The Creamery Arts Festival returns August 17-20 with fresh fun for the whole family. Centered around the 100th anniversary of Arcata’s historical Creamery Building the weekend of events will feature Flynn Creek Circus, the Humboldt Fervor Fest, the community outdoor performance spectacle Elemental! and a special centennial art exhibit by local artist Lush Newton.

Presented by the Arcata Playhouse the festival commences on Thursday, August 17 at 7 p.m. with the first of six performances over the festival weekend from Mendocino County’s own Flynn Creek Circus. This charmingly nostalgic and surprisingly fresh all human circus will perform in their vintage big top tent with top quality acts featuring tightrope walkers, aerialists, jugglers, acrobats and comedians in an all new show.  For information and tickets visit www.flynncreekcircus.com    

Continuing on Friday, August 18 at 8:15 p.m. with the Playhouse’s signature outdoor performance spectacle Elemental which features giant puppets, dancers, stilt walkers, live music and beautiful paper lanterns all happening around the Creamery building. The evening finishes with a special adult performance from Flynn Creek Circus in their tent. Assemble at the lot in front of the Tomas building at 1275 8th Street in Arcata at 8 p.m. Look for the big circus tent!

Humboldt Fervor Festival is back as part of the festivities from 1-5 p.m. on Saturday, August 19. This second annual event is co-hosted by Humboldt Made, Wildberries Marketplace and the Arcata Playhouse and is a celebration of all things fermented including hard cider, distilled spirits, beer and wine tastings as well as fermented non-alcoholic drinks & fermented food tastings such as sourkrout, kimchi, kvass, cheese, pickles, and more. Live music will include performances from Latin locals Timbata, Bandamonium and more. Tickets and info at www.humboldtfervorfest.com

In addition to the Creamery Building being open for tours and hosting various special activities, the festival has commissioned local artist Lush Newton to create a special outdoor art exhibit that will be inspired by the 100th year anniversary of the building. The exhibit, titled “Golden State Creamery; The Land of Milk and Honey” will feature Newton’s unique whimsical style in several oversized art pieces placed around the building including representations of a historical train station and train engine, a family of Portuguese farmers and a special ode to Creamery Building architect Franklin Georgeson.

The Creamery Building is home to the Arcata Playhouse, Redwood Raks Dance Studios, Phoenix Ceramics, Tosha Yoga and vintage clothing store Bang! Bang! As well as musicians, potters, puppeteers, visual artists and woodworkers. The Creamery District is centrally located in Arcata and now easily accessible with the city’s new bike and walking trail that comes right through the neighborhood.

Support for the Creamery Festival comes from the California Arts Council, Footprint Foundation, Humboldt Made and local business sponsors Wildberries Marketplace, 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. www.creamerydistrict.com