We’re heading to BottleRock this weekend with our Little Rocker, who can’t wait to visit the BottleRock Family Zone where she can get her face painted, get a punk hairdo with wash away color and a temporary tattoo. Plus, the Boys and Girls Club will be hosting a large games area with life-size versions of classic games like Connect 4 and Checkers. There will be button making, watercolor crafts by Connolly Ranch and egg shakers with Scientopia Discovery Center. Plus, Le Petit Elephant is hosting a nursing, pumping and baby changing station. BottleRock kicks off the summer season of music for us, although Third Thursdays at 5 in Oxbow Commons started mid-month. We are looking forward to checking it out and we already have July 27 and July 29on 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 — get your blanket, pack your picnic, and enjoy. Here’s our list of free concert series taking place this summer.
Third Thursdays at 5
Thursdays, May 17- September 20, 5-7 pm
Oxbow Commons, Napa
Meet up after work and start the weekend a little early at Napa’s newest concert series. Pack a picnic or pick up a meal to go from Oxbow Public Market
Napa City Nights
Fridays, June 8-August 24, 6:30-10 pm
Veterans Memorial Park Amphitheater, Napa
Bring a blanket, your dancing shoes, and a picnic to the 11th season of Napa City Nights, and enjoy! Musical genres throughout the season include jazz, rock, country, world, blues, pop, and folk.
Musical Picnics in Lyman Park
Second and fourth Thursdays, June-August, 6-8 pm
Lyman Park, St. Helena
In the past, concerts have taken place on the second and fourth Thursdays, June-August, however, at this time, dates are still TBD for the 30th season of Musical Picnics. Bring a picnic or enjoy local food truck fare while lounging or dancing on the grass with friends and family. Wine is also available for sale.
Calistoga Concerts in the Park
Thursdays, June 14-August 16, 6:30-8:30 pm
Pioneer Park, Calistoga
Bring your blankets, chairs and picnic dinner to enjoy this annual favorite summer celebration. Select local wines will be available for purchase, highlighting a different winery each week.
Yountville Music in the Park
Sundays, June 17, July 1, July 15, UUST 5, August 19, and September 9, 5-7 pm
Veterans Memorial Park, Yountville
Twice 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 17 with a performance by Al James, a singer, guitarist and composer whose soulful delivery and eclectic vibe are influenced by Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Wonder. Platanito Papusas is the featured food truck this evening.
Napa Live: Inside and Out
Sundays, July 8, August 12, September 9, October 14, noon-6 pm
Various locations in downtown Napa
A music crawl featuring talented musicians of all kinds, performing in stores, patios, and parks, at 25 different locations, some inside and some outside, and all within walking distance of each other. From blues to bluegrass, rock to reggae and funk to fiddles, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Best of all, it’s all free.
Uke-a-Palooza at Oxbow
Friday, July 27, 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 29, 12:30-5 pm
Various porches in downtown Napa
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.