Creamery Building 100th Anniversary


The 2017 Creamery Arts Festival celebrates the 100th anniversary of Arcata’s historic Creamery Building with four days of events August 17-20Highlights include the Flynn Creek Circus, fermented food and drink at the Humboldt Fervor Fest, the giant puppets and lanterns of the ever-popular Elemental performance spectacle, and a whimsical outdoor exhibit of unique historical recreations by local artist Lush Newton. Tickets at Wildberries Marketplace, & or for information call 822-1575.

Thursday August 17 at 6 p.m. the festival kicks off with and opening reception for Lush Newton’s centennial inspired outdoor art exhibit “Golden State Creamery; The Land of Milk and Honey” which will feature oversized historical images around the building. In addition, the first of six shows by Mendocino County’s Flynn Creek Circus begins at 7 p.m. Come to the vintage big top tent for all-human spectacular performances by tightrope walkers, aerialists, jugglers, acrobats, and comedians. With their International cast, Flynn Creek Circus' 'Inter-Active' fuses comedy, improvisation and jaw dropping skills to create a completely new genre in circus-theater.

Friday August 18 at 8:15 pm presents the Playhouse’s signature outdoor performance spectacle Elemental. Pick out your favorite paper lantern and join the giant puppets, dancers, stilt walkers, and live music around the Creamery building. The evening ends with a special adult performance by the Flynn Creek Circus at 9 p.m.

Saturday August 19 from 1-5 p.m. sees the return of Humboldt Fervor Fest, a benefit for Humboldt Made, and the Arcata Playhouse. The event is full of fermentation fun with sauerkraut, kimchi, kvass, cheese, pickles, hard cider, distilled spirits, beer and wine tastings, and fermented non-alcoholic drinks. Kick back to live music from Latin locals Timbata, Paula Jones Band, Belles of the Levee, RLA jazz trio with violinist Rob Diggins and Bandamonium, plus some special surprises. Also, a kids area with bouncy castle and fun actvities. Flynn Creek Circus will perform at 3pm and 7pm.

Sunday August 20 closes the festivities with Flynn Creek Circus shows at 1pm and 4pm.

The Creamery Building tower will be open for guided tours Saturday, August 19, and there will be a festive courtyard sponsored by Bang, Bang! Vintage Clothing and Redwood Raks.                              

All activities are free except Flynn Creek Circus (tickets at and Humboldt Fervor Fest (tickets at Wildberries Marketplace or Check for the latest program updates at

About the Creamery Building

The historic Creamery Building is home to the Arcata Playhouse, Redwood Raks Dance Studios, Phoenix Ceramics, Tosha Yoga, Finigan & Thonson Custom Woodworks and vintage clothing store Bang! Bang! as well as musicians, potters, puppeteers and visual artists. The Creamery Building is centrally located in Arcata between 8th and 9th Streets at L Street and is easily accessible via the city’s new bike and walking trail that comes right through the neighborhood.

Support for the Creamery Festival comes from the California Arts Council, Footprint Foundation, and local business sponsors Wildberries Marketplace, Greenway Partners, Coast Central Credit Union and Holly Yashi Jewelry.  

Summer Youth Workshops 2017

Sign up now for Summer Fun at the Playhouse!!!!


Now is the time to sign up for summer workshops!!!!

We offer three exciting workshops during the summer 2017:

  • Puppet Camp, June 26 - 30
  • Pageant on the Plaza, July 10 – 22
  • Summer Youth Workshops from July 24 – 28

Puppet Camp (for ages 6 - 14) consists of a puppet building laboratory during the morning session.  Campers will be guided through a brainstorming, planning, and building process by the teachers.  The lab focuses on building your own puppet characters and puppet stages.  Campers will work with a variety of materials to construct one to three different kids of puppets.  In the afternoon campers will write and create original puppet plays with the puppet characters they build in the morning.  They will perform their plays in their own puppet festival on the last day of camp.  Parent and the community will be invited!

Pageant on the Plaza, is an exciting two-week adventure into outdoor performance and spectacle for kids ages 9 to 14. See the Pageant on the Plaza website.  The two-week workshop begins with a week of skill building during which classes are presented in storytelling, character development, construction of large puppets, music, movement and stilt walking. The second week is dedicated to applying those freshly minted skills to building and rehearsing an original production to be performed at the end of a Saturdays' Farmers Market on July 22rd. 

Summer Youth Workshops are a collection of fun theater classes for kids ages 6 to 8 and 9 to 14. Classes are held Monday through Friday and end with a final presentation on the last day. Classes offered are Clown Town, Creative Movement, Mythic Acting or Mythos in Acting and Theater Improvisation. For more information on the July 2017 workshops go to Summer Youth Workshops

Please email Amy Tetzlaff with questions or for a registration form:

or call the Arcata Playhouse at 822-1575!


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