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Napa Lighted Art Festival


Always one of Archer’s Favorite Finds, Napa’s Lighted Art Festival transforms weekend evenings in downtown Napa into a quite-well-lit art walk after dark.

Nine days each year, this free public festival incorporates downtown Napa’s iconic architecture as the backdrop for original artwork installations created by both local and international artists.

Word art projected onto a church at night
Photo courtesy of Infinity Visuals

Along with the featured art, the artistry of lights and lighting share the spotlight. And each year, the improvements in light technologies married with creative applications are an impressive part of the festival.

According to the city of Napa, the 2020 Napa Lighted Art Festival is slated to include “light art, video art, 3D video mapping projections, lighted sculptures and projects that use technology or interactivity.”

Silhouette of two people looking at a large moon art outside a building
Photo courtesy of Infinity Visuals

Napa Lighted Art Festival 2020: Special Events

Night Bloom

Oxbow Commons
January 11 & 12, 2020
January 18 & 19, 2020
7 – 8 PM
Weather pending

Three tethered balloons lit up at night
Photo courtesy of Infinity Visuals

Known for its hot air balloons cruising through the valley and over vineyards, Napa brings these beauties to the Napa Lighted Art Festival. So come to Oxbow Commons to see tethered hot air balloons light up the sky with an only-in-Napa light show.

Historical Tours

Goodman Library
January 11 & 12, 2020
January 18 & 19, 2020
4 PM

Downtown Napa's riverfront lit up at night
Photo courtesy of Napa Downtown Association

Led by the Napa County Historical Society, each one-hour tour begins promptly at 4 PM (plan to arrive 15 minutes early) at the Goodman Library and focuses on the First Presbyterian Church, Hatt Building, Napa Valley Opera House and old Courthouse. Reserve your spot for an “illuminating” tour of Napa’s rich history.

Lantern Parade

Veteran’s Park
January 17, 2020
6:30 PM

Get your creative juices flowing, design and create your own battery-operated lantern (no fire is allowed), bring the family and join the parade. Definitely one of the community-building highlights of the Napa Lighted Art Festival, the parade begins and ends in the park and passes by the various art installations.

A group of people crossing the street in front of Basalt in the Riverfront building at night
Photo courtesy of Napa Valley Life Magazine

Hankering for a visual taste of what’s to come? Check out the Napa Lighted Art Festival’s Instagram page.

Where to stay

The rooftop at Archer Hotel Napa — people sitting around a firepit with the valley in the distance
The rooftop at Archer Hotel Napa

While you’re enjoying downtown and the rest of the valley this season, check in at Archer Hotel Napa — an urban oasis with five-star bedding, Charlie Palmer Steak, a destination rooftop with gorgeous views day and night and sincere service — always.SM

See you in Napa!

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