Things To Do

A lively university town with a historic Plaza, Arcata is the North Coast’s hub for culture, art, and music. Any weekend of the year, local theater groups and bands play their hearts out in funky bars and community centers across town. If your tastes run toward big talent, Humboldt State University  attracts some of the world’s best in ballet, folk, country, contemporary music, comedy, and opera. During the day, visitors can join the locals enjoying the Plaza and chat with artisans selling their wares in unique shops. After a day of shopping or hiking in Arcata’s Community Forest, a nearly empty beach awaits you at sunset – though it’s hard to visit Arcata without making new friends!