Music lovers have a wide variety of opportunities for enjoying concerts in Napa Valley. Whether your tastes run toward opera, chamber music, jazz, or pop, it will be possible to time your Napa vacation to coincide with local performances. Also, as you plan your trip, keep in mind that all kinds of Napa festivals feature musical entertainment in addition to their other attractions, so those festivals can be a great and unexpected way to find concerts, too.
One major place to find Napa concerts is at the Napa Valley Opera House. The theater opened in January 1880 with a ball, but it was closed and neglected for the better part of the twentieth century. Happily, the opera house was rather recently restored, and it reopened in 2003 with a performance by Rita Moreno. Now, performances, lectures, and other events are frequently held at the Napa Valley Opera House, including opera, musical theater, plays, jazz concerts, chamber music concerts, and dance performances; it's worth checking the performance schedule in advance to schedule your visit at the right time.
Another fantastic option for live performances is Napa concerts is Robert Mondavi concert series. The Robert Mondavi Winery Summer Festival Concert was born in 1969, and over the years, it has raised an estimated $2 million for local music programs. July 4th is the usual kick-off date for the Robert Mondavi concert series, with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band getting things going. Over the years, great performers including Ella Fitzgerald, Los Lobos, Tony Bennett, Tears for Fears, and Smokey Robinson have been participated. Tickets for the Robert Mondavi concert series are sold through the Napa Valley Opera House, and the schedule is posted on the Robert Mondavi web site in mid-April for the upcoming summer season.
More summer music is offered through the Music in the Vineyards festival. This renowned three-week event is held each August in Napa Valley, and features chamber music performances right at Napa wineries. These Napa concerts are a great way to mix music and wine, as wine tastings are offered at intermission. They are also great ways to enjoy the beautiful Napa scenery. Some of the wineries that have hosted the Music in the Vineyards performances include Frog's Leap, Beringer, Cakebread Cellars, Meadowood, Clos Pegase, Silverado Vineyards, the Hess Collection, and Robert Mondavi. Of course, the schedule varies every year, and the specific locations will change, so it's worth planning in advance to decide which wineries you'd like to visit as part of this performance series.
One final great opportunity for Napa concerts is Calistoga's Concerts in the Park in Calistoga. These concerts are held at Pioneer Park June through August on Thursday evenings. This charming town offers a pleasant setting and plenty of things to do, such as visiting the hot springs, so if you're staying in Calistoga hotels and are looking for nearby evening activities, walking to the concerts in the park might be the perfect activity.
Whether you want to enjoy opera, chamber music, or legendary performers, there are many different opportunities for Napa concerts throughout the year. The summer calendar is decidedly busier because the beautiful weather allows for many outdoor performances, but there is still music to be heard year-round in Napa; just remember to plan ahead and reserve tickets in advance, as these performances do sell out.