Earth Day Family-Friendly Events in the DMV 2024
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Earth Day Family-Friendly Events in the DMV 2024

Virginia

  • Earth Day Fairfax  Saturday, April 20th, 10 a.m.4 p.m. The Fairfax County Park Foundation has another fun day packed with entertainment, activities, food vendors, Touch-A-Truck, prizes and more! Learn more about how everyone can support the event theme of “Healthy People – Healthy Planet” and all that Fairfax County is doing to support environmental sustainability.
  • Gardenfest 2024 Sunday, April 21st, 124 p.m. GardenFest is a fun, free, educational afternoon of garden-centric demonstrations, informational booths and interactive activities. Families can come out and learn about all sorts of gardening topics, such as the Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia plant clinic, at-home composting, growing native plants and beekeeping. There will also be giveaways for hundreds of native tree seedlings and seed packets to anyone who wants them!
  • Lake Accotink Park – Fairfax County Watershed Cleanup Sunday, April 28th, 9 a.m.12 p.m.  The Nature Conservancy is partnering with the Fairfax County Park Authority for a watershed cleanup. This spring cleaning event will remove tires, plastic bottles, cans and other debris from local waterways, preventing trash from reaching the nation’s largest estuary, the Chesapeake Bay.
  • We Are Eco-City Alexandria! Saturday April 13th, 8:309:30 a.m. Join Mayor Wilson, City Council and ACPS students to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day in April! There will be tree planting, a reading of the Earth Day proclamation and recognition of young residents’ art projects displayed in Vola Lawson Lobby at City Hall. 
  • Windmill Hill Park Stream Cleanup Saturday April 6th, 911 a.m. In celebration of Earth Day and participation with the Alice Ferguson Foundation’s Potomac River Cleanup, Alexandria’s Stormwater Management Division will be hosting a cleanup along the Windmill Hill Park living shoreline.

D.C. 

  • Earth, Art, and Eats: An Earth Day Festival Saturday, April 20th, 12–4 p.m. Come for a day filled with local art, food and celebration of our planet. Explore various eco-friendly vendors and artists, enjoy a mini farmers market and indulge in delicious locally sourced and vegan eats from pop-up food vendors. 
  • Honor Earth: An Earth Day Celebration Saturday, April 20th, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Join the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum  to honor and celebrate our Earth. Meet community partners, enjoy family friendly maker activities while supplies last and learn more about plant care. 
  • National Portrait Gallery Earth Day Family Festival Saturday, April 20, 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Enjoy musical performances, gallery talks and craft workshops while you learn about the art and science of environmentalism. Attendees of all ages can enjoy nature-themed activities and children 12 and under can have their faces painted. A scavenger hunt in the galleries highlight the natural wonders of Earth and the various ways artists contribute to the care of our planet.
  • Park Care Days: Earth Day Saturday, April 20th, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day by helping clean up Anacostia Community Park and contribute to a greener environment. Plant trees, pick up trash and beautify the park for everyone to enjoy. 

Maryland

  • Long Branch Earth Day Saturday, April 20th, 3–5 p.m.A community Earth Day celebration at Flower Ave. Park, where families can get outside, breathe the fresh spring air and give thanks for their planet and community. Learn about your local ecosystem, native species and our role in keeping the Earth healthy. 
  • Montgomery County GreenFest Saturday, April 27th, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. The largest annual environmental festival in Montgomery County, GreenFest is organized by a coalition of public and nonprofit partners. Leap into action at GreenFest 2024, where people of all ages come together to celebrate, learn and start or continue their journey to improving our community and the environment!
  • Montgomery Parks – Earth Day Special Monday, April 22nd, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day by working on some projects around Black Hill Discovery Center and in Black Hill Regional Park. Participate in a variety of projects that can help youth earn Student Service Learning hours, or come out to help just to support the planet and your local parks.
  • Trash Dash 2024 Sunday, April 14th, 1–3 p.m. A family-friendly competition to see which team of 5-10 eco-warriors can clean up the most trash in an hour. Lunch and safety briefing at 1, competition 1:30–2:30, prizes and wrap up afterwards.

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