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

Fall fun is in store in one of the safest cities in the San Francisco Bay Area, Benicia. Scarecrows decorate the downtown and around town. Vote for your favorite for a chance to win See's candy. Events include Ghost Walks, evenings at the Haunted Depot, Dial M for Murder, the Halloween Costume Contest & Sidewalk Stroll, Canine & Critter Costume Contest, and Trunk-or-Treat. 

Check out our events calendar for more information then plan your Great Day (or Night) 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 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
3 Oct 2014 (All day) - 31 Oct 2014 (All day)
Scarecrow Contest

As people stroll downtown during the month of October they are greeted by scarecrows fashioned by downtown businesses. You are invited to vote on your favorites!

16 Oct 2014 (All day) - 30 Nov 2014 (All day)
Ceramics, Benicia and the Evolution of California Funk Art

A historical exhibition celebrating Benicia's art legacy and the inception of beniciaMOA, the Benicia Musuem of Art. Transmigrational Ceramics from the Corridor honors this legacy exhibiting work by founders of the California Funk movement and its creative heirs together for the first time. Opening Reception on Saturday, October 18, 3:00-6:00 PM

19 Oct 2014 (All day) - 19 Nov 2014 (All day)
The Nature of France and Vietnam

Exhibition by artist Lassie Colebourn of her impressionist paintings inspired by her travels to Vietnam and France. Meet Lassie at the Opening Reception, on Sunday, October 19, 2:00-5:00 PM.

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