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First Eureka Fringe Festival Set to Make Humboldt Weirder Than Usual

So much strange in Eureka

Eureka’s packed events calendar continues to grow. In the past couple years, to the delight of the most, Humboldt’s county seat has added the Friday Night Market, the Street Art Festival and Salt and Fog Fish Fest to its list of annual human draws. This week, another local cultural experiment launches — the inaugural Eureka Fringe Festival. It’s gonna get abstract! 

“Humboldt County is home to more performing artists per capita than just about anywhere in the United States,” festival organizers boast on the event’s website. “The Eureka Fringe will be an homage to the this heritage.” 

Through the weekend numerous Eureka venues will host a slew of experimental theatre performances featuring performers both local and from places less great. Be warned: Fringe Fest offers more shows than you’re physically capable of seeing. To better wrap your brain around all the oddness we suggest heading over to the event’s website where you’ll find full show descriptions, schedules and ticket information. Good luck.


Eureka Fringe Festival: Thursday

Old Town Eureka / 5 p.m.

Numerous venues, inside and out, in Old Town Eureka What: The Eureka Fringe Festival opens the doors, streets, and alleyways to an explosion of creative energy. Featuring stand-up comics, improv, comedies, farces, poetry, storytelling, and music.

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Chris Thomas King

The Old Steeple / 7:30-10 p.m. / $25 / $30 At the door

The King of New Orleans Blues Born in 1962, guitarist Chris Thomas King became the last major folk blues discovery of the 20th Century when he was discovered in Louisiana in 1979 by a folklorist from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

786-7030 / ferndalemusic@yahoo.com / Web site

Just Joshin'

Savage Henry Comedy Club / 9-11 p.m. / $5 / 18+

Josh Barnes runs his Comedy Extravaganza the last Thursday of every month. Variety shows, late night talk shows, stand-up showcases....whatever he feels!

845-9964 / editor@savagehenrymagazine.com / Web site

Mom Jeans

The Depot / 9 p.m. / $10 / Free HSU students

Mom Jeans is an emo rock band that was formed in Berkeley, California during 2014. They built a solid fan base on the strength of their two full length albums, and extensive tours of the United States. They are known as much for energetic performances as they are for quirky lyricism.

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Henderson Center Farmers' Market

Henderson Center / 10 a.m.-1 p.m. / Free

Freshen up your week and celebrate the bounty of fresh, Humboldt-grown food and plants at the Henderson Center farmers’ market on F Street!

441-9999 / info@northcoastgrowersassociation.org / Web site

Fortuna Community Wellness Garden Drop-In Volunteer Time

See Event Description / 2:30-4:30 p.m. / Free

269-7073 / garden@opendoorhealth.com / Web site

McKinleyville Farmers' Market

Eureka Natural Foods-McKinleyville / 3:30-6:30 p.m. / Free

Freshen up your week and celebrate the bounty of fresh, Humboldt-grown food and plants at the McKinleyville farmers’ market!

441-9999 / info@northcoastgrowersassociation.org / Web site

Community Mediator Training

Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship / 5-9 p.m. / $375 / $337.50 sign up with a friend / $337.50 students/seniors / $337.50 early registration by 8/19

445-2505 / humboldtmediation@reninet.com / Web site

Harvest Concerts in Fieldbrook

Fieldbrook Winery / 6-8:30 p.m. / Free / $5 advance table reservations

Bands include Object Heavy, Lyndsey Battle Trio, the Undercovers, Christina D'Allesandro Quintet, Blake Ritter Celtic Trio, the Gatehouse Well, Striped Pig String Band. Feel free to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

839-4140 / fieldbrookwinery@gmail.com / Web site

Humboldt Cribbage Club

Moose Lodge / 6:15 p.m. / $8

Muggins! Get your weekly crib on.

444-3161 /

Seabury Gould and Evan Morden

Gallagher's Irish Pub and Restaurant / 6:30 p.m.

Irish/Celtic music.

442-1177 / Web site

Open Mic with Mike Anderson

Old Town Coffee And Chocolates (Old Town) / 6:30-8:30 p.m. / Free

Usually some singer/guitarists, a couple spoken word guys and then that one wildcard oddity that makes you go "hmm."

445-8600 / OldTownCoffeeEureka@yahoo.com / Web site

The Low Notes

The Basement / 7-10 p.m.

AILS, Miasmic, Oneiric Eclipse, Ghoulhand

RampArt Skatepark / 7:30-11:30 p.m. / $8

826-0675 / info@rampartskatepark.org / Web site

Laidback Lounge

Phatsy Kline's Parlor Lounge / 7:30 p.m.

Fraktal Productions and The Historic Eagle House present Laidback Lounge every Thursday featuring local DJs playing jazz, soul, funk, Latin and more.

444-3344 / Web site


Arcata Playhouse / 8-10 p.m. / $15 / $12 members/ students

822-1575 / thearcataplayhouse@gmail.com / Web site

Pacific Range

Redwood Curtain Brewing Company, Arcata / 8-11 p.m. / $None All Ages

Los Angles alternative rock band, Pacific Range, will be performing a free show at Redwood Curtain Brewing Co.'s Arcata tasting room.

826-7222 / Web site


Papa Wheelies Pub / 9 p.m.-2 a.m. / Free / 21+

GOAT Karaoke Nights 🎤🐐🎵

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

Sing at The Goat!

630-5000 / richardsgoat@gmail.com / Web site

Rude Lion Sound

Sidelines / 9:30 p.m. / 21+

Hip hop krunkage for your butt.

822-0919 /


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