What's Happening in Louisiana for Earth Month 2017

Although Earth Month hasn't officially started yet, I'm too excited to share with y'all the long list of events that are happening around Acadiana and Louisiana.

Click on each event to be directed to the official information source, and start making your Earth Month plans now!

Saturday, April 1

Lafayette Consolidated Government is holding their semiannual Debris Drop from 8am to noon, where city of Lafayette/unincorporated parish residents can drop off their bulky/miscellaneous/construction waste. Check the event information for the list of items that will be accepted, and those that are NOT accepted. (Don't waste your time and energy bringing something they can't accept!)

Saturday, April 1-Saturday, April 8

Earlier this week, I wrote about the Project Front Yard Festival of Service. There are eight days of different service-oriented events going on, so here is the full event list on Project Front Yard's Facebook page. Mark yourself as attending any of the events to get posts and updates!

Wednesday, April 5

My personal favorite day of the Festival of Service, #WasteFreeDay. Subscribe to the Facebook event to learn about the basics of zero-waste and join us on Wednesday with your waste-free lunch!

Thursday, April 13

Every year, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette Office of Sustainability hosts Fete de la Terre to celebrate Earth Day. Groups will be set up on Hebrard Street across from Dupre Library between 11 and 2.

Saturday, April 15

This year, the first Earth Day preamble will be held in downtown Lafayette at the Wurst Biergarten. Side note, the Wurst Biergarten started as a repurposed shipping container transforming into an outdoor bar, and in one short year, it has truly become a fun, unique outdoor hangout space.

The event's goal is to provide a space for earth lovers to congregate, learn about the work being done locally, and learn how to get involved. 

From 10-11am, there will be a litter cleanup parade downtown, then from 11-3 the stalls behind the Biergarten will be filled with local environmental organizations that have both volunteer and membership opportunities.

Saturday, April 22

The Louisiana Earth Day Festival, typically held in downtown Baton Rouge, will be moved to the Baton Rouge Zoo this year, due to construction. The festival runs from 9:30am-5pm.

Saturday, April 22

Aromatic Infusions in Youngsville is hosting an Earth Day festival with all-natural snacks and treats, plastic bottle repurposing ideas, composting pointers, and lessons on essential oils.

Sunday, April 23

Back in Lafayette, Bayou Vermilion District is hosting its annual Earth Day festival at Vermilionville from 10-4, with free admission, paddling, crafts, yoga, live music, and a free clothes and book swap (bring what you don't want and take home something new-to-you!)

Additionally, Bayou Vermilion District has organized a Bike to Earth Day Poker Run from 11-1. Register in advance using the link on the Facebook event; the fee is $10 per rider.

Is there an event I've missed? Email me and let me know, and I'll update this post!

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