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Events of summer and fall in the Napa Valley

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Shakespeare in downtown Napa

Shakespeare Napa Valley

Aug. 24-Sept. 10

Napa and St. Helena

Enjoy free outdoor performances of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Playing in Veterans Memorial Park in Napa on Aug. 24-27 at 7 p.m., moving to St. Helena's Napa Valley College campus Sept. 8-10 at 7 p.m.

Blues, Brews & BBQ

Blues, Brews & BBQ

Aug. 26

Oxbow Commons, Napa

An all-day street party, featuring music, food and craft brew in the new OxbowCommons.

Toasts at STOMP fundraiser

Harvest Stomp

Aug. 26

Round Pond Estate, Napa

The Napa Valley Grapegrowers mark 10 years of hosting the annual Harvest Stop, with music, food, and wines from more than 120 wineries in the valley.

Cochon555 Heritage Fire Napa

Aug. 27

Charles Krug Winery, St. Helena

A national touring outdoor showcase of all things meat returns to the Napa Valley, featuring over 50 notable chefs and butchers, each grilling heritage-breed animals.

Calistoga Speedway

Louis Vermeil Classic

Sept. 1-3

Calistoga Speedway

An end-of-summer racing celebration featuring the annual Hall of Fame dinner on Friday, and racing by USAC/CRA non-wing, traditional “410” sprint cars on Saturday and Sunday, with teams from all over the West, and some local champions as well.

Calistoga Wine Experience

Sept. 9

Pioneer Park, Calistoga

Taste wines and meet the winemakers from more than 40 vintners in the Calistoga AVA while enjoying local food and the music of Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers.

Annual Bale Grist Mill Harvest Dinner

Bale Grist Mill Harvest Dinner

Sept. 9

Bale Grist Mill, St. Helena

Celebrate the harvest season with an open-air banquet on the grounds of the historic Bale Grist Mill, one of the oldest buildings in Napa County and the last functioning water-driven mill in the West.

Calistoga Harvest Table

Calistoga Harvest Table

Sept. 10

Downtown Calistoga

For the fourth year, Calistoga shuts down Lincoln Avenue for a night and restaurants from all over downtown serve an open-air banquet on a row of family-style tables lined up along the highway.

Wine Country Outlaw Showdown

Sept. 15-16

Calistoga Speedway

A last blast of the summer racing season brings the World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series to the half-mile dirt track for two nights of action.

Brain Health

Music Festival for Brain Health

Sept. 16

Staglin Family Vineyard

For the 23rd year, the Staglin family continues its commitment to raising funds for treatment and prevention for mental illnesses, hosting a day of fun, music, wine, and food at their winery. Headliner this year is Lyle Lovett and His Acoustic Group.

Aloha Festival 2014

Aloha Festival

Sept. 16-17

Napa Valley Expo

In its 10th year, the Aloha festival brings the sounds and tastes of the Hawaiian and Polynesian communities to Napa. Bands perform reggae and traditional island music, while dancers demonstrate traditional hula, joined by a variety of food and craft vendors.

Anagama at the Open Studio

Open Studios Napa Valley

Sept. 16-24

Various locations

Two weekends of tours of artists’ studios throughout the Napa Valley. Meet the artists, view and purchase their work and watch live demonstrations of how their art is created.

Safeway Open

Safeway Open

Oct. 2-8

Silverado Country Club

It’s more than just high-level PGA golf. In its second year under the sponsorship of Safeway, the golf tournament has evolved into a celebration of food, wine and music. The food and wine tent will feature some of the valley’s top chefs and wineries, while the music stage will feature standouts Weezer, the Goo Goo Dolls, and Gavin DeGraw.

Rebel Junk Vintage Market

October 20-21

Napa Valley Expo

It’s not just a flea-market, it’s a travelling vintage fair, with shows across the country bringing together some 500 vendors united by their love of things past.

Ladybug at the Pet Parade

St. Helena Fall Festival and Pet Parade

Oct. 21

Downtown St. Helena

The 33rd annual St. Helena Fall Festival kicks off with a morning fun run, followed by the annual Pet Parade through downtown, and finishing with an afternoon of music, wine and food, a kids carnival, and arts and crafts.

Faces and Places-Nov. 8

Hometown Halloween Party

Oct. 28

Oxbow Commons, Napa

The new Oxbow Commons is transformed into Oxboo Commons for a day of costumed fun for revelers of all ages, accompanied by Trick-or-Treating at downtown stores.

The Pagan Ball

Oct. 27

Castello di Amorosa

The annual Halloween costume ball at this one-of-a-kind recreation of a Tuscan Castle, high on a hill near Calistoga, returns for the ninth year, with wine, fun, and lots of spookiness, including self-guided “Haunted Chamber” tour.

Howell Mountain Harvest Celebration

Nov. 4

Lincoln Theater, Yountville

Join 30 vintners from the fabled Howell Mountain AVA to taste their wines, many of them difficult-to-find treasures, accompanied by catered food and a silent auction.

Napa Valley Film Festival

Nov. 8-12

Various locations

In its sixth year, the Napa Valley Film Festival is making a name for itself on the festival circuit, featuring more than 100 films, from those destined for major release to quirky and touching shorts and documentaries. Venues range up and down the valley and events feature offerings from more than 50 chefs and 150 wineries.

Gifts n Tyme Holiday Craft Fair

Nov. 17-19

Napa Valley Expo

A holiday tradition in Napa for more than four decades. More than 85 vendors assemble to sell arts, crafts, and goodies, perfect for your early holiday shopping.

Christmas Tree Lighting

Nov. 22

Veterans Park, Napa

Join Napa’s mayor for the annual tree-lighting ceremony to kick off the Christmas season downtown.

Napa Christmas parade

Napa Christmas Parade

Nov. 25

Downtown Napa

A line of seasonal floats and fun winds through downtown.

Calistoga Lighted Tractor Parade

Calistoga’s annual Tractor Parade is on Dec. 2.

Lighted Tractor Parade

Dec. 2

Downtown Calistoga

One of the nation’s quirkiest Christmas traditions continues with vehicles of all sorts festooned with Christmas lights parading through downtown.