Your Guide To Earth Day ATX 2018

Earth Day ATX

* Please note – due to the weather, this event has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 29th. *

Climate change. Environmental justice. Renewable energy. Water. Transportation. Parks. Air quality. Endangered species. Recycling.

There are so many different environmental issues that at times, it can be overwhelming to figure out where to begin… and how to actually make a difference. That’s where the Earth Day ATX festival comes into play.

The theme for this year’s festival is “Reclaiming Power,” which means that all of the event programming will focus around taking action and getting involved.

The festival itself is massive, with dozens of exhibitors and thousands of expected attendees. That’s why we decided to make things a little easier on you and create “Your Guide To Earth Day ATX 2018.”

 

Reclaiming Power

The Basics

First things first, this year’s festival will be held on Sunday, April 29th from noon to 7pm at Huston-Tillotson University. The event is family-friendly, as well as free and open to the public. (They just ask that you leave your pets at home).

Additional information about the best ways to get the festival can be found at the bottom on this guide.

To help you navigate the festival, Earth Day ATX has put together an app, which you can download here.

Earth Day App

A map of the festival is also available below.

Earth Day 2018 Map

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for…. Our roundup of some of the biggest and best events and activities of the festival.

Activities and Programming

Changemaker’s Cafe

Changemaker's Cafe

Learn how to get involved and make a difference in your community in this space, hosted by the Austin EcoNetwork.

Activities will include:

A full schedule of events and list of activities in the Changemaker’s Cafe is available here.

Community Justice Hub

Chas Moore
Chas Moore will be the MC of the Community Justice Hub.

Hear from some of Austin’s most esteemed environmental justice advocates and learn more about Austin’s long and ongoing history of racism and segregation.

Guest speakers will include:

  • Chase Moore – Co-Founder and Executive Director of Austin Justice Coalition
  • Robin Schneider- Executive Director of Texas Campaign for Environment and TCE Fund
  • Carmen Llanes Pulido – Executive Director of Go Austin! ¡Vamos Austin! (or GAVA) and Vice Chair of​ the city’s Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Commission
  • Marisa Perales – Chair of the City of Austin’s Environmental Commission
  • Lauren Ice – Staff Attorney with the Save Our Springs Alliance

Activities will include:

  • Mapping Austin’s environmental racism
  • Authentic Relating Games

A full schedule of events and guest speakers for the Community Justice Hub are available here.

Local Power Stage

Daniel Llanes
Daniel Llanes will be one of the performers on the Local Power Stage.

One of the festival’s main live music hubs, MC’d by Courtney Santana, a vocalist and an advocate for survivors of domestic violence.

A full list and schedule of performers is available here.

Eco Discovery Zone

 

Monarch Butterfly Workshop

One of the festival’s primary kid-friendly spaces, complete with science experiments and hands-on activities.

Activities include:

  • Solar-Powered Cars – in a 60 minute lesson, kids will learn about solar energy, assemble the cars, and then test them outside
  • Live Butterfly Walkthrough And Interactive Feeding – walk through a mesh tent enclosure, complete with monarch and painted lady butterflies
  • Texas Museum of Science and Technology Discovery Dome – a mobile planetarium, complete with astronomy experts
  • Live Action Beehive
  • Virtual Reality Headsets

A full list of Eco Discovery Zone activities is available here.

Outdoor Kids Zone

Dumpster Project

Another great place to bring the kids!

Activities include:

  • Bilingual Zero Waste Activities – learn how to reduce waste in both English and Spanish
  • The Dumpster Project – climb into a 36-square-foot home, made out of of dumpster
  • AIA Box City – children can join the architects of AIA Austin in creating a miniature version of downtown Austin

A full list of activities in the Outdoor Kids Zone is available here.

Outdoor Activity Area

Springfree Trampoline

Outdoor fun for all ages!

Activities include:

  • Slacklining
  • Springfree Trampoline

A full list of activities in the Outdoor Activity Area are available here.

Movement and Wellness Zone

Acro Yoga Austin

The perfect place to get your fitness on during the festival.

Activities include:

  • Introduction To Acro Yoga
  • Zumba
  • Group Fitness Classes From Camp Gladiator

A full schedule of events and list of activities in the Movement and Wellness Zone is available here.

Sustainable Living Showcase

Kombucha Class

Activities and tips for leading a more eco-friendly lifestyle

Activities include:

  • Make Your Own Kombucha
  • Easy Steps To Creating a Zero Waste Households
  • Energy Efficiency Tips For Your Home

A full schedule of events and list of activities in the Sustainable Living Showcase is available here.

National Parks Experience

Big Bend

Park rangers from all 16 of Texas’ National Parks will be on hand to provide exciting demonstrations and answer questions about their parks. You can even earn a special Earth Day Jr. Ranger badge!

Modern Vehicle Zone

Electric Vehicle

Explore electric and hybrid vehicles of all shapes and sizes in the Modern Vehicle Zone.

World of Biking

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about biking in the city!

Z Bikez Giveaway

Activities include:

You can look through the full schedule and list of activities in the World of Biking here.

Tons Of Educational Booths

As always, this year’s Earth Day ATX is chock full of educational and interactive booths from some of Austin’s most eco-friendly nonprofits and businesses.

You can look through the entire list of exhibitors here.

Pre-Ticketed Events

Earth Day ATX has several special guest speakers and film screenings that will be taking place throughout the festival. Admittance is free, but Earth Day ATX suggests that you reserve your tickets ahead of time for the following events:

 

Getting There

This year’s Earth Day ATX festival will be held on the campus of Huston-Tillotson University in east Austin. Wondering what’s the best way to get there? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with this list of tips:

 

 

 

 

 

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