Earth Day is almost here! The official day is Thursday, April 22, 2021. Looking for ways to celebrate? You may have to look a little harder than usual because, you know… pandemic. We’ve put together a round-up of virtual and in-person Earth Day celebrations for 2021 to help kick-start your Earth Day 2021 plans. Plus, keep an eye on our social media pages and this blog for even more ways to observe Earth Day in the coming days – and every day!

EarthX: Earth Day Reimagined

EarthX, based in Dallas, went all-virtual last year with films, speakers, and online round table discussions. While we all miss the annual Fair Park event (Tiny house neighborhood! Electric bike riding! Virtual reality demos! Food trucks! So much hemp!), it looks like we’ll have to wait another year. This year, EarthX offers celebrants a hybrid of virtual and in-person events around town. Here are a few highlights:

Earth Day 2021 EventEarthxFilm – Earthx Film is a 10-day film festival that includes virtual screenings on EarthxFilm.org PLUS drive-ins at The Cedars and outdoor screenings at Dallas Victory Park! Spots are limited so register for your free tickets in advance at EarthxFilm.org. Festival highlights include the world premiere of Clark Johnson’s Percy vs Goliath, a true-life story that tells of a farmer taking on a multi-national corporation over the impact of GMOs on his livelihood. Additional film highlights will include an evening of Texas-focused films featuring EarthxFilm alum Ben Masters’ American Ocelot and Nicol Ragland’s Trans Pecos.

More about the film festival from Earthxfilm.org:

This year the EarthxFilm Festival continues its mission to showcase Films and Emerging Media that Explore Science, Conservation, Climate Change, and the Environment while honoring the heroes working to protect our planet. EarthxFilm aims to turn awareness into action through education, art, and media.

Earth Day Celebration – Head to Klyde Warren Park for a special Earth Day celebration on April 22 from 6pm to 10pm. Enjoy live music by RC & The Gritz and an outdoor screening of Percy vs Goliath, starring  Christopher Walken, Zach Braff and Christina Ricci. Plus, you can explore EarthXR’s virtual and augmented reality experiences, arts and crafts, and in-person panel discussions with filmmakers from this year’s EarthX film festival!

EarthX Online Screenings & Resources – Short films, talks, documentaries and resources abound at earthx.org. EarthxTV hosts an extensive lineup of original shows during Earth Week 2021, April 19-25. Don’t miss: Earth Day Xpeditions, “Environmental Lessons to Celebrate Earth Day.” This collection of lessons and videos from EarthX’s partner organizations are organized by grade level, and include a video, student activity and discussion guide, vocabulary list, overview of the lesson, and even the education standards met by the lesson. Though geared specifically for educators, anyone can register and view the videos and resources. After all, “anyone who keeps learning stays young!” (attributed to Henry Ford)

More DFW-Area Earth Day Events

Earth Day Clean-up Hike – Group hike clean-up at Rowlett Creek Preserve in Garland, hosted by ExploreMoreDFW (April 22, 3pm)

Town of Flower Mound Earth Day Tree Giveaway – In honor of Earth Day 2021 Environmental Services will host a tree giveaway on April 24 at Gerault Park. Pre-registration is required. (April 24, 10am-12pm)

Earth Day Green Thumb Event – This adults-only Earth Day Event is part of IKEA Frisco’s Spring Craft series. For Green Thumb Thursday: Planting Your Seeds, you will receive a pot, soil, and seeds to create your own oasis to take home. (April 22, 5-7pm)

Earth Day Virtual Events

DFW Airport Earth Day 2021: Planes, Rain and Atmosphere – This year’s virtual Earth Day celebration from DFW Airport is all about Planes, Rain, and the Atmosphere. Their extensive online platform features videos, science experiments, art activities, and Q&A sessions with Airport professionals, scientists, and engineers. Online and interactive content includes climate, aviation, water treatment, sustainability, wildlife, and other amazing STEAM topics.

Earth Day Virtual Challenge (24,901 Miles) – The Earth Day Virtual Challenge is a worldwide run, walk, steps challenge that participants band together with a single goal in mind: complete the distance around the equator 24,901 miles within the month of April, rain or shine.

Earth Day 2021 Virtual Stage+Festival – Earth Day Initiative’s virtual 2021 event offers a full line-up of speakers and exhibitors plus a virtual march and rally. The Earth Day 2021 Virtual Stage takes place on April 18, 12-8pm ET, with speakers and presentations exploring issues like green living, sustainable business, and community-building. The Earth Day 2021 Virtual Festival – with a nostalgic nod to 1990s video games – takes place on April 19 from 12 to 7pm ET. attendees can explore via their own avatar and talk with exhibitors and other attendees via live video chat windows that automatically pop up when avatars approach each other.  The virtual festival provides an opportunity for environmental organizations and attendees to come together for Earth Day 2021 even when we can’t be together in person, continue the climate conversation in this pivotal year, and identify ways to make a positive impact.

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