Earth Day: Celebrate Land, Sea and Sky

This week we celebrate the 43rd Anniversary of the first organized Earth Day in the U.S. It started as an occasion to recognize the resources that the earth has to offer. In doing so, we could make progress by recognizing ways to preserve and protect those resources. The world was in an environmentally embryonic stage when Earth Day was started and it has made tremendous strides since that time.  Although we have a long way to go, significant progress has been made with the onset of recycling, the coining of the phrase “paper or plastic”, dramatically improved energy efficiency and so much more. The power of events to motivate a people is extraordinary.

The events this week are all related to the earth: land, sea and sky in particular. I think we can look at each of these areas and revel in the amazing gifts that nature sends our way each and every day. I did include two specific earth day events that I think are good examples of what you can expect should you decide to attend one in your area. I am also showcasing two air shows, five “from the earth” shows and 4 “from the seas” shows. Some weeks I ask you guys to work with me as I take license and stretch the theme, but this week I really didn’t have to request that you “work with me”. And you will be happy to know that I did not focus on food even though that is also from the earth. Except these lemon cookies I make I think they might be from heaven. Well anyway I digress, lol.

The events that I have chosen are really great. You can attend any of them and feel that you are contributing to the Earth Day tradition started in 1970. When you do go to events this weekend, be more environmentally conscious and think of how far we have come. Make a commitment to help us come a lot farther in the next 43 years. As always, these events are for your information about what is going on around the U.S. this weekend. If you cannot attend any because they are not geographically possible, please use the search box above to find great events going on near year. Also, don’t forget that you can sign up for our free weekly mailing of events sent to you every Wednesday night to help you plan your weekend activities!

Lauderdale Air Show

Apr 20, 2013 – Apr 21, 2013

Fort Lauderdale Beach Fort Lauderdale, FL US 33301

Since 2012. A return to the Fort Lauderdale waterfront that was home to the former Air and SEa show and now has been resurrected as the Lauderdale Air Show. Features thrilling air and sea demonstrations by all five branches of the military, plus world champion civilian aerobatics performers, offshore powerboat racing exhibition, concert on the beach, fireworks and more. Takes place at various locations.
175,000 Attendees

Atlanta Dogwood Festival

Apr 19, 2013 – Apr 21, 2013

Piedmont Park Atlanta, GA US 30306

Since 1937, We have a fabulous artist market, an exciting kid zone, 4 stages of music, an award winning and nationally recognized Atlanta High School Art Exhibition, an International cultural program full of color and pageantry. In addition we have the best green component in any festival in the Southeast as determined by the Southeast Festival and Event Association, the Southeast Regional Disc Dog Competition, classic festival foods, a special comedy show, a Saturday night VIP Bar, the La Fete International Food and Wine event featuring a reggae band and a performance by Miss Georgia, the Friends of Dogwood Pavilion with superb food from Atlanta’s best restaurants and fine wine pairings. As a special feature of our 75th anniversary there will be a 9 story classic Seattle Ferris Wheel built in 1963 to give visitors a whole new perspective of Piedmont Park and Midtown, and a fully restored, 1965 vintage carousel for the entire family to enjoy.
230,000+ Attendees

Country Cajun Crawfish Fest

Apr 18, 2013 – Apr 21, 2013

Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center Biloxi, MS US 39531

Since 1993, this event features local Cajun artists and national country artists along with music, carnival rides and over 100 vendors. Takes place Thursday through Sunday for two weeks.
30,000 Attendees

Avocado Festival

Apr 21, 2013

Downtown Fallbrook, CA US 92028

Since 1987, celebration of the avocado in the “Avocado Capitol” with contests, entertainment, Main Street shops and street fair. There will be a farmers market, Agricultural Area, Avocado Culinary Demonstrations, Guacamole Contest, Avocado Ice Cream, Holy Guaca- Moly, the Art of the Avocado Contest, the Avo 500 Children’s Car Race, and the Best Decorated Avocado Contest. A wide variety of agricultural displays are also found all along the Festival streets. What a fun-filled way to celebrate our heritage and be entertained at the same time
70,000 Attendees

Earthfest and Walk or Bike for the Earth

Apr 21, 2013

Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds Berea, OH US 44017

Since 1990, Earthfest features children’s activities, hands- on learning demonstrations, speakers and live local and national musical acts, all in celebration of earth day. This is Ohio’s largest environmental event, with over 100 exhibitors, 65 nonprofit and 35 business. Also a 5 mile walk or 10/20 mile bike ride starts at the Public Square and ends at the Zoo Earthfest.
35,000 Attendees

Washington Catfish Festival and Parade

Apr 18, 2013 – Apr 21, 2013

Downtown Washington, LA US 70589

Since 1999, Celebrate the catfish! Featuring great food, carnival rides, catfish eating contest, catfish cookoff, live entertainment the entire time the festival is open with over 20 different acts, kids activities and so much more. Parade on Sunday.

Coronado Flower Show Weekend

Apr 20, 2013 – Apr 21, 2013

Spreckels Park Coronado, CA US 92178

Since 1926, one of the largest flower shows under a tent in the nation includes antique and automobile show, artisan’s fair, book fair and art-in-the park. The Coronado Flower Show is held in Spreckels Park in the center of Coronado’s Village, along Orange Avenue, between 6th and 7th Streets. This is the largest flower show held under tents in the nation. Exhibits are placed inside tents surrounding a central gazebo, which becomes the stage for continuous entertainment, announcements and trophy presentations.

Bluebonnet Trails Festival

Apr 20, 2013 – Apr 21, 2013

Historic Downtown Ennis, TX US 75119

Since 1952, wildflower festival pays tribute to Texas State flower, includes close to 100 arts and crafts exhibitors, souvenirs, food, free trail maps, Bed and Breakfast and Hotel Bluebonnet specials. Also takes place throughout Downtown area.
40,000 Attendees

Thunder Over Louisville

Apr 20, 2013

Waterfront Park Louisville, KY US 40299

The day-long event kicks off the two exciting weeks of events that are part of the annual Kentucky Derby Festival. The Thunder Air Show dazzles the crowd with more than 100 planes, aerobatics teams, daring sky diving teams and breathtaking stunts. When it gets dark, the Thunder rolls. The fireworks will feature the latest in pyrotechnic power from Zambelli Internationale, America’s “first family of fireworks”. Six barges that are 100-foot open top each assemble on both sides of the 2nd Street Bridge to form the stage from which the fireworks spectacular ignites.
500,000 Attendees

California Poppy Fest

Apr 20, 2013 – Apr 21, 2013

Lancaster City Park Lancaster, CA US 93534

Lancaster boasts one of California’s most abundant crops of the vibrant poppies that are California’s state flower. Favorite attractions include great music acts, over 200 unique fine arts/arts and crafts vendors featuring handmade, high-quality items, a colorful flower/garden and farmers’ market, children’s activities, interactive displays, virtual reality rides, Museum Land with displays ranging from Native Americans, radical reptiles to aerospace, vibrant wildflower artwork, 25 food vendors, and free wildflower maps to find those poppies!

Earth Day at Liberty State Park

Apr 20, 2013

Liberty State Park Jersey City, NJ US 07305

Come and celebrate one of the largest Earth Day celebrations in the Garden State featuring over 100 vendors, amusements and lots of activities for the whole family. A day to inspire awareness and appreciation of the Earth’s environment.
30,000 Attendees

Port Royal Soft Shell Crab Festival

Apr 20, 2013

Downtown Port Royal, SC US 29935

Come to Parris Avenue in the Village of Port Royal between 12 to 5 PM and delight in a Lowcountry Favorite, Soft Shell Crab. Activities include a classic Car Show, Craft Fair and Flea Market. There will be lots of food vendors, lots of Soft Shell Crabs, Beer and Soda! Fun for everyone. The local Elementary School will be hosting a Spring Festival for the Kids with rides and fun. The Lowcountry Estuarium and Port Royal Historic Foundation will be attending as well as Fire Department, Port Royal Police, Clemson Cooperative and other local organizations.
10,000 Attendees

Texas Crawfish and Music Festival

Apr 19, 2013 – Apr 21, 2013

Old Town Spring Spring, TX US 77373

Since 1986. It is one of the largest mudbug festivals in the South showcasing tons of local, regional and national music entertainment, featuring local artists and vendors, and serving some of the tastiest Southern Louisiana Crawfish. It is a wonderful family event and fun for all ages. From blues and country to Latin and Americana, there’s a sound for just about everyone. Along with music and steaming pots of delicious Southern Louisiana mudbugs, expect all the fun and festivities of a carnival, complete with rides, games, local art, crafts and shops, local food and craft beer selections, a petting zoo, and more.
10,000 Attendees

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