Sailboat racing, along with the Benicia Farmers Market, combine to set lower First Street hopping on Thursday evenings. Residents are coming down to enjoy warm breezes  along the waterfront, where there’s a buzz of activity.

The newly opened Bella Siena restaurant is bringing people in for casual dining with a lively bar scene.  Market shoppers fill their bags or take advantage of an early dinner or happy hour specials from nearby eateries, or from the market’s food trucks, two of which are new this season. Others watch the Benicia Yacht Club sailboat races from the pier or concrete benches (that also function as an impromptu picnic spot) that line the west side of lower First Street. The social aspect that the market brings to the area lends a convivial atmosphere at First Street’s foot. Take advantage of mid-season market offerings, live music and spectacular views of the Carquinez Strait, watching the boats go by.

Lisa Duncan Photography

Benicia Farmer's Market

The farmers market runs Thursdays 4-8pm through August, and September through  October 25, 4-7pm. Sailboat racing continues through September 19.

Food and Drink from B Street to E Street

Rookies Sports Bar and Grill, 321 First Street, 707.746.7665,
Lucca Bar and Grill, 439 First Street, 707.745.3749,
Lucca Beer Garden, 439 First Street, 707.745.3749,
First Street Café, 440 First Street, 707.745.1400, First First Street Cafe Café
Kinders Meats, 333 First Street, 707.745.4453,
Char’s Hot Dogs, 131 1st St A, 707.745.4476
Bella Siena, 137 First Street, 707.805.0575,
Sailor Jacks, 123 First Street, 707.746.8500,
The Loft,  280 First Street, 707.745.4200,
The Chill, 362 First Street, 707.746.5530,
Heritage Pantry and Spice, 364 First Street, 707.742.4142,