Enjoy homemade pancakes at the Bale Grist Mill and help support the Parks by becoming a member. $5 per person and kids eat free!
The Pancake Breakfast will return in 2021.
Celebrate the harvest season with us at our annual fundraiser dinner. Every fall the Napa Valley State Parks Association hosts the Harvest Dinner, an outdoor candle light dinner under the majestic oaks at the foot of the great waterwheel. The autumn event features a sumptuous farm-to-table dinner prepared from locally grown/raised food and paired with fantastic Napa Valley wines. ‘Mill’ around and enjoy bidding on silent auction items while listening to old-time music played by local musicians. Our miller will give special tours of 1846 fully-restored mill that still grinds grains with the original stones. Your ticket price and donation help keep the wheel turning!
The Harvest Dinner will return in 2021.
Fiesta en el Molino Bale
A celebration of Mexican Independence Day on September 16, Fiesta en el Molino Bale shares the contributions of the Latino Community to the Napa Valley from the earl 1800’s to the present. This event includes:
*Mariachi and Rancho Period Music
*Ballet Folklorico – a Local Traditional Mexican Dance Troop
*Hands-On Crafts and Activities
*Food Trucks (costs not included)
*and Much More!
Fiesta en el Molino Bale will return in 2021.
Old Mill Days
Come enjoy Napa Valley’s rural past at this pioneer family celebration and see how hard our forefathers had to work each day! Try your hand at farm chores, such as corn husking and shelling, wheat threshing, butter making, apple pressing, hand sewing, washing clothes on a washboard, twisting jute into rope or sawing logs into planks. Many other activities such as making a corn husk doll, calligraphy lessons, waxed egg decorating or wheat weaving occur from year-to-year. To add to the experience of stepping back in time, our mill docents wear period correct clothing and hats and clothes are available for children to try on. Musicians play old-time music while stew, cornbread and cider are available for an additional fee. Admission is $5 (Children under 6 are free).
Old Mill Days will return in 2021.
Every winter season, the Bale Grist Mill hosts a 19th century Christmas celebration, pioneer style. Enjoy making a clove pomander or wreath of rosemary for your home, or string popcorn or cranberries for the tree. Write a letter to Santa in calligraphy and seal with red wax. Children especially enjoy decorating gingerbread cookies, cutting paper snowflakes and making “leaving dolls’ out of scraps of fabric. There are demonstrations throughout the day: lace making, wool spinning, waxed egg decorating and milling demonstrations and cookies and cider too! Admission is $5 (Children under 6 are free).
Pioneer Christmas will return in 2021.
A candle-light dinner in the Bale Grist Mill to benefit the continued restoration of the Mill catered by Bernardo Ayala of the Napa Valley Bistro. Enjoy wine, cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres from 6:00pm to 7:15pm in the Mill and dinner under candlelight in the Granary at 7:15pm.
The Winter Dinner will return in 2021.