Block Party on the Plaza - Humboldt State Now

Block Party on the Plaza

Humboldt State will host a downtown block party for the first time on Friday, Sept. 14.

The party on the Arcata Plaza, from 6-9 p.m. during Arts! Arcata, will feature music, food, prizes and information booths. The event is free and open to the public.

“CenterArts has been working with Forever Humboldt over the last year to continue the popular HSU Downtown series—events that are designed to expand students’ awareness of the great local businesses we have in our community,” says CenterArts Director Roy Furshpan. “This year, we partnered with Arcata Main Street and several campus organizations to create the block party. We hope to introduce students to the fantastic monthly Arts! Arcata happenings and welcome them to the Arcata community.”

Musical entertainment will be provided by the Chulita Vinyl Club (CVC) and Calafia Armada (Oakland Familia). The CVC was launched in 2014 as an all-girl, all-vinyl club for self-identifying womxn of color in the context of providing a space for empowerment and togetherness. They play a wide range of genres, including ‘60s girl-groups, punk, new wave, Chicano oldies, and dancehall reggae.

Calafia Armada is a music/event collective that brings a positive community vibe and heavy cumbia beat to every show. Rhythms played that night will explore the history of California.

In addition to the music, Associated Students will be holding a raffle for prizes, including tickets to upcoming AS Presents and CenterArts shows. Campus organizations will host booths to provide information about their services and projects.

And there will be a free BBQ for students with valid HSU student ID. Food will also be available for purchase for community members.

The HSU Downtown Block Party is sponsored by Arcata Main Street, Forever Humboldt, Associated Students, Dining Services, Waste-Reduction & Resource Awareness Program, CenterArts, and more, with support from the City of Arcata.