Opening day of the 20th season of the Benicia Certified Farmers Market starts Thursday, April 26th from 4-8p.m. and runs through October. Located on First Street between B and D Streets, the market features farm fresh produce and fresh cut flowers along with arts and crafts vendors, specialty foods, baked goods, and numerous gourmet food vendors. Children can enjoy activities like face painting and the inflatable bounce house on the First Street Green.

Averaging 3,000 people at the market, many “Farmers’ Market Faithfuls” come weekly to socialize with neighbors, enjoy great music from local talent, and experience the bounty of California-grown fruits and vegetables. In fact, faithful goers can take advantage of two exciting shopping card programs:

•   Frequent First Street Shopper Card: People who shop or dine at First Street businesses after 3 p.m. on Thursdays during the Farmers’ Market season can bring their receipt(s) to the Benicia Main Street Booth to receive one hole punch for each receipt. After ten hole punches, shoppers receive a helping of the “Produce of the Week” donated from one of the farmers.

For more information on Benicia Certified Farmers’ Market, contact Benicia Main Street at 707-745-9791 or

Saturday, April 21st the Benicia Yacht Club will be hosting their Annual Opening Day on the Strait all day. They will have arts & crafts, food, music and games for kids. From 6 to 8 they will also have a dinner to be followed by dancing from 8 to 11 p.m.

2 p.m. is the time set aside for the Blessing of the Fleet and the decorated boat parade as well as a Ducky Race.

This is always a great event and is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Go to for more information.

Ben is patiently waiting outside Miguelena’s since they have been getting so much new merchandise we have to stay on top of it! Yvonne and Jaqueline just hosted their four year anniversary this past month and want to thank all of their customers and friends for stopping by and saying hello. Be sure to check in with them for their in store events coming up and be sure to buy something on Mother’s Day weekend when a portion of their proceeds will benefit breast cancer. Great job ladies!

The Rellik Tavern is also gearing up for a couple of big months since once again they will be hosting “ONE” on April 27th and 28th. The entire month is slated to be big, but you do not want to miss these two nights – get there early!

Cheri Graf, owner of Bombshell Hair and Ink, also wants to invite all her friends and customers in to make sure you have met the entire team that she has assembled. Bombshell Hair and Ink also just celebrated their four year anniversary and is excited to share their fun ideas and thoughts for the next year.

Piccolo and Shirocos are also  planning spring with style. Be sure to head on in and check out all of their new arrivals! New colors, styles for the contemporary woman and Benicia home/gourmet/style all under one roof. If you have never been to these two shops you are missing out!

Arts Benicia also has big plans for this month. Art for Everyone…    The Ah-Ha Moment

Saturday, April 21, 2:00-5:00 p.m.

Arts Benicia and the American Association of Univeristy Women are sponsoring a series of lectures by Pam Dizon, Ronna Leon, Connie Millholland, Christine Mani and Ann Nourot. Each of the speakers and Lee Wilder Snider are donating work to be raffled in conjunction with the program. Proceeds benefit Arts Benicia and AAUW’s Tech Trek program, which provides a unique math and science summer experience for 7th grade girls.

Family Art Day, Sunday, April 22, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Join Arts Benicia for an afternoon of fun, free art activities that will engage the entire family!

Benicia Artists Open Studios

Saturday & Sunday, May 5-6, 10:00-5:00 p.m.

Visit Arts Benicia for a unique, weekend long arts experience. During Open Studios visitors have the opportunity to access over 60 artists studios, many of which are within walking distance of one another, in the Historic Arsenal Distric and downtown Benicia. This event is free and open to the public. Start your visit at the Arts Benicia gallery by picking up a map and planning your weekend of studio visits!