If you're a sentient being who lives on Earth, you know that our planet has seen better days. That's why Earth Day (this Sunday, April 22) encourages people to plant trees, clean up streets, and advocate for environmental justice in their communities. Here in town, there's no shortage of ways to do so, whether it's by hearing a speech from Nikkita Oliver at UW's Earth Day on Red Square on Friday afternoon, watching short films about the environment at the Pints & Public Lands Film Fest on Friday evening, birdwatching at Discovery Park's Wildlife Festival on Saturday, or beautifying public spaces at work parties, happening all weekend at places like Volunteer Park, the Washington Park Arboretum, and Seward Park. Find all of this weekend's Earth Day events below or on our complete Earth Day calendar.
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FRIDAYEARTH DAY PARTIES
Earth Day on Red Square
For UW's central Earth Day celebration, head to Red Square to hear a speech from Nikkita Oliver, take in live music and performances by Parisalexa and others, and chat with local sustainability groups.
Environmental Works Earth Day Celebration
Celebrate both Earth Day and Environmental Works' 48th anniversary by visiting their patio for free treats (including Full Tilt ice cream bars for the first 75 guests), a design workshop, and more.
Pints & Public Lands Film Fest
Hang out in Peddler Brewing's covered beer garden and watch nature short films, knowing that $1 from each pint will benefit Washington Wild.
Peddler Brewing Company
Celebrating Our Earth: An Evening of Stories with Eva Abram and Billie Barnes
Environmental storyteller Eva Abram and poet/dancer/beader Billie L Barnes will share tales to remind us of the interconnectedness of life on Earth. Nosh, listen, and read something of your own at the open mic.
Haller Lake Community Club
A Morsel of Bread, A Knife: Poetry Book Release by Roberta Feins
Local poet Roberta Feins will celebrate the release of her third collection, A Morsel of Bread, A Knife, with a reading. The book, whose poems focus on visual art, includes several collages "based on the Old-World masterpieces that the poet traveled to see in France."
Center on Contemporary Art
National Geographic Photo Ark
While you're visiting real live zoo animals, take a look at National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore's animal portraits for NatGeo's Photo Ark, which seeks to document every animal species in captivity.
Woodland Park Zoo
Seattle ReCreative: Earthwise Art
See eco-friendly art and design to inspire you to re-create and respect the earth.
April Plant Walk
Discover native plant families, as well as the edible, medicinal, and material uses of the plants at the arboretum, on this nature walk.
Washington Park Arboretum
Earth Day Extravaganza
Learn actions you can take to protect our planet on Earth Day.
Tacoma Nature Center
Free Recycling & Paper Shredding
Dispose of your unwanted recyclables (including old laptops, BBQs, phones, cameras, TVs and other electronics) the eco-friendly way at this free recycling and paper-shredding event.
Rainier Valley Community Center
Celebrate Earth Day early by learning how to protect urban wildlife from local environmental advocacy organizations like Otter Spotters, Save Our Wild Salmon, Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Audubon, and others.
Earth Day Celebration for Earth Ministry
The Ballard brewery will donate one dollar from each pour to Earth Ministry, an organization that "engages faith based communities in environmental stewardship."
Lucky Envelope Brewing
Earth Day Tribute with the Ecco Chamber Ensemble
Revel in the necessity of Earth Day with the Ecco Chamber Ensemble as they perform a program championing the vital role of water in our survival and our creation with works by Apziazu, Cage, Cardew, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, DeLio, Fauré, Lilly, Lucier, Rodrigo, Takemitsu, Vaughan Williams, and Wilson, and the premiere of "H2O" by Seattle composer Sarah Bassingthwaighte.
Resonance at SOMA Towers
Lynn Brunelle: Turn This Book Into a Beehive
Lynn Brunelle's Turn This Book Into a Beehive! includes lots of hands-on experiments and activities for kids to learn about the non-aggressive, super-pollinator mason bee.
Third Place Books Seward Park
Celebrating & Protecting the Earth
Join Ground Zero Center for an Earth Day rally and march featuring speakers and live folk music.
Don't Displace the Southend
Join Got Green in canvasing Don't Displace Dove campaign, which seeks to build new efficiency units on north Beacon Hill. Volunteers will be treated to breakfast, lunch, and live music.
April Community Work Party
Learn about permaculture methods and help nurture the Beacon Food Forest at this Earth Day work party.
Beacon Food Forest
Blake Island Work Party
Join park ranger Paul Ruppert in helping maintain the Blake Island site on the Cascadia Marine Trail by removing invasive species and cleaning up litter.
Celebrate Earth Day at the Avalon-Harbor Site
Remove invasive plants from this West Seattle urban forest to help new trees grow.
Luna Park Cafe
Duwamish Hill Preserve
As part of Duwamish Alive!, join fellow volunteers in helping restore the Duwamish Hill Preserve by removing invasive species Himalayan blackberry and spreading mulch.
Garden Clean Up
Help prepare the Collaboratory's garden for its spring blossoms at this Earth Day party.
The Hillman City Collaboratory
Give Back to the Earth
Help maintain a blueberry and service berry variety trail; weed and mulch the Food Forest; remove invasive species from the Wetland site; clean up a greenhouse's Rocket Mass Heater; or prep lunch for fellow volunteers using local ingredients at this Earth Day event.
SCA Earth Day
On Earth Day, get outside and help restore the Washington Park Arboretum with the Student Conservation Association by planting, mulching, removing invasive species, and maintaining trails throughout the arboretum.
Washington Park Arboretum
Seattle Community Farm Earth Day Celebration
Help get this new community farm off the ground by weeding, tilling, and planting.
Seattle Community Farm
Seward Park Earth Day Restoration
Help re-forest a section of the park by weeding and mulching over Earth Day weekend. Tools and gloves will be provided.
West Seattle Junction Spring Clean
Breakfast, coffee, cleaning supplies, and a tote bag will all be free for anyone who volunteers to pick up litter, stencil storm drains to prevent water pollution, paint over graffiti, or remove invasive plants.
West Seattle Junction
At this two-day Earth Day festival, brainstorm with others about how you want the future to change, and translate your hopes into concrete action plans.
Anacortes Transit Shed Event Center
Earth Day Celebration Tours
The University of Washington Center for Integrated Design and Youth Environmental Awareness will offer free Earth Day tours of the "world's greenest commercial office building" throughout the afternoon.
As perennial flowers surplus this time of year, gardeners will give away any plants they don't need in exchange for new seeds.
Seattle Farm Co-op
Seattle ReCreative Earth Day Celebration
Make seed starters to take home at this Earth Day celebration, and eat some chocolate while you're there.
State Park Free Days
Get outside and take advantage of free admission to Washington State Parks.
A Spring Foraged Dinner with Langdon Cook
What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with wild foods gathered from the Northwest? Food writer Langdon Cook will present a four-course dinner showcasing seasonal delicacies scrounged from the land and the sea. Guests will learn where these foraged foods grow and how best to prepare them. In the spirit of the holiday, a portion of the evening's proceeds will go toward the educational programs at the Seward Park Audubon Center, which aims to inspire children and adults to “develop an insatiable curiosity in the natural world through environmental science, outdoor education, and play.”
The Alaska Suite
Through live music, spoken word, visuals, and poetry, this free Earth Day jazz concert will celebrate "the beauty and majesty" of Alaska and other arctic regions.
Westside Unitarian Universalist Congregation
Earth Songs from the Harp
Electric harpist and funny lady Deborah Henson-Conant (also known as the "Jimi Hendrix of the Harp”) will join Symphony Tacoma for an Earth Day concert.
Lucy Cooke: The Truth About Animals
Discover the intricacies and surprises of animal behavior worldwide with filmmaker/author Lucy Cooke, whose book The Unexpected Truth About Animals documents the strange lives of creatures and the practices of humans who work with them, such as "Colombian hippo castrators and Chinese panda porn peddlers."
Made In Puget Sound: The Underwater Photography of Drew Collins
Drew Collins will show videos and photos of beautiful Puget Sound wildlife, from sculpins to giant octopuses to wolf eels. You can also pick up 15-month calendars.
Kent Public Library
Earth Gay 2018
OUT4S, who host volunteer opportunities for the LGBTQ+ community, will join forces with OUT There Adventures for an Earth Day restoration party at the Mount Baker park.
Spring Restoration Day
On Earth Day, help the Capitol Hill park look its best by weeding flower beds, cleaning the grounds, improving pathways, and mulching.