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Find Your Festival: BottleRock 

Wednesday, Mar 2 2016
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Think of BottleRock as a mini-Coachella in Napa Valley. Instead of 160 acts and 200,000-plus people, the three-day festival in Wine Country features half those numbers (not to mention day passes that cost less than half the price of Coachella's, too).

BottleRock is one of those all-inclusive, perfect-for-everybody festivals. While music is a big part of it — we'll get to that in a bit — so, too, are food, wine, and beer (but especially wine). This year's edition includes a whopping 48 dining options, ranging from high-end eateries like Napa's own Morimoto and Chef Ken Frank's La Toque to restaurants and food trucks serving fried chicken, Croque Monsieurs, açai bowls, and French macarons. There are also a few dozen wine and beer vendors on hand, serving every grape (and grain) Northern California made famous. In other words, come for the music, but stay for the food (and booze).

Speaking of music, BottleRock has garnered a reputation for booking a broad array of artists without pigeonholing itself into one genre. You'll hear everything from rock and pop to reggae and punk here, but mostly from acts you've heard of. Hell, just look at this year's headliners — Stevie Wonder, Florence + The Machine, and Red Hot Chili Peppers — and you'll see for yourself how eclectic and over-40-friendly the lineup is.

Like all music festivals, this one is outdoors, and it's in the beginnings of the Napa summer. So make sure to bring your sunscreen (in a non-aerosol can), umbrellas, and blankets. And though there is plenty of seating available in the food court area, why not dine al fresco on the lawn in front of a stage? After all, it's not every day that you get to chow down and throw back some fine local wine while watching one of your favorite bands play a live set, is it?

WHERE: Napa Valley, CA

WHEN: May 27 - 29, 2016

TICKETS: $309.00

CAMPING: no

WEBSITE: bottlerocknapavalley.com


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