Celebrate Earth Day
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Written by Tiffany Chin   

Annual Events Create Community Around The Environment

In order to promote appreciation and awareness for the earth’s environment, Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in 1970. Although traditionally recognized on April 22, there are numerous Earth Day events that take place throughout the world and throughout the year. Earth Day events and festivals are wonderful opportunities for us to connect with our communities and unite in the effort to sustain our beautiful planet. Here is a collection of selected Earth Day events in California.

Earth Day Food and Wine Festival, Santa Margarita CA
Friday, April 16 - Sunday, April 18

The fourth annual Earth Day Food and Wine Festival celebrates sustainably produced, award-winning food and wine grown on California’s Central Coast. The feature event on Saturday, April 17 includes barrel tastings, cooking demonstrations, and live music with vineyard tours throughout the weekend. This event is organized by the Central Coast Vineyard Team, a nonprofit dedicated to sustainable winegrowing since 1994. All proceeds will support research, education and farm worker outreach. General Admission
is $75. The weekend is held in Santa Margarita, CA. earthdayfoodandwine.com

Topanga Earth Day
Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18

Live music performances (including Donna De Lory, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Cubensis), noteworthy speakers including ecological design and permaculture with Darren Butler, Yoga with Govindas and Radha and ecological artists who will fill the fair grounds. Also featured will be organic foods and beverages as well as an innovative environmental demonstration area, showcasing ecological products and services, alternative energy, healing arts, primitive skills and living by example workshops. 10:00 A.M. into the evening. The Topanga Community House Fair Grounds, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd Topanga, CA 90290. topangaearthday.org

Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival
Saturday, April 17 and Sunday, April 18

This year Earth Day and the Santa Barbara Community Environmental Council are both turning forty and want everyone to take their green living home to their houses and their communities. Celebrate this effort at this festive weekend of music (in partnership with New Noise Media Group), environmental education, and more with activities that include outdoor events as well as a green short film festival and the popular green car show. 11:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. Saturday; 11:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Sunday. Alameda Park, 1400 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA. Free. SBEarthDay.org

Earth Day on the Promenade
Saturday, April 17

Located on one of Southern California’s most popular destinations for shopping and entertainment, Earth Day on the Promenade is a community gathering with numerous street performers, live music, exhibits and other participants aimed at creating harmony through environmentally conscious lifestyles. 10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA. earthdayla.org

Ventura’s Earth Day Eco Fest
Saturday, April 17

Sponsored by the Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education and the City of Ventura, this festival proclaims that it is Earth Day everyday. Visitors can be reminded of this message by visiting the science and green education pavilions, through the arts and crafts and of course, through the music and food. 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Free. Promenade Park, near Surfer’s Point Park, on the beach in Ventura, CA. venturacharterschool.org/earthday

Earth Fair, San Diego
Sunday April 18

The twentieth anniversary of the EarthFair in San Diego takes place at scenic Balboa Park. Produced by volunteers, the world’s largest annual environmental fair and earth day celebration will feature fifty exhibitors, theme areas, a food pavilion, special kids’ activities, three entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTh Gallery art show and the Cleaner Car Concourse. Ride a bike and take advantage of free, secured bike parking or enjoy taking public transportation. 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Balboa Park, San Diego. earthdayweb.org/EarthFair.html

Earth Day Whale Fest, Malibu CA
Sunday, April 18

Celebrate the California Gray Whale and their extraordinary return from the brink of extinction while they’re on their northbound April migration. Bring beach chairs, binoculars and your favorite beach accessories. Dogs are welcome on the North Beach as long as they are leashed. Sponsored by the Santa Monica Mountains Natural History Association, the festivities include kids’ activities, environmental education, and foods and crafts for sale. 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. Parking: $12. Admission: Free. Leo Carrillo State Park, 35000 W. Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA. earthdaywhalefest.org

World Fest
Sunday, May 16

World Fest is a solar-powered celebration of music, the environment, animals and humanity. Its goal is entertainment, education and enlightenment. Empowering speakers will take the stage while environmental, humanitarian and animal welfare nonprofits will help to educate and enlighten kids and parents alike on living a more conscious lifestyle. 10:30 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. Woodly Park, Encino CA. Adults: $7, Seniors: $5, Twelve and under: free. Pets Welcome. worldfestevents.com

Venice Eco Fest
Saturday, July 10

Venice Beach invites you to take part in LA’s largest outdoor free green festival at this event featuring green technology, eco-businesses and services, entertainment on a solar sound stage, art galleries, eco booths, an interactive children’s court, a bicycle parade and delicious organic foods. 10:00 A.M. - 7:00 P.M. Venice Beach Recreation Area at Windward Avenue and Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA. veniceecofest.org

For more on the Earth Day Revolution and to search for and submit Earth Day events, visit the Earth Day Network: earthday.net.

Tiffany Chin is getting ready to graduate from Pepperdine University in Malibu and is considering which Earth Day event to attend.

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