CREAMERY DISTRICT – 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 from Friday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 23.
The Creamery Arts Festival returns with fun for the whole family. The event centers around Arcata’s historical Creamery Building, where the Arcata Playhouse will feature performances by Flynn Creek Circus, the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, the Latin Peppers and a wonderful community outdoor spectacle.
The festival’s opening night on Friday, Aug. 21, will include an hour-long performance by 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 at Holly Yashi’s new Creative Village.
With festivities beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 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 (see below) will perform in the Playhouse at 9 p.m.
Mendocino's Flynn Creek Circus will perform throughout the weekend with a special opening night show Friday at 7 p.m. and shows on Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 and 4 p.m.
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. All are now easily accessible with the city’s new bike and walking trail 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 available at Wildberries Marketplace or online at arcataplayhouse.org. (707) 822-1575, creameryfestival.com