Earth Day Festival

Enjoy a day filled with an eclectic mix of music, food, hands-on environmental education activities and much more!

Durham Earth Day Festival

Sunday, April 19, 2020
12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street

All activities are free! Food and Earth Day Market goods are available for purchase.

Rain or shine!

Earth Day Festival

Earth Day Festival Performances

Time Performance
12 p.m. Welcome by Durham Officials
12:05 p.m. West Street Band (Variety Rock)
1:10 p.m. Earth Day Education Demo Announcement
1:25 p.m. Earth Day Education Demo Announcement
1:30 p.m. Whiplash (Alternative Rock)
2:35 p.m. Earth Day Education Demo Announcement
3 p.m. Earth Day Parade with the Bulltown Strutters (New Orleans Style)
4 p.m. Crucial Fiya Reggae Band (Reggae)
Schedule Subject to Change

Earth Day Festival Highlights

Earth Day Market

Festival-goers will enjoy a showcase of environmentally friendly businesses and organizations sharing information and resources with the community. Attendees will browse and shop from our local, hand-made green goods, crafts, and visit the stage to hear and see more.

Earth Day Education Demos

Enjoy a hands-on showcase with environmentally conscious businesses and organizations while they share ways to be resourceful and help you make a real difference.

Sustainable Transportation Expo

New to Earth Day this year is a transportation expo brought to you by the City’s Department of Transportation and Bike Durham! Come check out GoTriangle’s electric bus or take a test ride on an E-Scooter or E-Bike. There will be information on local and regional transportation projects, sustainable travel options, a bicycle repair clinic, and more.

Bike Valet & Check-ups

Members of Durham’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission will host a valet bicycle parking service. Located near the corner of Foster and Hunt Streets – ride in and check your bicycle for free! Get your bike checked for safety and learn how to change a flat!

Zero Waste Project

Sponsored by Keep Durham Beautiful and Compost Now
Help us Reduce Waste during our Waste Wise Project sponsored by Keep Durham Beautiful and Compost Now. Zero waste stations will be available throughout the festival to help you sort, recycle, reuse, and compost your trash. Help us work toward a goal of zero waste with guidance from our Waste Wise Warrior Volunteers at each station.

Rock Climbing Wall

Our mobile 24-foot climbing wall allows us to bring the mountain to you! The climbing wall allows three people to climb simultaneously, and when climbers get to the top they can press a buzzer and let everyone know what they’ve accomplished! The rock wall is divided into three different sections that will challenge climbers of every skill level. 

Family Fun Zone

Kids will have a blast while engaging with the natural world! Featuring hands-on activities from: Museum of Life and Science, Schoolhouse of Wonder, Music Explorium, Durham County Library, and Child Care Services Association. Also included will be Bookmobile of Durham, City of Durham Fire Department, and Face Painting.

Durham County Library StoryWalk

Durham County Library’s StoryWalk is designed to engage people of all ages to read in fun, interactive way! The pages of a book have been transformed into signs along the trail. We invite you to follow the path of the pages, and read and interact with the book and natural world. Each stop along the StoryWalk path features talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing.

Book Giveaway and Registration

The Durham County Library will be onsite with their awesome Bookmobile. Participants can take advantage of this mobile service, where they can register and even receive a free book. Get your very own library card onsite! 

Earth Day Parade

The Durham-based Bulltown Strutters bring the party and shift it into high gear with their raucous mix of old-school New Orleans classics and new-school New Orleans funk. All powered by a massive horn section and an extra dose of Durham craziness. A street band? You got it. A stage show? Sure! The parade starts at 3 p.m. sharp!

"Go Green" Active Transportation

Participants are encouraged to “go green” by biking, walking, skating, carpooling or riding GoDurham to the festival.

Bring your own water bottle

Don’t forget to bring your refillable water bottle! The Durham H2O 2 Go Hydration Station will be onsite offering fresh drinking water to event attendees.

H2O 2 Go Logo

Free Document Shredding

Provided by Shred Ace
(Located on the corner of Seminary Avenue and Foster Street)
12 p.m.-3 p.m.

Bring your paper documents to our drive-through area, where we will be set up to collect your materials. This service is free and open to the public.

To Be Shredded      NOT To Be Shredded
Office paper (any color) 3-ring binders
Manila folders Garbage of any kind
Staples Newspapers 
Paper clips Credit cards
Rubber bands CDs
Binder clips Cardboard
Spiral notebooks Magazines
Hanging file folders Telephone books
Receipts Hardcover books


Vendor Information

Vendor Booth TypeCity ResidentNon-City Resident
Food - ALL SPACES ARE FULL$175 (includes a $50 refundable deposit)$205 (includes a $64 refundable deposit)
Artists/Natural Crafts*$50$65

*Applications for the Earth Day Festival are processed through the Durham Parks Foundation, and only available in a paper format. Please email Kristin Perez to request an application for Education/Non-profit, Artists/Natural Crafts, and/or Non-food vendors.

For additional information about food and non-food vendors, visit our vendor page.

Event Cancellation Information

Events may be canceled in the case of severe inclement weather.

  • Call the weather line at 919-560-4636 and press Number 8 for the status of the event.
  • Visit Facebook and / or Twitter

Event Contact

For event information, email Kevin Jones or call 919-560-4355.

View photos from the 2019 Durham Earth Day Festival on our Facebook page.