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Reminder: Fortuna Loves America So Much They Shoot Off Fireworks a Day Early

Gimme gimme! If you just can’t wait one more day for big American kabooms then you belong with other impatient patriots in Fortuna Wednesday night. As is custom, “the friendly city” will unwrap their Independence Day presents a day early with the 11th annual Fortuna Fireworks Festival in Newburg Park featuring barbecue, music, local vendors, multiple bounce houses and, yes, many fireworks. 

Details on that and other less-red, white and blue Wednesday to dos in your Lowdown listings below.


Fortuna Fireworks Festival

Newburg Park / 5:30-10:30 p.m. / Free / $5 Parking / $5 Kids wristband

"Dennis Wendt's vision for the Fortuna Fireworks Festival was simple; he wanted to make sure that kids in the community could enjoy the festivities even if their parents couldn’t afford to buy fireworks. Dennis wanted families to be able to come celebrate our nation’s freedom, regardless of cost."

496-7894 / fortunafireworks@gmail.com /

Sci-Fi Night: Destroy All Monsters (1968)

Arcata Theatre Lounge / 6 p.m. / $5

The Kilaaks, a race of aliens from a small planet somewhere in the asteroid belt, release the beasts and send them to trample the cities of our world.

822-1220 / Web site

Humboldt Crabs vs. Solano Mudcats

Arcata Ball Park / 7 p.m. / $9 / $4 under 12 / $6 students/seniors

Your hometown heroes whoop up on some other lesser team. Peanuts, crackerjacks, etc.

Web site

The Best Drag Show Ever

Carlo Theatre (Dell'Arte) / 8-9:30 p.m. / $15 / 18+

This all inclusive event will feature some of Humboldt County’s most fabulous and entertaining drag performers including Traveling Drag King Tucker Noir, and will be hosted by the renowned acting coach Martha T. Lipton.

668-5663 / info@dellarte.com / Web site

Dolphin Midwives, Saloli, Complex Crown

The Miniplex at Richards' Goat Tavern / 9 p.m. / 21+

"Abstract/experimental harp with electronics and voice."

630-5000 / Web site

Bluegrass & Brews w/ Thursday Night Bluegrass

See Event Description / 6-10 a.m.

Used Books Needed

See Event Description / 9 a.m.-5 p.m. / Free

History, science and nature, culture, field guides and novels in good condition needed for Humboldt WILPF Annual July 4 Booksale in Arcata.

822-5711 / wilpf@humboldt1.com / Web site

4th of July Extravaganza

See Event Description / noon-10 p.m. / Free

Are you looking for a safe family friendly place to celebrate Independence Day? The Gyppo Ale has got you covered with a full week of events scheduled.

986-7700 / Web site

Make Your Own Rag Rug!

SCRAP Humboldt / 5:30-8:30 p.m. / $17

Using leftover fabric scraps, old tarnished clothes and rags, you will learn a fun way to recycle and repurpose. In this worshop, you will learn a skill that can be applied to creating rugs, table mats, bowls, tote bags, trivets, coasters and more!

822-2452 / outreach@scraphumboldt.org / Web site

Intro to Lacto-Fermentation: Veggies/Krauts

Center Activities, HSU Campus / 6-7:30 p.m. / $50 / $45 HSU Students

826-3357 / cntract@humboldt.edu / Web site

SPIN: A Weekly Recreational Ping Pong Tournament

Gyppo Ale Mill / 6-8 p.m. / $25 / 21+

Win a week of Half Off Beers* when your team wins our new weekly Ping Pong Tournament! Join the Gyppo Ale Mill for this single elimination ping pong tournament.

986-7700 / family@gyppo.com / Web site

Jazz Night with Bill Allison & Friends

Phatsy Kline's Parlor Lounge / 6 p.m. / Free / 21+

Bill Allison brings back the tantalizing smooth sounds of history of American jazz.

444-3344 / specialevents.eaglehouse@gmail.com / Web site

Jazz with Bill Allison & Friends

Phatsy Kline's Parlor Lounge / 6-10 p.m. / 21+

444-3344 / specialevents.eaglehouse@gmail.com / Web site

Cuban Salsa (Rueda de Casino)

Redwood Raks World Dance Studio / 7:15-8:15 p.m. / $7 / $40 6 week series

Salsa rueda is a circle of couples dancing changing partners to patterns called out in Spanish or shown with hand signals. Sponsored by Humboldt Folk Dancers.

496-6189 / jacaronda@suddenlink.net / Web site


See Event Description / 7:30-8:30 p.m.

This Latin dance comes to us from the Dominican Republic and is popular worldwide.

464-3638 / debbie@dancewithdebbie.biz / Web site

Rack Em Saturdays Beer Pong

See Event Description / 8-10 p.m. / $20

swedll@bluelakecasino.com /


Vista Del Mar / 9 p.m. / Free / 21+

Provided by Lightning Boom productions.

443-3770 / vistadelmarbar@gmail.com /

Rude Lion Sound

Toby and Jacks / 10 p.m. / 21+

Were you just thinking, "Is there anyplace that has Dancehall Wednesdays?" Here it is!

Whomp Wednesday

The Jam / 10 p.m. / 21+

whomp whomp whomp whomp whomp whomp whomp.

822-4766 / Web site


Broadway Cinema
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