Ann Arbor 46th Annual Earth Day Festival


Join us for an afternoon of celebrating the Earth through entertainment, education, exploration, and fun!

Parking can be limited at the event so visitors are strongly encouraged to "go green" and carpool, bus, bike, or walk to the festival. Washtenaw Bicycling and Walking Coalition will be offering a free bike corral to those that ride in and the AATA Route 23 and 65 stop at Plymouth Rd., only a short walk from the event. Details on the bus route can be found on the AATA website here.

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 Leslie Science & Nature Center.


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.


We willl also be featuring Earth Day Learning Presentations, again this year, in the DTE Energy House.


In the true spirit of Earth Day, this festival will again be a Zero 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

Entertainment at the Festival

2:00pm - All Species Parade

Prance, preen, or frolic as your favorite flora or fauna to celebrate our 45th Annual Earth Day Festival! Children of all ages are encouraged to dress up and bring instruments as we wind through the LSNC property.

2:30-3:30 Joe Reilly

Joe Reilly is a singer, songwriter, and educator from Ann Arbor who writes songs from his heart. Joe’s songs are playful, clever, engaging, joyful, and always have something meaningful to say. The core of his message is an invitation to heal our relationships with ourselves, with each other, and with the earth.

Earth Day Learning Presentations

This year we are opening the DTE Energy House again to allow individuals and organizations to present on sustainability topics, in hopes that attendees can make every day Earth Day. All presentations will be held in the DTE Energy House, with an opportunity for discussion and conversation after each program.

  • 12:30 - Hat DOGS with Earthworm Eggs by Project Grow Community Gardens

  • 1:15 - Put a Price on it! by Citizens Climate Lobby 

Other Ongoing Events:

  • Birds of prey presentations

  • Wind Energy Activities by the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum

  • Dynamic and engaging live-animal presentations with LSNC's critters

  • Naturalist-led hikes through Black Pond Woods

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!


Ann Arbor Area Transit Authority and TheRide
Ann Arbor District Library
Ann Arbor Hands On Museum
Apple Playschools
Appropriate Technology Collaborative
Center for Biological Diversity
Citizens' Climate Lobby - Ann Arbor Chapter
City of Ann Arbor - Energy Office
City of Ann Arbor - Sustainability
City of Ann Arbor Natural Area Preservation
City of Ann Arbor - Drinking Water
City of Ann Arbor - Solid Waste
Clean Energy Coalition and ArborBike
Community Farm of Ann Arbor
Ecology Center - Climate Action Plan
Ecology Center - Education
Girl Scout Junior Troop 40112
Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association
Growing Hope
Hike It Baby Ann Arbor
Huron River Watershed Council
Huron Valley ACS Local Section
ICF/DTE Energy
Leslie Science & Nature Center
Michigan Nature Association
National Wildlife Federation Great Lakes Regional Center
NSF International
Project Grow
Power Up Ann Arbor
Recycle Ann Arbor
Scio Residents for Safe Water
Sierra Club- Huron Valley Group
University of Michigan Botanical Gardens
University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
Veterans For Peace Chapter 93

Food Vendors at the Festival

We will have a variety of delicious foods and drinks for all to enjoy. All vendors are supporting Recycle Ann Arbor’s Zero Waste Food Policy, so you can enjoy them (mostly) guilt free!

Shimmy Shack- Vegetarian and vegan friendly burger, fries, shakes, and even nachos.

Hero or Villain-Meat-loving, gluten free, and vegetarian friendly sandwiches for all.


Ray's Red Hots100% angus beef dogs, organic vegan tofu, and a variety of jumbo-sized char-grilled sausages.

Press Materials

The Ann Arbor Earth Day Festival Planning Committee is comprised of volunteers from ACS- Huron Valley Local Section, City of Ann Arbor, Clean Energy Coalition, Ecology Center, Give 365, Leslie Science & Nature Center, NSF International, and Recycle Ann Arbor. If you have questions about the festival, feel free to reach out to us!

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Thank you to our Sponsors!

Ann Arbor Cohousing
Big George's Appliance
City of Ann Arbor
Dollar Bill
Ecology Center
Huron Valley ACS
Leslie Science and Nature Center
Nature and Nurture
NSF International
Recycle Ann Arbor
Washtenaw Biking and Walking Coalition
Washtenaw Community College
Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation

This free event would not be possible without our wonderful sponsors! Thank you!