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EarthFair
EarthFair 2016
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Balboa Park • 10am - 5pm

 
Earth Day

Our annual EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. EarthFair 2016 will be our 27th annual event! Each year, the EarthFair draws around 60,000 visitors.

    Produced by 400 volunteers, EarthFair 2016 will feature more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a Food Pavilion, a special Children's Activity Area, four entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTh Gallery arts and crafts show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse.

 

Exhibitors

Exhibitors on El Prado    Our exhibitors form the heart of EarthFair. They represent every type of environmental organization, governmental program and commercial enterprise with goods, services and causes that address our environment and quality of life. Our exhibitor fees are graduated to allow everyone to participate, from the smallest organization to the largest corporation.

    It's impossible to list everything you'll find at EarthFair: traditional conservation organizations, wildlife preservation groups, products made from natural and organically grown crops, organic gardening information, alternative energy vehicles, ecotourism opportunities, many alternative and traditional health care products and services, pet adoption services, clean air and clean water products, rainforest preservation groups ... the list goes on and on.

    If your organization, club, or company is interested in exhibiting at EarthFair, click here.

A Lamma in the Kid's AreaSpecial for Kids

In our Children's Activity Area you’ll find crafts, games, face painting, storytelling, and a hands-on activities for children of all ages. Activities are intended to educate, entertain and inspire youth, in the spirit of Earth Day. This year, participants will learn to make paper, find out about recycling, make gift cards from recycled materials, and learn how to visit wild areas without disturbing the environment. Our Children’s Stage features youth-oriented performances throughout the day. And be sure to visit the Magic Stage, in front of the Lily Pond on El Prado, for the Dr. Wilderness Family Magic Show (see below).

Entertainment

Sun Stage crowd    EarthFair will feature five stages. We’ve already mentioned the Children’s Stage, featuring music, song and storytelling aimed at the younger set. The Moon Stage (at Park and Presidents Way) and Sun Stage (behind the Federal Building) will feature a variety of contemporary music by local artists.

    The Dr. Wilderness Family Magic Show returns to Balboa Park for the 15th year with a spectacular program on the "Magic Stage" directly in front of the Lilly Pond.  Dr. Wilderness was named "America's Premier Environmental Magician" by the Audubon Society, and has performed more than 3,500 school shows in San Diego. Shows are at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Come early and grab a good seat. Great family Fun!

eHome

    Our eHome exhibit area showcases products and technologies that can make your home more environmentally sustainable. If you're building a new structure, or adding to an existing home, alternative home-building technologies, such as straw bale and steel-frame construction, will be of interest. Find out about energy- and resource-saving products and materials, like energy-efficient appliances and low-E windows. A wide variety of solar electric systems – available now, to help you get off the grid – will be shown.

eARTh Gallery

    The eARTh Gallery features works by San Diego artists and craftsmen, using recycled materials or showing depictions of "Endangered Spaces" in San Diego County. The artwork will be presented on the lawn area next to Presidents Way and Park Blvd (by our food court, exhibit area 9).

    Have you created earth-friendly arts or crafts you'd like to display? Click here for more information and to sign-up online.

Food Pavilion

    Tired of the nitrate-filled hot dogs and sugar-loaded sodas you usually get at large public events? Then step right up to our Food Pavilions in the Plaza de Panama and Park & Presidents Way for a change of pace. You'll find out-of-the-ordinary vegetarian fare that will make you wish it was available in the park all year long. If you are interested in being a food vendor at EarthFair, click here.

Children's Earth Parade

Children's Earth Parade    The Children's Earth Parade (All Species Welcome) starts at 10:30 am by the Spanish Village and marches through the Park to the Children's Area in the Pan American Plaza. Participants are invited to dress up as endangered species, present their favorite earth-friendly messages. To find out more about the Children's Earth Parade, including how you can participate, click here.

Cleaner Car Concourse

    The Cleaner Car Concourse features vehicles of all descriptions that all run on alternative fuels (hybrids included). This isn't just “the future”: these are vehicles being used on the road today. The vehicles will be on display in the Pan American Plaza.

    Do you have a vehicle that belongs in the show? Please click here to find out about registering.

Zero Waste

    The EarthFair goal is to be a zero-waste event, meaning that everything that is discarded is either recycled, reused or composted. And an event the size of EarthFair can generate tons of waste. Last year, we diverted 90% of EarthFair waste from the landfill!

    Let's do even better this year. When you have something to discard, look for one of the 30 Zero Waste Stations with the black, blue and green containers. A "trash talker" at each station will help make sure your discards go in the right bin - and can answer any of your recycling questions.

Check out this video of Zero Waste at EarthFair

Getting There

   Fifty- to seventy-thousand people can create real transportation problems. If you arrive after about 10:30 am, there is often no CAR parking close to the Park.

   Not to worry, though. Click here for some alternatives to keep you from being stuck behind traffic on Park Blvd. trying to get into the park to find non-existent parking spaces.

How Would You Like to Participate?

    There are several ways for you to take part in EarthFair:

  • As a visitor. Just show up ... it's all free. But, arrive early so you don't miss the Earth Parade, and so you have enough time – there's a lot to see and do.
     
  • As an exhibitor. Does your company, organization, club, or school have a product, service or cause that would be appropriate for the EarthFair? Click here to find out more!
     
  • As a volunteer. Each year, about 400 individuals just like you come out to make the EarthFair happen. Whether you'd like to help out for a few hours, take on a major accountability, or something in between, we have the job for you. Come help put on a party for 60,000 of our closest friends. Click here to find out more!
       
  • As a sponsor. Our exhibitor fees only cover a part of the expenses of producing EarthFair. With recent dramatic increases in fees for city services, it would not be possible to continue producing the event without the generous support of our sponsors. Sponsorship levels are available from $1,000 to $50,000, and will provide excellent exposure for your company or organization. For more information, please call (858) 272-7370, or click here.

EarthWorks Earth Day 2016 Sponsors

Zero Waste San Diego
Urban Corps
 

Government Sponsors

             


Media Sponsors

     

 


EarthFair 2016 Exhibitors
As of 2/4/2016. List updated bi-weekly.

1to1 Movement
Activist San Diego
B 'N' B Kettle Corn
Bags and More by Tess
Baha'i Faith
Bicycle Warehouse
Buddha's Light International Association
CaboandCoral.com LLC
California Wolf Center
Center for Sustainable Energy
Christian Vegetarian Association
Churros Mexico
City of San Diego - Environmental Services Dept.
Earth Made Snow Cones
EntoBento
Environmental Center of San Diego
Fleet Readiness Center Southwest
Good Vibes Collective
Graceful Departure Pet Center
Heifer International
HENNA TATTOO
IBEW Local 569
Inspirational Imports
International College of Holistic Studies
ISKCON
It's Your Nature
KIIN Athletic
Kynd Clothing Inc.
Love, Create & Help
LucysRoom
Lunatec, Inc.
Mauzy Heating Air & Solar
Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation
Moongazing Herbal Apothecary
Nataraja Meditation and Yoga Center
Norwex
Olivia's Kitchen
Peace Pies
Pine Valley Crafts
Plant With Purpose
PlusCBD Oil
Poster Heaven

Rayne Water
RED Sambusas
Regeneration-Art
Rita's Santee
RMac Properties Inc
Salvadorean Food Pupusas
San Diego Beekeeping Society
San Diego Chapter Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
San Diego County Air Pollution Control District
San Diego Drums & Totes
San Diego Peace Corps Association
SanDiego350
Save The World Fridays
SaveMissionTrails.org
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Share Network San Diego
Sharp Hospital Outpatient Pavilion Health Library
Shiny Handmade Cosmetics
SoCal Parrot
Solana Center for Environmental Innovation
SOLO EYEWEAR
Spay Neuter Action Project
Temple Turmeric
The Eco Chic Event
The Friendly Feather Shop
The High Thai
The Raptor Institute
Tough Turtle Turf
TUWA Elements of the Earth
UCCE Master Gardeners
United States Karate Academy/Kicks for Kids
UPcycled Works
Wyndham Vacation Resorts
zovargo

 

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