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Napa Area Festivals
Throughout the year in Wine Country there are dozens of festivals, many that have nothing to do with wine. In Calistoga we have the Mustard, Mud & Music Jazz Festival in the spring and in the falla companion event,the Calistoga Downtown Jazz and Blues Fest. Calistoga's great parades include the December Lighted Tractor Parade, May's Cinco de Mayo parade and festival, and the July 4th Silverado Parade. Throughout the area, events such as the following occur almost every weekend: the Napa/Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival (summer); the Napa Valley Mustard Festival (spring); Music in the Vineyards ( a chamber music festival held in the Napa Valley); Bodega Bay Fisherman's Fest (celebrates the opening of "salmon season"); the Healdsburg Jazz Fest (June); A Taste of the Alexander Valley (June); the Sonoma Hot Air Balloon Classic (in Windsor in July); Wings Over Wine Country (in Windsor in August).
The Annual Calistoga Mustard, Mud & Music (MMM) Jazz & Wine Festival
One of Calistoga's big annual events has historically been held on a weekend in early March. The Calistoga Chamber of Commerce sponsors the weekend event throughout downtown Calistoga on a typically wonderful, sunny, warm day. Over 2,000 visitors crowded the downtown area last year, enjoying more than 15 fine jazz groups playing at various venues around town (shops, restaurants, bars, Inns, etc.). We have also had about 20 of our area's finest wineries tasting their best products in an equal number of locations.
The 2013 festival will take place on March 9 and 10 with music/wine/food celebrated under the big performing arts tent on Washington Street just north from Lincoln Avenue (Calistoga's "Main Street"). Saturday's events start at 12 noon and go 'til about 6 pm, with four wonderful jazz groups performing, while guests enjoy fine food and wines both inside the tent and at several venues downtown. Tickets are $40 per person and include 10 wine or food tasting coupons and a souvenir wine glass. Sunday's events include "jazz brunches" at several of our downtown eateries.
Plan to stay overnight; see Brannan Cottage Inn's "Mustard, Mud & Music Jazz Festival Package". Make your reservations now for this wonderful event.
Check out CalistogaJazz.com for more details as we get closer to March.
Calistoga Blues Festival/Blues in the Vineyards
Similar to the MMM Festival, but different, the Calistoga Blues event is also sponsored by the Calistoga Chamber of Commerce and is held in the fall. There will be blues entertainment in several downtown Calistoga venues, including Brannan Cottage Inn, and various shops, bars and restaurants during the day, and into the night at some of the clubs. Also, as with MMM, local wineries will be pouring at several venues downtown.
The ticket price for a "Tasting Pass" includes a souvenir glass, 15+/- wine tastings, program booklet & map for access to all Saturday music.
Contact the Chamber of Commerce at 707-942-6333 for additional information or to buy tickets. Check out their website at CalistogaVisitors.com for the musicians and venues as we get closer to fall.
Brannan Cottage Inn will be offering a special weekend deal for the program. Stay two nights and get one free "Tasting Pass" for all the events of the Festival. Call us at 707-942-4200 for other info, or to make a reservation.
Visit Villa Ca'toga
Ca'toga is the Palladian Villa of Italian-born artist Carlo Marchiori, built just north of Calistoga (about 1.25 miles north on Grant Street from the Inn). Mr. Marchiori is a world-renowned muralist who specializes in period art interpretations. He can produce originals in Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassic styles in fresco-like techniques. He also produces original ceramic plates, ceramic tile panels, paintings, sculptures, furniture and Roman style base-relief stone plaques. His art and artifacts are available through his Ca' Toga Galleria D'Arte studio located in downtown Calistoga. On some weekends, he also opens his home and gardens to tours (which can be scheduled at the Galleria).
Musical Picnics in St. Helena's Lyman Park
The St. Helena Chamber of Commerce presents a series of FREE musical picnics in beautiful Lyman Park along Main Steet (Highway 29-about 9 miles south from the Inn) in the early evenings on every other Thursday starting in mid- to late June. Plan to bring your picnic blanket, a bottle of (Napa Valley) wine, and dessert and sit back, relax and enjoy the music and family friendly environment. For more information, go to www.sthelena.com and check here once the schedule is released.
Calistoga Free Events - Music, Dance, Movies and Art
The Calistoga Chamber of Commerce, teaming with local business partners, began sponsoring two significant types of events:
Monthly Free Concert/Dances on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 8 pm. Check out the chamber website at CalistogaVisitors.com for more info.
Two times per month Free Movies at the Gliderport Building in the center of Calistoga. On the first and third Thursdays of each month, in the early evening (typically 7:45 pm in April, later as the days get longer), free movies will be shown.
Please be aware that the times of these events will likely change as the days get longer!
Call us at 707-942-4200 for more info.