Earth Day Festivals in Raleigh, Durham and Cary
Live and Local: Earth Day on Hillsborough Street
April 9 – Compiegne Park, 3200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 2-10 p.m. Free. Celebrate Mother Earth with environmental workshops, kids’ activities, bounce houses, live music and food trucks. hillsboroughstreet.org/earthday2016.
April 22-23 – Piedmont Wildlife Center, 364 Leigh Farm Rd., Durham. 4-11 p.m. Free. 919-489-0900. Celebrate Earth Day by helping naturalists and volunteers search the park for as many species as possible in less than 24 hours. Learn about the biodiversity of the environment, become a scientist, track a box turtle in the woods, make environmental crafts and more. The event continues April 23, 7 a.m.-4 p.m. This event is part of the North Carolina Science Festival. piedmontwildlifecenter.org/bioblitz2016.
Homeschool Day: Celebrate the Earth
April 22 – JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 1-3 p.m. $5/student. 919-513-7011. Homeschoolers celebrate Earth Day with hands-on fun and educational sessions. Explore issues that are affecting the planet and take part in hands-on experiments and demonstrations. Parents are free of charge but are asked to stay and participate with their children. Register online. jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1220.
Jackson Auto Salvage Celebrates Earth Day
April 22 – Jackson Auto Salvage, 7120 Poole Rd., Raleigh. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Learn how auto parts and tires are recycled. At the top of each hour, one lucky person will be able to press a button to crush a car. Wear closed-toe shoes. Children must be accompanied by an adult. jacksonautosalvage.com.
Earth Day Festival
April 23 – Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., Durham. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Take part in environmental education activities and enjoy kids’ activities, a parade, food vendors and a market featuring local, handmade goods. durhamnc.gov/1003/earth-day. Update: Due to inclement weather and muddy field conditions at Rock Quarry Park, the festival will be held indoors.
Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival and Earth Day Celebration
April 30 – Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration is coupled with its popular arts and crafts festival, Spring Daze, featuring more than 180 North Carolina artists, entertainment on four stages and activities in the Children’s Village. townofcary.org.