This Saturday, April 22, is Earth Day, and we've rounded up all of the ways to celebrate here. Though the March For Science is certainly the most widely publicized event happening on the holiday, it's not the only one. There are, of course, many opportunities to help clean up the earth, but if you'd prefer to celebrate and give back without getting dirty, there's also no shortage of block parties, film screenings, concerts, fundraisers, art shows, and other (mostly) indoor events. However you'd like to spend the holiday, see all of your last-minute Earth Day opportunities below, and see everything on our Earth Day calendar, including sold-out events like For the Love of Plants and the Earth Day Run.
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1. Environmental Works Earth Day 2017 Block Party
Stop by Environmental Works to meet representatives from local green organizations like the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition, the Washington Trails Association, Tilth Alliance, Forterra NW, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, Relay for Life, and others. Plus, sample foods from Nuflours and the Patty Pan Grill Cooperative.
(11 am-5 pm only)
2. UW 2017 Earth Day Celebration
UW Earth Club and UW Sustainability will present a planet-centric mini-festival for students and the wider community. Browse exhibits and meet representatives of activist groups, academic departments, and earth-friendly organizations. Try sustainable food samples if you get peckish. Hear music on a solar-powered stage, and watch the Husky Green Award for students, faculty, and staff.
(11 am-2 pm only)
3. Earth Day Movie and Brews
Drink for nature at this brewsy party and film screening benefitting Washington Wild ($1 from every pint). Peddler will screen two films about local environmental groups, dedicated bikers, and how these two communities have worked together to protect Washington's natural keystones. The films are the eight-minute "This American Land," all about grassroots fights for Wild Olympics legislation, and the hourlong documentary Pedal-Driven, all about the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance and its defense of the Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest.
4. Reel Paddling Film Festival
Are you a water bug? This touring film festival, dedicated to stand-up paddling, sea kayaking, and other surface sports, will screen a series of short films with equipment raffles in between. Witness other people's watery adventures, then go out and have one of your own with some new gear.
5. Earth Day Comedy Show
The climate is deteriorating and we can all use a laugh to cheer us up before we're eaten by invasive pine beetles or something. ComedySportz will donate 25% of their Earth Day show's proceeds to the Earth Day Challenge, a consortium of local environmental groups. This comedic remedy to your Earth Day blues might just make a difference in the community.
6. Celebrate Urban Nature!
Check out booths from EarthCorps, the NOAA, Seattle Audubon, Bats Northwest, MESA, Magnuson P-Patch & Children’s Garden, and the Washington Native Plant Society at this yearly earth fair for adults and kids. All children welcome, even the very youngest, who will enjoy listening to a Caspar Babypants concert and learning about bugs.
7. Earth Day with Animals
In addition to saying hello to your favorite animals at the Woodland Park Zoo, take the "wildlife defender pledge," sign a card thanking legislators for protecting wildlife and science funding, and take home free seed paper to grow bee-friendly wildflowers. In addition, the zoo will accept your old, broken cell phones, MP3 players, or tablets. The goal is to recycle rare metals found in these consumer goods and reduce the need for mining in the Republic of Congo and other areas that are habitat for gorillas.
8. Earth Day in Seattle!
Gather at the ultra-ecological and energy-positive Bullitt Center—according to the organizers, the "GREENEST commercial building on Earth"—for a day of giveaways, tours of the center, raffles, and work stations for sustainable practices. Meet representatives from Youth Environmental Awareness 501c3, which strives to boost "climate literacy."
9. Earth Day Repair Fair in White Center
Keep your stuff out of the landfill. If you've got clothing or small household things that need repair, Ecoconsumer's fix artists will try to make them like new and teach you what to do so next time your possessions break. There will also be music from the Marina Christopher duo, a two-hour workshop starting for kids on making a rain gauge, and a "DIY home lamp repair workshop."
10. Edible City Science Fair
There's a lot of science behind what goes on your plate—and a lot of innovation keeping the crops plentiful. The MOHAI will mark Earth Day with demonstrations, activities, and exhibits about food science, farming, and sustainability. Gain a new appreciation for the people and organizations that militate for safe, ecological, and bountiful sustenance.
11. Post-March Pop-Up
After the March for Science, stop by the Living Computers Museum and Labs for post-march conversations, interactive activities (including DIY circuit cards), and chances to engage directly with the science/tech you just marched for.
12. Washington Wilds Fundraiser
Drink ecologically with Washington Wilds' Brewshed Alliance, an organization devoted to protecting the natural resources that make the beer industry possible. (Yes, global warming can destroy your brews.) Some of Latona's bar proceeds will be donated to the organization, and there will be an auction, some special beers, swag, and live bluegrass music from Alex MacLeod and the High Ball String Band.
Fundraise for Got Green, a local nonprofit that roots the fight for environmental justice in communities of color, over a day of online giving and house parties that culminates in a South End door-knocking campaign.
14. Katlyn Hubner: Earth Day Art Show
Party earth-friendly at the Factory, where you can see Katlyn Hubner's exhibition of disconcerting Barbie-like nudes and portraits plus works from other shows, win a tree, drink "dirt cake shots," and more.
15. March For Science Seattle
The Science March's platform is simple: "Science is the best method we have for understanding the world." Join the anti-alternative fact brigade and march to show your support this Earth Day.
Rooting our Resistance Rally & Canvass
John Representative Pramila Jayapal of District 7 for an Earth Day rally and canvass under the picnic shelter. Hear from the congresswoman as well as Jourdan Imani Keith of the Urban Wilderness Project, Jamie Margolin of Plant for the Planet, and Tom Uniack of Washington Wild. Take home a white dogwood seedling as a symbol of your commitment to resistance.
16. We Love Sustainable Sex Toys: Earth Day Giveaway
Do you want to get your rocks off with the POWER OF THE SUN??? Show up early to this Babeland event showcasing eco-friendly sex toys and be one of 25 customers to receive a Solar Bullet vibe. If you're not one of those 25... well, shucks. But you can still come away with ideas for your next favorite ethical sex toy.
State Parks: Free Days
Celebrate Earth Day with the Washington State Parks. They'll waive their usual $10 entrance fee, and you can enjoy the wonder of the Columbia Gorge, Olympic Rainforest, or Deception Pass for free.
17. Earth Day Fundraiser Show
Whether you've spent the day spreading green awareness and planting native trees or hiding from the rain while un-ecologically blasting your radiator, there's still time to do a lil' something for the earth in the evening by kicking up your heels to four bluegrass bands. Tim's will be donating admissions and part of the bar proceeds for this show to the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition.
Note: Most events require a waiver to participate if you're under 18.
18. Beacon Hill Earth Day Work Party
Take care of urban trees and help prepare a pollinator garden with volunteers from Trees for Seattle, the Beacon Hill Garden Club, and the Beacon Hill Merchants Association.
19. Block Illegal Trails in Madrona Park
Venturing off park trails may seem harmless, but it erodes soil and kills native plants. This Earth Day, the Friends of Madrona Woods have had enough of stupid trampling human feet. Help them build wooden barriers and other deterrents to off-trailers.
20. Duwamish Alive!
Spend your Earth Day mulching, weeding, and planting in the Duwamish Greenbelt while live musicians keep your spirits high. Organized by Nature Consortium and Earth Corps.
21. Forterra NEXT Celebrates Earth Day at Duwamish Alive!
As part of the Duwamish Alive! river cleanup, join the young (20s/30s) activists of Forterra NEXT to spread mulch for native plants and uproot the baddies (i.e. invasive weeds). The site is particularly important in Native history and Salish oral tradition, so your hard work will have both environmental and cultural benefits.
22. Earth Day: A Native Plant Celebration
Encounter plants native to the Puget Sound Lowland and learn how they improve the environment for local fauna (including humans). Get ideas about what to plant in your own garden.
23. Seward Park Earth Day Community Restoration Event
Make a difference in your natural surroundings and help Green Seattle Partnerships prepare Seward Park for planting by mulching and burlapping. (They've cleared out the invasive species already.) Bring water and meet at the Audubon Center.
24. Earth Day: Kingfisher Natural Area on Thornton Creek
Pull out invasive weeds and plant native flora on the banks of Thornton Creek with Cascadia Leadership Challenge.
25. Earth Day North Beach Park
Help move a downed tree and clear the ground for fall planting with the Forest Stewards.
26. Earth Day on the Burke-Gilman Trail
Tear out those nasty nonnative plants by the roots to make way for more Northwest-friendly vegetation on the Burke-Gilman Trail.
27. Earth Day Planting
Uproot ivy and blackberries (they're invasive) or put nicer, better plants in the ground at Maple School Ravine.
28. Georgetown Earth Day Work Party
Beautify once-industrial Georgetown by pulling invasive ivy, caring for street trees, and laying down mulch with the help of Seattle Department of Transportation urban forestry workers. They'll provide snacks, tools, and gloves, but make sure to wear robust clothing.
29. Jackson Park Golf Course Earth Day Restoration
Help prepare the ground for native plant species along with the Friends of Jackson Park Trail.
30. Me-kwa-mooks Earth Day Restoration
Encourage the growth of native plants in the Me-kwa-mooks greenbelt along with Green Seattle Partnership Forest Stewards. Bring water and get ready for "blackberry lopping, ivy wrestling, planting, working on your tan, and enjoying the forest and views of the Sound."
31. Urban Arbortecture
Discover Seattle's public tree art on this "tree trek" with Office of Arts and Culture/Seattle Department of Transportation Artist in Residence Susan Robb and guests Kelly Pajek (public art project manager at 4Culture) and arts writer and botanist Jim Demetre. Highlights will include discussions of the "Tree Grate Museum, gardens, earthquakes, and urban growth."
32. Earth Day Storytelling
This annual mini-festival gathers Native and non-Native speakers to tell nature stories accompanied by music. Some special guests will be there, including flautist and storyteller Paul Che oke ten Wagner of the Saanich tribe, banjo player Tom Rawson, cultural ambassador Harvest Moon of the Quinault tribe, and James Rasmussen of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition.
This post was updated after its original publication to include State Parks: Free Days and Rooting our Resistance Rally & Canvass.