Oak Cliff Earth Day returns Sunday

The 13th annual ecofest will be held April 3, 2022 at Lake Cliff Park in Dallas. Photo by Christian Iles.

March 31, 2022

After a two-year pause, Green Source DFW and The Memnosyne Institute are gearing up to host the 13th annual Oak Cliff Earth Day.

The event is set for April 3, 2022 from noon to 5 p.m. at Lake Cliff Park in Dallas.

The grassroots green festival was launched in 2007 by local volunteers who wanted to educate the community on eco-friendly living. In 2018, Green Source DFW and the Memnosyne Institute, its parent nonprofit and a longtime festival sponsor, took over as host. But COVID-19 canceled the 2020 and 2021 events.

This year, organizers, volunteers and participants are eager for the comeback, with 90 vendors confirmed as of press time. See participating vendors and nonprofits.

Food trucks will be on site selling refreshments. Look for Chiaves (Tex-Mex), Ruthie’s (Grilled Cheese), Fire for the Lord BBQTrailer Cakes and Coffee Man (tent).

Marsha Jackson with 2020 Award. Photo by Dick Guldi.Marsha Jackson with 2020 Award. Photo courtesy of Dick Guldi.

As in previous years, in addition to booths, Oak Cliff Earth Day will feature a diverse line-up of entertainment and environmental speakers, including special guest Marsha Jackson, winner of the 2020 Green Source DFW Award for Environmental Justice.

The Dallas resident garnered national media attention for her fight against the 100,000 ton pile of shingles dumped next door to her home. Jackson won the three-year battle. Now she and the neighborhood are campaigning to replace the former dump site with a park.

Below is the OCED Stage Schedule:
Noon - Welcome. Host GSDFW director Wendel Withrow. Announcement of sponsors and acknowledgement of last year’s GSDFW Award Winners.

1 p.m. - Moving Shingle Mountain. Speaker Marsha Jackson.

1:30 p.m. Environmental Speakers and Sponsor Presentations TBA

1:45 p.m. Dallas City Council member Paula Blackmon, District 9, Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee 

2 p.m. Greiner Dance Academy – Koreyci Santiago

2:45 p.m. Kathryn Bazan, Chair of the Dallas Environmental Commission. Bazan will be speaking about the newly formed Environmental Commission and its efforts since December.

3 p.m. Sangeet Millenium Ensemble, Amie Maciszewski, South Asian Music for the World

3:45 p.m. Sponsor Presentations: Dallas College, Dallas Sierra Club

4 p.m. Bandon Koro Performance

5 p.m. Closing Remarks – GSDFW director Wendell Withrow

Oak Cliff Earth Day 2022 T-shirtsThe 2022 festival t-shirts will be sold for $10. Photo by Julie Thibodeaux.

In addition to Green Source DFW and the Memnosyne Institute, Oak Cliff Earth Day’s premier sponsor is Dallas College.

Other sponsors include Friends of Oak Cliff Parks, Dallas Parks and Rec, EarthX, Edible DFW, Natural Awakenings Dallas, Domingo Garcia Law Office, The Hall Group, City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture, Methodist Dallas, Square Foot, DeCarla Anderson Real Estate Group, Dallas Sierra Club, John and Margie Haley, Good Space, Budget Dumpster, Chad West Law, Coombs Creek Conservancy, Texas State Representative Rafael Anchia, REI, Rick Shannon and Urban Urbane. 

For more information about vendor space, contact James Harrington at JamesHarrington@outlook.com. For information about Environmental Justice speakers, contact, Wendel Withrow at 214-287-1046 or Wendel@GreenSourceDFW.org. For other questions, contact Julie@GreenSourceDFW.org. See OakCliffEarthDay.com for more info.

2019 OCED. Photo by Christian Iles2019 OCED. Photo by Christian Iles.

13th Annual Oak Cliff Earth Day

About: Free family friendly festival featuring green vendors, educational booths, environmental speakers, live entertainment and food trucks. Hosted by Green Source DFW and the Memnosyne Institute with generous support from Dallas College and other sponsors (See above).

When: April 3, 2022, noon to 5 p.m.

Where: Lake Cliff Park, 300 E. Colorado, Dallas

Contact: Julie Thibodeaux at Julie@GreenSourceDFW.org, or Lybo Buchanan at lybolynn@gmail.com.



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