After a winter spent dutifully protecting the City from floodwaters, Downtown Napa’s Oxbow Commons awakens this spring to host our annual Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 22nd. Presented by the Environmental Education Coalition of Napa County (EECNC), the festival runs from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm and features exhibitor booths displaying environmental products, services, games, and giveaways. Earth Day 2017 is a fun, educational event for the entire family, offering information on a host of important topics - alternative energy, local agriculture, water conservation, pollution prevention, recycling, and more. Children will have a blast in the expanded Kids Zone sponsored by Camp Ursa Major. With the stage sponsored by BottleRock Napa Valley, festival attendees will also enjoy an amazing lineup of local and regional musical talent, interspersed with entertaining dance performances.

Earth Day 2017 is free of course, but attendees are encouraged to purchase the delicious food, wine, and beer offered by local vendors. Event beverage sales fund field trip bus grants offered by EECNC. These grants enable local students to visit sites such as Connolly Ranch, Bothe State Park, and the Napa River Ecological Reserve where they gain appreciation for our local environment. Beverage sales proceeds also support the Darcy Aston Environmental Advocacy Scholarship, awarded by EECNC to local students pursuing a career in the sciences.

One beverage that will not be available for sale is bottled water. Attendees are urged to bring their own reusable bottle for the “Water Bar” filling station. Earth Day 2017 will also minimize transportation impacts, with bus rides free April 20-22 thanks to the VINE! For cyclists, the Napa County Bicycle Coalition will provide free valet bike parking at the event.

Napa’s annual Earth Day Celebration would not be possible without the generous support of its sponsors. Special thanks go out to Sustaining Sponsors – Napa Valley Vintners' Napa Green Certified Winery and Certified Land programs, BottleRock Napa Valley, and Camp Ursa Major. For a complete list of sponsors, exhibitors, vendors, and entertainment, please check the festival web site at EarthDayNapa.com.

For those who can start their Earth Day a little early, the 12th annual Spring Clean provides an opportunity. Before coming to the celebration, volunteers will join the Napa County Resource Conservation District from 9:00 am to Noon to clean up the Napa River, downtown streets, and beyond. Visit naparcd.org for details on how to participate.

The fun doesn’t stop when the Earth Day Celebration ends at Oxbow Commons either. The 3rd annual Earth Night at Connolly Ranch is the after party you won’t want to miss. From 5:00 to 10:00 pm, enjoy music, dance, food and wine, recycled art, moonlit nature hikes, stargazing, and even aerial acrobatics! Visit connollyranch.org for more information and to purchase tickets for that event.

For more information, please contact Taylor Radek at (707) 974-7498.