NCF banner 2016

A Humboldt County Tradition
since 1974

The North Country Fair is an annual two-day festival held on the Arcata Plaza in Arcata, CA the third full weekend in September. Presented by the Same Old People since 1974, next fall we are celebrating our 44th year!


2017 North Country Fair September 16 & 17


Info from 2016's Fair:

The 43rd Annual North Country Fair is shaping up to be a super fun community event! 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.

Saturday’s Annual Samba Parade lead by Samba da Alegria will be celebrating its 30th year in the Fair and looking for maximum participation in the dance and drumlines. The All Species Parade on Sunday will be lead by the Arcata Playhouse’s large and small creatures and all are invited to join in! The weekend will feature 18 local bands, dancers, martial artists, yoga, Zumba, and more.

New to the festival this year is a zero-waste kids’ craft zone sponsored by SCRAP Humboldt, where kids and makers of all ages can create hats and masks for the parades from reused materials. Another new addition—Wellness Row—will feature community health information, tea samples, massage, and yoga throughout the weekend.

The North Country Fair has been leading the way in Zero Waste Event efforts, inspiring other events locally and regionally to join the reuseable and refillable revolution. We’ve diverted 84% of festival waste from the landfill last year, and we're trying to get that number even higher this year!

To help reach our goals, we ask that you bring your own pint cup for beer and refillable bottle for water. Fair patrons will be rewarded with raffle tickets to win items from fair vendors for bringing or purchasing their own reuseable cup; and for committing other acts of zero-waste goodness!

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.

Samba Parade - Saturday at 1pm
with Samba da Alegria

All Species Parade - Sunday at 1pm
with The Arcata Playhouse

NCF 2016 poster


Click here for 2016 poster and press materials.


North Country Fair • PO Box 664 Arcata CA 95518 • 707-822-5320