Nashville, TENN. Tuesday, March 5, 2019 – As a sure sign that summer is just around the corner in Music City, the Nashville Earth Day Festival returns to Centennial Park on Saturday, April 20, 2019. This free, annual, family-friendly event, organized by the Nashville Parks Foundation (www.NashvilleParksFoundation.org) and presented by Piedmont Natural Gas, is open to the public from 11am CT to 6pm CT.
Nashville’s Earth Day Festival will feature exhibits and hand-on activities aimed to educate locals about protecting the environment and living green. With over one hundred family-friendly booths, hosted by community groups, environmental organizations and government agencies, Earth Day is a fun festival for all ages.
“The 17th annual Nashville's Earth Day Festival will once again highlight interactive, educational opportunities focused on caring for our planet and our community as well as providing fantastic, local entertainment.” said Brian Taylor, Chair of the Nashville Parks Foundation. “On behalf of the The Nashville Parks Foundation, we are honored to be the lead organizer of this city-wide signature event to embrace, enhance, and preserve our natural resources by supporting Metro Parks and its outstanding recreational programs.”
Festival highlights for 2019 include music from Nashville’s own Sam Bush Band and a kid’s music program hosted by Rock and Roll Playhouse aimed to inspire creativity in children through music and movement. The Global Education Center, an anti-bias, multicultural education center that uses the arts of diverse cultures to highlight the commonalities of all people and to promote cross-cultural understanding and respect, will present a dance performance combining African dance, Latin dance, Polynesian dance, Flamenco, as well as World percussion performances. Throughout the event, guests can enjoy fare from local food trucks, products from the Green Market, as well as locally brewed beer and wine.
Guests of Nashville Earth Day are also encouraged to take advantage of the recycling and disposal drop-off opportunities which are available to drop off household goods including unused or expired pharmaceuticals at the Metro Nashville Police Department exhibit booth, and creative supplies such as paper, art and craft supplies, tools, office supplies, fabric and natural materials at the Turnip Green Creative Reuse.
The event begins with Global Education at 11am CT. Mayor Briley will address the crowd at 4pm CT. And WRLT Lightning 100 will kick off music at 2:30pm CT with Rock and Roll Playhouse and the Sam Bush Band. Earth Day will conclude at 6pm CT.
HOW TO GET TO NASHVILLE EARTH DAY:
Help save the planet and use pedal power to get to Nashville Earth Day! Free bike valet parking will be secured and provided by Walk/Bike Nashville. Or you can take the bus to Centennial Park via the Metro Transit Authority bus routes from West End #3, Charlotte #10 or the University Connector #21.
ABOUT THE GREEN MARKET:
Each year the Nashville Earth Day Festival has a “Green Market,” which features environmentally-friendly items such as locally-made clothing, organic products, locally-made or grown food, daily-use consumables, environmental publications, and other green items. This will be a “producer only” market meaning that the people standing at the booth are actively involved in making or growing the products they are selling. Interested in participating? APPLY HERE
NASHVILLE EARTH DAY 2019 SPONSORS:
Piedmont Natural Gas, Lamar Outdoor Advertising, Metro Parks, Metro Public Works, Metro Beautification and Environment Commission, Waste Management, Kroger, American Water Resources, Lightning 100, Stringfellow, Inc., Republic Services, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, The Compost Company, Goodwill Industries International, Champion Window & Home Exteriors, Coca Cola Consolidated, Budweiser, Patagonia Beer, Yee-Haw Brewing, Green2Go Generator and Walk Bike Nashville
ABOUT NASHVILLE EARTH DAY:
Nashville’s Earth Day Festival is a free, family-friendly event with live entertainment throughout the day celebrated each year in April. Nashville’s Earth Day Festival features exhibits and hands-on activities aimed at educating Nashvillians about protecting our environment and living green. With over a hundred family-friendly booths, hosted by community groups, environmental organizations and government agencies, Earth Day is a fun festival for all ages. The Nashville Earth Day Festival is pleased to announce that the Nashville Parks Foundation (NPF) is the new lead organizer of the annual city-wide festival. NPF is a nonprofit organization committed to enhancing the community and preserving natural resources by supporting Metro Parks, trails and recreational programs.
ABOUT THE SAM BUSH BAND:
The Sam Bush Band is led by Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush. Alternately known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass, Sam has also been honored by the Americana Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association. Known for his jaw-dropping skills on the mandolin, Bush has helped to expand the horizons of bluegrass music, fusing it with jazz, rock, blues, funk and other styles. He's the co-founder of the genre-bending New Grass Revival and an in-demand musician who has played with everyone from Emmylou Harris and Bela Fleck to Charlie Haden, Lyle Lovett and Garth Brooks. Learn more at SamBush.com.
ABOUT THE ROCK AND ROLL PLAYHOUSE:
The Rock and Roll Playhouse is a weekly family concert series providing kids and parents a place to inspire creativity through music across the country at venues such as Brooklyn Bowl, Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre, Industry City, Thalia Hall, Ardmore Music Hall, The Sinclair, Boulder Theater, Marathon Music Works, Echoplex, The UC Theatre, Mohawk, Grey Eagle, Port City Music Hall, Higher Ground and First Avenue. Performing songs created by the most iconic musicians in rock history, The Rock and Roll Playhouse band offers its core audience of families with children age ten and under games, movement, stories and an opportunity to rock out in an effort to educate children and explore their creativity. As such, The Rock and Roll Playhouse is an early and often first introduction to a child’s lifelong journey with live music and rock and roll. Come play! Learn more at TheRockandRollPlayhouse.com.