Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival
Earth Day 2013 is technically Monday, April 22nd, but we need a whole weekend to celebrate. Hosted by the Community Environmental Council (CEC), Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival will return to Alameda Park for two full days of environmental education, entertainment and community building.
Earth Day began when Senator Gaylord Nelson visited Santa Barbara right after the horrific oil spill off the coast in 1969. He was so outraged with what he saw and as soon as he arrived back in Washington, D.C., Nelson introduced a bill designating April 22nd as a national day to celebrate the earth. The first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970, the same year as the creation of CEC—host of Santa Barbara’s Earth Day festival and one of the most established organizations in the region.
Today, Santa Barbara is home to “one of the most highly attended, most consistently held community-based Earth Day festivals on the West Coast,” according to the CEC. What once was a modest event is now a two-day event with more than 250 local and national exhibitors, live music and speakers which have included director James Cameron, actress Daryl Hannah and Tesla Motorcars CEO Elon Musk. “With more than 38,000 people attending in 2011,” CEC said, “it logs as the most well-attended annual Earth Day Festival on the West Coast.”
Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival Highlights:
- Main Stage: Two full days of live music, speakers and family programming from Santa Barbara Dance Arts, Hoop Tosses with Aya, Mad Caddies and more. Check out the full Main Stage schedule here.
- 2013 Environmental Hero Award: This year’s recipients are Van Jones and Bill Nye.
- Kid’s Corner: Bring your kids to a fun and imaginative place to learn about Mother Earth and play! Activities include dancing, singing, arts & crafts, storytelling, a marine touch tank and more!
- Green Car Show: Check out the latest in automotive technology, including demonstrations of advanced fuel vehicle technologies and the latest models of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles for sale and viewing.
- Food & Drinks: The 2013 Santa Barbara Earth Day food court will feature local and regional food exhibitors offering a mix of farm fresh and healthy menu items ranging from organic smoothies, sandwiches, veggie burgers, Thai cuisine and wood-fired pizzas.
- Live Green: Learn how to live a greener, more sustainable lifestyle and make eco-conscious choices on a daily basis.
“What I love about Earth Day today is that it has become an enormous exchange of information and ideas about how to preserve, protect and enhance the quality of life in Santa Barbara and by extension, the world. It’s fun, educational and an aesthetic experience all rolled into one. How many events do you go to where 38,000 people gather to learn from one another? Earth Day gives me a sense of joy and hope each and every year.” –Paul Relis, former CEC Executive Director (www.cecsb.org)
*Photo from Santa Barbara Earth Day Facebook page
Dates: Saturday April 20, 2013 & Sunday, April 21, 2013
Times: Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. & Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: 1400 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
WHERE TO STAY
Inn at East Beach
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Spanish Garden Inn
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