Notice of Postponement & Date Change

Novato’s City Birthday Party Postponed

Out of an abundance of common sense, the annual Novato City Birthday Party – previously known as the Paint the Town Red gala – has been postponed by its organizing committee because of the concerns about the COVID-19 omicron variant.

The gathering originally set for January 22 at the stunning new Bill & Adele Jonas Center on College of Marin’s Indian Valley Campus has a new date: June 3.

“The most important element of any gathering is always the safety of guests, vendors and volunteers,” said Erin Lacey, the event’s coordinator. “Given the rapid rate of spread of the new Omicron variant, it is not the right moment to come together with our community for this celebration. We are hopeful that the postponement of Novato’s Birthday Party to late spring will provide a safer environment.” 

The Paint the Town Red Committee decided that all COVID-19 pandemic precautions will continue to be required for the June 3 gathering and all tickets already purchased will be honored. Everyone – guests, honorees, volunteers, vendors, food servers – will be asked to show proof of vaccination, and the prevailing recommendations from Marin County Public Health will be followed.

The birthday party will feature complimentary champagne upon arrival and an elegant, seated, family-style meal with delicious offerings from local restaurants, wineries, and breweries. It will include the announcements of the 2021 Novato Citizen of the Year (the winner’s identity is a secret until that night), Employees of the Year from our Novato Police Department and Novato Fire Protection District, and Businesses of the Year selected by the Novato Chamber.            

Seating at the Jonas Center will be available for 215 people, and guests will join in the cutting of the city’s birthday cake and dance to music provided by a DJ.

Tickets remain on sale at $100 per person by going to Ticket Sale. The committee is open to additional sponsorships and food/drink vendors; learn more on the Sponsorship page.