Join us in celebrating and enjoying the Parks

Harvest Dinner – September 24, 2022

The Napa Valley State Parks Association is excited to announce that we can welcome you once again on September 24th to our 2022 Bale Grist Mill Harvest Dinner and Live Auction to be held at our stunning and historic Bale Grist Mill, celebrating 176 years as a center of nature and community in beautiful Napa Valley!

Online Auction – September 1 to 25, 2022

Bid big and bid often and help us support our State Parks in Napa County. Your support means the protection, preservation and enhancement of our 175 year old Bale Grist Mill, fire recovery efforts for Bothe-Napa Valley and Robert Louis Stevenson Parks and enhanced trails and outdoor programming! Auction opens September 2, 2022.

Old Mill Days – October

Napa Valley’s historic Bale Grist Mill is one of the last mills that still grinds grain on the old pair of stones brought here by ship from “the old country”. At Old Mill Days people can visit the mill and experience the shared hard work and resulting sense of community that bound our forefathers together when they try some traditional farm chores: corn husking and shelling, wheat threshing, butter making, apple pressing, hand sewing, bean seed shelling or rope making.

Watch a blacksmith work, see wagon wheel spokes being made using a draw blade at a shave horse bench or chop some wood. Many artisans will be present who enjoy sharing their craft with others: lace making, wheat weaving, a gunsmith, surveyor, and blacksmith. Mill docents will wear period correct clothes adding to the experience.

$5 per person. Children under 6 free.

Opt-Outside for Green Friday – November 25, 2022

Green Friday is celebrated the day after Thanksgiving as the antidote to Black Friday & a way to get outside, enjoy our beautiful natural spaces, and get some exercise in to burn off holiday calories.

Join us at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park and get out on the trail in the cool fall air. Mention the super-secret special code “GREEN FRIDAY” at the entrance kiosk and get 1/2 off day-use entry fees!

Pancake Breakfast – May 7, 2022

Enjoy the best pancakes you’ve ever had while supporting NOSD’s work under the oak trees next to the historic Bale Grist Mill. Learn about the Napa Valley State Parks Association, meet members, enjoy a pancake breakfast – all while supporting a good cause!

Young mill volunteers learn to flip pancakes!

Fiesta en el Molino Bale – September

Ballet Folklorico

Join us for a celebration of Mexican Independence Day as we celebrate and share the contributions of the Latino community to the Napa Valley from the early 1800’s to present. We’ll celebrate together with Mariachi & Rancho period live musicians, performances from local dancers, hands-on craft and educational activities, information booths, food trucks, and much more!

Pioneer Christmas – December

Every Christmas 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, string popcorn and cranberries for the tree, write a letter to Santa in calligraphy and seal with red wax, and other activities to help get in the holiday spirit. Children especially enjoy decorating gingerbread cookies or cutting paper snowflakes.

There are demonstrations throughout the day on things like lace making, wool spinning, waxed egg decorating and milling demonstrations. Cookies and cider will be served too!