The month of May is a busy time in Napa Valley. The start of summer means there are great opportunities for family fun, great music, and plenty of delicious food and drink options throughout the area. The month kicks of with a weekend-long fair at the Napa Valley Fairgrounds and ends with an amazing music festival full of big name artists.


May 4-6 -- Inspire Napa Valley Culinary Institute of America Greystone, 2555 Main Street, St. Helena This new event benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association will feature some of the area’s best wineries to advance the Association’s research on dementia. Inspire Napa Valley will kickoff with a VIP dinner at Abreu Vineyard’s Las Posadas on Friday evening and a VIP wine seminar on Saturday morning. A walk-around wine tasting and seated dinner and live auction will take place Saturday evening at the Culinary Institute of America Greystone.



May 5-6 -- Fair and Fiesta at the Napa Valley Fairgrounds Napa Valley Fairgrounds, 1435 N Oak Street, Calistoga Enjoy a variety of family fun at this annual event at the Napa Valley Fairgrounds. The Fair and Fiesta will include acrobats from the Flynn Street Circus, food trucks, interactive amusements like zip lining and pony rides, food and arts competitions, AMA motorcycle racing, and giant backyard games. A Cinco de Mayo celebration will also take place on Saturday with drinks and live music.

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May 12 -- Calistoga Food & Wine Grand Tasting Event

Solage Resort, 755 Silverado Trail, Calistoga

Celebrate the tastes of Calistoga with samplings from over 40 of the area’s best wineries, all while taking in the beautiful surroundings of the Solage Resort’s Solstice Event Lawn and Barn. The Grand Tasting Event will also include small bites and cooking stations featuring local chefs from Calistoga to complement the wine being served. The day-long event will also support a great cause. A portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Calistoga Firefighter’s Association.




May 20 -- Top Drink Cocktail Festival Napa Valley Museum, 55 Presidents Circle, Yountville Enjoy signature Charbray cocktails served by the area’s finest mixologists at this annual event, which will be celebrating its seventh year. This year, the Top Drink Cocktail Festival will celebrate the Napa Valley Museum’s latest exhibit, France is a Feast: the Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child, with a special cocktail Paul and Julie enjoyed at home.



May 25-27 BottleRock Music Festival Napa Valley Expo, 575 3rd Street, Napa The BottleRock Music Festival is the unofficial kickoff to summer in Napa Valley. The three-day event brings in an amazingly eclectic lineup of musicians (from Bruno Mars and the Killers to Earth, Wind, and Fire and Billy Idol this year), in addition to a great selection of food, beer, and wine.