Earth Day Festival

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

Earth Day Festival

Sunday, April 28, 2019
12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Durham Central Park, 501 Foster Street

Earth Day Festival

Earth Day Performances

Time Performance
12 p.m. Welcome by Durham Officials
12:05 p.m. Shay M. Lovette (Folk Rock)
1:10 p.m. Randy Senzig - Center for Human-Earth Restoration
1:25 p.m. Durham Parks and Recreation Outdoor Recreation
1:30 p.m. Breaking Even (Alternative Rock)
2:35 p.m. Willow Alston-Socha - Durham Public Schools & Hub Farm
3 p.m. Earth Day Parade
3:15 p.m. Bulltown Strutters (New Orleans Style)
4 p.m. ShurSoundz featuring DL Zene (R&B/Soul)
Schedule Subject to Change

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…

"Go Green" Active Transportation

Participants are encouraged to “go green” by biking, walking, skating, carpooling or riding GoDurham to the festival. Festival goers can come out and see some of the latest hybrid vehicles on the market, sponsored by Michael Jordan Nissan.

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! Bike Durham will be on site to check your bike for safety and teach you how to change a flat!

Zero-Waste Project

Sponsored by Keep Durham Beautiful and Compost Now
Festival goers and vendors will go green when they dispose of their waste at the Zero waste stations. Each station will have areas to sort, recycle, reuse, compost, and trade materials. “It’s easy being green” with the Zero-Waste project for a trash-free festival.

Rock Climbing Wall

If you’ve ever dreamed of climbing a mountain, now’s your chance! Nurture your inner adrenaline junkie and get a good workout by climbing our 28-foot high rock climbing wall. The hydraulic belay system ensures everyone will have a safe climb. 

Family Fun Zone

Kids will have a blast while engaging with the natural world! Featuring hands-on activities from: Music Explorium, Durham County Library (Story Walk), Museum of Life and Science, School House of Wonder, Family Literacy and Community Services, 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 a way! The pages of a book have been transformed into signs along the trail. We invite you to follow the path of the pages to 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 on site 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

Participants can make their own parade percussion instruments and dress up as their favorite plant or animal. The parade line up begins at 2:55 p.m. The parade starts at 3 p.m. sharp!


Bring your own water bottle

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

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Free Document Shredding

(Located at 412 Morris St.)
12 p.m.-3 p.m.
Shred Ace will provide free document shredding. Bring your paper documents to our drive-through area. This service is free and open to the public. Because 100% of shredded paper is recycled, please be sure to remove all substantial cardboard, plastic, and metal from your materials.

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

Volunteer Information

Interested in volunteering? Visit our Ivolunteer site to sign up. Volunteers will receive a festival t-shirt, snacks, and water.

Vendor Information

Vendor Booth Fees: City Resident Non-City Resident
Food (Price includes a refundable deposit. CR $50 | NCR $65) $175 $205
Education/Non-Profit $30 $45
Artist/Natural Crafts $50 $65
Non-Food Vendors $100 $115
Earth Day Application Process:
To apply please download, read, and fill out the application.

Return Application By Mail:          OR       Return Application In-Person:
Durham Parks & Recreation                     Durham Parks & Recreation
c/o Earth Day Festival - Vendors              400 Cleveland Street
101 City Hall Plaza                                    Durham, NC 27701
Durham, NC 27701

If you have any questions about the Earth Day application or vendor regulations, email Kristin Perez or call 919-560-4355.

Applications will be accepted during the hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday until all rental spaces are filled or until the application deadline (Friday, April 5).

Payment in full must accompany your application.
Please make all checks, money orders, and cashier's checks payable to Durham Parks Foundation.

Event Contact

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

Thank you to our sponsor

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