1st & 3rd Fridays, 8 p.m.
Paranormal history of Downtown Benicia are discovered on this fun, interactive tour led by a paranormal expert. Space is limited. Prepaid reservations are required by calling 707-745-9791. A minimum of 6 reservations is required or the Ghost Walk will be cancelled.
Downtown Benicia Restaurant Week
Sunday, January 17th – Saturday, January 23rd
Downtown celebrates California Restaurant Month with Restaurant Week in January. A dining passport offers a 15% discount at participating eateries (conditions may apply).
Wine & Chocolate Walk
Saturday, February 6th, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Stroll First Street with your sweetheart tasting fine wine and chocolate pairings inside downtown shops.
Pamper Me Week
Saturday, February 20th – Friday, February 26th
A week dedicated to discovering all the number of ways to relax, rejuvenate, and pamper yourself on First Street.
St. Patrick’s Day Beer Crawl
Saturday, March 12th, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, let out your Irish cheer and sample craft beers inside participating businesses.
Last Thursday of April to October 27th, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
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.
Spring Into Giving
Saturday, April 30 through Saturday, May 7th
Donate an item to Benicia Main Street for the Benicia Family Resource Center and receive a 10% off passport valid with participating downtown merchants. Some restrictions may apply.
Saturday, June 18th, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Stroll First Street on a beautiful summer afternoon and taste over a dozen wines being poured inside downtown shops.
July 3rd, 6:30 p.m.
Benicia’s Independence Day parade stretches along First Street and includes dancers, floats, clowns, and entertainment.
Picnic in the Park & Fireworks
July 4th, 12 noon – 7 p.m.
This event is a wonderful way to spend the 4th! Benicia’s City Park is filled with arts and crafts, delicious hot food, live entertainment and children’s activities. Fireworks start about 9 p.m. at the foot of First Street making this a great event for the whole family.
Benicia Waterfront Festival
Saturday. July 30th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 31st 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The popular summer event is back with a splash! Benicia celebrates its picturesque waterfront locale with two days of live music, craft beer tastings, tasty foods, vendor village, and kids’ activity area.
Taste of First Street
Tuesday, August 23rd, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Downtown brings a sampling of the cuisine you can find from Benicia’s favorite restaurants on First Street with two glasses of wine and souvenir glass included.
Saturday, September 24th, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Stroll First Street on a beautiful autumn afternoon and taste over a dozen wines being poured inside downtown shops.
Month of October
As people stroll downtown during the month of October they will be greeted by scarecrows fashioned by downtown businesses. The public is invited to vote on their favorites!
October 21, 22, 23, 28, 29, 30 and 31st
The normally mild-mannered Southern Pacific Railroad Depot has been mysteriously transformed into a frightful depository of ghosts, goblins and spirits luring you inside for a scare.
Zombie Brew Crawl
Saturday, October 15th, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Zombies descend upon downtown to sample craft beers and tasty bites inside participating businesses–dare to join them?
Halloween Costume Contest and Sidewalk Stroll
Saturday, October 22nd, 10 a.m.
Benicia Main Street offers a great time for kids of all ages during the popular Halloween costume contest and sidewalk stroll. The local merchants on First Street get into the spirit of the holiday for all to shop and enjoy. At noon there will be a Canine & Critter Costume Contest on the First Street Green with awards and treats.
Downtown Holiday Shopping Spree
November 1st – December 1st
A drawing for a Downtown Benicia Shopping Spree valued at $500 in Downtown Dollars. For every $10 that you spend at participating merchants, you will receive one ticket for the drawing. The drawing will take place on the evening of the Holiday Open House on December 4th.
Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 26th
Celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities by shopping Downtown Benicia on this day!
Teddy Bear Tea Party
Sunday, November 27th & Sunday, December 4th
Camellia Tea Room and Benicia Main Street invite you to bring your teddy bear and join in the festivities at 828 First Street. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 707-746-5293.
Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting
Friday, December 2nd, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
First Street merchants along with Benicia Main Street host this ever-popular open house at the beginning of the Christmas Season. Merchants offer beverages and treats and show off their holiday goods while costumed carolers sing traditional Christmas tunes. Live entertainment, wagon rides, and wine tasting add a festive atmosphere to this family event.
Christmas Parade & Holiday Market
Saturday, December 10th, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. at First and D Street and ends at H Street. The parade features local marching bands, dancers, and the much-anticipated Santa Claus. The Holiday Market features handcrafted arts & crafts, gourmet items and delicious foods.
All dates and times subject to change. These Benicia events are specific to Downtown Benicia and sponsored by Benicia Main Street.