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SATURDAY LOWDOWN: It is Once Again Time to Remember How Much You Love Rhododendrons

For 53 years Eureka has loved the brightly colored shrubs in their front yards enough to throw a parade in their honor. Saturday it happens again with the return of the Rhododendron Parade which will snake its way through the city starting at 10 a.m. (Details can be yours in the Lowdown listings farther down.)

After night falls there's quite a bit of musicality to be found around HumCo. A sampling (with video references, below): 

Specifics on those shows and many other Saturday gatherings are just a scroll away.


Latin Dance Festival

Redwood Raks World Dance Studio / 9-1 a.m. / $12 / 18+

A three-day Latin dance festival with amazing instructors and two late night dance parties! Bachata, Salsa, Zouk, and Cuban Dance styles for beginners and intermediates.

816-2809 / latindancehumboldt@gmail.com / Web site

17th Annual Klamath River Clean Up

See Event Description / 9 a.m.-2 p.m. / Free

This will benefit anadromous fish, their habitat, and the Klamath watershed. There will be a t-shirt give away, morning snacks, water, salmon lunch, and raffle at the Yurok Tribe Main Office.

482-1822 / ktuttle@yuroktribe.nsn.us /

Rhododendron Festival and Parade

Eureka / 10 a.m.

Celebrate the North Coast’s vibrant red and pink rhododendron blooms. Travels east on Seventh Street, south on H Street, west on Henderson and concludes near the rear of the Eureka Mall.

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Ghost Train at Farmers' Market

Arcata Plaza / 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. / Free

Enjoy an eclectic mix of R&B, funk and soul, with a hint of rock-n-roll from local powerhouse Ghost Train!

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

Marianne: One Immigrant's Journey Film Screening

Clarke Historical Museum / 1-3 p.m. / Free

Local filmmakers Joy Hardin and Amy Uyeki share the immigrant story of Marianne Pennekamp, a long time Humboldt County resident and child and family rights advocate.

443-1947 / dana@clarkemuseum.org / Web site

(CANCELED) Redwood Acres Raceway Opening Night

Redwood Acres Fairgrounds / 5 p.m. / $16

"With a high percentage rain in the forecast both Friday and Saturday, Redwood Acres Raceway officials have decided to delay the season-opening event. Thankfully fans and racers will only have a week to wait as Saturday May 5th will now be the track’s first race of 2018."

Beer and Wine Tasting Fundraiser

Mary Leavey Hall / 5-9 p.m.

Mad River Montessori's Annual Fundraiser. Please join us for a fun evening of music, raffle, silent and live auctions, dinner, and friends! Auction and music by the Bret Harte Breakers.

Humboldt Roller Derby

Redwood Acres Fairgrounds / 5-9:30 p.m. / $12

Two full-length games! The Redwood Rollers vs. the Monterey Bay Derby Dames from Monterey Bay, CA (a sanctioned WFTDA game for international rankings!) Plus! Root Force vs. Derby Republic, from the Central Valley and Bay Areas!

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Casey Neill and the Norway Rats

Phatsy Kline's Parlor Lounge / 7-11 p.m. / $12 / 21+

The music of Casey Neill & The Norway Rats combines high energy indie rock rave-ups and haunting lush acoustic reveries built around melodic narrative songwriting.

760-709-6715 / info@historiceaglehouse.com / Web site

New Candys, Mass Vortex, Super Senior

Outer Space / 7-10 p.m. / $7

"Come out and welcome New Candys on their first US tour. Formed in Venice in 2008, their incluneses have roots in The Velvet Underground and Syd Barrett."

breakfastalldaycollective@gmail.com / Web site

Lion Bear Fox

Crescent Elk Auditorium / 7:30-9:30 p.m. / $18 / $12 Students / $15 Transitional-Aged Youth / $15 Seniors

A trio of singer/songwriters, Lion Bear Fox delivers honest lyrics with passion accompanied by lush acoustic guitars and rich percussion.

464-1336 / dnaca@harborside.com / Web site

Hay Fever

Gist Theater at HSU / 7:30 p.m. / $10 / $8 Students/Seniors

Humboldt State University presents "Hay Fever" by Noel Coward. Best described as a cross between high farce and a comedy of manners, the play is set in the 1920s and deals with the four eccentric members of the Bliss family and their outlandish behavior with their invited guests.

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A Woman's Place is in Her Home

Arcata Playhouse / 8-10 p.m. / $15

"The Arcata Playhouse presents “A Woman’s Place is in Her Home” an exploration of women experiencing the largely unplanned, unpredictable realities of housing insecurity in Humboldt County."

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

House of Floyd

Eureka Theater / 8-11 p.m. / $30 / $25 adv.

The Bay Area’s House of Floyd performs the music of Pink Floyd, and has gained a strong following for their unique ability to enthuse both the hard-core fans of the early adventurous Floyd and those who enjoy the songs and soundscapes that later brought them widespread appeal.

442-2970 / Web site

Wenqing Bouche-Pillon and Daniela Mineva Duo Piano Recital

Fulkerson Recital Hall / 8-10 p.m. / $5 HSU Students with ID / $5 Senior/Child / $10 General

"These two formidable artists will perform "Best-Sellers" of the duo piano repertoire, including works by Claude Debussy, Darius Milhaud, and Astor Piazzola, plus the aptly titled "Octo-Paganini" by Andrew Paggie."

826-3531 / patrick@humboldt.edu / Web site

EPIC Forest Prom

Arcata Veterans Memorial Building / 8 p.m.-midnight

"This redwood carpet affair will provide an experience you do not want to miss! Whether you never went to your High School Prom, desperately want a "do over", or just want to have a good time, this event promises to create lasting memories."

822-7711 / briana@wildcalifornia.org / Web site

Sun Beast, War Möth, Imperial Destructo

The Siren's Song Tavern / 8:30 p.m. / $5

Punk, metal, loud.

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

The Crystal Method

Mateel Community Center / 9 p.m. / $25

Grammy Award®-nominated, platinum-certified, they set the stage for the genre-mashing electronic sounds that fuel the current trend in electronic music.

923-3368 / Web site


Humboldt Brews / 9 p.m.-midnight

Portland Oregon junkbox blues duo HILLSTOMP is infamous for digging through the dumps and forgotten backwoods of American music, recycling traditional elements into a refreshing and distinctive brand of do-it-yourself hill country blues stomp.

826-2739 / Web site

Lone Star Junction

Logger Bar / 9 p.m.-midnight / 21+

Local outlaw country.

668-5000 / lonestarjunction707@gmail.com / Web site

ITTD 2018-24 Hours of Gaming

Nugames Eureka / midnight-11:59 p.m. / Free

Join us for a 24 hour long celebration of board and card games and the wonderful communities they build.

497-6358 / nugamesonline@gmail.com / Web site

ITTD 2018-24 Hours of Gaming

Nugames Eureka / 12:01 a.m.-11:59 p.m.

Join us for a 24 hour long celebration of board and card games and the wonderful communities they build. We are still planning the details of this event but we'll have a set list of games and what time they'll be taking place at if you'd like to sign up for a slot.

497-6358 / Web site

Gentle Yoga with LIVE Harp music

See Event Description / 7:30-8:30 a.m.

825-9642 / info@omshalayoga.com / Web site

Album Rease Party with Piet Dalmolen and Therese FItzMaurice

Westhaven Center for the Arts / 7:30-10 a.m. / $10 / $20 Generous Patrons / $5 students

We are thrilled to announce the release of TWO albums from TWO of Humboldt's favorite performers, Piet Dalmolen and Therese FitzMaurice.

498-3564 / t_keslin@hotmail.com / Web site

Explore North Coast Sea Kayaking Social

Trinidad / 8 a.m.-7 p.m. / Free

Explore North Coast will host its ninth annual, four-day Sea Kayaking Social “Thingy”, inviting kayakers from around the region.

839-3553 / info@explorenorthcoast.net / Web site

Public Nerf Games

Arcata Community Center / 9-10:30 a.m. / $5

Join us at Arcata Community Center for a morning of exciting Nerf games for ages 6-12!

599-9455 / HumboldtNerfEvents@gmail.com / Web site

Antique and Art Show 2018

Redwood Acres Fairgrounds / 9 a.m.-5 p.m. / $2

This is the 15th year for the annual Antique & Art Show it is the place to find that unusual, hard to find or just plain awesome antique, mid-century, local art, or collectible that you have been looking for.

616-9920 / RForemanEstate@gmail.com / Web site

Gentle Yoga

See Event Description / 9-10:20 a.m.

A restful calming class including breathing, gentle movements, passive and supported poses.

825-9642 / info@omshalayoga.com / Web site

World Tai Chi Day

Arcata Plaza / 10 a.m.-noon / Free

Free Tai Chi in celebration of World Healing.

268-3936 / gkhesseltine@yahoo.com / Web site

Independent Bookstore Day

Northtown Books / 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Northtown Books will once again celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, a national party to celebrate indie bookstores, readers, authors and the entire literary ecosystem!

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

Ferns of the Dunes Walk

Pacific Union School / 10 a.m.-noon / Free

Ferns are distinctive and popular for the exotic texture they add to vegetation. Join Friends of the Dunes and naturalist Carol Ralph for a Ferns of the Dunes Walk at the Lanphere Dunes Unit of the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

444-1397 / info@friendsofthedunes.org / Web site

Interested in Sailing? Humboldt Yacht Club 80th Annual Opening Day Open House

See Event Description / 10 a.m.-2 p.m. / Free

Join the club on Opening Day and we will waive your new member enrollment fee and pro-rate your current year dues!

845-4854 / lawrencefoxiii@gmailj.com / Web site

Intermediate Surfing

Center Activities, HSU Campus / 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. / $80 / $65 HSU Students

826-3357 / cntract@humboldt.edu / Web site

Redwood Craft Stomp

Humboldt County / 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. / Free

The Redwood Craft Stomp is a Humboldt County yarn and craft crawl that includes local yarn stores, arts & craft stores and a farm.

443-9276 / info@yarn-fun.com / Web site

North Coast Mensa Forum

Samoa Cook House / noon-1 p.m. / Free

Columnist and writer Tim Martin will speak on “Being a Newspaper Columnist” at the Northcoast Mensa Forum at noon Saturday.

jakable5@gmail.com /

Humboldt Math Festival

Adorni Center / noon-4 p.m. / Free / Free Everyone

The festival includes hands-on fun with puzzles, games, contests, demos and make-&-take activities.

845-7465 / kbpinkerton@yahoo.com / Web site

Yu-Gi-Oh Flames of Destruction Sneak Peek

Nugames Eureka / 1 p.m. / $20

Join us for a Yugioh Sneak Peek!

497-6358 / nugamesonline@gmail.com / Web site

‘Planning for My Death’ Presentation

Hospice of Humboldt / 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Italian Dinner and Swing Concert Dance

Willow Creek VFW Hall / 5-8 p.m. / $15 / $3 Kids: Concert Only / $5 Adults:Concert Only / $8 Kids

Free swing dance lesson from 5-6 p.m. This is a multi-generational event, from toddlers to octogenarians.

530-629-3564 / dreamquestwillowcreek@hotmail.com / Web site

A Choice Affair: Under The Stars Gala

Sequoia Conference Center / 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Join us for a festive evening of food, libations, camaraderie, and exciting silent and live auctions featuring special guest auctioneer Senator Mike McGuire, and supporting the life-saving work of Planned Parenthood.

Kindred Spirits

Mad River Brewery Tasting Room / 6-8:30 p.m. / Free

Local bluegrass.

668-4151 / music@madriverbrewing.com / Web site

Music and Art

Morris Graves Museum of Art / 7-9 p.m. / $20

Allstar Theatre Arts and the Humboldt Arts Council are team up for an amazing night of talented local performers surrounded by beautiful works of art.

442-0278 / info@allstartheatre.org / Web site

Frisky Brisket

Calico's Cafe / 7 p.m.

Violin guitar duo.

923-2253 /

The EthniKs

Cafe Mokka / 8 p.m.

International music.

822-2228 / Web site

Jenni & David and the Sweet Soul Band

Redwood Curtain Brewing Company, Arcata / 8-11 p.m. / Free All Ages

Local funk, soul, and blues band.

826-7222 / Web site

Uptown Kings

Cher-Ae Heights Casino / 9 p.m. / 21+

Local blues masters go to town.

800-684-2464 / Web site


Little Red Lion / 9 p.m. / 21+

How could this be a bad idea?

Karaoke w/ Chris Clay

RJ Grin's Lounge / 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m. / Free / 21+

445-0844 / cleo.nice@redlion.com /

The Roadmasters

Bear River Casino Resort / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+

The Roadmasters are one of Northern California's longest running country bands.

298-0632 / kylehudson@bearrivercasino.com / Web site

Dr. Squid

Blue Lake Casino and Hotel / 9 p.m.-1 a.m. / Free / 21+

Dance hits.

877-252-2946 / info@bluelakecasino.com / Web site

Sexy MF'ing Saturdays

The Griffin / 9 p.m. / 21+

Join L Boogie for Sexy M.F. Saturdays - this and every last Saturday of the month at The Griffin.

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Rocker Saturday's: Reggae Night

The Jam / 9:29 p.m.

822-4766 / Web site


Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+

Plaza ass shaking.

822-0919 /


Toby and Jacks / 10 p.m. / 21+

More Plaza ass shaking.


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