Earth Day 2013 is officially Monday, April 22, but Austinites can kick off a tribute to Mother Earth with a day-long family-friendly event on Saturday, April 20.
Presented by the City of Austin and HEB, Austin Earth Day 2013 takes place at the Historic Browning Hanger at Mueller (4550 Mueller Center Drive). Beginning at noon and running until 7 p.m., Austin Earth Day presents a full afternoon of events for kids and adults, mixing quintessential live music and food with workshops, presentations and exhibitors who will offer ideas on how to support, and sustain, our environment.
In the Kid's Zone, younger celebrants can explore Fry's Fun Farm (petting zoo), take pony rides, watch Marcus Eddie's magic show (before heading to Peter the Adequate Environmental Magician's set), and listen "eco music" by Purly Gates. While the kids play, parents and others can take in featured speakers such as Mayor Lee Leffingwell, Christy Pipkin (founder of The Nobelity Project), and author of American Wasteland, Jonathan Bloom.
Live music will be heard throughout the day, featuring a mix of singer-songwriters and large bands, including Mingo Fishtrap and 11-piece salsa band La Mona Loca. Austin Earth Day also offers a chance for you to take care of those environmental tasks that sometimes become quite the feat: you can recycle old electronics at on-site collection stations, learn zero waste basics and take a quick course through the basics of composting.
Admission is free, and as the event is a celebration of our environment, alternate transportation is highly encouraged. Capital Metro will be providing accelerated bus service from the free parking areas to the event. Biking is also an encouraged mode of transportation (Bike Austin has the details to make it an easy trek).
The city's Earth Day celebration doesn't end on Saturday. Here are some other Earth Day events happening around the Capital City: