• St. Pete Earth Day Celebration Comes to Historic Williams Park this Saturday & Sunday

    St. Petersburg’s official Earth Day Celebration features an impressive lineup of environmental programming, entertainment, food, & more in Florida’s first “green” city

    (April 19, 2017 – Tampa, Fla.) – On Saturday, April 22nd, and Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, St. Pete-based environmental nonprofit Chart 411 and the City of St. Petersburg are coming together for a St. Pete Earth Day Celebration featuring Creative Loafing in Historic Williams Park (350 2nd Ave. N. in St. Pete).

    It’s a full weekend of interactive exhibits, educational and recreational family-friendly activities, entertainment on the renowned Williams Park stage, opportunities to get involved in protecting the environment and promoting sustainable public policies, and much, much more.

    St. Pete Earth Day Celebration Schedule of Events

    Saturday, April 22nd, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    St. Pete Earth Day | Free | earthdaysp.com
    Interactive exhibits, educational and recreational activities, opportunities to get involved in protecting the environment, live music, and more — a true community event with a focus on green businesses, environmental activists, and family-focused activities that foster a deep appreciation for the planet we call home.

    Saturday, April 22nd, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    Concert for the Earth | Free | earthdaysp.com
    Entertainment on the renowned Williams Park stage, including top-notch performances by regional favorites John Clark Band, Boxcar Hollow, The Applebutter Express, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, and Uncle John’s Band.

    Sunday, April 23rd, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Veg Out! at St. Pete Earth Day | Free | cltampa.com/vegout
    Veg Out! Bloody Mary Competition at St. Pete Earth Day | $25 adv. | cltampa.com/bloodymary
    A variety of local vendors, healthy food alternatives, a Bloody Mary Competition where some of the area’s best bars and restaurants ditch the bacon and spare ribs to battle it out for the title of “Best Vegetarian Bloody Mary,” and more. 

    This year’s St. Pete Earth Day Celebration creates an opportunity for attendees to learn about the challenges we face both locally and globally and how to help create a sustainable future for generations to come. Celebrating Earth Day in one of St. Pete’s most beautiful outdoor destinations is a fun, healthy, and interesting way for locals of all ages to have a great time while raising awareness about our fragile planet.

    Saturday’s free St. Pete Earth Day festival on April 22nd, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., includes more than 150 exhibitors and vendors offering earth-friendly products in the shopping village; a Feeding Frenzy Food Zone featuring food vendors serving up food in low-impact packaging; music by local favorite Moon Mammoth, Trenchfoot Shindig, Jeff Blake, and more; and, of course, craft beer.

    St. Pete Earth Day Exhibits

    Water is Life
    Learn about the problems facing global water supplies and how you can help build clean sustainable water systems for a thirsty planet.

    All Creatures Great and Small
    Get up close with the creatures that share our planet and learn how to preserve and protect them.

    Mother Nature’s Book Nook
    Stories, activities, and free books about nature, animals, and the environment for kids.

    Planet Health
    Learn about resources available to help you achieve good health and better fitness.

    Go Outside and Play
    Games and activities for the young and the young at heart, featuring street hockey and baseball practice hosted by the Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays.

    Sustainable St Pete
    Learn about the programs and initiatives that make St. Petersburg a truly green city. Plus, check out a solar energy display and take advantage of three residential solar installers ready to schedule estimates for attendees’ personal solar home installations.

    As the sun goes down on Saturday afternoon’s event, top-notch performers take the renowned Williams Park stage on Saturday, April 22nd, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., including performances by regional favorites John Clark Band, Boxcar Hollow, The Applebutter Express, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, and Uncle John’s Band — lively music, good food, and cold beer in celebration of our earth.

    For more information on St. Pete Earth Day, visit earthdaysp.com

    But the fun doesn’t stop there. On Sunday, April 23rd, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the St. Pete Earth Day Celebration continues with Creative Loafing’s Veg Out! at St. Pete Earth Day. This free family-friendly event is slated to fill the park with healthy food alternatives, local vendors selling a variety of goods, complimentary group fitness demos, local craft beer, and more. For more information, including a complete list of vendors, visit cltampa.com/vegout

    Plus, on Sunday, April 23rd, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., attendees won’t want to miss Creative Loafing’s Veg Out! Bloody Mary Competition at St. Pete Earth Day where some of the area’s best restaurants get creative and put their Tito’s Handmade Vodka boozy breakfast recipes to the test. Attendees will get a unique opportunity sample their way around the best vegetarian-friendly Bloody Marys and vote on the most deserving of the title of “Best Vegetarian Bloody Mary.”

    Veg Out! Bloody Mary Competition Competitors
    Featuring Tito’s Handmade Vodka
    Boathouse Kitchen & Bar at Postcard Inn
    Tryst Gastro Lounge
    The Grateful Fed Pub
    Punky’s Bar and Grill
    Acropolis Greek Taverna
    The Galley
    & more to be announced

    Tickets for Veg Out! Bloody Mary Competition at St. Pete Earth Day are on sale now for $25 in advance. Admission into the competition includes unlimited Bloody Mary sampling. In order to sample Bloody Marys at Veg Out!, a ticket must be purchased. For more information and tickets, visit cltampa.com/bloodymary

    Please use the following hashtags for promotions: #EarthDayStPete #CLVegOut #CLBloodyMary

    About Williams Park
    Williams Park is St. Petersburg’s oldest public space – established in 1888 – and one of the most beautiful. It’s a real urban oasis, the kind of place to reconnect with nature. This year’s International Earth Day theme is “environmental and climate literacy,” and Williams Park is ground zero in a region that will be affected dramatically by climate change and sea level rise.

    About Earth Day
    Earth Day was first proclaimed in 1970 to raise public awareness of the need to protect the environment and conserve resources. International Earth Day is now celebrated in April of each year in order to foster environmental awareness in our community and throughout the world. It is now the largest civic movement in the world, involving more than 1 billion people and 50,000 events in 196 countries.

    About Chart 411
    Chart 411 is a St. Petersburg based nonprofit organization whose mission is to make nature, outdoor adventure and environmental education accessible to everyone. Following the advice of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau, who said, “people protect what they love,” Chart 411 believes that “if you want to teach children to love the earth, get them wet, get them dirty, and get them involved.” Chart 411 assumed organizational responsibility for Earth Day last year and continues working with dozens of other nonprofit organizations to host an exciting and engaging event suited to Florida’s beautiful environment. For more information, visit earthdaysp.com

    About Creative Loafing 
    Creative Loafing is an award-winning alternative, weekly newspaper and website committed to providing Tampa Bay with an independent perspective, up-to-the-minute local news, and a comprehensive listing of local happenings. Creative Loafing offers readers’ unique monthly events and CL Deals, a locally focused platform featuring dining and event experiences at half-off their regular price. For more information about Creative Loafing, visit cltampa.com and cldeals.com.