Earth Day Celebrations in Atlanta

April 22, 2009 marks the 39th annual Earth Day here in the U.S. and there are many events, festivals and celebrations planned around the nation throughout the week. For residents of the Greater Atlanta metro area, there are plenty of options for all ages and interests.

Georgia Tech Earth Day Celebration - April 17th, 2009
10 AM - 2 PM
The 12th annual Earth Day celebration at Georgia Tech is part of their “Think Green” week (Monday April 13 - Friday April 17, 2009) where this year’s theme is “Lead the way - Tomorrow is Today.” The weeklong schedule of eco-friendly events includes a Green Rally, a sustainable fashion show, an environmental justice panel discussion, as well as a battle of the bands featuring a solar-powered stage. For more information on the Earth Day celebration and a schedule of events for Think Green week visit this site

Atlanta Dogwood Festival - April 17 - 19th , 2009
Friday: 12 - 9 PM Saturday: 10 AM - 9 PM Sunday: 12 - 7 PM
The 73rd annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park will feature music, art and delicious foods. Art lovers will enjoy the International Dogwood Festival Juried Art Show, which includes virtually all forms of art including sculpture, painting, pottery, jewelry, photography and more. Children can enjoy the Kid’s Village featuring arts and crafts projects and a 24-foot rock-climbing wall. Support the Piedmont Park Conservancy as part of your earth day celebration. For more information, visit this site

Keep Atlanta Beautiful BeltLine Cleanup - April 18th, 2009
8 AM - 12 PM
Join other Atlanta volunteers to clear the BeltLine of litter and invasive plants from Freedom Parkway to Dekalb Avenue as a step towards creating a useable connection from Inman Park and Old Fourth Ward up to Piedmont Park. Lunch and music will follow at the Water Tower area across from Studioplex. To register visit this site

SweetWater 420 Fest 5k - April 18th, 2009
11 AM - 5K Run/Walk
Sweetwater 420 is sponsoring a road race through Candler Park with proceeds going towards neighborhood and park improvements to ensure that the historic 55-acre park is here for many future generations to come. Runners 21+ can enjoy a FREE delicious SweetWater 420 beer at the festival after the race! For more information visit this site
SweetWater 420 Festival - April 18-19th, 2009
Saturday: 12 - 10 PM Sunday: 12:30 - 8 PM
Located in historic Candler Park, the 5th annual Sweetwater 420 Fest features live music, delicious beer and environmental education opportunities. SweetWater’s “Planet 420″ village will have yoga classes, massage therapy, and workshops on solar power, Southeastern climate issues, and ways to make your home and community more environmentally friendly. 21+ can purchase a $5 wristband with valid ID to responsibly enjoy Sweetwater beer and wine. The Atlanta Bicycle Coalition will be providing bicycle valet service to encourage guests to ride their bikes to help create a more sustainable Atlanta. For more information visit this site

Earth Day Kids Fest at the Chattahoochee Nature Center - April 18th, 2009
10 AM - 3 PM
Admission: $5 per person; Children 2 & under and those who ride their bike to the event can get in FREE
The Chattahoochee Nature Center along with the Captain Planet foundation are sponsoring a festival geared towards helping kids explore ways to protect the planet and connect with nature. Featuring interactive booths from over 25 local groups and environmental organizations, special musical performances, as well as live animal presentations, face painting and free smoothies, Kids Fest at the Chattahoochee Nature Center will be a fun and engaging way to show your kids the importance of taking care of our planet.
Visit their website

Earth Day 2009 Party in the Sky - April 22nd, 2009
7 - 10 PM
Location: Nelson Mullins, 201 17th Street 18th Floor Atlantic Station Atlanta, Ga
Enjoy live music, food from Whole Foods, and a silent auction featuring deals on eco-friendly products and unique getaways with proceeds going towards EarthShare of Georgia. Tickets are $50. For more information go here

Earth Day 2009 Leadership Breakfast - April 24th, 2009
8 - 10 AM
Location: Georgia Aquarium 225 Baker Street NW Atlanta Ga
Join corporate and non-profit leaders to discuss and celebrate new developments in sustainable business practices over a delicious breakfast of Wolfgang Puck fare in the world’s largest aquarium. Featuring keynote speaker Tom Pate, US Geographic Services Executive director for Accenture, tickets for the event are $100 a piece. For more information visit this site

Zoo Atlanta’s Party for the Planet Earth Day Celebration - April 25, 2009
10 AM - 5 PM
Zoo Atlanta’s Earth Day celebration will include wildlife shows, animal keeper talks, and green exhibitions. Teach your children to appreciate and respect their environment through activities like creating your own bird feeder or making recycled paper. For more information visit this site

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