Free Weekend Events: Arts, Hoops, Yurts, Bikes

Napa's not always expensive! This weekend, dress up in a costume and rotate; move yurts to support a state park; check out new work by local artists and musicians and learn to fix your bike: all for free.

People who say Napa's expensive, take this: A weekend packed with no-cost and low-cost culture and fun. Below you'll find a handful of best bets; discover more happenings at napa.patch.com/events and add your own any time for free at napa.patch.com/events/new.

Free on Friday

Painter is this month's . Her reception, with music by David Auerbach, starts at 6 p.m. at the .

At , it's the monthly starting at 7:30 p.m., featuring local performers aged from their teens to senior status. This week, expect an appearance by , a Napa resident since 2010, premiering selections from his new musical version of Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel of horror and aesthetics, . (Marotta and Napa Patch editor Louisa Hufstader are a couple and Hufstader may also appear at the open mic to read Richard Brautigan's hilarious short story Revenge of the Lawn.)

Free on Saturday

Andre's  at  (7 p.m.) is a must if you ever sally forth on two wheels. Andre, a bike tech well-known and widely respected among Napa cyclists, says "This is a great brush up for people who already know how to or for people who have never repaired their own flats."

This week's  is bound to be a blast: It's the monthly costumed hoop day! The fun starts at noon, and the Napa Hoopers will lend you a hoop if you lack one. (We'd love to see !) Want to know more about the hooping phenomenon? Read Lilea Duran's charming debut blog post, .

Kids still restless after hooping? Mozart madness continues with the , 2 p.m. at the  in Yountville.


Okay, this one's not free, but it's still a gift: The  continues its winning ways by bringing a can't-miss guitar show to Silo's this afternoon.  kicks off at 4 p.m. for just $20.

Louisa Hufstader March 10, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Update: Some sinister computer troll changed all the calendar times by eight hours, so please call in advance if you are planning to take Andre's flat-changing class because it may actually be taking place at 7 p.m. instead of 11 a.m.
Mike Treleven March 10, 2012 at 03:48 PM
I've got to get cleaned so so I can begin my weekend of free fun.
Louisa Hufstader March 10, 2012 at 03:51 PM
There's more, Mike! Over at Peet's, it is Founder's Day today, with 2-for-1 coffee deals and free live music from the very talented Kristen Van Dyke from 1 to 2 p.m.


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