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This smaller version of the traditional Parade of Lights & Winter Wonderland will be on Shop Small Saturday with a lighted Classic Car Parade. This event will also be in a new location, on 4th Street from Lincoln to Lootens.
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Downtown News

Grand Opening & Welcome Sweetly Cali Desserts!

We’d like to welcome Sweetly Cali Desserts to our Downtown District! Sweetly Cali is a woman-owned start-up dessert company and plans to have a long-term presence in the Bay Area market.   They focus on simplicity, good quality ingredients, and flavors while providing healthy alternative desserts for everyone to enjoy.  They provide catering and you can…

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Parking Meter Citation Rate Increase

The City of San Rafael Parking Services is proposing that several citation rates be raised as part of the master fee schedule update. Citations for expired meters, red zones, abandoned vehicles and several others are recommended for increase.  The current expired meter is $35, and a possible increase discussed would be $40. Other cities in…

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San Rafael Economic Development Strategic Plan – Business Survey

The City of San Rafael has embarked on a collaboration for an Economic Development Strategic Plan.  Economic Recovery is the Council’s #1 priority and the City is interested in hearing from you, the business community, about what you think are the most important issues. The survey on the following pages provides local businesses an opportunity…

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Comedy Show at Thai Food Express on November 9th

Come down to Thai Food Express, 857 Fourth Street, on Wednesday, November 9th for a night of laughs!  The FREE comedy show starts at 7 pm and will Mean Dave will be the headliner.  Comedians Nina G & Alexia will also make you laugh the night away!  See you there! Visit the website for more…

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Wellness Event at Metta Yoga on November 10th

The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Health and Wellness Resource Group invites you to join a Free Wellness Event! Come and enjoy an hour of functional movement with F45, yoga with Metta Yoga and meditation with Dr Linda Berry, followed by an open hour of socializing and getting to know each other. The class will…

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1st Saturday of the Month Herbal Pop Up Events at Gathering Thyme

HERBAL POP-UP LOCATION:  Our herb store at 1332 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901 from 11-4pm Come check out our local artisans and healers, sip herbal tea and browse our curated selection of goods.  Enter our raffle to win an assortment of our custom-blended teas and a beautiful glass teapot along with our new recycled…

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2022 Slurry Seal Project In Downtown San Rafael

The Department of Public Works is planning a slurry seal project from Sunday, October 9th to Sunday, October 16th.  Affected roads will be closed between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Parking will not be possible on the treatment day, but one-way traffic will be accommodated on most roads. These phases will focus on the Canal…

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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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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.