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Whether you’re setting off on a bachelorette or simply taking a girls trip, Napa is one of the best destinations in the United States. But did you know there’s an annual Napa music festival that might just make late May the best time to visit northern California?

Bottlerock is a 3-day music festival set in the heart of the Napa Valley. But, in true Napa fashion, it’s also a food, wine, and brew fest which makes it the perfect way to experience the valley for music lovers.

This festival pairs headliners like Lizzo, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Post Malone with buttery chardonnays and hoppy IPAs from some of the best local wineries and breweries in the Napa Valley.

image courtesy of Bottlerock Napa Valley

Planning a trip to Bottlerock? Head over to Troupe where you can create a Bottlerock Tripsite and let your friends vote on their favorite hotel or airbnb to stay during the festival.

The ultimate Napa music festival

When and where is the Bottlerock Napa Music Festival

The Bottlerock Napa Valley music festival will be held in 2023 on May 26, 27, and 28 at the Napa Valley Expo. 

Bottlerock 2023 Lineup

Bottlerock isn’t the new kid on the block anymore. In fact, this Napa music festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2023.

To celebrate, the killer 2023 Bottlerock lineup features the likes of Lil Nas X and the Wu-Tang Clan alongside can’t-miss local acts like The Stone Foxes and Monophonics.

The full lineup for 2023 can be found here.

Metallica Bottlerock 2022 image courtesy of Bottlerock Napa Valley

Bottlerock food and wine

But what truly sets this festival apart is the integration of Napa Valley’s world-renowned food and wine into the heart of the festival. Enjoy food from classic, beloved Napa eateries like Mustard’s Grill, Cole’s Chop House, and Ristorante Allegria. Or grab delicious California-Mexican cuisine from Villa Corona or Taqueria Rosita.

Ready for refreshments? Celebrate your first day at the festival with some bubbles from Schramsberg Vineyards or Mumm Napa and cool off later on with an IPA from Lagunitas Brewing, located in nearby Petaluma, California.

A few more notable reds to try while in one of the world’s most beloved wine-growing regions? Grab a Duckhorn Merlot or a Cabernet Sauvignon from Caymus Vineyards. Or cool off with a crisp Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc or Levendi Chardonnay.

There’s even a whole stage dedicated to the culinary arts. The festival’s Culinary Stage features world-famous chefs and celebrities in delightful mash-ups as they cook, share stories, and entertain festival goers.

Bottlerock Napa music festival Culinary Stage celebrities and chefs around a long table
image courtesy of Bottlerock Napa Valley

Where to stay

Two of our favorite options for hotels that are perfect for this Napa music festival are Archer Hotel Napa and the Cambria Hotel Napa Valley. While Archer is located downtown, the Cambria Hotel is located right off one of Napa’s main streets, Soscol Avenue. Both are less than a mile from the festival.

Napa music festival hotel rooftop The Archer
Image courtesy of Archer Hotel Napa

Where to fly into

Napa is about an hour’s drive from three popular Bay Area airports. San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento are all great options if you’re flying in for the Bottlerock Napa music festival.

How to plan your Napa music festival trip

Whether you’re flying from across the country or driving in from somewhere else in the Bay Area, head over to Troupe where you can set up your Napa trip to plan and communicate about all things Bottlerock. No more endless text threads or lost reservation numbers.

Troupe makes it easy to let your group vote on their favorite Napa accommodations for Bottlerock. Trip members can see hotel options and Airbnb, side-by-side, including current prices, property highlights, and map view locations.

In addition, trip members can create polls to go over travel plans, trip budgets, or anything else that needs a quick temperature check from the group. (i.e. “Where should we have brunch before Bottlerock Day 2?”)

If you’re staying longer than the weekend, create an itinerary for the remainder of your stay to maximize your time in Napa.

Beyond Napa music festival inspiration

Driving to Bottlerock Napa music festival? Check out these great tips and tricks for a road trip with friends.

Cover image courtesy of Bottlerock Napa Valley