Where's the party? Take your pick. There are two hopping block parties happening this holiday weekend. You've got an extra day, why not make the last official weekend of summer count and hit both?
Arts Alive! is always a lovely night on the town, but this September's monthly art walk is especially bumping with the Opera Alley Block Party happening Saturday, Sept. 2 from 6-9 p.m. on the street in front of the Clarke Historical Museum (free admission). E Street between Second and Third will be closed to traffic to allow for all sorts of magic under the string lights and stars. There'll be delicious sliders (cooked to order) from a portable rig, with Ramone's serving up tasty treats, too. Have you tried The Booth Brewing Company's Korean beer? Now's your chance. The new brewery in town will be there along with long-time local staple Lost Coast Brewery pouring favorites (with root beer for the kids). Humboldt Distillery will keep things tropical with a Caribbean-style punch featuring its spiced rum, and Gabriel's will be uncorking bottles of reds and whites. The Latin Peppers and Wynsome Winds will provide music for your dancing and listening pleasure. The fundraiser benefits the Opera Alley Exhibit Space Project.
An Arcata tradition for 32 years, the I Block Party is back Monday, Sept. 4 from noon to 6 p.m. in front of Los Bagels (free admission). The family-friendly affair features live music from Daily Driver, The Jim Lahman Band, The Kentucky Warblers and The Bump Foundation. I Street is blocked off as well so revelers can mingle among friends and information/vendor booths enjoying local microbrews, cold drinks, barbecued chicken, tofu and albacore, as well as take part in a raffle and silent auction with free face painting for the kids. All proceeds benefit Arcata's sister city Camoapa, Nicaragua.