Fairs, Festivals, & Fiestas

Berkeley Earth Day

When: Sat., April 24, 12-5 p.m. 2010

Berkeley is always at the vanguard of earth-friendly innovations. People here were among the first to drive bio-diesel cars, resist fast food, compost kitchen scraps, ride bikes to work, and install grey-water systems. Berkeley residents knew about lowering carbon emissions before "carbon" became part of mainstream argot, and they helped popularize the terms "vegan," "green-living," and "locavore." No surprise, then, that Earth Day is always a proud, self-congratulatory occasion in this town. This year's celebration at Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic CenterPark (Martin Luther King, Jr. Way and Allston St.) on Saturday, Apr. 24, features a themed dance by choreographers fromShawl-Anderson Dance Center; music by Reggae Angels and the Venezuelan Music Project; vegetarian food; a climbing wall; Chalk4Peace; community booths; demos on topics from solar power to electric cars; and the perennially popular Berkeley Farmers' Market. Noon-5 p.m., free. BayAreaEarthDay.org

Rachel Swan

Price: free

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