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Lowdown: Humboldt Will Spend Its Saturday in Blue Lake

After a packed week of strummed strings, the Humboldt Folklife Festival goes out with a bang on Saturday with its annual All Day Free Festival which occupies much of sunny downtown Blue Lake. With over twenty local acts performing on multiple stages throughout the day, plus food carts, vendor booths, puppet shows. musical workshops and the oh-did-we-mention-free aspect, the event really is one of the highlights on the annual Humboldt calendar.

Below you'll find the schedules for the two main stages:

Dell'Arte Amphitheatre Stage:

Blue Lake Street Stage:

For more info on the various day's features, hit up the Humboldt Folklife Society website. For more Saturday options, including the actual rodeo part of Fortuna Rodeo Week, see your Lowdown below.

-Andrew Goff


Fortuna Rodeo Week

Fortuna / 7 a.m.

With the weekend comes the actual rodeo part of the Fortuna Rodeo, but there’s also a parade and the Bulls, Bands and Brews shindig at the rodeo grounds.

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Humboldt Folklife Festival All Day Free Fest

Dell'Arte / 10 a.m.

Full day of music on two stages, kids barn dance, puppet show, food, uke lessons, joy. Music by Cherry Pickers, Twango Macallan, Kindred Spirits, Gunsafe, The Lapatinas, Sunshine N Yellowbird and many more.

Northern Nights Music Festival

Cook’s Valley Campground / noon / $140

Three-day celebration of music, art, food and local culture.

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San Francisco Mime Troupe

Mateel Community Center / 6:30 p.m. / $20

Performing Oil and Water. Two environmentally-themed one-act musicals depict the “abusive relationships our society has with our natural resources and the lengths we’ll go to satisfy our thirsts.”

923-3368 / Web site

Arcata Farmers' Market

Arcata Plaza / 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Local produce, meats flowers and more. Music at 10 a.m. (Click for music schedule.)

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Lost Coast Kennel Club Dog Agility Trial

Humboldt County Fairgrounds / 9 a.m.

Watch dogs compete in agility events. Please leave non-entered dogs at home.

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Ferndale Farmers' Market

Main Street, Ferndale / 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

On the corner of Shaw and Main streets. Sustainable farms sell local produce direct to the consumer.

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Heart of the Redwoods Quilt Show

Redwood Acres Fairgrounds / 10 a.m.

Hundreds of quilts for show and sale. Raises funds for the Redwood Empire Quilter's Guild.

445-3037 / cmbeding@charter.net / Web site

Wanna Write a Song? Do It!

Mantova's Two Street Music / 11 a.m.-1 p.m. / $125

Saturday songwriting workshops for kids ages 9 to 17.

267-8792 / josephine.jhnsn@gmail.com / Web site

Yoga Shalom

Temple Beth El / 11 a.m.-noon / Free

Visiting cantor Lisa Levine gives a one-hour free Yoga Shalom workshop.

444-2846 / bethel@reninet.com / Web site

Annual Karuk Reunion

Happy Camp / noon

Dusk in the Dunes

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge / 6:30 p.m.

Nature-exploration event for kids and their adults. Participants will explore the open dunes and learn about animals that lurk in the night through educational games and activities.

733-5406 / Web site

Movies in the Park

Sequoia Park / 7 p.m.

The Humboldt-Del Norte Film Commission presents a monthly movie night featuring movies filmed on the North Coast. This month screening E.T., The Extra Terrestrial.


Ferndale Repertory Theatre / 8 p.m. / $18 / $16 students/seniors

Ferndale Rep presents the story of a penniless soprano, named Victoria, colludes with a struggling gay impresario to disguise herself as a man named Victor, who entertains as a female impersonator known as "Victoria" - and as a result becomes the toast of Paris.

786-5483 / info@ferndalerep.org / Web site


Robert Goodman Wines/Machine Works / 8 p.m. / Free

Acoustic trio playing original music.

826-9463 / kingfootband@gmail.com / Web site

The Heir Apparent

Redwood Curtain Theatre / 8 p.m. / $15

Modern comic genius David Ives adapts Jean-Francois Regnard’s 1708 masterpiece, wherein Eraste desperately wants to marry Isabelle, but first he needs to secure an inheritance from his miserable old uncle, Geronte.

Electric Gravy

The Siren's Song Tavern / 9 p.m.

442-8778 / thesirenssongtavern@gmail.com / Web site

Dr. Squid

Cher-Ae Heights Casino / 9 p.m. / 21+

Humboldt party band would prefer you dance more.

800-684-2464 / Web site


Bear River Casino Resort / 9 p.m. / 21+

Classic rock.

733-9644 / Web site


Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 9 p.m. / 21+

Classic rock and contemporary dance music.

668-9770 / Web site

Karaoke w/ Chris Clay

RJ Grin's Lounge / 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. / Free / 21+

445-0844 / cleo.nice@redlion.com /

Pressure/Anya DJs

Pearl Lounge / 9:30 p.m. / 21+

There will be ass shaking.

444-2017 / Web site


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