Earth Day Events Flood Weekend Calendar


volunteer-cleans-up-creekGet ready to love the Earth this weekend, there are dozens of Earth Day events happening all over the San Francisco Bay Area, mostly on Saturday, but other events are taking place Sunday, and even into next week.

The biggest, and perhaps most well-known of the events, is Earth Day San Francisco, taking place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Civic Center Plaza in the downtown area. The main stage features “edutainment”, with music and other live performances throughout the day. There are hands-on exhibits, an entire area dedicated to electric transportation, eco fashion shows, eco art, sustainable/solar powered beer and wine gardens, Earth-friendly vendors, an “Eco Youth Zone”, and two children’s playgrounds.

Across the bay in Oakland there are more than 80 volunteer projects scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon. You can download a complete list of project locations from Oakland’s website. Bring your own tools, gloves, hats, and sunscreen. Nearby Alameda is hosting an Earth Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with free activities for kids, farm-fresh produce vendors, and Scout-led volunteer projects.

To the south in San Jose there’s a special Earth Day and Arbor Day program from 11 a.m. to 4 .m., at History Park San Jose.  Kids can earn a Junior Archaeology certificate by taking part in a mock excavation to uncover a part of San Jose’s past. There’s also a children’s concert, and a “crafty caterpillar walk”. There is a $5 admission fee, and a $6 city parking fee.

Even more clean up events are happening up and down the Peninsula. See an extensive list of Bay Area events on the CalRecycle Earth Day page.

If you’re busy on Saturday, don’t worry, you can still join in on the festivities. Starting this weekend the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park is presenting a full week of programs. And on Saturday, April 27, volunteers are needed for two habitat restoration projects in the park from 9 a.m. to noon. Click on the link to register in advance.