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Our Annual West End Culture Crawl is back! West Businesses open their doors with a host of in-store and out-front activities. Sales, product demos, live music, live art, & deals on food!
San Rafael Thursdays featuring Dining Under The Lights, 2nd Friday Art Walks, West End Block Parties, Film Festivals, Small Business Saturday, May Madness Car Show, and much more.
Parking meters, garages, and lots. Employee & Resident Parking. Monthly Permits, Parking Apps & Electric Vehicle Charging Stations. Smart Train & Public Transit.
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Downtown News

City of San Rafael Seeking Partners for Interim Housing

Greetings, The City of San Rafael is seeking partners to collaborate on interim housing in an ongoing effort to respond to the homelessness crisis in Marin County. The City is requesting information from property owners, managers, developers, faith-based organizations, or social service providers who are interested in partnering with the City of San Rafael on…

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BID Partnership with Embassy Suites in San Rafael to Generate Foot Traffic in Downtown

The BID recently connected with the Embassy Suites Front Office Manager to discuss ways to generate more traffic for our local businesses and events in Downtown San Rafael by the guests that stay at their property.  The ideas set in motion are: Adding a QR code that links to our Downtown Events Page to their…

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Public Hearing Notice for Streetaries Outdoor Eating Areas Ordinance, 9/13

San Rafael Planning Commission Public Hearing Notice for Streetaries Outdoor Eating Areas Ordinance Review a draft ordinance adding and amending multiple sections of the San Rafael Municipal Code, relating to outdoor eating areas. The proposed ordinance would regulate and permit outdoor eating areas – known as “Streetaries” – within parking spaces within the public right of…

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Luminous- A Fine Art Exhibition as the Marin Society of Artists- Reception September 9th!

Luminous:  A Fine Art Exhibition Featuring artwork from the Marin Society of Artists & the Marin County Watercolor Society. September 2 – September 24 Thursday – Sunday 12noon – 4pm RECEPTION: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9 – 5pm to 7pm 1515 3rd Street, Corner of E, San Rafael

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FREE ALL LEVELS FLOW WITH DENISHA BREKKE + JUICE, WINE AND BITES AT SAN RAFAEL THURSDAYS Thursday, September 8, 2022 6:00 PM  7:00 PM Metta Yoga San Rafael, 835 4th Street, Suite BSan Rafael Join Metta Yoga at San Rafael Thursdays – Dining Under the Lights for a FREE All Levels Yoga flow class with Denisha…

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Back to School Block Party, Thursday August 25th!

Back to School Family Block Party! Thursday, August 25th, 6pm-9pm Fourth Street from Cijos to Lincoln Music Food, Entertainment, Local Vendors, Games and more!   Email Salon B for more info: Salon B 4th Annual Back to School Fundraiser! Bring in supplies for a chance to win a basket of local goodies! Thursday-Saturday 11a-5p…

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City of San Rafael Offering Trespass Letter to Help Businesses with Unlawful Lodging

The City of San Rafael currently offers business owners the opportunity to complete a Trespass Letter to help with individuals that may be unlawfully lodging on your property. The City of San Rafael and its homelessness team understands that this is a sensitive topic and by doing this it allows trained professionals the opportunity to…

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Espin Electric Bikes Grand Opening, August 16th!

A HUGE Welcome to Espin Electric Bikes, located at 1447 4th Street, Ste B.  Their Grand Opening will be August 16th-20th, open 11am-6pm. Espin Electric Bikes is committed to bringing accessibility, sustainability, and fun to your morning commute, weekend adventures, daily errands, and more! Our comfortable, easy-to-mount step-through frames ensure a smooth, safe ride no…

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Folk Art Gallery Retiring after 35 years!

From Sharon Christovich, the owner of Folk Art Gallery. “After 35 years in business in Marin County, the time has come to close our colorful storefront in San Rafael and move completely online to and to our new Instagram Shop @thefolkartgallery at the end of August 2022. As a special thank you to you, our longtime friends…

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First Federal Savings & Loan of San Rafael Has Moved!

First Federal Savings & Loan opened for business on Fourth Street in San Rafael nearly 60 years ago. In 1987, the First Federal headquarters moved to 1030 Third Street in San Rafael and our administrative functions remain there today. In July of 2022, we relocated the San Rafael branch to 998 Fourth Street. There are…

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Downtown San Rafael Garages Free on Weekends


Don't forget to tell your customers in person and through your social media and emails about the Free Parking on Saturdays and Sundays! FREE WEEKEND PARKING is in the A Street and C Street Garages, thanks to the Parking Department's pilot program. Let's keep it going by getting good participation! Win-Win.