Sacramento Earth Day still on hiatus

April 14, 2021

Due to the pandemic, Sacramento Earth Day is on hiatus. The City of Sacramento, on March 13, 2020, cancelled all public events hosted on City property until further notice. At this time, it does not appear that the City will lift this ban any time soon. As a result, the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) has been forced to cancel our 2020 and 2021 Sacramento Earth Day celebrations.

We hope to be able to gather with you all again in 2022.

About Sacramento Earth Day (in pre-pandemic years)

Sacramento Earth Day is all about building community and finding ways to help residents of the Greater Sacramento Region reduce our ecological footprint.
Attend the festival for the opportunity to learn about a vast array of methods to live more sustainably. Around 150 organizations and businesses will be exhibiting a multitude of practical information, goods and services that cultivate a healthier, greener way of living.
You’ll also find a variety of fun activities to enjoy for the whole family, including interactive educational games and a kids’ area.
There will be live music all day, and a wide range of plant-based (vegan) cuisine options. Don’t miss the extensive display of electric vehicles, and the opportunity to test drive some! Plus local art, environmentally-protective products and even valet parking for your bicycle!
This is the largest Earth Day celebration in the Sacramento region, and admission is free! 

Free admission, plant-based cuisine, live music all day, family-friendly, picnic-perfect, children’s activities, educational games, local nonprofits, local artists, rescued bats, face-painting, locally made goods, an extensive display of electric vehicles, free electric vehicle test drives or rides, new energy innovations on display, city and county agencies, community groups, social justice campaigns, free valet parking for your bicycle, after school programs, and lots, lots more!

Building on the Earth Day Legacy

The first Earth Day in 1970 mobilized millions of Americans for the protection of the planet. On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans — 10% of the U.S. population at the time — took to the streets, college campuses and hundreds of cities to protest environmental ignorance and demand a new way forward for our planet. The first Earth Day is credited with launching the modern environmental movement and is now recognized as the planet’s largest civic event.

Earth Day led to passage of landmark environmental laws in the United States, including the Clean Air, Clear Water and Endangered Species Acts. Many countries soon adopted similar laws, and in 2016, the United Nations chose Earth Day as the day to sign the Paris Climate Agreement into force.-

Our Sponsors

We could not host Sacramento Earth Day without them. Please click here to view the generous sponsors of Sacramento Earth Day 2020.


Sacramento Earth Day is organized by the local nonprofit organization, the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS). The mission of ECOS is to achieve regional and community sustainability and a healthy environment for existing and future residents. Sacramento Earth Day is the largest annual fundraiser for ECOS, so consider supporting our work by becoming a sponsor of this landmark event. If you aren’t able to sponsor, help us recruit volunteers.

History of Earth Day

Sacramento Earth Day

Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) has been organizing Sacramento Earth Day since 2006. Beginning in the early 1970s, residents of Sacramento and Davis attended Earth Day events held in Davis, California. Kathy Reis started organizing Earth Day events in Sacramento with volunteers in 1990 and onward. The Sierra Club took over the management of the main Sacramento Earth Day event in 2000. The Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) co-hosted Sacramento Earth Day with the Sierra Club until 2006, when the Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS) became the official organizer.

The Origin of Earth Day

The idea for a national day to focus on the environment came to Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, he realized that if he could infuse that energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution, it would force environmental protection onto the national political agenda. Senator Nelson announced the idea for a “national teach-in on the environment” to the national media; persuaded Pete McCloskey, a conservation-minded Republican Congressman, to serve as his co-chair; and recruited Denis Hayes from Harvard as national coordinator. Hayes built a national staff of 85 to promote events across the land. April 22, falling between Spring Break and Final Exams, was selected as the date. 

– from the Earth Day Network

Sacramento Earth Day logo

The Sacramento Earth Day logo was created in 2008 by Dana Gray (, exclusively for the lasting benefit of Sacramento Earth Day, and it is copyrighted. If you wish to use it for a purpose consistent with the spirit and practice of celebrating Earth Day, or if you just like it, please honor its creator by sending a tax-exempt contribution to Sacramento Earth Day at ECOS, P.O. Box 1526, Sacramento CA 95812.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Please check this page regularly for updates as Sacramento Earth Day draws nearer.

Please note that if you attend this event, your photo may be taken and used by ECOS for promotional purposes.

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