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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
21 Oct 2014 - 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Wine & Canvas

Unleash your creative side! First Street Cafe is hosting Wine & Canvas, the painting class with cocktails! Voted #1 in Art Entertainment, Wine & Canvas makes painting easy, exciting and FUN! At the end of the event, you’ll take home a work of art that YOU create. They provide the aprons, easels, paints, artist instruction, and a 16x20 gallery wrapped canvas that you get to take home and hang on your wall--no experience necessary! Admission is only $35! Food and alcohol will be available for purchase. 



23 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.

24 Oct 2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Haunted Depot

The normally mild-mannered Southern Pacific Railroad Depot has been mysteriously transformed into a frightful depository of ghosts, goblins and spirits daring you and your family to pay a visit.

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