the week. It's one of my favorites as it's set on the first floor of the history Napa Valley Opera House.

Their dinners are also amazing and used with locally grown ingredients. The best part is that they pair it all with top of the line Napa Valley wines.

>> Find tickets to all shows at the Blue Note on

Top Hotel Deals in Napa Valley

Are you looking to stay for a night or two as you enjoy these events in Napa in May? If so, check out these great hotel deals all around the valley.

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

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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.

JaM Cellars Ballroom at Margrit Mondavi Theatre

You will also find some great shows this month at JaM Cellars Ballroom in downtown Napa at 1030 Main St.

They are located in the same building as the Blue Note inside the Napa Valley Opera House.

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