The Top 15 Earth Day Events in the Bay Area

CA Academy of Sciences rooftop

We all owe a lot to Mother Nature—everything, in fact. Spend this weekend giving something back to her. From joining local cleanup efforts to composting while sipping cocktails, there’s an activity for every type of earth lover.

Citywide Celebrations

Earth Day SF | April 20, 2013
San Francisco’s giant, day-long celebration will feature fashion shows, hands-on projects, organic food, and much more. (Free. Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco)

Earth Day 2013 in Santa Rosa | April 27, 2013
Enjoy live entertainment, local food vendors, and a variety of activities for the youngin’s during Santa Rosa’s afternoon celebration. (Free. Courthouse Square, Santa Rosa)

Sacramento Earth Day Celebration | April 21, 2013
Sacramento’s sixth-annual festival focuses on saving money and living a healthier lifestyle. (Southside Park, Sacramento)

Volunteer Cleanup Events

Earth Day at Richardson Bay Audubon Center | April 20, 2013
Explore. Enrich. Educate. By helping to clean this pristine Tiburon environment you can do all three. (Free. 376 Greenwood Beach Road, Tiburon)

Oakland Earth Day | April 21, 2013
More than 3,000 volunteers will beautify 100 different Oakland city parks, creeks, medians, and community gardens. (Free. Various sites around Oakland)

Outdoor Events

Party for the Planet at Happy Hollow Park and Zoo | April 22, 2013
Because you’re never too young to take care of the earth, the whimsical kiddie park offers a day of family-friendly activities, including arts and crafts, educational talks, and a drum show. (1300 Senter Road, San Jose)

Earth Stroll 2013: An Earth Day Celebration at Crissy Field | April 21, 2013
This four-hour affair features ranger-led hikes, live animal demos, and live music. (Free. Crissy Field Center, 1199 East Beach Drive, San Francisco)

Ghirardelli Goes Green | April 21, 2013
Live music, instructional demos, and delicious food from local vendors are only a few things on the menu at this fun-filled half-day event. (Free. Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point Street, San Francisco)

Earth Day on the Bay at the Marine Science Institute | April 21, 2013
Create arts and crafts projects and enjoy live music in the company of the aquarium’s marine animals and Bay views. (500 Discovery Parkway, Redwood City)

Special Events

Dirty, Earthy NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences | April 26, 2013
The Earth Day edition of the museum’s popular after hours gathering is devoted to composting, urban farming, and recycled art. ($12. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco)

Earth Day Celebration at the California Academy of Sciences | April 21 and 22, 2013
In daylight hours, family fun replaces “Dirty Cocktails.” Expect art and musical instruments created from recycled materials, among other activities. (Free. 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco)

Greenlight Earth Day Film Festival in Palo Alto | April 19, 2013
This collection of short films, produced by local artists and students, celebrates environmental citizenship and the individual’s ability to reduce environmental impact. (Cubberly Theater, 4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto)

SF Bicycle Coalition Ride: Parklet Tour | April 21, 2013
San Francisco’s 20 parklets are home to an assortment of businesses. Stop by a few favorites on this leisurely bike cruise around the city. (Four Barrel Coffee, 375 Valencia Street, San Francisco)

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