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American Canyon: 6th Annual Oktoberfest Celebration!

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oktoberfest2012-3810.jpgCalling all herren, frauen, and kinder (men, women, and children)! Come celebrate American Canyon Chamber's 6th annual Oktoberfest on September 27, 2014 from 12pm to 5pm.

This family-friendly event features activities the whole clan is sure to enjoy. Take part in the many festivities including the popular beer stein contest, best authentic Oktoberfest attire, best yodel, wiener dog races, and a chicken dance competition. That's not all! There will be a nice play area for the kinder (children) complete with bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, face-painting and more.

By popular demand, delicious Bavarian food will be available to purchase along with beer and non-alcoholic beverages. Savor scrumptious bratwursts, pretzels, potato salad, apple strudel and delicious Napa Smith beer will have your palate singing "myoleladywho!" while polka music by the Karl Lebherz band will get you dancing.

Tickets cost only $5.00 per person, and kids 12 years old and under are FREE!
 
Schedule of Events:

• 1:00 p.m. - Best Authentic Attire
• 1:30 p.m. - Best Yodel
• 2:00 p.m. - Beer Stein Contest
• 2:30 p.m. - Wiener Dog Races *
• 3:00 p.m. - Wurst Eating Championship
• 3:30 p.m. - Chicken Dance
• 4:00 p.m. - Raffle Drawing

(*Wiener Dog race participants are asked to pre-register online at www.AmCanChamber.org.)

Top Five Reasons to Catch a Show at Uptown Theatre this Summer

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chrisIsaak_UptownTheater.jpg#1.   Best Headline Entertainment in the Valley!
The Uptown Theatre offers headline entertainment in a world class environment.  Uptown is a beautifully restored art deco period theatre originally opening in 1937 and brought back to its glory with state of the art sound system, lighting and comfortable seating.  Uptown Theatre has hosted a myriad of top named artists and this summer will be hosting hit-maker Kenny Loggins, comedian Lisa Lampanelli, crooner Chris Isaak, southern rock group The Marshall Tucker Band, comedian Dana Carvey and a special stop by Dave Mason and his Traffic Jam tour. 

More shows are always being added to the already amazing summer lineup so check the schedule regularly or subscribe to their newsletter for new show announcements here.

#2.  Beat the Heat in the Most Comfortable Venue in Town!  
The seats at Uptown are extra cushy and the leg room extra spacious. Customers have coined the catch phrase "Every Seat is a Great Seat" due to the wide aisles, soft slope of the floor and the best sound quality in Northern California. Not only is this theatre lovingly restored with beautifully appointed period murals and gold accents but whether you're in the front row or the last, the sound quality is just as good and the sight lines are great from every vantage point.  And best of all?  It's Air-conditioned!  Beat the heat after a long summer day of wine tasting, bike riding or sight-seeing by getting indoors where only the entertainment is HOT!

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#3.  Located in the Hub of Napa Valley!
Uptown Theatre is located in the heart of downtown Napa, which has become the hub of Napa Valley. Only a few steps and blocks away are world-class wines and restaurants. Dine at restaurants like Chef Morimoto's namesake restaurant for fresh, expertly prepared seafood and sushi.  You can never go wrong with dinner at Cole's Chop House for the very best in an American Steakhouse, or the newest restaurant along Main Street, Torc for elegant yet authentic California Cuisine with global influences.  There are scores of casual dining places in addition to a popping night scene where you can grab drink or glass of fine wine before or after a show at one of many wine bars that keep cropping up in downtown Napa.

Summertime Happenings for Wine, Music and Food Lovers!

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Music, food and fine wine too?! Can summertime in wine country get any better than this???

Full_Smile-FINAL-768x1024.jpgWynonna & The Big Noise at Uptown Theatre
(Sunday, July 13th 2014)
Performing at Uptown Theatre for the first time is Five-time Grammy winner and New York Times bestselling author Wynonna Judd!  Wynonna has always revolved her career around telling stories.  Whether performing alongside her mother as one half of the legendary duo The Judds, or pushing the boundaries on her own mega-successful solo path, Wynonna's ability to reach the heart of the human spirit through her bold and unflinching honesty, is the entertainer's true gift.

Jamieson Ranch Vineyards' Live Music Concert Series
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July 12th, 19th and 26th)
This summer Jamieson Ranch Vineyards (JRV) will host live music from some of the Bay Area's top bands this Saturday prior to another amazing event. A $10 cover charge includes live music, a complimentary GoVino glass with a splash JRV wine and our chef's small bite pairing of the day.  Come enjoy great live music, fine wines, and delicious food.   

Thursday Night Live at Priest Ranch Tasting Room  (July 10th - August 7th)
Thursday evenings this summer at Priest Ranch enjoy wines by the glass and the bottle while listening to some of the Bay Area's best musicians. Commencing on July 10th, guest can kick back and enjoy live music on our back patio from 6-9pm weekly. The series features an eclectic mix of some the of the Bay Area's top performers - all in the relaxing surroundings of our tasting room in the heart of Yountville. There is no cover charge. While there, enjoy food from two of Napa's best food trucks, Marks the Spot and Crossroad Chicken.

Chateau St. Jean's Summer Soirée  (July 12th - July 26th)
Enjoy a sunny summer afternoon filled with live music, food from a local chef, and of course - fabulous wines! Each weekend will feature a different chef - from oysters to artisan sandwiches to savory strudel - and a different musician for your listening and dancing pleasure. Guests are encouraged to do a tasting, glass or bottle of the featured wine and purchase the dish they want to pair it with to discover their personal favorite.

Annual Summer Music Festivals

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Chris_Isaak_1_1_227_201_c1.jpgRodney Strong Vineyards Concert Series (June 21st - August 31st)
What better way to enjoy the summer in Sonoma County than surrounded by beautiful vineyards while soaking up the sounds of music's top artists. Rodney Strong Vineyards will open their new patio to Chris Isaak (July 13), famous Jazz Trumpeter Chris Botti, Minidi Abair, Spencer Day,  & Elliot Yamin (July 26),  Tower of Power & Jonathan Butler (August 31). Enjoy music, award-winning wines all on the lush green lawn. Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic basket!



Robert Mondavi Concert Series (June 28th - July 19th)
One of the wine country's most popular concert events, the highly-anticipated series will begin on Saturday, June 28th with Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Then get amped to hear legendary artists Big Bad Voodoo Daddy (July 5th), Five for Fighting (July 12th), Dave Koz and Friends (July 18th) and then Colbie Caillat closes it out on July 19th!  These tickets always sell out so make sure to get yours early!
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Festival Del Sole (July 11th - 20th)
Every July, all of Napa Valley is on stage during Festival del Sole. The ten-day summer celebration artfully blends one-of-a-kind lifestyle programs and Napa's incomparable wines and culinary delights.

The region's beauty is the backdrop for breathtaking performances, vintner's luncheons, winery dinners, wine tastings, community concerts and rejuvenating wellness activities.

View Schedule & Performing Artists and Buy Tickets and Passes Online!




2015 EVENTS

For 2015 dates on the following annual events, be sure to check back often!

MAY 2015
Bottlerock Napa Valley  (Dates TBA)
The 2014 3 day music festival featured the likes of OutKast, The Cure, Eric Church, Matt & Kim, LLCoolJ and dozens more along with the signature Napa Valley wine and food.

June 2015
Healdsburg Jazz Festival (Dates TBA)
The premier Healdsburg Jazz Festival 2014 featured name artists and dozens of jazz-related events; everything from a Blues Brunch to Jazz and winery dinners.  Experience the music of famed performers Charlie Musselwhite, Joshua Redman, Ron Carter, Marc Cary, Poncho Sanchez, Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes and special guest Bobby Hutcherson, plus many more. See them perform in various venues including the historic Raven Theater, the glamorous Hotel Healdsburg, boutique restaurants and local wineries. 

Napa Valley Jazz Getaway (Dates TBA)
2014's fun and exciting lineup featured legendary artists like guest comedian Keenen Ivory Wayans, Eric Benét, Morris Day & The Time, Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, Earl Klugh, Mavis Staples and many more! Listen to great music, taste fabulous wine, and eat at some of the most beautiful wineries in Napa Valley.

BottleRock Napa Valley

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Top Chefs and Wineries Create a Unique BottleRock Napa Valley Festival
with Signature Wine Country Style

BottleRock Napa Valley sits at the epicenter of America's wine and food playground, and the 2014 event May 30-June 1 delivers an impressive line up of Napa Valley and Northern California's best chefs, restaurants and wineries for a gustatory festival experience that is second to none. And of course, let's not forget the music! This year's lineup features an exciting and diverse set of artists, bands and performers, including The Cure, Outkast, Eric Church, Weezer, The Fray, Heart, LL Cool Jay with DJ Z-Trip, Matt & Kim, Deerhunter, Matisyahu, Sublime with Rome, Gin Blossoms, Spin Doctors, Third Eye Blind and dozens more.

bottleRock2014Image.jpgSituated on four stages on 26 acres just blocks from Downtown Napa, more than 60 artists on four stages are surrounded by superstar vintners like Miner Family Winery, Cakebread Cellars and Schramberg and restaurants including Morimoto, Angele, The Thomas and Oakville Grocery.  Iconic chefs Ken Frank of La Toque, Richard Reddington of Redd, and Oenotri's Tyler Rodde headline the culinary stage in the Platinum Lounge with Master Sommeliers pouring rare wines, only in wine country.

"BottleRock Napa Valley is all about blending great music, food and wine...It really is a feast for your senses" said Latitude 38's CEO David Graham. "Fans will experience rock star on so many levels: top chefs and culinary superstars, world class winemakers and amazing musicians all rocking out together making BottleRock totally unique. There's just no other music festival that matches the quality of wine and food offerings BottleRock provides."

With a craft brew garden, restaurant garden, food truck rally and wine cabanas and full bars conveniently located all across the festival grounds, guests will find no shortage of opportunity to wine and dine BottleRock Napa Valley style.

Tickets Are Still Available!
3-Day VIP passes ($599), general admission 3-Day passes ($279) and single-day passes ($149) can be purchased at www.bottlerocknapavalley.com or www.ticketfly.com or charge by phone at 877.4.FLY.TIX (435.9849).) A very limited number of 3-Day Platinum Passes ($3000), and Single-Day Platinum Passes ($1,000) are also available.



Napa Valley Holiday Events

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Napa Valley Wine Trolley "Holiday Light Tours"

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  • Select dates between 12/6 and 12/22 - Hop aboard the Holiday Wine Trolley and joyful tour through historic Downtown Napa and its Victorian neighborhoods! Each December, the vintage Cable Car takes visitors and locals on a fun ride filled with classic carols (from the 1890s-1940s), hot cocoa, candy canes and lots of holiday spirit. The tour starts at 6:30 and lasts an hour and a half.
napa-on-ice.jpgNapa on Ice
  • Daily, through January 12, 2014 - Napa County's only holiday outdoor skating rink is now open! The rink features 5,600 square feet of real ice and skaters will be able to skate in the sunshine during the day, and under the stars at night. Some special programming at the rink includes "Rock the Rink" on Friday nights, and special promotions for "Family Night" on Tuesdays.
Meadowood Napa Valley 12 Days of Christmas
  • December 6-21, 2013 - Come get in the holiday spirit at Meadowood Napa Valley, with 12 nights of multi-course meals, each coordinated with a different top-rated chef from Paris to San Francisco accompanying spectacular wines from renown vintners. Each chef will showcase their culinary talents in collaboration with Chef Christopher Kostow.

Charlie Brown Christmas with David Benoit

  • December 13, 2013 - A Napa Valley favorite, David Benoit's "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is a great show for the whole family.  Benoit's band is always top notch, and gets the Valley in the holiday spirit. Once again, they'll be joined by the local Napa Valley Children's Chorus, under the direction of Kim Markovich.

A Christmas Carol

  • December 13-15, 2013 - Celebrate the joy of the holidays with our remarkable and rollicking adaptation of Dicken's A Christmas Carol. Scrooge has never been meaner, Marley has never been scarier and redemption has never felt better. Music, song and story collide in this theatrical ride that will delight audiences, young and old.


Annual Candlelight House Tour

  • candlelight-holiday-house-tour.jpgSaturday, December 14, 2013 - This year's tour showcases the history and eclectic architecture of Napa's "Tree Streets: West of Jefferson". The self-led tour features an intriguing variety of historic homes ranging from Victorian cottages to Craftsman bungalows built at the turn of the century. Beautifully restored and refurbished vintage cars, including some Model As, will be on display in front of each of the homes, courtesy of the Napa Chapter of the Model A Club.

Enjoy the Whimsical Crush Season in Calistoga

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The California harvest season is a whimsical experience when staying in Calistoga. Known for its hot springs and world-class wine, this northern Napa Valley town adds another dimension to the wine country.

calistoga-chamber-calistoga-crush-season.jpgThe natural beauty of this perfectly preserved town, named a "Distinctive Destination" by the Trust for Historic Preservation, maintains the intimate nature of yesteryear. During the harvest, from mid-August to October, the vineyards of Calistoga transform from a luscious landscape to a buzzing dance filled with the vivacious movement of the ripened grapes. The ambiance is breathtaking as the season's colors come to life with vibrant hues of tangerine and copper, and the sweet scents of the soft fruity notes from harvest's crush fill the air.

With an all-embracing personality, this spirited community offers a one-of -a- kind experience.  Many local Calistoga wineries host special events featuring the finest of the season's harvest.  Tasting rooms offer opportunities to sample the freshly picked grapes as they make their way to be transformed into the red and white elixir of the appellation. Production tours during the harvest offer a sneak peek into the winemaker's world as they feature the season's crush - the ultimate time to experience the most exciting process of crafting fine collections of decadent wines in Napa Valley.

Napa Valley Festival del Sole

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July 12 - 21, 2013

The much anticipated Napa Valley Festival del Sole named by the Wall Street Journal as one of "12 must-experience summer festivals" is only a couple of days away. This annual Napa Valley festival celebrates the diversity of the arts - over 60 world-class music, dance, and theater performances - set against the beauty of the Napa Valley wine region that boasts incomparable wines and the finest of cuisine.


 Have you purchased your festival pass or tickets yet? Several events have already sold out. Some of the performance and events still available - see below:

Friday, July 13
Jean-Yves Thibaudet with the Russian National Orchestra
The mighty Russian National Orchestra, conducted by Carlo Montanaro, returns to Festival del Sole, launching the season's multifaceted Rachmaninoff anniversary celebrations with the celebrated Second Symphony. Festival favorite Jean-Yves Thibaudet presents Saint-Saëns' "Egyptian" Piano Concerto No. 5.
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Tuesday, July 16
Sarah Chang and Jean-Yves Thibaudet with the Russian National Orchestra
Festival del Sole partners with the new Weill Hall at Sonoma State University's Green Music Center for a program featuring the Russian National Orchestra, with Sarah Chang performing Samuel Barber's popular Violin Concerto, and Jean-Yves Thibaudet in Saint-Saëns' "Egyptian" Piano Concerto No. 5, a rarely-performed gem. Carlo Montanaro conducts. (Concert is at Weill Hall at Green Center, Sonoma)

Dive Bar - Bardessono Hotel's Poolside Cocktail Soiree

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Come enjoy a summer's eve at Dive Bar, Bardessono Hotel & Spa's poolside cocktail soiree held the last Thursday of the month from June to August.

bardessonoRooftopPool.jpgBardessono Hotel is located in the heart of Napa Valley in the town of Yountville and has an amazing rooftop pool that is open from 6pm to 8pm for great Happy Hour drink specials and complimentary nibbles from Lucy Restaurant & Bar. Take in the stunning mountain and vineyard views and enjoy a dip and a drink while DJ's spin tunes near the bar.

This year Dive Bar includes a fashion component -  preview the latest summer fashions from top Bay Area boutiques. Come dressed to impress and mingle with Napa Valley locals and top vintners. Our boutique partners will have models showing off some great designs:

  • June 27 - Sisters Boutique/Yountville
  • July 25 - CakePlate / Napa
  • August 29 - Rand + Statler/ San Francisco
Dive Bar is open to the public with free admission and free valet parking. 

Robert Mondavi Summer Concert Series

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Business Wire

44th Annual Summer Concert Series Begins June 29th and
Honors 100th birthday of Robert Mondavi


robertMondaviHeader_MondaviWebsite.jpgThis June, Robert Mondavi Winery kicks off its 44th annual Summer Concert Series with a festival featuring five top musical acts. With June 18 marking what would have been the 100th birthday of Robert Mondavi, country singer and songwriter Martina McBride will begin the series with a performance that celebrates Robert Mondavi's contributions to the wine industry throughout the Napa Valley and beyond. Now a much-anticipated wine country tradition, the annual concert series began in 1969 by Margrit Mondavi.

"Given Bob's love of uniting friends and family over a celebration of food, wine and the arts, I couldn't think of a better way to honor his 100th birthday than by continuing the Summer Concert Series here in the winery's backyard," said Margrit Mondavi, vice president of cultural affairs at Robert Mondavi Winery. "The combination of diverse musical styles, world-class wine and the backdrop of the beautiful To Kalon Vineyard is a truly unique tradition that I know I'm not alone in looking forward to celebrating."

Celebrate Romance & Valentine's Day

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livermorePromotion.jpgRomance doesn't have to be celebrated just one day. With Valentine's Day falling on a Friday this year, it's the perfect excuse to plan an extended romantic weekend with the one you love. Let us help you plan! Call 707.260.0721 for our Guest Services to recommend the perfect plan for where to go wine tasting, where to stay, play and eat.

There's a dizzying amount of specials and activities around In Napa Valley and Sonoma this year to celebrate the season of love! Click below:

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Napa Valley Hot Air Balloon Tours

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*last updated May 2014

RECHARGE. . . Take Flight with a Hot Air Balloon Ride!

Meghan Lamb-Napa Valley Aloft-DSC_0356.jpgBALLOON TOURS
Get a bird's eye view of rolling Napa Valley hills and vineyards from inside a hot air balloon. You'll be mesmerized by the breathtaking landscape before you. If you take an early morning flight, you're in for a treat. Watch the morning's fog lift, the sun rise, and the valley open up right before your eyes as your balloon wafts softly through the air.

Hot Air Balloon rides are also very popular for marriage proposals. What could be more romantic than saying "I love you. Will you marry me" several thousand feet up in the air? Several balloon companies offer Champagne Breakfast brunch at the end of your trip.

See our recommendations for Hot Air Balloon companies in Napa Valley.

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