Saturday, June 15, 2019’s Chowdown

The long, controversy-laden slog to the 29th Arcata Bay Oyster Festival is over. Just shuck it. We won’t go too deep into fest details — if you’re reading LoCO you know what this is and how this works. Very quickly:

  • Beer taps will be open from 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Oyster Calling Contest at noon
  • Shuck and Swallow contest at 2 p.m.

Government officials assure us the oysters are safe to eat so head to the Arcata Plaza if you want to suck down bivalves amidst thousands of other people. It is what it is.

Of course, we would be remiss if we didn’t also highlight the upstart rival Shuck Yeah! event taking place at Eel River Brewery in Fortuna. The sudsy rebellion — organized by Humboldt’s local breweries in protest of Oyster Fest officials’ decision to opt for non-local beer for their event — goes down from 1-7 p.m. and will also feature local oysters.

In short, you have multiple oyster/beer options today. More details on bot events in your Lowdown below. You could also chill in your backyard. We don’t judge. Pursue your joy.


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The 29th Annual Oyster Festival
Arcata Plaza / 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
“It really is all about the Oysters, and you will not have a fresher or more fanstic Oyster experience than at the Oyster Festival.”
822-4500 / / Web site /

Local Fest
The Jam / noon
An all day event with local music and a local tap takeover. Music by Elderberry Rust String Band, Shakey: Neil Young Tribute, The Getdown, Rosewater: Grateful Dead Tribute.
822-4766 / Web site /

Shuck Yeah!
Eel River Brewery / 1-7 p.m.
Join Eel River Brewing Company in the beer garden for our first annual celebration dedicated to showcasing Humboldt County Craft Beer and Humboldt Bay harvested oysters! Music from Woven Roots, The Undercovers and Irie Rockers.
725-2739 / Web site /

Humboldt Crabs vs. San Luis Obispo Blues
Arcata Ball Park / 2:30 p.m. / $9 / $4 under 12 / $6 students/seniors
Your hometown heroes whoop up on some other lesser team. Peanuts, crackerjacks, etc.
Web site /

Fundraiser for Baby Jaxson
Fortuna Fire Hall / 4:30-7 p.m. / $15
Different communities in Humboldt County are coming together to have a fundraiser to help a young local family with medical expenses.
599-2812 / /

Dancing Through the Year!
Arkley Center For The Performing Arts / 6-8 p.m. / $13.50
Join No Limits Dance Academy’s 19th June production, “Dancing Through the Year!”. Dancers will follow the calendar year holidays and seasons such as: Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Baseball Season, 4th of July, Fall Equinox, and more!
825-0922 / / Web site /

North Coast Repertory Theatre / 8-11 p.m. / $18 / $16 Students/Seniors / 18+
The Musical That Redefined Broadway! American author Cliff Bradshaw discovers the seedy underbelly of 1931 Berlin when he finds himself in a relationship with British dancer Sally Bowles, performer at the Kit Kat Klub. Suggested for ages 18+
442-6278 / / Web site /

Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 9-11:30 p.m. / $35 / $25 Advance / 21+
It’s gonna be a ‘Zoot Suit Riot’ in the Sapphire Palace tonight… the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies are live in concert.
668-9770 / / Web site /

Sam Tallent
Savage Henry Comedy Club / 9-11 p.m. / $15 / 18+
Known for whip-quick wit and rollicking improvisations, Sam Tallent is one of the sharpest, most original rising talents in comedy today. He has been called “the absurd voice of a surreal generation” by the Denver Post.
845-8864 / / Web site /

Nueva Ilusion, Grupo Elegancia
Lost Coast Brewery Brewing Facility / 10 p.m.-2 a.m. / $15
Featuring the musical styles of Cumbia, Nortenas, Corridos y Movidas.
267-9651 / / Web site /




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