By Fredrica Syren:
Summer is festival season, and traditional festivals are not sustainable — and usually are really bad for the planet. The good news is that there are plenty of green and eco-friendly, even some zero-waste, festivals happening this summer. What could be better than a group of like-minded individuals gathering at a festival celebrating earth with good food, music and other fun activities?! Here is a list of my favorite festivals taking place this summer.
EcoArt Fest—June 2nd, 10am-3pm
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Now in its 11th year, the EcoArts Fest offers Free Admission &Free Parking —A Zero Waste eventset overlooking the beautiful Minnesota River Valley, the EcoArts Fest offers both a reflective and dynamic day filled with interactive art and nature activities for all.
We Love Green Music Festival—June 2-3
A diverse, forward-thinking and sustainable festival in Paris, it boasts some of the freshest names in music. Devoted to sustainability, the festival features endless rows of local and healthy foods at its stands.
Recycled Art Festival—June 23-24
13th Annual Recycled Arts Festival at Esther Short Park — the hippest, most eco-conscious festival.
Long Beach Vegan Festival—July 7th
Long Beach, CA
Enjoy some delicious vegan fare and live music! Add in some fun activities, creative art installations and earth-friendly merchants.
Les Sustainable Living Festival—July 28th
An interactive, family-friendly event that teaches easy ways to take care of our environment. Learn interesting information about sustainable living in a fun, family-friendly way. Bring your old electronics to recycle safely, take a look at the energy efficient Teslas, or craft your own art piece from recyclables, plus many more interactive activities.
Boston Green Fest—Aug 3-5
A multicultural environmental festival filled with activities to entertain people of all ages, colors and walks of life. With three stages for dance andlive music, an innovative fashion showcase, food and beverage vendors, forums, films, fitness classes, art, cars and more, everyone can find something to enjoy.
Woodstock Fruit Festival—Aug 19-26
Camp Walden, NY
A one-week-long nonprofit festival celebrating a fruit-based diet, it has been held every August annually since 2011 in upstate New York. The festival features fitness activities, lectures, music, art and fun activities for kids. You will have access to a 24-hour fruit bar as well as gourmet fruit-based dinners.