Napa Weekend Planner August 5-7

We've got your weekend best bets, from free live music to a tattoo art show.


Pull up a beach chair and take a musical journey through time from the roots of rock 'n' roll to today's chart-toppers. summer Garage Band 101 workshop presents an exploration of rock music from Elvis to Adele, the Beatles to Nirvana, covering every style and genre of music that have helped define the music that we call Rock. Seven bands with students ages 8-adult have rehearsed together for 11 weeks, and will take the stage to play rock music from the '50s onward: Pop, metal, funk, grunge, disco, power ballads and classic rock old and new - you name it, you'll hear it.

If you go:  This free concert begins at 6 p.m. in , 800 Main Street in Napa.  Bring a picnic, a blanket and enjoy some awesome music under the stars.


More than twenty California artists will be exhibiting new work in Napa Valley Museum’s engaging new exhibition Discrepancy: living between war and peace. Designed to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center bombings of September 11th, the show will feature the artists’ response to the impact of three major events on daily life: the events of September 11th and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Three writers will create essays as part of the exhibit to place the work in a cultural context. Members of Pathway Home, a residential recovery program for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, have created masks and writings that reveal a glimpse into the powerful emotions that lie beneath their public identities.

If you go: Tickets to the exhibit are $5 and free for members.  The exhibition opens on Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle in Yountville. A percentage of opening night admissions will be donated directly to the Pathway Home.


Seven tattoo artists show off their fine art skills in INKSLINGERS. Artists include:Ben Corn, Joe Swanson, Adam Smith, Donavan Kinyon, Daniel Roodzant, Rob Struven and Henry Dever.

If you go: The free reception is at 7:30 p.m. at, 1146 Main St. in Napa.  The show continues until October 2nd.


Join Napa Food Bank at Veterans Park for The 3rd Annual Chili Cookoff featuring live music, beer, margaritas and of course, chili tasting. Judges include Chef James Aptakin, Food Network Challenge Champion, Gordon Heuther, Local Artist, L. Pierce Carson, Food Editor, Catherine Bergen, Restaurant Owner and Tim Borman, Chief.

If you go: There’s a $20 donation for tasting, $10 children 6-12, and kids under 5 are free. The chili fest is from noon to 4 p.m. at Veterans Park in Downtown Napa.


Come join the Andretti Winery team as they host a delicious spaghetti dinner with all of the fixings, and collect much-needed school supplies for ! Bring in a donation of any type of school supplies and your first glass of wine is on the house. Additional glasses of wine can be purchased for $5 each. 

If you go: Tickets are $15 for Andretti Club Members, $20 for Non-Club Members and at the door. The event is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Andretti Winery 4162 Big Ranch Road in Napa. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Ruth at ruth@andrettiwinery.com or call 877-386-5070 ext. 225.


Support music education in local schools and join some of the finest songwriters from Nashville, top winemakers from the Napa Valley, and chefs from Google to enjoy music, wine and food. This "one-of-a-kind" evening includes passed appetizers, and a sit-down, family style farm-to-table dinner paired with delicious white and red wines poured by the winemakers themselves. The entertainment portion takes place inside the Baldacci wine caves and features seven fantastic songwriters including Jessi Alexander, Rodney Foster, Brett James, Jon Randall, Frank Rogers and more, performing two one-hour sets of music and conversation.

If you go: Tickets are $175 and sold in advance only. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. The event is from 4:30 p.m.to 9 p.m. at the Baldacci Family Vineyards, 6236 Silverado Trail.


The program will feature eight singers from the Bay Area in a wide variety of musical literature ranging from Puccini, Handel, Mozart, Schumann, Tchaikowsky to Sondheim and Weill.

If you go: Tickets are $15 and available at the box office beginning at 6 p.m., with doors opening for at 6:30 p.m. The show is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the , 1711 Main Street in Napa. Complimentary tapas and wine served at intermission.


Sing along to the music of the Beatles (lyrics provided). The Vietnam War forms the backdrop for this film romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor British artist. Rated PG-13. Great music!

If you go: you go: Tickets are $12 (16 & under), $15 for adults and can be bought by clicking here. The shows begin at 2 p.m. and doors open at 1 p.m. at the , 1030 Main Street in Napa.

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