By Chris Griffy

Created in 1970, Earth Day began at a UNESCO conference as a celebration of the Earth and peace. In the years since, it has become a worldwide show of support for environmental causes. Held on April 22, the first day of Spring, Atlanta offers plenty of things to do this Earth Day. Whether you want to get politically active, learn about sustainable gardening, or just take in some live music, here are some ways to celebrate Earth Day 2017 in Atlanta.

Earth Day Celebration At Piedmont Park
400 Park Drive N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 253-7212

Date: April 21, 2017 at 7 p.m.

For the 23rd year straight, The Nature Conservancy will be playing host to Atlanta’s biggest Earth Day celebration. Actually being held the day before, on April 21, the event titled “Moonlight Through the Pines” will feature live music from The Bradley Cole Smith Band and great food from chef Dennis Dean. But, being an Earth Day celebration, the real draw is a chance to meet some of The Nature Conservancy scientists as well as environmental leaders from the community.

Georgia Tech Earth Day Festival
North Avenue N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30332
(404) 894-2004

Date: Friday, April 21, 2017 at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Not to be outdone, Georgia Tech University is holding their own day-early Earth Day Festival at their campus Tech Walk. This is the 20th year Georgia Tech has pulled out all of the stops for Earth Day. Their festival includes live music, a maze designed to entertain while encouraging people to think about the impact of their choices on the environment, a clothing swap, and office supply exchange. The festival will also feature over 70 vendors as well as eco-friendly giveaways and a host of educational opportunities to learn about recycling and reducing your own environmental footprint.

Classes And Advice At Pike Nurseries
4020 Roswell Road
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 843-9578

What better way to spend Earth Day than getting back in touch with nature by planting a tree or a garden? Whether you have a “green thumb” or a “brown hand of death”, Pike Nurseries across Atlanta have classes and helpful advice to make sure your plants survive and thrive. From edible Spring fruits like strawberries and blueberries to container flowers to brighten up your patio to trees to plant and enjoy for years to come, there’s something for every level of gardener.

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March For Science Atlanta
585 Candler Park Drive N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 642-6972

Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 12 p.m.

After the successful Women’s March on Washington, a group of scientists and science enthusiasts have scheduled a March for Science in Washington, D.C. on Earth Day. But don’t worry if a trip to Washington isn’t in your budget. You can still show your support for the sciences at Atlanta’s own March for Science. It will begin and end at Candler Park, with speakers starting at Noon and the walk itself beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Sweetwater 420 Festival
265 Park Ave. W. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313

Date: Friday, April 21, 2017 at 12 p.m. through Sunday, April 23, 2017

Attending a multi-day music festival may not seem like a celebration of Earth Day in itself. Certainly the biggest draw of the Sweetwater 420 Festival is the lineup, which consists of the likes of Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio Band, Ween, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, and Twiddle. But the Sweetwater 420 Festival also has a strong sustainability initiative on-site. Between sets, you can check out the Planet 420 Eco-Village for some hands-on workshops in sustainability.

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