Fairfax is a groovy little town where time virtually stopped in the late 1960s. Fairfax gives Berkeley a run for its money as being the Bay Area’s most liberal municipal enclave. Tie-dyed shirts, organic vegetarian restaurants and a retail outlet selling biodiesel fuel made of vegetable oil, help to make Fairfax the most progressive city in Marin.
Fairfax is the gateway to West Marin for outdoor enthusiasts. Bicyclists and hikers make Fairfax their “jumping off” point for exploring the miles of trails leading to Alpine, Lagunitas, and Kent lakes.
Fairfax’s diverse business community offers a variety of unique and eclectic shops, restaurants, cafes and nightclubs. The seasonal (June-Sept.) Farmer’s Market is held each Wednesday evening in the Fairfax Theatre parking lot and is a gathering place for the entire community.
Downtown Fairfax boasts a vibrant music scene. Evenings are full of music and families strolling through the town. Music fans jam in to watch national and local acts perform at downtown’s popular clubs and cafes. The annual Music in the Park series features jazz, swing, brass bands, bagpipers and Irish folk songs.
The biggest weekend of the year is centered around the annual Fairfax Festival held each June. The downtown area is closed off to make way for thousands of people who come for an “only-in-Fairfax” parade, food, drink and live music.
In 2002 Fairfax was the first city in the county to take issue with the USA Patriot Act, citing civil liberties.