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Performing Arts

The Benicia Old Town Theatre Group promotes live theater in Benicia by sponsoring two productions per year at the historic B.D.E.S. Hall at 140 West J Street. In existence since 1964, the organization has staged more than 87 plays in 44 years, from the likes of "Blithe Spirit" to 2010's "The Great American Trailer Park Musical."

Special Events

Each July, Benicia Main Street hosts the Benicia Waterfront Festival, with the Carquinez Strait as the picturesque backdrop Benicia celebrates its picturesque waterfront locale with two days of live music, craft beer tastings, tasty foods, vendor village, and kids’ activity area.


Nightlife continues to evolve in Benicia with wine bars, upscale taverns and all types of music that can be found throughout town, including jazz, folk, French, blue grass and rock and roll. Live local entertainment venues such as First Street Café and The Rellik Tavern present locally and regionally known musicians on a weekly basis.

Organizations Supporting Performing Arts

The Benicia Arts and Culture Commission works cooperatively with the Benicia City Council, city boards and commissions, and other public and private organizations in creating and promoting art and cultural programs and activities within the city.

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Upcoming Arts Events
25 Feb 2017 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Black Irish in Concert

Take Celtic, Spanish, and Italian Music, and mix it up, you get the true nature of the Black Irish. Hailing from the historic Gold Rush Country of America, the four member Black Irish Band have a musical style that is as timeless as the rugged landscape of the west, a tribute to the people whose lives were spent building the world we now take for granted.

Doors open at 7:00PM, concert at 8:00PM. No-Host Bar. Tickets are $25, available at

3 Mar 2017 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Artist Reception for Donna Covey

You are invited to attend an artist reception featuring Donna Covey's newest paintings from her "Benicia Alleys and Side Streets" series. These latest works are now a part of her popular Northern California Neighborhoods portfolio. Join Donna and her hosts Milinda Perry and fellow artist Terry Hughes for appetizers while enjoying Donna's Contemporary Fauve Expressionist exhibit.

25 Mar 2017 - 2:30pm
Sing a Story with San Francisco Opera!

The interactive program presented by a member of the San Francisco Opera Guild fill feature scenes from Hansel and Gretel for ages 5 and up. Event is FREE. Come prepared to sing!