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14th Season of Festival Napa Valley

July 12–21

Napa Valley Becomes a Cultural Destination

There’s Bottlerock. And there’s Festival Napa Valley with world-class performances in another genre, in the category of culture. Perhaps more highbrow?

Now in it’s 14th season, Festival Napa Valley has turned Napa Valley into a cultural destination. More than 200 artists, wineries, resorts, theaters, restaurants, chefs and vintners participate each year. People come from far and wide. True story.

This season there are 60 concerts and events with symphonies, opera, film, dance, chamber music and jazz. Many performances take place outside under twinkling lights at wineries with beautiful gardens and expansive views. There’s fine wine, amazing ambiance and entertainment. Wow. When you look at the line up you will understand. It’s surreal.


Picture a hilarious one-act opera about marriage and wine held at Castello di Amorosa. Such a fitting stage . . .

Four-time Grammy award-winner Seal headlines at HALL winery at Arts for All Gala. How’s that for world-class?

Enjoy a lunch on a private terrace overlooking a vineyard or dance under the stars to live music. This is a genuine invitation to indulge your passion for music and the arts!

Single concert tickets start at $39 and are now on sale. For an elevated Festival Napa Valley experience, Patron Passes include access to exclusive lunches, dinners and lounge. Check out the full schedule and purchase passes at

BTW: Festival Napa Valley relies on the generosity and commitment of local volunteers. To learn about the volunteer program, contact Susan Hamilton at


In addition to presenting the finest performing arts, Festival Napa Valley provides over 6,000 free tickets to students, veterans and seniors. The Festival is also expanding its educational program with Arts for All camps for 1600 Boys & Girls Club youth ages 6-18, and a tuition-free music academy for 90 pre-professional musicians from around the world.

Festival Napa Valley Highlights

Tenor Francesco Demuro and soprano Nino Machaidze kick off the season on the fairway at Meadowood Napa Valley with Opera Under the Stars.

Four-time Grammy Award-winner Seal headlines Napa Valley’s biggest arts charity event, the Arts for All Gala at HALL Napa Valley.

British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year, makes his Bay Area debut with the Havana Chamber Orchestra at Far Niente.

Broadway legend Patti LuPone performs in a private evening at Calistoga Ranch.

Festival Orchestra Napa performs John William’s Academy Award-winning score to Star Wars: A New Hope while the iconic 1977 film is projected on a giant screen.

Cellist Sophia Bacelar, violinist Charlie Siem, and percussionist Mitya Nilov – shine in Grand Cru Concertos with the Festival’s Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra at Castello di Amorosa.

Opera at the Castello features Bastianello, John Musto’s hilarious one-act opera about marriage and wine.

The renowned dance company Diavolo | Architecture in Motion performs two inspiring works: Voyage, about a trip to the moon, and Trajectoire, a voyage of destiny and destination in the Festival’s Dede Wilsey Dance Series. This performance celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing.

Concerts Throughout Napa Valley

Festival Live! Chamber Series of 14 admission-free chamber concerts around Napa Valley.

Bouchaine Young Artist Series showcases the next generation of classical musical artists.

Festival Orchestra Napa performs Song to the Moon, a concert on the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing featuring works by Holst, Dvorak, Getty and Strauss. Rising star soprano Andriana Chuchman joins Maestro Joel Revzen for this performance.

The legendary jazz fusion band The Yellowjackets perform a free Community Concert at Napa Valley College.

Rock and roll party band Wonder Bread 5 headlines Taste of Napa, Festival Napa Valley’s signature celebration of food, wine and music.

Karen LeFrak’s multimedia orchestral work marks its California premiere at the Concert for Kids.

The Festival’s Blackburn Music Academy Orchestra performs a lively admission-free Sunday at the Symphony concert.

Postmodern Jukebox star Robyn Adele Anderson brings her sassy interpretations of modern hits in the Season Finale at Alpha Omega.


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