Saturday, June 15’s Lowdown

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.
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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 /

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 /

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 /

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 /

Horse & Grouse Mountain Birding Tour
See Event Description / 7 a.m.-2 p.m. / Free
Join Redwood Region Audubon Society on a field trip to Horse and Grouse Mountain. This annual trip will focus on birding high elevation Humboldt County on Forest Service Route 1.
616-9841 / / Web site /

Annual Heartwood Multi-Family Garage Sale
McKinleyville / 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
McKinleyville’s largest multi-family garage sale

Southern Humboldt Bird Walk
Southern Humboldt Community Park / 8-11 a.m. / Free
Join Redwood Region Audubon Society for a bird walk in the Southern Humboldt Community Park in Garberville. Meet leader Jude Power at 8:00 a.m. in Tooby Park, one mile out Sprowl Creek Road on the right.
923-2695 / / Web site /

Arcata Marsh Bird Walk
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary / 8:30-11 a.m. / Free
Redwood Region Audubon Society is sponsoring a free public field trip.
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Fortuna Treasure Sale
See Event Description / 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fortuna Treasure Sale 9am to 3pm Sat. June 15 at the corner of 16th and L Streets in the Parish Hall of St. Francis Episcopal Church. Always a popular community rummage sale with like new and good used treasures waiting for you.
725-4011 / / Web site /

Power Brunch
Blondies Food and Drink / 9-10 a.m. / $12 / $10 If you attend all 3 classes
Come move with us first & cheers after, to start your Saturday morning right!
347-685-0567 / / Web site /

Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider
Center Activities, HSU Campus / 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. / $85 / $75 HSU Students
This course provides first responders and healthcare providers the requisite knowledge and skills to respond to patients who are experiencing respiratory arrest, cardiac arrest and/or airway obstruction.
826-3357 / / Web site /

Gentle Yoga
Om Shala Yoga / 9:15-10:15 a.m. / $10
A slower paced class that makes space for tuning in and cultivating a softening of the breath, body, mind, and heart.
362-1001 / / Web site /

Dune Ecosystem Restoration
Humboldt Coastal Nature Center / 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. / Free
Volunteers will be removing invasive plants to make room for native plant diversity. Tools, gloves, and snacks will be provided.
444-1397 / / Web site /

The Goat Down
The Miniplex at Richards’ Goat Tavern / 9:30-1:30 a.m. / Free / 21+
For over 20 years DJM has practiced the art of DJing. You will be Rocking with the best!
616-4596 / / Web site /

Summer Reading Kickoff
Fortuna Library / 10 a.m.-5 p.m. / Free
Circus Nature the Wizards of Play start off the summer with juggling, games, magic and fun, performing at 11am at the library.
725-3460 / Web site /

Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon
Clarke Historical Museum / 1-2 p.m. / Free
Get a break from the heat and learn how to edit Wikipedia and improve local history articles! Led by Carly Marino, HSU Special Collections Librarian. Please bring a device that can connect to the internet (Laptop or Tablet).
443-1947 / / Web site /

Nature Story Time: Learn about the Ocean!
Humboldt Coastal Nature Center / 2-3 p.m. / Free
Join Friends of the Dunes Vanessa Muñoz naturalist for Nature Story Time! Geared for ages 3-6, Nature Story Time focuses on local wildlife and is paired with a short story, a simple craft project, props, and fun movement activities.
444-1397 / / Web site /

Dead Bird Son
Arcata Plaza / 2:30 p.m. / Free
Dead Bird Son will be comin’ for ya this Saturday during Oyster Festival!
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Kid’s Comedy Open Mic
Savage Henry Comedy Club / 3 p.m. / Free
Children must have a guardian present. Savage Henry lets kids take the stage and practice their 5 minute set. We review how to use a microphone, what can make audiences laugh, and how to land a punchline.
834-0690 / / Web site /

The Serengeti Rules (2019)
The Miniplex at Richards’ Goat Tavern / 6:30-8 p.m. / $8
Beginning in the 1960s, a small band of scientists headed into some of the most remote and spectacular places on Earth - from the majestic Serengeti to the Arctic Ocean to the Amazon jungle - and they discovered a single set of rules that govern all life.
630-5000 / / Web site /

Caturday Night with Buddy Reed
Phatsy Kline’s Parlor Lounge / 7-10 p.m. / 21+
Come on out for an evening of Blues and Rock with Local Blues Legend Buddy Reed! Ivan Elmo “Buddy” Reed is a seasoned performer and a vital part of blues history.
444-3344 / / Web site /

Frisky Brisket
Calico’s Cafe / 7 p.m.
Violin guitar duo.
923-2253 /

North Coast Choral Artists Concert
Christ Episcopal Church / 8-9:30 p.m.
The North Coast Choral Artists is a new Humboldt County based choral workshop and performance project launched by Dr. Rachel Samet, who has spent the past four years directing the choral program at Humboldt State University’s Department of Music.
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The Basement / 9-11 p.m.
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Karaoke w/ Chris Clay
RJ Grin’s Lounge / 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. / Free / 21+
445-0844 / /

Brad Wilson Band
Bear River Casino Resort / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+
Performing over 100 shows a year, Brad has become known as a smoking hot Blues player who can rock the house all night long with the best of them.
572-6495 / / Web site /

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+
Classic rock.
668-9770 / Web site /

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+
Dance hits.
668-9770 / / Web site /

Pressure/Anya DJs
Pearl Lounge / 9:30 p.m. / 21+
There will be ass shaking.
444-2017 / Web site /

Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+
Plaza ass shaking.
822-0919 /

Toby and Jacks / 10 p.m. / 21+
More Plaza ass shaking.

Movie Showtimes

Mill Creek Cinema
  • ALADDIN 2D: 11:30, 2:30, 5:25, 8:30
  • DARK PHOENIX 2D: 1:20, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30
  • GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS 2D: 12:00, 6:00, 9:00
  • LATE NIGHT: 1:00, 3:30, 6:10, 8:40
  • MEN IN BLACK: INTERNATIONAL 2D: 1:10, 6:40, 9:25
  • ROCKETMAN: 11:50, 2:50, 5:40, 8:35
  • SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2 2D: 11:40, 1:55, 4:10, 6:35, 8:45
  • SHAFT: 1:30, 4:05, 6:55, 9:35
Minor Theatre
  • ROCKETMAN: 3:00, 6:00, 9:00
  • THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM: 2:30, 5:30, 8:00
  • X-MEN: DARK PHOENIX: 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

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