California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle)

Earth Day
2016

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself. Forests are the lungs of our land, purifying the air and giving fresh strength to our people. ”
Franklin Delano Roosevelt

 

Earth Day was conceived in 1969 by Sen. Gaylord Nelson, D-Wisconsin, and his assistant Dennis Hayes, after a trip they took to Santa Barbara following the devastating oil spill off the Southern California coast. According to legend, the men were so outraged by what they saw that upon returning to Washington, D.C., Nelson introduced a bill designating April 22 as a national day to celebrate the Earth. The date was chosen to help commemorate the birth of famed naturalist and conservationist John Muir, who was born on April 21, 1838.

It’s estimated that 20 million americans participated in the first Earth Day in 1970. By the year 2000, formal events celebrating Earth Day were being observed in 184 countries, and more than 500 million people participated in those events.

This year marks the 47th year of Earth Day. Events are planned throughout the month of April--and even into May-- in dozens of communities throughout California. (Note: Please contact event organizers to confirm information provided in this listing.)

 

Statewide

  • On opening weekend of National Park Week, (April 16 to 24) every national park will give you free admission! This Earth Day (April 22) if you want to roll up your sleeves and pitch in with a project, look for a park where you can help out.

Bay Area 

  • Alameda--Come celebrate the planet with us Saturday, April 23 at Alameda's Earth Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Washington Park, 740 Central Avenue, Alameda! As part of the celebration, it is our goal to present simple lifestyle changes to help the environment. This year’s theme is “Lighten Up With Healthy Choices” and will cover energy, recycling, health, storm drains, bike safety, and more! Come enjoy the farmer’s market, children’s entertainment, vendor exhibits, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts re-use crafts, bike rodeo and skateboard demonstration and safety tips, and Earth Day games, and learn about building a clean, healthy, sustainable world for generations to come. 2016 Earth Day Flyer
  • Belmont--Belmont is happy to announce this year’s 5th Annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to noon at Twin Pines Park (One Twin Pines Lane Belmont, California 94022). E-waste drop-off, document shredding, and compost give-away. Additionally, Belmont Library will be present to accept gently used books for reuse. Environmentally friendly information, activities, fun, and prizes. Contact Diane Lynn at 650-595-7425 or dlynn@belmont.gov for more information.
  • Berkeley--The City of Berkeley, Marina Experience Program presents the Berkeley Bay Festival at the Berkeley Marina (Shorebird Park, 160 University Ave. Berkeley) on Saturday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This wonderful free event first happened 79 years ago when the Marina first opened in 1937. The Bay Festival now showcases activities and environmental education that are available here at the Marina and all around the region. Come celebrate the Earth and our Bay by listening to music, eating wonderful food, and enjoying a day by the Bay. Entertainment for all ages.
  • Berkeley--A holistic celebration of Earth Day is the inspiration for the 6th Annual Berkeley Vegan Earth Day Sunday, April 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the David Brower Center (directions). We’ve got dozens of vendors signed up to share their eco-friendly beauty products, conscious fashion lines, sustainable foods, and epic activism. Sit in on any number of our educational and earth-friendly talks, food demos, and panel discussions from doctors, authors, filmmakers, nutritionists, chefs, attorneys, and more! The program is under new management, Compassionate Living, a nonprofit organization based in Sonoma County. Paid admission required (discounted tickets sold in advance from the website).
  • Big Sur--Members of B-SAGE Big Sur Advocates for a Green Environment are sponsoring a special Earth Day program for young and old alike, Sunday, April 10, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Henry Miller Memorial Library. The program will include music, informational and vendor booths, food, guest speakers, and environmental activities.
  • Castro Valley--Residents are invited to participate in a community cleanup Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Castro Valley Sanitary District has identified four cleanup project sites: Castro Valley Community Park, Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area, Castro Valley Creek, and Downtown Castro Valley. Cleanup projects get under way at 9 a.m.; participants will be treated to a continental breakfast. In the spirit of waste reduction and community action, CVSan will donate $5 to one of three local charities on behalf of each event volunteer. Select from the list of charities when you register. Separately, a large-item recycling and compost giveaway will operate from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Canyon Middle School. Used mattresses and tires will be accepted for recycling, and residents can drop off up to 10 bankers boxes filled with documents for shredding. Three 1-cubic-yard bags of compost (to Castro Valley residents or business owners only) will be given away while supplies last.
  • Cupertino--Earth Day & Healthy Communities Festival Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This annual event is held at Cupertino Civic Center, 10300 Torre Ave. For more information, please call the City of Cupertino Sustainability Division at 408-777-3200 or email them at sustainability@cupertino.org.
  • East Bay--Volunteers are needed to celebrate Earth Day 2016 at a work party on Saturday, April 16, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. East Bay Regional Park District is committed to preserve our parklands for present and future generations to enjoy. Coyote Hills Regional Park: Make changes that will conserve, protect, and sustain our planet. Learn about the care of our precious earth. Enjoy family fun while creating your own litter bug craft, view an environmental puppet show (11:40 a.m. and 3:40 p.m.) and play recycling games. Make a difference! Parent participation required. Parking fees apply where charged. Disabled accessible. This is a drop in program; no registration is required. For information, call 510-544-3220.
  • East Bay--Earth Day at Pt. Pinole Saturday, April 16, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Kick off your Earth Day fun with us at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline. Volunteers are needed to help with shoreline cleanup by removing plastics and other debris harmful to wildlife, the bay and other natural resources. Volunteers will also assist with habitat restoration and creating habitat for native species. Please bring a refillable water bottle, hat, sunscreen, work gloves, and a bucket to pick up trash. Register here.
  • El Cerrito--El Cerrito Earth Day Celebration 2016 Saturday, April 16 individuals, families, and groups of volunteers are encouraged to register to volunteer at an Earth Day work party. Past projects include removing invasive plants at Baxter Creek and the Hillside Nature Area, picking up litter along the Ohlone Greenway, tidying parks, and planting street trees. Following the work parties, there will be a volunteer appreciation lunch at the Community Center. You can register to volunteer or lead an Earth Day work party through our online registration form or by downloading the registration form and mailing or dropping it off at the Operations and Environmental Services Division, 10890 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito, 94530.
  • Fremont--Saturday, April 23 Fremont’s annual “Let's Go Green Together” Earth Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Washington Hospital’s Conrad E. Anderson, M.D. Auditorium at 2500 Mowry Ave. Meet with eco-friendly experts and learn new ways to go green!
  • Marina--Saturday, April 16 is the 10th Annual Earth Day Marina at Locke-Paddon Park featuring music, kids’ events, educational exhibits, interactive learning booths, and more. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Map
  • Martinez--The boyhood home of naturalist John Muir, a federal historic site, will be the site of the city’s John Muir Birthday–Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. John Muir inspired people all over the world to “keep close to nature’s heart.” In this spirit, we celebrate John Muir’s April 21st birthday at his former home, along with Earth Day, which brings us closer to knowing our planet and practical ways to help it thrive. Admission and parking are free! Contact the John Muir NHS for more information: 925-228-8860.
  • Napa--Earth Day: Building Awareness & Inspiring Change celebration will be held Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Napa. Free games for all ages will be conducted throughout the day. There will be live entertainment for the whole family. Lunch, snacks, beer, and wine will be sold by local providers along with green services and products. Celebrate the spirit of Earth Day. This event is sponsored by The Environmental Education Coalition of Napa County.
  • Oakland--Get into the spirit of Earth Day during a midday, midweek Oakland Earth Expo on Wednesday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. hosted by the City of Oakland Public Works Department. The event will be in Frank Ogawa Plaza (14th and Broadway). The free event will feature how-to demonstrations, giveaways, environmental and vendor booths, art exhibits, and local food purveyors.
  • Oakland--Enjoy everything from live animal presentations to hands-on Earth Stations when the Oakland Zoo celebrates Earth Day during a Party for the Planet Saturday, April 19, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All events are included in the regular zoo admission. There will be educational “Earth stations” featured throughout the zoo grounds, along with exhibits by environmental groups. Other activities include face painting, a giant Earth Ball, animal presentations in the Clorox Wildlife Theater, and entertainment by Trapeze Arts of West Oakland.
  • Pacifica--Do your part to clean up the shoreline and community during the city’s 12th annual Earth Day of Action and EcoFair on Saturday, April 23. Sign up to receive our eNews or peruse our website to get all the details about location, group, and volunteer registrations. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. cleanups, gardening, and habitat restoration at sites throughout the city. 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eco Fest at Linda Mar State Beach (south parking lot).
  • Redwood City--The Marine Science Institute hosts its annual Earth Day on the Bay Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our all-day event is meant to provide fun, safe, and special memories for the whole family that will foster and grow cherished connections between your family and the San Francisco Bay. We’ve made sure to bundle as much wonder, fun, and knowledge into a single day as possible! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see our beautiful bay and many of the animals that call it home! MSI’s exclusive combination of music, mud, and sea creatures makes Earth Day an enjoyable, educational time for all! Admission is free! Map
  • San Francisco--Earth Day SF 2016 celebration Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Earth Day SF will be changing its location to one of the most vibrant, culturally diverse and hippest neighborhoods in the city: the Mission! We have all of 22nd Street from Mission to Valencia and Bartlett to bring the community together for a day of celebration, eco-activism and everything green, fun, and sustainable. This 45th anniversary event will feature inspirational speakers from the green movement, Hands on DIY and art projects for all ages, spectacular eco fashion shows, a clean energy and electric vehicle showcase, a holistic wellness area, three stages of amazing music and performance, our eco-kid zone, scores of proactive green nonprofits, Earth-friendly product exhibitors, and more!
  • San Jose--Learn what you can do to promote a healthy planet at the annual Earth Day San Jose 2016 event, Thursday, April 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. at San Jose State University’s Tower Lawn. More information regarding vendor registration and event details to follow. Contact earthdaysanjose@gmail.com for questions or concerns.
  • Santa Clara--A combined Earth Day/Arbor Day celebration is planned for Friday, April 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Central Park 909 Kiely Blvd, Santa Clara, 95051 (Map). This free, family-friendly event will mark the 29th year the National Arbor Day Foundation presents the City of Santa Clara with a Tree City USA award to recognize our tree program. City staff invites the community to engage in environmental education for a healthy lifestyle and a healthy planet through the festivities. Bookmark this webpage to check back for updates!
  • Santa Cruz--San Lorenzo Park will be home to the community’s Santa Cruz Earth Day 2016 on Saturday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Santa Cruz Earth Day is an exciting community event offering educational information, activities for kids including an arts and crafts tent, live music, and a focus on green businesses. Come and enjoy this fun environmental celebration for the whole family. San Lorenzo Park Map.
  • Sausalito--Earth Day Festival in Sausalito Celebrate the natural beauty of Earth’s environment at special Earth Day programs throughout the region.
  • Stinson Beach--All are welcome to the 12th Annual Free Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the south end of Stinson Beach. Organizers say the free event provides an experience that will inspire and energize people to care for, and to protect, the planet year-round, not just on Earth Day. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy, and come early to take part in a beach cleanup project. Consider public transit or carpooling to the event. The day’s events will begin with a volunteer beach cleanup.
  • Vallejo--Combine healthy eating with an enhanced awareness of the environment during the Vallejo Farmers Market Earth Day 2016 Celebration Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in downtown Vallejo at the Farmers Market. Entertainment by Rock Steady Jugglers and Earthcapades, door prizes, information on less-toxic garden products, mercury thermometer exchange, California plant sales, Kids Corner, Recycled Art contest, and much more.
  • Watsonville--Watsonville Earth Day / Day of the Child Festival Sunday, April 24, from noon to 4 p.m. at Ramsay Park, 1301 Main St. There will be plenty of kids’ activities, educational and informational booth exhibits, Earth Day games and prizes, and low-cost food selections.

Central Coast

  • Lompoc--Chumash Earth Day 2016 Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Elder’s Park, 100 Via Juana Lane, Santa Ynez, 93460. Help us celebrate Earth Day by giving back to Mother Earth by planting trees around the tribal grounds. Bring your friends and family to this free community event and learn more about our offices and interact with different vendors and exhibitioners. Come learn how to make seed bombs and cordage at one of our workshops! Raffle prize tickets will be given to those who participate, so come join the fun!
  • Ojai--Earth Day 2016 Trees for our Valley Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In celebration of sustainable living, global awareness, and the joy of nature, four Ojai-based organizations team up to host this once-a-year free community event: Food for Thought, Oak Grove School, Ojai Valley Green Coalition, and the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy. The day will include live entertainment, world food, environmental presentations and exhibits, art, field day, yoga, community involvement, and great ideas for our world. Everything takes place under the trees on Oak Grove School’s 150-acre campus, 220 W. Lomita Ave., Ojai.
  • Oxnard--Downtown Plaza Park will host the Earth Day 2016 “Our paradise” Saturday, April 9, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This family-friendly event will include live entertainment, children’s activities, community displays, educational exhibits, food and beverages, and more. Free admission. Directions
  • Santa Barbara--Santa Barbara Earth Day 2016 Saturday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival is a program of the Community Environmental Council and has been for more than 40 years. CEC’s Earth Day Festival is broken into zones, each created around a specific theme. In addition, there will be two full days of live music performances, speakers, and family programming, an Eat Local Dinner, and the presentation of an Environmental Hero Award. Map
  • Thousand Oaks--2016 Arbor/Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Thousand Oaks Community Park 2525 N. Moorpark Road (next to Thousand Oaks High School). Arbor/Earth Day is a major city-sponsored event celebrating both Arbor Day and Earth Day in a fun, family-oriented venue. This year’s event will feature environmental exhibitors, animal shows, children’s activities, electric vehicle displays, entertainment, a bike rodeo, free workshops, food trucks, and much more.
  • Ventura--Earth Day Ecofest Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Ventura Earth Day Ecofest kicked off in 2009 at Ventura’s Promenade Seaside Park with a tremendous showing of community support and involvement. The free festival hosts more than 100 environmental displays with a wide variety of green exhibitors, interactive educational opportunities for children and adults, and an exciting and diverse live entertainment lineup all in a family-fun atmosphere. Map

Inland Empire

  • Big Bear--Bear Valley Electric Service Earth Day Expo Friday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join Bear Valley Electric Service in the race to make the world a better place. Celebrate with us and learn different ways to conserve energy and protect the environment at our BVES Earth Day Expo. For more information on how you can help our environment, conserve energy, and lower your electric bill, visit the following link: www.bves.com/efficiency-&-environment/.
  • Rancho Cucamonga--2016 Earth Day & Open House Saturday, April 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the Inland Empire’s largest Earth Day and open house and is located at the Frontier Project in Rancho Cucamonga. The event, hosted by CVWD and the Frontier Project Foundation, will offer attendees a wide span of resources and engaging activities, including landscape workshops, performances by famed environmental magician Paul Cash, and master of ceremonies Joel Greene, the creator, producer, and host of PBS’ “Curiosity Quest.” The Earth Day and Open House will provide a fun, educational environment for the entire family. One component of the event is the CVWD Open House, where attendees can observe first-hand the cutting-edge work conducted by CVWD staff.

Los Angeles/Orange Counties

  • Beverly Hills--Join us for our 13th Annual Earth Day event on Sunday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Beverly Hills Farmers Market located along Civic Center Drive between Third Street and Santa Monica Boulevard. Participants will find recycling displays, energy conservation tips, eco-vendors, and more.
  • Calabasas--Earth Day Celebration and Green Expo Saturday, April 9, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event will take place at the Las Virgenes Creek site on Agoura Road, behind the Starbucks retail outlet at 26531 Agoura Road. More than 50 exhibitors from all over Los Angeles County and Ventura County will participate in the event to help people take actions that will save them money through efficiency while protecting our planet. The festival is free of charge.
  • Claremont--Earth Day 2016 Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. along 2nd Street in Claremont. Come check out live music, a solar boat, green products and demonstrations, local school and college exhibits, village merchant feature booth, and kids’ activities! 
  • Culver City--16th Annual Children’s Earth Day 2016 Sunday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at STAR EcoStation, 10101 Jefferson Blvd. Activities will include children’s exhibits, environmental presentations, eco-friendly food, arts and crafts, games, celebrity guests, displays of more than 200 rescued exotic animals, and eco-friendly vendors.
  • Dana Point--Ocean Institute Earth Day 2016 Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday April 24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Learn how to make eco-friendly crafts, explore marine life, and take part on other hands-on activities. An admission fee will be charged. Volunteer for a beach/harbor cleanup earlier in the day, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., and get free admission. The Ocean Institute is located at 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive.
  • Fullerton--The Center for Sustainability at Cal State Fullerton is sponsoring a wide range of campus events April 19–21 in observance of Earth Week on campus. Displays on the campus Quad and Titan Walk will include a responsible shoppers’ expo, green vehicle display, energy efficiency exhibits, a sustainability symposium, and recycling exhibit. Campus map
  • Glendora--2016 Earth Day Festival Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Glendora City Hall, Public Library and Plaza. Workshops for smart gardening and composting, food gardening, efficient irrigation for the home garden, gardening with native plants, energy efficiency and solar power. Recyclables will be collected to raise money for schools. There will also be used motor oil and filter recycling as well as drop-off for unwanted pharmaceuticals. Eight-mile community bike ride, children’s bicycle safety rodeo and one-mile ride, animal magic show, children’s treasure hunt, free document shredding, bike valet parking, treasure hunt, vendor booths and giveaways, and live music and entertainment. For more information please visit the event schedule.
  • Inglewood--Earth Day Celebration 2016  Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the south lawn of Inglewood City Hall, 1 West Manchester Blvd. The event will include a kids’ zone, live entertainment, environmental workshops, nutritional information, and an electric vehicle display.
  • La Canada Flintridge--Descanso Gardens Earth Day & Botanic Bling Saturday and Sunday, April 23–24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate nature with programs focusing on flowers and plants for your garden. This year’s Earth Day celebration includes the Mt. Sac plant sale and the Botanic Bling trunk show! Activities free with admission and scheduled both days, unless noted otherwise.
  • Lancaster--Poppy Festival 2016 Saturday, April 16–17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lancaster City Park 43011 N. 10th Street West, Lancaster, 93534. Entertainment, hundreds of exhibitors, and more. The California Poppy Festival began as an Earth Day celebration and carries on the Earth Day tradition of concern and caring for the environment. General event information.
  • Long Beach--Earth Day Festival for aquarium visitors on the weekend of April 23–24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Aquarium of the Pacific: 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 90802. Learn what you can do to help our ocean planet at the aquarium’s 15th annual Earth Day festival. Join us for a weekend of family fun celebrating the Earth while learning easy, everyday tips to protect the environment. Visit booths from various Earth-friendly organizations and participate in hands-on learning demonstrations for people of all ages. An aquarium admission fee will be charged, but the event is free for Aquarium of the Pacific members.
  • Long Beach--Long Beach Children’s Day and Earth Day Sunday, May 1, beginning at 10 a.m. at El Dorado Park in Long Beach. The event, now in its 20th year, will be filled with fun, uplifting, and educational activities. Enjoy arts and crafts and lots of games, too. Guests can enjoy food booths and two entertainment stages. A children’s parade inside the park begins at 1 p.m.
  • Manhattan Beach--Earth Day Celebration and Concert Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Earth Day will be celebrated at Polliwog Park, Manhattan Beach (Map). Enjoy live entertainment, speakers and presentations on the Eco-Education State, a composting class, children’s activities, an eco-shopping area, free bike valet parking, food and beverage vendors, an alternative fuel vehicle display, e-waste and printer toner cartridge recycling, and more.
  • Mission Viejo--Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebration Saturday, April 23, 8 a.m. to noon at Mustang Run at Los Alisos Boulevard. The City of Mission Viejo is celebrating Earth Day and Arbor Day by hosting an opportunity for volunteers to plant vegetation and clean up litter. Participants should bring a hat, gloves, boots, sunscreen, and shovels for landscape renovation. Free hot dogs and ice cream to volunteers while supplies last!  Additionally, the city will host a Green Expo, which will feature Earth-friendly activities and environmental exhibits with tips on water conservation, pollution prevention, and recycling.
  • Newport Beach--The Newport Bay Conservancy is presenting the Earth Day at the Bay on Saturday, April 25. This is a neighborly event that is fun for the entire family. The event takes place at the Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center within the Orange County Park’s Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve. The address is 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach (at Irvine Avenue across from the YMCA). The event runs from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and is free. Food will be available for purchase from The Burnt Truck, Tamarindo, and Front Porch Pops.
  • San Clemente--Join the City of San Clemente and the Watershed Task Force Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Parque Del Mar by the Pier as they organize a day of educational information about how everyone can make a difference in reducing litter and other pollutants that end up in our streets, storm drains, and eventually our beaches and ocean!  The San Clemente Tree Foundation will give away 100 free trees in 9-inch, 5-gallon, and 15-gallon containers. The program is lively, featuring music, educational displays, demonstrations, artists, and awards for those who contribute. The day begins with a beach cleanup at 8:30 a.m. Wear comfortable shoes—we provide the supplies!
  • Santa Clarita--Earth Arbor Day Saturday, April 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road. The City of Santa Clarita’s Earth Arbor Day celebration, presented by the SCV Family of Water Suppliers, is an event to remember the importance of being green and taking care of our planet. This year’s festival will be combined with the KHTS Santa Clarita Home and Garden Show, the Emergency Expo, and the KHTS Arts and Crafts Fair, which will all be held at Central Park for two days: Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17. For more information about this event, visit SantaClaritaHomeandGardenShow.com.
  • Santa Monica--Earth Month Nothin' But Sand Beach Cleanup Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to noon at Santa Monica Beach at Ocean Park, 2600 Barnard Way (at the end of Ocean Park), Santa Monica, 90405. Love the beach? Clean it up! Nothin’ But Sand is a fantastic opportunity to show your local beach some love every third Saturday of the month. It's easy, it’s fun, and it kicks off your weekend with some excellent karma. Singles, couples, groups, and businesses are welcome, and you’re encouraged to bring your friends—or make some new ones. See you at the beach!
  • Torrance--City of Torrance Earth Day Recycling Event is Saturday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Toyota Employee Parking Lot (Intersection of 190th Street and Van Ness Avenue). Free paper shredding, free electronics and clothes drop-off, and a used oil recycling and filter exchange.
  • Whittier--10th Annual Earth Day Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the district’s administrative offices, 1955 Workman Mill Road. Join the Sanitation Districts for our annual Earth Day event, which features fun and educational activities for all ages. Tour a water reclamation plant and/or landfill, enjoy music and dance performances, create eco-friendly arts and crafts, and participate in many other activities while learning about environmental issues. The event is free and is attended by more than 3,000 people.  

North Coast

  • Fort Bragg--Food Forest Earth Day Festival Saturday, April 23, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Fort Bragg High School Learning Garden, 300 Dana St. This fun, family-friendly event supports the Farm to School program at Fort Bragg Unified School District. This cornerstone North Coast community event offers live music and entertainment, culinary showcases featuring fabulous local food and chefs, hands-on sustainable living workshops, kids’ activities, a community art project, and the ever-popular Spring Plant Sale. Discover how community gardens enrich all of our lives. For more information, please visit our website at www.noyofoodforest.org.
  • Santa Rosa--Earth Day 2016 Saturday, April 23, from noon to 4 p.m. in Courthouse Square. Enjoy environmental exhibits, eco-friendly crafts, children’s activities, local vendor booths, food and beverages, live entertainment, a raffle, and more. Safely dispose of unwanted and expired medications, too.
  • Windsor--Earth Day and Wellness Festival Sunday, April 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Windsor Town Green, 701 McClelland Drive. The family-friendly event will feature health and wellness information, educational activities and presentations, children’s games and crafts, live entertainment, a “green rummage sale,” a farmers market, and free bike valet parking. This year the event will showcase Windsor’s quality recreation programs being offered this summer.

Sacramento Valley

  • Redding--The Whole Earth and Watershed Festival Saturday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Redding City Hall and Sculpture Park, 777 Cypress Ave. The Whole Earth and Watershed Festival is a community-wide celebration with activities for all ages that celebrate social, economic, and environmental solutions for ourselves and our planet while enhancing the health and livability of the north state region.  It is organized by a group of business and community organizations who make up the executive committee and volunteer their time to ensure the success of this annual community event. 
  • Roseville--Annual Celebrate the Earth Festival Saturday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center in Mahany Regional Park, 1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd. Everyone is welcome at this free family event, brought to you by Roseville Electric Utility and Environmental Utilities, sponsored by Whole Foods Market Roseville and hosted by the Utility Exploration Center. Join us for an exciting day of delicious local food, green vendors, and entertainment for the whole family including live music, food trucks, face painting, animal shows, and more. See you there!
  • Sacramento--Earth Fest: It's a Party for the Planet! Saturday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sacramento Zoo (MAP). It’s a party for the planet! Learn how to protect and preserve the Earth with environmental, wildlife, and conservation organizations. During the day explore animal bio-artifacts; participate in storytelling and activities in the Discovery Room; come face-to-face with the outreach animals; or listen as keepers present enrichment talks in the afternoon. Don’t forget to stop by the Recycle Rummage Sale inside the Kampala center for a great bargains. Paid zoo admission is required.
  • Sacramento--Sacramento Earth Day Sunday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Southside Park, Sacramento. Hosted by the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS), Sacramento Earth Day is an annual observance and festival that celebrates the planet by featuring educational Earth preservation demos, locally cultivated cuisine, and handmade crafts. The eco-friendly day in the park boasts healthy living information, Earth-conscious clothing, sustainable transportation and vegan fare, and live bands providing groovy tunes to add to the festive atmosphere.
  • Sacramento--City of Sacramento Earth Day 2015 Tuesday, April 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Plaza (Map). This great event will be filled with environmental education, live entertainment, and a lot of fun. More details to follow.

San Diego

  • Oceanside--Grab your family and friends for North County’s largest Earth Festival in downtown Oceanside! Join us on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and enjoy environmental organizations, dazzling entertainment, and fun hands-on activities!
  • San Diego--Earth Fair 2016 Sunday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Balboa Park. EarthFair 2015 will feature more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a food pavilion, a children’s activity area, five entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTh Gallery art show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse. Each year, the EarthFair draws around 60,000 visitors.

San Joaquin Valley

  • Bakersfield--Green Expo Saturday, April 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Yokuts Park. Thousands are expected to turn out for the annual citywide cleanup.
  • Fresno--Fresno Earth Day 2016 Saturday, April 23 at 10 a.m. at Radio Park, 2233 N. First St., Fresno. Central Valley’s largest Earth Day celebration. Participants will include approximately 60 local agencies, business, and nonprofit organizations. Join us as we celebrate our planet.
  • Modesto--Earth Day in the Park Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please save the date and come celebrate Earth Day’s 27th year in Modesto on Saturday, April 23, 2016. If you are interested in being a vendor you can contact Vicki Rice at (209) 577-5495 or vrice@modestogov.com.
  • Stockton--Stockton Earth Day 2016 Sunday, April 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Victory Park (behind Haggin Museum). The city’s annual Earth Day celebration blends entertainment with an environmental message of education, conservation, and recycling. There will be dozens of educational and environmental exhibit booths, entertainment, hands-on activities, exotic arts and crafts, and an extensive food court. More than 100 commercial vendor booths will be set up throughout Victory Park. Visitors are asked to bring canned or boxed food donations for the Stockton Emergency Food Bank, or slightly used clothing donations for the homeless served by the Gospel Center Rescue Mission.
  • Visalia--2016 Earth / Arbor Day Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. John’s Riverwalk Park at Ben Maddox and the St. Johns River. This year’s event will focus on sustainability, conservation, and energy efficiency and will include live music, exhibitors, vendors, food booths, and multiple demonstration workshops. Earth Day Workshops include: Green and Food Waste Composting, Green Cleaning, Phenology, Low-Water Use Irrigation Systems, Cal-Water Incentives/Rebates, and Low-Water Use Gardening.

Sierra Nevada/Foothills

  • South Lake Tahoe--South Lake Tahoe Earth Day Saturday, April 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Bijou Community Park. Earth Day recognizes, celebrates, and promotes our region’s unique beauty while educating the public about local environmental issues. Bring your friends and family to learn about ways to counteract global climate change through recycling and composting, alternative energy, water conservation, sustainability, and reducing our ecological footprint. Enjoy local live music and dance, swing through the Kid Zone to make some recycle-themed arts and crafts, or get your face painted, and be sure to support or wide array of educational booths and local vendors. Food and local crafts will be available for purchase, and don’t forget to buy some tickets for our huge Earth Day raffle.
  • Tahoe/Truckee--Earth Day 2016 Celebration Saturday, April 16, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Village at Squaw Valley. The Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Festival is a volunteer-run, nonprofit event to recognize, celebrate, and promote the region’s unique beauty. Enjoy fun, live music, and entertainment, and learn how to preserve and protect our local and global natural resources.
  • Yosemite National Park--Yosemite Park Earth Day Yosemite has a park-wide celebration of Earth Day. The 2016 Earth Day celebration will be held on Saturday, April 23. The park usually schedules a volunteer project on both the Earth Day celebration date as well as Earth Day itself. Projects include ecological restoration and litter cleanup and are appropriate for all ages. In the past, projects have been two to three hours in duration.
Last updated: March 29, 2016
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