Since ours is a university town here in California, where most everything is celebrated, Earth Day is in a class by itself. In fact, there is most often a week of events. Besides our little celebratory town, there are some excellent festivities worth noting as well. Follow along as I share my favorites.
Whole Earth Festival, UC Davis-May 9-11 (video)
Held weeks after Earth Day and celebrating its 45th year, Whole Earth Festival is a free, eco-friendly, zero-waste event. Besides tie-dyed t-shirt and Birkenstock wearing hippy types, you’ll also find high quality crafts, clothing, and yummy food such as chocolate dipped frozen bananas. Educational opportunities abound, like composting and recycling lessons. Additionally, a variety of music fills the air with entertainment, like dancers, jugglers and drummers, popping up all over the campus. The fire dancers are amazing!
Tips: Arrive early; bring a refillable water bottle and a cloth bag for carrying purchases. To avoid paying for parking, park downtown. There is a small fee to use dishes for purchased meals, which is refunded when these are returned to the washing station.
Earth Day Celebration, Civic Center San Francisco-April 19 (video)
Whereas the Davis event is mostly about fun, this free event — 1-1/2 hours from Davis — focuses on action. Billed as an educational event teaching green living, some of the most well known green writers and environmentalists like, Bill McKibben and Leila Salazar-Lopez will take the stage. Gardening and composting workshops and booths are set up as mini-classrooms will teach sun cooking and clean energy usage.
Don’t get me wrong, there’s plenty of entertainment as well. Multi-cultural music, dancers, drummers, crafts people, and excellent food round out the day’s activities.
Tips: Parking can be expensive and difficult, so it may be best to use public transportation.
Sacramento Earth Day, Southside Park–April 19
Educating the public on better water conservation is the focus of this free event. Besides water usage, attendees can learn about saving money, protecting the environment and healthy living. However, it’s also about fun! Get your dancing shoes on for live bands and come hungry for yummy delights from a variety of vendors.
Tips: Save time to visit the playground with your children-fun!.
California’s National Parks
There’s no better way to celebrate Earth Day than to walk through its beautiful forests. Serendipitously, Earth Day lands within National Park Week, so all California’s 26 national parks are free to visit April 19-20.
Tips: Take plenty of water, use sunscreen and wear comfortable walking shoes.
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