Events in Napa in October 2021: Wine Tasting, Halloween Parties, & More

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by Jill Loeffler  •

Updated: September 27, 2021

Events in Napa in October 2021 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.

Events in Napa in October

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Crush Challenge

Date: 10/9

The annual Crush Challenge includes a bicycle ride around the vineyards, wine tasting activities, and food events throughout the region. Proceeds benefit local charities.

It's hosted by ZD Wines and is one of the best events each year during harvest. 

Blues, Brews & BBQ

Date: 10/2

If you love blues music, tasty micro-brews, and finger-licking BBQ, this is the event for you. You'll have more than you can imagine to choose from in each of those categories.

This year's event features four stages of live music, which offers something for everyone! 

And, of course, don't miss the annual rib-eating contest. This fantastic, delicious, fun-filled festival lasts all Saturday long from noon to 6pm on First Street in downtown Napa.

Herold Harvest Celebration

Date: 10/16 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

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 $125.

>> Visit their site for more details

Where to Stay in October

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.

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.

Hometown Harvest Festival

Date: 10/16

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. 

It kicks off with a morning Fun Run, followed by the Pet Parade. The day continues with live music, carnival rides, a wine lounge, a food alley, and a variety of arts and crafts.

All festivities are along Oak Avenue between Adams Street and Spring Street. It runs from 11 am to 4 pm.

Fall Fundraiser Fashion Show by Boho Lifestyle

Date: TBD

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.

>> Visit Eventbrite for more details and for tickets to this year's fundraiser

Napa's Uptown Theatre Shows in October

After wine tasting all day, make sure to check out these shows at the Uptown Theatre.

Halloween Hometown Party

Date: TBD

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.

>> More details about Halloween in Napa

Wine Tasting Events in Napa in October 2021

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!

Benessere Vineyards: 2021 Harvest Party & Grape Stomp (10/9), wine and food from 11 am to 3 pm at 1010 Big Tree Road, St. Helena

Conn Creek: The Great Grape Stomp (10/24), Stomp some grapes, drink wines, and eat delicious foods, general admission $150 per person, $125 for club members, starts at 11 am until 1 pm

Markham Vineyards: Annual Harvest Celebration Dinner (10/23), 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 (10/9), 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, 11 am to 3 pm

Robert Biale Vineyards: After-Hours Fall Release Party (10/9), runs from 5 pm to 7 pm

Tamber Bey: Fall Harvest Party (10/23), celebrate harvest at Tamber Bey with music, food and wine tasting, $85 - $110 per person, 12pm to 5pm

Events from 2019

The events below are from 2019 and will give you an idea on how many events you will usually find during a typical October harvest season. It's a great list to review if you plan to be here in 2022 and beyond as I anticipate most of these events will return next year. 

Ballentine Vineyards: Annual Harvest Dinner (10/6) with the winemaker, 5pm to 8 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

Madrigal Family Winery: Annual Harvest Anniversary Dinner (Date TBD), information will be updated as available

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 Portfolio 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

Groupon Wine Tasting Deals in Napa

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.

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

Trentadue Winery: Wine tasting for two to four (Up to 45% Off), check for availability

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

Calistoga Lions Club Halloween Parade

Date: TBD

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.

October Shows at the Blue Note in Napa

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.

>> Find tickets to these and other shows at the Blue Note this month on Ticketmaster

Napa Events in October: Calendar of Festivals, Wine Tasting Celebrations, Harvest Parties, & More

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