The progressive, environmentally conscious community of Fairfax is located three miles from San Rafael in central Marin County. Its large "green" political based community is a haven for hiking and biking with its abundance of open space and natural preserve. Home to many artists and musicians, its Mediterranean climate and forested hills attract beauty and nature lovers from all over. In order to retain its small town character, there are no chain stores in Fairfax and they embrace a "no Styrofoam or plastic bags" policy as a way of keeping the community clean and alluring. The historic Art Deco era theater is the focal point of downtown Fairfax, which includes restaurants, nightclubs and unique and eclectic shops. Fairfax is a town of tie-dyed shirts, organic eateries, and forward-thinking residents, making it a youthful, colorful experience for all who visit.