Austin is considered one of the greenest cities in the U.S. Austinites are usually early adopters of green technologies, so it’s no surprise that there are several Earth Day celebrations planned around town this year.
Austin Earth Day Festival
The Austin Earth Day Festival will be held on Saturday, April 26th at the old Mueller Airport’s historic Browning Hangar from noon to 6 pm. Expect a wide selection of activities including musical and dance performances, green living demonstrations, a specialty area for kids (the Kid’s Zone), a large exhibition area, food trailers and a beer garden.
The festival has attracted several innovative acts like the Austin Chronicle’s Band of the Year, Riders Against the Storm. They’ll be joined by “interactive drummers” X8, exotic dance troop Bollywood Fusion, “environmental justice” dancer Daniel Llanes, flamenco dancers Flamencura, Bill Otter and the Space Band, and Beaumont natives La Snacks.
Speakers include City Council Members Laura Morrison and Kathie Tovo, as well as, green topics experts from Austin’s Resource Recovery Department, the Sierra Club and the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems.
Admission is free, and free parking will be provided off site. Capital Metro will provide bus service from the various parking lots to the venue. If you want to park on site, it’s $7 per car. The city is also encouraging visitors to ride their bikes to the venue, and will provide free, monitored bike parking. In addition everyone who rides a bike will receive a $10 gift certificate to Whole Earth Provisions Company.
Greener Choices Earth Day Festival
The Renewable Energy Student’s Association will be hosting the Greener Choices Earth Day Festival on Tuesday, April 22nd at Austin Community College’s Riverside Campus. The festivities run from 10 am to 7 pm.
Registration is free, with a suggested donation of $5. Entertainment will be provided by husband and wife duo The Better Halves, Sheer Khan and the Space Case and several other music acts. There will also be a green food court and a kids area, as well as, a variety of green themed workshops.
Activities include forum discussions on topics like: bicycle technology, natural resources protection, sustainability education, energy and transportation. Former Austin Mayor Will Wynn will give the keynote address. Dr. Rhykka Connelly will discuss Energy Return On Investment (EROI), a process that converts waste products into energy.
Travis County Earth Day Celebration
Travis County will be hosting a free Earth Day event on Tuesday, April 22nd at the Travis County Building in downtown Austin (700 Lavaca Street) from 11 am to 1 pm. This is the event’s first year. It’s being billed as an opportunity to “get to know how Travis County and other community organizations are working to make our county, state and planet a healthier, more sustainable place to live.”
There’ll be resource booths providing information on local green services, as well as, door prizes. Participants are encouraged to bring old (clean) t-shirts to donate to the “T-shirts for Hunger” project supporting local food banks. The t-shirts will be up-cycled into bags and totes.
There are no special provisions being made for parking, so leave early and plan to walk a bit.
Austin Community College (ACC) Earth Day Celebration
ACC hosts a week long celebration of Earth Day April 21-25. The festivities kick off with an Eco Bag Art Contest. In past years events have included: a 5k walk/run; an Earth Day fair with activities; game booths and refreshments; and movie screenings.
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