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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
26 Aug 2017 - 8:00am - 6:00pm
Benicia Plein Air Gallery's Annual Paintout

Beginning at 8:00 AM, artist check in and begin painting throughout Benicia. Works must be framed and hung for judging by 3:00 PM. Winners will be announced at 4:00 PM followed by a reception. The public is invited to join the reception and meet the artists.

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1 Sep 2017 (All day) - 3 Sep 2017 (All day)
Benicia Film Festival

Benicia is the place to be during Labor Day Weekend at the Benicia Film Festival. Great films, food & wine are in store. Funds raised directly benefit Arts & Culture in Benicia. Tickets available at

9 Sep 2017 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Benicia Art Walk 2017

Benicia Art Walk 2017 is on the Second Saturdays in June, July, September, and October from 2:00-6:00 PM on First Street in downtown Benicia. Come for lunch, then stay for dinner and tour eight amazing galleries hosting the fun this year with live entertainment and other activities. Click here for the Benicia Art Walk 2017 brochure and map. More info is available on