March 23, 2015
Earth Day is officially celebrated April 22, but North Texas cities stretch out the holiday for four weeks starting in late March.
That's good news for greenies because that means fewer events overlap and you can attend an ecofest every week for a month. Check out the line up below – all events are free.
Above, a button made by University of Michigan student activists to promote their March 1970 teach-in and its tie-in to Earth Day. Courtesy of AnnArborChronicle.com.
Southlake Green Fest: March 28,10 am-10pm, Southlake
Southlake leads off the eco-fest season with a celebration at Southlake Town Square hosted by Bob Jones Nature Center.
The event features green vendors, entertainment and a cool drawing – students K-6th grade can bring in their juice pouches for a chance to win an Apple iPad. This year, organizers aim to collect 6,000 juice pouches to send to Terracycle for up cycling.
Fort Worth Earth Party: March 28,
11am-4pm, Fort Worth
Fort Worth has moved its annual Earth Day celebration to Magnolia Green Park, 1201 Lipscomb St. in Fort Worth's historic Southside district. The event, which follows the Cowtown Cleanup, features green vendors, kid’s activities and live music. The big headliner this year is Woodstock folkie Melanie, who performs 2-4pm.
Above, 1970s pop star Melanie will perform March 28 in Fort Worth.
Earthfest Allen: April 4, 10 am-2pm, Allen
The festival has a new location at the Dayspring Nature Preserve, 622 Rainforest Lane, and will feature exhibits, an eco-lab trail, kite flying and a wildflower seeded Easter egg hunt.
Right, Easter eggs filled with wildflower seeds will be hunted at the Allen Earthfest.
Eco-Film Fest: April 9-12, Irving
The city of Irving hosts its annual green film fest as an alternative to the outdoor fairs. Three venues are showing 19 environmental films with something for everyone. Movies include the classic Revenge of the Electric Car, American Made Movie and several nature family films. See website for complete schedule.
EcoCoppell Earthfest: April 11, 9 am-1pm, Coppell
Event goers can enjoy hands-on environmental demonstrations, education booths, kid’s crafts, live music and an organic plant sale at Town Center Plaza, 255 Parkway Blvd.
On your way, drop-off your usable household goods; household documents for shredding; and bulky trash items at Town Center Elementary parking.
River Legacy Earth Day: April 11,10am-2 pm, Arlington
The popular Arlington nature center presents nature walks, camping classes, story times and crafts at the River Legacy Living Science Center, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd.
Oak Cliff Earth Day: April 12, Noon-5pm, Dallas
This neighborhood Earth Day celebration held in Lake Cliff Park, 1200 N Zang Blvd, features 100-plus vendors, animal adoptions, food trucks, electronic recycling and a dog parade.
Environmental Health Fair & Trash-Off: April 18, 8:30am-1pm, Flower Mound
This community-wide clean up and fair hosted by Keep Flower Mound Beautiful is held at the Flower Mound Home Depot, 852 Long Prairie Road. Be sure to stop by the Trinity Forks Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas plant sale from 10am-1pm, featuring hard-to-find native plants.
Residents can also drop off paper for shredding and as well as housewares and electronics.
Courtesy of Trinity Forks chapter of NPSOT.
Grapevine Epic Earth Day: April 18, 9am-2pm, Grapevine
Held at the Grapevine Botanical Gardens at 411 Ball Street, the event is just up the street from Nash Farms, where Nash Farms "Spring Into Nash" event will be taking place, and directly alongside the Grapevine Garden Club's annual plant sale. Grapevine Epic Earth Day will feature green vendors, kid’s activities, electric cars and bicycles and a Recycle Rally, where people can bring E-waste from 9am-1pm.
Live Green in Plano Earth Day Celebration: April 18, 9:30am-2pm, Plano
The city of Plano hosts this eco event held at the Plano Centre, 2000 E Spring Creek Pkwy, featuring booths, kid’s activities and animal adoptions.
Highlights include New York-based Bash the Trash, which builds, performs and educates with musical instruments made from reused and repurposed materials. Sign up for the instrument-building workshop.
Redbud Festival: April 18, 10am-4pm, Denton
Held at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E McKinney St, the combination Arbor and Earth Day event features green vendors, tree and plant sales, gardening products, along with family friendly activities.
Bluebonnet Trails Festival: April 18-19, 9am-5pm, Ennis
During the month of April, the bluebonnets are on display in Ennis and the city provides a map, showcasing the best viewing spots along 40 miles of driving trails.
In addition, the city puts on a weekend festival in downtown Ennis with arts and crafts, children’s activities, entertainment and bluebonnet souvenirs.
The city of Ennis offers a map of the best local bluebonnet sites.
Cedar Hill Earth Day: April 20, 5-7:30pm, Cedar Hill
The city hosts the family friendly celebration at the Government Center, 285 Uptown Boulevard. Event-goers can enjoy workshops, vendors, food and live music from Vocal Trash.
Above, Vocal Trash will perform April 20 at Cedar Hill Earth Day.
Prairie Fest: April 25, 11am-sunset,
Held in the picturesque Tandy Hills Natural Area, this grassroots Earth fest, started by Don and Debora Young in their backyard, retains the freewheeling spirit of the original Earth Day with wildflower tours, nature hikes and plein air painters.
Mother Nature herself showed up at Prairie Fest last year.
Photo by Chris Emory.
Bluebird Festival: April 25, Wills Point
The city named Bluebird Capital of Texas celebrates the iconic bird with arts and crafts, pageant, carnival and bluebird tours in Van Zandt county, east of Dallas.
Earth Day Texas: April 24-26, 10am-6pm, Dallas
April ends with the biggest Earth Day bash of the year. Held at Dallas Fair Park, the eco expo has expanded to three days. The event showcases hundreds of green vendors, environmental organizations and colleges along with a plethora of speakers and entertainment. Open Friday through Sunday the last weekend in April.
Don't see one of your favorite Earth Day fests on our list? Email Julie@GreenSourceDFW.org.