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FeBREWary is Downtown San Rafael's official month-long celebration of local craft beer. Breweries, tap rooms, and pubs are in full swing, so head to your favorite Downtown San Rafael destination for some tasty treats!
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

Improv Royale on Saturday, Feb. 4th at 7pm

Improv we’re willing to bet on. This is improv plus poker. Come watch improvisers try to play their way to the final table, win and take all. Many of these performers are deep in debt. This is their chance to hit it big gambling with pretend money. $15 on Eventbrite, $20 at the door. Limited…

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Red Rooster Brick Oven – Soft Opening

Red Rooster is a couple-owned continental restaurant with Asian influences featuring a brick oven and open kitchen. With the support and guidance of Dario Da Rold, former restaurateur and 40-year resident of San Rafael, the restaurant is Italian-forward and approved. Located on the corner of 3rd Street and B Street, Red Rooster believes in putting…

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Open Mic Night at the Belrose – Every Thursday

It’s a new year, and that means new experiences! Despite a soggy and dreary start to the year, we all need the space to explore those resolutions. The Belrose Open Mic can offer you that space to show off your talents every Thursday night. All Ages and All Talents are welcome! Contact The Belrose with…

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Second and Fourth Street Intersection Improvements

Second Street/Fourth Street Intersection Project – 1/26/2023 Virtual Community Meeting The City of San Rafael invites you to attend a virtual community meeting on Thursday, January 26, 2023, at 7:00 PM (via Zoom) for the Second and Fourth Street Intersection Improvements project. City staff will be providing updates on the latest conceptual design and accepting…

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Inclusivity Project: Upcoming Workshops to support Black and African American Entrepreneurs

Our SBDC network has received funding from Wells Fargo to support Black and African American Entrepreneurs. They have brought on new team members to support these entrepreneurs and will be rolling out training programs as well as providing additional advising support. Below are some upcoming events to spread in the community and attached is a…

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B Street Two-Way Conversion Improvements Project

Virtual Community Meeting: B Street Two-Way Conversion Improvements Project Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at 6:00 PM The City of San Rafael invites you to attend a virtual community meeting on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at 6:00 PM (via Zoom) for the Phase II – B Street Two-Way Conversion Improvements project. City staff will be providing…

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Pink Owl & January’s Pac Sun Cover Story

Pacific Sun Weekly’s January 11th Cover Story featured a story about Pink Owl: Spreading Their Wings, From cancer to caffeine, Pink Owl thrives. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

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Marin Magazine “Pandemic Pivots” Article Highlights Downtown Local Yoga Businesses

Marin Magazine highlighted two Downtown San Rafael Business Owners in their recent story:  Pandemic Pivots: Local Business Owners on How They Adapted to Covid-19 Challenges. If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s to always expect the unexpected. For Marin businesses, the Covid-19 lockdown presented a remarkably difficult challenge. With yoga studios no…

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Welcoming New BID Board President, Terrance!

The BID is excited to welcome Terrance Thornton as its new President.  Terrance joined the BID’s board of directors in 2020 as a way to stay connected to Downtown and the community he serves while his business was closed during the pandemic.  Terrance is the owner of San Rafael Martial Arts, founded in 2011.  San…

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Meet Tom Harrison, Tireless Volunteer Tackling Litter & Graffiti in Downtown

Take a stroll in downtown San Rafael and you’re bound to spot volunteer Tom Harrison quietly tackling eyesores that many people walk right by: litter and graffiti. Tom has been volunteering with the City since 2015, and over the years he’s consistently helped with litter abatement in various neighborhoods. Last summer, he began a new…

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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.