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North Country Fair – 2023
September 16 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pmFREE
The 49th Annual North Country Fair takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Arcata Plaza. This free and family-friendly festival features almost 200 art and craft and food vendors, three music and entertainment stages, activities for kids, and a daily parade at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited, but please, no pets!
The theme for this year’s fair is “Creating the Flow.” When selecting the theme, our board discussed the way that artists get in the flow during their creative process, the quote “You must be the change you wish to see in the world,” and our responsibility as humans to create the flow or changes we hope for; and the historic local dam removals.
Please be considerate of other attendees. Although the event is outdoors, please wear a mask if you are feeling poorly or to protect yourself.
The North Country Fair has led the way in zero-waste event efforts, inspiring other events locally and regionally to join the reusable and refillable revolution. Each year we divert more waste from the landfill 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, throwaway coffee cups, and plastic water bottles back home with you. Bring your reusable cups, but not your pups!
The All Species Parade will take place on Saturday, led by the Arcata Playhouse. Join the fish and dam breakers in this fun parade. Dress up in your favorite animal, creature, or species costume and join in! The Annual Samba Parade, led by Samba da Alegria will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. and is always a highlight of the Fair. The weekend will showcase over 20 live local acts, including a full schedule of dancers and entertainers.
Farmer’s Market will still be held on Saturday. You can find the NCGA vendors in front of the co-op and along the street toward the Post Office.
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 and community-centered festival for years to come. For more information, visit www.northcountryfair.org.