Sacramento Earth Day

Sacramento Earth Day is hosted by ECOS. This year’s theme is GROW NATIVE.

This theme is about expanding the use of native plants in our region, in city streetscapes and home landscapes – how they withstand drought and heat conditions; use little water; provide a beneficial habitat to insects, pollinators, birds, and animals; create sustainable, cool, and shady streetscapes, as well as beautiful home landscapes.

Experts on native plant gardening and water usage will be available to advise. We will be able to see and touch examples of local native plant communities and learn about growing conditions. Nurseries with plants for sale will be on site. Bring your gardening questions!

Thank you to our sponsors!

Sunday, April 23, 2023, at Southside Park, Sacramento, 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

The ECOS-hosted Sacramento Earth Day is the largest Earth Day celebration in the Sacramento region. It’s free, and it provides thousands of attendees with information on sustainability. This year’s theme is GROW NATIVE.

  • On the central green in Southside Park, experts will advise on native plants, water conservation, and streetscape/landscape techniques. Nurseries will have native plants for sale.
  • In addition, more than 100 exhibitors will provide information on climate change, air quality, transportation and land use planning, green building, environmental justice, renewable energy, water policy, and habitat conservation. Others will showcase voting, human rights, health and human services, religion, and arts and crafts.
  • Exhibitors will include non-profits, governmental jurisdictions, agencies, and elected officials, crafts persons, for-profit companies that value sustainability, healthy food vendors, electric vehicles, and the Sacramento Public Library for children’s books — and they will be prepared to discuss career and employment opportunities in their fields.
  • Sacramento Regional Transit has been invited to provide free rides to/from the park and Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates will offer bike valet services.
  • The Sacramento Electric Vehicle Association will display 20 EVs, e-motorcycles, and electric pickup trucks; will discuss how to use an EV to backup your home power.

ECOS has hosted Sacramento Earth Day since 2006. From its inception in 1970, Earth Day was meant to move public opinion toward more environmental protection, to mobilize against environmental assaults to air, water, and land, and to grow voters. Progress has been made over the fifty years however the challenge of climate change today is real and huge. Let’s use Sacramento Earth Day as an opportunity to network, to learn how to influence elected officials and companies, and press for stronger environmental legislation. Let’s also enjoy Sacramento Earth Day. It’s good for the family, people of all ages. It’s a party.

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.” —

In the Sacramento area, beginning in the early 1970s, residents attended Earth Day events in Davis, CA. In the 1990s, Kathy Reis organized Earth Day events in Sacramento. The Sierra Club took over the management of Sacramento Earth Day in 2000, and ECOS and Sierra Club co-hosted the event for six years. In 2006, ECOS became the official host of Sacramento Earth Day.

Sacramento Earth Day logo

The Sacramento Earth Day logo was created for ECOS in 2008 by Dana Gray, for our use on Sacramento Earth Day. It is copyrighted. If you wish to use it for a purpose consistent with the spirit of Earth Day, or if you just like it, please honor Dana Gray by donating to ECOS here.

Plant-based (Vegan) Cuisine

Here are some of the food options we had in 2022. Stay tuned to find out what we have in store for 2023!

Selected plates by Crazy Rabbit Kitchen
Craft Dairy-Free Gelato by Conscious Creamery
Hand-crafted Kombucha from KC Kombucha
Specialty Vegan Pizzas by Buffalo Pizza

… and more!

Live Musical Performances

11:00am Fenix Drum and Dance Company
Afro Cuban drum and dance company
Fenix is a company specializing in dance and drumming from West Africa, the Congo, and the Caribbean. Their high energy, multi generational, multi ethnic group highlights the richness and complexity of the African diaspora.

12:00pm SteadyDrop
SteadyDrop has been captivating audiences with their soulful melodies, tight rhythms, and infectious energy. With a sound that’s both familiar and fresh, SteadyDrop is quickly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting new acts in the world of reggae music. Keep an eye out for their upcoming releases and catch them live!

1pm Dean Haakenson of Be Brave Bold Robot
“Nearly impossible to pigeonhole, Be Brave Bold Robot has been described as “riding the edge between dynamic complexity and straightforward rock … something akin to the Counting Crows covering Frank Zappa, or Calexico performing the collected works of Les Claypool.” Front man Dean Haakenson’s lyrics can be quirky and unpredictable or “so crystal clear and beautiful, its as if someone put Kurt Vonnegut stories to music.” Every time we’ve heard BBBR in concert, we’ve been both interested and intrigued. As SNR reviewer Christian Kiefer put it, “This is good music, and you should hear it.”

2:00pm The James Israel Band
This is rock band for singer/songwriter James Israel. They have a sound reminiscent of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and at times, the Grateful Dead.

3:00pm Kindred Spirits
A classic rock style band with original songs and a warm sound.

Share the GROW NATIVE flyer

Help spread the word! We want to invite the whole community to Sacramento Earth Day, so please share this flyer with your friends, family and colleagues! Feel free to print some and hang them on community boards in your library, community center, campus or cafe! Click on the flyer to view a PDF for printing. Please print with the environment in mind.

Use our hashtag! #SacEarthDay

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

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

Southside Plan