A hundred years ago, the white buildings of the Creamery District were the epicenter of Arcata’s bustling dairy industry, where 1,500 pounds of Golden State Swiss Cheese was produced per day. Today, the industrial neighborhood has become an avant-garde district for art, theater, and commerce just west of Arcata. Locals frequent the historic Creamery Building to watch live theater or take a yoga class, while others shop for locally made jewelry and housewares in unique shops specializing in North Coast style.
Humboldt Crabs Game
The oldest continually-operated collegiate baseball team in America, the Humboldt Crabs are better known as one of the best shows in town. They’ve been playing ball in downtown Arcata since 1945. The friendly stadium is a great place to kick back and enjoy a cold beer. Find the schedule at humboldtcrabs.com
On the second Friday night of every month, locals gather in Arcata to see familiar faces, listen to live music and enjoy the artistic heritage of the city during Arts Arcata. Businesses that border the Plaza stay open until 9 p.m., with many offering in-house live music, concessions and special events. A free, self-guided public art tour, Arts Arcata is a wonderful opportunity to experience Arcata every second Friday from 6-9 p.m.
No matter the day or the hour, something interesting is always happening on the Arcata Plaza. People watching at its finest, the Plaza has long been a gathering place for travelers, performers, and political activists to exercise their creativity and freedom of speech. When the sun comes out, there’s enough room for everyone to soak up the rays and take in the sights.