“Dining Under the Lights” in Downtown San Rafael

Thursdays & Fridays 5–9 pm June -Oct 

See you soon! DUTL will be held on these Thursdays & Fridays unless we note otherwise here.

Sept. 24, 25, Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30

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The Dining Under the Lights program has now expanded to Friday nights! It will run every Thursday and Friday night, from now to the end of October. We were able to expand it because of the overwhelming support of the local community in maintaining safe distances and wearing masks, except while eating.

Fourth Street will be closed to traffic for alfresco on-street dining on Thursdays & Fridays from 5–9 pm. Making the best of social distancing, restauranteurs arrange tables on the street for a romantic European feel under the glimmering new overhead Tivoli lights.

Several restaurants and bars are also serving daily meals outside on their sunny sidewalks or patios during their usual business hours and many are still offering take out and delivery. Please check with your favorite restaurant for hours and reservation requirements. “Know before you go!”

The San Rafael Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) spearheaded the overhead lights and on-street dining programs, with great planning and fast action from many departments of the City of San Rafael. We are extremely grateful for their monumental support. Thank you to the SRPD as well.

Marin residents and business owners are encouraged to enjoy our amazing and resilient restaurants often, but especially on Thursday & Friday nights.

PLEASE: Wear masks.   •   Keep 6' social distance.   •   Keep hands sanitized.   •   Alcohol must stay in serving area.

Many restaurants are offering first come, first served seating. Some restaurants are taking reservations, please check with your favorites.

Downtown San Rafael Bike Racks

We recently installed more bike racks throughout downtown San Rafael. Before you head out or when you get to downtown, use this map of bike racks to find a place to lock your wheels up!

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Dine Under the Lights in Downtown San Rafael

Thursdays & Fridays 5–9 pm June -Oct   The Dining Under the Lights program has now expanded to Friday nights! It will run every Thursday and Friday night, from now to the end of October. We were able to expand it because of the overwhelming support of the local community in maintaining safe distances and…

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Overhead Criss Cross Tivoli Lights Coming to 4th Street

Debut lighting on June 25th On Thursday, June 25th, Mayor Phillips will “flip the switch” to give our local community the first look at our bright new permanent light installation Downtown. The twinkle lights on the trees served us well for many years, and now this modern upgrade will make Downtown sparkle again. The overhead…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Salon B

886 4th Street, San Rafael

Owners: Bishlam and Amy Bullock

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To not run my business all the time. It’s hard to take my hands off the wheel sometimes, and let it evolve the way it wants to. The business will tell you what it needs…

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2020 BID Event Dates

  • CANCELLED: Mixer/Annual Meeting: Thursday, October 8, 5:30-7pm
  • CANCELLED: Trick or Treat on 4th Street: Saturday, October 24, 1-3pm
  • CANCELLED: West End Village Celebration: Sunday, November 8, 11am-7pm
  • Shop Local San Rafael: Saturday, November 28, 10am-5pm

Other Downtown San Rafael Events

2020 Art Walk dates: 7/10, 8/14, 9/11, 10/9, 11/13, 12/11

Enjoy galleries, open studios, art exhibits, live music and refreshments as you stroll in downtown San Rafael. Anchored by Art Works Downtown galleries and artist studios, the 2nd Friday Art Walk links venues along downtown Fourth Street the second Friday of each month. 

Downtown San Rafael Summer Market is postponed until 2021. See you next year!

 

Meanwhile, every Thursday night this Summer beginning on June 25th, Downtown San Rafael restaurants and bars will be participating in "Dining Under the Lights" an alfresco on-street dining experience under the overhead Tivoli lights.

Downtown San Rafael Garages Free on Weekends

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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.