Fortuna (formerly, Slide, Springville) is a city in western-central Humboldt County, California, United States. The city lies on the northeast shore of the Eel River (approximately 9 miles from where it enters the Pacific Ocean), and is on U.S. Route 101.
Along with being known as "Sunny Fortuna" because of its Mediterranean climate, the City is also famous for its events and festivals. The local citizenry and visitors to Fortuna enjoy a large number of outdoor festivals including the Annual Fortuna Rodeo. Its 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 cars. The name of the show was originally Fortuna Redwood Autorama but was changed by the organization due to a trademark issue.
The Eel River is the locale for the Paddle to the Headwaters canoe race. Other festivals and events include the Logging Competition, Civil War Days, and Apple Harvest. Spring brings the Daffodil Festival; Art & Wine in the Park happens in early summer.
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.
Christmas events in Fortuna include concerts and parades. The Scotia Band Brass Choir and Saxophone Quartet entertain Fortuna shoppers during the holidays.