On April 22, more than 190 countries will mark the 48th annual observance of Earth Day, and Atlanta will be one of the cities hosting events to celebrate the occasion. The events are designed to bring awareness to sustainable and green efforts as well as encourage residents to get involved as the global debate over climate change rages on. For our 11th annual Green Issue, we’ve rounded up a list of the upcoming events happening all month long that you don’t want to miss.

EarthShare of Georgia
The nonprofit that helps raises funds for state environmental organizations is hosting two big events for Earth Day 2018 and to mark its own 25th anniversary. For more information, visit earthsharega.org.

  • Earth Day Leadership Breakfast: This year’s breakfast will be held April 12 from 8 to 11 a.m. at The Fairmont. Business and environmental communities will spend the morning networking, learning, and exploring sustainability topics related to air quality. Now in its 15th year, the breakfast will feature keynote speaker Lewis Perkins, president of Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, a nonprofit that guides manufacturers to make better products for people and planet.
  • Earth Day Party: The party will be held April 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Gathering Spot. The event will bring together a diverse group of grassroots environmentalists, devoted philanthropists, and business professionals whose collective goal is to integrate sustainable practices and policies. There will also be demonstrations, live and silent auctions, a photo booth, music food and drinks.
Trees Atlanta’s Tour de Trees

Trees Atlanta Tour de Trees
Join Trees Atlanta for a leisurely bicycle tour of Candler Park, Olmsted Linear Park, and the Lullwater Conservation Garden on Saturday, April 21, at 9:30 a.m. starting at the Candler Park Pool. The tree canopy of these parks and the surrounding neighborhoods of Druid Hills, Candler Park, and Lake Claire includes a number of specimen flowering trees, grand oaks and hickories, as well as some of Atlanta’s biggest Champion Trees. This morning tour is perfect for anyone comfortable on a bike and helmets are required. The medium to easy ride will consist of many stops along a 3-mile route to talk about trees. For more information, visit TreesAtlanta.org.

Sweep the Hooch

Sweep the Hooch
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper will conduct its 8th annual Sweep the Hooch on April 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year’s cleanup will include 40 sites with more than 500 volunteers expected. Since 2011, the event has removed 57 tons of river refuse. To register, visit Chattahoochee.org.

Georgia Tech’s Earth Day Celebration
The 21st annual event is set for April 20, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tech Walk. The event is free, open to the public and features more than 70 exhibitors. There will also be eco-friendly giveaways, recycling opportunities, a clothing swap, an office supply exchange, live music, and more. For more information visit earthday.gatech.edu.

Eco-Tinker at Chattahoochee Nature Center
Five stations will be set up for kids to explore and experiment with nature-inspired tech, including a water wall, aqua mandalas, water tension, capillary action and Cleaning the Chattahoochee. The event is running daily through May 31. For more information visit chattnaturecenter.org.

The Nature Conservancy’s Celebration for Conservation
The Nature Conservancy in Georgia will host the 24th annual “Moonlight Through the Pines” event on May 4 at Piedmont Park. This year’s event will feature live music, gourmet cuisine, the opportunity to learn more about conservation work from Conservancy scientists, and an exclusive opportunity to meet and engage with environmental leaders in the community. For more details visit nature.org.

Earth Day at Ponce City Market
The entire family can celebrate Earth Day at Skyline Park on The Roof at Ponce City Market on April 21 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with face painting, a giant balloon artist, a stilt creature named “Earthy,” a bubble bar blowout and classic boardwalk games. In addition to fun and games, kids can get crafty with a special color-your-own flowerpot station. Daytime admission will be $10 for adults and children, excluding games and food. Children under three are free. From 7 to 11 p.m., Skyline Park will be for age 21 and over with eco-friendly entertainment including LED hula hoopers, flower crowns and a variety of photo opportunities including living plants. When the sun goes down, the dance floor will come alive with tunes from DJ Fade and themed drinks like a basil daiquiri. Event admission will be $15 per person and will include unlimited Skyline Slide and Heege Tower rides. For more information, visit poncecityroof.com.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.