Aside from the palm trees, the ocean, the mountains, and the culture, there’s one thing that makes California great—our Progressive Attitude! Our great state always seems to be at the forefront of positive changes, so it’s no surprise that the Earth Day concept was first introduced at a 1969 conference in San Francisco. And here we are, 44 years later, celebrating Earth Day annually across the globe.
Earth Day is officially April 22, and festivals are happening all over our state to celebrate our planet and to educate all of us on what we can do to help our environment thrive. Here are five great festivals you’ll find in California. If you’re in the area, drop by and share some love with the planet.
1. San Francisco
Earth Day SF
Saturday, April 20 from 10 AM to 6 PM
Civic Center Plaza • Admission: FREE
There’s really no better place to celebrate Earth Day then in “The Greenest City in North America.” San Francisco walks the walk better than anyone, and Earth Day SF puts it all out there with high-profile speakers, healthful snacks, an eco fashion show, live music, and environmental showcases. There’s even a special “Eco Kids Zone” to make sure the littlest environmentalists are happily entertained.
2. Bay Area
Earth Day on the Bay
Saturday, April 20 from 10 AM to 5 PM
Marine Science Institute: 500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City
Earth Day on the Bay is a celebration of our “water planet” and is perfect for visitors of all ages. Just some of the activities include: shark feeding, meeting ocean animals, ocean arts and crafts, and an environmental fair. There will also be live music and the chance to take a two-hour Ecovoyage, which is $40 per adult/$20 per child. It’s a pretty cool way to celebrate Earth Day so grab the kids and head out to the Marine Science Institute.
Sacramento Earth Day 2013
Sunday, April 21 from 11 AM to 4 PM
Southside Park: 7th and T Streets, Sacramento
Our state capital knows how to host an Earth Day so get ready to have some serious fun at Southside Park. The festival will have over 100 tables and vendors filled with diverse businesses, healthy living ideas, environmental protection info, non-profits, and more. There will also be five live bands, vegan food tasting from local restaurants, and sales of locally grown farm produce. Show your commitment to the planet and join in the celebration.
4. Los Angeles
Children’s Earth Day
Sunday, April 21 from 10 AM to 4 PM
STAR Eco Station: 10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City
The kids are our future and L.A.’s 13th Annual Children’s Earth Day is ready to spread their “Education Through Preservation” message through a super fun day. The festival is loaded with games and crafts, a new toddler area, a drum circle, exotic animals, and—in true L.A.-style—celebrity guests from your favorite Disney shows. Bring your checkbook because the kids will definitely want to try the exotic food and vendor goodies.
5. San Diego
San Diego Earth Fair
Sunday, April 21 from 10 AM to 5 PM
Balboa Park, San Diego
The San Diego Earth Fair has so much going on—it’s a major attraction for both SD residents and visitors alike. If you head down to Balboa Park, here’s what’s in store for you: A children’s parade, educational showcases like the eARTH Gallery and eHome Area, wildlife and eco-exhibits, a kid’s area with games and crafts, and a ton of earth-friendly vegetarian food. The other very cool attraction is the Cleaner Car Concourse, which features vehicles that run on a variety of alternative fuels.
Will you be attending one of these festivals? Let us know your favorite way to celebrate Earth Day in California!