Neighborhood Creamery Arts Festival returns!

With pageantry, music, arts and crafts, comedy and a big top circus tent, Arcata’s recently formed Creamery District will present a fresh, fun, family-friendly three-day festival August 21-23.

Creamery District neighborhood arts festival returns with fun for the whole family! The event centers itself around Arcata’s historical Creamery Building and the Playhouse and will feature performances from Flynn Creek Circus, the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, Latin Peppers and our wonderful community outdoor spectacle, Elemental.

The festival’s opening night on Friday, August 21, will include an hour- long performance from 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 Jewelry.

With festivities beginning at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 22 will feature live local music with the Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir, Firesign, Bandemonium and the Jim Lahman Band, food vendors, arts and crafts booths, a children’s area, and artists and performers throughout the district. A special physical comedy performance will happen in the Playhouse Camel Camel at 9pm.

Mendocino’s Flynn Creek Circus will perform throughout the weekend with shows on Friday, August 21 at 7pm (special opening night show), Saturday, August 22 at 3pm and 7pm and Sunday, August 23 at 1:30pm and 4pm. Tickets can be purchased here

The Creamery District is home to the Arcata Playhouse, the Kinetic Sculpture Lab, dance studios, fiber artists, a stained glass studio, jewelry businesses, and a wide array of other creative enterprises.

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.

The Creamery District Project is a community effort spearheaded by Playhouse Arts that is establishing a vision for a “creative-commerce district” in the neighborhood surrounding the Old Creamery Building.