2020 BID Event Dates

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

Postponed: Clean & Green Day 2020

The date for the next Downtown  San Rafael  Clean and Green Day is TBD 9:00am to Noon Volunteers will pick up litter, sweep, and clean parking meters on 4th Street and corners from the SMART tracks to the Pond Farm Brewing Co.  The Business Improvement District (BID) and San Rafael Clean Coalition are hosting this event.  BID will have booths at two…

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POSTPONED: May Madness Car Show and Parade

The 32st Annual Greg Borrelli May Madness, the longest running Car Show and Parade in Northern California was scheduled for Saturday, May 9, from Noon-6 PM in Downtown San Rafael this year. It will be held later in the year, and if you have already registered, your registration will still be valid for the new…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Friends Books

How long has the bookstore existed? We’re going into our 12th year. The same group of people who work at the store now were the ones who started out years ago, doing sales on the library lawn and in the library meeting room. What is the purpose of the store? We support library programs. After…

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Overhead Criss Cross Tivoli Lights Coming to 4th Street

Our West End pilot lighting project was a resounding success. The BID has continuously championed these overhead lights and are very excited to announce that they will now extend all the way east down Fourth Street to the Smart Station, updating the look, brightness and vibrancy of our Downtown. Watch for the installation to begin soon…

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Shop San Rafael Proclamation

Thanks to the San Rafael City Council for this recognition given in November 2019. City of San Rafael Proclamation supporting Shop San Rafael WHEREAS, Local businesses are the City’s economic engines that make up an essential part of the economic health of the City of San Rafael, and contributes to a vibrant and active street…

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Meet Your Neighbor: Salon B

886 4th Street, San Rafael

Owners: Bishlam and Amy Bullock

What’s the hardest lesson you learned in starting a business?

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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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

The farmers market in Downtown San Rafael is a longstanding tradition of almost 30 years which we are happy to continue! The new Summer Market by the Agricultural Institute of Marin, AIM, will feature an exciting mix of new and returning farmers and purveyors. You’ll discover and connect with farmers selling a bounty of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. Enjoy music, crafts, education, and children’s activities, and most of all – connect with your friends and neighbors Downtown!

Stay, shop, dine and enjoy the local businesses in Downtown!

Downtown San Rafael Garages Free on Weekends

Free-Parking-Map

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.

Past Events & Downtown News

alterTheater presents Ghosts of Bogotá by Diana Burbano

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Our BID MVP!

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2019 Shop Local Saturday • November 30

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2019 Annual Meeting/Report

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Trick or Treat on 4th Street: Saturday, October 26 • 1–3pm

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West End Village Celebration: Sunday, November 3, 2019 • 11–7

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Meet Your Neighbors: Rebound Bookstore

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Member Mixer Thursday, June 27 at Bogie’s Too from 5:30-7:30pm

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The 1st Annual Downtown San Rafael Hops and Vines Stroll

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Summer Sidewalk Sale – Sat. August 24, 11am-5pm

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Annual Member Meeting/BID Mixer Thursday, September 26 from 5:30-7:30 pm at Istanbul Rug

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Panel Q&A / Beautification Report

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BID Mixer on Thursday, February 28 from 5:30-7:30pm at T&B Sports

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Spring Sidewalk Sale – Sat. April 13, 11am-5pm

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West End Pilot Lighting Project

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Dressing Up Empty Store Windows

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Shop Small / Shop Local

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Parade of Lights • Friday, November 23rd

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Summer Sidewalk Sale – Saturday, August 18, 10am-6pm

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Shop Small / Shop Local Saturday, November 24 • 10–6

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BID Mixer and Annual Membership Meeting Nov. 1

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 30+ BID Members joined the fun at Iron Springs Mixer 6/20

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Parking Director speaking at Iron Springs Mixer – June 20th 5:30

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May Madness 30th Annual Classic Car Show and Parade

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Downtown’s 4th Street Bank of Marin to Host Chamber of Commerce Mixer

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