Earth Day Festival

Alameda Park

Saturday, April 18, 2015, 11:00 AM to & 7:00 PM

Sunday, April 19, 2015, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

The first Santa Barbara Earth Day celebration was held in 1970 in response to a massive oil spill from an oil platform off Santa Barbara’s coast the year before. Today, Santa Barbara’s two-day festival has become the largest Earth Day celebration in California.

Nation-wide, Earth Day 1970 achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers, tycoons and labor leaders. The impact of that first Earth Day led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

 Twenty years later, in 1990, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues onto the world stage. (Wikipedia)

Because of the massive impact that Earth Day has had around the world, it is an event you won’t want to miss. If you find yourself needing an additional push to attend, a look at the following statistics from the wildly successful Santa Barbara Earth Day of 2011 may convince you.

  • Over 38,214 people attended.

  • 1,130 people valet parked their bikes for free at Bike World.

  • 1,000 more self-parked their bikes (That’s a total of 2,130 eco-conscious bikers)

  • 2 Water Monsters distributed the equivalent of 6,000 plastic bottles of free, cold water to anyone with a refillable bottle.

  • 523 people took a ride & drive in a new plug-in vehicle at the Green Car Show.

  • MarBorg Industries hand sorted all of the waste generated by the event.


Paul Relis, former CEC Executive Director, describes what is, for him, personally unique and inspiring about this local event. “What I love about Earth Day today is that it has become an enormous exchange of information and ideas about how to preserve, protect and enhance the quality of life in Santa Barbara, and by extension, the world. It’s a fun, educational, and aesthetic experience all rolled into one. How many events do you go to where 38,000 people gather to learn from one another? Earth Day gives me a sense of joy and hope each and every year.”

On the Alley makes a great harbor-side stop for a casual or ‘to go’ meal on your way to the Earth Day Festival. A recent customer said:

They aren't skimpy on the portions… the burger was just the show stopper here.”