Lakewood’s annual Earth Day Celebration is returning this year with more music, expanded hours and an inaugural Parade of Species. Kids, adults and pets are invited to bring or wear an animal costume (or make an animal mask at the event), decorate their wagons and strollers, bring or make a drum or other instrument and march through the event in celebration of all of the animal species with whom we share the earth.
Connect with this year’s theme, “Our Part for the Planet,” by visiting the more than 40 vendors on hand with tips to help you reduce your environmental footprint.
Lakewood’s Sustainability Manager, Jonathan Wachtel epressed the City’s excitement about this year’s in-person event.
“We are really looking forward to being back in person for our annual Earth Day Celebration. We were impressed with the enthusiasm and participation in our virtual Earth Day events the past two years, but there’s no substitute for being together in person,” Wachtel said. “Something special happens when the community comes together to enjoy local food, and art, and great music, connect with dozens of sustainability-driven organizations and businesses and just share a collective appreciation for the natural beauty of our home.”
The fun begins at 11 a.m. April 23 at Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park.
Listen to live music from artists including Rocky Mountain Steel Band, ATOMGA and Guerilla Fanfare Brass Band.
There will be food and drinks to suit every pallet, with offerings from food trucks, Darlene’s Dillaz, Farm to Truck, Buckaroo Enterprises, Lucky Mary’s Baking, Cafe Ole and Raices Brewing Company in the Beer Garden, with proceeds going to Jovial Concepts, a local nonprofit committed to community and stewardship.
Other events including electric vehicle and e-bike demonstrations, a chance to interact with live wildlife and make earth day friendly arts and crafts.
You can go on a nature walk, exploring local flora and fauna on guided hikes from noon-2 p.m. in Belmar Park or get yourself moving in a Zumba for all ages class.
Don’t forget to bring unwanted electronics to the E-Waste Recycling site, set up next door to the festival. Recycling runs from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Visit lakewood.org/earthday for more details including schedule of events, menus and applicable fees.