This town of 7500 residents that sits just north of Mt Tam is 30 minutes from San Francisco and 17 miles from Pt Reyes. With a distinctive 60s counter-culture, where the Jefferson Airplane once played softball with the Grateful Dead. If Fairfax feels like it is living in a time warp, that's just fine with its residents, who have passed ordinances prohibiting chain stores, plastic bags, and Styrofoam takeout food packaging. The art deco movie theater on Broadway and nightclub 19 Broadway, which features live music, are at the center of the action when it comes to nightlife in Fairfax.
The neighborhood climbs the surrounding hills and is located in the valleys of San Anselmo Creek and its offshoot Fairfax Creek. The Mount Tamalpais Protected Watershed is its southern border.