Celebrating Earth Day Around Louisiana

Even though Earth Day is still 10 days away, many organizations across Louisiana are gearing up for Earth Day festivals starting this weekend. These are great times to round up friends or the children and enjoy the outdoors (weather permitting) while learning about the environment.

If you attend any Earth Day events, remember to be a good steward of the planet - bring a reusable drink bottle, a cloth napkin (especially if you plan to eat), share one map or program with your whole group, and don't leave any trash behind!


Bayou Vermilion District is hosting their annual Earth Day Festival at Vermilionville. A new addition this year is a big clothes swap! Bring what you don't want and look around for a new treasure. There's also educational booths and canoe rides. And on your way home, grab a free tree to plant in your yard!
Sunday, April 17
Free admission
Image: Bayou Vermilion District

Lafayette Middle's Environmental Sciences Academy is hosting their annual festival this coming Saturday. There will be plenty of activities for children and music by Curley Taylor.
Saturday, April 16
Lafayette Middle School
Admission: at least one plastic bag (I love this!!)

UL Lafayette's Office of Sustainability is hosting week chock-full of events, starting with a guided Bayou Vermilion paddle on Saturday morning. Other events include a debris installation, e-waste collection, bike day, and an expo on Earth Day itself.
Saturday, April 16-Friday, April 22
UL Campus (check the linked graphic for specific event information and locations)

Baton Rouge

The big kahuna, the Louisiana Earth Day Festival, is also this Sunday. It's held in downtown Baton Rouge and has tons of educational booths, and lots of food and music. There's also an art exhibit and a bike corral (staffed by Bike Baton Rouge) to encourage eco-friendly transportation.
Sunday, April 17
Downtown Baton Rouge
Free admission

Original art by Terri McNemar Dakmak

New Orleans

Head out out to City Park in New Orleans next Tuesday and grab dinner from a food truck (with compostable containers!), have the kids make a recycled art project, and learn about sustainable ways of life from local businesses.
Tuesday, April 19
City Park
Free admission



The Rainforest Art Foundation is holding an Earth Day festival on April 22 where they'll unveil the completion of their sculpture garden and veranda. There will also be live music and performance artists, kids art and biology activities, local artist booths, and local nonprofit and green organization booths! Plus, various local culinary artists will be set up with tapas-style tasting plates for $3 a plate. (Man, if this weren't during Festival International, I might be looking at a road trip to Shreveport!)
Friday, April 22
Marlene Yu Museum
Free admission, suggested donations

Make your plans and celebrate Earth Day with your family and friends at one of these festivals!

Did I miss any events happening in Louisiana? Drop me a line and let me know!

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