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.