The Community Environmental Council‘s annual Earth Day Festival returns for another great weekend in Santa Barbara. It will take place at Alameda Park from Saturday, April 21 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The festival is free to attend and will bring the Santa Barbara community together to revel in our amazing planet, to give thanks to the Earth and all it has provided, and to heal as we further process the recent natural disasters that have taken place in Santa Barbara county. The festival will also serve as a space for inspiration. As the community is slowly overcoming the devastation brought on by the wildfires and mudslide, there are new possibilities are right around the corner, such as ideas of rebuilding, increasing resiliency, and combatting root causes of climate change in order to prepare for and decrease the impact and intensity of future natural disasters.
Some of the events at the festival include a Green Car show, which highlights a collection of efficient and alternative fueled vehicles, a public square, where attendees can speak one-on-one with public officials and a Homegrown Roots zone that introduces attendees to local farmers and food and beverage artisans who all help promote sustainable food systems. There will also be a food court with local and organic menus, a beer and wine garden, and music organized by New Noise.
In the week leading up to the festival, WA Event Management is hosting an Earth Day kickoff party at cocktail bar Test Pilot, 211 Helena Ave. The bar will #ditchplastic and replace all straws with stainless steel ones. In addition, for the month of April, one dollar from all pours from the Karma Tap will go to benefit the Community Environmental Council at Draughtsmen Aleworks, 53 Santa Felicia Dr., Goleta.
Currently in its 48th year, Santa Barbara’s Earth Day Festival is one of the longest-running Earth Day celebrations in the country. As Santa Barbara recognizes that “every day is Earth Day,” be sure not to miss this great opportunity to appreciate not only the Earth but also Santa Barbara’s incredible environmental reputation. For more information, visit SBEarthDay.org.
— Ashley Killion