Earth Day – a day meant to raise awareness of the importance of environmental protection – technically falls on April 22 this year and every year; but the City of Greensboro is celebrating it a little early in 2024 – on Saturday, April 20 – by holding a large festival for anyone who wants to come out.

Back in 1970, before the question of a need to save the earth became a bitter political fight, Earth Day got its start – and now it’s celebrated in nearly 200 countries worldwide.

In 2024, the City of Greensboro Office of Sustainability and Resilience along with various community partners will celebrate Earth Day with a festival at Keeley Park from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on April 20.

Visitor parking will be available at the sprayground parking lot at 4110 Keeley Road. A shuttle will take visitors to the festival grounds.

This free event for all ages will have a lot going on: environmental workshops, activities provided by more than 40 community organizations, presentations of the 2024 Live Green Awards, a plant giveaway, and some tasty food from several food trucks – Khrissy’s Kitchen, Hot Diggity Dog, Taco Bros, and The Southern Noodle.

Here’s a list of workshops that will be held at the picnic shelter next to the community garden. (The Live Green Award Ceremony will take place on the main stage, near the community booths.)

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. – Short-toothed mountain mint plant giveaway. You must register in advance and there’s a limit of one plant per household.

1:10 p.m.–  Dos and Don’ts of Recycling Right lesson

1:30 p.m. –  The Quick and Dirty on Composting: A Beginner’s Guide

2 p.m. –  Tree Planting Demo

2:15 p.m. – Live Green Awards Ceremony

2:30 p.m. –  Sustainable Periods: Q&A and Menstrual Product Giveaway

3 p.m. –  Stormwater 101

3:30 p.m. – Water Conservation Tips and Tricks

Greensboro’s Earth Day this year is being sponsored by Duke Energy, Kontoor, Lena,, SELS Solar, and the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society.

You can find the full list of participating community organizations at