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Head to these fests for good ol’ times.



A Wine and Food Affair / By Lori Lynn Kelly

Black Stallion Estate Winery Harvest Party

October 17
Break out your favorite pair of boots for this one: Guests enjoy country music, and wine and lunch at this annual harvest hoedown. $30–$45. 4089 Silverado Trail, Napa, (707) 227-3250, blackstallionwinery.com.

 

Fort Ross-Seaview Harvest Festival

October 17
Celebrate autumn with singing and dancing, apple harvesting, horse and wagon rides, and canyon firing. Prices vary. 19005 Coast Hwy. 1, Jenner, (707) 847-3437, fortross.org.

 

Nightmare Run 5k

October 17
Ready to get scared, scream, and run for your life? Dress in your best Halloween attire and get chased by zombies at this superfun event. The afterparty features DJs, dancing, and lots of lights. $25. Napa County Fairgrounds, 1435 N. Oak St., Calistoga, nightmarerun5k.com.

 

Pinot on the River

October 25
Pinot lovers flock to Healdsburg Plaza one day each year to indulge in limited production West Coast Pinot Noirs. In addition to sips from about 100 wineries, guests enjoy artisanal food from vendors. $75–$85. 240 Center St., Healdsburg, (707) 433-0433, pinotfestival.com.

 

A Wine and Food Affair

November 7–8
Wineries in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys team up for this annual Wine Road event that features sublime food and wine pairings. $30–$70. Locations vary, wineroad.com.

 

Sonoma Holiday Open House

November 27–28
Say “hello” to the holidays at more than 18 wineries around the region, where you can mingle, meet winemakers, and spread holiday cheer. $45–50. Locations vary, heartofsonomavalley.com.

 

Yountville Festival of Lights / By JASON TINACCI

Yountville Festival of Lights

November 27
The 27th annual holiday fair sets Napa’s culinary capital aglow, and features visits with Santa and horse-drawn carriage rides. Prices vary. Along Washington Street in Yountville, (707) 944-0904, yountville.com.

 

Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade

December 5
“Snow” falls in downtown Calistoga each year during this twinkling event. Shops offer cookies, cider, and holiday deals. Free. Along Lincoln Avenue in Calistoga, visitcalistoga.com.

 

Courtesy of Napa Truffle Festival

Napa Truffle Festival

January 15–18
Master chefs, truffle scientists, and fabulous food abound at this “all things fungi” foodie fest. Prices and locations vary, (888) 753-9378, napatrufflefestival.com.

 

Winter Wineland

January 17–18
Take your pick from more than 140 wineries in the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys, and score recipes along the way. Prices and locations vary, wineroad.com.

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