Pastels on the Plaza

Stroll the plaza and watch our local artists create pastel works of art on the surrounding sidewalk. Farmers Market will also be open 9am-2pm.

The first Saturday in October is the day families, farmers, art aficionados and sponsors gather on the Arcata Plaza for the largest “art show” of the year. The gallery sidewalk is surrounded with music and the fresh produce of the local farmers market.

Each artist creates an original piece of art representing a business sponsor.  Artists, businesses and children are what this day is all about. Some are experienced artists; others are just beginning to express themselves through drawings, paintings, or sculpture.  Their sponsors are local businesses, corporations, schools, service clubs and “patrons of the arts.”

Northcoast Children’s Services’ preschool programs provide support to more than 1000 low income families with young children - from pregnancy up to age five - in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties each year. Please join us to chalk it up for kids!

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In compliance with California state mandates, and in consideration for the health and safety of our residents, public events and festivals have been cancelled or postponed. Before making plans, please check the event or festival website or Facebook page.

Some arts and culture events are now happening online. Check them out at our Events for Current Month page for more information.