Late January

Clam Beach Run

8 3/4, 5 3/4 and 3-mile runs from north of Trinidad on Stagecoach Road, through Trinidad, along Scenic Drive and down Clam Beach. 

Visit the Clam Beach Run website

Last weekend in March

Redwood Coast Jazz Fest

Traditional jazz, swing, zydeco and more in four days of music in a variety of venues in Eureka.

Visit the Redwood Coast Jazz Fest website

Second Saturday in May

Humboldt State University Commencement

Visit the Humboldt State University website

Memorial Day weekend

Kinetic Grand Championship

The triathlon of the art world, the Kinetic Sculpture Grand Championship is one of the wackiest races on earth. Vehicles must be solely human powered (usually some variety of pedals and gears) and capable of navigating dry land, marsh and open bay in three days of nonstop spring flinging and frolicking. Vehicles double as bizarre animals (flea-bitten dogs, for example). The race begins on the Arcata Plaza on Saturday at noon and continues with camping till finishing in Ferndale at noon on Monday. Festivities include the crowning of the Rutabaga Queen. 

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Second weekend in May

Trinidad Fish Festival

Barbecued local salmon and ling cod, booths and games for the kids. 

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Second weekend in May

Arcata Oyster Festival

Locally harvested oysters, food booths, and lots of beer.

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Mid-June to Mid-July

Mad River Festival 

A month-long theater festival held at Dell'Arte in Blue Lake.

Visit the Mad River Festival website

Third week of July

Humboldt Folklife Festival 

Great local bluegrass and newgrass bands and hands-on workshops held at Dell'Arte in Blue Lake. Bring your own seats and join the community for some downhome music in the outdoor Rooney Amphitheater. 

Visit the Humboldt Folklife Festival website


Humboldt County Fair 

An old-style county fair held in Ferndale in the heart of the Eel River Valley. Ride the ferris wheel and watch a calf be born before your very eyes!

Visit the Humboldt County Fair website

Mid-September weekend

North Country Fair

A two-day festival held on the Arcata Plaza, featuring booths, music and dance performances on multiple stages, a riveting samba parade and attend an All-Species Ball. 

Visit the North Country Fair website

Thanksgiving morning

Blessing of the Fleet

Held on the newly reinforced Trinidad Pier with blessings in all directions.

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Cover photo: Kinetic Sculpture Race (credit)