8 Things to Do in Napa Valley in May

May 3, 2018
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At The Harrison, we enjoy many luxuries: well-appointed abodes, hotel-quality amenities, a peerless setting that overlooks the Bay Bridge. But, perhaps just as significant is our proximity to Napa Valley. Less than an hour and a half from your doorstep lies one of the most coveted destinations not just in America, but worldwide. Complete with more than 400 wineries and world-renowned restaurants, Napa dishes out the most ideal weekend getaway—even for those who aren’t wine aficionados. Below, get an inside look into eight events and attractions to experience this month.

Napa Farmers Market

Starting May 1 until November 20, the Napa Farmers Market takes place every Tuesday and Saturday at the South Napa Century Center from 8:30am to 1pm. For your next dinner party, head to the market to purchase Napa’s freshest, locally-produced fruits and veggies from over 60 regional farmers. Or stop by a chef demonstration to learn how to cook the latest, in-season dish.

Calistoga Food & Wine VIP Reception

On Saturday, May 10, Bennett Lane Winery will be hosting the renowned Calistoga Food & Wine VIP Reception from 6-8pm. Don’t miss this exclusive experience, where local wineries and chefs combine their talents to feature the premier tastings of Calistoga.

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JaM Sessions

JaM Cellars in Napa is a wine and music studio that boasts an eclectic, comfortable space and music-driven wine vibe. They’re celebrating their 2nd birthday on May 12 so stop by from 10pm-12am to jam out with a chance to win BottleRock passes and any of their Butter, Candy Rose, JaM or Toast wines.

Mother’s Day Weekend with Veuve Clicquot

How else would you celebrate Mother’s Day than with Veuve Clicquot? From May 11-13, Meritage Resort and Spa will be hosting a weekend for mom, offering a master’s dinner in the resort’s exquisite vineyard setting, a sparkling reception and Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday.


Crush Challenge

The 4th annual Crush Challenge is back on May 12 to raise money following the wildfires for select charity efforts. Whether you join one of the incredible food and wine events, the private wine country cycling experience or decide to stay the whole weekend, the Crush Challenge redefines having fun for a good cause. Take a look at the different event locations here.

Spring Vineyard Supper

Clos Du Val, a Yountville Estate Vineyard, will be hosting a Spring Vineyard Supper on May 19 at from 4-8pm. Dinner will be served at a single long table down a vine row with seasonally inspired, family-style fare from Stag to be enjoyed alongside stunning Clos Du Val wines of the past and present.

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Falcor Wines Mardi Gras

Stop by Falcor Wines on May 19 from 1-4pm to celebrate Mardi Gras. The festivity will feature over a hundred pounds of Crawfish and Andouille Sausage shipped straight from New Orleans—with live music and wines to pair, of course.

Oyster Fest

On Sunday, May 20, Rutherford Ranch Winery will be showcasing their annual Oyster Fest, offering fresh oysters, a carnival, live music and games in their beautiful olive grove. From 1-3:30 pm, this is the perfect Sunday family activity.

BottleRock Music Festival

The coveted BottleRock Music Festival, held at the Napa Valley Expo, is a three-day celebration of great music, food, beer and wine. Starting on May 25, big name artists like Muse, The Chainsmokers, Earth Wind & Fire and Incubus will take the stage Saturday brings The Killers, Snoop Dogg, Billy Idol and more. And finally, Sunday, May 27, welcomes Bruno Mars, Halsey, The Thievery Company and others.

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