Holiday Open House Information
Downtown Fortuna- Holiday Open House Friday, December 13th, 2013 - from 5pm to 8pm
This Old Fashioned Downtown Holiday Open House will warm your holiday spirits. Fire pits in the crosswalks will keep you warm and if it’s raining be sure to ask to borrow one of the Downtown Business Associations Courtesy Umbrellas found in most of the downtown shops. The festivities start at 5pm and end at 8:00pm., so join in on the fun!
Many downtown businesses will have holiday in-store specials and some will offer kid’s crafts, and most all will host refreshments as you stroll and shop in the stores. Enjoy the horse drawn carriage rides, live musical acts, and strolling carolers. Join us for our third annual Community Sing Along at 7:40pm in the center of downtown at 11th and Main St., where children will receive a flickering hand held luminary light.
With our lighted street pole candy canes and all the activities, it is sure to be a traditional Holiday Open House to remember. As you wait for the Electric Lighted Parade to cruise down Main Street don’t forget to vote for “The People’s Choice Window Contest” for your favorite merchant’s window display. Simply fill out entry forms located within each business. Before you leave downtown be sure to look for Santa in his chair at one of the downtown businesses, a great photo opportunity for your children’s Christmas memories
Free Movies for the Kids
Tickets will be available from participating Downtown merchants. Show dates at the Fortuna Theater are December 7 and 21.
Welcome to Sunny Fortuna, the Friendly City!
A model for small town America, Fortuna's downtown area has much to offer with over 100 small businesses. The area includes quaint offerings from antique shops to an art gallery to an outdoor cafe and the Farmer's Market. In Fortuna, today and yesterday come together in a very special way.
Events and Festivals
Art, music, fun and great deals from local merchants is all happening in Fortuna the First Friday of every month. Downtown Fortuna’s First Friday features amazing artists from Humboldt’s North Coast, including oil, acrylic, water color painters, air brushing, pottery and modern day sculptures. Local musicians will have an outlet to play great music in a number of locations around downtown. You will find music and art that will appeal to all ages, there truly is something for everyone. Some businesses are staying open late and offering specials and discounts. Fortuna First Friday’s happening the First Friday of every month from 6 to 9pm.
Year round, the Fortuna Merchants Association is working hard to plan fun, family events that bring together the community and attract visitors from all over. Along with being known as "Sunny Fortuna" because of its Mediterranean climate, the City is also famous for its events and festivals. The year kicks off with an Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Fling. Beginning in May farmers and craft vendors gather between 10th and Main Streets every Tuesday to sell their goods at the Farmers Market.
Summer in downtown Fortuna includes the annual Citywide Yard Sale in June and Rodeo Week events in July; such as street games, the penny scramble, and the Fireman’s games. Our most widely attended event is the yearly paean to chrome and sheet metal, the Redwood AutoXpo, a car show fueled by vintage rock ‘n’ roll, pink poodle skirts, white bobby socks, sunglasses and lots of cars.
Autumn means that it’s time to celebrate the Annual Apple Harvest Festival where hayrides, live music, apple tasting and more can be found throughout all of Fortuna. On Halloween kids are invited to dress up and trick or treat at downtown businesses. Our newest event, the Fall Preview, invites craft vendors to show their gift ideas to the community.
Downtown is packed with Holiday cheer as we bring you the Downtown Open House in December. Many businesses provide free food and warm drinks as well as activities for the kids. Watch the Al Gray Electric Lighted parade and visit Santa all in one fun-filled evening.
The Hops in Humboldt festival rounds out August, preceding an eight-performance event of the Fortuna Concert Series which continues through the winter and spring. These professional musical programs feature local groups and individuals, as well as nationally and internationally known performers. The programming includes classical, jazz, folk, ethnic, vocal and instrumental music.
The Downtown Hotline Phone number is 707-407-9494.