2018 Fair Info

2018 Fair Info 

September 15 & 16, 2018

A Humboldt County tradition since 1974

The 2018 North Country Fair has been declared a Celebration of Resilience, a nod to the current political environment and our unified strength to carry on. From its inception, the North Country Fair has been a showcase and haven for creativity, alternative solutions, and the resilient people who use those tools for progress. In these troubled times, The Same Old People wish to reflect on the capacity of communities everywhere to build resistance and remain strong in defense of our collective futures and to provide a deep and lasting cultural change.

The 45th North Country Fair takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16, from 10 am to 6 pm at the Arcata Plaza. This free and family-friendly festival features 170 art and craft vendors, three music and entertainment stages, local food booths, activities for kids, and a daily parade at 1 pm. Bring your two-legged friends and families, but please leave your dogs and pets at home.

The All Species Parade will take place on Saturday, led by the Northcoast Environmental Center. Dress up in your favorite animal, creature, or species costume and join in on the fun! The theme for this year’s Parade is Resilient Species Bounce Back. 

The Annual Samba Parade lead by Samba da Alegria will take place on Sunday at 1 pm and always promises to be a highlight of the Fair. 

The North Country Fair has been leading the way in Zero Waste Event efforts, inspiring other events locally and regionally to join the reusable and refillable revolution. We diverted a large amount of festival waste from the landfill last year and we are working on systems to meet new goals!  We ask that all attending help us by bringing your own pint cup for beer and a refillable bottle for water and refrain from bringing in waste from off-site. All items are sorted and weighed- so please take those disposable diapers and plastic water bottles back home with you.

The North Country Fair is brought to you by The Same Old People, a nonprofit group of community members dedicated to presenting this arts and crafts, community-centered festival for years to come.