Sunday, July 18  |  5:00PM

Arts for All Gala featuring Jennifer Hudson at Far Niente

She captured the world’s attention on American Idol, then went on to win multiple GRAMMYs and countless other awards – including an Oscar for her very first film, Dreamgirls. Handpicked by Aretha Franklin to play the Queen of Soul in the upcoming biopic, Respect, she sang at President Obama’s inauguration, the Super Bowl, and the NBA All-Star Game in honor of Kobe Bryant. She is the stuff that dreams are made of.
She is Jennifer Hudson. A global superstar with a voice as big as her heart. And she is bringing that formidable voice and her unbridled charisma to Festival Napa Valley for one of the most inspiring and exclusive events of the year: the Arts for All Gala.
Festival Napa Valley’s donors, sponsors and partners share a passion to make the arts accessible to all. Thanks to their generosity, the Arts for All Gala has become Wine Country’s premier arts charity event and one of the nation’s leading fundraisers for arts education. This year’s intimate Gala at Far Niente promises to be an unforgettable evening of wine, music, and philanthropy.
Surrounded by acres of beautifully landscaped gardens, guests will be treated to a lavish dinner paired with exquisite Far Niente wines. The festivities include a live auction featuring the “money-can’t-buy” luxury lots that Festival Napa Valley is renowned for. Capping off the evening is a powerhouse performance by the one and only Jennifer Hudson.
Proceeds from the Gala fund free and affordable access to world-class performances, public school arts education programs in Napa County, and scholarships for emerging musicians – endeavors we all can raise a glass to.


Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson

A two-time GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author, Jennifer Hudson is an extraordinary talent. From humble beginnings, Hudson began singing in a small Chicago church where, week after week, she brought the congregation to its feet. From there, she’s gone on to worldwide acclaim.



Far Niente

Established in 1885, Napa Valley’s Far Niente winery prospered until the onset of Prohibition in 1919, when the winery ceased operation and the buildings and estate were abandoned. Sixty years later, in 1979, the old stone shell of a winery underwent a three-year renovation, which restored the building to its original, 19th century grandeur. During restoration the name, “Far Niente,” which romantically translated means “without a care,” was found carved in stone on the front of the building. Now on the National Register of Historic Places and 100 percent solar powered, Far Niente produces Napa Valley estate bottled Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon wines that are renowned for their consistent house style and ability to evolve with extended age.
Far Niente