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In light of the rapidly unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, as of March 13, 2020, based on recommendations made by the County of Santa Cruz Health Service Agency, the Santa Cruz Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at San Lorenzo Park has been postponed until further notice.

Celebrate Earth Day Virtually on April 22, 2020! See our Resource Page for a list of ways you can get involved online.

Booth Registration


2020 Highlights

Bring Your Own Reusable Water Bottle for H2O!

Main Stage Entertainment

  • Keynote with Mayor Justin Cummings
  • Guest Speaker, Dr. Jackie Busse, Plant-based Kids Expert and Pediatrician
  • Live Music from SambaDá
  • Teen Recycled Fashion Show – Watch the Virtual Show starting June 1, 2020 Fashion Teens Virtual Show
  • And more!

Kid Friendly Activities

  • See and talk with winners from the Earth Day Environmental Class Project Challenge
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Gymnastics/Tumbling Area
  • Climbing Wall & Photo Booth
  • Face Painting
  • Music with Mothersong
  • Collect Green Passport Stamps (while supplies last)

Electrification Zone

  • Electric Vehicle Test Drives – Pre-Sign Ups Coming Soon
  • One-on-one with Electric Vehicle Owners
  • Electric Vehicle Display Cars
  • E-bike Test Rides
  • Building Electrification in Santa Cruz
  • Solar Energy Solutions
  • Carbon-free Electricity with Monterey Bay Community Power


Additional Highlights

  • Zero Waste Zone: Recycle, Reuse, Compost…DIY and Learn!
  • Delicious Vegetarian and Vegan Food
  • Beer and Wine Garden
  • Notable Environmental Speakers sponsored by VegFest
  • Bike Valet Service…enter for a chance to win cool cycling prizes
  • Meet and Greet the Recycling Fairy
  • Graduates of the City’s 2019 and 2020 Master Recyclers program will assist visitors with recycling activities and questions.  Take the Recycling Challenge and win a cool prize!
  • Climate Action Pledge Mural with Made Fresh Crew, Taylor Reinhold

Keynote with Mayor Justin Cummings

I’m an educator and environmentalist. I moved to Santa Cruz to pursue an education in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCSC, and I earned my Ph.D. in 2013. My work for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars program allows me to support conservation efforts around the globe and to educate a new generation of environmental and conservation leaders.

Guest Speaker

Hear from guest speaker, Dr. Jackie Busse, She is the lead author and editor of the newly-released Pediatric Quick Start Guide from the Plantrician Project and is the pediatric lecturer for the Plant Based Nutrition certification program through eCornell. She currently teaches a regularly occurring whole-food, plant-based nutrition appointment series and is active in the community, speaking to local interest groups and schools.