Time to give Mother Nature her due. Saturday, April 22, 2023, is the annual Earth Day. Here are some family-friendly festivals, fairs, recycling events, workshops and other celebrations we’ve heard about across the Front Range. Most events are on Saturday the 22nd, (though Denver will hold a big party on Friday) with some the following Saturday.
If you know of any we’ve missed, send details to firstname.lastname@example.org. All events are FREE, unless otherwise noted.
Friday, April 21, 2023
10 a.m. to noon. Earth Day Celebration at the Blue Bear is an outdoor fest at the Colorado Convention Center (just look for the big blue bear!). Live music by Big Moon Dancing, giveaways of water bottles, tote bags, strawberry and basil plants, demonstrations and snacks. Booths from: Ace Hardware, Canned Goods, Country Fair Garden, Pets Supplies Plus and Ridwell Denver.
We Don’t Waste will be performing a cooking demo, using an ends and stems recipe to make a cleaning solution. There’s a Used Jean Drive: Bring a used pair of jeans to be shredded and repurposed.
Saturday, April 22, 2023
9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join in to clean up one of the most polluted stretches of Cherry Creek. After the cleanup the group will head back to the Orvis Cherry Creek Store for pizza and giveaways. Dress casually and wear closed-toed shoes. Bring a water bottle and sunscreen. Protect Our Rivers will provide gloves, trash bags, grabbers, and hand sanitizer. Check in at 9:30 a.m. Cleanup from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Lunch from noon to 1 p.m. RSVP Here. Meet at Cherry Creek Shopping Center (corner of E. 1st and University), 2500 E. 1st Ave., Denver.
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day by spring cleaning Westminster and the Hyland Hills Park and Recreation District. The City provides supplies and disposal of trash bags. To thank participants, a volunteer celebration BBQ will be held at City Park Recreation Center from 11 am. to 1 p.m. All ages welcome. Find clean-up sites and registration here.
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The festival is held at Heritage Lakewood. Features music, food, art, exhibits and activities that spread environmental awareness. Take a nature walk. Check out electric transportation.
Live musical performances this year by Chain Station, Jubilingo, Polka Folka, The Wrecklunds and Big Hooray Bluegrass Band.
Join an Earth Day “Parade of Species.” Kids, adults, and pets are invited to bring or wear an animal costume (or make an animal mask at the event), decorate wagons and strollers, bring an instrument and march through the event in celebration of all of the animal species with whom we share the earth. Meet at 4 p.m. near the gazebo to line up for the parade.
801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood.
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sustainable Resilient Longmont stages this event at the Timberline PK-8 School. Learn how to improve our soil and grow tasty food, while also drawing carbon dioxide out of the air.
You can also learn about sustainable fashion, get your hands dirty with park mulching and cleanup opportunities, and visit dozens of booths providing fun and educational activities on how to live more sustainably.
Also up-cycled arts and crafts projects, a treasure hunt, music, food trucks, the St. Vrainnovation mobile lab, and baby goats from Growing Gardens. 233 E. Mountain View Ave., Longmont.
Noon to 4 p.m. Features a wide variety of family-friendly activations — from zip-lining and rock climbing to a Pollination Station with free seed packets, face painting and eco-friendly art projects. This indoor and outdoor event will also feature live local music by DJ JenG, with food and drinks available for purchase.
FREE and open to all, but pre-registration is highly encouraged. Register here. Parking is limited, so use public transportation if possible.
Held at The Brighton, 3403 Brighton Blvd. in RiNo.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Indoor event at Elevations Credit Union in Broomfield. Samples, activities for kids and adults, and a lineup of speakers will come together. Includes: local Colorado green home builders, remodelers & designers, permaculture & low water native plant landscape experts, worm composting workshop, mushroom experts, home energy efficiency pros, solar experts, beekeepers and green household product experts.
Open to the community. Reserve your free tickets here.
1 Environmental Way Broomfield.
Saturday, April 29, 2023
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Family-friendly event at Lafayette City Park with a Sustainable Makers Market, 40+ eco-exhibitors, tour of an Outdoor Classroom, performers Jeff & Paige at 10 a.m., poetry reading, live wild animals, electric vehicle showcase, scavenger hunt, food truck and more. Parking is very limited, please walk, bike, bus, or carpool to the event. Bike valet is available. 105 W. Baseline Rd., Lafayette.