By Valerie Heimerich

Sacramento, found at the confluence of the American and Sacramento rivers, is known as both the City of Trees and America’s Farm to Fork Capital. As these labels suggest, Sacramento is a unique community that offers many ways to celebrate the planet both on Earth Day and beyond. For 47 years, people around the world have used April 22 as a chance to show support for the protection and sustainability of the environment.

Sacramento Earth Day 2017
Southside Park
2115 6th St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 444-0022

Date: April 23, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Environmental and Climate Literacy is the theme for this year’s Earth Day celebration, which is hosted by the nonprofit Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS). The free, fun and informative event includes live music, the work of local artisans, shopping and involvement from businesses and organizations which help people survive and thrive. There is a children’s play area, tasty plant-based foods and many opportunities for the whole family to learn the joys of a more sustainable and healthier way of living. Many community and nonprofit organizations will be on hand, including Sacramento Tree Foundation, Fair Oaks EcoHousing, NorCal Bats, Sacramento Vegan Society and Cut-Ups of Northern California; the latter nonprofit donates professional-quality, hand-sewn items to local charities serving veterans, autistic children, families in need, the homeless, Alzheimer’s patients and more.

Howlin’ On The Parkway
William B. Pond Recreation Area
5700 Arden Way
Carmichael, CA 95608
(916) 486-2773

Date: April 22, 2017; registration and check-in begins at 8 a.m.

Let your dogs don their favorite costumes and come along for a leisurely walk along a 2-mile section of the American River Parkway. A post-walk Earth Day celebration will include entertainment, shopping, food trucks and a dog costume contest. Event registration funds go to support Pups in the Park, an American River Parkway Foundation project providing dog waste removal bags at 14 points along the parkway. Last year the program purchased and distributed 60,000 of the “Mutt Mitts”, aimed at keeping bacteria and toxins from pet waste from polluting the waterways. Homeward Bound Golden Retriever Rescue, Bradshaw Animal Shelter and German Shepherd Rescue of Sacramento Valley will also be at the event doing pet adoptions.Related:Best Places To See Spring Flowers In Sacramento

Celebrate The Earth Festival 2017
Mahany Regional Park
1545 Pleasant Grove Blvd.
Roseville, CA 95747
(916) 772-7529

Date: April 22, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate the Earth with the City of Roseville; this is the 10th year of the family-friendly event. Activities include shows by nonprofit wildlife education and conservation group Wild Things, Inc., live music by the Ant Bee Band, fun with Mad Science and dog demos from the Roseville Police Department K-9 unit. Food vendors, shopping, face painting and interesting booths from eco-minded community organizations offer something for everyone. Ride a bike to the festival and get free secure parking, free goodies and the chance to win a FitBit. Bus riders on certain local routes can ride to the festival at no cost. Guests can also use a free iOS or Android app to participate in an Earth Day scavenger hunt and vie for prizes; see website for details.

Oak Park Sol’s 2017 Spring Forward
Pacific McGeorge School of Law
3200 5th Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817
(530) 204-8082

Date: April 22, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Nonprofit Oak Park Sol is an urban community land trust, working at the neighborhood level for a diverse range of projects such as the Broadway Sol Community Garden. This festive evening has live music, as well as a silent auction and raffle of great items from local businesses. Tickets are available for $25, and include hand-made street tacos and local wine and beer. The event takes place in the courtyard at McGeorge School of Law.Related: Ask An Expert: DIY Gift Ideas

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