It’s Earth Month and that mean that this weekend there are creeks to clean and upcycling projects to tackle. Wherever you end up, say no to plastic water bottles, pick up a piece of trash and ditch four wheels for two. Our planet will most definitely thank you.

Earth Day Santa Cruz


San Francisco

This Is One Earth Friendly Party
It’s time to celebrate Earth to learn more about how we can protect it, too. That’s just what you’ll find at Earth Day SF, which combines music with world-renowned speakers, sustainable fashion shows, a green education center, an organic food court and more. There are all kinds of eco-activities for kids, from arts and crafts to healthy snacks and maybe even taking a spin on a bike-powered merry-go-round, too. Sat. Event details.

It’s Bug Day at Randall Museum
Join in the insect-inspired fun and learn how important these little creatures are to the earth and to our survival here. Kids and their families can make their own fabulous bug-related crafts to take home, see and touch live exotic insects, take a scientific look at insects through microscopes, compete in the Insect Olympics, and perhaps even EAT a bug or two.The San Francisco Beekeepers Association will have a hive of live honeybees on display. Kids can watch beekeepers at work and can decorate containers of freshly made beeswax lip balm to take home, plus there will be honey collected from hives all over the city and other bee-made products for sale. Sat. Event details.

East Bay

Inside Out and Back Again at BACT
Ten-year-old Hà and her family flee from Vietnam to Alabama, where she dreams of her beloved papaya tree and struggles to adjust in a strange new land. A world premiere by Min Kahng, based on Inside Out & Back Again, Thanhha Lai’s award-winning story told in poetry. Recommended for ages 8 and up. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

Hug Mother Earth at this Festival
Pack up the family and head to the Annual Wildlife Festival at Wagner Ranch in Orinda. The historic ranch and 18-acre nature preserve, which is rarely open to the public, includes a variety of earth-friendly activities: Vsit animals in the garden, try out DIY gardening projects, hands-on nature arts and crafts, and earth day games. The day include a rare docent tour of the meadows, woodland, ponds and streams, and the historic home site of Theodore Wagner, California’s first Surveyor General. Sat. Event details.

South Bay

Save the Earth in Santa Cruz
Share your love of Mother Earth at Santa Cruz’s Earth Day celebration off the San Lorenzo River. The event kicks off with a river clean-up and includes an recycled fashion show, compost demos, vegetarian food, electric vehicles, photo booth, face painting, kid’s crafts and more. Sat. Event details.

Celebrate Vietnamese Traditional at CDM
Children of the Dragon Weekend is a Vietnamese Community Celebration at Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose. Families can immerse themselves in Vietnamese culture via a traditional lion dance, rice cake demonstration, conical hat and dragon puppet crafts and more. Sat. Event details.


Work Day and Barn Dance at Pie Ranch
Give back and live it up at Pie Ranch in Pescadero! Grab your work gloves, gardening tools if you have them, and sturdy shoes and work on the farm tilling soil, pulling weeds, and cutting plants (at noon.). At 4 p.m. you can join a farm tour ($12-$20/person) to learn about the agriculture of the 27-acre ranch. Visit with cows, goats, chickens, and pigs, too. Then at 6 p.m. trade your work boots for dancing shoes! Bring a dish to share at the potluck dinner and and kick up your heels at the barn dance that follows featuring the Country Line Pickers. Sat. Event details.

Dig Deep for a Spring Gardening Party
Spring over to Hidden Villa organic farm in Los Altos Hills for a spring garden party celebration. Get into the spirit along aside the farm animals with children’s music, while you go on a garden scavenger hunt, meet the garden fairy, crawl through a community-built spider web, plant take home seeds and even arrange your a flower bouquet. Space is limited, register in advance.Sun. Event details.

North Bay

Clean, Create at Earth Day Stinson Beach
Gather at the beach and celebrate the Earth. The event will also include a nature creation component, wherein participants will use sand, rocks, shells, and natural objects from the to create outdoor sculptures. Music, dancing, and other arts are also part of the event, that starts with beach clean up. Sun. Event details.

Prepare for Laughs at this Kiddie Comedy Show
As if the weekend weren’t incredible already prepare to be totally wowed by Bri Crabtree’s amazing one-woman juggling comedy show. You will laugh, you will cry, and you’ll be amazed at her physical comedy. Sun. Event details.

How will you celebrate the Earth? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers