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Creamery Festival

Arcata Playhouse

Arcata’s west-side to fill with pageantry, arts and crafts, music and a circus for the Creamery Festival! Pageantry, music, arts and crafts, and a big top circus tent will grace Arcata’s Creamery District for a fresh, fun, family-friendly three-day festival.. The Creamery Arts Festival returns with fun for the whole family. The event centers itself around Arcata’s historical Creamery Building and the Arcata Playhouse and will feature performances from Flynn Creek Circus, the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, the Latin Peppers and our wonderful community outdoor spectacle. The festival’s opening night on Friday, August 21, will include an hour- long performance from Mendocino’s Flynn Creek Circus that will culminate in an outdoor pageant featuring a community procession, stilt walkers, giant puppets, paper lantern sculptures, and a giant shadow play ending in a dance party with local favorites the Latin Peppers next door Holly Yashi’s new creative village. With festivities beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 22 will feature live local music with the Humboldt Music Academy Fiddlers, the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, Firesign, Bandemonium and the Jim Lahman Band, food vendors, arts and crafts booths, a children’s area by Scrap Humboldt, and artists and performers throughout the district. Also, Camel Camel (adult physical comedy) will perform in the Playhouse at 9pm. Mendocino’s Flynn Creek Circus will perform throughout the weekend with shows on Friday, August 21 at 7pm (special opening night show), Saturday, August 22 at 3pm and 7pm and Sunday, August 23 at 1:30pm and 4pm. The Creamery District is home to the Arcata Playhouse, the Kinetic Sculpture Lab, Redwood Raks dance studios, fiber artists, a stained glass studio, jewelry businesses, and a wide array of other creative enterprises. Now easily accessible with the city’s new bike and walking trail that comes right through the neighborhood. Support for the Creamery Festival comes from the National Endowment for the Arts; The California Arts Council; The Humboldt Area Foundation, Footprint Foundation, Humboldt Lodging Alliance and local business sponsors Wildberries Marketplace, Tomas Jewelry, Greenway Partners and Holly Yashi Jewelry. Tickets for the Flynn Creek Circus and Camel Camel are at Wildberries Marketplace or online at For more information, call (707) 822-1575 or visit or

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