Earth Day Festival

Earth Day ParadeEnjoy a day filled with an eclectic mix of music, food, hands-on environmental education activities and much more! 

The 2016 Earth Day Festival is presented by Durham Parks and Recreation in partnership with Keep Durham Beautiful. 

Due to inclement weather and muddy field conditions at Rock Quarry Park, the Earth Day Festival will be held at Holton Career and Resource Center on 401 N. Driver Street.

The E-Waste Recycling / Shredding Drive sponsored by the Solid Waste Management Department will still be held at Durham County Stadium, 750 Stadium Drive, from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Earth Day Festival Information

Saturday, April 23, 2016
 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver Street
Free Event

E-Waste Recycling / Shredding Drive

Saturday, April 23, 2016
8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Durham County Stadium, 750 Stadium Drive
Free - Hosted by the Durham Solid Waste Management Department

Recycle your old electronics and bring your confidential documents for shredding! A convenient drive through area will be set up to collect your materials. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore will also be collecting gently used household items.

Acceptable items

Earth Day Festival Activities
Activities and events subject to change.
Main Stage Schedule
12 p.m. Welcome by Durham Officials
12:05 p.m. Hank Smith Band (Bluegrass)
1:05 p.m. Bixby Honey Farm - Environmental Education Demo
1:20 p.m. Break/Yoga
1:30 p.m. Nina's School of Dance
2:15 p.m. Victoria Lee & New Ground (Folk & Bluegrass)
3:15 p.m. Earth Day Parade
3:45 p.m. Durham County Extension Master Gardeners - Environmental Education Demo
4:00 p.m. TROSA Band (Classic Rock & Contemporary)

Earth Day Market
Browse and shop for local, hand-made green goods, crafts and environmental art! Information will also be available about green products and services including sustainable building, energy and water conservation, gardening, and more!

Sustainability Expo
Enjoy a showcase of environmentally friendly businesses and organizations sharing information and resources with the community. 

Kids' Zone
Kids will have a blast while engaging with the natural world! The Kids’ Zone will feature hands-on activities from the Music Explorium, The Home Depot, Frog Hollow Outdoors, Museum of Life and Science, City of Durham Fire Department, Usborne Books, Schoolhouse of Wonder, and more! We will also have face painting and coloring activities for children, as well as a recycling relay that will take place at 1:30 p.m.

Earth Day Parade
Make your own parade percussion instrument in the Kids' Zone to play in the parade at 3:15 p.m. with the Bulltown Strutters. All are welcome to walk in the parade, be sure to line up at 3:00 p.m. near the parking lot (we will also make announcements from the stage). Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite plant or animal.

Child Identification Card Program
The City of Durham Police Department will be on hand to create free child identification cards. This program is a way for parents to have an ID of their child in case of an emergency, although the ID itself is not a valid/legal form of identification, it will have the name, photo, height, weight, eye and hair color of the child.

BYOM – Bring your own mat! Participate in some light yoga exercises during our Main Stage break.

The Blue Green Machine
BYOB – Bring your own bottle for water refills from the Blue Green Machine! Help reduce waste at this event by bringing your own bottle or cup. The Blue Green Machine provides the highest quality water available to communities from local water sources.  This mobile system filters, cool and dispenses on-demand drinking water.

Waste Wise
Help us strive for zero waste during the festival by properly sorting your waste into compost, recycling and trash bins. Zero waste is a philosophy of thoughtful reuse, composting and recycling in order to minimize the amount of waste sent to the landfill. Waste Wise volunteers will be available to help you sort and answer any questions.

Sustainable Transportation

Participants are encouraged to “go green” by biking, walking, skating, carpooling or riding DATA and Triangle Transit to the festival. 

Bike Valet
Members of Durham’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission will house a valet bicycle parking service near the festival entrance. Ride in and valet your bicycle for free! They will also provide free bike safety checks and show you how to change a flat!

Earth Day T-shirts
Purchase your very own Eco-Friendly Earth Day T-shirt made on the spot.

Volunteer Information
Interested in volunteering? Visit our Earth Day volunteer page to sign up. Volunteers will receive a 2016 Earth Day Festival t-shirt, snacks and water.

Vendor Information
Education, art, food and non-food vendor opportunities are available. If you would like to be a vendor, submit a vendor application.

Event Sponsorship
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact the media sponsorship coordinator or the festival sponsorship coordinator for details.

Event Contact

For more information, call 919-560-4355 or email Tina Chavis​.
Environmental Education Demo
The Durham Earth Day Festival is presented by Durham Parks and Recreation & Keep Durham Beautiful, Inc.
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