Earth Day Festival

Earth Day Festival 2018 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 22, 2018
Noon - 5 p.m.
Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street
Free Event

Rain or Shine!

Main Stage Performances
12 p.m. Welcome by Durham Officials
12:05 p.m. Rock 'N Roll High School House Band (Alternative Rock)
1:10 p.m. The Majestic Angels  (Dance)
1:35 p.m. Environmental Education Demo - Presented by Stephanie Bonestell from Durham County Library StoryWalk
2 p.m. Durham Divas 'n Dudes  (Cheerleaders)
2:20 p.m. Environmental Education Demo - Presented by James Lim from Water Management
3 p.m. Earth Day Parade
3:15 p.m. Bulltown Strutters  (New Orleans Style)
4 p.m. Dwayne Jordan and Selah Project Band  (Pop/Jazz)
Schedule subject to change

Earth Day Market
Festival goers will enjoy a showcase of environmentally friendly businesses and organizations sharing information and resources with the community. Attendees can browse and shop from our local, hand-made green goods, crafts and visit the stage to hear and see more…

"Go Green" Active Transportation - Sponsored by Michael Jordan Nissan
Participants are encouraged to “go green” by biking, walking, skating, carpooling or riding GoDurham and GoTriangle to the festival. Festival goers can come out and see some of the latest hybrid vehicles on the market.

Bike Valet
Members of Durham’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission will host a valet bicycle parking service. Located near the corner of Hunt St. – ride in and check your bicycle for free! Get your bike checked for safety and learn how to change a flat as well. 

Free Document Shredding
(Located at 412 Morris St.)
12 p.m.-3 p.m.
Proshred Security Document Destruction will provide services for shredding documents. Bring your paper documents to our drive-through area. We will be set up to collect your materials. These services are free and open to the public. The following items will be accepted: all paper, file folders, hanging files, computer files, computer paper, notepads, envelopes, and CDs/DVDs. 

Zero-Waste Project Sponsored by Keep Durham Beautiful and Compost Now
Festival goers and vendors will go green when they dispose of their waste at the Zero Waste stations. Each station will have areas for recycle, compost, and landfill. A Waste Warrior will be available at each station to assist with sorting and any questions.

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.

Family Fun Zone
Kids will have a blast while engaging with the natural world! Featuring hands-on activities from: Music Explorium, McPhetridge Family Farm, Durham County Library, Family Literacy and Community Services, and Child Care Services Association. Also included will be the Bookmobile of Durham, City of Durham Fire Department, Face Painting, and Schoolhouse of Wonder.

  • Rent the Chicken - McPhetridge Family Farm - Come say "Hi" to the chickens! McPhetridge Family Farm is providing a service and program for consumers to try out chicken ownership. They provide everything needed for the rental of the chickens, a movable chicken tractor, and feed for the rental period. McPhetridge Family Farm raises chickens, goats, rabbits, and livestock as they strive to become self-sufficient while teaching others to do the same.
  • StoryWalk - Durham County Library - Durham County Library’s StoryWalk is designed to engage people of all ages to read in a uniquely active way! The pages of a book have been transformed into signs along the trail. We invite you to follow the path of the pages to read and interact with the book and natural world.  Each stop along the StoryWalk path features talking, singing, reading, writing talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.
  • Book Giveaway and Registration - Durham County Library - The Durham County Library will be on site with their awesome Bookmobile. Participants can take advantage of this mobile service, where they can register and even receive a free book. Get your very own library card on site! 
Earth Day Parade
Participants can make their own parade percussion instruments and dress up as their favorite plant or animal. The parade line up begins at 2:55 p.m. The parade starts at 3:00 p.m. sharp!

Food Vendors
Come hungry! Food will be available for purchase from CocoCrissi Tropical Icee's, Cool Breezes, Tooties Mobile Kitchen, Bruster's Real Ice Cream, Pita Delita, Bel'le Full Vending, 454 Grill, and 815 Gourmet Grill.

Volunteer Information

Interested in volunteering? Visit our Ivolunteer site to sign up. Volunteers will receive a festival t-shirt, snacks and water.

Vendor Information

All vendor slots are full for this year's festival!

Event Contact

For information, call 919-560-4355 or email Tina Chavis​.
Environmental Education Demo