Earth Day Festival

Earth Day 2017 Logo
Enjoy a day filled with an eclectic mix of music, food, hands-on environmental education activities and much more! 

Earth Day Festival

Sunday, April 23, 2017
Noon - 5 p.m.
Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street
Free Event

Rain or Shine!

Festival Map

Click here to view the Durham Earth Day Festival map.

Earth Day Festival Schedule & Activities

Main Stage Schedule
12:05 p.m. Hanson and Moskovitz (Bluegrass)
1:10 p.m. Michael Jones (Hip Hop/Rock and Roll)
1:25 p.m. Environmental Education Demo: Farming with Michael Jones of Edible Landscapes
1:40 p.m. Yoga Break with Valinda Davis
1:55 p.m. Empower Dance Company & Hillside High School Dancers
2:20 p.m. Environmental Education Demo: Is it Trash?
2:35 p.m. Yoga Break with Valinda Davis
2:50 p.m. Environmental Education Demo: Composting with Tania Dautlick of Keep Durham Beautiful
3:05 p.m. Earth Day Parade with the Bulltown Strutters
3:15 p.m. Bulltown Strutters (Mardi Gras Style Band)
4 p.m. Counterclockwise String Band (Bluegrass)
Activities and events subject to change.

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!

Paper Shredding with PROSHRED
Paper shredding will be available from 12-3 p.m. during the festival. A convenient drive through area will be set up at 412 Morris St. (Measurement Incorporated Parking Lot) to collect all of your sensitive paper documents that need shredding. This service is free and open to the public.

Family Fun Zone
Kids will have a blast while engaging with the natural world! The Family Fun 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, and School House of Wonder. Free face painting will also be offered in the Family Fun Zone.

Earth Day Parade
Make your own parade percussion instrument in the Family Fun 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 stage. Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite plant or animal.

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

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. This mobile system cools 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 corner of Foster and Hunt Streets. Ride in and valet your bicycle for free!

Volunteer Information

Interested in volunteering? Visit our Ivolunteer site to sign up. Volunteers will receive a 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 Contact

For information, call 919-560-4355 or email Tina Chavis​.
Environmental Education Demo
Thank you to our 2017 sponsors!
Water Management Logo
Herald Sun Logo
Keep Durham Beautiful Logo
The Home Depot Logo
  • Duke Energy
  • Durham Police Department
  • Frog Hollow Outdoors
  • Durham Fire Department
  • Museum of Life and Science
  • Triangle Circus Arts
  • City of Durham Stormwater & GIS Services Division, Public Works Department
  • Tilthy Rich Compost
  • Durham Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission
  • iHeartRadio