A Humboldt tradition since 1969, the Kinetic Race is no typical parade. In the Kinetic Grand Championship, bodies of art and artist’s bodies are put to the test. There’s more than 30 miles to go over land, sand, water and mud. These intrepid Kinetinauts are a unique breed of human. With a heart full of joy and a  bucket full of tools, they face innumerable obstacles for just one reason: The Glory. Founded by artist Hobart Brown, this North Coast tradition has grown from a two block dash down Main St Ferndale to a three day marathon through Humboldt County’s towns, beaches, trails and rivers, every Memorial Day Weekend.

For spectator and participant information, visit: https://kineticgrandchampionship.com/

Humboldt Roller Derby hosts an action-packed double header against the Santa Cruz Hellcats and the California Derby Galaxy Supernovas at Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. Doors at 5pm, first whistle at 6pm. Concessions and local beer available on site. Doors at 5pm. First game at 6pm. $15 door, $12 advance, kids under 10 are free.

For event details and tickets, visit www.humboldtrollerderby.com

Considered one of the most beautiful run’s in the world, the 52nd Avenue of the Giants Marathon is set to take place on Sunday, May 5. The paved course winds through stunning stands of old growth in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park. Half and 10k Marathon. A certified and Boston Qualifying event.

More information about the course and registration: https://theave.org/

 

Celebrate the local flora at Eureka’s annual Rhododendron Parade, which will take place on Saturday, April 27, rain or shine. Local organizations deck out floats of all shapes and sizes in celebration of the rhododendron. The Parade Begins at 7th & E streets at 10:00am, and continues east on 7th Street, south on H Street and ends at Henderson Center & C Street.

For more information, visit: https://eurekarhodyparade.com/parade-main-page

What better way to raise funds for the Redwood Discovery Museum than a quick dip in the Humboldt Bay? Join the leagues of do-gooders who brave the cold water each spring to help fund exhibits, programs, education and scholarships for local kids.

A parade with Cal Poly’s Marching Lumberjacks leads jumpers to the docks along the foot of F Street in Old Town Eureka for THE PLUNGE. Then, the Salty & Soaked are invited to head to the VIP tent for R&R in the hot tub, warm lunch, and a cocktail (21+). Awards ceremony for Best Jump, Wackiest Costume, and more will follow the plunge.

Register online, minimum pledge is $175, participants must be 18+: https://www.discovery-museum.org/perilous-plunge.html

Photo by Matt Filar.

The world’s oldest student run film festival takes place April 18-21. The 57th Humboldt International Film Festival includes 4 days of public screenings, presentations and workshops. For more information, visit https://www.hsufilmfestival.com/

A beloved celebration unique to Humboldt County, the Godwit Days Spring Migration Bird Festival returns April 18-21, 2024. Join naturalists, wildlife enthusiasts, bird watchers and community members as they honor the  Marbled Godwit and the remarkable ecosystems to which it belongs.  The festival includes field trips, lectures, and workshops led by experienced local guides.

For more information, and to register for the event, visit https://www.godwitdays.org/

The annual California Indian Big Time & Social Gathering is a day of song, resource sharing, community building and arts and crafts to honor and celebrate California Native Traditions. Vendors and more on site. 10:30am-6pm at the Cal Poly Humboldt West Gym, Forbes Complex.

For more information about the event, visit https://itepp.humboldt.edu/california-indian-big-time-social-gathering

The Mateel Community Center’s beloved music festival Reggae on the River triumphantly returns to Humboldt County this summer. This year’s event will take place from August 2-4, and includes three days of camping, music, art, dance, good vibes and more along the banks of the Eel River.

Tickets go on sale on Jan. 17. For more information, visit: https://www.reggaeontheriver.com/

On your marks, get set, go! The 45th Foggy Bottom Milk Run marathon will take place on Sunday, March 10. Walk, jog or run through the picturesque Victorian Village of Ferndale in the verdant Eel River Valley.  The 2 mile starts at 2PM and the 4 mile starts at noon. All ages welcome, with prizes in school team divisions as well as age divisions.

Organized by the Six Rivers Running Club. Contact the race director at foggybottommilkrun@gmail.com.

Be sure to bring your wings to the 4th Annual Enchanting Fairy Festival! The Arcata Plaza will be transformed into an enchanting gathering place for fairies & friends of all ages on Sunday, June 9th, from noon to 10 pm. There ill be 2 stages with live music, a costume competition, food and craft vendors, libations, performances, a fire show and more. How magical!
This is a free, zero waste event. For more information, visit arcatafairyfestival.com

Head on down to the Cal Poly Humboldt campus on Wednesday, March 6th at 7pm to see The Wood Brothers perform. Quite literally a band of brothers, the Wood Brothers have been making roots music together for nearly 20 years.

Tickets are $49 in advance, $54 at the door, and $20 for Cal Poly Humboldt Students. Details and tickets available online 

 

Experience a dramatic performance by renown pianist  Alexander Tutunov at the Eureka Symphony. The concert begins with Beethoven’s Egmont Overture, continues with Mozart’s 35th symphony The Haffner, and closes Tchaikovsky’s stunning Piano Concerto No. 1 in B♭ minor, Op. 23. 7:30 p.m. at the Arkley Center.

Find tickets and more information here.

Second Friday of the Month, 4-8pm

Downtown Arcata hosts an evening of art and music on the second Friday of every month. Businesses, restaurants, bars and galleries open late to foster the town’s creative community and showcase the work of local artists.

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First Saturday of the Month, 6-9pm

On the first Saturday of every month, Old Town Eureka transforms into myriad venues for music and art. Galleries, restaurants, bars and businesses welcome patrons and spectators with exhibits, demonstrations, live performances and more. Celebrating the work of local artists, Arts Alive is just one of the many ways that Humboldt County lives up to claim “most artists per capita.”

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