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May 28, 2023

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Nashville Earth Day Returns to Centennial Park

The free event in the Centennial Park Bandshell features exhibits, live music, Kidsville activities, demonstrations and more.

Attention, Earth lovers! The nonprofit Centennial Park Conservancy is hosting the 2023 Nashville Earth Day, the city’s only official annual event to celebrate Earth Day at the Centennial Park Bandshell on Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This free family-friendly event brings the Nashville community together to celebrate our planet, inspire positive environmental change and support sustainable small businesses and nonprofits. Nashville Earth Day will feature engaging and educational activities from more than 75 exhibitors and vendors, including local growers and makers, nonprofits, sustainable small businesses and state/metro government agencies. The event will also include free live music, engaging Kidsville activities for all ages and local food vendors.

New this year! EarthTalks Tent

EarthTalks Tent will feature a diverse lineup of experts providing information about interacting with nature and accessible, actionable sustainable living tips for attendees to apply in their own living spaces, whether it’s a house with a yard or an apartment. Topics will include natural burial, sustainable cooking, gardening, recycling, herbalism and more.

“Centennial Park Conservancy is honored to host Nashville Earth Day at the park once again,” says Justin Branam, Vice President of Programming for Centennial Park Conservancy. “This year’s event promises to be the best yet. 

Nashville Earth Day Highlights

  • Live Music by local artists, including Lera Lynn, Kyshona, Phillip-Michael Scales, Gustavo Moradel, Ellisa Sun and Stacey Kelleher.

  • Kidsville activities include a Nashville Earth Day passport sketchbook for kids to get stamped at select booths, as well as a nature sculpture area to spark imagination and creativity. Plus, kids are invited to take a Storybook Walk on the Centennial Park Walking Trail around Lake Watauga and explore the pages of the book Rabbits and Raindrops, written and illustrated by Jim Arnosky.

  • The EV Car Show will provide Nashvillians with a hands-on experience to learn about a variety of Electric Vehicles on the market and speak with EV owners. 

  • The Kidsville Earth Day Parade will take place from 3:30 to 3:55 p.m. Led by Metro’s Sustainability Mascot, Socket, the parade will allow kids to use recycled supplies (available all day at the Kidsville area) to create props or costume pieces.

  • Nashville Tree Foundation will be onsite distributing 500 trees to event attendees on a first come first serve basis.

  • Small World Yoga will offer a complimentary 45-minute class from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in front of the event stage. 

  • Turnip Green Creative Reuse will host the Reuse Village and provide free crafts and Creativity Kits for festival-goers, with all craft materials diverted from the landfill. Patrons can participate in hands-on projects, or take them on the go! 

  • Growers & Makers Market will provide opportunities to shop local for recycled, reused, up-cycled and natural products from sustainable small businesses.

  • Nonprofits and Government Agencies will provide education and inspiration for sustainable living and positive environmental change.

  • Food by a variety of local food trucks and vendors, including Bongo Java, Bondi Bowls, Paninis and More, Moosic City Ice Cream and Retro Sno.

  • Craft Beer will be available for patrons 21 and older.

Nashville Earth Day Parking

Attendees are encouraged to walk or bike to the event and take advantage of free bike valet parking provided by Walk/Bike Nashville. Attendees can also take the bus to Centennial Park via Metro Transit Authority from West End, Charlotte or University Connector. Free limited parking is available in and around Centennial Park. 

Find out more at www.nashvilleearthday.org

About the Author

Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.