How to Do Earth Day Like a Local - 2014

by Courtney Dietz April 25, 2014

Santa Barbara’s Earth Day Festival is decades in the making. The first ever Earth Day was celebrated in Santa Barbara in 1970 after the fateful oil spill in 1969. Since then our community has rallied and reveled in a grand celebration that now extends for two days (April 26-27) at the beautiful Alameda Park in downtown Santa Barbara. It’s an opportunity to appreciate our natural surroundings, open space, farms and less-impactful ways of living that help us, and our environment, thrive. The coming together of businesses and bands, techies and hippies is at once inspiring, educating and simply a lot of fun. The following tips should help you experience the festival like a pro.

  • Ditch Your (4) Wheels – There are lots of ways to get there and your car shouldn’t be the first choice. Car parking will surely be a chore but with free bike valet from the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition and convenient stops via MTD, you have better choices.
  • Get Some Grub – Plan on spending the day at the park and be ready to chow down. The great local eateries are there to keep you fed and hydrated. Be sure to bring a reusable tote (we love these!) so you can keep your snacks handy while you wander. 
  • Make New Friends – We locals tend to feel like Santa Barbara is such a small town. And it is. But we guarantee that there will be plenty of new friendly folks for you to meet. There will also be a grand showing of non-profits and organizations present that you may have never heard of. We’ve got a lot of charities in our fair city, and we think you should use this weekend to actually learn about some new ones. Then tell a friend.

Part of Santa Barbara Seasons Crew at their booth last year. Look out for them again this year! Photo Credit: Erin Feinblatt Photography

  • Dance it Out – Make a point to check out some new music that will be playing for two full days on the Main Stage. We’ve eyed the schedule and there is a fantastic mix being presented. If you’re feeling adventurous, check out (and join!) the sort-of-spontaneous drum circle that forms. Everyone is welcome whether you’re rocking a flowing dress or not but if you want to dial up your bling, we have some gorgeous baubles that will jingle sweetly as you sway, jive and groove.


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