Oh, Arcata. With your love of re-purposing and art, of course you took an old defunct creamery and refashioned it into a thriving collection of buildings that house artists, tinkerers, dancers, welders, merrymakers, actors and musicians. And of course, since you are a college town, you love to party! This weekend, The Creamery Arts Festival puts on a show to make any Arcatan proud from Friday, Aug. 21 through Sunday, Aug. 23.
Friday night welcomes Mendocino's Flynn Creek Circus (billed as a "human-only circus") with a special one-hour show at 7 p.m. ($12-$50) followed by Elemental: An Outdoor Pageant Spectacle at 8 p.m. (free). Not kidding about the spectacle: fire twirling, lanterns, giant puppets and more. Later, get hot and salsa-y with the Latin Peppers at the Holly Yashi Dance party at 9 p.m. (free). Saturday's festivities begin at 11 a.m. with live music from the Humboldt Music Academy Fiddlers, the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, Firesign, Bandemonium and the Jim Lahman Band. You can stroll among stilt walkers and giant puppets as you check out the food vendors and arts and crafts booths (free). There's a Kid's Area by SCRAP Humboldt and more performances by the Flynn Creek Circus at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($12-$50). In the evening, catch the adult physical comedy performance of Camel Camel at the Arcata Playhouse at 9 p.m. ($10, $8). Wrap up the fun with more performances by the Flynn Creek Circus on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. ($12-$50).
— Kali Cozyris