Whether you live in the area or plan to visit soon, there always seems to be a festival in the near future. It’s hard to know which ones you can’t miss, and which ones are just okay. Here’s a look at the five must-visit festivals in the Napa Valley and Sonoma County area.
BottleRock: The first taste of Summer
Billed as the “first taste of summer”, BottleRock occurs over the weekend of May 24th to the 26th with major headline music acts. Some of the expected performers include Imagine Dragons, Neil Young and Mumford & Sons. In addition to toe-tapping music, you can find beer and wine from local makers and scrumptious food to keep you full. There are also cooking demonstrations led by celebrity chefs and sponsored by Williams Sonoma.
Festival Napa Valley: Festival of the Art
Running 10 days from July 12th to 21st, this festival offers around 60 separate events so there is something for everyone. You can enjoy an evening of listening to opera and dining under the stars or take your kids to learn more about music. More than 100 area wineries participate and offer samples during the festival. You can see the top names in the arts from music to stage at various events. Several local restaurants also participate in this festival. Proceeds help fund the arts and various programs in the area throughout the year. Not to mention that we are the exclusive transportation provider for the festival. Use the promo code FESTIVAL NV and get a 15% discount.
Sonoma Speed Festival: Race out of Steam
For four days from May 30th to June 2nd, the Sonoma Speedway comes alive with vintage car races and loads of fun for everyone. Vintage racing vehicles take to the track located in heart of Napa Valley and navigate this challenging course while the crowd feels the nostalgia for the golden age of racing. Grab a bite to eat at the Wine Country food park, quench your thirst at the Sip & Savor Pavilion and hop in one of the vehicle simulators for your own racing experience.
Huichica Music Festival: A family-friendly boutique festival
Hosted at the Gundlach Bundschu Winery, this music festival hosts a variety of acts on June 7th and 8th. This year’s groups include Fruit Bats, Real Estate, Britta Phillips and many more. In these lush surroundings, you can enjoy wine tasting and food from area restaurants. Families enjoy the Kid’s Zone with activities designed to keep the little ones entertained.
Country Summer Music Festival: Sweet home Sonoma
If you love songs about dogs and pickup trucks, then the Sonoma County Country Summer Music Festival should be at the top of your list. This four-day festival runs from June 14th to 16th, and you can even camp at the event. You might get the chance to hear Tim McGraw, Big & Rich, Dominion, and many others. You can attend an after and a meet and greet for photos with your favorite country music stars. Vendors offer food, beer, wine and other beverages during your visit.
Whether you decide to attend all of these festivals or just a select few, you can make your experience even better with Napa Valley Tours & Transportation. Imagine arriving at your chosen festival without the need to find parking or fight your way through a massive parking lot to the front gate. While listening to your favorite music or watching a race, you don’t have to worry about selecting a designated driver or cutting off your fun by a certain time to ensure you’re safe to drive. Best of all, you don’t need to worry about a DUI on your record, and California has a strict zero-tolerance policy.