3 Days at BottleRock 2016

Stevie Wonder, Florence + the Machine, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. It’s no wonder the festival sold out for the first time in four years.

Napa provided the perfect backdrop for a music, wine, and food festival. Who knew you could see top musicians and top chefs (Gordon Ramsay and Iron Chef Morimoto were there) at one event? I loved that the fairgrounds weren’t too expansive so you never had to walk too far to get to your next destination. Perhaps even more of a plus was the lack of young hooligans. The festival’s audience skewed a bit more mature than most festivals, which equaled less unnecessary yelling, pushing, and puking.

4 tips for attending BottleRock:

  • If you’re going for the whole weekend and don’t live close by, I suggest booking an Airbnb way ahead of time. We stayed in a beautiful Airbnb in Sonoma, which was a 45 minute drive from the festival.
  • If you’re driving, LEAVE EARLY. My friends and I drove from San Francisco, and traffic moved at snail’s pace.
  • Skip the zoo of a parking lot that the festival offers passes for and just park in the surrounding residential areas. We found spots everyday that were no more than a 20 minutes walk from the grounds.
  • Bring lots of cash for the FOOD and DRINKS. Food ranges from $8-18 and drinks range from $8-12.

The festival in pictures…


First show we managed to catch on Friday evening: Grouplove


The weather was spectacular all weekend


Day 2, waiting for Florence


Sam Harris from X Ambassadors


Day 3, waiting hours in advance for Red Hot Chili Peppers


Red Hot Chili Peppers: Probably the most anticipated show of the weekend


And the weekend comes to an end


Snippet of our Airbnb in Sonoma


Can’t believe we woke up to this every morning

Did you attend BottleRock? Did you want to? Share your thoughts below ๐Ÿ™‚


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