2019 Events & Promotions

Ghost Walk – 3rd Fridays, 8 p.m. – On Hiatus Until Further Notice

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 canceled.

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Downtown Benicia Restaurant Week – Saturday, January 19th – Saturday, January 26th

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 2nd, 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 16th – 23rd

A week dedicated to discovering all the number of ways to relax, rejuvenate, and pamper yourself on First Street.

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 16th, 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 – Last Thursday of April to October 24th, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. (Apr-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.

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Art Scavenger Hunt – Saturday, April 27th, 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.

Spring Into Giving – Saturday, May 4th – 18th

Donate an item to Benicia Main Street for the Benicia Family Resource Center and receive a 10%-15% off discount card valid with participating downtown merchants. Some restrictions may apply.

Downtown Benicia Cleanup Day – Saturday, May 18th, 9am-Noon

Benicia Main Street invites individuals, businesses, and organizations to help cleanup First Street.  BBQ lunch provided by Allied Waste at 11am at Benicia Main Street.

Wine Walk – Saturday, June 15th, 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.

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Torchlight Parade – 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 27th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 28th, 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 20th, 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.

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Wine Walk – Saturday, September 14th, 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.

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Scarecrow Contest – Month of October

As people stroll downtown during the month of October they will be greeted by scarecrows fashioned by downtown businesses and beyond. The public is invited to vote on their favorites!

Haunted Depot – October 18, 19, 25, 26 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 26th, 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 ticket for the drawing. The drawing will take place on the evening of the Holiday Open House on December 6th.

Art Scavenger Hunt – Saturday, November 16th, 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 30th, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

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

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Teddy Bear Tea Party – Saturday, December 7th & Sunday, December 8th

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 6th, 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 14th, 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.