Earth Day Festival
Earth Day Festival 2020 Cancelled
Friends, as you may have surmised, due to the outbreak of Covid-19 the 2020 Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival scheduled for April 19, 2020 at Gallup Park has been canceled. We fully intend to plan for the Festival in spring 2021 and use that occasion to celebrate the 50-year Anniversary Plus One of the original Earth Day, held here in Ann Arbor on April 22, 1970.
Though we will not celebrate together this year we encourage you to celebrate in your own way and we offer this resource of what individuals can do to make Earth Day every day. https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-tips/
About the Festival
The Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival is an annual celebration coordinated by the Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival Planning Committee, a coalition of local environmental nonprofits and agencies, and held at Gallup Park.
This free, family-friendly event features displays from 40 local environmental, nonprofit, and governmental organizations; live animal demonstrations; hands-on activities; live entertainment; green building & commuting technologies; energy topics; water awareness; sustainable agriculture; and more.
In the true spirit of Earth Day, this festival will again be aZero Waste event, with the help from Recycle Ann Arbor. Visitors can help keep up the average of 90% waste diverted from landfills during the Earth Day Event by bringing their reusable water bottle, and putting their waste in the right receptacles.
Ann Arbor’s Earth Day Festival is a free event thanks to local donors and sponsors!
City of Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation
City of Ann Arbor Solid Waste
Leslie Science & Nature Center
Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation
Recycle Ann Arbor
Climate Change and Earth Care Task Force (CCEC) of ICPJ
Ann Arbor Area Elders Climate Action Chapter (A3ECAC)
Entertainment & Learning Presentations at the Festival:
Exhibitors at the Festival
We will be joined by a variety of environmental non-profits and for-profits sharing information and activities that help us celebrate our earth!
We are still working on this- it is going to be great!
Food Vendors at the Festival
Volunteer at the Festival
The festival does not operate without the help of a lot of volunteers. If you would like to volunteer during the festival please sign up here through these great organizations:
GIVE365 Recycle Ann Arbor
The Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival Planning Committee is comprised of volunteers from the City of Ann Arbor, Ecology Center, Give 365, Leslie Science & Nature Center, Washtenaw County Parks, Climate Change and Earth Care Task Force of ICPJ and Ann Arbor Area Elders Climate Action Chapter, and Recycle Ann Arbor. If you have questions about the festival, feel free to reach out to us!
July 15 – 17, 2021
Thursday, July 15 • 10AM – 9PM
Friday, July 16 • 10AM – 9PM
Saturday, July 17 • 10AM – 7PM
The Ann Arbor Art Fair is a Midwest tradition that draws close to half a million attendees over three days in July. The largest juried art fair in the nation, the Ann Arbor Art Fair features nearly 1,000 artists and a footprint spanning 30 city blocks in downtown Ann Arbor. The Ann Arbor Art Fair is comprised of three independently juried, nonprofit art fairs that run consecutively: Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original; Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair; and Ann Arbor State Street Art Fair.
july 16 announcement
The Ann Arbor Art Fair remains open to visitors, but we want you to know that artists have the option to close to protect their artwork due to weather. If you are traveling to the art fair for a specific artist, we recommend you check first. Art Fair booths (unless closed by an artist due to weather), amazing restaurants and local shops remain open to enjoy!
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Stay Safe, Stay Healthy
Not fully vaccinated? Please wear a face mask. “Individuals who are not yet fully vaccinated should wear a face mask when in crowded outdoor settings and events” - MDHHS
Get tested if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, unless you’re fully vaccinated.
Please stay home if you have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19.
Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Need your COVID-19 vaccine? Visit bit.ly/vaxwchd or call (734) 544-6700 to find a clinic near you. COVID-19 vaccines are free, safe, effective, and easy to get!
Want some rapid at-home COVID-19 tests? Pick up FREE tests from the Washtenaw County Health Department at the fair or at a Health Department vaccine clinic. Residents of Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti can also order online for home delivery at www.covidtestaaypsi.org.
*Recommendations are from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Washtenaw County Health Department, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
A2 Emergency Alerts
Are you attending the Ann Arbor Art Fair as a visitor or vendor? The City of Ann Arbor encourages everyone to sign up to receive emergency notifications from the A2 Emergency Alert system.
To register, text A2ARTFAIR(in all caps) to 888777. The communications will only be sent to your phone during the fair, July 15-17.
Issues Of The Environment: A2 Summer Festival Sets 2020 Zero-Waste Goal
2019 marks year two of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s “Festival Footprint Initiative.” Initially, the plan was to get to a 90% waste diversion rate in 3-5 years. Now, the plan is being accelerated. James Carter, the festival's programming and operations manager, joins WEMU’s David Fair for a conversation on environmental stewardship through the course of a three-week long event in this week's "Issues of the Environment."
Issues of the Environment: 05/15/19
- The Ann Arbor Summer Festival (A2SF) begins on June 14th. The event has made a monumental commitment to environmental responsibility, both by reducing the carbon footprint of the festival, and by using the entire festival experience as a platform for education about the impact that each on of us has on planet.
- The A2SF has copartnered with Toyota to pair the festival with environmental partners to stimulate social impact. Together, the festival and Toyota launched the “Festival Footprint Initiative.” beginning in 2018. The program aims to make the three-and-a-half week long A2SF, attended by 80,000, a zero-waste event. This is the second year of a 3-5 year plan to make the entire event zero-waste.
- In addition, the overarching festival theme is outreach to the community, aimed at education and raising awareness about the waste stream (how we contribute, what we can do to cut down our own contributions to the stream, the ultimate downstream environmental impacts of our purchasing behavior and waste processing behaviors).
- This year, the Ann Arbor Summer Festival is greatly expanding its environmental educational outreach through the addition of the Festival Footprint Learning Center. This 10’X10’ tent will offer 21 days of informative, transformational guidance from local and regional thought leaders on environmental topics such as the zero waste movement, sustainable lifestyles, and climate change.
- As a part of this initiative, the festival has brought together corporate, government, non-profit, and higher education entities which include: Toyota’s TERRA, The City of Ann Arbor, U-M Office of Sustainability, Recycle Ann Arbor, Zero Waste Washtenaw, U-M Gala, DTE, BgreenToday, Food Gatherers, AAPS, Project GreeNZ, and the Sierra Club.
- A large part of the vision is to present educational guidance to festival patrons that will help them bring home the festival’s progress in the areas of responsible waste management and reduction. It is hoped the materials presented at the Learning Center will positively affect the reducing, reusing, recycling, and composting behaviors of thousands of people, and initiate a collective, tangible change.
- Seeks to serve as a local and regional leader in effecting change in other organizations, including the Ann Arbor Public Schools and the City of Ann Arbor.
- The festival will feature Detroit artist Juan Martinez, who will bring his “Pedal Powered Kinetic Sculptures” built from recycled bicycles and metal, an interactive game show hosted by the Ecology Center titled “Guess What’s In It?” or “We Ruin Everything” (the show will highlight the toxic components of everyday items and why the regulations don’t inform the public adequately), and a long-table discussion for a convening on recycling, microplastics, zero waste events, and the arts.
- James Carter, Programming and Operations Manager for the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, says the Festival Footprint Initiative achieved a 53% diversion rate from the landfill last year. For 2019, they are ramping up the zero-waste efforts toward the goal of 90% diversion or greater.
Ann Arbor Summer Festival
Ann Arbor Summer Festival Volunteer Opportunities
Festival Footprint Initiative
Huron River Watershed Council
The Ecology Center
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