“Dining Under the Lights” in Downtown San Rafael
Many outdoor dining areas remain open so please continue to support local!
Several restaurants cafes, breweries and bars are also serving meals outside on their sunny sidewalks or street 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!”
Now more than ever, our local businesses need you. Keep your spending dollars here, to support our community!
The Dining Under the Lights program is on hiatus but will return in March 2021, weather permitting.
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!”
2021: It will run every Thursday and Friday night. 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.
Families and friends are invited to dine outdoors in the spaces set up by restaurants, cafes, bars and breweries continuing to serve. 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.
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.
Many families enjoyed a safe way to dress in costume and enjoy the full moon and live music on Fri Oct. 30. DINING UNDER THE LIGHTS has been extended through Nov. 20th and takes place every Th & Fri, 5-9 PM weather permitting. 40+ participating restaurants. Please stay safe! Wash hands, wear a mask and maintain social…Read More
Thursdays & Fridays 5–9 pm through November 20th. The Dining Under the Lights program has now been extended through Friday, November 20th! It will run every Thursday and Friday night, weather permitting. We were able to expand it because of the overwhelming support of the local community in maintaining safe distances and wearing masks,…Read More
Downtown Lighting 2020 Checkout our bright new permanent light installation Downtown. Fun facts: The Fourth Street corridor contains more than a mile of light at about 5,400+/- linear feet and the lights are 2 feet apart so there are more than 2,700 lights! The twinkle tree lights served us well for many years. They were…Read More
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…Read More
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: 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
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.