Humboldt County's artists and artisans take to the streets for the Humboldt Makers Street Fair in Old Town on Aug. 1 from noon to 9 p.m. (free). Make it a full day of art, music and fun as the event blends into Eureka's Arts Alive! in the evening.
Peruse the wares of woodworkers, jewelers, pottery artists, clothing crafters and more. Stroll Second Street, shake a few artistic hands or try your own at a trade. Get a little glitter on your fingertips (and everywhere else) — or watch the pros do it themselves at any of the many demonstrations. Chances are you'll walk away from the day with inspiration as well as something pretty.
Entertaining you all day long are local musicians and street performers. Some spin sticks of fire, some belly dance. Bob your head to the beats of Lindsay Battle, Cliff Dallas and the Death Valley Troubadours, Companion Animal, Dogbone and the John David Young Conspiracy. Pachucos in Space opens the fair playing the gazebo at noon.
The handmade hoedown is a fundraiser for Crafty Kids Enrichment Program, providing scholarships for kids to attend crafting camps offered by Origin Design Lab (which, along with Eureka Main Street, puts on the fair each year).