Napa Open Space District Annual Celebration

10th year Celebration coming in January 2017!

Join the Napa Open Space District every January for our annual celebration as a Park and Open Space District!  Taste local food and wine, review the progress we’ve made over the last year, preview our plans for 2017 and enjoy friends and colleagues!

Events at the
Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park:

Pancake Breakfast every May

The best pancakes you have ever tasted!

Enjoy them with real maple syrup, fruit and sausage!  These pancakes are made just for you using an old family recipe – and what could be better than enjoying them outdoors under oak trees at the mill! Join us for breakfast and learn about membership to the Napa Valley State Parks Association and meet other members!

Harvest Dinner every September

Enjoy a farm-to-table didner at the foot of the great water wheel!

Celebrate the harvest season with us at our annual fundraiser dinner. Every fall the Napa Valley State Parks Association, the nonprofit Association that supports all three state parks in Napa County, hosts an outdoor candle light dinner under the majestic oaks at the foot of the great waterwheel. This autumn event features a sumptuous farm-to-table dinner prepared from locally grown/raised food paired with fantastic Napa Valley wines. Mill around with us and enjoy bidding on silent auction items while listening to old-time music played by local musicians. Our miller will give special tours of the now fully restored 1846 mill that still grinds grain using the original stones. Your ticket price and donations will help keep the great wheel turning! Tickets  are $125 and can be purchased online in late summer at or by calling Jeanne at (707) 538-1647.

 Harvest Dinner

Old Mill Days every October!

Come Mill with Us!

Experience the hard work that bound our forefathers together when you try farm chores such as corn husking, corn shelling, wheat threshing, butter making, apple pressing, hand sewing, or wash some clothes with a board, bar soap and an old rope line for drying. Watch a blacksmith work over a hot forge banging an anvil with heavy hammers, see wagon wheel spokes being made using a draw blade and a shave horse bench.  Be amazed when a small child can lift a 100-pound bale of hay using handmade rope and an old wood pulley! Adding to the experience of stepping back in time, mill docents wear period correct clothes with a few outfits available for children to wear for the day. Enjoy talking with the many artisans who come to share the craft they love such as lace making, wheat weaving, cross-stitch, wool spinning and calligraphy. Musicians will gather under the trees and play old-time music throughout the day.  Chili, cornbread and fresh-pressed apple cider are available for purchase.

Pioneer Christmas every December

Every Christmas season, 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 and cranberries for the tree. Write a letter to Santa in calligraphy and seal with red wax. Children especially enjoy decorating gingerbread cookies or cutting paper snowflakes. There are demonstrations throughout the day: lace making, wool spinning, waxed egg decorating and milling demonstrations. Cookies and cider too!

For more information and specific dates and times for events, please visit the Napa Valley State Park Association website.