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Block Parties featuring the 2nd Friday Art Walk from May-October 2023, 6p-10p (music ending at 9p) on 4th St.
Dining Under The Lights, 2nd Friday Art Walks, West End Block Parties, Film Festivals, Small Business Saturday, May Madness Car Show, Farmer's Markets, and much more.
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Downtown News

CUP OF GOLD Coffee Shop Opens inside Autistry Studios

Autistry Studios in partnership with Double Rainbow Cafe announce the opening of their NEW COFFEE SHOP! “CUP OF GOLD” Opening Monday, June 5th 2023. Come for a Cup of Gold & Shop in our Makers Market. Mon to Fri, 8:30am-2pm ~ 850 4th St San Rafael

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Time To Shine! Belrose Summer Youth Theatre Program

Jun 26, 10:00 AM – Aug 02, 2:00 PM San Rafael, 1415 Fifth Ave, San Rafael, CA 94901, USA Dance, Voice and Acting for all kids 7-14! VISIT WEBSITE

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Downtown San Rafael Hosting SUMMER Kickoff Elf Hunt! San Rafael School themed

SCHOOL IS OUT FOR SUMMER! San Rafael Elves are enjoying the kickoff to Summer in our Downtown San Rafael Businesses. We are inviting our community to come to Downtown for a Summer Kickoff Scavenger Hunt for the whole month of June. The BID hosted a holiday Elf Hunt where over 250 families participated in the…

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AvantSpace, a premium network of high-tech, boutique coworking spaces, will open its second location in the San Francisco Bay Area- right here in Downtown San Rafael. The membership-based workspace offers a solution for local professionals who no longer want to work at home but are reluctant to return to long commutes and traditional office environments.…

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Reviving a Local Tradition: Downtown San Rafael Summer Farmers Market Returns June 1st, 2023 – Ribbon Cutting at 5:30pm at the Plaza

The Agricultural Institute of Marin (AIM) is delighted to declare the return of the much-anticipated San Rafael Summer Farmers Market on Thursday, June 1st, 2023 with a ceremonial ribbon cutting at 5:30 pm near the Court Street Plaza. The market will be open from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm on Fourth Street, nestled between Lootens…

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AIM Accepting Applications for Racial Equity Fund

AIM is now accepting applications for our Racial Equity Fund at the downtown San Rafael Farmers Market. As part of our work to make markets more inclusive and accessible, we will be offering financial support to three Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Farmers, Food Producers, and Artisans getting their start at the farmers…

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City Approves 2-Year Agreement with San Rafael Chamber to Enhance BID Funding, Capacity Building & Management

At last Monday’s City Council meeting, the Council approved entering into a 2-year agreement with the Chamber of Commerce, paying them $50K per year to create The BID Enhancement Program.  The BID has been a leading organization in Downtown San Rafael since 1979, but the COVID-19 pandemic significantly reduced the number of active businesses and…

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Belrose Theatre is producing its first theatrical production in ages!

In honor of the great legacy of Margie Belrose, and all that she has passed on to her family and the community, Belrose Theater is excited to present its first show since her passing.  Romeo & Juliet: Choose Your Own Ending is a fun and raucous retelling of the famous Shakespeare play where the audience…

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Under the Stars: A Sleepout to End Homelessness in Marin, May 20

Join Ritter Center’s 3rd Annual Under the Stars fundraiser on May 20, 2023!  Two events. One Goal. Help End Homelessness. This year, there are two ways to help end homelessness. Like in previous years, you can team up and organize a sleepout with friends and family to fundraise for our programs to end homelessness. NEW THIS…

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SAFE (Specialized Assistance for Everyone)

The City of San Rafael has partnered with Petaluma People Services Center to start a mobile mental health crisis response team. This team referred to as “SAFE” (Specialized Assistance For Everyone), went into service on March 29th, 2023.  The SAFE team is modeled after the CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) program in…

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Downtown San Rafael Garages Free on Weekends

Free-Parking-Map 2023

Enjoy our Downtown with FREE parking on Saturdays and Sundays!  FREE WEEKEND PARKING is in the A Street and C Street Garages only, thanks to the Parking Department's pilot program started in 2019.