Designated as a mission in 1822, San Rafael was incorporated in 1874.
With a mix of architectural gems, a historic art deco theater, a Shakespeare company, an art center and a Spanish mission, you'll find plenty of ways to get cultured, even without a dress code. [†]
San Rafael is one of California's premier state-designated arts and culture districts. San Rafael joins 13 other districts in a program highlighting the State's unique artistic and cultural communities within California, home to the country's leading creative economy.
The designated Downtown San Rafael Arts District is located along the spine of Fourth Street in San Rafael. The arts district provides a unique place to create and appreciate arts and culture — San Rafael arts partners provide programming for people to come together, make connections, and get involved in the larger community.
† www.cityofsanrafael.org, accessed May, 2021.