Summer may still be a few weeks away but this weekend kicks off a summer of free concerts and musical events throughout Napa. Napa Live: Inside & Out is this Sunday (it was so popular last year, that it’s taking place three times this year). And we already have July 28 and July 30 on our calendar for two of our favorite annual events, Uke-a-Palooza at Oxbow and Napa Porchfest. Plus, Napa, Yountville, St. Helena, and Calistoga have free concerts in the parks — the first event is next Thursday, June 8 in St. Helena. Here’s our list of free concert series taking place this summer.
Napa Live: Inside and Out
Sunday, June 4, noon-6 pm
A music crawl featuring over 35 talented musicans of all kinds…performing in stores, patios, and parks. Downtown Napa’s music crawl, featuring 40 bands at 30 locations, is Sunday, June 4th from Noon to 6 p.m.. This one has it all, from classic guitar to classic rock, blues to bluegrass, and surf rock to songwriters. Last year was the seminal event, and was so popular that it will be back three Sundays this year, including September 3rd and October 1st.
Uke-a-Palooza at Oxbow
Friday, July 28, 6-9 pm
Oxbow Public Market, Napa
This special Polynesian evening features a special performance on the Oxbow River Deck by The Maikai Gents playing the songs of old Hawaii. Uke-A-Palooza guests are encouraged to bring their own ukuleles and perform! There’s also a raffle to benefit V.O.I.C.E.S of Napa, and Polynesian-themed specials available from Oxbow merchants, and more! Pick up something to eat in the market and enjoy!
Sunday, July 30, noon-6 pm
Tune up your bikes and get ready for Napa Porchfest, where dozens of musicians perform on a variety of house porches in and around downtown neighborhoods.Stroll — or bike — from porch to porch with family and friends to enjoy the sounds of some of Napa’s best musical talent. New this year, Fuller Park will serve as the main hub for the event with shade, picnic tables, bathrooms, and about a dozen food trucks. Information, maps and t-shirt sales will also be available.
Musical Picnics in Lyman Park
Second and fourth Thursdays, June-August, 6-8 pm
Lyman Park, St. Helena
First concert: Thursday, June 8
The 29th season of Musical Picnics kicks off on Thursday, June 8 with The Sacto Storytellers, performing a blend of Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae, and Soul delivered with a unapologetic Punk Rock attitude. Bring a picnic or enjoy local foodtruck fare while lounging or dancing on the grass with friends and family. Marks the Spot and Yao Family Wines will be onsite on June 8.
Napa City Nights
Fridays, June 9-August 18, 6:30-10 pm
Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater, Napa
First concert: Friday, June 9
Napa City Nights celebrates 10 years of live music in the Napa Valley with its 10th season kicking on Friday, June 9 at the Veterans Memorial Park amphitheater in downtown Napa. The opening night show features Nuclearblonde singer/songwriter Shauna Marshall dishing up searing blues originals with flavors of rock, country, funk and pop; The Special Guests performing classic rock, dance and R&B songs; and acoustic guitarist and singer/songerwriter Anthony Presti. 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.
Yountville Music in the Park
One Sunday a month, June-September, 5-7 pm
Veterans Memorial Park, Yountville
First concert: Sunday, June 11
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 Sunday, June 11 with a performance by Soul Kat, a five-piece band that delivers soul/R&B from the 60s and 70s, covering artists such as Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, and Stevie Wonder. Phat Wraps & Salads is the featured food truck this evening.
Calistoga Concerts in the Park
Thursdays, June 15-August 17, 6:30-8:30 pm
Pioneer Park, Calistoga
First concert: Thursday, June 15
Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic dinner to enjoy this annual favorite summer celebration, which kicks off with a performance on June 15 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.