St. Louis Earth Day Festival returns to Forest Park this weekend

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The annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival is returning this year on April 23 and 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free event will take place on the Muny grounds in Forest Park, organized by local nonprofit earthday365.

The festival focuses on engaging the community in sustainable action. “For those of us in the sustainability movement, this is our time to reach out to new audiences and to connect with one another, which is doubly important given the urgent challenges we face,” earthday365 executive director Dr. Jess Watson said in a release. The theme of this year’s festival is, “We are Interconnected.” Earthday365 will also introduce Sustainability Awards to recognize leaders in environmental justice, climate change and food waste.

The majority of food vendors and trucks are Green Dining Alliance certified, and there are many vegan and vegetarian options. Utensils and containers will be compostable, and there will be no plastic water bottles for sales, so be sure to bring a reusable one. Food vendors include Mission Taco Joint, Bailey’s Range, Salt + Smoke, Juicemasters, The Dam and more.

The beer garden will feature Schlafly Beer, Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., 4 Hands Brewing Co. and Perennial Artisan Ales, and all Earthday365 members will receive a free beer.

There will also be an Earth Day Challenge and if attendees complete two of the four activities (using alternative transportation to get to the festival, bringing their own refillable water bottle or reusable bag, eating a vegetarian or vegan meal, and/or practicing home composting) they can claim a free raffle ticket. There's also live music, yoga, rock climbing and more.

Sauce Magazine is a sponsor of St. Louis Earth Day.