San Diego EarthFair
Location: Balboa Park (map)
Date and Time: Sunday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Age Restrictions: All ages welcome
Ticket Price: Free to all
Late April is, in many ways, the peak of spring season. It’s warmer than March but not so hot as late May or early June. There are plenty of fun events, as well as lovely changes taking place all over in the natural world. What better time to focus on our relationship with the planet that we call home? There’s certainly a reason that Earth Day happens in April each year.
The third Sunday in April is also when San Diego Earthworks celebrates their annual EarthFair. Located in beautiful Balboa Park, this event highlights the importance of protecting the environment for our own lifetimes, as well as future generations. It is also free to public and quite family-friendly.
Enjoy the Largest Environmental Fair in the World
This annual event in Balboa Park is actually the single largest ecological event in the world. Every year, EarthFair attracts roughly 60,000 visitors. There are more than 300 volunteers working to make this event a success, as well as over 300 vendors and exhibitors demonstrating clean and green products, offering information about wildlife preservation, teaching about organic gardening and much more.
There will be art located near the food court as part of the eARTh Gallery. It will feature craftspeople and artists from San Diego who use recycled materials or feature endangered spaces in their work. The Food Pavilion located in the Plaza de Panama and Park & Presidents Way will feature vegetarian dishes with so much flavor, you’ll never even miss the meat.
Fun for Family Members of All Ages (and Species)
For those who will attend with children, there are plenty of opportunities to engage the little ones. There is an Earth Day Parade that starts by the Spanish Village at 10:30 a.m. and includes people of all ages, as well as pets. Anyone who wants to participate can dress up like endangered animals or hold signs with earth-friendly messages.
There’s also a Children’s Activity Area with crafts, face painting, stories, activities and games for kids. This year, the area will thematically focus on recycling, including crafts using recycled materials. There is a Children’s Stage featuring many family-friendly performances during the day, as well as the Magic Stage, where the Dr. Wilderness Family Magic Show will take place three times during EarthFest. If you’re looking for more adult entertainment, there will be two more stages, the Moon Stage and the Sun Stage, which will host local artists performing contemporary music.