Now in its 33rd iteration, this year the Oyster Festival returns to its roots on the downtown Arcata Plaza. There will be food vendors of all types, with many showcasing oysters locally-grown in the Arcata Bay. We will feature local brews and fine wines to wash down those culinary delights and live bands and DJs to get the crowd moving. The Kids Zone will have a bounce house and fun activities to ensure smiles for younger attendees. Also returning this year are the traditions that have made the Oyster Festival an iconic cultural event in Humboldt County, including: The Shuck and Swallow Contest, The Oyster Calling Contest, and the Best Oyster Contest. Artisans from across Northern California will be showcasing handmade creations in their booths in addition to the Plaza shops and Farmers Market. With a Kids Zone, great local art, beer, wine, food, music, and OYSTERS, there is truly something for everyone.
Arcata Main Street partners with Mad River Brewery to bring you the Arcata Bay Oyster Festival and offer a lineup of great beers including the launch of a new beer that pairs perfectly with oysters. The beer, playfully named "Shuck It" for the event will be showcased at the festival as well as on tap at Arcata restaurants and bars before the event.
About Mad River Brewery Mad River Brewery, Yurok Tribe-owned women-led Independent Craft Brewery located in Blue Lake, California has been brewing best-quality beers for more than three decades. MRB employs a time-honored, cut-no-corners approach to hand-crafting the finest quality ales, receiving four Gold Medals, four Silver Medals, and one Bronze Medal from the Great American Beer Festival. Home of "Humboldt's Best Beer" as voted by readers of the NCJ, the brewery is known for its dog-friendly atmosphere and idyllic views in sunny Blue Lake. Catch live music on the weekend, monthly Science on Tap, taste the drool-worthy menu from Low & Slow BBQ, and savor the craft offerings fresh from the tap at Mad River Brewery.
About Arcata Main Street Arcata Downtown Business Community, Inc, also known as Arcata Main Street, works to unite the local community and create a vibrant Downtown Arcata since our start in 1988. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, our mission is to help in the overall promotion of Arcata, working to unite the local community to improve all aspects of Arcata's downtown and central business district for residents and visitors alike. Hosting thirty-two events throughout the year including festivals, Trick-or-Treating on the Plaza, the Season of Wonder & Light, and Arts! Arcata, we are improving economic management and strengthening public participation, all while making Arcata a fun place to visit and live. We believe that a healthy downtown is the key to a prosperous city, and we look forward to seeing you soon!
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