Napa’s Lighted art festival is back for 2023, and it promises to add even more excitement to the Napa nightlife scene. From now through February 19, visitors and residents alike can experience and explore original light-based sculptures, projection artwork, and more as they meander through downtown Napa from 6 to 9 pm Monday through Thursday and 6 to 10 pm Friday through Sunday.

Napa Nightlife: Illuminating the City

This year’s edition of the free Napa Lighted Art Festival features ten lighted art sculptures on First Street and Napa’s Riverfront that are sure to thrill all ages. Artworks are located throughout downtown Napa and include everything from glittering jellyfish to a pulsing giant heart.

Other highlights include:

  • Martin Taylor/Chromaforms’ “Seed of Dreams” at Dwight Murray Plaza. This 13-foot tall artwork depicts a human head in a dream state or deep trance. At night, light emits through geometric perforations on the sculpture’s forehead, and the mesmerizing blue eyes invite viewers to connect with their intuition. You can also enter the sculpture to reflect and meditate.
  • The family-friendly Lantern Parade that begins and finishes at Veterans Park on Saturday, February 11, from 6:30 pm on. The short half-mile loop is energized by live music, and attendees are invited to create their own unique lanterns to carry on the route.
  • Luciana Abait’s “Agua” at Native Sons. This multichannel video artwork features a waterfall cascade that offers moments of delight, joy, and contemplation.

Sponsors of this year’s event include Panasonic, the Culinary Institute of America, the Napa County Historical Society, and many more.

Downtown Napa Restaurants Where You Can View the Lights

If you’re planning to attend the light festival, why not stop into Downtown Joe’s before or after the event? We’re conveniently located in the middle of all the activity, and you can even enjoy some of the lights from our river view dining patio.

Our always entertaining Napa brewery has been serving up good eats and fun times for over 25 years. We invite you to drop by and try one of our locally crafted beers and enjoy some live music while you’re here. For your convenience, we currently accept phone-in reservations up to four hours before seating time. You can also make an online reservation 24 hours in advance. And, as always, walk-ins are always welcome, and there’s never a long wait!

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