Festival Events

Great music and fun all weekend long.  The following regular events will be happening during the festival. Make sure you check our Special Evening Event section for headliner events.

Thursday - April 5, 2018

A Taste of Main Street

Friday - April 6, 2018

A Taste of Main Street will be held on Thursday, March 31, from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. throughout Downtown and Old Town Eureka. A Taste of Main Street offers a chance to sample food from 24 local participating restaurants and food producers. Following Taste of Main Street is the Kick Off Dance at the Adorni Center, just down the block. Taste of Main Street ticket book holders receive a discount on entry into the Kick Off Dance.  

Thursday Night Kickoff

Stompy Jones

When - Thursday April 5 - 7:00pm - 10:00 PM      Venue - Adorni Center    

Kick-off the festival weekend with this dance on Thursday night before the weekend starts.  We'll be featuring TWO sets by the best dance band on the West Coast - the amazing Stompy Jones.  They've filled the dance floors in every swing dance venue on the Westcoast for over a decade.  



A great way to start the Festival.

Not included in three day pass - Additional Cost - $10.00.

Experience Historic Old Town and Downtown Eureka!


One of the last preserved downtowns in California.


The center of commerce and culture since 1850.

When - Friday April 6, 1:00pm     Venue - Adorni Center

Bands - TBA

Join us for FREE opening ceremonies on Friday March 31.  We'll be featuring two of the finest trad jazz bands in the country - to be announced.


Opening Ceremonies - Free to the public

Saturday - April 7, 2018

Saturday Dance Contests

When - Saturday April 7, 10:30am - 1:00pm      Venue - TBA

Warm up set and sign ups start at 10:00am

One of our most popular events!  Warm-up set will be at 10:00am and the contests will go during two band sets.  The contests are just part of the action and there will be an open dance floor in between.  These swing dancers put on a show and you'll want to come catch the action.  Bands performing for the contest will be announced soon  These will be some of the best dance bands in the country so everyone will have a chance to show their best moves!  


Sponsored by Wildberries


Sunday - April 8, 2018

When - Sunday April 8 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm      Venue - RJ Grinns at the Red Lion Hotel

The last event of the festival is also FREE to the public.  

Join us at the wind-down after party at the Red Lion Hotel.

Everyone is invited to come out, order dinner and a cocktail and hear some great jazz, swing, and blues. Two festival headliner bands perform for the evening


Bands - TBA

Festival After Party

Music Festival Grand Finale

When - Sunday April 8,  3:00 - 5:00 PM      Venue - Municipal Auditorium

The grand finale is a two hour - 7 band - non stop jam!   Headliners from the festival all join together to mix it up, play back-to-back, and jam in this rollicking party.  The other venues shut down and everyone gathers at the Muni to bring the festival to a close.  


Who knows which combinations you'll get to see?  You'll have to come out and see for yourself - there's no other event like it.


Appearing in 2018:  TBA

Sunday Morning Free Community Gospel & Concert

When - Sunday April 8, 2017 -  10:30am - 11:30am      Venue - The Adorni Center

FREE community Gospel and Concert featuring three performances:

First will be the amazing gospel set of the full 60 voice Arcata Interfaith Gospel Choir (AIGC).


Details to be announced.

Saturday Free Community Concerts

When - Saturday April 7, 6:00pm - 10:00pm      Venue - Morris Graves Museum

Saturday night in 2018 the festival will coincide with Arts Alive Eureka.  In celebration Redwood Coast Music Festival is partnering with Morris Graves Museum to present an evening of FREE music during Arts Alive.  Festival headliners from around the country will be appearing during the evening.  


Scheduled to appear:  To Be Announced