Top 2020 Events & Festivals You Can’t Miss

Bottle Rock 2016 concert with Florence and The Machine

Thank you to our friends at for putting together this amazing list of events and festivals in the beautiful Napa Valley.  From Restaurant Week, to the Lighted Art Festival, to BottleRock, to the Napa Valley Film Festival there is sure to be something for everyone. Luckily for you, the El Bonita Motel is located in the heart of the Napa Valley so we are the best spot to kick your feet up after a long day of wine, food and music!

2020 Must-Attend Events & Festivals

January 6, 2020

Life may be a cabaret (or, as we prefer hereabouts, a Cabernet) but, in the Napa Valley, life is also a year-round festival – or feast, or concert, or art show. Here’s a partial list of all the annual events being held in the valley each month.

January – Napa Valley Restaurant Week, held from January 26 to February 1, allows locals and visitors alike to experience multi-course, prix-fixe lunches and dinners at some of the valley’s finest restaurants. Also, check out the Napa Truffle Festivalthe Lighted Art Festivaland the Napa Valley Resolution Run.

February – Napa’s Culinary Crawl is a walking food and wine tour among downtown Napa’s finest culinary destinations.

March – Yountville Live, from March 19 to 22, is three days featuring rock-star chefs, chart-topping music, and award-winning wines. Or, if you’re more athletic-minded, there’s the 42nd annual Napa Valley Marathon on March 1.

April – The seventh-annual Napa Valley Arts in April event will showcase more than 40 arts and cultural events throughout the valley, from American Canyon to Calistoga. More into cycling? You can also check out CampoVelo and Wine Valley Cycle for Sight.

May – Bottlerock, held this year from May 22 to 24, has quickly become one of the West Coast’s most popular music, food, wine, and brew festivals.

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Winter in St. Helena

Roller skates with pinecones and text "Jingle all the way, St. Helena"

We may not have snow here in St. Helena but we sure do have a lot of holiday spirit. Let’s face it, the last few years have been tough. Let’s put all of that behind us for the next few weeks to get out there and have some fun.

One of our favorite Winter activities is the Jingle All The Way Roller Rink at Lyman Park. It is absolutely a holiday miracle. There are lights, bubble domes with areas for lounging, snowflakes, hot chocolate, special nightly events and lots and lots of local grub. Don’t just take our word for it though. Make sure you go and see for yourself.
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St. Helena Summer Activity: Musical Picnics in Lyman Park

Two people drinking red wine at Musical Picnics in Lyman Park

Summer nights are best spent outside. Add some music, wine, and food, and you’re looking at a perfect evening in Napa Valley. Luckily for those visiting El Bonita Motel this summer, this dream becomes a reality every other Thursday night for Musical Picnics in Lyman Park. Starting on June 8th and going until August 24th, this will be the 29th season of a can’t miss St. Helena tradition. Continue reading “St. Helena Summer Activity: Musical Picnics in Lyman Park”