About Arcata Main Street
Arcata Main Street is a non-profit organization that works to create a vibrant downtown Arcata. We do this by fostering business vitality, providing opportunities for community events, and organizing projects and initiatives that respond to community needs.
Through the work of its Board of Directors and committees, its members, and an Events and Marketing Director, Arcata Main Street has created numerous festive experiences on and around the Plaza, including: Concerts on the Plaza, Picnics on the Plaza, My Favorite Lecture, Halloween Trick-or-Treat, Dia de los Muertos, Season of Wonder and Light, monthly Arts! Arcata events, and the annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival.
Arcata Main Street has also coordinated funding for downtown businesses to refurbish and renovate their building exteriors, created promotional efforts to support downtown businesses, and partnered with the City of Arcata, the Arcata Chamber of Commerce, Humboldt State University and others to allow visitors and locals alike to take advantage of the many offerings of Arcata’s independent business community and historic downtown.
The Arcata Bay Oyster Festival has become a significant source of revenue that Arcata Main Street uses to support its operations and activities. Proceeds from this event are reinvested in the community to promote Arcata’s identity, economy, and cultural spirit. Arcata Main Street uses a variety of tools to help achieve its goals, such as planning events on the Plaza, offering business workshops, design consultation and coordinated advertising.