Children naturally love art—painting, drawing, singing….art provokes imagination, introduces children to new experiences, and offers unique opportunities for quality time with friends and family. The sixth annual Arts in April celebrates Napa Valley’s arts and culture—whether it’s photography, fine art, music, film, architecture, or new media—and many of this year’s events and programs are ideal for children and families.

Graffiti ART at the Napa Valley Ruins and Gardens
End of South Napa Junction Road, American Canyon
Sunday, April 10 | 10 am-3 pm
Part of a century-old abandoned industrial site with towering cement walls and structures, the Napa Valley Ruins & Gardens is at the center of a large master planned area (Watson Ranch) including parks, trails, homes, schools and an entertainment district. These tours will be led by graffiti artists from the Bay Area who will talk about graffiti and relate it to the spontaneous artwork that is already on the walls.
FREE (advance registration is required)

Artisan Craft Faire, Tea Tasting and Workshop
Creative-a-Tea, Napa
Saturday, April 16 | 10 am-4 pm
The artisan faire will feature over 20 booths showcasing jewelry, stationery, custom pet portraits, paintings, hand-painted silk scarves, herbal bath and body products and home goods. In addition, Creative-a-Tea will have an acrylic painting workshop for ages 8 through adult and a kids craft/puppet workshop for ages 3 to 12.
FREE (workshops have a fee and advance registration is required)

Festival of Disciplines
Napa Valley College, Upper Valley Campus, St. Helena
Saturday, April 16 | 2-6 pm
Artists and audiences will co-mingle for a dynamic curated collection of never-before-seen projects. Expect to be taken by surprise with live performances, open-mic sessions, installations, and much more. Highlights include theater directed by Jennifer King, poetry by Iris Dunkle, art by Jason Perry, and delicacies prepared by the Napa Valley Cooking School.

Earth Night Celebration – the After Party
Connolly Ranch, Napa
Saturday, April 23 | 5-10 pm
Connolly Ranch hosts a springtime festival and fundraiser celebrating arts, music, movement and nature. The family-friendly event features live music,
aerial and fire spinning performances, free movement classes, recycled art and nature craft activities, an eco-bazaar, farm tours, moonlit nature hikes, telescope for stargazing, onsite childcare and more!
$25 adults/$12 kids under 14

LolliPOPS Concert and Petting Zoo
Napa Valley Performing Arts Center, Yountville
Sunday, April 24 | 9:30 am and 11 am
A series of free chamber music concerts performed by professional musicians in a fun, age-appropriate and engaging way that introduces young children to the exciting and life-changing world of symphonic music. Following the concerts, musicians provide a hands-on musical instrument “petting zoo” where children are able to hold, touch, and play the instruments they heard.
FREE (advance registration is required)

Engage Art Fair
Napa County Fairgrounds,. Calistoga
April 30 and May 1 | 10 am-4 pm
This annual, curated and immersive event is a fully interactive art fair experience for all ages. Meet over 25 artists who will each be doing a demonstration/ working live/or have their tools for guests to see and touch. Print your own butterfly at the hands-on printmaking station and your artwork will be included in an installation about Monarch butterfly migration. Participate in a “treasure hunt” throughout Calistoga; listen to music by local acoustic musicians; watch a chalk tromp l’oeil masterpiece being created, and so much more.