Time to give Mother Nature her due. Saturday, April 22 is the 46th annual Earth Day, but communities, organizations and businesses often shift it a few days either way. That means you’ll find all sorts of events on Earth Day itself and over the weekend. Here are some family-friendly festivals, fairs, recycling events and other celebrations we’ve heard about across the Front Range. Please add any others you know about to the comments section. All events are FREE, unless indicated otherwise.
Earth Day Denver (Friday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) in Skyline Park. Denver’s Earth Day Fair showcases environmentally-friendly and sustainable services and products. Test a Denver Bcycle bike & an all electric bike, learn how to start your own garden, how to compost and how to can fruits and vegetables from your garden. For info, call 3-1-1.
Congress Park Earth Day Festival (Saturday, April 22, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.). Congress Park Neighbors Green Team host this free event. This year’s theme is “Think Globally, Act Locally”. Enjoy music, food, art, games, activities and prizes. Held outdoors at Capitol Heights Faith Communities, 1100 Fillmore St., Denver.
Growing Gardens Children’s Bee Earth Day (Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Boulder’s Children’s Peace Garden hosts hands-on, educational gardening activities for children ages 3 to 11. Plant seeds, investigate insect habitats, explore worm composting, learn about honeybees, and create garden art. Free honey samples and compost. Enjoy live music. and goat races! Food available for purchase. 1630 Hawthorn Ave., Boulder, 303-443-9952.
Lakewood Earth Day Celebration (Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at Lakewood Heritage Center. Showcases companies, agencies and organizations that provide products and resources for residents to better the Earth. Everyone is welcome to enjoy demonstrations in healthy cooking, seed starting, beekeeping and composting, as well as try a fitness class, climbing wall and more. A FREE bike valet service will be available for those who choose to pedal to the festivities. 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood.
Mountain Area Earth Day Fair in Evergreen (Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) features more than 30 federal, state and local agencies at the Evergreen Lake House. You’ll find up-to-date information on critical issues and can learn about resources for Earth-related living. Kids’ activities include hands-on demonstration, as well as a puppet show on alternatives to the plastic bag. HawkQuest will also be on hand to amaze everyone with its live raptors. 29614 Upper Bear Creek Rd., Evergreen.
Natural Grocers Earth Day Event (Saturday, April 22). Visit any Natural Grocers and receive a FREE, reusable shopping bag (while supplies last). And, from noon to 4 p.m. plant a seed to take home for your garden. All locations.
Youth of the Earth – Earth Day Festival (Saturday, April 22, noon to 5 p.m.). Sustainable Resilient Longmont stages this event at the Longmont Museum. Includes a series of presentations, films and discussions in addition to environmental education booths for all ages. Hands-on activities and performances geared toward kids, youth and young adults.
Wild Earth Day (Saturday & Sunday, April 22 & 23, noon to 5 p.m.). Wild Bear Mountain Ecology Center stages this event. Visitors to the nature center will engage in educational booths and activities focused on nature and living lightly on the planet. 20 Lakeview Dr., Nederland.
Natural Grocers (Multiple Locations)