Earth Day is not only about protecting and celebrating the planet, but also going back to the basics and reminding ourselves of a better future we create when we take small steps to live more sustainable lives. And there’s no better way to motivate you to “go green” than to make a celebration out it!
Earth Day falls on a weekend this year, making it the perfect day for events across the city. From educational opportunities to a multitude of kids activities to live music and local food and a whole bunch more, there’s a great variety of festivals and celebrations out there for everyone. So go ahead, take your pick and go green this weekend.
Sac State Sustainability Presents: A Sustainable Future
April 20, 5pm-7:30pm @ Capital Public Radio, 7055 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento; $55 advance/$65 week-of. This is perhaps the most sophisticated of the Earth Day events this year, with a wine and local food offerings paired with supporting Sac State’s sustainability efforts. Appropriately held at the sustainable CapRadio Gardens (the Sac State-licensed garden on the Sac State campus), the event benefits student projects of which promote innovative ideas and the next generation of sustainable pioneers. Several student projects will be on display including a solar golf cart and the award-winning Tiny House. More info at ticketing.axs.com.
Sacramento Zoo Earth Fest
April 22, 9am-4pm @ Sacramento Zoo, 3930 West Land Park Dr, Sacramento; Included with general admission. The Sacramento Zoo participates in conservation efforts all year long, so what better place to celebrate Earth Day than the Zoo? Come out to take part in their interactive “EdZOOcation” stations to learn more about the environment and conservation, both locally and globally. A variety of earth-themed crafts, games, activities, and face painting will be available for the kids, as will a Stuffed Animal Veterinarian who will be happy to assess the health of your child’s favorite stuffed animal. Keeper Chats will happen throughout the day and you’re encouraged to bring used printer cartridges, cell phones, and prescription glasses for recycling. And, oh yeah, the animals are there too. More info at saczoo.org.
Celebrate the Earth Festival
April 22, 10am-3pm @ Roseville Utility Exploration Center, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd, Roseville; Free. Roseville’s 10th anniversary Earth Day event includes live music, live animal shows, kids activities, a scavenger hunt, green vendors, and lots of delish food trucks. Keeping in line with the green theme of the day, the festival encourages goers to bike to the event, and as an incentive they’re offering a free bike-related giveaway to all who bike in and a chance to win a FitBit. Roseville Transit is also offering local free bus rides in honor of Earth Day (routes D and M get you to the festival). More info at roseville.ca.us.
Sacramento Children Museum’s Earth Day Celebration
April 22, 10am-2pm @ Sacramento Children’s Museum, 2701 Prospect Park, Rancho Cordova; Free. Instilling the importance of taking care of the Earth is best when it starts young. The Sacramento Children’s Museum is happy to help in doing just that by hosting an event especially for the kids. The museum’s outdoor Earth Day celebration includes live music, special guests, and Earth-friendly, kid-centric activities. They are also putthing on a “recycle, reduce, reuse” version of their Mission: Imagination! program which encourages kids to get creative while completing a variety of fun and challenging missions. More info at sackids.org.
Sacramento Earth Day
April 23, 11am-4pm @ Southside Park, 2115 6th St, Sacramento; Free. Sacramento’s biggest Earth Day celebration includes a host of activities as well as 150 organizations and businesses exhibiting an array of information, goods, and services that promote sustainable living. Lots of live music, local artists, electric car test driving, and kids activities keep it fun, while a variety of plant-based food offerings will excite your taste buds to new and/or delicious flavors. Hosted by the Environmental Council of Sacramento, the festival started it’s annual celebration nearly 30 years ago, evolving into a bigger event with each passing year. This year’s theme is Environmental Climate & Literacy, putting an education focus on the event since, as the festival quoted, “Education is the foundation for progress.” More info at ecosacramento.net.