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Combining wine, food, wellness and once-in-a-lifetime cultural experiences into a single, well-rounded package, Napa Valley Festival del Sole (July 12–21) is one of those events that seems to have it all. In its eighth season, it is the sole time each year when such a conglomerate gathers at various locations in the area.

“Every summer Napa Valley Festival del Sole showcases the brightest stars and rising talent in the worlds of music, dance and theater blended with Napa Valley’s exceptional wines and cuisine,” says festival cofounder and director Richard Walker.

With more than 60 performances and events and 100 participating wineries, the festival kicks off with a headlining show by Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, who will hit the stage at a castle at vineyard Castello di Amorosa (pictured here). (Single tickets are sold out, but a multi-day VIP pass [$650 to $7,500] is still an option for admission.)

Other highlights include a Deco-style gala (July 14) at the grand Meadowood Napa Valley resort, the Yoga in the Vineyard series (July 14 and 21) at the Entre Nous estate and winery in Oakville and a Dance Gala (July 19) featuring the Russian National Orchestra backing dancers from Ballet San Jose, San Francisco Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. And one of the most popular performances, 24 Hour Plays (July 20), stars the likes of Alfre Woodard, Allison Janney and Chazz Palminteri, who are tasked with creating four ten-minute plays—from germination to final performance—over the course of one day.

Luckily, you and the roughly 10,000 festival attendees have ten full days to enjoy everything the gathering has to offer. 888-337-6272;


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