You are invited to “Be the Change” in honor of this year’s Earth Day celebration on Sunday, April 17th from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Muny Grounds of Forest Park. Enjoy two stages of live music, cultural performances, local food and hands-on activities for the whole family at the 22nd Annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival. Over 200 artists, educational exhibitors, food vendors, businesses and organizations will share how they are “Being the Change” and how you can too!
A collection event for hard-to-recycle items makes its debut at the Festival. The Recycling Extravaganza will take place in the parking lot of the St. Louis Community College Forest Park campus, off Oakland Avenue 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Two shuttles, one biodiesel and one compressed natural gas, will transport guests to the event grounds. A full list of acceptable items, including computers, electronics, appliances, clothes, art supplies, bicycles and even tooth brushes, will be published on stlouisearthday.org so you can plan your spring cleaning accordingly. Proceeds from the collection benefit St. Louis Earth Day and its partnering organizations.
A host of local entertainers will be performing at this year’s Festival, including Aaron Kamm and The One Drops, Brothers Lazaroff, Miss Jubilee, Pretty Little Empire, The Warbuckles and many more! Musical performances begin at 11 a.m. and continue all day on two stages. The Performance Pavilion features a variety local entertainment and concludes at 5 p.m. with a special performance by the Shakespeare Festival St. Louis. New this year, the Green Strum Project will be facilitating workshops where participants can create a musical instrument out of re-purposed materials. A band scramble will close the Café Stage when participating musicians put their recycled instruments to the test in front of local celebrity judges.
The All Species Parade gets a boost this year with help from you! Starting at 10 a.m., you can join the Green Strum Project and Teachers’ Recycle Center on the Festival grounds to create a musical instrument, mask or prop to carry with you in the parade using re-purposed materials. Impish Grin Face Art will also be available for free face painting until 11 a.m. The Honorable Mayor Francis G. Slay will kick-off the All Species Parade, led by the Joia World Percussion Ensemble, at the Opening Ceremony which begins at 12 p.m. on the main stage.
Interactive features of the festival include “Think Outside the Box,” an open art area where children and adults create a one-of-a-kind container that reminds them to reduce, reuse and recycle. Participate in the Earth Day Challenge by bringing a bag for purchases, a water bottle to refill or use alternative transportation to get to Forest Park. Visitors who accomplish two of the three challenges will receive an eco-friendly prize at the Information Booth. Stop in the Performance Pavilion to see artists from ARTDimensions creating art right before your eyes.
Over twenty food and beverage vendors will be located in the café and throughout the Festival. For more information, go to www.stlouisearthday.org