Fairfax is located 17 miles north of San Francisco and neighbors San Rafael directly to the east. Its location is the gateway to West Marin for outdoor enthusiasts. Bicyclists and hikers make Fairfax their jumping point for exploring the miles of trails leading to Alpine, Lagunitas, Point Reyes, and Kent Lakes.
Fairfax's diverse business community offers a variety of unique and eclectic shops, restaurants, and cafés. The seasonal June to 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 gather to watch national and local acts perform at downtown’s popular restaurants and cafés. 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.
Fairfax residents feed into the Ross Valley School District which offers a desirable public school experience for young families.