After a long weekend of BottleRock, I have to admit we are a little tired, but we are definitely ready for more live music! We’re excited about this Sunday, which kicks off a brand new event in downtown Napa, Napa Live: Inside & Out, and of course, we already have July 31 on our calendar for one of our favorite annual events, Napa Porchfest. In fact, one of our favorite things about long summer days when the sun doesn’t set until late in the day and the weather stays warm are the free outdoor concerts that take place throughout Napa Valley. We usually get several families together to enjoy a picnic and listen to the tunes while the kids boogie — tomorrow night, we’re picking up fried chicken from the new Southside for the season opener at Napa City Nights. Here’s our list of free concert series taking place this summer.
Napa City Nights FREE
Fridays, June 3-August 26, 6:30-10 pm
Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater, Napa
Napa City Nights, titled “Making Memories for Families and Friends,” kicks off its ninth season on June 3 at the Veterans Memorial Park amphitheater in downtown Napa. Friday’s show features acoustic performer Fred Brennan at 6:30 pm, dance cover band N2L Band at 7:15 pm and rock-n-blues trio the Bonedrivers, at 8:15 pm. Bring a blanket, your dancing shoes, and a picnic and enjoy! Musical genres throughout the season include jazz, rock, country, world, blues, pop, and folk.
Musical Picnics in Lyman Park FREE
Second and fourth Thursdays, June-August, 6-8 pm
Lyman Park, St. Helena
The 28th season of Musical Picnics kicks off on June 9 with The Sorry Lot, a 9-piece Irish folk and ballad band that delivers lively renditions of traditional drinking songs, as well as a few modern ballads and original tunes, while keeping the music true to its roots in the pubs and bars of Ireland. Bring a picnic or enjoy local foodtruck fare while lounging or dancing on the grass with friends and family. Desserts for kids 12 and under are free.
Yountville Concerts in the Park FREE
One Sunday a month, June-September, 5-7 pm
Veterans Memorial Park, Yountville
Once a month on a Sunday evening, the Town of Yountville invites you to bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy free live music. The series kicks off on June 12 with a performance by the Lincoln Theater Artists in Residence, featuring up-and-coming professionals and graduate students from leading arts institutions in the Bay Area.
Calistoga Concerts in the Park FREE
Thursdays, June 23-August 25, 6:30-8:30 pm
Pioneer Park, Calistoga
Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic dinner to enjoy this annual favorite summer celebration, which kicks off with a performance by Kingsborough, who has been creating an electric buzz with their modern twist on classic-soulful rock n’ roll. Select local wines will be available for purchase, highlighting a different winery each week.
Photo courtesy of Napa City Nights/Brian Lavezzoli Photography.