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

Benicia has lots of old fashioned holiday fun in store for everyone this season. Check the Visit Benicia Events Calendar and Facebook page, then make plans with friends and family for the Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting, the Arsenal Artist's Open Studios, the Lighted Boat Parade, the Christmas Parade and Holiday Market, and much, much more. You'll find great ways to spend A Great (holi)Day by the Bay in Benicia!

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
28 Nov 2014 - 10:00am - 24 Dec 2014 - 7:00pm
Benicia Christmas Tree Lot

Fresh cut trees, wreaths & garlands in a Noble, Grand & Douglas Fir. Sales benefit the Museum.

21 Dec 2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Holiday Piano Recital at Fischer-Hanlon House

Long-time resident Tim Heney will offer afternoon holiday performances on the vintage Steinway Piano located in the parlor of the historic Fischer-Hanlon House. Seating is first come, first served. Admission free, but donations to Benicia State Parks Association are always welcome

21 Dec 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Pictures with Santa

Stop by for a free photo with Santa.

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