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It’s a Great Day by the Bay in Benicia!

Wind, Water, Land is set to unveil at the Benicia Community Center, 370 East L St on Saturday, March 21 (1:00-4:00PM). The public art piece is a collaboration of six local, world renown glass and metal artists who make Benicia their home. (Brian Giambastiani, David Lindsay, Nick Nourot, Micheal Nourot, David Nourot and Mike Kendall, with Larry Lauber lighting the piece.) Funded by a grant from the Benicia Arts and Culture Commission, the project merges repurposed and recycled materials into a symphony of wind, water and land. Click here to view a cool, short video highlighting its creations, then come see it in person.

Look for the newly installed small yellow This Place Has History! plaques on the poles of historic markers around Benicia. Use your smart phone to read the QR code for on the spot connection to a website that contains photos and info about the history of that location.   

No QR code reader? The same information can be found on a website:

Downtown Benicia's First Street was named the Best Shopping 'Block' by Diablo Magazine in their July Best of the East Bay edition. The article made special mention of Angel Heart 4 You, Camellia Tea Room, Christina S, and Be Chic Boutique. The Rellik Tavern was named Best Late-Night Spot. More reason to plan your visit to the best kept secret in the San Francisco Bay Area and spend a Great Day by the Bay in Benicia.

The Sacramento Bee says Benicia ("the best kept little secret in the San Francisco Bay Area") is living up to its billing as a Great Day by the Bay. Read more here and check out their slideshow.

Visitors to Benicia can check out three world-class art glass studios. Creating a work of art from molten glass is an amazing process. See a vase come to life in this 2½ minute video.

The Los Angeles Times says, "...Historic Benicia, Calif., a Bay Area artists' haven." Read more here, then plan your Weekend Escape. 

Listen to our KGO interview about Benicia.

Benicia has been inspiring authors, sculptors, painters and other visionaries for more than 160 years with its beautiful setting, vibrant cultural scene and small-city charm. Today, visitors are enjoying that same variety of incredible experiences, plus much more. In fact, people say a magical combination of elements came together in just the right way to make Benicia what it is today.

Among its many attractions are:

  • An internationally recognized arts district

  • A waterfront (still used for commerce and recreation) literally a few steps from the heart of downtown

  • Top-quality restaurants ranging from the Bay Area's best burger to gourmet fare

  • Scores of spas with rejuvenating and relaxing treatments

  • Unique shops with one-of-a-kind items

  • Historical landmarks of national significance, as well as a spicy past that features the likes of author Jack London and future president Ulysses S. Grant

  • Breathtaking views

  • Warm, friendly people

For more information about visiting Benicia, please see our Visitor Info or view our brochure (PDF). And become a fan of the Visit Benicia Facebook Page for special deals, insider tips and up-to-the-minute news about this very special getaway.

For more information about Benicia city services, please visit the City of Benicia Website.

Upcoming Highlighted Events
20 Feb 2015 (All day) - 27 Mar 2015 (All day)
CIRCLING FIBERS: from filling the form to creating the form

An exhibition by local textile/fiber artist Marty Jonas. Her works are created from diverse and non-traditional materials, including insect screening and o-rings and use numerous textile techniques. The wall and sculpture work all address the ideas or concepts of circles, orbs and spheres. Meet Marty Jonas at the Artist Reception on Saturday, February 21 from 2:00-4:00 PM.

28 Mar 2015 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Benicia Mini Maker Faire

A celebration of do-it-yourself spirit and hands-on making for young and old alike. $10/Adults, $5/18 & under. There you will find Dale Dougherty of Maker Magazine, robots including R2D2, build and launch paper rockets 300 ft in the air, solder your own LED robot badge, extract your own DNA, giant inflatable sculptures, how to use regulating electronics (great for BBQing), embroider/sew with electric thread, inspect unique bikes/cars, repurpose comic books & plastic bottles + great bands and food trucks!

28 Mar 2015 - 11:00am - 1:00pm
Family Spring Fest

Come have a go at 25,000 candy and toy-filled eggs at the Family Spring Fest. Free crafts, giant slide, rock'n music, bounce house, obstacle course, face painting booth, and free pictures with the Easter Bunny. Rain or shine, this free event is for the whole family. (Egg hunt is for toddlers through 5th grade.)

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