(VIDEO) The Best of Humboldt Fair Starts Today and There are Sharks

Maybe you still haven’t reprogrammed your brain to not refer to it as the “Redwood Acres Fair” — it’s still difficult for us, every year — but try not to let that stand in the way of getting your Americana on for the next four days when the Best of Humboldt Fair brings you the “best” of local food, performers, arts and crafts. And yes, there will be tangles of curly fries as big as your head which good etiquette requires you to consume before you get on the Zipper. No cheating.

In addition to all the local goodness, returning spectacles include Nature Joe’s Animal Exhibit, magician Steve the Pretty Good and The Pirate Parrot Show. New this year: Can’t make it to Sea World this summer? You may have a similar reaction to watching some sharks in a small, mobile glass tank — right here in Eureka! — during the Haai Live Shark Encounter. Here’s what that looks like: 

All right! The Best of Humboldt Fair Gates open at 11 a.m., Thursday through Sunday. Head on over to Redwood Acres Fairgrounds’ website for a complete entertainment rundown. More Thursday whee in your Lowdown listings below. —AG

Events

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Best of Humboldt Fair
Redwood Acres Fairgrounds / 10 a.m.-11 p.m. / $12 / $5 seniors and youth
Formerly the “Redwood Acres Fair.” Rides, food, games, shows and spectacle.
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The State of Jefferson Picnic
Dell’Arte / 8-10 p.m. / $18 / $10 kids / $15 students and seniors
This is a story that queries: how do we as citizens live well alone and together? And how is that shaped by place? State of Jefferson is a political farce with music and song – and laughs!
668-5663 / roman@dellarte.com / Web site / View Comments

Passport to Dance and Musical Theatre
North Coast Dance / 8-5 a.m. / $110 / $215 ages 8-13
For children ages 5-13!
442-7779 / northcoastdance@sbcglobal.net / Web site / View Comments

Camp Perigot
Blue Lake Roller Rink / 9 a.m.-4 p.m. / Free
Something for the kids to do.
668-5932 / parks-rec@bluelake.ca.gov / Web site / View Comments

Maker Fun Factory VBS
Faith Center Foursquare Church / 9 a.m.-noon / Free
“Send your kids on an imaginative, impacting adventure! At Maker Fun Factory VBS, kids discover not only that God made them the way they are, but for a purpose too.”
442-1784 / mlemen@eurekafaithcenter.org / Web site / View Comments

Drop-In Activities For All
Arcata Community Center / 9 a.m.-10 p.m. / $3 / $20 punch card
Choose from: Badminton, Basketball, Community Song Circle, Hula Dance, Pickle Ball, Samba Drumming and more.
822-7091 / rec@cityofarcata.org / Web site / View Comments

Henderson Center Eureka Farmers’ Market
Henderson Center / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. / Free
Celebrate the bounty of Humboldt County’s rich agricultural heritage and experience everything that our local family farmers and food producers have brought to share at our weekday farmers’ markets!
441-9999 / info@humfarm.org / Web site / View Comments

Free Pizza Lunch
Eureka High School / noon-1 p.m. / Free
There will be freshly made cheese and pepperoni pizza prepared on-site.
441-2501 / ledickinsong@eurekacityschools.org / View Comments

McKinleyville Farmers’ Market
Eureka Natural Foods-McKinleyville / 3:30-6:30 p.m. / Free
Celebrate the bounty of Humboldt County’s rich agricultural heritage and experience everything that our local family farmers and food producers have brought to share at our weekday farmers’ markets!
441-9999 / info@humfarm.org / Web site / View Comments

Willow Creek Farmers’ Market
See Event Description / 5-8 p.m. / Free
Celebrate the bounty of Humboldt County’s rich agricultural heritage and experience everything that our local family farmers and food producers have brought to share at our weekday farmers’ markets!
441-9999 / info@humfarm.org / Web site / View Comments

Food as a Business
Prosperity Center / 5:30-6:30 p.m.
North Coast Small Business Development Center and Humboldt Made are partnering to provide a special program for food-based businesses in Humboldt County.
445-9720 / flights@northcoastsbdc.org / Web site / View Comments

Relaxation and Birth Visualization
Om Shala Yoga / 5:40-6:55 p.m.
825-9642 / info@omshalayoga.com / Web site / View Comments

Game Night
Lost Coast Brewery Taproom / 6-9 p.m. / Free
Lost Coast Brewery Tap Room now features Game Night every Thursday night from 6 to 9 pm! Bring your board games, bring your card games, and be thirsty!
267-9651 / store@lostcoast.com / Web site / View Comments

Blase Bonpane & The Stellar Jays
Mad River Brewery Tasting Room / 6-8:30 p.m. / Free
668-4151 / music@madriverbrewing.com / Web site / View Comments

Open Mic with Mike Anderson
Old Town Coffee And Chocolates (Old Town) / 6:30-8:30 p.m. / Free
Usually some singer/guitarists, a couple spoken word guys and then that one wildcard oddity that makes you go “hmm.”
445-8600 / OldTownCoffeeEureka@yahoo.com / Web site / View Comments

Mad River Tap Takeover
Vista Del Mar / 7 p.m. / 21+
Meet the people who brew the beer.
443-3770 / vistadelmarbar@gmail.com / View Comments

Open Mic
Blondies Food and Drink / 7 p.m.
Perform yer stuff. Make some chums.
822-3453 / Web site / View Comments

Karaoke w/ KJ Leonard
Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 8 p.m.
When selecting your song, please keep in mind your audience would like to dance.
668-9770 / Web site / View Comments

Open Mic Night
Central Station / 9 p.m. / Free / 21+
Be the next Mack Idol.
839-2013 / View Comments

Opera Alley Cats
Six Rivers Brewery / 9 p.m.-midnight / Free / 21+
Some of Humboldt County’s finest jazz musicians.
839-7580 / musicbooking@sixriversbrewery.com / Web site / View Comments

Karaoke EVERY Thursday
Bear River Casino Resort / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+
733-9644 / Web site / View Comments

Karaoke and Lip Sync Night
The Fuzion / 9 p.m.-midnight / $8 / $12 Non-Members
“The only weekly Karaoke & Lip Sync night open to all ages! Music provided by Accurate Productions.”
345-1040 / hello@thefuzion.com / Web site / View Comments

Rude Lion Sound
Sidelines / 9:30 p.m. / 21+
Hip hop krunkage for your butt.
822-0919 / View Comments

Movie Showtimes

Broadway Cinema
  • 47 METERS DOWN: 12:05, 2:25, 4:40, 7:00, 9:20
  • ALL EYEZ ON ME: 11:55, 3:00, 6:05, 9:10
  • CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE 2D: 12:50, 3:05
  • CARS 3 2D: 11:50, 12:40, 2:15, 3:15, 6:00, 8:30
  • CARS 3 3D: 12:15, 2:45
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 2D: 5:30, 8:40
  • MUMMY 2D: 1:30, 4:10, 6:45, 9:20
  • PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES 2D: 12:20, 3:20, 6:20, 9:15
  • ROUGH NIGHT: 1:45, 4:15, 6:50, 9:15
  • TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT 2D: 12:30, 2:10, 3:55, 5:40, 7:20, 9:05
  • TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT 3D: 5:15, 8:35
  • WONDER WOMAN 2D: 11:45, 2:50, 4:45, 5:50, 8:00, 9:00
Mill Creek Cinema
  • 47 METERS DOWN: 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 9:40
  • ALL EYEZ ON ME: 11:45, 2:45, 5:50, 8:55
  • CARS 3 2D: 12:00, 3:40, 6:10, 8:40
  • MUMMY 2D: 1:10, 4:10, 6:45, 9:20
  • PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES 2D: 12:15, 3:15, 6:15, 9:15
  • ROUGH NIGHT: 1:55, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30
  • TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT 2D: 12:50, 5:45, 9:00
  • TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT 3D: 2:30
  • WONDER WOMAN 2D: 11:45, 2:50, 6:00, 9:05
Minor Theatre
  • CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE: 1:30
  • I, DANIEL BLAKE: 4:30, 7:00
  • TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT: 2:15, 5:15, 9:00
  • WET HOT AMERICAN SUMMER: 9:30
  • WONDER WOMAN: 2:00, 5:45, 8:30