2020 Events & Promotions

Downtown Benicia Restaurant Week – Saturday, January 18th – Saturday, January 25th

Downtown celebrates California Restaurant Month with Restaurant Week in January. A dining passport offers a 15-20% discount at participating eateries (conditions may apply).

Wine & Chocolate Walk – Saturday, February 1st, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Stroll First Street with your sweetheart tasting fine wine and chocolate pairings inside downtown shops.

Live Well Benicia – Saturday, February 22nd – 29th

A week to discover wellness downtown from First Street businesses for a nourished mind, body, and soul!

Where’s Jack London? – Month of March

Benicia Main Street celebrates downtown’s “Antiques, Vintage & Collectibles” with a chance to win $100 in Downtown Dollars. Look for the framed picture of Jack London at participating businesses and email the keyword found on the frame to Benicia Main Street to enter in the drawing for Downtown Dollars.

St. Patrick’s Day Beer Crawl – Saturday, March 14th, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

The Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, let out your Irish cheer and sample craft beers inside participating businesses.

Farmers Market – Thursdays June 12th to October 29th, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Jun-Aug) & 4-7 p.m. (Sep-Oct)

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.

Torchlight Parade – July 3rd, 6:30 p.m. (Canceled)

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 25th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 26th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Canceled)

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 25th, 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.

Wine Walk – Saturday, October 3rd, 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.


Downtown Scarecrow Display – Month of October

As people stroll downtown during the month of October they will be greeted by scarecrows fashioned by downtown businesses and beyond.

Haunted Depot – October 23, 24, 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.

Halloween Costume Contest and Sidewalk Stroll – Saturday, October 24th, 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 – November 30th

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 entry for the drawing.

Art Scavenger Hunt – Saturday, November 21st, 12-4pm

Discover amazing art found in downtown galleries while doing a scavenger hunt. Participants will receive a free “I Love Benicia” bag and be entered in drawing to win $100 in Downtown Dollars.

Wine Walk & Shop Small – Saturday, November 28th, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

On Small Business Saturday, shop Downtown Benicia while tasting fine wines at participating businesses.


Warm Bevvy Walk & Shop, Weekends from December 12th – 20th

Purchase to-go a warm beverage special from participating restaurants and cafes to bring along with you while you shop downtown for holiday gifts! Hours vary per business; please check ahead to plan accordingly.

Holiday Open House & Tree Lighting – Friday, December 4th, 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 Christmas Tree lighting add a festive atmosphere to this family event.

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Christmas Parade & Holiday Market – Saturday, December 12th, 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.