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Our eclectic downtown is something to celebrate

Our non-profit works to revitalize the downtown corridor

The BID stands for beatification and advocating for members

Our Downtown is rich in history and tradition

The BID strives to build community

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Join us in ushering in the Year of the Dragon with this colorful celebration in Downtown San Rafael with our new "Dragon Hunt & Word Scramble Challenge"!
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Downtown News

New Art Exhibition at Art Works Downtown: Art of the African Diaspora February 9- March 8

Art of the African Diaspora February 9-March 8, 2024 February 9, 5-8pm: Reception and Art Walk March 8, 5-8pm: Reception and Art Walk Featuring the photography of Asual Aswad, Duane Conliffe, Jim Dennis, Zhané GayByrd Art of the African Diaspora is the longest running event of its kind in the Bay Area. For 26 years it has…

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Wabi Pottery Ladies night every Weds- starting this February!

Starting this February, Wabi Pottery Studio will be hosting weekly women’s wine Wednesdays! They welcome you to come after work, relax, enjoy a glass of wine and meet other creative local women! During this event you will learn how to use the wheel to make cups, bowls, plates or vases. All instruction, clay, and tools…

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Storytelling Marketing Through Video and Image Workshop, 2/28

Are your photos and videos working for you? Now more than ever, images and videos are key components to maximize your marketing efforts. Learn from an expert (Stephanie Koehler, Owner of SAKinterMedia) how to promote yourself through your visuals. Learn what it takes to create an image or video that has impact, draw and pull…

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AI Marketing Workshop, March 13th

This workshop by Stephanie Koehler, Owner of SAKinterMedia, will provide insights into how artificial intelligence is transforming the marketing landscape. Learn the benefits of leveraging AI for marketing, including content ideation, optimization, and personalization. Attendees will learn how to integrate machine learning with tools to save time and develop targeted campaigns. We’ll also cover some…

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Third Street Improvement Project – Completed!

On Friday, January 11th, the City of San Rafael celebrated the successful completion of the extensive 20-month Third Street Improvement Project, a collaborative effort involving utility companies, the City, and private projects. This $20.8 million project, which began construction in March 2022 and was funded in part by TAM’s Measures A and AA funds as…

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Downtown Streets Team

What a whirlwind it has been for Downtown Streets Team, Marin! In 2023, we expanded our housing case management and street outreach efforts substantially throughout various programming county-wide. Overall, 29 of our unhoused neighbors found a place to call home through our services and support this past year, receiving the dignity, care, and stable housing…

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BID Annual Report 2023 and 2024 Plan

The BID Annual Report for 2023 and Plan for 2024 was presented to the City Council in December – It highlighted the prior year’s activities of the BID and the projected activities for the next year.  The City Council approved the BID assessment for 2024. READ FULL REPORT HERE The BID is also looking for…

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2024 Business License Renewal

Business owners with active licenses expiring December 31st, 2023, are reminded that the deadline to renew their license is February 15th, 2024.  The City accepts cash, checks, money orders, and most major credit cards.  Licenses may be renewed online via credit card or through eCheck. If you have questions about business licenses, please contact the…

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Marin Magazine Article – Explore San Rafael

Exciting news! San Rafael takes the spotlight in the January issue of Marin Magazine, recognized as a standout destination.  Titled “Explore San Rafael” the article highlights the San Rafael Arts Honor we received by SMU Data Arts – which assesses communities’ vibrancy through a data-driven approach.  They  officially ranked San Rafael as the #4 most…

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Big Stars Visit Downtown San Rafael

Over the past few weeks, the California Film Institute has turned Downtown San Rafael into a cinematic playground, orchestrating a blockbuster extravaganza that brought the biggest movie stars right to our doorstep! Thanks to the CA Film Institute’s commitment to film excellence, audiences have had the rare opportunity to witness Hollywood’s elite on the red…

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Downtown Business Events

New Art Exhibition at Art Works Downtown: Art of the African Diaspora February 9- March 8

Art of the African Diaspora February 9-March 8, 2024 February 9, 5-8pm: Reception and Art Walk March 8, 5-8pm: Reception and Art Walk Featuring the photography of Asual Aswad, Duane Conliffe, Jim Dennis, Zhané GayByrd Art of the African Diaspora is the longest running event of its kind in the Bay Area. For 26 years it has…

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San Rafael Fire Foundation Crab Feed, Saturday January 13, 2024

San Rafael Fire Foundation Resumes Crab Feed  Crab Feed & Silent Auction Saturday, January 13, 2024 5:00 P.M. B Street Community Center 618 B St. San Rafael, CA 94901 Some great items will be available in the silent auction – great holiday gifts Gift certificates AND much more Live music with Dry Creek Station https://www.drycreekstation.com/ BUY TICKETS…

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Ranch Water Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting, January 23

Name: Ranch Water Ribbon Cutting Date: January 23, 2024 Time: 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST Location: 711 Fourth Street, San Rafael Join us as we celebrate the welcoming Ranch Water, a vibrant new tequila bar in the heart of Downtown San Rafael.  Indulge in their signature cocktails, as we officially cut the ribbon to mark the beginning of this…

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Groundfloor Community Market, Saturday December 16, 2023

Tis the season! Groundfloor San Rafael is hosting its first ever community market featuring Bay Area vendors! Come bring your friends and family for an afternoon of supporting local businesses! Come wrap your gifts at our gift wrapping station, enjoy our hot chocolate station (and a warm alcoholic bev for the adults), and eat some…

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San Rafael Fire Foundation Crab Feed, Saturday December 9, 2023

San Rafael Fire Foundation Resumes Crab Feed  Crab Feed & Silent Auction Saturday, December 9, 2023 5:00 P.M. B Street Community Center 618 B St. San Rafael, CA 94901 Some great items will be available in the silent auction – great holiday gifts Gift certificates AND much more Live music with Dry Creek Station https://www.drycreekstation.com/ BUY TICKETS…

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Art School SF Bay Art Workshop – Jan 2-5, 2024

World of Illustration (Jan 2-5, 9am-3:30pm): https://www.artschoolsfbay.com/camps/world-of-illustration artschoolsf World of Illustration Master art fundamentals and learn to compose an image that tells a compelling tale. (2 MB) Art School of SF Bay 1510 Fourth Street, San Rafael Artschoolsfbay.com/san-rafael sr@artschoolsfbay.com This camp will not only teach you technical skills that will help you improve your art but you…

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Bogie’s Too – San Rafael High School Drama Department Fundraiser – Nov. 11

Get your palate ready to enjoy a little decadence when you pair a delicious chef curated multi-course dinner from Bogie’s Too with premium spirits from established local distillery St George Spirits. Add a Spirits Expert & top consultant in the distilled spirits world to the mix, ready to impart his knowledge on the joys of…

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Tam Commons 1 Year Anniversary Celebration – Nov. 8

When:  Wednesday, November 8, 2023 Time:  5 – 6:30 pm Where:  Tam Commons, 1300 Fourth Street San Rafael Enjoy networking with other members in a relaxed setting, sample great food & drink and help Tam Commons celebrate their fi rst year in business! VISIT WEBSITE

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Chamber Morning Program – November 7

Date: November 7, 2023 Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM PST Event Description: Come to the Chamber AM program each month to network, listen and learn.  At this face-to-face networking meeting, you can grow your contact list, hear how existing members have utilized benefits for positive outcomes and learn something new about our community so you gain a better…

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AGLOW – Youth In Arts Fundraiser Results

AGLOW helped San Rafael students SHINE! Youth in Arts hosted their community-focused fundraiser on September 21; 5-9pm in downtown San Rafael. They rallied to raise nearly $40,000, to bolster creativity for the 3,100 TK-5th Grade students Youth in Arts serves in visual and performing arts education programs in San Rafael City Schools. The evening began…

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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.