Everyone knows that Yountville and Napa Valley are known for their wine, food and hospitality but few know that the Napa Valley is also home to world class art. Art can be found throughout the year around the valley but every year during the month of April we celebrate the unique art that enriches the fabric of the valley. Each year Arts Council Napa Valley produces a month-long campaign to promote local talents and bring the community together through live music, art fairs and exhibitions, storytelling, theatre performances, culinary arts, and hands on activities. If you have been looking for an excuse to visit Napa in the Spring Arts in April is it!
Here are the must attend events for this years Arts in April.
Arts in April kicks off its eighth year with the Engage Art Fair Preview Gala on Friday, April 5. This avant-garde affair seeks to inspire the senses and to elevate the way we experience art together. Dress in your best white outfit (white attire required) and prepare to engage with art in a way you haven’t experienced before. Booths mixed with active artists stations are the main event, while the wine and food is just an added bonus. If you can’t make the party that’s ok because the Engage Art Fair runs from April 6 – April 7 and it’s free!
The following weekend, on Saturday April 14, head up to V Sattui for a special display of Suzanne K. D’ Arcy’s work. Sip on some fabulous 2017 dry Rosato di Sangiovese as you enjoy the works of one of Northern California most accomplished and respected watercolor artists. Suzanne will be exhibiting from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
If performing arts is more your style join Cafeteria Kids Theater, on Sunday April 15, at the Lincoln Theater, for an afternoon of fun and diverse performances. The young actors from Napa Valley will showcase their acting skills in an open workshop-style setting. This is a great opportunity to support young thespians and the future of the arts in the Napa Valley.
Most people know that Robert Mondavi was a pioneer of Napa Valley wines. What is less well known is that his wife, Margrit, was an avid art collector and was a pioneer in her own right, as a curator of wine and art together. On Sunday, April 29, Robert Mondavi Winery will open its doors and art collection with a special, free, tour. Guests will view seminal works by Beniamino Bufano, John Henry Waddel, Len Urso, Lygia Chappellet and more. After your tour browse their impressive gift shop or enjoy a tasting of their great wines.
Finish off Arts in April with Art Sip and Stroll in Yountville on Saturday, April 28. This is Napa valley’s Largest Visual Arts event and one you do not want to miss. The event starts at the Napa Valley Museum, where you can park your car and pick up your tasting bracelet (if you want, it’s free to go to the event!). From there you can walk down or board a shuttle and start to sip and stroll through town. The event will feature 45 local and regional artists, live music, as well as wine and craft beer stations. Enjoy all the beauty that Yountville has to offer and enjoy the best event of Arts in April!