Downtown is small enough, only a few blocks, that you can easily walk end-to-end.
If you're a bicycling enthusiast, Fairfax is a gateway to a lot of really great road and off-road biking. From the famed "Repack" mountain bike trail to the single-track at Camp Tamarancho, to the wide-shouldered roads of West Marin County, Fairfax makes a great starting or ending point for two wheeled exercise.
Fairfax is a town with a population of only a little over 7400 people, but it has three venues that have live music seven nights a week, and several others that have live music slightly less often. Some of the groups you'll see perform here are up-and-comers that you'll recognize later on the radio, others are older more seasoned bands that performers you've heard of come to listen to.
During the daytime the mountain biking, road biking and hiking are all spectacular. If you get tired out in the woods and trails around the town, sitting and chatting at Fairfax Coffee Roasters or the Fairfix Cafe makes a reasonable interlude. Many residents and their children enjoy training aikido at one of the West Coasts oldest dojos, Aikido of Marin.
At night the live music or the theater, which plays both first run movies and the occasional art-house flick, are open.
MINE gallery, 1820 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. (Sir Francis Drake across from the movie theater), ☎ 415-755-4472, . w-f 11am - 6pm/sun. 12pm - 4pm. MINE Gallery specializes in local contemporary fine art, sculpture, works on paper and artisan crafted jewelry. MINE is committed to presenting new and exciting works to Marin County, San Francisco Bay Area and features an array of outstanding established, emerging and mid career artists.
Fairfax has an active business district, with several bicycle shops, a book store, a music store, and various other clothing and esoterica vendors. On Wednesday nights in season it also has a farmer's market in the park off Bolinas Avenue.
Fairfax Scoop organic ice cream with flavors like vanilla honey lavender.
Fairfix Cafe Mediterranean
Cafe Sorella Italian
Iron Springs Pub Brewery, bar, and grill
Barefoot Cafe Brunch
Also to be found are Thai, Chinese, cafes, and others.
During prohibition, Fairfax was the last town on the commuter rail from San Francisco, and the closest town to Bolinas out on the coast, and the tradition of liquour and nightlife still survives. Fairfax is home to a brew pub and several bars with lots of live music.
19 Broadway Full bar with tiki lounge, lots of hard rock (although on some Sunday afternoons Dori & Dave have an open mic with lots of hip jazz favorites).
The Sleeping Lady Full service restaurant with live music every night. Irish Folk music every Sunday.
Peri's Live music, often ends up being a little more country.
Nave's Occasional live music
The only hotel is the Fairfax Inn behind 19 Broadway. A little pricey, but comfortable and equipped with a jacuzzi in each room.
On foot or on a wide-tired bicycle, start at Deer Park or the bottom of Cascade Canyon, and go up.