BottleRock 2017: Tips on who to see, what to drink and eat

Napa Valley's BottleRock is, hands down, one of the best music festivals you can attend. Make sure you have a great experience with our BottleRock festival tips and tricks

BottleRock Napa Valley - Memorial Day Weekend 2017. Image: BRNV

NAPA, CA, May 24, 2017 – BottleRock Napa Valley (May 26th -28th) is upon us. This 5-time festival beautifully combines the arts of music, food, winemaking, craft beer, mixology and fine art into an event that will arouse all your senses.

This 3-day extravaganza features killer bands, luscious beverages, and mouth-watering food.

Nothing reaches the depths of our souls quite like music. We have an ability to personalize a song so deeply that it can affect our very being. BottleRock sets the stage beautifully, creating a perfect environment in which to soak in the musical, vino and gastro genius of all the artists. The stage is set. The music, wine, beer and culinary line up is waiting in anticipation of your arrival. Now all that is left to do is to experience all that is BottleRock.


Who to See

Luckily for Bottlerock festival-goers, the venue is set up perfectly to build a schedule, hunting for the best music, bobbing and weaving your way to all four of the stages with relative ease.

Foo Fighters. Image: Brantley Gutierrez

You may only catch a few songs due to overlap from the incredible artists, but it will be possible to maximize the number of artists you see. The trick here is the overlapping times with all these amazing artists. Here are suggested top ten lists for each day of music as well as what to eat and drink.

The California Honeydrops. Image: Keith Berson


Friday: this one goes to 11

  1. Modest Mouse, 8p, Samsung
  2. The California Honeydrops, 5:45p, Miner
  3. Bob Moses, 7:15p, Miner
  4. Maroon5, 8p, Jam Cellars
  5. Silversun Pickups, 6:30p, Samsung
  6. Saint Motel, 3:15p, Jam Cellars
  7. Fitz & the Tantrums, 4:30p, Jam Cellars
  8. Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, 6p, Lagunitas
  9. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, 6p, Jam Cellars
  10. Hibbity Dibbity, 12p, Lagunitas
  11. Barnes Courtney, 4:45p, Lagunitas
The Shelters. Image: The Shelters

Saturday: Top Ten

  1. The Shelters, 4:30p, Lagunitas
  2. Dirty Heads, 6:45p, Samsung
  3. Michael Franti & Spearhead, 4:30p, Jam Cellars
  4. Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, 6p, Jam Cellars
  5. Mavis Staples, 4:05p, Miner
  6. Bishop Briggs, 5:30p, Miner
  7. Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra, 7:15p, Jampad
  8. Andra Day, 3:15p, Jam Cellars
  9. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, 8p, Jam Cellars
  10. Silverado Pickups, 12:45p, Miner
Con Brio


Sunday: this one also goes to 11.

  1. Foo Fighters (obviously), 8m, Jam Cellars
  2. Lewis Del Mar, 7p, Lagunitas
  3. Con Brio, 5:45p, Miner
  4. Charles Bradley & His Extraordinares, 7:15p, Miner
  5. Highly Suspect, 5:45p, Lagunitas
  6. The Naked and Famous, 6:45p, Samsung
  7. Band of Horses, 6p, Jam Cellars
  8. Baskery, 2:45p, Miner
  9. Little Hurricane, 12p, Samsung
  10. Pacific Radio, 1p, Lagunitas
  11. Tracksuit Wedding, 12p, Miner
BottleRock Napa Valley 2017. Wine Barrel.

What to Drink – Wine & Beer

According to BottleRock themselves, “when you put on a music festival smack dab in the middle of the legendary Napa Valley, you better be prepared to bring it with your wine offerings.” And bring it they did…Napa is well known for its juicy and bold red Bordeaux wines (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc), as well as their refreshing Sauvignon Blancs.

No matter if you prefer the light and refreshing or the dark and brooding, there will be something for everyone. The fest also includes many a local SF Bay Area craft brewers. As everyone in the wine industry knows, it takes a lot of beer to make a great wine. That goes for music festivals too!

Blackbird Vineyards is featuring the Foo Fighters on their label this week. Image: Blackbird

Wineries not to miss include:

  • Miner Family Winery (Bordeaux, Burgundy & Rhone style wines with a dash of Italian creeping in)
  • Chappellet (Cab all day)
  • Etude (Pinot all day)
  • Schramsberg (bubbles bubbles bubbles)
  • Blackbird (actually has a Foo Fighters label on their Rose, Cab and red blend)
  • Chandon (bubbles bubble bubbles)
  • Starmont (Pinot and Chardonnay)
  • Stags’ Leap Winery (Cab & Petite Sirah)
  • Supéry Estate (Sauvé Blanc)
  • Brown Estate (juicy Zin)
BottleRock Napa Valley. Cheers to a fabulous weekend. Image: BRNV

Breweries not to miss include:

  • 21st Amendment (San Francisco CA)
  • Sonoma Springs Brewing Co. (Sonoma CA)
  • Napa Palisades Beer Company (Napa CA)
  • North Coast Brewing Company (Ft. Bragg CA)
  • Lagunitas (Petaluma CA)
  • Heretic Brewing Company (Fairfield CA)
  • Berryessa Brewing Company (Napa Valley CA)
  • Fort Point Beer Company (San Francisco CA)
BottleRock Napa Valley 2017 – Food Line Up

What to Eat

As with the wine, there are equally high expectations for the food, and once again the festival does not disappoint. Featuring more Michelin stars per capita than any other wine region on the globe, it’s no wonder that Napa Valley is regarded as a must visit region for its culinary excellence as well as its wines.

The BottleRock menu of offerings is reflective of this vibrant culinary scene, offering a variety of delicious bites from many of the area’s finest chefs and restaurateurs to pair perfectly with that glass of artisan wine or craft brew. You can get up close and personal with culinary delights by visiting the Culinary Stage where BR offers mouth-watering mash-ups of your favorite musical artists and Napa famous chefs.

Look for tasty morsels from legendary Napa restaurants: (this one also goes to 11)

  • Oenotri
  • La Taberna
  • Redd Wood
  • Angéle
  • Napa Palisades Saloon
  • Miminashi
  • Goose & Gander
  • 1313 Main
  • Bouchon Bakery
  • La Toque
  • Morimoto
BottleRock Napa Valley – Food Line Up 2017

General BottleRock Advice

Dress in layers. The weather will be fabulous. Nice and warm during the day, but it cools off at night. Closed toed shoes are also recommended. Sandals and flip flops are usually preferred by festival-goers, but with dirt a plenty, unless you are ok with very dirty feet, lace ‘em up.

Bring a water bottle. CamelBak is offering free water refilling stations throughout the festival. Hydration will be important as you continue to drink your way through the fest. Just please remember to tip your watertender.

Bring sunblock, but leave the spray at home. Sprays are a no-no at and you will have to leave it at the door.

Pay by phone. Beat the lines and pay with Android and Apple Pay. BottleRock features Tap & Pay express lines.

Check out BottleRock’s website for more details on how to best BottleRock.

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BottleRock Tickets are sold out, but you can visit the ticket exchange to purchase.

BottleRock also offers a tremendous line-up of Aftershows to keep the music playing. All within walking distance from the festival grounds. Featured artists include The Shelters, House of Pain, Bob Moses, Dirty Heads, JJ Grey & Mofro Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas and more.

Note, some of these are pre-shows unofficially kicking off BottleRock on Wednesday, May 24. Go here for tickets.

JJ Grey & Mofo featured in a warm up show to help kick off BottleRock.
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