Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival 2020
April 17 - April 19
The Community Environmental Council (CEC) will host its 2020 Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival at Alameda Park on Saturday, April 18 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In the days leading up to the festival, CEC and its partners will host a series of Earth Month events; stay tuned for details!
Festival highlights will include:
- The annual Green Car Show – featuring the largest collection of efficient and alternative fueled vehicles in Southern California. Festival-goers can get a first-hand feel for the latest electric vehicles, ebikes and scooters by participating in the free Ride & Drive experience.
- A Public Square that offers the opportunity to speak one-on-one with public officials.
- A free Bike Valet, with complimentary bike tune-ups and secure all-day parking.
- A Homegrown Roots zone that connects attendees with local farmers, food and beverage artisans, and organizations working to promote sustainable food systems in the Central Coast.
- 2+ days of music on the Main Stage, organized by New Noise, as well as music and speakers on two mini stages.
- A tasty assortment of local, sustainable, and organic menus at the Food Court.
- A Local Beer & Wine Garden, located in the middle of the festival near the Main Stage, with beer on tap from Firestone Brewery and local wines.
- A Kids Corner organized by LearningDen Preschool, with arts & crafts, musical performances, storytelling, face painting, and eco-activities, along with a Family Passport that promotes kid-friendly activities throughout the park.
- A Great Outdoors zone where attendees can take part in fitness activities and discover regional businesses advocating healthy, eco-friendly lifestyles.
- Celebrity appearances: Recent festivals have included stage appearances by activist Van Jones, scientist and TV host Bill Nye, Director James Cameron, actress Daryl Hannah, ocean activist Marcus Eriksen, and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk – all of whom were awarded the annual Environmental Hero Award.
Now celebrating its 50th year, the community-organized festival is one of the longest-running Earth Day celebrations in the country – and is believed to be one of the largest Earth Day festivals on the West Coast. Santa Barbara’s environmental reputation attracts national media, celebrity attention, and local crowds; the 2019 festival drew over 30,000 visitors.