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List of Earth Day celebrations in Denver

Here are some family-friendly festivals, fairs, recycling events, workshops and other celebrations on Friday, Saturday and Earth Day itself across the Front Range.
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MILE HIGH ON THE CHEAP — This article was first published by MileHighontheCheap.com.

Time to give Mother Nature her due. Sunday, April 22 is the 47th annual Earth Day. Here are some family-friendly festivals, fairs, recycling events, workshops and other celebrations on Friday, April 20; Saturday, April 21 and Earth Day itself we’ve heard about across the Front Range. If you know of any we’ve missed, send details to info@milehighonthecheap.com. All events are free, unless indicated otherwise.

Friday, April 20

Settler’s Park, Boulder, Meet at 5:30 p.m. The late John Denver wore his earth-loving heart on his sleeve, so it is fitting to usher in the Earth Day Weekend with a free John Denver Singalong. All ages are invited to join local guitarist/vocalist Gregg Green to make music among the red rocks on the west edge of Boulder. We love an environmental music program led by a guy named Green. From Settler’s Park, it’s a short, easy hike to sing among the red rocks. Settler’s Park is located where the west end of Boulder where Pearl St. meets Canyon Blvd.

Saturday, April 21

9NEWS Earth Day E-Cycling Event, 7 a.m. to noon. 9NEWS partners with Techno+Rescue to host a huge e-cycling event at the Arapahoe Park Horse Track. Most all electronics including computers, laptops and all the accessories are accepted and recycled for free. The only charge is for old TVs and monitors. Check here for a list of what is and isn’t accepted. 26000 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora.

Alfalfa’s, Boulder, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featured free activities include goat yoga (what a hoot!), live music, product samples, chair massage, photo booth and an array of activities. Meet local vendors too. 1651 Broadway, Boulder.

Barr Lake State Park, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bird Conservancy of the Rockies‘ 30th anniversary activities including the Barr Lake Kite Festival and lunch. This is an extremely popular annual event.

  • 8 a.m. — Bird walks, bird banding and coffee.
  • 9:30 a.m. — Live bird presentation by Nature’s Educators.
  • 10 a.m. — Kite Festival (sponsored by Friends of Barr Lake State Park) with Bird Conservancy educational booths and activities.
  • 11:30 a.m. — Bird Conservancy 30th anniversary presentation with speakers.
  • Noon — lunch.
  • 12:30 p.m. — Cake.

Admission is $5 per vehicle and includes park entry fees, lunch, and kits for the festival. You can buy tickets here online. Barr Lake State Park Nature Center, 13401 Picadilly Rd., Brighton.

Butterfly Pavilion $5 Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Experience the Butterfly Pavilion and all its small wonders for only $5. Journey through the Crawl-a-See-Em, hold Rosie (our favorite tarantula), touch a starfish and make your way through a tropical rainforest populated with 1,600 fluttering butterflies. In fact, there are more than 5,000 animals in all. 6252 W. 104th Ave., Westminster.

Centennial Earth Day: The Birds in Our Backyard, 10 a.m. to noon. This year’s event at Centennial Center Park will focus on appreciating the birds of Centennial with a variety of FREE bird-related activities for the entire family. Meet a Bald Eagle, a Barred Owl, a Harris’ Hawk, and a falcon thanks to HawkQuest, make upcycled birdhouses, learn about the birds in Centennial and how to spot them, get your face painted, check out Arapahoe Libraries’ Book Mobile, enjoy music from a DJ and more. 13050 E. Peakview Ave., Centennial.

Colorado Earth Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Held at the State Capitol, Colorado Earth Day feature live music by The Broadcast and Meadow Mountain, yoga, a beer garden, Kids Zone, vendors and local merchandise. 200 E. Colfax Ave., Denver.

IKEA Make Room For Nature Event, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Day-long events includes giveaways, sustainability workshops, cooking demonstrations, arts & crafts for kids and tours. Also food specials and free coffee. First 200 IKEA Family customers into the store each day receive a FREE gift. 9800 E. Ikea Way, Centennial.

Lakewood Earth Day Celebration, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lakewood Heritage Center. Showcases products and resources to help you better the Earth. Fitness activities happen every hour, alongside sustainable gardening demonstrations and an electric vehicle expo. Also a climbing wall, kids crafts, interactive art, food and a beer garden. Music is by Scott Slay. Intuit Band and Matt Rouch & the Noise Upstairs. A FREE bike valet service will be available for those who choose to pedal to the festivities. 801 S. Yarrow St., Lakewood.

Longmont Earth Day Celebration, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sustainable Resilient Longmont stages this event at the Longmont Museum. Includes 20+ education booths, performances and talks by Jeff & Paige, Erica Sodos, Amy Fontenot, Jim Butler and others and an arts & crafts room with earth-themed, recycled art creations. Onsite food trucks include Samples Bistro, Sol Coffee and High Point Creamery. 400 Quail Rd., Longmont.

McGuckin Hardware Earth Day Birthday Party, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. features earth-friendly product demos, information sharing, food and activities. Learn how to make your own handmade paper. There’s also a Tree Giveaway! The first 300 customers in the south parking lot get a FREE native saplingto plant in their yard. First come, first serve, while supplies last. Folsom St. side of The Village shopping center, 2525 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder.

Mountain Area Earth Day Fair in Evergreen, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. features more than 30 federal, state and local agencies at the Evergreen Lake House. You’ll find up-to-date information on critical issues and can learn about resources for Earth-related living. Kids’ activities include hands-on demonstrations. HawkQuest will also be on hand to amaze everyone with its live raptors. 29614 Upper Bear Creek Rd., Evergreen.

National Parks Free Entrance Day, all day. The U.S. Park Service waives entrance fees to all of its 417 parks, monuments and other sites as part of National Park Week. It sounds like a good reason to plan a road trip, whether for a weekend in a nearby state (Utah’s five national parks are fabulous in spring before it gets too hot) or even just for an afternoon to explore the beauty that is Colorado.

Re/Max Momentum Free Community Shred, 9 a.m. to noon. Free document shredding to reduce identity theft. Bring all personal and business documents for safe disposal. Available until the truck is full. 7505 E. 35th Ave. 360, Denver.

Westminster Earth Day Celebration, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Win prizes, see live animals, have lunch, do some yoga, and learn about earth-friendly opportunities in your neighborhood. Ask the experts to learn about tree programs and plant selection. Free compost and mulch is available. Westminster Center Park at 92nd Ave. & Yates St.

Sunday, April 22

Alfalfa’s Louisville, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Featured FREE activities include goat yoga (what a hoot!), live music, product samples, chair massage, photo booth and an array of activities. Meet local vendors too. 785 E. South Boulder Rd., Louisville.

Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day at the Children’s Museum with Healthy Planet Hero Stations all about our big, beautiful planet. Activities and special guests include Ball Corporation, Denver Water, Neighborhood Nestwatch, music powered by muscles with energiLAB, Nature’s Educators, a 3D topographical sandbox, Earth-themed StoryTimes and crafts and more.

IKEA Make Room For Nature Event, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Day-long events includes giveaways, sustainability workshops, cooking demonstrations, arts & crafts for kids and tours. Also food specials and free coffee. First 200 IKEA Family customers into the store each day receive a FREE gift. 9800 E. Ikea Way, Centennial.

Natural Grocers Arvada, noon to 4 p.m. Two different classes on soil and gardening. Check out the seed planting station. A local bike shop will provide FREE tune ups. 7745 Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada.

Natural Grocers Design District: Ladybug Love, 11 a.m. to noon. The ladybug has been deemed “a fairy godmother for plants.” Take a class to learn what steps to take to protect this vital component of our ecosystem. 368 S. Broadway, Denver.

Natural Grocers Lafayette, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day with earth-saving tips, wallet-saving deals and a free class called Ladybug Love. Make seed balls, sample treats and enter giveaways. 1000 W. South Boulder Rd., Lafayette.

Natural Grocers Lakewood – Green Mountain, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Beekeeping seminars throughout the day. At 10 a.m. “So You’re Thinking of Becoming a Beekeeper.” At 11 a.m. “Native Bees and How To Attract Them.” At noon “The Importance of the Honey Bee” Also, get a free reusable grocery bag with purchase.

The Wild Animal Sanctuary, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring a potted tree, shrub or other large plant to donate to the Sanctuary and get free admission to its Wild Earth Day celebration with arts, crafts and vendors. The Sanctuary provides safe, natural habitats for more than 450 large carnivores rescued from inhumane circuses, private zoos and other unconscionable situations. 2999 County Road 53, Keenesburg.

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