All the free, eco-friendly fun you can have at Nashville Earth Day

The annual Earth Day event is hosted at Centennial Park’s Bandshell.

Participants at last year's event sprawl out across the grass on blankets and in chairs.

Find a spot on the lawn to listen to live music. | Photo via Centennial Park Conservancy

Photo provided by Nashville Earth Day

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Earth Day is Monday, April 22, but Music City is getting an early start. The Nashville Earth Day festival returns to Centennial Park on Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It’s family-friendly

The event also includes live music at the Bandshell, local eats, and Kidsville programs for all ages. Here are a few activities to make note of:

  • 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.
  • Go on an electric car ride-along (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) at the EV Car Show.
  • Kidsville: Expect activities like a nature sculpture area, passport sketchbook, and storybook walk — plus, the Kidsville Earth Day Parade at 3:45 p.m.
  • Other activations include puppet shows (12:15 + 3 p.m.), a Reuse Village to make crafts out of recycled materials, and an Earth Day Pub for festival-goers age 21 and older.

Bonus: Nashville Tree Foundation will distribute 850 free trees while supplies last.

Drone photo of Nashville residents gathering around tents

Thousands of Nashville residents gather at Centennial Park for Earth Day each year. | Photo by Von Reisch Photography via Centennial Park Conservatory

It’s educational

Home composting, sustainable cooking, gardening, and recycling are just a few topics you can learn about at the EarthTalks Tent, which will feature a lineup of local experts every ~30 minutes. The educational opportunities don’t stop there — visit with 75+ vendors and exhibitors, including nonprofits, sustainable businesses, and government agencies.

Getting there

Consider riding your bike for an eco-friendly travel choice and take advantage of Walk Bike Nashville’s free bike valet parking. For those opting for public transit, utilize WeGo’s trip planner to find the best route. Onsite parking is free, but may be limited.

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