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Celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month in Downtown San Rafael! Get ready for a month-long celebration of Pride, art, and discovery this June!
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Downtown News

San Rafael Leadership Institute Class Project – Utility Box “Art With a Purpose” – May Updates

Utility Box Painting Program returned to San Rafael this May! What: The San Rafael Leadership Institute Class of 2024 “Art with a Purpose” project promotes creating a healthy, sustainable, inclusive, and resilient community. Why: Install art on existing infrastructure, aiming to inspire residents, job seekers, and employers by promoting chamber values such as sustainability, inclusivity, and equitable opportunities.…

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GRANTS TO MEET THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE REUSABLE FOODWARE ORDINANCE

The Marin County Environmental Health Services (EHS) wants to help all cities and towns in Marin County to meet the requirements of the Reusable Foodware Ordinance (RFO). Enforcement began by EHS inspectors on November 10, 2023.  The EHS Technical Assistance Team is available to educate and award grants of $599 to help businesses transition to meet…

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SMART Offering Free rides to Seniors and Youth

SMART is offering free fare for youth and seniors. This new fare structure is a pilot program effective through June 30, 2025, which aims to increase use of public transit for these age groups, fostering environmental sustainability and enhancing mobility in the region. How it works Beginning April 1, 2024, youth (ages 0-18) and seniors (ages…

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Homelessness Updates in San Rafael

Stay up to date on all of the hard work the City of San Rafael’s Homelessness Department is working on to support our unhoused community. Subscribe to the Newsletter HERE. Newest update:  Marin County and the City of San Rafael have been awarded nearly $6 million by the California Interagency Council on Homelessness (Cal ICH)…

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See Click Fix – How to report an Issue in Downtown!

SeeClickFix is a 311 solution that empowers businesses to report issues, identify repair needs, share feedback, and ask questions of their local government leaders. For local governments, it powers efficient and transparent workflows, fostering accountability and trust. The result is collaborative experiences between governments and residents that co-create clean, safe, and happy communities. Categories that…

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San Rafael Leadership Institute Class Project – Utility Box “Art With a Purpose”

Utility Box Painting Program returns to San Rafael! What: The San Rafael Leadership Institute Class of 2024 “Art with a Purpose” project promotes creating a healthy, sustainable, inclusive, and resilient community. Why: Install art on existing infrastructure, aiming to inspire residents, job seekers, and employers by promoting chamber values such as sustainability, inclusivity, and equitable opportunities. Specifically, we…

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Celebrate Diversity Month – April

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, there will be a special presentation supporting Celebrate Diversity Month. Members of the City’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Committee are set to accept a proclamation and provide a brief overview of their work. This presentation will highlight the Committee’s efforts to foster an inclusive environment, promote equity, and…

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San Rafael Transit Center – Stay Updated

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District (Bridge District) has started a multi-year process to develop a new transit center for San Rafael. Several government agencies are partners with the Bridge District to identify a new transit center site and configuration that will provide for the current and future mobility needs of San Rafael…

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April Chamber Morning Program – Improv Marin

Date: April 2, 2024 Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM PDT 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 understanding of…

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Pacific Sun Best of Marin VOTE 2024

The Pacific Sun Best of Marin 2024 Readers Poll For over 60 years, the Pacific Sun has shone a spotlight on the best that Marin County as to offer. Now it’s time to turn to you, our loyal readers, to share what makes our region the finest place to live, work, and revel, through our…

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Downtown Business Events

REBOUND BOOKSTORE HOSTS ACTIVIST PHOTO EXHIBIT -“TAKE IT TO THE STREETS!”

Juxtaposed with the permanent display of original 1960’s rock posters at the Rebound Bookstore 1611 4th Street will be a powerful collection of political street images shot by two exciting photographers. Displayed will be historic photos from the 1960s’ by internationally published activist/ photographer William Haigwood and documentary images of current political activism in Marin…

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ART EXHIBITION:  The Marin Society of Artists presents “CRAZY FOR ART”

ART EXHIBITION:   The Marin Society of Artists presents “CRAZY FOR ART”, an adventurous exhibition of MSA member’s artwork.   An exciting reception is planned for Friday, April 12, 5pm to 8pm –   guest performers “Improv Marin” at 6pm, live music by “JT and Friends”, an award presentation, snacks and drinks.  We have 3 galleries filled with…

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ArtRageous: Burning Bubbles Bash, April 20

ArtRageous: Burning Bubbles Bash Saturday, April 20, 2024 • 7-10pm Join us for an evening of live music, delicious nosh, art exhibits, and festive libations at Art Works Downtown’s Burning Bubbles Bash! Get groovy with The Crooked Stuff and have an arty party time, while supporting our mission to provide an environment where visual arts thrive for…

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Dancing Under the Lights – A New Celebration and Pivot

February 29, 2024 BID Members   Dear BID Members, It is with great excitement that we introduce, Dancing Under The Lights (DUTL). The purpose of introducing Dancing Under The Lights is to showcase our next step from the former Dining Under The Lights. Dining Under The Lights was a very important part of bringing community…

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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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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.