April 22nd is Earth Day! This special day began in 1970 and since then, people all around the world take this opportunity to think about our planet and the steps we can all take to make our Earth healthier and cleaner. Here in Los Angeles, you’ll find many fun, educational, Earth Day-related events that are happening throughout the month of April.
19th Annual Children’s Earth Day Festival
STAR Eco Station
10101 Jefferson Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
Head to the STAR Eco Station on Sunday, April 7th for the 19th Annual Children’s Earth Day Festival. This free event is described as “an outdoor extravaganza” and features eco-friendly games and rides, exotic wildlife encounters, a special toddler town, discounted tours of the STAR Eco station, and lots more.
City of Beverly Hills 16th Annual Earth Day Event
Beverly Hills Farmers’ Market
Third St. between Civic Center Dr. and Foothill Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA
The City of Beverly Hills hosts its 16th Annual Earth Day Event on Sunday, April 7th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The theme of this year’s free event is “Protect Our Species.” Learn about water conservation, drought-tolerance planting, smart bikes, and alternative energy. Additionally, families can recycle old items including printer cartridges, tablets and cellphones, and more. Free compost (while supplies last) and free document shredding will also be offered. Kids can take advantage of arts and crafts, Earth Day-related stories, a petting zoo, the chance to ride the “quake cottage” (an earthquake simulator), and much more.
Earth Day L.A. 2019
200 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012
“Grand Park joins The Music Center and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power to celebrate Earth Day” on Thursday, April 11th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Learn how to “live clean and go green” at this fun, free event. Enjoy live performances, recycled-art projects, e-waste collection, plant giveaways, demonstrations of the latest in green technology, and more.
Earth Day 2019 Community Festival
Sanitation Districts’ Parking Lot
1955 Workman Mill Rd., Whittier, CA 90601
The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County invite families to Earth Day 2019 Community Festival happening on Saturday, April 13th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. This free event features fun for kids including music, Earth-Friendly arts and crafts, and face painting. There will also be over 50 green exhibitors on-site, and families can tour the facilities to learn how waste is converted into resources. And don’t forget to bring your old shoes to donate to Soles 4 Souls.
Kids Earth Day
Dockweiler Youth Center
12505 Vista del Mar, Playa del Rey, CA 90293
Kids Earth Day is happening at Dockweiler Youth Center on Saturday, April 13th from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. This free event features STEAM activities, environmental exhibitors, a beach cleanup, arts and crafts, bouncy house, photo booth, a pop-up cardboard playground, and so much more. Additionally, 3rd Rock Hip Hop will teach kids about environmental awareness through their hip hop music.
Family Day: Celebrating Planet Earth
The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Rd., San Marino, CA 91108
The Huntington invites families to its Family Day: Celebrating Planet Earth happening on Saturday, April 13th from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. “Learn all about plants and pollination; become an eco-sleuth and investigate the ecosystems in the gardens that animals and other living things inhabit; and enjoy an all-ages concert (at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm) with the early education musicians from Play Music.” This day of family fun is included in general admission. ($29 for adults; $24 for seniors 65+ and students with ID; $13 for youth ages 4-11; and free for children younger than 4).
Environmental Arts with Barnsdall Arts
Manhattan Beach Library
1320 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Families can attend a special art activity on Saturday, April 13th from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at the Manhattan Beach Library. “Environmental Arts with Barnsdall Arts” will allow children to celebrate nature and ecology while they make a unique animal mask they can then take home. This activity is designed for children 5 and older.
STEAM: Earth Day Recycled Art
630 W. 5th St., Los Angeles, CA 90071
The Central Library hosts “STEAM: Earth Day Recycled Art” on Thursday, April 18th from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. This program is designed for children ages 8 and up and will give them the opportunity to create something unique and beautiful out of recycled, repurposed items.
Story Time: One Plastic Bag
Fowler Museum at UCLA
308 Charles E. Young Dr. N., Los Angeles, CA 90024
On Friday, April 19th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, families are invited to a special story time at the Fowler Museum. In honor of Earth Day, there will be an interactive reading of One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of The Gambia by Miranda Paul. After the reading, museum educators will “introduce visitors to El Anatsui’s metallic tapestry featuring upcycled everyday materials, such as bottle wrappers and tops.”
Earth Month Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup
Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA
Celebrate Earth Day (and Earth Month!) on Saturday, April 20th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm by participating in Heal the Bay’s Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup. Sign up, show up, bring reusable supplies if possible, and get ready to have some fun while doing some good! Additionally, Heal the Bay’s Aquarium (under the Santa Monica Pier) will offer free admission to cleanup participants. RSVP online.
2019 Earth Day Celebration and Film
White Point Nature Preserve
1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731
The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy invites families to its 2019 Earth Day Celebration and Film on Saturday, April 20th. From 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, families can take part in volunteer activities to help beautify the garden and trails. There will also be a guided Ranger walk, compositing workshop, art activity, and plant sale. At 5:00 pm, a special screening of the National Geographic documentary Free Solo will be shown. Film screening tickets are $10 (youth are free), with tickets available online.
National Park Week
National Parks throughout the country
Families can take advantage of National Park Week happening April 20th through April 28th. Parks all across the country will be hosting a variety of special events and programs. Additionally, on Saturday, April 20th, families can visit any national park without entrance fees. Check the website for details.
Celebrate Earth Day
Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble, Irvine, CA 92618
Celebrate Earth Day at Pretend City Children’s Museum on Monday, April 22nd from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Learn new ways to take care of our planet in a variety of special activities involving recycling, Earth science, and art. All activities are included in general Museum admission of $13.75 for each visitor.
12th Annual Earth Day Festival
California State University Dominguez Hills – Loker Student Union
1000 E. Victoria St., Carson, CA 90747
Families are invited to the 12th Annual Earth Day Festival on Tuesday, April 23rd from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This free event will feature CSUDH’s weekly Farmer’s Market as well as “Earth Day activities from 30+ organizations from campus and the greater Los Angeles area.” Enjoy games including Earth Day bingo; a tree planting ceremony at 11:00 am; and take advantage of the free e-waste, battery, and shoe recycling services.
Earth Day LA Tree Planting Event
Sun Valley Recreation Center
8133 Vineland Ave., Sun Valley, CA 91352
Families can head to the Sun Valley Recreation Center on Saturday, April 27th from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm for a “fun and family-friendly day of climate and community action!” Families can help plant trees, enjoy music and food, participate in hands-on activities, and take advantage of the environmental resource fair happening on site. RSVP online.
Monterey Park Earth Day Festival and Bike Ride
350 S. McPherrin Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754
Families are invited to join the Monterey Park Earth Day Festival and Bike Ride happening on Saturday, April 27th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. A special family-friendly bike ride is being offered and is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the sights of the city of Monterey Park. (No training wheels are allowed). The Festival will feature speakers, demonstrations, giveaways, face painting, and more. Pre-registration is recommended.
Earth Day LA 2019
6350 Woodley Ave., Van Nuys, CA 91436
LA Sanitation and Environment sponsors its 4th annual Earth Day LA happening on Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Kids will enjoy learning about and exploring city vehicles as well as games to play, prizes to win, and seeds to plant. There will be more than 50 exhibitors on site as well, all related to City services and sustainability. Free food and beverages will be available as well, while supplies last.
19th Annual Earth Day Celebration
Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802
The Aquarium of the Pacific hosts its annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th (from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day). Celebrate Earth Day while learning simple, daily tips to help protect the environment. There will be exhibitions and booths from Earth-Friendly organizations as well as hands-on learning demonstrations for visitors of all ages. The event is included in general Aquarium admission ($29.95 for adults; $26.95 for seniors 62+; $17.95 for children 3-11).
Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival
1400 Santa Barbara St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
If you feel like getting out of town for a bit, the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival is happening on Saturday, April 27th (11:00 am to 8:00 pm) and Sunday, April 28th (11:00 am to 6:00 pm). This year there will also be a free concert on Friday, April 26th from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This free event features a lot of family-friendly things to see and do including a “Green Car Show” (also including e-bikes and e-scooters), a kids’ zone, sustainable food trucks, live music, 200 booths displaying Earth-friendly products and services, and much more.
826LA @ Hammer: Writing for Plants: A Botany Workshop
10899 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90024
Children ages 8-14 are invited to participate in “826LA @ Hammer: Writing for Plants: A Botany Workshop” on Sunday, April 28th at 11:00 am. “Become a resident botanist for one day at the Hammer, observing, charting, and writing imagined histories of a few bizarre, beautiful, and rare plants.” This program will be led by Michael A. Reyes, a poet, children’s picture book writer, and magazine editor. This workshop is limited to 20 students; reservations are encouraged.