New Orleans Earth Day Festival & Solar Derby

Celebrate Earth Day 2015 at Palmer Park on Saturday, April 18th, 11 am to 7:30 pm!

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New Orleans Earth Day Festival is tomorrow!

It’s finally here! The New Orleans Earth Day Festival & Green Business Expo is tomorrow, Sunday, April 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The weather forecast is showing sunny with a high of 77 degrees. Looks like a beautiful day to spend hanging out along Bayou St. John.

Our schedule for Sunday is crammed with great performances, tons of activities along the bayou and more than 50 vendors.

We’re incredibly excited about the music lineup — Cyril Neville and Amanda Shaw are both known for their advocacy work in human rights issues and coastal restoration.

“I’m a big supporter of the wetlands and am thrilled to be supporting New Orleans Earth Day Festival this year,” said Amanda Shaw, who performs at 3 p.m. “I’m also really looking forward to playing at the festival with so many great musicians.”

Check out the “Performers” tab above for bios on all the scheduled performers.

On the roster of events for Sunday:

  • Music from Cyril Neville, Amanda Shaw, Chegadão, Sweet Street Symphony, DJ Manga Rosa and more
  • A Second Line Parade featuring the Original Big 7 Social Aid & Pleasure Club with the Young Souls Brass Band
  • “Solutions to the Spill” Speakers Tent
  • Environmental Landmarks Bike Tour
  • Palm Sunday Service honoring victims of the BP Oil Spill
  • Yoga by the Bayou
  • Mid-City Volleyball Group games
  • Kayak and canoe demonstrations with Massey’s Professional Outfitters
  • Kids activities hosted by NOMA
  • More than 50 food, beer, arts and crafts, green business and non-profit vendors
  • Raffle prizes and giveaways

Check out the full schedule at the “Schedule” tab above.

The New Orleans Earth Day Festival & Green Business Expo, presented by the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, will take place Sunday, April 17, 2011, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Bayou St. John along Orleans Avenue and N. Jefferson Davis Parkway. Hope to see you there!

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Tour environmental landmarks in New Orleans by bike!

Got a bike? Of course you do, right? Then why not celebrate Earth Day by learning about some of New Orleans’ important environmental landmarks while getting some much-needed exercise? The tour starts at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 17, at the parking lot of Bayou Bicycles next to the New Orleans Earth Day Festival grounds. Join members of Crescent City Cyclists and visit the sites of the future Lafitte Greenway and riverfront park, community gardens, neighborhoods impacted by environmental issues and more.

The ride should last about three hours, with a stop at Global Green’s Holy Cross Project for snacks and drinks. Click the photo above for a larger view of the route.

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Learn about solutions to the oil spill at the festival

With the anniversary of the BP Oil Spill in mind, the Speakers Tent at New Orleans Earth Day Festival will be brimming with ideas about “Solutions to the Spill.” We’ll hear stories, ideas and information from independent community samplers, Gulf Restoration Network, Bridge the Gulf and Pure Water Technology of Southern LA. Throughout the day you can also find ways to write, draw or otherwise express your ideas about “Solutions to the Spill” at the Speakers Tent. Check out the “Solutions to the Spill” tab at the top for more information!

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How will you get to the New Orleans Earth Day Festival?


If you’re trying to figure out how to get to the New Orleans Earth Day Festival April 17 and want to get there in the most environmentally friendly way possible, you could walk or bike (Google Maps now calculates the duration of such a trip. So nifty!) or just utilize the city’s public transportation options!

Our friends over at Transport for NOLA are all about utilizing, promoting and advocating for public transportation. And they were great enough to create the map you see above. Take a look at which streetcar or bus options can get you to the neighborhood and then enjoy a few blocks’ walk to Bayou St. John.

And if, like us, you get excited over creative ideas in urban planning and transportation, check out Transport for NOLA’s What If? page, to see what the Greater New Orleans Area could look like if we invested in better public transportation options that served more neighborhoods.

Thanks to Transport for NOLA for their support of the New Orleans Earth Day Festival & Green Business Expo!