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From music in the park to a county fair, there’s lots of fun this summer in Wine Country.



Israel Valencia, Courtesy di Rosa, Napa

Musical Picnics in Lyman Park, St. Helena

June through August Back for its 29th season, this musical event occurs every second and fourth Thursday in the months of June, July, and August. Grab a seat on the grass, sip on a glass of local wine, munch on noms from food trucks, and enjoy the warm summer nights. sthelena.com.

 

RoséFest, Calistoga

6/24 Sterling Vineyards’ inaugural event will feature dozens of Napa Valley and Provencal rosé producers, and food from the region’s top restaurants. Proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation. sterlingvineyards.com.

 

All-American Zin Day, Sonoma

7/1 Head to the Dry Creek Valley for this 11th annual event hosted by Kokomo, Mazzocco Sonoma, Rued, Wilson, and Family Wineries. Sip Zinfandels and Primitivos (Italian Zins) with some tasty barbeque for a full day of vino varietals, including whites, rosés, blends, and dessert wines. familywines.com.

 

Israel Valencia, Courtesy di Rosa, Napa

Art and Nature Hike, Napa

Through July 8 Join di Rosa’s experienced guides for a hike through the Sculpture Meadow to the top of Milliken Peak. The hikes are moderately strenuous, but a little sweat is worth the sweeping views of the valley. dirosaart.org.

 

Magical Mystery Tours, Healdsburg

7/15 Hop on the Wine Road bus and buckle up for a day of wine and food. The tour visits four wineries (which remain a secret until you arrive) in the Dry Creek Valley, with a wine-and-food pairing at each location. wineroad.com.

 

Napa Porchfest, Napa

7/30 Dozens of local bands play on the porches of beautiful old homes in the historic neighborhoods of downtown Napa. Visitors are encouraged to walk or bike to experience this free event and can grab a bite to eat at food trucks parked in Fuller Park. napaporchfest.org.

 

V Foundation Wine Celebration // Bob McClenahan

V Foundation Wine Celebration, Napa

8/3–8/6 This annual event benefits the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Enjoy delectable food, amazing wine, live performances, and thoughtful panel talks, all while fighting for a cure. invite.winecelebration.org.

 

Napa Town and Country Fair, Napa

8/9–8/13 Enjoy five days of hometown fair fun. Eat classic fair food, ride carnival rides, listen to live entertainment, and peruse fine art exhibits.
napavalleyexpo.com.

 

Blues, Brews, and BBQ, Napa

8/26 If American blues, micro-brews, and barbeque don’t scream summertime, then nothing does. Held in the Oxbow Commons, this event has got it all—from live music to a rib-eating contest. donapa.com.

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Summer Hit List

10 Reasons to attend Festival del Sole’s 10th anniversary.

Big Fun at Meritage

The Meritage Resort and Spa may be one of the biggest hotels in Napa since its mega renovation this past year, but the place has the feeling of a giant Tuscan-style playroom.

Hollywood in Napa

Napa Valley Film Festival pairs great movies with wining and dining.

Hot Summer Concerts

Here’s where to groove to Wine Country beats all summer long.

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Land of the Free

Napa County residents and visitors will be able to enjoy thousands of acres of undeveloped ridgetops; wild, bubbling streams; and abundant wildlife preserves for generations to come, thanks to an ambitious group of local landowners and the Land Trust of Napa County.

The New Napa

Guide to the Vine Trail

The first phase of the Napa Valley Vine Trail is finally open. Here’s how to make the most of it on your next visit to Wine Country.

St. Helena Getaway

Head to St. Helena for a cycling adventure, wine tasting, boutique shopping, and more.

Exquisite Evenings

Copain Wines invites fabulous chefs to pair their dishes.

Viva Italia

If you can’t make it to Venice, take a trip inside the private Calistoga residence of renowned Italian muralist Carlo Marchiori.

Wine Country Itineraries: Getting to know the towns of Napa and Sonoma counties

You’re in Wine Country, and your performance doesn’t start for a while. You don’t feel like visiting a winery, and you don’t have time for dinner. All of a sudden you realize that you don’t really know Wine Country all that well. Here’s a selection of things to see and do in Petaluma and Yountville.
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