Earth Day is almost here! On April 20th, 2014, cities and communities will be celebrating the Earth by hosting festivals and activities. Here are four free events happening on Earth Day and throughout the week in beach communities around the South Bay.
Shop and celebrate the planet at Redondo Beach’s Earth Day Celebration at The Farmers’ Markets. This event will offer educational information about the city’s recycling programs, as well as showcase vendors that produce locally grown and organic goods. Events are two different days at two different locations:
Farmers’ Market at Veterans Park
April 24, 2014
8 AM to 1 PM
Note: Parking is free for one hour with validation in the Pier Parking Structure.
Riviera Village Farmers’ Market
April 25, 2014
3 PM to 7 PM
Eco-friendly shopping and activities will fill Polliwog Park at Manhattan Beach’s Earth Day Celebration. Bring the kids for this one because there will be free music, children’s entertainment, and games throughout the day. For the grown-ups, find the educational booths for information on drought tolerant landscaping and greener lifestyles, then grab lunch at one of the earth-friendly gourmet food trucks.
April 26, 2014
11 AM to 4 PM
Note: Ride your bike to the park and get free bicycle parking.
Roll up your sleeves and help the Earth by signing up for this Nothin’ But Sand Clean Up for Earth Day. Organized by Heal the Bay the cleanup will start on the north side of the pier. When you’re done making the beach sparkling clean, check out the sandcastle contest with contributions from design firms and local businesses. The best part of joining the cleanup: free admission to the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium if you participate.
Santa Monica Pier
April 26, 2014
10 AM to 12 PM
Friends of Ballona Wetlands are getting a head start on all the celebrations, hosting an event the weekend prior to Earth Day. You’ll be able to get your hands dirty at this event too, as you help remove invasive species and do a little deep cleaning of Ballona Creek. Tools and refreshments will be provided, but do bring your own reusable water bottle. Don’t leave early, because volunteers will be entered in a drawing for a free prize, and the South Bay Wildlife Rehab hopes to release a healthy bird back into the wild.
Ballona Wetlands, Playa del Rey
April 19, 2014
9 AM to 12 PM