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, 48 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.
Saturday, April 22 from 10 am to 7 pm
Civic Center Plaza
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, science workshops, live music, and environmental showcases. There’s even a special “Eco Kids Zone” to make sure the littlest environmentalists are happily entertained.
Earth Day on the Bay
Saturday, April 22 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 ranges from $20 to $40 per person. 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 2017
Sunday, April 23 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 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.
Aquarium of the Pacific Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 from 9 am to 5pm
Aquarium of the Pacific: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach
Admission: $17.95 to $29.95 per person
Learn what you can do to help our ocean planet at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s seventeenth annual Earth Day celebration. The weekend will be packed with booths from various Earth-friendly organizations, hands-on learning demonstrations, exhibits and much more. There will also be a special screening of Les Saisons, a film that examines the impacts of human activity on nature, including how climate change is altering the seasons and affecting wildlife.
San Diego Earth Fair
Sunday, April 23 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 San Diego 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!