UPDATE, 12:20 p.m.: Well, that went about as you’d expect! Less than three hours after the Sara Bareilles concert announcement was made, Eureka Mayor Susan Seaman has confirmed to LoCO that all of the roughly 11,000 free tickets to next month’s show have been claimed. We’d like to think we played a part, but more likely Sara video-promoting the show on her social media did the job. 

Anyway, way to spot a deal, Humboldt. See you at Halvorsen Park!

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Sara! | Photo: Justin Higuchi, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Original Post: It is not often that LoCO gets to bring you happy-making news of this magnitude, but after some lengthy negotiations between city officials and a certain beloved hometown hero, we can now confirm that Sara Bareilles will be playing a concert in Eureka’s Halvorsen Park on Sunday, Oct. 16. 

Oh, by the way, those wishing to attend will need to secure tickets, but said tickets are free. This is happening, people!

More details can be found in the City of Eureka release below:

The internationally-acclaimed musician, actor, and writer Sara Bareilles is returning home to perform a special community concert on Sunday, October 16, at Halvorsen Park on the Eureka waterfront. Live music is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m., and opening acts will include local performers hand-selected by Bareilles.

“I am so lucky to be able to come home and share music and appreciation for the community that raised me.” says Bareilles. “It has been such a long time since I have been able to do a show for my hometown, and this year felt like a good year to make an effort to spread some joy. The roots of my music and my artistry come from Humboldt County, and I am who I am because of where I’m from. I hope to simply bring some music and gratitude to the community to say thank you for being my home.”

Eureka Mayor Susan Seaman adds, “This is an exciting opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate our shared love of this city and all of the wonderful art, culture, and craftsmanship it inspires. We are so proud of Sara’s nationally acclaimed success and her continued support of the arts and the many wonderful non-profit organizations in our community.”

“This concert is a big deal,” City Manager Miles Slattery said. “We are all especially excited that Sara is sharing this performance with us in a way that will allow everyone in our community to participate. Personally, I am really looking forward to spending the day enjoying the park and the waterfront with my friends, family, and neighbors.”

Although entry will be free, tickets will be required and can be reserved in advance at visiteureka.com/sbconcert. Up to six tickets may be reserved at a time and an individual ticket will be needed for each attendee regardless of age. Ticket reservations will be closed when venue capacity is reached.

Concert goers are invited to bring picnic baskets or small soft-sided coolers, folding chairs, and blankets. On-site food trucks and beverage vendors will also offer refreshments for purchase, and all vendors will be donating a portion of their proceeds to local non-profit organizations.

A free city shuttle will help bring attendees to the event from several designated special event parking locations across the city.
More information is available at visiteureka.com/SBConcert.


Sara Bareilles’ performances on the world’s largest concert stages, as well as on Broadway and television have made her internationally acclaimed, but her success remains a significant point of pride for Humboldt County. Many consider her to be Eureka’s favorite daughter.

Bareilles burst onto the national music scene in 2007 with her single “Love Song,” which spent 41 weeks on the Billboard top 100 chart, 19 weeks in the top ten. Other hits and millions of album sales followed, but perhaps more importantly, other doors were opened for Bareilles to broaden her reach. In 2015 she wrote the lyrics, composed the music, and later starred in the hit show Waitress on Broadway, for which she received a Tony nomination. More recently she stars as Dawn Solano in the ongoing TV series, Girls5eva, and in 2022 played the Baker’s Wife in the critically acclaimed run of Sondheim’s Into The Woods on Broadway.

But Bareilles’ impact locally extends well beyond her accomplishments in entertainment. Her philanthropic legacy has helped fund a variety of youth-empowerment programs in Humboldt County and beyond, and she consistently acknowledges the positive impact that growing up on California’s North Coast has had on her success.

As the county seat of world-famous Humboldt County, California, the city of Eureka (Pop. 27k) is the heart of the U.S. Redwood Coast. Eureka is the market and cultural center of a beautiful region filled with iconic redwoods – the world’s tallest trees – and stunningly beautiful, rugged, and remote ocean landscapes. Eureka is the largest coastal city between San Francisco and Portland and a frequent stopover point for road trippers exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Culturally protected by the ‘redwood curtain,’ the city is most famous for its unique Victorian architecture, one-of-a-kind shops and artisanal businesses, and its rich, authentic history. Learn more at visiteureka.com.