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Demystifying First Street

Downtown Benicia’s ten blocks of scenic beauty and a mix of retail stores, restaurants, bars and offices is explained, one block at a time.

Art permeates Benicia's cultural scene in numerous ways

Arts Benicia and the Benicia Library to offer gallery exhibits featuring local artists, including one with student art

Delight your Valentine with specialty chocolate from Downtown Benicia shops

Shop local at Benicia’s amazing array of gift stores

Downtown Benicia has everything from A-Z for perfect holiday gifts, including a unique selection of books, games, calendars, journals & notepads, jewelry, home & garden items, pet gifts, ornaments, specialty teas, herbs & spices, ornaments, candles and more.

Samantha McNally Watercolors at Downtown Benicia Gallery

Benicia plein air Painter Samantha McNally is the featured artist at the Benicia Plein Air Gallery, a co-op gallery with 13 artist members who paint local scenes in and around town and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Mixed-media Collage Series, Daily Fabric Of Life, at Benicia Gallery

Artist Susan Sharman’s upcoming Benicia Library Art Gallery features embroidered images in a series of textile collages that form the basis of “The Daily Fabric,” 9/13 through 10/16 with a reception Sunday, 9/18.

Nothing Screams “FUN!” Like A Wild West Auction Party

Arts Benicia’s annual fundraising event, with the 2016 theme, The Wild, Wild West—Silver Screen to Steampunk, promises to be another great success with food and wine, specialty lighting, music, photo booth and a lot of art in the live and silent auctions.

Order + Chaos Exhibit Opens This Month At Arts Benicia Gallery

An eclectic art exhibit at the Arts Benicia Gallery is entitled Order + Chaos, where 20 artists will be exhibiting their work, chosen by juror Catherine Clark. The exhibit runs Aug. 6-Sept. 11.

Trends: A Star Wars-themed Benefit Fashion Show

Star Wars is this year’s theme at the annual Fashion Runway benefit show at the Benicia Clock Tower. The Community Action Council’s Senior Meals on Wheels program is the recipient of the proceeds from the lively annual event, with city dignitaries walking the catwalk.

Benicia Arsenal “Ground Zero” For Artist Open Studios

With A 22-year long legacy of 70+ artists opening their private studios to the public, Arts Benicia launches its biggest event of the year May 7-8. A map of the studios, some of which are live-work, is available at Arts Benicia in the lower Arsenal.