KEEP AUSTIN CLEAN
9 ways to appreciate nature and give back to the city on Earth Day in Austin
Austinites are blessed with a gorgeous Texas spring that really brings out the beauty of nature in the city. Hiking the greenbelt, paddleboarding on the lake, even doing yoga at Zilker Park are all great ways to connect with Mother Nature. Getting to know some fellow Austinites in the process doesn’t hurt, either.
If you’re looking to get active within your local community during this upcoming Earth Day weekend, here are some events happening around town that are perfect for our spring weather.
All month long
Next Level Burger’s milkshake partnership with The Ocean Blue Project
What’s Earth Day without a vegan treat? For every organic ocean blue banana shake sold during April, Next Level Burger will donate $1 to The Ocean Blue Project, which removes plastic from the ocean. The hand-spun organic ocean blue banana shake is made with soy or coconut soft-serve ice cream, bananas, blue spirulina, and topped with vegan whipped cream and vegan gummy fish candy.
Friday, April 21
Rowing Dock’s Earth Day Lake and Land Clean Up
Austin’s women-owned paddlecraft rental company Rowing Dock is hosting the city’s largest clean-up initiative on Friday, April 21. Now in its second year, the annual clean-up event removes thousands of pounds of trash from Lady Bird Lake and nearby trails. Volunteers can participate in any two-hour time slot at 9:30 am, 12 pm, and 2:30 pm and work to win prizes for the most trash collected and the weirdest Austin item found during the day. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt, refreshments, and food from several Austin vendors. This event is free to the public, and volunteers can register online at rowingdock.com.
Saturday, April 22
Luxe Refill’s Earth Day Celebration
The city’s first zero-waste refill store is highlighting the importance of eliminating single-use plastics with their own celebration from 11 to 6 pm. Festivities include live music, local vendors, free drinks, giveaways, and doorbuster prizes for the first 10 shoppers in line. If you bring your own reusable container, you’ll receive a discount. This event is free to the public. RSVP on Eventbrite.
The Trail Conservancy’s first-ever Earth Day Jubilee
The Earth Day Jubilee is a community event celebrating the ecological impact of Butler Trail that will take place at International Shores from 10 am to 2 pm. Live music will be performed by SaulPaul, Mr. Will, and Jeska Forsyth. Families can participate in creative eco-workshops and interactive activities led by The Trail Conservancy, Austin Parks and Recreation Department, the Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin Bat Refuge, and more. While you’re there, you can also meet and snap photos with baby goats. Food trucks will be provided on-site. This event is free to the public.
Lakeway’s Earth Day Volunteer Clean Up Event
Residents wanting to celebrate Earth Day “The Lake Way” can volunteer to participate in the city’s trash pick-up event along local roadways and parks from 11 am to 1 pm. All necessary tools and safety vests will be provided, as well as a map. Lunch, snacks, and Earth Day surprises will be available. Volunteers can register at lakeway-tx.gov.
St. Elmo Brewing Company’s Earth Day Planting Party
One of Austin’s favorite brewing companies is hosting their inaugural Earth Day planting party on-site from 11 am to 2 pm. The Central Texas Mycological Society will host Mushroom Bingo from 1-2 pm, and guests can also participate in a trash pick-up “hike” around the beer garden. Complimentary beers and hop water will be available for all participants, as well as tools and supplies to get starting on your gardening adventure. This event is free to the public. Registration is available on Eventbrite.
Brave Ceramics’ Pints and Pottery at St. Elmo
While you’re enjoying your hop water or fave St. Elmo’s brew during their planting party, you can take a break to paint some pottery with Brave Ceramics from 12 pm to 1:30 pm. Participants can choose from a four inch ($25) or six inch ($30) Brave-made planter to decorate and take home with them, no extra kiln firing required. Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased on braveceramics.com.
Snooze A.M.’s Earth Day Tree Planting Celebration
Snooze has been planting trees for every employee on Earth Day since 2017, but this year they’re taking a new approach. They’ve partnered with their Guatemalan coffee supplier La Bolsa Coffee Farm to plant over 3,000 trees. Additionally, Snooze will plant a tree on behalf of every MySnooze Bennyfits member that dines at Snooze on Earth Day.
Sunday, April 23
Puerto Rican Cultural Center’s 6th Earth Day Celebration
Families and friends are invited to dance and sing songs in Taíno dedicated to Atabey (also known as Mother Earth, or the goddess of freshwater) under the pecan trees at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center from 2-5 pm. There will be special performances and interactive activities by Skye Howell, Marcia Beckford, the Central Texas Master Naturalist, and more. This event is free to the public. More information can be found on prfdance.org.