Napa valley has many ways to lure San Franciscans out of the city and over the bridge, but the main nonliquid reason is the highly anticipated annual visual treat of the Napa Valley Film Festival, which returns Nov. 9–13.
More than 200 screenings will take place, including the road-trip film, Folk Hero & Funny Girl, a rousing look at Cuba’s music scene in The Forbidden Shore, the Nazi-Germany-to-Shanghai tale, A Children’s Song, or the Viggo Mortensen unconventional family drama Captain Fantastic.
Show up early for the sneak preview Tuesday, Nov. 8, including a VIP reception with filmmakers. Take in a special tribute to Matthew McConaughey on Thursday, Nov. 10, or catch any of the other dinners, wine tastings (this is Napa, after all), short films, and more that make this such an enticing festival. The awards ceremony will take place in Yountville on Saturday, Nov. 12.