September, October, and November in the Redwoods

Humboldt County Local Food Month

food-monthLocal Food Month is a county-wide celebration of local food, local farmers, and local abundance, intended to raise awareness of agriculture and healthy food systems in Humboldt County. Throughout September, a series of events provide opportunities to enjoy and learn about local foods and the people who produce them. Many of the events are free. Each event brings people together to share food and fun in support of Humboldt County agriculture.


Bigfoot Days – Willow Creek

bigfootHumboldt’s hairy hominid returns for a festive homecoming to the town where his legend began in the town where the famous Bigfoot footage was filmed in 1967.  This three-day event includes food & craft booths, oyster feed, deep pit BBQ, logging contests, a petting zoo, kids bike race, lawn mower race, disc golf tourney and big ice cream social with homemade pies, cakes and cobblers at the town museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of Bigfoot curios.



Apple Harvest Festival – Fortuna

Enjoy the fruits of the fall harvest

apple-harvestThe festival is a city-wide celebration of history, family and farms, with plenty of apple and cider tasting as well as other tasty foods.  The festival has grown from its roots as an apple harvest festival to an event that brings the community together, a farm event, historical celebration and family fun day.





Humboldt Redwoods Marathon

Six Rivers Running Club Presents the Redwoods Marathon

running-clubRun beneath a canopy of some of the world’s largest and most beautiful trees.  Six Rivers Running Club presents the annual Humboldt Redwoods Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5K.  It’s always the 3rd Sunday in October at 9:00 A.M.

The course runs along the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park and this marathon is also a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.


Fortuna Concert Series

The Fortuna Concert Series is an eight-performance event that continues through the winter and spring. These professional musical programs feature talented local groups and individuals, as well as nationally and internationally known performers. The rich and diversified programming includes classical, jazz, folk, ethnic, vocal and instrumental music.


Birdwalks at Wildlife Refuge – Loleta

birdwalkOn the first Wednesday of every month, you can take a guided bird hike led by Friends of Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge volunteer, naturalist Louise Bacon-Ogden.  Guided by the Audubon Society.  You can check out binoculars and also share the walk leader’s spotting scope.  Bird walks usually last an hour and a half to two hours and cover a distance of about two miles. It’s free and beginners are welcome. Meet at 9am HBNWF visitor center 1020 Ranch Rd in Loleta.


Holiday Craft Faire – Fortuna

Located just steps from The Redwood, you can enjoy the River Lodge Conference Center Holiday Craft Faire.  There are booths featuring quality, handmade crafts and fine art by the exhibitors. Nothing is imported. And, while you’re at the faire, you can enjoy an assortment of homemade scones, soups and coffee at the Cafe Court!

Victorian Holidays – Ferndale

victorian-villageEnjoy the warm feeling of an olde-fashioned Victorian Christmas and make your holiday shopping something out of the ordinary.  Dress in Victorian or Country-Victorian attire to be a part of this very special day, or just come share the day with family and friends. For your enjoyment, there will be theatrical and musical entertainment, shops and restaurants will be decorated for the holidays and you are invited to experience the warm and wonderful feeling of a traditional Victorian holiday season in the enchanting Victorian Village of Ferndale!



Craftsman’s Days – Eureka

blue-oxHeld annually on the weekend after Thanksgiving

Come spend a weekend learning about the traditional arts of blacksmithing, woodworking, ceramics and much more. Demonstrations in the traditional arts including Blacksmithing, woodworking and spinning. Live music and home-style cooking. Fun for the whole family. Living history and artisan fair at the Blue Ox Millworks Historic Park in Eureka. Hours 10 am – 4 pm