Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. The city is located on U.S. Route 101 on the shores of Humboldt Bay, 270 miles north of San Francisco and 100 miles south of the Oregon border. Population of the city is 27,191.
Eureka is the largest coastal city between San Francisco and Portland, and the westernmost city of more than 25,000, residents in the 48 contiguous states.
The entire city is a state historic landmark, which has hundreds of significant Victorian homes, including the nationally-recognized Carson Mansion, and the city has retained its original 19th-century commercial core as a nationally-recognized Old Town Historic District. Eureka is home to California’s oldest zoo, The Sequoia Park Zoo. The zoo is situated on more than 67 acres of mature second-growth Redwood forest, includes Eureka’s largest public playground and a duck pond in addition to meticulously kept gardens.
Eureka’s climate is mild, rainy winters and cool, dry summers, with an average temperature of 53 degrees.
Eureka hosts the region’s largest monthly cultural and arts event, “Arts’ Alive!” on the first Saturday of each month. More than 80 Eureka business and local galleries open their doors to the public. Often local cuisine and beverages accompany live performances by acclaimed regional bands and other types of performance art.
Annual cultural events include: Redwood Coast Jazz Festival -March, Perilous Plunge -March, Rhododendron Festival – April, Kinetic sculpture race – May, Redwood Acres Fair and Rodeo- June, Humboldt wood Fair – June, Summer Concert Series on the Boardwalk – June-August, Fourth of July Celebration – July, Excalibur Medieval Tournament and Market Faire – September, Pride Parade and Celebration – September, Humboldt Bay Paddle Fest – September,
Craftsman’s Days- November, Christmas Truckers Parade- December.