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FRIDAY LOWDOWN: Northern Nights! Folklife Fest! Quadiators! More!

Your Humboldt Friday is a bit more distraction-packed than is normal. Scroll your Lowdown below for more info on the official kickoff of this year’s Northern Nights in SoHum to an Absynth Quartet-headlined Humboldt Folklife Festival night out in Blue Lake, to adult skateboarder Taylor Clark at Savage Henry Comedy Club. 

But if you’ll indulge us, we’d like to highlight one sentimental favorite event in particular. This is a special day of the year for us here at LoCO because Friday night of Fortuna Rodeo Week means the return of Quadiators — the locally conceived redneck Mario Kart-ish competition that will make its glorious return to the Fortuna Rodeo grounds this eve. This, of course, means that we again have an excuse to share our favorite Quadiators fight video, which you can enjoy above.

Witness that kind of carnage live in Fortuna tonight, or any of the other worthy human draws below.


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817-921-4573 / stalloneleo27@gmail.com / Web site

Northern Nights Music Festival 2022

Cook’s Valley Campground / 10 a.m.-midnight

People from all over the West Coast & beyond will converge upon one of the world’s most breathtaking open-air venues to enjoy a 3-day weekend of camping, music, art, food, yoga, and floating the river! Tucked along the Eel River just a few hours north of San Francisco.

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Find Waldo in Arcata

Northtown Books / 11 a.m.-6 p.m. / Free

Waldo will be once again hiding in Arcata this July! Pick up a passport at participating local businesses and look for him in up to 26 different locations.

822-2834 / info@northtownbooks.com / Web site

Garberville Farmers' Market

Garberville Town Square / 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Garberville Farmers’ Market offers the freshest fruits and vegetables, meat, fish, cheese, eggs, bread, flowers, crafts and more! Enjoy music and hot food vendors at this fun, family friendly event.

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

Summer Skate Camp

RampArt Skatepark / 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

RampArt Skatepark's Summer Camp is in full swing! Reach out today to secure a spot, daily and weekly rates available!

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

Fortuna Rodeo Week

Fortuna / noon

Sunday: Fortuna Rodeo 5k!; Monday: Chili Cook-off!; Tuesday: Carnival opens!; Wednesday: Street Games!; Thursday: Junior Rodeo and Barrel Racing!; Friday: Bullfighters Only! Quadiators! Saturday; Parade! Rodeo! Bulls, Broncs, Bands & Brew! Sunday: Rodeo and Barbecue!

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Humboldt Folklife Festival: Friday

Dell'Arte / 5 p.m. / $20

We are so happy to come together again for the Folklife Festival! Please join Absynth Quartet, The Handshakers, and Dead On for a beautiful evening outside under the stars at Dell'Arte's Rooney Amphitheatre!

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Eureka Friday Night Market

Old Town Eureka / 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Friday Night Market has it all; farmers market, arts and craft vendors, bar featuring the best of Humboldt produced beverages, a wide variety of food vendors and of course, live local music for dancing. Not to mention we are located in the heart of Old Town.

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Mad River Fish Hatchery Birding Tour

Mad River Hatchery / 5:30-8 p.m. / Free

496-2163 / Andrew.RRAS@gmail.com / Web site

Laffy Hour Comedy Open Mic

Savage Henry Comedy Club / 6-8 p.m. / Free

A Happy Hour comedy open mic to kick the weekend off right! Hosted by Stephanie Knowels. No cover.

845-8864 / info@savagehenrycomedy.com / Web site

Summer Nights! An Ink People Celebration

Synapsis / 6-10 p.m. / $25 / $5 Choose your own price Membership / $100 Patron Membership / $75 Family Membership / $50 Regular Membership

442-8413 / Leslie@inkpeople.org / Web site

Humboldt Crabs vs. West Coast Kings

Arcata Ball Park / 7 p.m. / $10 / $150 season pass

Watch your hometown heroes whoop up some lesser team! Founded in 1945, the Humboldt Crabs are the oldest, continuously-operated, collegiate, independent, wood-bat, summer baseball team in the country.

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Opera Alley Cats

SpeakEasy / 7 p.m. / Free / 21+

Live local jazz.

444-2244 / elvisatemydonuts@hotmail.com / Web site

Adam Hurley with supporting act Matheau

The Siren's Song Tavern / 8-11:30 p.m. / Free

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

Adam Hurley

The Siren's Song Tavern / 8 p.m. / Free

599-8986 / sirensongbar@gmail.com / Web site

Oryan Peterson-Jones at The Logger Bar

Logger Bar / 9-11 p.m. / Free / 21+

668-5000 / bpbsartsandmedia@gmail.com / Web site

Taylor Clark

Savage Henry Comedy Club / 9-11 p.m. / $15 / 18+

A majority of his adult life was lived in Brooklyn, but, at his core, Taylor is a man destined for the woods. Back in the great Northwest, closer to his forest family and engulfed in wilderness, Taylor now holds his family hostage to a unique brand of absurd comedic fantasy.

845-8864 / info@savagehenrycomedy.com / Web site

Rockstar Karaoke

Central Station / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+

839-2013 / centralstationtavern@gmail.com /


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