About Festival Napa Valley

Celebrate the Art of Life

Festival Napa Valley is committed to enriching the cultural vitality of the community and making the arts accessible to all. Blending the beauty and bounty of Napa Valley with the very finest performing arts, the festival pairs world-class performances with culinary and wine pursuits staged in iconic wine country settings. The annual summer 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 and vintners participate each year.

An Experience Like No Other

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.


  • To enrich the region's cultural and economic vitality by presenting performances of the highest international quality, and innovative programs that celebrate the art of life.
  • To nurture young artistic talent, support arts education, and build new audiences.
  • To showcase the extraordinary hospitality, wine and cuisine of the Napa Valley.


Festival Napa Valley was founded in 2006. The idea for the festival was sparked by the Russian National Orchestra’s annual summer visit to Northern California, starting in 1999, featuring a series of concerts, family programs, and events providing support for youth charities. The series was very popular, and one of just a handful of cultural events in the Napa Valley. This led a group of local leaders to imagine a festival that would define Napa Valley as a cultural destination, with the Russian National Orchestra as founding orchestra. 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 many 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 campaign in 2016, changing its name to Festival Napa Valley. The festival attracts over 10,000 audience members and visitors each season.

Board of Directors

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 >

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