The planet is celebrating Earth Day’s 42nd Anniversary. Spend your Earth Day…
By Danielle Rita
Mobilize the Earth
Where: National Mall, between 8th & 14th streets
When: April 22, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
WL: Get a good night’s rest because this event is the largest and longest Earth Day celebration in D.C., presented by Earth Day Network. The event is free and open to the public and features: A-List musical talent, prominent guest speakers and celebrities including Miss Earth USA and Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, a global webcast with an estimated audience of 15 million, renewable energy demonstrations, and endless exhibits including a large space travel pavilion by NASA. For details, click here.
Where: Ben Brenman Park, 4800 Brenman Park Dr., Alexandria, VA
When: April 21, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
WL: This educational experience features an array of hands-on activities appropriate for both children and adults. Help improve the city’s tree canopy by participating in a tree sale. View outfits constructed from recycled materials, and designed by more than 350 students of all ages at the second annual “Trashion Fashion Show.” Learn how to design, build and maintain eco-friendly businesses and homes at the “Green Resource Center” tent. For additional information click here.
Loudoun Family Festival
Where: Willow Creek Farms, 42920 Broadlands Blvd., Broadlands, VA
When: April 22, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WL: This educational festival offers insight on how to “go green” with hands-on educational activities and a Green Marketplace offering earth-friendly products and services. Entertainment is bound to satisfy attendees of all ages with live performances from The Vespers, The Acoustic Burgoo and Local Flavor. Animal exhibits, and a beer and wine garden are also on tap. Click here to find out more.
Earth Day Festival/Craft Fair
Where: Brook Side Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Ave., Wheaton, MD
When: April 22, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WL: Along with a full list of Earth Day acivities, this festival offers attendees the chance to get their hands dirty with a special volunteer project, set to begin at 9 a.m., for which participants must pre-register. Activities include: green craft and vendor fair, grow your own salad bowl, tree adventure scavenger hunt, and side walk chalk. University of Maryland entomologist and author Mike Raup is scheduled to host a special story session discussing his children’s book, “26 Things That Bug Me.” A screening of the documentary “Bag It” tops off the festivities. For more specifics, click here.
Earth Day Oysterstock 2012
Where: Poste Moderne Brasserie, 555 8th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
When: April 22, 2 p.m. – sunset
WL: Poste Moderne Brasserie is hosting a special Oysterstock event just for grown-ups. Oyster lovers can step up to an oyster-eating contest featuring oysters on the half shell, grilled, stuffed, in a stew and more. Admission is $75, buy your ticket here. Enjoy live performances by The Joe Chiocca Band, The WeatherVanes, and Wes Tucker and The Skillets while imbibing local sustainable beer and wine, including craft cocktails by Poste and Catoctin Creek Distillery.