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(VIDEO) Your Annual Reminder That Quadiators is a Thing That Happens in Fortuna

Humans! What strides we’ve made here on the marble! ’Twas the ancient Greeks of Athens who first cooked up democracy! Some time later, 9th century Tang dynasty alchemists gave us wonderful gunpowder. And, of course, historians will never forget the denizens of the City of Fortuna, creators of Quadiators. Blessings upon them all!

Friday night of Fortuna Rodeo Week is Motorsports Night at the Rohner Park Rodeo Grounds, an event headlined by the aforementioned Quadiators. If you don’t know what Quadiators is, for years here at LoCO we’ve used “live action Mario Kart” as shorthand to describe it. Essentially teams of two mount a quad — one driver and one attacker. The attacker has a balloon affixed to his helmet which other teams attempt to pop using whiffle ball bats and vice versa. This is fun, both for the competitors and gathered spectators, however sometimes tensions can run a bit high, as was chronicled in arguably Fortuna’s most viral video. Watch it below and/or scroll your Lowdown listings below for more Friday distractions.


Eureka Friday Night Market

Old Town Eureka / 5-8 p.m.

Friday Nights are about to get real fun in Old Town, Eureka! Join us for a farmers market, craft booths, live music, food trucks, Humboldt Made member booths, and a beer and wine garden every Friday.

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Creamery Courtyard Creators Friday Night Market

Arcata Creamery District / 6-9 p.m. / Free

The Courtyard at the Creamery Building will be open Friday Night, The Sand Fleas will be playing and there will be snacks and drinks.

633-6209 / creameryinfo@gmail.com / Web site

Fortuna Rodeo Week: Motorsports Night

Rohner Park / 7 p.m.

Motorsports Night features ATV and Rhino racing and, of course, the wow,-someone-thought-of-that spectacle that is Quadiators.

Coherence, Blood Honey, Dimboi

Outer Space / 7-10 p.m. / $5

Coherence plays hardcore punk with lyrics in English, Arabic, and Farsi. They are on tour from Oakland and will be joined with Arcata based indie rockers Blood Honey and Dimboi.

798-0812 / breakfastalldaycollective@gmail.com /

Humboldt Crabs vs. Ventura County Pirates

Arcata Ball Park / 7 p.m. / $9

Your hometown heroes whoop up on some other lesser team. Peanuts, crackerjacks, etc.

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The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler

Redwood Curtain Theatre / 8 p.m. / $17 / $10 Thursdays / $22 7/7 gala opening

"Beginning immediately after Henrik Ibsen’s classic ends, this hilarious romp finds Hedda Gabler mired in an alternative hell: a place where death is only possible when a fictional character is forgotten by the real-life public."

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Mary Poppins: The Musical

Arkley Center For The Performing Arts / 8-11 p.m. / $16 / $14 Balcony Child / $16 Balcony Adult / $20 Loge (Rows AA-DD) Child / $25 Loge (Rows AA-DD) Adult / $14 Orchestra Side Rows Child / $16 Orchestra Side Rows Adult / $16 Orchestra Center Rows Child / $18 Orchestra Center Rows Adult / $20 Orchestra Front Rows Child / $25 Orchestra Front Rows Adult

One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical!

infomainstage@gmail.com / Web site

The Importance of Being Earnest

North Coast Repertory Theatre / 8-10 p.m. / $16 / $13 Student & Senior

Algernon lives in the city. Jack lives in the country. Both of them live double lives. But when Algernon pretends to be Jack's imaginary brother Ernest in order to meet an eligible young lady, comedic mayhem breaks loose.

442-6278 / northcoastrepertory@gmail.com / Web site

Get Up & Cheer Youth Camp

Eureka Municipal Auditorium / 8 a.m. / $175

Led by former all-star and collegiate cheerleader and instructor with the National Cheerleaders Association, Sierra Jenkins, this camp will introduce the fundamentals of cheer, dance, and team bonding.

441-4248 / EurekaYouthCheerCamp@gmail.com / Web site

Get Up & Cheer Youth Camp

Eureka Municipal Auditorium / 8 a.m.-5 p.m. / $175

Led by former all-star and collegiate cheerleader and instructor with the National Cheerleaders Association, Sierra Jenkins, this camp will introduce the fundamentals of cheer, dance, and team bonding.

441-4248 / EurekaYouthCheerCamp@gmail.com / Web site

DJ Rickshaw and The Bustop

The Griffin / 10-1 a.m. / Free / 21+

darrenrick@djrickshaw.com / Web site

Where's Waldo in Arcata?

Arcata / 10 a.m.-6 p.m. / Free

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

Garberville Farmers' Market

See Event Description / 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

559-246-2246 / sohumfm@yahoo.com / Web site

Children's Summer Lunch Program

See Event Description / noon-2 p.m. / Free / $None Children 18 years and under

June 18th marks the start of Food for People’s Children’s Summer Lunch Program, providing a free lunch’s for children on summer weekdays at different county-wide sites.

445-3166 / csmith@foodforpeople.org / Web site

Drop-in Volunteering at SCRAP Humboldt

SCRAP Humboldt / 1-6 p.m. / Free

Do you love fun tasks, organizing or helping the environment? Stop by SCRAP and lend your hand!

822-2452 / volunteer@scraphumboldt.org / Web site

Safari Boots

Wrangletown Cider Company / 5:30-8:30 p.m. / Free

Want some upbeat fun and delicious wood-fired pizza to end your week? Safari Boots and Pizza Gago will be in the house at Wrangletown and North Story Wines this Friday.

508-5175 / wrangletowncidercompany@gmail.com / Web site

Live Music

Humboldt Cider Company / 5:30-7:30 p.m. / Free

497-6320 / humboldtcidercompany@gmail.com / Web site

McKinleyville Arts Night

McKinleyville Business Dist. / 6-8 p.m.

Celebration of arts, food and fun in McKinleyville held the third Friday of each month.

Cadillac Ranch

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

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

Blue Lotus Jazz

Larrupin Cafe / 6 p.m. / Free

Jazz on the patio.

677-0230 / davewilsonguitarist@yahoo.com / Web site

Two Lectures & Book Signing

Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center / 6:30-8:30 p.m. / Free

826-2359 / amic@cityofarcata.org /

Ghost Program

SpeakEasy / 8:30 p.m. / 21+

Gettin' down in Opera Alley.

444-2244 / Web site

Woven Roots

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

Local reggae.

668-9770 / Web site


Central Station / 9 p.m.

Again, you know what karaoke is.

839-2013 /

Chad Bushnell

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

Born and Raised in Red Bluff, Chad has been performing since the age of 5! As a singer/songwriter, he is pursuing a career as a professional country music singer.

733-9644 / karlaramirez@bearrivercasino.com / Web site


Sidelines / 10 p.m. / 21+

Plaza ass shaking.

822-0919 /


Toby and Jacks / 10 p.m.



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