ABOUT OUR EVENT
About Arcata Fairy Festival
We believe in the power of whimsical positivity to inspire families to choose to live and grow here in Humboldt County. We do this through producing creative, engaging events such as the Arcata Fairy Festival each June at the Arcata Plaza! Collaborating with groups such as Coastal Grove Charter School, CASA of Humboldt, City of Arcata and Arcata Main Street, we hope to encourage creativity, good stewardship of our planet and making the little things an important reason people love to call Humboldt our home. We invite you to join the fun, magic, and help to make it all possible!
The festival has emerged out of the imaginations of some amazing creative local minds and it is exciting to see it grow into a special place in our local festival scene. We hope you will help us celebrate the beginning of the Summer season and all the imaginations and creativity our community can bring!
Who has the opportunity to benefit?
From its inception, we wanted the Fairy Festival to be a way to support children and families in our local community, as well as be a venue for people who care about all sorts of issues and concerns to promote their causes in a magical, whimsical environment. Fairy Festival is the largest performing arts festival on the Emerald Coast, and we want to encourage it to grow through the planting of creative minds into the heart of the event. Where do we find these minds? Right here at home. All North Coast nonprofits and schools have the opportunity to increase their reach and raise funds at Fairy Festival. Please see our "Opportunities" page for more information.
We are now a non profit!
Shoshanna has been a part of innumerable local non-profit projects and events since well before she was out of high school and is excited to help develop and nurture the Arcata Fairy Festival and support small whimsically wonderful projects to help Humboldt County remain a delightful home for children and families has been a natural extension of all that she loves. In her mind, fairies love children, taking care of our beautiful planet, making space for non-profit groups, artists and artisans to promote their endeavors and to offer a rich palette of gorgeous events providing inspiration and motivation for creative people to develop and explore. Right now the Fairy Festival is tucked under the newly formed 501(c)3 non-profit organization of the Redwood Raks Collective, which offers classes, events, festivals and more based in a beautiful dance studio in Arcata's historic Old Creamery Building (website).
Fabulous Community Partners
Events like this can't just happen on its own! We are immeasurably thankful for the partnerships with local organizations who have made this event a reality and with whom we are proud to work.
Fairy Festival Priorities
Meet the Fae Council
Fairy Festival makes decisions based on our priority criteria, which is as follows:
Is it good for Gaia, good for Fae?
Does it support a local nonprofit or school?
Does it create and celebrate art in all of its glorious forms?
Shoshanna (Autumn Leaves Fairy)
Overall Event, Set Up & Décor, Web, Social Media, Performance Art/ Artist booking & scheduling, Event Muse,
Jeanette Todd (Earth Fairy)
Overall Event, Set Up & Décor, Web, Social Media, Main Stage music booking, Site coordination/ Permits,
Cati Gallardo (Fire Fairy)
Program Coordinator- Event overall timing, quality assurance, Public Affairs, Instagram Csar!
Bryce Cherpelis (Banana Fairy)
Sound & Light Production, 12BCPRO Owner/ Operator
Tanya Nordberg (Rainbow Fairy)
Procurement of story stage performers, overall event Volunteer Coord
Shannon Lockwood (Mystical Creature)
Coastal Grove Charter School Medieval Food Court Year Round Coordinator
Mystical/ Magical interactive and immersive activity coordinator
Alexandria Hulman (Mermaid)
Mermaid Lounge/Bar Coordinator
Talvi Fried (Ice & Galaxy Fairy)
Intergalactic Winter Bar Lounge Coordinator
Stage Manager/ Special Sound Tech/ Special Effects