Children 12 and younger parade costumed pets down Main Street to Firemen's Park
for prizes at 11 a.m. Call: 707-786-4477. See more events in the
May - Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race.
Wild and crazy people-powered sculptures traverse land, sand, and water
to travel from the Arcata Plaza (10 a.m. viewing, noon start Saturday)
to the finish line in the Victorian Village of Ferndale (finishing any
time after noon Monday). It's all for the glory! Dessert awards ceremony
open to the public, beginning around 5:30 p.m., location TBA. Course
map. 707-845-1717 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
June: Redwood Coast Amateur Radio Convention. The national
association for amateur radio, the American Radio Relay League (San
Francisco Section) and Humboldt Amateur Radio Clubs present a three-day
convention at the fairgrounds in Ferndale. ARRL forum - guest speakers -
seminars - VE testing - commercial dealers, DX station - swap meet -
geocaching - fox hunt - women’s (non-radio) program - hourly door prizes
all three days. Friday 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.,
followed by banquet (reservations required). Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Admission $4 ($10 for immediate family group of 4 or more). Bellotti
Hall, Humboldt County Fair Assn. Talk-In Frequency, 146.700 MHz – 600.
Contact: Marci (KE61AU), email@example.com 707-442-3866
June: Pet Parade. Children 12 and younger parade costumed pets down
Main Street to Firemen's Park for prizes at 10:30 a.m. 786-4477
June: Udders Day. Between Mudders Day and Fodders Day, the four-legged
ladies gather for Udders Day in celebration of Dairy Month in the
Victorian Village. Following the pet parade, fun-filled activities for
the whole family include a baking contest with prizes awarded to the
udderly best cheesecakes at 1 p.m., and a chocolate chip cookie contest
for cookies made and judged by kids at 3 p.m. Grandmas judge the cow
costume contest, with prizes in two categories: 0- to 8-year-olds and 9-
to 99-year-olds. Lots of prizes and giveaways from the California Milk
Advisory Board, California Cheese and Humboldt Creamery. District One
Dairy Princess offers samples of Humboldt Creamery milk and ice cream.
Historical memorabilia displays honor Ferndale's dairy families, and
kid's cow art adorns shop windows. Join Main Street's Holstein herd for
an udderly amusing day in Ferndale, Cow-lifornia! 707-786-4477
June: North Coast Open Studios for Southern Humboldt County.
Ferndale's resident artists invite art lovers to visit them and see
their artwork at their creative spaces in the Victorian Village of
Ferndale. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
4th of July Celebration Model A cars parade for the 4th of July.
Independence Day Fire Engine Rides. Ferndale Volunteer Firefighters
celebrate independence with an old-fashioned treat for the kids: a free
ride on a gleaming fire engine. 10 a.m. to noon. 707-786-9515
Parade. Ferndale Repertory Theatre organizes an artful Independence Day
parade at noon. 707-786-5483
Picnic. Ferndale Rotary Club cooks up an Independence Day picnic at 1
Patriotic Musical Revue, "Celebrate America." Popular 4th of July show
begins at the Ferndale Repertory Theatre at 3 p.m. and features the
Scotia Band under the direction of Michael McClimon and Betty Diehl
conducting the Chameleon Singers. 707-786-5483
August: 109th Annual Humboldt County Fair. Horse races, mule
races, art, livestock contests, carnival rides, handicrafts, food, sheep
dog trials, floriculture, animals, much more! The oldest uninterrupted
county fair in California is fun for everyone. 707-786-9511
September: Bargain Lovers' Weekend. IT'S A GARAGE SALE... IT'S A
BARN SALE... IT'S A SIDEWALK SALE... IT'S A... BARGAIN LOVERS' WEEKEND!
It's the biggest sale of its kind in the history of Humboldt County.
From Main Street to side streets the whole town is getting in on the
act! More than 100 different locations offering everything from antiques
to zithers. New and used merchandise... toys... tools... gadgets
galore... clothing... household... plants and garden... games...
puzzles... kids' stuff! WOW!!! Just look for the BRIGHT YELLOW SIGNS
that mark each location! Shop 'til you drop in and around the business
district. Food, fun and shopping... it doesn't get much better than
BARGAIN LOVERS' WEEKEND! 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 707-786-4477
September 10: Ice Cream Social on the Village Green is a scholarship
fundraiser by Delta Zeta Beta. Noon to 4 p.m.
September: Las Fiestas Patrias. Mexican Independence Day (September
16, 1810) celebration includes food, live music, a "little miss"
pageant, Mexican games, performances by the Folklorico Dancers of
Humboldt State University and member of the Fortuna Union High School
Culture Awareness Club. Event concludes with the "El Grito" or "Cry of
Independence" ceremony. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Humboldt County Fairgrounds,
September: Ferndale Home Tour. Take advantage of your opportunity to
peek inside several of the most elegant homes in the Victorian Village
of Ferndale. Proceeds benefit the Ferndale Museum. Noon to 5 PM. For
information, or to purchase ticket for this well attended event,
contact the Ferndale Museum at 786-4466, firstname.lastname@example.org or
October 14-15: Assumption Parish Bazaar is old fashioned fun at
Portuguese Hall. Cake walk, country store, fancy work booth, etc.,
Friday and Saturday, 7-10 p.m.
October: Scarecrow Stampede! Where do scarecrows go to vacation after
the harvest? Each year, more and more congregate on the streets of
Ferndale. They begin gathering October 1st to be here for the Oct. 16th
Main Street stampede. Family fun includes a pie eating contest (pies
courtesy of Marie Callendar's Eureka restaurant), Kiwanis Korner Hay
Maze, barbecue, live band, Scouts' face painting booth and pumpkin
patch. Main Street between Brown & Washington Sts., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
October: Halloween Carnival & Chili Feed. Haunted house, dime-a-chance
carnival games for the kids, cake walk, bingo, silent auction, and more
good, clean Halloween fun. Fundraiser for the Ferndale Elementary 8th
Grade Class. Chili Feed (chili, salad, hot dogs, desserts), 5:30-8:30
p.m.; Carnival, 6-9 p.m. Adults (ninth grade & older), $4.50;
3-year-olds through eighth graders, $3.50; younger than 3 eat free.
Belotti Hall, Humboldt County Fairgrounds. Information: 707-786-5300
November TBA: The Wise & Exotic Beauties Fashion Show. Over-50 models
don wearable art by twelve Humboldt County artists for inclusion in
W.E.B. Fashion Show calendar. Benefit for the Humboldt Kinetic
Association, a group of local non-profit agencies (CampFire USA,
HIV/Kids, Arcata Endeavor, Humboldt Mediation Services, the Ferndale
Kinetic Museum and the Arcata Kinetic Lab) who produce the Grand
Championship Arcata to Ferndale Kinetic Sculpture Race. Dinner/fashion
show package, $25.00; $5 for fashion show only. Tickets available at the
door or at Hobart Galleries in Ferndale, CampFire USA and the Works in
Eureka. Wednesday, 6 p.m. in Ferndale at Curley’s Bar and Grill Banquet
Room, in the Victorian Inn, Ferndale.
November 24: Community Thanksgiving Service. Members of Ferndale's six
churches join together to give thanks in an ecumenical service at
Assumption Church, 10 a.m. 707-786-9551.
November - December TBA: Holiday Theatre for the whole family. Thursday
/ Friday / Saturday evenings, Sunday matinees. Ferndale Repertory
December 2: Hospitality Night Open House. The Victorian Village welcomes
friends to a lively evening on Main Street. Merchants serve up cheer
along with free beverages and goodies. Prize drawing fundraiser for the
Ferndale Chamber of Commerce. 7-9 p.m. 707-786-4477
Photo by Mark Higley
December: 10:30 a.m. Santa Claus arrives in Ferndale! The jolly elf
opens his bag of goodies for youngsters on Main Street. Carriage rides
for the kids, too! 10:30 a.m. 707-786-4477
December: The Ferndale Express tot-sized train runs up and down Main
Street for family fun. Saturdays from noon to 2 p.m. Free. 707-786-4477
December: 36th Annual Christmas Celebration in Song. An eclectic
selection of sacred and inspiring music from across the centuries and
around the world, plus readings to inspire your holiday spirit. With
more than 60 voices, The Ferndale Community Choir ushers in the
Christmas season as it has for three generations of listeners. Ferndale
Community Church, 8 p.m. 707-786-4477
December: 36th Annual Christmas Celebration in Song. The Ferndale
Community Choir gives an encore performance, concluding in time for
everyone to attend the lighting of America's tallest living Christmas
tree. An eclectic selection of sacred and inspiring music from across
the centuries and around the world, plus readings to inspire your
holiday spirit. With more than 60 voices, The Ferndale Community Choir
ushers in the Christmas season as it has for three generations of
listeners. Assumption Church, 3 p.m. 707-786-4477.
December: Lighting of America's Tallest Living Christmas Tree. Decked
with colored lights by Ferndale's intrepid volunteer firemen, the huge,
radiant Spruce at the end of Main Street is visible for miles, a beacon
to herald the Christmas season.
The whole town turns out, along with the Booster Band, Chamelon Singers,
4-H, Scout Troops, etc., for a ceremony to rekindle the Christmas
spirit, then gathers over free cookies and punch. A Ferndale tradition
since 1934. 5:30 p.m. 707-786-4477
Photo copyrighted by Matt Knowles of Aesthetic Design & Photography. If
you would like a high quality print please contact Matt at 707-786-4643
December: Portuguese Linguica and Beans Dinner features food and
friendliness on tree lighting night at Portuguese Hall, 5-8 p.m.
December: Christmas Brass Band strolls Main Street from 2-4 p.m. for
your holiday entertainment.
December: Victorian Carriage Co. offers horse-drawn carriage tours of
the Victorian Village Saturday afternoons during the holiday season.
Other events by appointment. Find the carriage stop at 632 Main Street
or call the carriage driver: 707-496-3712
December TBA: Matinee Holiday Theatre. Appropriate for grades K-6, this
special holiday production is available to elementary school groups for
$1 per ticket, thanks to sponsorship from the Bertha Russ Lytel
Foundation. General admission $5. Tuesdays through Thursdays at 10 a.m.
Ferndale Repertory Theatre, 707-786-5483
December TBA: 13th Annual Christmas Lighted Tractor Parade. Local
farmers and ranchers parade fancifully decorated tractors and
tractor-drawn wagons depicting holiday scenes down the Victorian
Village's historic Main Street for a sparkling country Christmas
celebration! 7 p.m. 707-786-9675 or 707-786-4477
December 31: Annual New Year's Eve Rodeo Bash. West Coast Rodeo
Company presents a full day of rodeo events, beginning at 8 a.m. sharp
in the indoor arena. Team penning, branding, roping; breakaway roping;
steer wrestling; men's and women's calf roping; barrel racing. Humboldt
County Fairgrounds. 707-786-4864
Spectators attend day rodeo events at no charge.
Contestants pay per event entered, $15-30. Top Hand Award -- Cowboy and
Cowgirl -- based on top 10 place points (must enter 3 events).
Buffet and dance at Belotti Hall, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.; $15 per person
admission (tickets at the door)
Events list courtesy Ferndalee's FABULOUS Chamber of
Commerce. Thank you!