Every July, Napa Valley is on stage. Breathtaking performances in iconic wine country settings are paired with Napa Valley’s unparalleled food, wine and hospitality. Programs that uplift and inspire attract artists and audiences from the world over. The annual celebration of the art of life has transformed Napa Valley into a cultural destination.
Festival Napa Valley is presented by Napa Valley Festival Association, a nonprofit public benefit corporation governed by a board of prominent vintners and local leaders. More than 200 artists, wineries, resorts, theaters, restaurants, chefs, and vintners participate each year. The festival is committed to enriching the cultural vitality of the community and making the arts accessible to all.
This is Festival Napa Valley.
Edoardo Ponti, Major Benefactor Maria Manetti Shrem, and conductor Carlo Ponti celebrate the debut of the LA Virtuosi Orchestra, an ensemble devoted to the advocacy and support of music education.
Festival Napa Valley was founded in 2006. The catalyst was the Russian National Orchestra’s annual summer residency in Northern California, starting in 1999. The residency featured concerts, family programs, and events that generated support for local youth charities. Its popularity led a group of local leaders to imagine a festival that would define Napa Valley as a cultural destination. Financial support from Ann and Gordon Getty, Tatiana and Gerret Copeland, Peter T. Paul, Athena and Timothy Blackburn, Maria Manetti Shrem, Dede Wilsey, John Traina, and Robert and Margrit Mondavi, among others – in addition to the generous support of numerous individuals, partner wineries, resorts and hotels, and local businesses – helped launch what is now one of the country’s top summer festivals. Festival Napa Valley blazed a trail for the other festivals that have since made wine country their home. Napa Valley Festival del Sole was founded by San Francisco Bay Area attorney and arts manager Richard Walker and IMG Artists Chairman Barrett Wissman. The festival underwent a major rebranding in 2016, changing its name to Festival Napa Valley. The festival attracts over 10,000 guests each season.
Meet the vintners, business leaders and enthusiasts who give their leadership and support.
Festival Napa Valley relies on the generosity and commitment of local volunteers. Share your passion for music and the arts and join us in helping make this festival happen. learn more >
It’s always an adventure of music, settings, the stars and the stars to be.
– Tatiana Copeland,
major benefactor and
proprietor of Bouchaine Vineyards
Festival Napa Valley offers internship positions that give qualified individuals an opportunity to work behind the scenes of one of the premier festivals in the country. learn more >