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

One of the San Francisco Bay Area's greatest escapes: A weekend of high fashion, is set to hit the Bay Area October 3-5. Benicia welcomes international fashion icons Patricia Fields (pictured), David Dalrymple along with Project Runway designers Richard Hallmarq and Emily Payne and YOU can be a part of it. Click here for more on Benicia Fashion Runway Weekend 2014.

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
1 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!

2 Oct 2014 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Certified Farmers Market

Benicia Main Street draws many people to its popular Farmers Market. The Market offers fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, gourmet food, delicious hot foods, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and face painting.

3 Oct 2014 (All day) - 5 Oct 2014 (All day)
Benicia Fashion Runway Weekend

Three day event celebrating international fashion.

Friday: The Weekend kicks off at The Rellik Tavern for an evening celebrating the career of Patricia Field with Film, Fashion, and Cosmos. 6-8PM at 726 First Street.

Saturday: All day trunk shows, style demonstrations and special appearances.

  • Preshow Reception 6-7PM at Treasury Commons, First & D Street
  • Grand Finale Runway Show 7-8:30PM at Treasury Commons
  • Shop the Night Away 8:30-10PM stores stay open for the ultimate shopping experience

Sunday: It's a Wrap with continuation of trunk shows and in-store fashion events.

Patricia Field, HBO Sex & the City Emmy winner for costume design and Oscar nominee for Devil Wears Prada will be the weekend's celebrity designer. Patricia's ready to wear collection, The House of Fields, will be presented by stylist and designer David Dalyrymple who has created show stopping clothes for Beyonce', Britney Spears, Pink, Jennifer Lopez, Lil' Kim, and Bette Midler. Richard Hallmarq of Project Runway Season 11 will return with his recent New York collection. Current Project Runway 13 designer Emily Payne, designer of Leathertongue will also be showing. Sponsors Christina S Fashion Destination & Be Chic Boutique will feature the best of Fall 2014 in clothing and accessories.

Tickets: Friday/$30, Saturday/$40 available at Be Chic Boutique, Christina S Fashion Destination, Studion 41, and Benicia Main Street. Portion of proceeds benefitting Benicia State Parks Association.

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