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NOTE: Most Napa wineries are open for outdoor tastings. All require reservations so visit their sites directly to book. Most events are postponed and restaurants are offering outdoor seating. With the recent fires in the area, several wineries will close temporarily. Please call ahead to confirm your reservations before you arrive.
Events in Napa in October 2019 include harvest parties, wine tasting at local wineries, and Halloween celebrations. You will also find some great things to do at night at both the Blue Note and the Uptown Theatre.
In addition to these events, I've also included some wine tasting and hotel deals for your stay. Read on for more tips on your stay this month in the Napa Valley.
Disclaimer: I receive a small commission from some of the links on this page.
The annual Crush Challenge includes a bicycle ride around the vineyards, wine tasting activities, and food events throughout the region. Proceeds benefit local charities.
This is the first annual vineyard dinner hosted by accomplished Napa Valley winemaker, Mark Herold, in one of his original vineyard sites in Coombsville. As a nod to Mark's heritage, multiple courses of Panamanian-style tapas will be served alongside a Cabernet-focused lineup of current release wines.
Additionally, guests will have the opportunity to be the first to sample a selection of wines prior to their release. Come join Mark and his team for an intimate evening in the vineyard as we toast to harvest and enjoy delicious cuisine!
RSVP is required. Tickets at $110 General or $75 Club Members.
Are you looking for a great place to stay as you enjoy these events in Napa in October? If so, then check out the specials below. You will find the best deals this month from discounted rooms to free amenities.
The St. Helena Harvest Festival is one of the events in Napa in October that is fun for the whole family. It has been a community tradition for more than 30 years to kick off this fall celebration with a morning Fun Run, followed by the Pet Parade and then a full day of live music, carnival rides, a wine lounge, a food alley, and a variety of arts and crafts.
Date: 10/5 at 12:30 p.m.
If you love fashion and wine, then this is the event for you! Sip tasty local wines as you get the insider's scoop on some of the latest fashion trends around Napa from everyday casual to evening wear.
Make sure to add a little flare to your own wardrobe for your afternoon on the lovely lawn at Churchill Manor Bed & Breakfast. You will also be helping to raise money for NEWS, which helps survivors of domestic abuse.
Tickets are just $25 per person.
After wine tasting all day, make sure to check out these shows at the Uptown Theatre.
Start your trick-or-treating early this year with Halloween festivities in downtown Napa on Saturday from 11am to 2pm. You and your family will encounter famous Disney characters and more fun surprises, as well as goodies at participating the local businesses decked out in orange and black. This hometown costume party is open to all ages.
These are the best events in Napa in October at our local wineries. You will find several harvest parties, the chance to stomp grapes, and new release celebrations. Many of these require tickets and/or advanced reservations so make sure to grab your seat today!
Ballentine Vineyards: Annual Harvest Dinner (10/6) with the winemaker, 5pm to 8 pm
Conn Creek: The Great Grape Stomp (10/19), Stomp some grapes, drink wines, and eat delicious foods, general admission is $75, members is $55, starts at 11 am until 1 pm
Cuvaison Estate Winery: Artist Open House (7/28), enjoy a complimentary glass of wine as you experience new artwork, from 3 pm to 5 pm
Elizabeth Spencer Winery: Harvest Party (10/5), 4:30 pm to 7 pm
Falcor Wines: Pig N Pinot (10/12), release party with live music, roasted pigs and great wines, $40 for members, $55 for the general public, from 1 pm to 4 pm
Flora Springs: Sixteen Spirits Historical Ghose Winery Tour (10/5, 10/13, 10/19, 10/20, 10/27), enjoy great wines as you tour through their winery and learn about the 16 ghosts that inhabit it, limited to 12 people total, starts at 10 am
Honig Vineyard & Winery: Single Vineyard Preview Party (10/12), enjoy wine from 5 different service stations, live music, food and meet the winemaker and grape growers, 4 pm to 6:30 pm
Larson Family Winery: Canine Costume Contest (10/27), bring your pups in their best costumes, walk around the grounds, and taste some great wines, more information as updated
Madrigal Family Winery: Annual Harvest Anniversary Dinner (Date TBD), information will be updated as available
Markham Vineyards: Annual Harvest Celebration Dinner (10/19), live music, a 4-course meal, and incredible wines with special selections from their library, from 5 pm to 8 pm
Merryvale: Harvest Brunch and & Release Party (10/5), sparkling wine reception at their Victorian House and then take a shuttle to the top of the vineyards, live music, wines paired with food, and more, 10 am to 2:30 pm
Robert Biale Vineyards: Harvest Dinner at Robert Biale Vineyards (10/12), a special occasion sunset dinner paired with their wines, starts at 6:30 pm
Round Pond Estate: A Day in the Life (10/5), work with grapes to make sample wines and learn all about the wine making experience, $250 per person, $200 for members, 10 am to 3 pm
Rutherford Hill: #MerlotMe Porfolio Tasting (10/5), taste new releases and classic library merlots, two tastings with one at 12 noon and the second at 2 pm, $60 for non-members and $10 for members
Rutherford Hill: Halloween on the Hill (10/26), spooktacular wines and treats, caves will be turned into the Devil's Den, feel free to wear a costume, 7pm to 10pm, $90 per person, $80 for club members
Schweiger Vineyards: Grape Stomp (10/27), pick grapes, stomp them in a barrel, learn more about wine making, and enjoy a tasty lunch
Sequoia Grove Winery: Harvest Lobster Fest (10/5), lobster and the release of their special wine, after dinner is a grape stomp contest, $155 for non-members, $135 for members
Silverado Vineyards: Harvest Party (10/13), music, games, new releases, roasting of an entire pig, and more from 1pm to 4pm, $80 for general public, $60 for members
Tamber Bey: Fall Release Party (10/5), celebrate crush at Tamber Bey with music, food and wine tasting, $55 per person, 12pm to 5pm
Are you looking for additional wine tasting opportunities in addition to these fun events in Napa in October? Here are some of the local wineries offering special deals on tastings. Click the links for specific details.
*Note: Most deals last for 120 days after purchase, so make sure to check the exact terms before purchasing.
Head to downtown Calistoga to celebrate Halloween. This family-friendly event features families and children parading through town in their costumes. Before the event starts, head over to the Calistoga Inn for some pre-parade fun with cookies and drinks.
The Blue Note is the perfect place to spend an evening in Napa. Their jazz shows are some of the most popular events in Napa in October. Enjoy dinner or just come for the show. All performances are at the historic Napa Valley Opera House in the heart of the city of Napa.
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