2019 Schedule

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Flynn Creek Circus Performances:

Thursday, Aug 15 at 7 pm Opening night special price, all seats $11/child, $22/adult, NO FRONT ROW RESERVE!

Friday, Aug 16 at 7pm

Saturday, Aug 17 at 2pm

Saturday, Aug 17 at 5pm

Saturday, Aug 17 at 9pm- Adult 21+ only version, and gather at the circus tent at 7:30pm to see Elemental: an outdoor spectacle

Sunday, Aug 18 at 2pm- family day special, 1/2 price children’s ticket with adult ticket purchase, *online purchase only*promotion ends Aug 16, 2019*

Under the big circus tent
near the parking lot of the Tomas building at 1275 8th St. Arcata, CA

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Third Fridays

Friday, Aug 16 from 6 pm to 9 pm

The historic Creamery District will be abuzz with Third Fridays, highlighting local artisans, cider, food, and a family friendly atmosphere. Music from the four piece group, Frogbite will grace the Creamery Courtyard. Hopping from the depths of a murky pond on the side of a high hill in the heart of Humboldt county, Frogbite’s style varies from funky-jazzy to rock with a little retro thrown in for good measure.

On Saturday, Aug 17, the Creamery Courtyard will host music from 3-7 pm. Come browse the artisan shops and listen to tunes from Oyster Baes, Blood Hunny, and Sue and the Namis.

Throughout the Creamery District near 824 L St, Arcata, CA 95521
between N & L and 8th & 10th

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Saturday, Aug 17 gather at 7:30 pm, procession starts at 8pm

This family oriented pageant will be performed at different sites around the Creamery building and will feature giant puppets, dancers, stilt walkers, live music and beautiful paper lanterns, all happening around the Creamery building.

Procession begins at 8 p.m. moving to the community bike path in front of the Creamery Building and processing around the 9th Street side of the building. Following Elemental there will be a special Flynn Creek Circus performance at 9 p.m. for adult (21 and over).

A lantern building workshop will be hosted at the Arcata Playhouse August 10 from 12-4 pm.

Assemble at the lot in front of the Tomas building at 1275 8th Street in Arcata at 7:30 p.m. Procession starts at 8 pm. Look for the big circus tent!



Lush Newton

In 2017, Playhouse Arts commissioned local artist Lush Newton to create a special outdoor art exhibit,  inspired by the 100th anniversary of the Creamery Building. The exhibit, titled “California State Creamery; The Land of Milk and Honey,”  showcases  Newton’s unique whimsical style in several oversized art pieces placed around the building, including representations of a historical train station and train engine, a family of Portuguese farmers and a special ode to Creamery Building architect Franklin Georgeson. This exhibit will be up throughout the festival.


Tim Gray
Tim Gray’s Foot Fall, an audio installation, was created to accompany a stroll around the Creamery District. Gray states, “The world is quite a noise filled place. So much so that most of us screen out much of this sound. This piece is designed to envelop the listener into another aural world, and alternative universe in sound’.