Sparkle & Cheer Friday, Dec. 10th from 5-8 PM

See sparkly holiday window displays and live music!!

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Downtown San Rafael Sparkle and Cheer 
Friday, Dec. 10th from 5-8 PM
     Bring family and friends to share in the cheer, lights, holiday promotions, and community vibe. Enjoy strolling Downtown 4th Street to the West End Village. Take in the holiday lights and vote for your favorite sparkly window displays by purchasing raffle tickets at participating businesses. You’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a gift donated by our SR Downtown businesses!
     There will also be live music and lots of art exhibits at the 2nd Friday Art Walk as you stroll and shop in Downtown San Rafael and the West End Village.
     FREE 3 hours of holiday parking in City garages and lots!
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Dining Under The Lights will be back next Summer!

The Dining Under the Lights program will be back in Summer 2022.

Fourth Street and B Street will be closed to traffic for alfresco on-street dining on Thursdays & Fridays from 5–9 PM under the glimmering overhead Tivoli lights.

Look for restaurants and bars on the side streets as well that are participating. (Lincoln Ave.,A, B & C Streets) Check for the status to see if it is going here on this page. It would only cancel due to severe weather.

Meanwhile....many restaurants and bars are now serving daily meals inside and/or outside on their sunny sidewalks or patios during their usual business hours as well as offering take-out and delivery. Please check with your favorite restaurant for hours and reservation requirements. “Know before you go!

Thanks to the overwhelming support of the local community in maintaining safe distances and sanitizing. Please remember to follow current CDC guidelines.

The San Rafael Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) spearheaded the overhead lights and on-street dining programs, partnering with the City of San Rafael and the SRPD.

Marin residents and business owners are encouraged to enjoy our amazing and resilient restaurants often, but especially on Thursday & Friday nights. There is ofter live music and dancing up and down the street!

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Sparkle & Cheer 2021

Sparkle & Cheer Vote for your favorite sparkly holiday window display and win awesome prizes! Downtown San Rafael businesses will be providing free hot cocoa or apple cider while shoppers enjoy discounts, deals and demos on Friday, Dec. 10th from 5-8 PM.  There will also be live music and lots of art exhibits at the 2nd Friday Art Walk as…

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Other Downtown San Rafael Events

Photos from Downtown Clean & Green / Shop Local for Earth Day

April 22, 2021 from 10:00am - 12:00pm

Downtown San Rafael Summer Farmer's Market  returning Thursday May 6th, 2021

NEW LOCATION: B to D Street on 4th 


Come support local farmers and continue our 30+ year tradition of welcoming the Farmer's Market to Downtown. They will be adding to the Thursday night fun of Dining Under The Lights. The new location will be on Fourth Street between B and D Streets.

Classic Car Cruise Night Saturday, August 28th at 6 PM in Downtown San Rafael on 4th Street.

Come view the Saturday night Rock & Rollin' Car Cruise and grab a bite while you're Downtown to support local!

The cruise replaces May Madness again this year brought to you by the Downtown BID (Business Improvement District.)

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2021 Virtual Art Walk dates: 4/9, 5/14, 6/11

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 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.