Celebrate Earth Day all April long with a variety of festivals and celebrations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Learn 2 Live GreenWhere: The Shops at Legacy, 5741 Legacy Dr., Plano, TX 75024 When: Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. What: This free, family-focused event has demonstrations, workshops and presentations that will help attendees learn how to integrate environmentally friendly choices into their everyday lives. Activities include:
- Workshops on home energy audits, gardening with native plants, composting kitchen waste and more
- Green art exhibits, including the winners of the L2LG art contest
- Arts and crafts for kids, who can learn about green building materials and designs by building their own energy-efficient buildings with The Dallas Center for Architecture
- Animal presentations, including a talk from the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center
- Performances by the Texas Instrumental Jazz Band
Zoo RunWhere: Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Pkwy., Fort Worth, TX 76110 When: Saturday, April 20, at 7 a.m. What: Get in the Earth Day spirit with the 16th annual Fort Worth Zoo Run. There will be a timed 5k race as well as a 1k fun run, and participants can stick around after the awards for the opportunity to learn about and interact with animals during a special Wild Wonders presentation. The zoo will also be collecting electronic waste for recycling. Register here.
Earth Day DallasWhere: Fair Park, 1121 1st Ave., Dallas, TX 75210 When: Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. What: With more than 600 exhibitors and an anticipated attendance of 65,000, Earth Day Dallas is North Texas’s biggest Earth Day celebration. The free festival brings together businesses, academic institutions, nonprofits and other eco-minded organizations to help attendees learn what it means to live green. Highlights include:
- Environmental activist and racecar driver Leilani Munter will be speaking about her efforts to save rainforests and live green.
- The Radio Disney Family Zone will have bilingual yoga, tree-climbing classes and the chance to meet the cast of Wicked.
- Local restaurants will provide vegan and vegetarian food.
- There will be performances by The Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico and a series of talks from master gardeners and naturalists.
- The DFW Truck Farm Fun Run will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 21 at Fair Park. Participants will be stopping to plant heirloom seeds at stops throughout the run.