Earth Day is an event aimed at raising awareness of global environmental issues. Here is a list of 25 ways to celebrate the planet.
Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival: The Sugar Sand Festival is a 17-day celebration of Clearwater Beach’s two most remarkable natural assets: sugar sand and sunsets. More than 14 sand sculptors use 1,000 tons of Clearwater Beach sand to create a ‘Sandimals: An Animal Adventure’ themed art exhibit housed in a 21,000 square foot structure. Free activities include a children’s playground, street performers, artisans, shows, fireworks, sand sculpting lessons and the master sand sculptor competition. Free; $12, 3 and under free (passage). 10am-9pm from April 8 to 24. 1 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater. 727-403-0517.
Earth, Wind and Garden Festival: Celebrate Earth Day at this festival with plant sales, artisan vendors, handicrafts, music, food trucks, workshops, children’s activities and garden tours. Free. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9. HCC Plant City, 2001 E Cherry St., Plant City. 813-435-8111.
Eco-egg hunt: Children and children at heart form teams and have 60 minutes to collect as many air potatoes as possible. The team that collects the most “eco-eggs” wins a prize. Also, photos with the bunny, crafts, games and refreshments. Free. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 9. Folly Farm Nature Preserve, 1562 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, Safety Harbor. 727-724-1530.
Earth as art: Children ages 3-10 can explore the beauty of the West and celebrate Earth Day while learning about natural resources and how to mix natural pigments for paint. Included with admission; free for members 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 9. James Museum of Western and Animal Art, 150 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-892-4200.
Celebrate the Earth Day Film: If you miss travelling, celebrate Earth Day by watching this movie and virtually travel to the top 25 wonders of the world. Free. 6-7 p.m. April 11. Empath Partners in Care, 3050 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. 727-415-3287.
Earth Day: Trash and Treasures: Join park staff and volunteers and make treasures out of yesterday’s trash. Paper making, quilling, card boxes and more. $5 plus park admission. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. April 13. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. 352-793-4781.
Return the preserved workday: Join the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve to clean up invasive alien vegetation. Free. 8am-11.30am April 16. The Friends Trail, 3620 Fletch Haven Drive, Tarpon Springs. 727-453-6800.
Earth Day at the Florida Botanical Gardens: Celebrate Earth Day with virtual and in-person activities including self-guided scavenger hunts, mobile app games, and instructor-led events. Free (registration recommended). 9 a.m. to noon on April 22. Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. 727-582-2117.
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Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival Earth Day Cleanup: Join Keep Pinellas Beautiful, Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival, the City of Clearwater, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, Ocean Allies and Amplify Clearwater for an Earth Day Cleanup at Clearwater Beach. The first 150 volunteers receive an ecological gift. Stick around after the cleanup for live Black Honkeys music starting at 7:30 p.m. Free. 4-7 p.m. April 22. Pier 60, 1 Causeway Blvd., Clearwater. 727-533-0402.
Earth Day Trash Cleanup: Go to Kava Culture and walk to Curtis Hixon Park to clean up the Riverwalk. Free. 5-7 p.m. April 22. 514 N Franklin St., Tampa. 813-999-1179.
Earth Day Planters Festival: Use earth objects to paint a pottery planter. Pikasso staff will plant succulents in your finished planter. $26. 5:30-7:00 p.m. April 22. Practically Pikasso, 1912 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-822-5204.
Earth Day Cookie Gift: Simply Vegan Eats will be handing out free vegan cookies and literature on how going vegan helps our planet’s health. Free. 6-8 p.m. April 22. The approach to St. Pete Pier, 600 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg.
Earth Night Celebration: Join author Randy Wayne White for an evening of storytelling about the wonders of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Enjoy craft cocktails, rum tasting, cuisine at Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille, and waterside meet and greet. $75. 6-8 p.m. April 22. Tampa Bay Watch Discovery Center, 700 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg. 727-867-8166.
Earth Day Celebration: The third annual celebration features speakers and presentations from leading experts in environmental, gardening and mindful living services and products. In addition, there will be organic gardening presentations, environmental health information, plant sale, plant-based food information, drum circle, mind-body class, dance performance belly and music. Free. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23. WellCome OM Integral Healing and Education Center, 4242 Lake in the Woods Drive, Spring Hill. 352-600-4242.
Tribute to Earth Day: Join the Publix team for a Riverwalk cleanup. Everything you need will be provided. Free. 9 a.m.-noon April 23. Publix Greenwise Market Water Street, 555 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-221-4121.
Make an impact on Earth Day: Shred your old paper documents on Earth Day and $1 for every shredded book will be donated to Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful and the Boys and Girls Club of Tampa Bay. The event also includes live music, food trucks and a floral design truck. Free. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 23 April. Darwin Wealth Management, 4601 W North A St., Tampa. 813-579-4074.
Earth Day: Rainwater Harvesting: This workshop explains the purpose, benefits and function of rain barrels for rainwater harvesting. Learn how to install and use a rain barrel. $50. 10-11 a.m. April 23. Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. 727-861-3038.
Earth Day Mangrove Cleanup: Use a stand-up paddleboard or kayak and join Urban Kai to clean up the mangrove areas around Gandy Beach. A limited number of boards and kayaks will be available for rental. Free. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. April 23. Urban Kai, 13090 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg. 813-598-1634.
Earth Day at the Moccasin Lake Natural Park: Earth-centered presentations, children’s arts and crafts, music, vendors and food. Free. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 23. Moccasin Lake Nature Park, 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater. 727-793-2976.
EcoFest: This Earth Day celebration features live music, workshops, demonstrations, information booths, green products and services, local artists, green businesses, environmental organizations, alternative health practitioners, renewable energy specialists and organic farmers. Free. 10 a.m. April 23. Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. 813-948-4190.
Cherish Island Day: The Community Appreciation Day and Earth Day Celebration includes DJ dances, games, demonstrations and Earth Day activities. Free. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 23. Treasure Island Community Park, 154 106th Ave., Treasure Island. 727-547-4575.
Earth Day: Compost is coming: This composting workshop explains the benefits and do’s and don’ts of composting at home. Paying registrants leave with a compost bin. $35 (composting fee). Noon-1 p.m. April 23. Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive, Shady Hills. 727-861-3038.
Earth Day New Port Richey: Join library staff and Dell deChant Environmental Committee Chair to discuss New Port Richey’s initiatives to create a better world. Free. Noon April 23. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St. 727-853-1279.
Earth Day Concert: Tribal Burn joins Hip Expressions Belly Dance and special guest Amy Sigil for a concert saluting our planet. 8:00 p.m. April 23. Sacred Lands, 1700 Park St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-347-0354.
Earth Day pop-up market: The second annual market features Earth-friendly food, art, vendors and a raffle. Free. 4-9pm April 30. Muddy Water Kava and Tea, 6111 10th St. N, St. Petersburg. 727-520-0720.