Market Square, Schenley Plaza, Mellon Square & more
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
April is a time of renewal, and the best way to recharge your mind and body, embrace nature’s bounty and do your part to make Pittsburgh more sustainable is by heading to the numerous Earth Day festivities taking place all around town on April 22nd. With recreational activities, hands-on learning, environmentally-friendly projects and local entertainment all day and night, this year’s citywide festivities promise meaningful eco-fun for all ages.
EverPower Earth Day Festival
Animating Market Square from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the inaugural EverPower Earth Day Festival will showcase the city’s greener side, with free hands-on activities, entertainment and displays focusing on the vital themes of air, earth and water. Pittsburgh is turning over a new leaf, with new bike lanes, the CityFit wellness project, healthier school lunch programs, yoga on bridges, expanded riverfront trails, a new Bike Share program on the horizon and much more. Now you can spend an entire day celebrating the many environmentally conscious organizations and independent businesses that are helping to make the Burgh more livable and sustainable for residents.
Want to help protect the planet? Learn about composting, recycling and rain barrels with Pennsylvania Resources Council and get gardening tips and seedlings from Western PA Conservancy. Next, balance your chakras with Pittsburgh Yoga Collective and hear inspiring words from environmental advocate Robert Swan—the first man to walk unassisted to the North & South Poles.
Ready for a midday stroll? Head out along Riverlife’s brand new Lunchtime Loop, a 1.5 mile, 35-minute walk that showcases the city’s riverfronts for fitness, fun and urban exploration. While getting active and learning about local waterways and landmarks, walkers can even vie for special incentives by taking selfies at designated checkpoints along the route.
Create your own terrarium with Green Sinner and peruse one-of-a-kind wares made from recycled materials in the Artist Market.
Also leading activities will be Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, Tree Pittsburgh, Bike PGH, Green Building Alliance, Grow Pittsburgh and Zero Fossil. Providing upbeat live music will be local music luminaries such as Donora, Nameless in August, DJ Detour and members of The Clarks. Drink green at the Sustainable Social in the Square, a special happy hour with Women & Young Professionals in Energy.
Festival sponsor EverPower, a developer and operator of utility scale wind projects, moved their HQ from NYC to Pittsburgh in 2012.
Pittsburgh Earth Day
A celebration of local sustainability, technology and innovation, Pittsburgh Earth Day features activities and events taking place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Market Square, Mellon Square and Schenley Plaza. The first Pittsburgh Earth Day to feature citywide programming, the event will showcase the region as a progressive leader in green innovation via art, culture, music, business, fashion and more.
Celebrating Pittsburgh’s transformation from leading steel producer to a thriving home for eco-innovation, Pittsburgh Earth Day will also highlight local LEED certified developments, the farm-to-table movement and collaborative efforts between environmentally friendly businesses, community organizations and green purveyors. Underscoring the significance of sustainability, all musicians, artists and performers are not only local but maintain deep and lasting Pittsburgh roots.
Looking for kids’ programming? Head to Schenley Plaza for a lively kid-friendly performance by The Josh and Gab Show—who will share their important anti-bullying message through catchy pop music and clever humor. Also animating Schenley Plaza will be the Soundwaves Steelband Youth Ensemble and DJ Nugget. Balance all your chakras with some yoga in the park and shop for locally produced goods in the eco-artist market. At 4:22 p.m., don’t miss a pop-up dance party with nationally acclaimed Luke the Knife (aka Luke Miller), known for his work with the instrumental electronic band Lotus.
Mellon Square Park will host a wide range of music entertainment, including Appalachian ensemble The Jakob’s Family Stragglers, symphonic rock trip Cello Fury, acoustic acts The Kyle Lawson Duo and 3 Dudes Chillin’ and recording artist Gene Stovall and Alien Faces. Headlining at Mellon Square will be Pittsburgh native Chris Jamison, who rocketed to acclaim as a finalist on Season 7 of NBC’s The Voice.
Downtown in Market Square, check out Baron Batch’s City Streets & Beats performance, which will feature live mural painting accompanied by DJ Detour. Once completed, the ambitious work will be on display at Earth Day’s Sustainability Soiree and auctioned off to benefit Tree Pittsburgh.
Ready to eat locally? Fuel up with local fare at the Food Truck Festival along Smithfield St., and sample tasty organic fare at Giant Eagle Market District’s pop-up shop.
Additional highlights include a Sustainability Business Breakfast at Vallozzi’s, a pop-up Pirates Party at the Renaissance and a Sustainability Soiree and Eco-Fashion Show with DJ Detour at the Fairmont.
It’s easy being green because all Pittsburgh Earth Day events are free and open to the public.
Learn more about Pittsburgh Earth Day and view a complete schedule of events.