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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
12 Apr 2017 (All day) - 7 May 2017 (All day)
Mike Kendal -- Off the Wall

As part of its 30th anniversary celebration, Arts Benicia will honor Mike Kendall, one of its first exhibiting artists, with a one man show during Benicia Artists Open Studios. Kendall’s paintings and sculptures will be on view in the Arts Benicia gallery April 8 - May 7, 2017. Arts Benicia is wheelchair accessible from Jackson Street. Exhibit Hours:  Wednesday - Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00 PM.

Activities in conjunction with this exhibition:

Family Art Day: Sunday, April 30, 1:00 – 3:00 PM, Free and open to the public.

Benicia Artists Open Studios: Saturday & Sunday, May 6 & 7 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Free and open to the public.

28 Apr 2017 - 8:00pm - 29 Apr 2017 - 8:00pm
Intimate Apparel

Benicia Old Town Theatre Group's spring production, Intimate Apparel,runs April 21-May 13 with shows on Friday & Saturday at 8:00 PM and Sundays at 2:00 PM. Tickets are on sale now at
Intimate Apparel is described as a thoughtful, affecting play that offers a poignant commentary on an era when the cut and color of one's dress-and of course, skin-determined whom one could not marry, sleep with, even talk to in public.

29 Apr 2017 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Art Scavenger Hunt

Discover amazing art found in downtown galleries while doing a scavenger hunt. Participants will receive a free “I Love Benicia” bag and be entered into a drawing to win $100 in Downtown Dollars. Scavenger Hunt Forms with list of tasks will be available at Benicia Main Street (90 First St. in the train depot), at participating galleries, and on the day of the event here.

• Gallerie Renee Marie – 1038 First Street
• Gallery 621 – 309 First Street
• Benicia Plein Air Gallery – 307 First Street
• Once Upon a Canvas – 129 First Street
• Benicia Main Street – 90 First Street