For the past four years, Napa has celebrated the beginning of the new year by transforming itself into an illuminated wonderland. From now through March 13, visitors can once again explore original light sculptures, video art, interactive exhibits, and more as they stroll through downtown Napa and the Oxbow District.

How to Enjoy Your Napa Valley Trip

The Napa Lighted Art Festival may be scaled down and spread out this year, but it’s still a fantastic—and free— sight to see. Festival sites include Dwight Murray Plaza, The Brown Street pedestrian corridor, the Goodman Library, and the First Street Napa shopping arcade. Highlights include:

  • Eight static outdoor-only light displays you can view from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays through Sundays.
  • A free one-hour vibraphone concert at Veterans Park on March 5 at 7 p.m.
  • Opportunities to gain a look into the artists’ processes and stories behind their installations.

And don’t forget to visit the Grove at COPIA, where they’ll be selling hot chocolate, cloud meringues, cotton candy, and more to make the experience as sweet as can be.

Savor All That Napa Valley Has To Offer

Special Valentine events, hot air balloon rides, and fantastic wining and dining at downtown Napa restaurants and breweries are just a few of the things you can enjoy on a winter Napa Valley trip!

If you’re planning to visit the light festival, why not extend your stay and take in all that Downtown Napa has to offer? Indulge in boutique shopping on the area’s main streets, visit favorite wine tasting rooms, and discover a new favorite from one of the many downtown Napa restaurants. Good times and lasting memories are never in short supply in Napa!

Where to Stay

The Napa Valley has plenty of hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts, and other lodging options throughout the picturesque towns of Yountville, St. Helen, Calistoga, and Napa. Each offers its unique range of amenities, but all provide world-class hospitality.

What To Do

What isn’t there to do in Napa Valley? Take your pick from wine tours and wineries visits, explore local breweries, ride the wine train, take a hike, or meander up and down the city streets. And don’t forget to check the calendar of events for even more suggestions.

Where to Eat

The Napa Valley is home to more than 125 restaurants, 11 of which have Michelin stars. Since the valley enjoys a Mediterranean climate nearly all year long, outdoor dining is usually a perfect option, and on cooler days, many restaurants now provide heating for their terraces. Downtown Joe’s for example is one of the downtown Napa restaurants along the riverfront offering dining both indoors and outside with great views overlooking the Napa River.

Visit Our Always Entertaining Napa Brewery

No matter what you decide to do or where you choose to stay, be sure to make Downtown Joe’s one of your stops during your Napa Valley trip. We’re celebrating 25 years in downtown Napa, and we’d love to have you stop in during the Lighted Art Festival to try out one of our local craft beers and enjoy some live music. Our fun and lively Napa brewery now accepts phone-in reservations up to 4 hours before seating time, online reservations 24 hours in advance, and walk-ins are always welcome!

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