The next festival is December 4, 5 & 6 2020 at Redwood Acres
Dear Friends of Humboldt Artisans Crafts & Music Festival,
Due to COVID-19, we will not be able to hold the 41st Annual Humboldt Artisans Crafts & Music Festival. We have weighed all the options and decided this is the best decision that doesn’t risk anyone’s health or investment to vend at the event.
If conditions change, we will be open to holding a smaller event at an alternate venue. In the meantime, please consider us a resource to promote your art and sales. We are more than happy to share what you’re up to on our Facebook & Instagram pages. Just send us an email, message on social media, or tag us.
We are going to miss the holiday tradition that is this festival; food, music, arts & crafts, and the people who make this wonderful community event so special.
There is a likelihood that Redwood Acres Fairgrounds may be permanently closed. Please read below for more information and how you can support.
Brooke & Calista
The venue, Redwood Acres Fairgrounds is indefinitely a COVID-19 testing facility and an Alternative Care Site. More information and to make an appointment for a test here: https://humboldtgov.org/2788/Eureka
Redwood Acres Fairgrounds and fairgrounds across the state have been immensely impacted by COVID-19 so much that they are in threat of closure. Please see the letter from the CEO of Redwood Acres, Ben Brown, below. Link below is a form letter to send to our government representatives in support of fairgrounds.
“Dear Humboldt County Community,
WE NEED YOUR HELP!! We are calling on our community stakeholders and supporters to contact our state representatives to advocate for funding for us and all California fairgrounds.
The 9th District Agricultural Association Redwood Acres Fairgrounds has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. With the cancellation of the annual fair and all events for the foreseeable future, Redwood Acres has taken a significant hit to our budget. Without government intervention, we could see the permanent closure of fairgrounds throughout the state. Please help us make sure this doesn’t happen.
Redwood Acres serves the community in many ways. Through community-centered events, as a business incubator, an equestrian center, and as the emergency site for Humboldt County. Currently, the Office of Emergency Services has set-up a COVID-19 testing facility and an Alternative Care Site at our facility free of charge, with the outside hope of receiving FEMA funding sometime in the coming years.
This is where you come in, please reach out to our representatives to advocate on behalf of Redwood Acres and all fairgrounds. Your voice is essential and can help keep Redwood Acres as the community hub that you’ve grown to expect.”
The Honorable Mike McGuire The Honorable Jim Wood
California State Senate California State Assembly
State Capitol State Capitol
Sacramento, California 95814 Sacramento, California 95814
RE: Emergency Funding for the California Fairs Network
Dear Senator McGuire and Assembly Member Wood,
I am writing on behalf of [Your Organization’s Name], to urge your support for emergency assistance to the Network of California Fairs. Fairgrounds generate 30,000 jobs and more than $3.5 billion in annual economic revenues along with over $200 million in tax revenues to local and state governments. In addition, fairgrounds generate more than $35 million in non-profit and community benefits each year.
Fairgrounds are also an essential part of the infrastructure necessary for the state to effectively respond in natural disasters and emergencies like extended power outages. During wildfires, Fairgrounds stage emergency vehicles and fire equipment, shelter displaced residents and animals, and generally support the community efforts to cope with each emergency. Several fairgrounds are currently serving as coronavirus testing centers and command posts for the Office of Emergency Services, provide shelter for the homeless, and help deal with the myriad of community issues resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic.
As a result of the stay-at-home order and response to Covid-19, more than 26 fairs, have canceled, postponed, or drastically altered their annual fair, and more fairs will be forced to make that decision in the coming weeks. Educational, entertainment, and family events that are important to the communities we serve, like weddings, funerals, family reunions, seasonal trade shows, equestrian events, dog shows, quinceañeras, stand down events for veterans, non-profit organization fundraisers, learning center activities, and other community events have also been canceled, postponed, or closed. The financial hardship is not only felt by our fairs and employees but also by all the local businesses and service providers that work with, and rely on our fairgrounds and the Network of California Fairs to survive.
We hope you will find funding to keep fairgrounds serving Thank you for your continued work on behalf of the State of California.
Humboldt Artisans Crafts & Music Festival is a yearly holiday tradition for both crafters and attendees. It is always held the first weekend of December, Friday 12-9, Saturday 10-7 & Sunday 10-6 at Redwood Acres. Bring a toy for the Humboldt Bay Fire Department Toy Drive for free admission. The festival is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy, crafts, food, friends, and holiday cheer.
See you in December!
100+ craft vendors
100+ hours of live music
Food & Libations
Friendly Faces & Holiday Cheer